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Student Activism

by Anna Siegel I was recently given the opportunity to give a TEDx talk about my experience as an activist and the power of the

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What Is Biennial?

by Lynn Urbach, President I just got back from the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial in Chicago. What an incredible, exciting five days it

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Instilling Jewish Identity

by Sam Spinrad, Religious School Director I consider it one of my primary objectives to instill a sense of Jewish identity and curiosity in students

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Invest In Us

by Rachel Lefkowitz, Synagogue Administrator When I was a child, my family always spent Christmas day with my cousins at my grandmother’s house in Connecticut.

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Raised Bed Gardening

by Rachel Stamieszkin, Master gardener volunteer and Bet Ha’am garden committee member Have you seen our raised beds when you are visiting Bet Ha’am? Ever wonder what we grow

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Drop-In Book Group

In his Rosh Hashanah sermon, Rabbi Saks spoke about the work he would like to do with our congregation to dismantle systemic racism in our

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Noah’s Decisions

By Jane Snerson. D’var Torah, November 1, 2019. The Torah portion this week is Noah. Noah who was told by God that the people were

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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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