Shabbat Shalom!

April 20-21, 2018
6 Iyar

Torah Readings:
Tazria-Metzora: Leviticus 12:1-15:33
Haftorah: Kings II 7:3-20

Candle Lighting: April 20, 7:13 pm
Havdallah: April 21 8:17 pm


Our rabbinic intern, Josh Pernick will be visiting and leading services this Shabbat Saturday, April 21 at 9:45 am. On Sunday, he will be teaching a class at the JCA called: Secrets of the Jewish Calendar: Changing the Calendar from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Swing by his class before the JCA’s Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration!

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


Shaarey Tphiloh extendens our condolences to the family of Zelda Gale who passed away on April 13, 2018 in New York City.

A shiva minyan will be held in her honor at the house of her son and his family, Dan and Ann Rose at 417 New Glouster Rd in North Yarmouth on April 22 at 4:00 pm.

Cards and caring thoughts can be sent to the Rose family at their home.

May her memory be a blessing.


6 Iyar
Annie Tellan
Yetta Jaworniker
Maxwell Wiesenthal

7 Iyar
Louis Bean
Louis Jacobson
Abraham Freedman
Ida Dora Mack
Bessie Glen
Abraham Gordon
Albert Gerry Chase
Lillian Lonstein

8 Iyar
Benjamin Whitney
Sam Kronsberg

9 Iyar
Sarah G Waterman
Wilfred Goodman
Ethel Schwartz
Bennett Webber
Paul Brem
Jacuciel E Sulkowitch
Benjamin Carroll

10 Iyar
George Jacob Lewis

11 Iyar
Annie Stairman
Jenny Charlotte Fineberg
Gertrude L Cope Troen

12 Iyar
Joseph Kriger
Abraham Breitbard
Harry Chawes

Refuah Shleimah


Nicholas ben Alma
Akiva ben Sarah
Channah Bryndel bas Bluma

Yona ben Zlata Meryl
Aviva bat Rut
Chava bat Bracha

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

TBE Pop-up
Challah Shop!

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 ( 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 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Fridays, or during weekend services if pre-paid by check or credit card.
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.

Kadima Beth El

Sunday, April 22:
Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration at the JCA

Sunday, April 29:
Kol Yeladim
Teen Beit Midrash
7th Grade

400 Deering Calendar

Secrets of the Jewish Calendar: Changing the Calendar
April 22, 2018, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Jewish Community Alliance, 1342 Congress Street

In the Jewish tradition, we recognize significant events by ritualizing them; turning one-time experiences into annual commemorations. How can we ritualize when working off of a set calendar that is resistant to change? In this class, we will explore this question as it relates to Yom Ha’atzmaut, Yom Hazikaron, and Yom Hashoah, three controversial recent additions to the Jewish 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.

Haifa: City of Steps with Nili Gold, April 22 – 10:30 am
Free – No RSVP

Haifa: City of Steps is an intimate and revelatory journey through the author’s native city. With an expert hand, Nili Gold offers a guided tour through Haifa during its heyday in the 1920s and ’30s as an international port and cultural center through the 1948 war and the city’s subsequent decline. She weaves together urban, architectural landmarks and Haifa’s mountainous topography with literary masterpieces to elucidate how a childhood landscape is imprinted in memory. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Caro lauded Gold’s book on this subject as “beautifully written and impeccably researched… a true contribution to the literature of cities.”

Israel and the New Jewish American Novel with Anthony Wexler, Sunday, April 29 – 10:30 am
Free – no RSVP required

Since its founding in 1948, Israel has played an important role in the Jewish American imagination. But the Jewish state has come to mean very different things to different segments of the American Jewish community. Perhaps not surprisingly, many twentieth-century Jewish American writers steered clear of the topic, focusing instead on the Holocaust or on Jewish life in America. In the last five years, however, a new generation of Jewish American writers have turned their attention to the relationships between American Jews and the State of Israel. But what do these contemporary writers have to say about this fraught and complex connection? And how do they imagine Israel’s influence on Jewish American identity today?

Shabbat HaLailah
Friday, May 4, 2018 – 5:30 pm

All are welcome at our Family Kabbalat Shabbat Service & Community Dinner! TBE’s religious school program, Kadima Beth El, invites the entire community to our special Family Shabbat Service and Community Dinner. Please join us for this wonderful opportunity to celebrate Shabbat together with old friends and new over a joyous Shabbat meal prepared by our amazing volunteers!

Services at 5:30 pm • Dinner at approx. 6:30 pm • Free & open to all

5th Annual Holy Smokes Kosher Barbeque
May 6th, 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Levey Day School

Celebrate with Levey as we hold our community barbecue complete with Kosher smoked brisket and all the sides, Music from Jerks of Grass, a silent auction, and honoring of Debbie Kanter, long term Levey teacher and community volunteer. Proceeds go to Levey’s scholarship fund. Authentic southern style kosher BBQ and live music featuring Jerks of Grass! RSVP by April 26th. Buy tickets now!

Rosh Chodesh Women’s Group
Wednesdays: 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.

Third Annual Night of Comedy and Silent Auction
June 7th, Temple Beth El

Save the date for Temple Beth El’s Third Annual Night of Comedy and Silent Auction on June 7th featuring Juston McKinney! Tickets go on sale April 15th so keep an eye out for more information in the next few weeks!

Community Calendar

Israel at 70: Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration (Israeli Independence Day)
Apr 22, 2018, 12:00 to 2:00 pm
Jewish Community Alliance, 1342 Congress Street, Portland, ME

Free! All are welcome. Delicious fresh falafel for sale. Israeli music, kids crafts and games, community activities. See you there!

Holocaust Film Series: #Uploading_Holocaust
April 19 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Portland Public Library

The first documentary based entirely on curated YouTube clips. Every year, thousands of Israeli high school students make the “journey to Poland” to learn about the Holocaust. They visit 4 concentration camps, 3 mass graves, 2 ghettos and perform 14 memorial ceremonies over 8 days. Technologically savvy, the teens record the entire experience – from every survivor testimony to hotel hangouts and selfies. They then upload their stories to YouTube to share on social media. Brilliant editing shows the teens moving from facts, to reflection, to deep emotion at sites where friends’ ancestors, or their own, were murdered. A provocative and moving look at the way collective memory is formed in the internet age. A discussion led by MJFF Board Member, Melinda Molin, will be held after the film.

Israel’s Choices Under Trump: Confrontation with Iran and/or an Ultimate Deal with the Palestinians
Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 PM.

Jewish Community Alliance

Amid ongoing conflict across the Middle East, we’re privileged to host acclaimed Israeli journalist and political commentator Ehud Ya’ari for a timely and engaging discussion that will provide context and insight into the complex political landscape and strategic decisions facing Israel under the current American administration.

Holocaust Film Series: MJFF Shorts Program
April 26—6:30—8:00 pm, Portland Public Library

An MJFF curated program made up of seven short films that are provocative and powerful distillations of the human experience. From creative animation to slice of life realism, these films are both entertaining and thought-provoking.



The Maine Conference for Jewish Life, June 8-10, Thomas College, Waterville, ME

This year at the Maine Conference for Jewish Life, Rabbinic Intern, Josh Pernick will be hosting a class Saturday, June 9th at 8:00 titled “Well-Rooted and Flourishing: Is Innovation Allowed in the Study Hall?” He is also hosting some children’s programming during Shabbat. This years conference, taking place from June 8th – 10th features speakers from around the state (and country) talking about Jews and Social Justice, #MeToo and women in the Torah, food, making a Torah, poetry and more. For more questions contact Rabbi Erica Asch

Register by clicking here.
View the schedule here.

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