Shabbat Shalom
March 9-10
22-23 Adar

Torah Readings
Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei
Shabbat Parah

Annual: Exod. 35:1-40:38
Maftir: Numbers 19:1-22
Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16 – 36:38

Candle Lighting
Friday, March 9 – 5:22 pm

Saturday, March 10- 6:23 pm


Kobi Kahn’s Bar Mitzvah

Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 5:30 pm with Temple Beth El in the large sanctuary.

Shabbat Morning Services for the Bar Mitzvah of Kobi Kahn begin at 9:30 am this Saturday in the large sanctuary.

Shabbat Parah
Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei
March 9-10,2018

Kobi is very excited to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah this Shabbat. Kobi is a native Mainer and currently is in 7th grade at Lincoln Middle School where he enjoys math and science. For extracurriculars, Kobi participates in swimming,
snowboarding, and soccer, as well as playing online and outside with his friends.
Kobi is the son of Natan and Orly Kahn. He is the youngest of 5 siblings; Daniella, Eitan, Joel and Yoni.

His Bar Mitzvah will be, B”H, on Shabbat Vayakhel-Pekudei, on March 10th, and he cannot wait to celebrate this journey with his family, friends and the joint Shaarey Tphiloh and Temple Beth-El community. Kobi would like to thank Student Rabbi Josh Pernick for his assistance in helping him prepare for his Bar Mitzvah.

The Kahn Family will be celebrating Kabbalat Shabbat in a joint service with Temple Beth El on Friday, March 9th at 5:30 pm.

On Shabbat, the Family invites all members of the community to the service at 9:30 am, to be held in TBE’s large sanctuary, and to the sit down Kiddush that follows.


Saturday, March 17

Visiting Rabbi Aaron Shub of Yeshiva Chovevei Torah will be leading services and a discussion of the week’s Parsha at our usual time of 9:45 am

Board Meeting, Sunday March 18 at 10:00 am
Room TBD

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

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!





Sunday Simcha!

Sunday Mornings – 6:30 to 8:30 am
We welcome new hosts: Hillel, Marshall Tinkle, Barbara Merson, 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

Kadima Beth El

While Abby is on leave, if you have questions or concerns, or would like to report your child’s absence, please email Daniel Heinrich at and copy Lisa Berman at Every effort has been made to keep the school calendar up to date, which you can access at this link (or from the synagogue website).

For financial questions, please email Sherri Quint at For general inquiries, please call the office at 774-2679 or email

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
Thursdays: Apr. 19, May 10, June 14, Jul 14, Aug. 9

We start as dust and end as dust, in between let’s have a drink.
-Yiddish Proverb.
Once a month Rabbi Braun will 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+


Encountering God: A Conversation – Sundays in March at 10:30 am
4 Session Course taught by David Freidenreich
What does it mean to speak about God? What have Jews past and present said about God? What do we feel comfortable saying about God? We’ll explore these questions and more in this four-session class. Participants are strongly encouraged to read chapters from Neil Gillman’s The Way into Encountering God in Judaism before each session, but all are welcome regardless of advance preparation. (For the March 4 session, read the introduction and chapter 1 of this short and accessible book.)
A limited number of copies of the book are available at the TBE library for loan.
Email Daniel to reserve a spot. $36 for 4 sessions

Rosh Chodesh Women’s Group
Wednesdays: 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.



A Taste of the Maine Conference for Jewish Life:
The Complications of Egalitariansim
March 11
9:45 – 10:30am
Join Melanie Weiss from the Center for Small Town Jewish Life as we look at the changing roles men and women have played — and are currently playing — in the American Jewish landscape, and how feminism has changed the Jewish world, creating both massive opportunities and new challenges. We’ll put a special emphasis on the Conservative movement!

Maine Jewish Film Festival

March 10 – 18, 2018 – In it’s 21st year, the Festival will feature thirty films from around the world and present a dynamic week of parties, guests and special events. MJFF is committed to the belief that diversity is at the heart of what fuels a great festival and a great community. This year’s extensive selection comprises an engaging collection of feature length and short films – dramas, comedies and documentaries. Click here to view the entire schedule

JCA Calendar

Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: Their Lives and Legacies with Historian David Dalin
Wednesday, March 7th, 7:00 PM
Jewish Community Alliance
$10/JCA members, $12/ general public
Information and Tickets


I Dissent! Standing Up for What We Believe In
March 7, 7-8:30 PM
Jewish Community Alliance
Free. Registration required, email.




23 Adar I
Alec Bookbinder
Melvin Finn
Fanny Sackwild
Lena Sandler
Gold Sheriff

23 Adar II
Rose Karlin
Bernard Resnick
Manuel Young

24 Adar I
Lillian Lazarovich
Robert Weisman

24 Adar II
Stacey Baum
Arthur Greenstein

25 Adar I
Edward Albling
Benjamin Cox
David Rosengard
Anna Greenberg
Joseph Lane
Gussie Mack

26 Adar I
Hertzel Levy
Eli Posner
Sarah Schwey
Ruth Goodman Sprince
Hersch Aron
Milton Leavit

26 Adar II
Sarah Peshe Cope

27 Adar I
Jack Dion
Morris Glovsky
Fannie Levy
Bessie Mack
Jennie Pertz

27 Adar II
Oskar Markuse

28 Adar I
Myron Finkelman
Harry Mack
Marian Mandoff
Faith Romanow
Frances Waxler
Isadore Russman

29 Adar I
Beatrice Hartglass
Carl Sneider
Carol Vecchio
Julia Goodkowsky
Dora Mack
Annamerle Taylor

29 Adar II
Josiah Grossman

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