Augusta, Maine

Yom Shishi, 1 Sivan 5777

Thank you for your interest in our synagogue. Below are some common questions that you may have about becoming a member of our congregation. Please do not hesitate to contact Rabbi Asch if you have other questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Where is Temple Beth El?
Temple Beth El is a small, vibrant synagogue located on a quiet side street just a few blocks from the Maine State Capitol Building in Augusta. We are the only Reform Jewish congregation in Central Maine. 

How many members does TBE have?
TBE is the center of Jewish activity for more than 100 member households living within a 50-mile radius of Augusta. Our membership spans a broad spectrum of ages, professions, interests, and backgrounds. 

What kind of activities does TBE offer?
TBE offers a range of religious, cultural, and social activities that belie our small size. Our congregation encompasses all age groups; we have a robust and growing Hebrew School program (Pre-K through a teen group), an active adult community, and a significant group of seniors, many of whom live in Maine year-round. We hold regular services and study sessions for Shabbat and holidays, and host numerous adult education programs, including adult B'nai Mitzvah classes, conversions groups, a chavurah, visiting scholars, Torah study, lectures, annual Ice Storm Wine Tasting, and theater trips. Through the temple, our rabbi and congregants also engage in community and social justice activities.

What are the future plans for TBE?
To meet the growing needs of our community, we recently completed an expansion that culminated in the opening of 5 Woodlawn Avenue adjacent to our sanctuary at 3 Woodlawn. Our new building includes classroom space for our Hebrew School, an extensive Jewish library, a kitchen, expanded office and storage space, and a play area for our children. We now are raising funds for a renovation of our sanctuary. With the addition of prospective new members, we feel that such expansion and renovation projects are imperative.

How can I apply to become a member? 
Please contact Rabbi Asch and fill out our
Membership ApplicationWe look forward to meeting you!