Augusta, Maine

Yom Shishi, 30 Tishri 5778
  • A welcoming community
  • A learning community
  • A diverse community
  • A Maine community
  • A welcoming community
  • A learning community
  • A diverse community
  • A Maine community

The Rabbi's Corner

October 1, 2017: A very Maine Jewish holiday

I was recently asked to explain Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to a friend. When hearing about the intensity of the holidays she said, “Good thing you get to rest after them!” I explained that there really isn’t any rest. We go right into the week long holiday of Sukkot. “Wow,” she said in all seriousness, “God didn’t plan that one very well!”  Read more...

Upcoming Events at TBE

10.20.2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Shabbat Services
10.21.2017 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Bat Mitzvah of Madi Rutberg
10.22.2017 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Hebrew School with pre-K/K and camp presentation
10.24.2017 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Addie's Attic Volunteering
10.28.2017 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Torah Study
10.28.2017 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Kiddush Lunch

What's Happening at TBE

Download Rabbi Asch's Erev Rosh Hashanah sermon: "The Power of Small Steps"

Download Rabbi Asch's Rosh Hashanah sermon: "Enduring Wisdom in an Era of 'Fake News'"

Download Rabbi Asch's Kol Nidre sermon: "Moral Authority: The Power of Ordinary People"

Download Rabbi Asch's Yom Kippur day sermon: "Rational Compassion in the Jewish Tradition"

Sukkot Schedule 5778 (2017)

Sunday, October 1

9:30am-Noon     Sukkah building and decorating with the Hebrew School

Friday, October 6

5:00pm                  Sukkot celebration with cider pressing, crafts and stories

6:00pm                  Shabbat services followed by dinner in the sukkah

Saturday, October 7

10:30am                Torah study followed by lunch in the Sukkah

Wednesday, October 11

5:15pm                  Pizza dinner

6:00pm                  Simchat Torah services 

Thursday, October 12

8:30am                   Services with Yizkor


Temple Beth El Wins 2017 Fain Award

2017 Fain Award
We are thrilled to announce that Temple Beth El earned the 2017 Fain Award from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism for "engaging, innovative" social action. The award honors our work in helping launch and sustain the Capital Area New Mainers Project. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers for making this happen!

Who We Are

Temple Beth El is a diverse, welcoming community that embraces inclusiveness, promotes lifelong Jewish learning, and encourages active participation in Jewish life in Central Maine. We are committed to the progressive ideals of Reform Judaism, and we welcome members and visitors who represent a wide range of Jewish experiences. We seek to deepen our members’ connections to Judaism, foster a spirit of community within our congregation, and engage in social action in the world beyond our synagogue. 


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