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Our Staff and Leadership

Jared H. Saks


Rabbi Jared H. Saks has been Bet Ha’am’s spiritual leader since July 2011. He is an enthusiastic, energetic and compassionate individual who inspires us to embrace the best in ourselves and see the Divine spark in others. He fosters a sense of radical hospitality in our community and nurtures our contact with God in the connections we have with one another.

A native of New Jersey, Rabbi Saks came to Maine by way of Minnesota, where he served as an assistant and associate rabbi at Temple Israel following his ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Spanish from Florida State University and lives in Portland with his husband, Kirk Boettcher, their son, and their pup, Vegas.

Selected Sermons from Rabbi Saks:

For The Dreamers, November 3, 2017>>

Is Intermarriage a Problem or an Opportunity, October 27, 2017>>

Please, Come Pierce My Shell, Yom Kippur, September 30, 2017>>

The Only Torah Many People will Ever Read, Kol Nidre, September 29, 2017>>

Be Your Whole Self, Rosh Hashanah, September 21, 2017>>

A New Year, September 2017>>

Three People Walk into the Rabbi’s Office, May 31, 2017>>

Synagogue Administrator

Synagogue Administrator

Chris Skidgel



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Chris Skidgel

Chris Skidgel is our longtime Head of Maintenance, and he also schedules and supervises all of our part-time events staff.


Sam Spinrad

Religious School Director

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Sam Spinrad

Sam joins us from the west coast, having spent his adult life teaching small children.  He brings many years of experience teaching in Religious Schools and has a unique interest and passion for Jewish Education.


Zoe Eiber

Youth Advisor


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Zoe Eiber

Zoe Eiber grew up in Miami, Florida and graduated from Bowdoin College with a Spanish major and Dance minor. She has worked with youth in various capacities: in schools as a Spanish teacher and in after-school and summer programs as an adviser and residential assistant. She is excited to be working with the youth at Bet Ha’am where she can combine her passion for working with youth with Jewish community engagement.


Teri Berenson


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Teri Berenson

Teri Berenson has been our bookkeeper since 1990. A native Mainer, Teri is a graduate of Deering High School and the University of Maine at Orono. She also volunteers with financial operations at Congregation Etz Chaim.  Before joining Bet Ha’am, Teri ran the office at Levey Day School for 13 years and assisted with bookkeeping at Shaarey Tphiloh Synagogue in Portland.


Karen Hindall

Administrative Assistant

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Karen Hindall

Karen Hindall is often the first face that you see or first voice that you hear when you enter or call Bet Ha’am between 9:00 and 2:00 on Tuesday through Friday. Among other administrative and receptionist duties, Karen manages Rabbi Saks and congregant events.


Board of Trustees

Lee Broder, Board Member


(207) 781-5429

Howard Glass, Board Member


(207) 956-7967

Samantha Johnson, Board Member


(207) 939-3339

Sylvia Most, Board Member


(207) 730-2673

Martin Lodish, Board Member


(207) 879-6349

Stu Abramson, Board Member


(207) 781-8819

Gene Peters, Board Member


(207) 571-4884

Jeremy Stein, Board Member


Mark Stone, Board Member


(207) 615-1529

Lee Tabenken, Board Member


(207) 408-1117

Bill Welch, Board Member


(207) 878-0507


Diane Newman, Board Member


(207) 773-2080

Executive Committee

Nathan Szanton, President


(207) 712-1008

Lynn Urbach, Vice President


(207) 846-6974

Tom Rosen, Treasurer


(207) 799-8410

Andrea Krasker Gavin, Secretary


(207) 775-4729

Andrew Kosak, Past President


(207) 729-0207


ADULT LEARNING (works with the Rabbi to plan and carry out a variety of learning opportunities, including classes, discussion groups and retreats) | Louise Abramson and Benjamin Gorelick

ART | Natasha Goldman and Toby Rosenberg

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN | Jay Geller, Ken Lehman, and Jeremy Moser

CARING COMMITTEE (responds as a congregational “family” to the needs of members who experience various life cycle events–illnesses, losses and the arrival of new babies) | Rosie Wohl, Karen Silverman, and Patti Sands

EDUCATION (helps ensure the smooth functioning of our Religious School) | Hugh Morgenbesser and Samantha Johnson

FINANCE (responsible for carrying out Board policies regarding financial matters) | Tom Rosen

GABBAI (advises Rabbi Saks regarding issues of worship and ritual) | Rabbi Saks

GARDEN (responsible for planning, developing and maintaining our beautiful gardens)  | Toby Rosenberg

HOLIDAY (behind the scenes work to help the congregation meaningfully celebrate many important dates and holidays)| Jane Snerson and Sylvia Most

HOUSE (responsible for the coordination of the maintenance and improvement of our building and grounds) | Ben Grant and Jeremy Moser

JUDAICA SHOP (help to plan and maintain our unique Judaica Gift Shop) | Cynthia Weitz

LIBRARY (assist in the maintenance of our library and archives) | Donna Landau, Jerri Donn Sherrie Bergman

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS (enhancing communication within Bet Ha’am plus promoting our services and programs to the greater community) | Open, Interim – Benjamin Gorelick

MEMBERSHIP (welcomes new and prospective members to our community and helps to integrate them into our congregational life) | Open, Interim -Benjamin Gorelick

NOMINATING | Dan Jenkins

ONEG (organizes and volunteers to provide challah, flowers and snacks for our Onegs)  | Open, Interim -Benjamin Gorelick

TIKKUN OLAM COUNCIL (raises awareness of social injustices and leads actions to involve the congregation in Tikun Olam (repairing our world) through our present and future acts)  |Wendy Hayes, Daniel Oppenheim, Lauren Dietlin, and Jeremy Stein
SPECIAL EVENTS (plans fundraisers and other special events) | Open, Interim -Benjamin Gorelick

USHERING| Donna Landau

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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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