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Rabbi Jared H. Saks has been Bet Ha’am’s spiritual leader since July 2011. He is an enthusiastic, energetic and compassionate individual who inspires us to embrace the best in ourselves and see the Divine spark in others. He fosters a sense of radical hospitality in our community and nurtures our contact with God in the connections we have with one another.

A native of New Jersey, Rabbi Saks came to Maine by way of Minnesota, where he served as an assistant and associate rabbi at Temple Israel following his ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Spanish from Florida State University and lives in Portland with his husband, Kirk Boettcher, their son, and their pup, Vegas.

Selected Sermons from Rabbi Saks:

For The Dreamers, November 3, 2017>>

Is Intermarriage a Problem or an Opportunity, October 27, 2017>>

Please, Come Pierce My Shell, Yom Kippur, September 30, 2017>>

The Only Torah Many People will Ever Read, Kol Nidre, September 29, 2017>>

Be Your Whole Self, Rosh Hashanah, September 21, 2017>>

A New Year, September 2017>>

Three People Walk into the Rabbi’s Office, May 31, 2017>>

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Bet Ha’am plays an important role in all of our lives, providing an open door for all during High Holidays and throughout the year.

The need for supporting the Annual Fund cannot be overstated. These unrestricted funds ensure we can cover our basic, day-to-day needs and meet our budgetary responsibilities, from salaries to building maintenance to Hebrew School supplies.

Membership dues do not cover the full cost of Bet Ha’am’s operations. We rely on the generous support of our members and friends to make Bet Ha’am available to all, regardless of ability to pay.


Judaica Shop

Congregation Bet Ha’am’s Judaica Shop is establishing itself as a leading regional opportunity for unique Judaica jewelry, holiday gifts and supplies, children’s items, and everyday items.  The Judaica Shop is open 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Tuesday-Friday and Sunday mornings when our Religious School is open.  Please call (207) 879-0028 for inquiries or requests for special order items.  This page will soon have photos and ordering information for specific Judaica items.


Service Times

Evening Shabbat Services:

Friday evening at 7:30 PM except for the second Friday of the month, when a family service is held at 6:30 PM.

Shabbat Morning:

Saturday morning at 10:00 AM.

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