Solidarity Shabbat

Last Shabbat, we witnessed the deadliest act of anti-Semitism in North American history, the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. This Shabbat, we are responding with our greatest show of solidarity, a continental Solidarity Shabbat with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh. At synagogues, community centers and homes across North America, we will be gathering together in prayer, compassion and unity — as one people. We stand as a reminder of the power of community. Here is a listing of services and events in southern Maine:


Temple Beth El

400 Deering Avenue – Portland, ME

Friday, November 2 – 5:30 pm – Shabbat HaLailah – A family-oriented service led by Hebrew School Students. Services are open to all though an RSVP and donation are suggested for those wishing to stay for dinner.

Saturday, November 3 – 9:30 am – Shabbat Morning Services – Open to all, followed by a light oneg Shabbat.

Sunday, November 4 – 9:00 am – Morning Minyan – followed by a light snack

Sunday, November 4 – 10:30 am – How to Talk to your Child about Anti-Semitism and Tragic Events – A panel discussion with representatives from the Center for Grieving Children and a Child Psychologist offering parents an opportunity to gather and discuss the difficult subjects of violence and hate.


B’nai Portland

74 Lunt Rd (Lunt Auditorium) – Falmouth, ME

Friday, November 2 – 6:30 PM – a Shabbat gathering and Thanksgiving food raiser for the Locker Project. Pot luck nosh to share! All are welcome – Jewish or not!


Congregation Bet Ha’am

81 Westbrook Street – South Portland, ME

Friday, November 2, 2018 – Shabbat Service, 7:30 pm

Saturday, November 3, 2018 – Torah Study, 9:00 am

Saturday, November 3, 2018 – Learners’ Shabbat Service – 10:00 AM -Learn more about the nuances of Jewish worship. Rabbi Saks will provide instruction and information to make your worship more meaningful.


Etz Chaim Portland

267 Congress Street

Portland, ME

Friday, November 2, Friday Kabbalat Shabbat – 6:00 pm

Saturday, November 3, Saturday Morning Service – 9:30 am, followed a Kiddush lunch


Chabad of Maine

11 Pomeroy Street – Portland, ME

November 2 – Friday Night Services, after candle lighting (5:13 pm)

November 3 – Shabbos Morning Services, 10:00 am



You can find links to Jewish community resources throughout Maine on our website here: Jewish Community Resources in Maine



Here are additional resources to help you connect:


Union for Reform Judaism

Reconstructing Judaism

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

Orthodox Union



Join a Moishe House program

Host or join a Shabbat dinner with OneTable

Find a Hillel on your campus

Check out resources from the Jewish Emergent Network



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