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Education Milestones

by Sam Spinrad, Education Director On Erev Simchat Torah, which fell on October 20 this year, we celebrated the beginning of our first-grade students’ Jewish education (consecration).

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Turning Learning Into Action

by Rabbi Jared H. Saks Last March, I traveled with nine teens from Congregation Bet Ha’am, along with a parent chaperone, to Washington, DC to participate in

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How to Say Hello

by Rachel Lefkowitz In late spring, my husband and I attended a bar mitzvah service in Connecticut at an impressive synagogue: the sanctuary towered over the satellite chapel and the nearby

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Give Us Hope

by Rabbi Jared H. Saks Yom Kippur 5780 | October 9, 2019 – 10 Tishrei 5780 “A singular disaster; a disaster is coming. Doom is

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Our Mistakes Define Us

by Rabbi Jared H. Saks Kol Nidre 5780 | October 8, 2019 – 10 Tishrei 5780 Conventional wisdom tells us that mistakes are valuable teachers.

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Sustaining Judaism

Lynn Urbach, President. Yom Kippur 5780. Address to the Congregation. On Rosh Hashanah, I asked you to consider strengthening your connection to Judaism by increasing

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Our Connection to Judaism

Lynn Urbach, President. Rosh Hashanah 5780. Address to the Congregation. I like to daydream. I dream that Congregation Bet Ha’am fully lives up to our

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Offering Help

by Rabbi Jared H. Saks After Moses encounters the burning bush while tending his father-in-law’s sheep in the wilderness, God selects him to confront Pharaoh

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Welcome to Our New Youth Advisor

We are pleased to welcome Andrea Levinsky as Bet Ha’am’s new youth group advisor.  Andrea has a long history of involvement with and impact on Maine’s young adult community

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Confirmation 2019

Our confirmands’ speeches. Confirmation Speech, by Aaron Tabenken  When I first started Hebrew school, I used to dread getting up at 8:00 AM on Sunday mornings. I felt

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Mortgage Burning

by Jeremy Moser On May 19, 2019, we were pleased to celebrate Lag B’Omer by burning our mortgage—ten years ahead of schedule! Our multi-generational event included an

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