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Welcome to Beth Israel Congregation

The home for Jewish Life in Waterville, Maine.

Upcoming Events

  • Dairy Potluck and Kabbalat Shabbat Services
    Dec 17, 6:00 PM – 7:55 PM
    Waterville, 291 Main St, Waterville, ME 04901, USA
    Welcome in Shabbat with the Beth Israel community, and bring a dairy dish to share! (Please do not bring any meat items to the dairy potluck.)
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  • Shabbat Hike at Quarry Road
    Sat, Dec 18
    Waterville
    Dec 18, 10:00 AM
    Waterville, Quarry Rd, Waterville, ME 04901, USA
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  • Dairy Potluck and Kabbalat Shabbat Services
    Jan 21, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:55 PM
    Waterville, 291 Main St, Waterville, ME 04901, USA
    Welcome in Shabbat with the Beth Israel community, and bring a dairy dish to share! (Please do not bring any meat items to the dairy potluck.)
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  • Shabbat Morning Services
    Sat, Jan 22
    Waterville
    Jan 22, 2022, 9:00 AM
    Waterville, 291 Main Street, Waterville, ME 04901, USA
    Join us together for Saturday morning services, followed by an oneg. We'll only hold these services if a minyan is signed up, so please make sure to add your name! tinyurl.com/ea4r8v5z
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  • Dairy Potluck and Kabbalat Shabbat Services
    Feb 04, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:55 PM
    Waterville, 291 Main St, Waterville, ME 04901, USA
    Welcome in Shabbat with the Beth Israel community, and bring a dairy dish to share! (Please do not bring any meat items to the dairy potluck.)
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  • Shabbat Morning Services
    Sat, Feb 05
    Waterville
    Feb 05, 2022, 9:00 AM
    Waterville, 291 Main Street, Waterville, ME 04901, USA
    Join us together for Saturday morning services. We'll only hold these services if a minyan is signed up, so please make sure to add your name! tinyurl.com/ea4r8v5z This week, services include Tot Shabbat from 9 - 9:45!
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  • Kabbalat Shabbat Services
    Fri, Feb 25
    Waterville
    Feb 25, 2022, 6:00 PM
    Waterville, 291 Main St, Waterville, ME 04901, USA
    Welcome in Shabbat with the Beth Israel community!
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Our Story

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.

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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 at Colby College, serve as the Hillel rabbi, and the Director of the Center for Small Town Jewish Life.

 

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 commited 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."

Isaiah 56:7

Contact Us

291 Main St, Waterville, P.O. Box 1882, Waterville, ME 04901

207-872-7551

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