Shabbat Shalom

January 13
26 Tevet

Torah Readings
Parashat Vaera

Annual: Exod. 6:2-9:35
Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25-29:21

Candle Lighting
Friday, January 12 – 4:09 pm

Saturday, January 13 – 5:10 pm

Shabbat Services at 9:45 this weekend.

Stay Safe!

Josh Pernick

Shaarey Tphiloh
will once again host our dear friend
and Student Rabbi, Josh Pernick
the weekend of January 18-21



Save the Date

Temple Beth El Welcomes Cantor Bex for a weekend filled with song, a Tu B’Shvat celebration, and a thoughtful exploration of what Tikkun Olam means to us.

Let 2018 be a year to practice Tikkun Olam by enriching your relationships with:

Friday – People
· 5:30pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Services led by Cantor Bex
· 6:30pm: Kiddush and Refreshments
· 6:50pm: Special Guest Claudette Ndayininahaze, Cultural Broker at the Opportunity Alliance, will speak about her transformative work supporting new Mainers in Portland
Saturday – The Divine
· 9:30am: Shabbat Services led by Cantor Bex
· 12:15pm: Kiddush lunch
· 12:45pm: Limmud with Cantor Bex – Repair the World, Beginning with You
Sunday – Nature
· 4:00pm: Tu b’Shvat Seder led by Cantor Bex featuring all Maine grown foods
RSVP required FOR SEDER ONLY by January 22
$18 per person / $54 family maximum – Seats limited
Contact TBE today to reserve your seat!

TBE Pop-up Challah Shop!

Order yours today, pick it up on Friday!

$3.00 Small – $5.00 Large
$5.00 Six (6) Rolls
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

400 Deering Calendar

Yoga Minyan
Sundays at 9:30
Extended indefinitely
$54 non-member rate * $36 member rate * $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.

Spirits and Spirits
Thurs.: Jan. 11, Feb. 8 5:30 pm
We start as dust and end as dust, in between let’s have a drink.
-Yiddish Proverb.
December 14th, Rabbi Braun will again be at Maine Craft Distilling (123 Washington Ave, Portland) for a casual evening of libation and conversations about life. People of all faiths and curiosities are welcome to join. No RSVP required. Ages 21+

Modern Hebrew Chavura
Starting Sunday, January 7
Six Week Session – Free
TBE is partnering with the National Jewish Outreach Program to bring you a 6 week session of group Hebrew Language learning with text books, media and games to support a learning environment for Hebrew speakers and non-Hebrew speakers of all skill levels!

Rosh Chodesh Women’s Group
Wednesdays: Jan. 17, Feb. 21, Mar. 14, Apr. 11, May 16, Jun. 13 – 6:30-8:00 pm
$10/session drop-in rate
As we seek to make old traditions new, TBE is creating a Rosh Chodesh group for women. Together, as a collaborative effort, we will explore our tradition and our identities as women. No experience is necessary, all are welcome.


Community Calendar

Secrets of the Jewish Calendar
JCA – 1342 Congress St
January 21, 10:30 am
The Hebrew month of Shvat marks the birthday of our natural world. Beneath this birthday celebration, however, is a fundamental alteration of our connection to that which grows during this month. In this class, we will explore what it means to mark the age of our agriculture and what this means about our relationship with the natural world.


Maine Jewish Museum
Sunday, January 14, 2018 2pm-4pm
“Strata” mixed-media photographs by Shoshannah White
Spiegel Gallery
“Work Together” mixed-media prints by Susan Webster
Poetry reading by Stuart Kestenbaum
Fineberg Family Community Room
Auschwitch, “Images of Resilience and Light” photographs by Arthur Fink


26 Tevet
Chaey Giteles
Samuel Lewis
Robert Reiss
Evelyn Silverman

27 Tevet
Rose Punsky
Esther Seigel

28 Tevet
Rose Berman
Julius Cohen
Janette Kamens
Eli Lerman
Jack Merdek
Abraham Nelson
Shlowma Pasiencier
Marshall Schlossberg
Harold Seltzer
Bernard Shalit
Rebecca Shatz
Lyona Sheriff

29 Tevet
Ted Beatty
Gertrude Boyer
Alfred Goldman
Harold Potter

1 Shevat
Rose Kass
Rebecca Kronsberg
Beyla Mirafchick
Robert Rosen
Melvin Schwartz
Ethel Vinick
Esther Zulofsky

2 Shevat
Bernard Cope
Bella Milstein
Elias Pearlman

3 Shevat
Michael Jacobson

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