Shabbat Shalom
October 26-27
7-8 Heshvan

Torah Readings
Parashat Lekh Lekha
Annual: Bereshit 12:1-17:27
Haftarah: 40:27-41:16

Candle Lighting
Friday, October 27 – 5:15 pm

Saturday, October, 28 – 6:18 pm

New Shabbat Service Time
Services now start at 9:45 am on Saturday Morning

The Pop-Up Challah Shop is Back!

After a rejuvenating Chai-atus for the Holidays, TBE’s Pop-Up Challah Shop is Back! Submit your order online, send us a message or an email by Thursday and we’ll have your Challah ready on Friday in time for Shabbat.

$3.00 for a Small
$5.00 for a Large
$5.00 for Six Rolls


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.
Please note, due to the increased cost of lox, premium level Kiddush sponsorships now cost $200.

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

Jacob Cousins Memorial

Unveiled in September 1935, the Jacob Cousins Memorial was part of an ongoing nationwide effort to highlight both the patriotism of Jewish Americans and their contribution during times of conflict. The memorial is a key artifact in the history of the Jewish community in southern Maine linking past to present and inspiring visitors to remember, respect and contemplate the cost of war.

In its current state the memorial is difficult to view and appreciate as it faces directly onto Eastern promenade Drive. Friends of the Eastern promenade is raising funds to redesign this historic landmark.

To donate to this important cause click here.

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

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Special TBE Shabbaton,
Suki Serok was a USY Shaliach in the 1970’s and will lead the TBE community in prayer, followed by opportunities for all to learn and celebrate life with him and his equally extraordinary wife, Dr. Esther Serok. Join us as we welcome the Serok’s, travelling all the way from their home in Jerusalem for the following tentative program:
-5:30pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Suki)
-6:30pm Kiddush & casual dinner followed by an address entitled From Herzl’s Dream to Israel at 70 by Dr. Esther Serok, Representative of the World Zionist Organization in North America. Suki will also offer his thoughts on Religious Pluralism in Israel.

-9:30am Shabbat Services – Parashat Lech Lecha (Suki)
-12:15pm Kiddush leading in to storytelling and discussion on the topic Rescuing Jews from Distressed Countries (Suki)

-10:30 am How to Talk to Your Kids about Anti-Semitism (Suki)


Yoga Minyan (6 Week Session)
Sundays: Oct. 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 19
9:30-10:20 am
$54 Course Fee • $10/session drop-in rate
TBE’s new yoga minyan will offer a moment of peace meant to nurture your heart, soul, and body through a centering, grounding yoga practice. The class will open with some words of Jewish philosophy, followed by stretching, gentle movement, and breathing. Please bring comfortable clothes and a yoga mat. Open to all, no prior experience necessary. Registration required – click here.


4-week Course Taught by Dr. Sanford Freedman
David Grossman: Israeli Novelist Par Excellence
Sundays: October 22 & 29
November 5 & 12
10:30 am – Register by October 15
Course Fee: $36 for members/ $54 for non-members
This adult education course introduces the complex world of one of Israel’s greatest contemporary novelists. It primarily focuses on David Grossman’s transporting tale of the 1967 Six Day War, To the End of the Land, a love narrative that intermixes time sequences, placing the reader in highly emotional scenes that has caused some readers to refer to this novel as Israel’s War and Peace. This novel will introduce us to Grossman and offer an opportunity to consider how we might approach his latest novel, A Horse Walks into a Bar (recent recipient of the International Booker Prize).

Community Calendar

Chevra Kadisha Annual Meeting
Sunday, November 12, 2017
10:00 -11:30 am
Congregation Bet Ha’am
A kosher breakfast will be served.
Suggested Donation $18.00
Please RSVP by November 1, 2017 to:
or call Paula Harris (207) 799-9098

In Search of Israeli Cuisine – Film Screening & Tasting Menu
Co-sponsored by the JCA
Sunday, November 5th – 4-7 PM
1342 Congress St, Portland
Tickets: $25 Advance $30 at the door. Ticket includes film screening and Kosher-Vegetarian tasting prepared by TBE’s Hagai Bernstein and Daniel Heinrich.

JCA Super Sunday Community Campaign
To help make calls and send emails, RSVP to Jessica at and let us know what shift(s) you prefer:
November 5th 9-11am or 11-1pm
Please come 15 minutes before your shift for a brief training. Talking points will be provided, and refreshments will be served!


Shalom Baby Shower
Sunday, November 12, 9:30-10:30 am
Jewish Community Alliance
Mazel Tov! PJ Library invites families who have welcomed a new child in the past year to join us to celebrate your newest family member! Please join us for a nosh and some playtime. Meet other new parents and receive a welcome gift for your child. RSVP requested so we can have your child’s gift ready. RSVP to Andrea at 772-1959.

Todah Rabah

Todah Rabah to Matt and Lynn Goldfarb for sponsoring this Friday’s Kiddush in memory of Dr. Manford Kraemer, Evelyn Waldron Kasen and Frances & Samuel Goldfarb.

Todah Rabah to Barbara and Peter Shaw for co-sponsoring this Saturday’s Kiddush in honor of Barbara’s mother, Doris Ginsburg, who celebrates her 101st birthday on October 26th.

Todah Rabah to David and Elaine Lewis for co-sponsoring this Saturday’s Kiddush in honor of Suki and Etti Serok.


8 Heshvan
Myron Read

9 Heshvan
Henry Schwey
Paul Leventhal

10 Heshvan
Ziszel Boxstein
Myron Gold
Ruth Kaplan
Sylvia Kolko

11 Heshvan
Ruth Burke
Max Cooke
Albert Jacobson

13 Heshvan
Gerald Meyer Pollack

14 Heshvan
Louis Foler Mack

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