Shabbat Shalom
שבת שלום
April 7 – 8, 2017
11 – 12 Nisan 5777

Please join us in our new location
Saturday morning services – 9:30 am

400 Deering Avenue
Portland, Maine
Room 4A

Parashat Tzav
Annual: Lev 6:1−8:36
Haftarah: Isaiah 43:21-44:23

Candle Lighting
Friday, April 7 – 6:57 pm

Saturday, April 8 – 7:59 pm

Click here to read Josh Pernick’s D’var Torah

Chag Pesach Kasher v’Sameach

As Pesach approaches, we rush and hurry to prepare our homes and our lives for the incoming of one of the year’s most important celebrations. It is, however, important to remember that as we clean our homes, we offer ourselves a chance to slow down and cast out all of the physical and spiritual Chametz in our lives.

If you haven’t yet sold your Chametz, you can do it online through Chabad or through TBE by downloading this form and submitting it to Rabbi Braun by Monday morning.

If you are in the market for Shmurah Matzah, contact Chabad of Maine.

If you will be participating in a Seder, we have some food for thought to accompany your Matzah. Click here to read Matzah: Symbol of Oppression or Liberty?


Monday, April 10 – Ta’anit Bechorot
Erev Pesach
First Seder
7:01pm Candle Lighting

Tuesday, April 11 – Pesach I
Second Seder
9:30 am Holiday Service

Wednesday, April 12 – Pesach II
9:30 am Holiday Service
8:11 pm Havdalah

Friday, April 14 – Pesach IV
7:06 pm Candle Lighting

Saturday, April 15 – Pesach V
9:30 am Shabbat Morning Service

Sunday, April 16 – Pesach VI
7:07 pm Candle Lighting

Monday, April 17 – Pesach VII
9:30 am Holiday Service

Tuesday, April 18 – Pesach VIII
9:30 am Holiday Service
11:00 am Yizkor Service
– Led by Mr. Gerald Cope
8:14 pm Havdalah

Dear Shaarey Tphiloh Community,

We need your help!

Every Saturday morning we say a prayer for Refuah Shleimah for members of our congregation and their loved ones who are in need of healing. We would like to include the names of all those in our community who would benefit from our thoughts and prayers so we encourage you to communicate with us. Please, let us know if there is anyone whose name you would like included in our service and announcements and keep us updated through their recovery.

Shabbat Shalom,
Daniel Heinrich
Administrative Assistant

A Seat at your Table

In lieu of a community seder, this Pesach Temple Beth El and Shaarey Tphiloh invite you to open your homes and hearts to the stranger. Whether you have hosted seders for decades or will lead a seder for the very first time, we ask you to save a place(s) for those in search of a place to celebrate. Please contact Daniel Heinrich at or 774-2649 to offer a seat(s) or to let us know if you are need of a seat.

Financial support, guidance/resources for seder leaders, and supplies will be available at the TBE office:






Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day Community Observance – Sunday, April 23

Temple Beth El, the Maine Jewish Film Festival, Hillel of Southern Maine and the JCA are partnering for a Yom HaShoah observance and screening of the film The Silenced Walls. The screening will be at USM, followed by a discussion with Holocaust scholars. Afterwards, we will
march from USM to Temple Beth El for an observance of Yom HaShoah at the Slivka-Blechman Memorial.

For more details click here or contact the office at 774-2649



Save the Date

April 30 – 12:30pm
Join Southern Maine’s Jewish community for a commemoration of Israeli Memorial Day followed by a celebration of Israel’s 69th Independence Day!
12:30 pm Community Observance in honor of Yom Hazikaron
12:45 pm Celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut

Israeli Snacks * Falafel for Sale * Tahini-Making Station * Beer & Limonana (mint infused lemonade) * Crafts with PJ Library * Israeli Folk Dancing * Hebrew Language Booth * Face Painting * & much much more. Click here to see the flyer!

There will be no Challah available this weekend,
April 7 or during Pesach, April 14.
Regular Challah Service Will Resume April 21.

TBE’s Pop-Up Challah Shop
Benefiting the Kiddush Fund

Large: $5.00
Small: $3.00
6 Rolls: $5.00
Here’s how it works:

Option 1: Ready-to-bake Frozen Dough
Pre-braided frozen Kosher challah dough will be available for immediate purchase during regular office hours and during KBE on Sunday’s 9a-12p.
Option 2: Made-to-order Fresh Baked Challah
To buy our fresh baked challah, simply email at or call Daniel Heinrich at 774-2649 by noon on Thursday to place your order for the coming Shabbat. Orders will be ready for pick-up between 1pm and 3pm on Friday’s, or during weekend services if pre-paid by check or credit card.

Sponsor a Kiddush!

Temple Beth El and Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh are partnering to offer Kiddush refreshments on Shabbat and holidays. Sharing a Friday night or Shabbat service and Kiddush is a wonderful opportunity to support our congregations, build community, share in the simcha of a birthday, anniversary or graduation, and offer comfort to those observing a yahrzeit.

Click here for more info




Sunday Simcha!

Sunday Mornings – 6:30 to 8:30 am
We welcome new hosts: Hillel, Marshall Tinkle, Emily Epstein, Natan Kahn and Joel Kahn.

Sunday Simcha is the only Jewish music program in Maine and northern New England and one of only a handful of Jewish music radio shows in the United States. Shows are wildly eclectic- one of the few Jewish shows to feature modern, diverse, and cutting-edge recordings in addition to traditional music.

Sunday Simcha features:
An eclectic blend of Jewish music from across the diaspora, including klezmer, Sephardic, Ladino, traditional, sacred, folk, rock, classical, kids’ music, and jazz – Live interviews – News and announcements for the Southern Maine Jewish community – Occasional Jewish humor




Community Calendar

Seder Plate Mitzvoh (good deed)!
Sunday, April 9 – 12 pm
JCA Preschool
57 Ashmont Street, Portland
Please join Jewish Family Services for our annual Seder Plate Mitzvoh (good deed)! We will be making all the goodies that go along with a seder plate, assembling the plates and delivering them to area seniors looking for a Passover visit before the holiday! Please call Andrea at 772-1959 or email at



National Yiddish Book Center Tour Sunday, May 7, 8AM-8PM

Join us for an amazing opportunity to see, hear and feel Jewish History—with an authentic Yiddish accent—at the most important and magnificent Yiddish cultural center in the world. Co-sponsored by the JCA and Temple Shalom with roundtrip transportation from Auburn and Portland to Western MA on a comfortable coach with a stop for lunch. Minimum 20 registered participants required by Thursday, April 13th, to run the trip. $55 per person. For more information and to register, click here.



From Sinai to Seinfeld The History of Jewish Humor
March 15-May 24, 7:00-8:30PM
Treating Jewish jokes as text, this course invites students to analyze and interpret the evolving concerns, styles, rhythms, preoccupations, and values of the Jewish people that lie buried deep in words that make us laugh as Jews, and that bond us as a people. No experience necessary, open to all. Taught by Rabbi Carolyn Braun. Register by March 1. Click HERE
The cost of the course is $250.
Late registration fees apply.


Words to Action – Sunday, April 30
Hillel of Southern Maine will be hosting a program leader from the ADL in Boston who will be a running a program for us called Words to Actions. This program focuses on ways for students to combat anti-semitism on campus. We would like to extend an invite to all 11th and 12th grade high school students to join us. This is an opportunity for them to gain some skills before heading off to college, gain some insight into choosing a school with Jewish quality of life in mind and get to know Hillel and what Hillel can offer them when its time to go off to school.
Pizza will be served for dinner! RSVPs are requested by April 23rd. (Location is still TDB).

The Maine Conference for Jewish Life brings Jews from around the state together to experience the best of Jewish learning, culture, and life. We will spend June 9-11, 2017 together celebrating the gift of Torah while sharing our stories, struggles, and best practices with one another.








Mid-Maine Jewish Funtensive
Day Camp!

June 26-30 and July 10-14

Reserve your spot with Rabbi Erica Asch at












Lorraine and Jonas Smith in memory of Lorraine’s father, Sam Cohen.

Harriet Levi in memory of her father, Abraham Diner.

Leonard Grossman in memory of his mother, Goldie Grant.


12 Nisan
Bessie Averback
Lillian Drecksler
Samuel Osher
Bernard Rubenstein
David Silverman
Ruth Silverstein

13 Nisan
Rose Glovsky

14 Nisan
Tillie Branz
Pauline Lerman
Goldie Silver
Harry Weisman
Alfred Zimmerman

15 Nisan
Ethel Lourie
Nancy Nemon
Ralph Ross

16 Nisan
Samuel Cohen

17 Nisan
Ida Boxstein
Edith Weisman

18 Nisan
Annie Greenberg
Minnie Hartman
Annie Levine
Owen Mack

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