Yom Kippur Services at Bet Ha’am

Sep 25, 2023 9:00AM—7:00PM


81 Westbrook Street South Portland, ME 04106

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Torah Study – Monday, September 25th at 9:00 AM

Worship Service – Monday, September 25th at 10:00 AM

Meditation & Healing Service – Monday, September 25th at 12:45 PM (No Zoom)

Afternoon Study – Monday, September 25th at 2:30 PM.

YOM KIPPUR AFTERNOON STUDY SESSION: A Conversation with Umaru Balde, Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director

On Yom Kippur afternoon, join us for a dialogue with the City of Portland’s new Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion director, Umaru Balde. Balde was born into a Muslim family in Guinea-Bissau. Hardships in his youth led him to Israel, where he was adopted into a Jewish family, and then on to Iowa, where he was the director of the Multicultural Family Center in Dubuque. At this season, when we do an accounting of our souls, we make a pledge to be better than we were in the past year and to make the world a more just and peaceful place. Come learn about Balde’s work in Greater Portland and opportunities to be involved.

Afternoon Service – Monday, September 25th at 3:30 PM

Yizkor Service – Monday, September 25th at 5:00 PM

Neilah – Monday, September 25th at 6:00 PM

Break the Fast Potluck – 6:30 PM (approximate time after Neilah). Please join us at the close of Yom Kippur Neilah services for our annual Break-the-Fast meal. We need dairy-only food items for this terrific pot-luck event: bagels, spreads, salads, and lots of desserts so therefore do not mix in meat or include pork or shellfish. Label your dishes and supply serving utensils if needed. We always have a big turn-out: We ask that the serving size of food you bring be equal to the number of people in your party times four. There will be no kitchen available for preparation but refrigeration is available. Please arrange to have your food in the Bet Ha’am kitchen as soon as possible after 12 noon on Yom Kippur day. To let us know what you will bring, please contact Jane Snerson at 207-396-5114.

Click here to register for Project Shofar (children ages 5 to 8) and/or free infant/toddler childcare. Registration is now closed for Rosh Hashanah. The registration deadline is September 18 for Yom Kippur.

Registration Process for High Holy Days – This year, for safety and security purposes, the High Holy Days committee is asking that every member and non-member adult guest present a photo ID when you come to services. These will be checked at the registration desk. Please help us provide a safe worship space for all attendees.

Yizkor Book Submissions – During Yom Kippur services, it is traditional to recite Yizkor (Memorial) Prayers and to hold memories of our dear departed loved ones close to our hearts. Each year, we re-run your previous listing as a courtesy. If you have any new or additional listings to add, please contact Teri Berenson at 207-879-0028, option 2. The suggested donation is $18 per loved one’s name in your listing. The deadline for entries is Friday, September 18th.

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