High Holidays 5778 – Fall 2017

Rosh Hashanah Day 1:

Evening Service: Wednesday, September 20: 6:45 pm
Morning Service: Thursday, September 21: 9:15 am | Torah Service: 10:15 am
Hineni: 11:15 pm | Service Ends: 12:15pm | Tashlich follows: 12:30 pm

Rosh Hashanah Day 2:

Evening Service: Thursday, September 21: 6:45 pm
Morning Service: Friday, September 22: 9:15 am | Torah Service: 10:15 am

Yom Kippur

Evening Service: Friday, September 29: | Kol Nidre: 6:45 pm
Morning Service: Wednesday, September 30: 9:15 am | Yizkor: 11:15 am
Afternoon service: 4:30 pm
Community Break Fast: Begins approx. 6:30pm


Shalom and Welcome!  

Congregation Etz Chaim is a non-denominational synagogue located in Biddeford, Maine.  Our members are from all over York county, and even beyond.  Check out our website to learn about our vibrant community and our synagogue offerings:

  • High Holiday Services
  • Shabbat Morning Services Twice A Month
  • Jewish Holiday Celebrations
  • Community Friday Night Potlucks
  • Weekly Hebrew School for School Age Children
  • Sunday School for Young Children & Families
  • Adult Education and Community Programming
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah Training

“We use gender sensitive prayer books in a warm, friendly atmosphere. We are also the home of the Samuel Osher Memorial Library, which offers Jewish books, music, education materials, and a wide selection of videotapes/DVDs.”

– David Strassler, President

Upcoming Events:

Please join Congregation Etz Chaim in welcoming Louis Davidson on Sunday, August 20 for a special presentation of Synagogues Around the World.

Photographer Louis Davidson will make a Virtual Reality presentation displaying an amazing selection of synagogues.

The presentation will be held at the Congregation Etz Chaim synagogue at 36 Bacon Street in
Biddeford at 7 PM.
Coffee and desserts will be served.

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Congregation Etz Chaim’s summer service schedule will begin on Saturday, July 15th.

Shabbat services are held 9:30 am -12:00 pm. Cantor Beth Strassler will lead services.
A kiddish will follow services.

Etz Chaim is excited to announce that we will be holding a Friday evening Shabbat service once a month. Our first Friday Shabbat service will be on July 28th at 7:00 pm.

Coffee and dessert will follow. Please join us as we celebrate Shabbat and connect as a community. August services will be Saturday, August 19th 9:30 am- 12:00 pm and Friday, August 25th at 7 pm.

Congregation Etz Chaim is located at 36 Bacon Street, Biddeford. Parking is available in the lot next to the Biddeford Police Station.

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The April 2017 Edition of The Newsletter is Here!

Want to know more about our community?  Read the latest edition of The York County Jewish Community Newsletter here.

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