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High Holy Days

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All Are Welcome (No Tickets!)

Since its founding in 1985, Bet Ha’am has been committed to being a house of worship where all feel welcome. We invite you to join us for any Bet Ha’am service or event, including High Holy Day worship.  There is no charge to join us, no tickets, no signing away of your first born.  The High Holy Days are a time for us to come together as a Jewish community, and Bet Ha’am is committed to being available to anyone and everyone.  That includes families  – babysitting is available for young children and Project Shofar is available for older children who may not be able to make it through a service – guests visiting maine, Jews and non-Jews, etc.  Please join us.

During High Holy Day services, everyone — members and non-members alike — wears name tags to allow us to get to know each other better. Members receive their name tags in the mail a week in advance of the holidays. We ask non-members who wish to attend High Holy Day services to contact us in advance for a High Holy Day schedule and name tag – karen@bethaam.org.  There will also be a courtesy desk available to assist you upon arriving at any holiday service.

We rely on volunteer and financial support from all us each year to ensure the strength of our synagogue community. We anticipate that those who choose to attend our Shabbat or holiday services year after year will recognize the importance of formally joining our community. Our dues policy, based on the ability to pay, ensures that everyone can afford to join. We welcome your support!

Please click here for a copy of our 2018/5779 HHD Schedule>>

High Holiday Schedule 2018/5779

All services are held at Congregation Bet Ha’am, 81 Westbrook St., South Portland, ME 04106


Erev Rosh Hashanah Service – Sunday, September 9, 8:00 PM

Children’s Service* – Monday, September 10, 8:30 AM

Torah Study – Monday, September 10, 9:00 AM

Worship Service^ – Monday, September 10, 10:00 AM

Tashlich – Monday, September 10, 12:30 PM (Time approximate after worship service)


Shabbat Evening Service – Friday, September 14, 6:00 PM

Torah Study – Saturday, September 15, 9:00 AM

Shabbat Morning Service – Saturday, September 15, 10:00 AM

KOL NIDRE                                                  

Kol Nidre Evening Service – Tuesday, September 18, 8:00 PM

YOM KIPPUR                                                

Children’s Service* – Wednesday, September 19, 8:30 AM

Torah Study – Wednesday, September 19, 9:00 AM

Worship Service^ – Wednesday, September 19, 10:00 AM

Meditation & Healing Service – Wednesday, September 19, 12:45 PM

Afternoon Study – Wednesday, September 19, 2:30 PM

Afternoon Service – Wednesday, September 19, 3:30 PM

Yizkor Service – Wednesday, September 19, 5:00 PM

Neilah – Wednesday, September 19, 6:00 PM

Break the Fast Potluck** – Wednesday, September 19, 6:30 PM

* Our Children’s Services are designed for children in third grade and younger with their families.

^ During the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning worship services we will be offering Project Shofar, a program for our children ages 3 through third grade. The program is free, but children must be pre-registered.  Please click here to pre-register>>

We will also be offering childcare for children under 3. Childcare is free for children who are pre-registered. There will be a $25 childcare fee for those not registered in advance. Please click here to pre-register>>.

** Please join us for our Break the Fast Potluck after the Neilah service. Please contact the office at 879-0028 to let us know what you will be bringing and how you can help with this special Bet Ha’am community tradition.


Sukkot Celebration with Potluck Dinner – Sunday, September 23, 6:30 PM

Sukkot Morning Service with Potluck – Monday, September 24, 10:00 AM

Erev Simchat and Consecration – Sunday, September 30, 6:00 PM

Atzeret–Simchat Torah, Yizkor, and Potluck Monday, October 1, 10:00 AM

Additional Information

High Holy Day Parking
In addition to our own parking lot, you may also park on Braeburn Avenue or across Westbrook Street at the Thornton Heights Methodist Church Parking lot (100 Westbrook Street).

Yizkor Memorial Service
During the Yizkor service, our memorial service on Yom Kippur, Rabbi Saks will remember loved ones who have passed away during the year, since our last holy day season. If you have a loved one who died during the past year, and you would like them included in the list of names that the Rabbi will be reading aloud, please contact Karen in our office at karen@bethaam.org.

High Holy Day Food Drive
As in the past, Congregation Bet Ha’am will be conducting our annual High Holy Day Food Drive! At our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, donation envelopes will be distributed for funds that will be dispersed to local agencies and to MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.

Cash donations allow food support agencies to purchase the largest amount of food per dollar for their patrons. Should you prefer to assemble your own direct food donation, brown grocery bags will be available with a list of items needed by area food pantries. You are encouraged to donate food items or make a donation; you do not need to do both, as both are helpful to the agencies we support.

Please remember, as you make your High Holy Day Food Drive donation, to continue to support Bet Ha’am through other ways, including our Annual Fund.

Teen Volunteers Needed for Project Shofar
Teens! Help kids learn about the High Holy Days by volunteering at Project Shofar, Bet Ha’am’s program for kids ages 3 through third grade.

Project Shofar is held during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning services. Teen volunteers will sign up for 1 hour shifts, under adult supervision, to work with kids on crafts, read stories, and learn about the Holy Days while their parents attend services. To volunteer, click here to register>>.


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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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