Welcome to Beth Israel Congregation
The home for Jewish Life in Waterville, Maine.
- Multiple DatesFri, Mar 31Waterville
- Multiple DatesSat, Apr 01WatervilleApr 01, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PMWaterville, 291 Main Street, Waterville, ME 04901, USAJoin us together for Saturday morning services, followed by an oneg. Please sign up if you plan to attend -- if we do not have a minyan signed up, services may be canceled. Use this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MIzP2c8ect21wr0YCc5ChIioHhZfa0h4y1XMxaieS8o/edit?usp=sharing
- Thu, Apr 06Parker Reed Room, Colby CollegeApr 06, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PMParker Reed Room, Colby College, 4000 Mayflower Hill Dr, Waterville, ME 04901, USABeth Israel's community seder is open to all -- though RSVPs and payment are required. This year, because of construction, we will be holding the seder at Colby College. Check the weekly email/monthly newsletter for more info, or email firstname.lastname@example.org!
- Multiple DatesFri, Apr 21WatervilleApr 21, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PMWaterville, 291 Main St, Waterville, ME 04901, USAWelcome in Shabbat with the Beth Israel community! Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. Please sign up to let us know if you plan to come: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MIzP2c8ect21wr0YCc5ChIioHhZfa0h4y1XMxaieS8o/edit?usp=sharing
The congregation was established over 100 years ago and descendants of the original members have preserved the memories and traditions of our founding families. While rich in history, our current congregation lists many who have come to us from other states bringing with them their own religious and cultural experiences.
A significant portion of our members are inter-faith couples who are committed to a meaningful religious life for their families. We provide a variety of programs including a religious school for children, adult education classes, lectures, community suppers and brunches, and other social events.
A Message From Our Rabbi
My name is Rabbi Rachel Isaacs and it is my distinct pleasure to serve Beth Israel Congregation. After serving as the Legacy Heritage Rabbinic Fellow for Beth Israel, I am now serving as the rabbi of this holy community. Additionally, I serve as the Dorothy "Bibby" Levine Alfond Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and the Director of the Center for Small Town Jewish Life at Colby College.
I was raised in a Conservative congregation in New Jersey and attended Wellesley College where I was a Hillel Co-President. As an undergraduate student, I also studied abroad at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Be'er Sheva, Israel. After graduation, I studied in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and then began rabbinical school as a Wexner Graduate Fellow.
I have a passion for serious Jewish learning. I am committed to making Judaism relevant and accessible for Jewish individuals and families of all makeups and backgrounds.
As a native of the Jersey Shore, there is little that I love more than skeeball, frozen custard, and the waves. As a Jew, there is little I relish more than hosting people for Shabbat meals. I look forward to having you at my family's Shabbos table!
“For my house shall be called a House of Prayer for all peoples."
291 Main St, Waterville, P.O. Box 1882, Waterville, ME 04901