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Our History

From its creation in 1985, Congregation Bet Ha’am has been an open-door community for Jewish ritual, connection, and engagement. Beginning with our chosen name, Bet Ha’am (“House of the People”), the Congregation developed as a grassroots organization, open to creativity and innovation. Interfaith couples and progressive Jews not quite comfortable with the environment of more traditional congregations formed the founding core of the community. Many who came were strangers, not affiliated with any formal Jewish groups, looking to take a step towards Jewish community. From this beginning, the fundamental elements of the spirit of Bet Ha’am were established: to welcome Jews from all backgrounds, embrace interfaith families, emphasize the creation of community, and maintain an open and progressive approach to ritual. The founding spirit of Bet Ha’am continues to guide the community as we grow together to maintain a caring and dynamic home for Reform Judaism in Southern Maine.

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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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