Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Congregation Beth El Is a Synagogue Built to Last in the 'DIY' Spirit of Maine

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Congregation Beth El Is a Synagogue Built to Last in the 'DIY' Spirit of Maine

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The bima of Beth El, featuring the handmade wooden ark that found a permanent home in a former church. (Image courtesy of Congregation Beth El)

Congregation Beth El in Bangor, Maine, will soon throw one heck of a party. It's won't be a bar mitzvah party, or a wedding shindig, or a Purim rager, or a fundraising gala, or any other type of social affair that a synagogue would typically put on. But when the time is right, Congregation Beth El will host an inaugural birthday bash for their newest piece of art, a wood-worked Torah scroll overlaid with the birkat Kohanim in colorful quilting. In addition to welcoming the fresh entryway decor, the celebration will also be a "thank you" to the people who handcrafted this piece from scratchBeth El's own congregants.

This isn't the first time the members of the 110-family congregation have dedicated their time and "sweat equity" to the building. That's what Mary-Anne Saxl, the current President of Congregation Beth El, calls it. …

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