Shabbat Shalom
December 1 – 2
14 Kislev

Torah Readings
Parashat Vayishlach

Annual: Gen. 32:4-36:43
Haftarah: Obadiah 1:1-1:21

Candle Lighting
Friday, December 1 – 3:47 pm

Saturday, December 2 – 4:6 pm

Shabbat Morning Services – 9:45 am.
Because Temple Beth El has a Bar Mitzvah this weekend and will finish much later than us, we will be having a casual Kiddush outside of our Shul immediately following services. All are welcome at Temple Beth El’s lunch hosted by the Small family if you would like to stay until they finish their services.

“Katonti” by Yonatan Razel
The lyrics to this song come from this week’s parshah; Katonti (קטונטי) means “I have been unworthy” are said by Yaakov during Parashat Vayishlach.

Day Trip to Limmud Boston Temple Reyim, Newton, MA
Sunday, December 3, 2017 – RSVP by Nov. 27– Tickets: $45 each
Limmud (learning in Hebrew) is an international, pan-denominational community that creates spaces and places so that you can craft your own Jewish experience, explore your connection to Jewish ideas and traditions and meet people who share your curiosity and enthusiasm. To participate in this year’s Limmud Boston event, simply purchase a ticket on the Limmud Boston website ($45) and contact Chair Judy Gatchell. The Adult Jewish Learning Committee will organize and subsidize car pools to the conference.
A limited number of scholarships for ticket fees are available.

Need we say more?
All are welcome at TBE and Shaarey Tphiloh’s
Annual Chanukah Party
Live Music * Fresh Latkes
Wednesday, December 13 – 5:00 pm

Gift Shop

The TBE Gift Shop is now fully stocked in time for Chanukah!

Drop by during office hours to pick up all the candles, menorahs, gift wrap, cards, dreidels and gifts you need for your family, friends and loved ones.

Be sure to come to the Chanukah Party to see the totally redesigned Gift Shop and Café!

The Challah Shop is

Unfortunately, we will also be closed next week (Dec. 8) as we prepare for a special event. Sorry for the inconvenience!

The shop will return
December 15.
Order Now!


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.

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

Community Calendar


American Jewish History: An adult education class with historian and poet Anna Bat Chai Wrobel
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Ten sessions: December 5, 12, 19; January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13
Tuition: $190 JCA member, $205 non-member
This course will offer an overview of Jews in American historical contexts from colonial to modern eras with a major focus on 20th century and contemporary events. The culminating feature will be comparative personal and family narratives of our individual “American Jewish histories” contextualized in a variety of time-frames, regions and social conditions.
Please register as soon as possible via the JCA website or by calling 772-1959

Tzedakah Celebration with Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services
Thursday, December 7, 5-6:30 pm – JCA 1342 Congress St
Join the JCA for a potluck dinner and family tzedakah party celebrating the end of this year’s Hanukkah Lights program and the power of giving in our community! Please bring a favorite dairy/vegetarian dish to share (no meat please) and snacks to donate to kids need. Donations will also be collected for those who have sponsored a family or child through Hanukkah Lights.

Discovery Day at Levey

Our friends at Levey Day School are having their annual Discovery Day on Sunday, December 3 from 1-3 pm.

Discovery Day is a wonderful afternoon of arts and science fun for children ages 4-9 and their parents. Featuring a family photo booth, tours and more.

Click here to see the flyer!


Martin & Linda Brenerman in memory of Saul Brenerman
Irving Grunes in memory of Regina Grunes
Lorraine and Jonas Smith in memory of Lorraine’s brother, Eli Cohen.

Todah Rabah!


14 Kislev
Eli Cohen
Harry Freedman
Yisrael Jacobson
Jacob Woolf

15 Kislev
Bertina Arlock
Ida Cohen
Sarah Finsie
Harriet Goldfinger
Joseph Sheriff

16 Kislev
George Cohen
Fannie Meltzer
Maurice Waterman
Rae Wolf
Robert Woolf

17 Kislev
Sarah Bernstein
Harlan Feuerstein
Helen Freedman
Bessie Kalin
William Needleman
Harold Punsky
William Singer
David Zolov

18 Kislev
David Fineberg
Sidney Fogelson
Aaron Garber
Etta Goodman

19 Kislev
Meyer Lerman

20 Kislev
Thelma Gardner
Annie Kovensky
Lewis Lerman
Lois Levitan
Benjamin Lourie
Harry Rosenbloom
Benjamin Shuman

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