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Online Learning Post-COVID

by Sam Spinrad, Education Director Looking ahead to 2021, like most people I anticipate the reopening of schools, businesses, and life as we knew it.

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Chanukah Reflections

This year, on each night of Chanukah, some of our congregants shared written reflections of the holiday. They are gathered here for all to enjoy.

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Notes from the Garden

by Toby Rosenberg, congregant Throughout this entire growing season, the garden committee and volunteers have continued to look after Bet Ha’am’s garden and grounds. Caring

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Becoming a Jew

By Catherine Share, congregant My ex-partner and I came to Maine in 2006 with our adopted daughter. I was not Jewish, but Cindy was, and

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What Is Chanukah?

by Rabbi Jared H. Saks In the Talmud (Shabbat 21b), the Gemara asks, “What is Chanukah?” which honestly sounds like a strange question for the

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Torah Questions

by Sam Spinrad, Education Director When I attended elementary school in the 1990s, I studied Torah stories with my father. I enjoyed the scripture battles

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by Rachel Lefkowitz, Synagogue Administrator “I am troubled by the scarf that arrived in yesterday’s mail with a suggestion that it could be used as

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You Are Enough

by Rabbi Jared H. Saks Yom Kippur 5781 When the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism, saw that the Jewish people were threatened by

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by Rabbi Jared H. Saks Kol Nidre 5781 Perhaps you know the story of Korach. Korach was a Kohathite of the tribe of Levi. While

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Every Voice, Every Vote

by Rabbi Jared H. Saks Rosh Hashanah 5781 One of my favorite characters in Jewish literature is Oscar Freedman, or Ozzie, in Philip Roth’s The

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Silver Linings

by Rabbi Jared H. Saks Erev Rosh Hashanah 5781 There’s a famous story from the Talmud[1] – perhaps you’ve heard it – in which Rabbi

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Treasures of Tashlikh

by Toby Rosenberg, Congregant Perhaps you are among the growing circle of worshippers who have gathered around the Bet Ha’am reflecting pool after Rosh Hashanah

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Congregational Update

by Lynn Urbach, President September 15 marks six months since congregants were last in our building. Our religious school was closed on March 15 due

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What is Membership?

by Lynn Urbach, President It is an unfortunate fact that nonprofit organizations need money to exist. If we care about an institution because of its

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