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Welcome to Beth Israel Congregation

The home for Jewish Life in Waterville, Maine.

Upcoming Events

  • Shabbat Morning Services
    Sat, Aug 20
    Waterville
    Aug 20, 9:00 AM
    Waterville, 291 Main Street, Waterville, ME 04901, USA
    Join us together for Saturday morning services, followed by an oneg.
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  • Adult bnei mitzvah class
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Aug 25
    Waterville
    Aug 25, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
    Waterville, 291 Main St, Waterville, ME 04901, USA
    Join this hybrid class with Rabbi Isaacs by emailing her, or by using this login information: Meeting ID: 962 8019 3086/Passcode: 884518 Or click here to join: https://colby.zoom.us/j/96280193086?pwd=dWM5YWtFMEV1T0hWYkh3dkljbkVxZz09
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  • Selichot
    Sat, Sep 17
    Augusta
    Sep 17, 7:00 PM
    Augusta, 3 Woodlawn St, Augusta, ME 04330, USA
    A beautiful way to start the High Holiday season. Please sign up for this service and all our others here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MIzP2c8ect21wr0YCc5ChIioHhZfa0h4y1XMxaieS8o/edit?usp=sharing
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  • Erev Rosh Hashana Services and Community Dinner
    Sep 25, 5:30 PM EDT
    Waterville, 291 Main St, Waterville, ME 04901, USA
    Services followed by a community meal with the Beth Israel and Colby Hillel communities. If you want to attend the meal, you must RSVP to Mel Weiss at maweiss@colby.edu. Our full High Holiday schedule can be found here: https://www.bethisraelwaterville.org/high-holidays
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  • Rosh Hashana Morning Services
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, Sep 26
    Waterville
    Sep 26, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
    Waterville, 291 Main St, Waterville, ME 04901, USA
    Our High Holiday services are open to all! Please feel free to join us. Tashlich will be held at the boat launch across from Thayer hospital at 1pm on the first day of Rosh Hashana. Our full High Holiday schedule can be found here: https://www.bethisraelwaterville.org/high-holidays
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  • Shabbat Shuva Services
    Fri, Sep 30
    Waterville
    Sep 30, 6:00 PM
    Waterville, 291 Main St, Waterville, ME 04901, USA
    Special Shabbat services for the Shabbat between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Our full High Holiday schedule can be found here: https://www.bethisraelwaterville.org/high-holidays
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  • Kol Nidre (Erev Yom Kippur) Services
    Oct 04, 6:00 PM
    Waterville, 291 Main St, Waterville, ME 04901, USA
    All of our High Holiday Services are free and open to the public. Our full High Holiday schedule can be found here: https://www.bethisraelwaterville.org/high-holidays
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  • Yom Kippur Morning Services
    Wed, Oct 05
    Waterville
    Oct 05, 9:30 AM
    Waterville, 291 Main St, Waterville, ME 04901, USA
    All of our High Holiday Services are free and open to the public. Our full High Holiday schedule can be found here: https://www.bethisraelwaterville.org/high-holidays
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  • Yom Kippur Mincha, Ne'ila, Vegetarian Potluck Break the Fast
    Oct 05, 5:00 PM
    Waterville, 291 Main St, Waterville, ME 04901, USA
    All of our High Holiday Services are free and open to the public. Our full High Holiday schedule can be found here: https://www.bethisraelwaterville.org/high-holidays
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  • Kabbalat Shabbat Dairy Potluck and Services
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Oct 28
    Waterville
    Oct 28, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Waterville, 291 Main St, Waterville, ME 04901, USA
    Welcome 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
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  • Shabbat Morning Services
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Nov 19
    Waterville
    Nov 19, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Waterville, 291 Main Street, Waterville, ME 04901, USA
    Join 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
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  • Kabbalat Shabbat Services
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Dec 16
    Waterville
    Dec 16, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Waterville, 291 Main St, Waterville, ME 04901, USA
    Welcome in Shabbat with the Beth Israel community! Please sign up if you know you plan to attend services: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MIzP2c8ect21wr0YCc5ChIioHhZfa0h4y1XMxaieS8o/edit?usp=sharing
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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 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."

Isaiah 56:7

Contact Us

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

207-872-7551

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