About Us

Beth Israel Congregation is a modern Conservative egalitarian, synagogue where congregants of all genders are active participants in the religious, social, and administrative functions of the synagogue. 

 

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.

 

Beth Israel moved to its current location in 1957. Prominently located on Main Street, we have a spacious sanctuary, recently renovated classroom, large social hall, and kosher kitchen. 

 

Located in Waterville, Maine, the synagogue has partnered with nearby Colby College. Colby has a Religious Studies department, a Jewish Studies program and a Hillel chapter. Colby has 2 endowed annual lectures dedicated to Jewish topics. Waterville is also home to Thomas College and a community college is located in an adjacent community. 

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Bill & Pat Rosenberg

When we came to the area five years ago, Beth Israel warmly welcomed us. In this challenging year, all of Beth Israel, from the Rabbi and Mel through all of the membership, demonstrated the depth of the congregation’s commitment to community and support. We appreciate our synagogue home. 
Bill and Pat Rosenberg

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Jessica & Neil Gross

Rabbi Isaacs, Melanie Weiss and Beth Israel are treasures. We wondered what it would be like to be Jewish in Waterville. Our experience has been warm, welcoming, enriching and affirming. 

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Tara Polansky

As new transplants to the Waterville community during a pandemic, my family and I have been floored by the way the Temple Beth Israel community has welcomed us.  From helping us to find housing to create an in-person Hebrew school class for my 5-year old, and from Shabbat and holiday events to dropping off challah for Rosh HaShannah and treats for Chanukah at our house, it has become central to our lives here.