"Shalom. We welcome you to Adas Yoshuron Synagogue in Rockland, Maine."

Unaffiliated. All-inclusive. The heart of Mid-Coast Maine's Jewish community — since 1912.

About Adas Yoshuron


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Adas Yoshuron has been the heart of Mid-Coast Maine’s Jewish community since 1912 (see History). We are unaffiliated and egalitarian, and this autonomy gives us a unique and vibrant spiritual identity. Our congregation is a diverse group. We are singles, couples, and families; we are all ages, from young families to elders; we are summer folk and locals; and we are people new to the area as well as long-established families representing two, three, even four generations of Rockland’s Jewish community. We represent a wide range of Jewish experience. This diversity gives us both a strong sense of history and tremendous vitality.

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Our community is fortunate to have a knowledgeable and engaging rabbinic presence in Rabbi Natan Margalit, our visiting rabbi, who holds monthly Shabbat services, assists with our Hebrew School, teaches adult education classes and offers pastoral counseling. Rabbi Margalit was ordained at the Jerusalem Seminary and earned a Ph.D. in Talmud from U.C. Berkeley. Rabbi Natan commutes to Rockland once a month from his home in Newton, Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife and two sons. Our community is also fortunate to have several lay leaders, which enables us to hold at least one additional Shabbat service each month. Click on Calendar for an overview of the services, events and courses we offer.

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What’s Happening

Days of Awe 5777 at Adas Yoshuron
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services with Rabbi David Freidenreich will be held at Adas Yoshuron Synagogue, 50 Willow Street. Services are open to all. There is no charge for seats and no reservations are needed; donations are gratefully accepted.
During the Days of Awe, we will be collecting canned and dry goods for the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry. Please bring a box or can of non-perishable, nutritious food to add to the collection boxes, which will be located outside the sanctuary and downstairs. Thank you.
EREV ROSH HASHANAH — Sunday, October 2, 6:30 p.m.
Services will be led by Dana Goldsmith with the Adas Yoshuron choir. We welcome Rabbi David Freidenreich. Potluck dessert oneg to follow. Please bring a dessert or fruit to share.
ROSH HASHANAH — First Day  — Monday, October 3, 9 a.m. Services will be led by Rabbi Freidenreich and Meyer Drapkin and will end at approximately 1 p.m. Torah Reader: Michael Kosowsky; Haftorah: Richard Aroneau.
***Children’s Service and Activity at 10:30 a.m. with Minda Gold
TASHLICH – Monday, October 3, 4:30 p.m. Tashlich will be held at the Public Landing at Rockland Harbor Park. There is ample parking and easy access for tossing crumbs. Meet in the parking lot and we’ll walk together to the shoreline. BYOC! (Bring your own crumbs!)
ROSH HASHANAH—Second Day — Tuesday, October 4, 9 a.m. Services will be led by Rabbi Freidenreich and Meyer Drapkin and will end at approximately 1 p.m. We will once again have a participatory, discussion-oriented service. The theme will be “The Binding of Isaac in Poetry.” Torah Reader: Michael Kosowsky; Haftorah: Sara Kahn Troster
KOL NIDRE — Tuesday, October 11, 5:30 p.m. sharp
Services will be led by Dana Goldsmith with the Adas Yoshuron choir and Rabbi David Freidenreich. Please arrive by 5:15 p.m. to find your seat. We will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m.
YOM KIPPUR — Wednesday, October 129 a.m.
Services will be led by Rabbi Freidenreich and Meyer Drapkin and will end at approximately 1:30 p.m. Yizkor will take place around 11:30 a.m. Torah Reader: Susan Wind; Haftorah: Dana Goldsmith
***Children’s Service and Activity at 10:30 a.m. with Minda Gold
Minchah Afternoon Service, including the Book of Jonah — 3:45 p.m.
We will have a participatory, discussion-oriented service led by Rabbi Freidenreich. The theme will be “The Power of Words.” Torah Reader: Susan Wind. The Book of Jonah: Sara Kahn Troster.
Concluding Service/Neilah/Final Shofar Blowing — 5:45 p.m.
Community Break-the-Fast — 6:45 p.m.
All are welcome. Due to our generous donors, there is no charge for this meal. However, contributions of food are appreciated. RSVP by contacting the office, 594-4523; info@adasyoshuron.org.
Shanah Tovah!
Wishing you a Happy, Healthy, and Peaceful New Year!

Recordings of the High Holiday Torah and Haftarah portions are here.

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For more information on the synagogue and acitivities, please contact the office, 594-4523, or email info@adasyoshuron.org.

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