Southern Maine High Holiday Services Guide 2022/5783

Do I need to sign up? Can I attend services in-person this year?  Most High Holiday services in Southern Maine are happening inside synagogues again, though there are virtual and outdoor options, so a little advanced planning helps! To make things a bit easier, we’ve compiled a list* of where you can go to sign up for services and to find resources for the New Year. Shana Tova from the JCA!

* Did we miss any services or links?  Email JCA Marketing Director Trevor Geiger at tgeiger(at)


Congregation Bet Ha’am

81 Westbrook Street, South Portland. Since its founding in 1985, Bet Ha’am has 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 and no tickets. We hope that you–Jewish or non-Jewish, Mainer or guest visiting from away–will join us at this time of community celebration.

All 2022/5783 services will be held in-person with an option to join via Zoom, except where noted on the service schedule linked below. Please email for more information on obtaining Zoom service links.


Beth Israel Congregation (Bath)

862 Washington Street, Bath. The story of Beth Israel Congregation rests on the energy and dedication of a few Maine Jews and their welcome in Bath by the non-Jewish community in 1886. Today, we are an active congregation serving midcoast Maine and beyond. Please join us; all are welcome!

For more information contact

Congregation Beth Israel (OOB)

49 East Grand Avenue, Old Orchard Beach is one of the oldest synagogues in Maine.

High Holiday services at the Beach, including kiddush following morning services. No fees, No cost.
Shabbat & Erev services begin at 6PM and Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services begin at 9:00AM

We exist solely on the generous donations of those willing to give. We are honored to have services led by esteemed Rabbi Lawrence Zierler. What could be better than Tashlich by the Atlantic Ocean? Come and join us by the sea for traditional services. Free parking, passes provided. Call 207-934-2973 for more info.


Chabad of Maine

11 Pomeroy Street, Portland, MECelebrate the High Holidays among friends and connect with your inner self. No signup necessary. No payment required for a place to pray for the High Holidays. A kippah and prayer book will be provided for you. Services will be interspersed with explanations and page guidance. In short, you will feel at home.

 Chabad of Maine will also be holding a Shofar in the Park event on September 26th on the Eastern Promenade. Details and link in the flyer below:

Congregation Etz Chaim (Biddeford)

36 Bacon St, Biddeford – The High Holidays are almost here! We will be offering all services in person and online via both Zoom & Facebook. Registration is required for both in-person and online attendance at all services.

The complete High Holiday service schedule is available on our website: If you have any questions regarding service information, please reach out to

Etz Chaim Synagogue (Portland)

67 Congress Street, Portland – Join us in the synagogue! All services will also be broadcast live on YouTube. View the High Holidays schedule here!

Shaarey Tphiloh

Room 4A , 400 Deering Ave, Portland – Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh meets on High Holidays and only special Shabbatot. We welcome Rabbi Josh Pernick who will be leading our High Holiday services for 2022/5783.

Temple Beth El – High Holidays Website

400 Deering Avenue, Portland – Services will be held in the large sanctuary with extended seating in the social hall and in the Susan T. Goldberg Courtyard (with audio). A livestream feed is also available here. There will not be any COVID-19 related capacity limits this year; all are welcome.

Entry Requirements: Tickets are not required, however we do ask that you RSVP here to let us know which services you expect to attend.

Reserved Seats: Reserved seats are available for $100 each and help to provide funding for TBE’s high holiday services. If you’d like to reserve a seat, click here. Alternatively, anyone is welcome to sit in any open seat free of charge.

Food + Refreshments: Both buffet style and individually packaged food and refreshments will be available.


Visit our High Holidays Hub from PJ Library Southern Maine!

Craft ideas, recipes, music, videos, and more to help your family celebrate the High Holidays together or apart!


  1. Nora on September 24, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you for this. It’s great! Something similar for Passover would be great too.

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