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Photograph - Rabbi Jared H. Saks

We welcome our new teacher and spiritual leader, Rabbi Jared H. Saks.   For the past six years, Rabbi Saks, 32, has served as Assistant and then Associate Rabbi at Temple Israel in Minneapolis, a large Reform congregation.

A native of Long Valley, New Jersey, Rabbi Saks holds a bachelor’s degree in Religion and Spanish from Florida State University, a Masters in Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew Union College (HUC), and was ordained a rabbi by HUC (New York City campus) in 2005.

In Minneapolis, Rabbi Saks created and led youth and adult educational programs, including a series of weekend retreats teaching life-choice skills to 9th graders from a Jewish perspective; a 10th grade Confirmation program which wrestled with Jewish identity, theology, and one’s relationship with the Jewish world; a 3-part young adult learning series called Sultry Jewish Stories: Tales Your Religious School Teacher Would Have Been Fired for Teaching; and an adult learning series entitled Reel Theology: Theological Encounters in Popular Culture.

Also while at Temple Israel, Rabbi Saks engineered a major engagement of his youth group teens in the movement to raise awareness of homelessness in the Twin Cities.

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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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