In a changing world, Congregation Beth Abraham has never changed. Physically, perhaps, but not spiritually. For there is more to this synagogue than cement and mortar and wood. External embellishments over the past years have attracted the eye, but the underlying spirit has attracted the heart.
“Beth Abraham” literally means “House of Abraham.” Among his greatest attributes was his love of his fellow man. In his home all were welcome, from the weariest traveler to the wealthiest merchant prince. They were made to feel a part of Abraham’s household….they were made to feel welcome and they were told that they could always return and find a safe refuge in Abraham’s house.
So, too, with this “Bais Avraham.” Over the years newcomers to Bangor found a haven here – an Orthodox oasis where one was never expected, and even those whose religious roots were not observant, found a place where they and their children could feel comfortable.
To be sure, the original founders of Beth Abraham might be somewhat startled at the physical changes in the shul over the years but they would be really amazed at the role that the women of the congregation have played in bringing beauty and order to a once male-dominated world. The Beth Abraham Sisterhood welcomes visitors as guests and is responsible for the weekly kiddush. The ladies also prepare meals for sale - whether for visitors or local residents. Mouthwatering chicken and accompaniments are a boon to kosher travelers. Beth Abraham without it’s Sisterhood just wouldn’t be Beth Abraham. Perhaps the Beth Abraham Synagogue can best be described in one word – home. Many people, members and nonmembers alike, have always found a “safe harbor” here. A place to worship in their own way.
The members of Beth Abraham, who belong to no special social strata, combine hard work and a love for their “shul” to keep it alive. From one generation to another it has kindled a lifelong sense of Judaism.
We hope and pray, that spark and its flame, will burn eternally.