Shabbat Shalom!

July 27-28
16 Av

Services will begin at 9:30.

Parshat Vaethanan
Shabbat Namachu
Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11
Hazftorah: Isaiah 40:1-26

Shabbat Candles: July 27, 7:51 PM
Havdalah: July 28, 8:58 PM

Tu B’Av begins the evening of Thursday, July 26 and continues to Friday, July 27.

Josh Pernick

After two years of visiting Portland for weekends, Josh is living in town for six weeks this summer! He is teaching a couple of weekly classes at the JCA in addition to his work with Shaarey Tphiloh, and is hosting classes and meals out of his summer apartment on Pleasant Street . Josh is teaching a daily class on Tractate Brachot at his apartment in the evenings, and is also open to one-on-one or small group learning on a Jewish topic of interest to you! Please be in touch with any ideas of things that you would like to learn, programs that you would like to see happen or just to set up a time to talk about anything on your mind. He will be in Portland from the beginning of July until mid-August.

This weeks extended Kiddush is in honor of Yael (Nili) Goldblatt on her Bat Mitzvah! Please join Shaarey Tphiloh and her family, grandparents Michael and Brenda Goldblatt, aunt Alisha Goldblatt and uncle Zach Heiden in wishing her a Mazel Tov!. Yael will become a Bat Mitzvah in Jerusalem, Israel, where she lives with her three sisters and parents. Yael enjoys ballet and plays the double bass. She is a loving cousin to Anya and Zev and a friend to all who know her. We are so proud of the young woman she is becoming!

Sponsor a Kiddush!

Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh and Temple Beth El 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

Temple Beth El’s Pop Up Challah Shop!

Order by 5:00 pm on Thursday and pick up on Friday!
Small – $3.00 / Large – $5.00 / 6 Rolls – $5.00
Order Now!

Rabbi Aaron Shub

Welcome to Maine – Rabbi Aaron Shub and family! Shaarey Tphiloh is pleased to announce our new spiritual leader and teacher, Rabbi Aaron Shub! Rabbi Shub has moved to Maine and will be our new rabbi in August! We welcome him and his family with open arms and are thrilled that they will become part of our Portland community. For more information about Rabbi Shub go to our website:





Refuah Shleimah

Akiva ben Sarah
Channah Bryndel bas Bluma
Yona ben Zlata Meryl
Aviva bat Rut
Yoiel Meshilum Feish bat Ruchel.

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,
Hillary Stroe


16 Av
Freida S Modes
Sadye B Waterman Tellan
Bertha Wolf

17 Av
Arnold Briggs
Louis Smith
Victor Brownstein
Sonia Astor
Abraham Kuvent
Marcia Stivent

18 Av
Leonard Druker
Samuel Romanow
Goldie Gerber
Sarah Golding
Julius Radden
Bella Shimburg Wolf

20 Av
Julia Hirshon
Marnie Radden

21 Av
Fannie Gerber
Miriam Pink
Aaron Shear

22 Av
Ted Brown
Arnold Chernoff
Fred Sibolkin
Louis Shepard
Ben Nemon
Benjamin Zeitman

Upcoming Events

Talmud Chabura
July 9 – August 15
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 pm, and Wednesday and Friday at 12:00 pm

Do you want to study Talmud but don’t know where to start? This summer Shaarey Tphiloh Student Rabbi Josh Pernick will be learning Masechet Brachot and invites the community to learn with him at his apartment. Please email Shaarey Tphiloh for an address or to join remotely! No need to attend each and every class, just be prepared to learn!

Open Mah Jongg
Wednesdays, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Moser Family Library at the JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free for JCA members, $5/general public per session

Join us for open play in a fun and welcoming environment – beginners and seasoned players invited! Use one of the JCA’s sets or bring your own. Don’t forget your 2018 National Mah Jongg League Card.

Ongoing Weekly Yoga Classes
Throughout the Summer we’re offering weekly in-house and outdoor yoga classes with Ashley Flowers. Visit for the full schedule and more information.


Love the Foreigner, Because You Were a Foreigner
Taught by JTS Rabbinic Student, Leora Kling Perkins
Sunday, July 29, 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Congregation Bet Ha’am – 81 Wesbrook Street, South Portland

Even for those who want to welcome and support immigration, sometimes the details can be tricky: Should we have limits on immigration at all? If so, how should we decide who gets to come in? How much are we obligated to support new immigrants once they get here? Should we worry that immigrants may take needed social service money that would have gone to needy people already living in our country? Jewish tradition is clear on the importance of supporting the vulnerable and welcoming the stranger, but it doesn’t stop there. Join Rabbinical Student Leora Kling Perkins to explore Jewish texts about immigration that can shed light on some of these crucial questions that are being raised today, all over the world.

Leora Kling Perkins is a third year Rabbinical Student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is a graduate of Brandeis University, with a double major in Women & Gender Studies and Economics. Leora will be working with the Maine Jewish community this summer.

Fully Catered Dinner – 5:30 – 6:15 PM

Call-Out Culture and the Jewish Tradition
Taught by Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone
Sunday, July 29, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Congregation Bet Ha’am – 81 Wesbrook Street, South Portland

Speaking up in the face of wrongdoing can be an anxiety-provoking and even dangerous endeavor. However, a verse in the Book of Leviticus commands us to reprove others for misbehavior. We are not alone in recognizing how difficult and scary this task can be. Together we will explore a number of important Jewish and early Christian sources that can help us to navigate the complex concerns involved in telling someone that they are wrong.

Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone teaches Talmud and Jewish law at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Academy for Jewish Religion and is the author of the forthcoming book The Dangerous Duty of Rebuke.

Registration Information:

Suggested Donation: $7, with all proceeds going to support Welcoming the Stranger, a grassroots organization that helps asylum seekers integrate into the Portland community.

A livestream will be available for those unable to attend in person, but you need to register so we can send you the livestream info.

Click HERE to register today!


Line Dancing Workshop for Beginners – with SAGE
Thursday, August 2, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
JCA, – 1342 Congress Street, Portland
Donations are welcome

SAGE, Portland’s LGBT elders organization, and Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services are offering a monthly line dance workshop and social! All ages and abilities are welcome for C/W, pop/rock, Latin, waltz, hiphop, etc. We suggest wearing sneakers. Please contact Karli Efron with any questions or 207-772-1959



Sunday Swim at Center Day Camp for PJ Library Families
Sunday, August 5, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Rain Date August 12)
Center Day Camp
74 Hackett Road, Windham

PJ Library families are invited to join JCA members for a day at Center Day Camp. Bring a picnic, play on the playground and hang out on the beach. Swimming permitted only when lifeguard is present. Waterfront open weather permitting. Sorry, no pets allowed. Please contact Andrea with any questions or 207-772-1959



Maine Jewish Museum
267 Congress St, Portland
Exhibitions: July 12, 2018 – August 31, 2018
Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm

“Home” by Nancy Glassman – Spiegel Gallery

“Getting Wind of It” by Samuel Gelber – Fineberg Family Community Room

“Through My Father’s Lens” by Henry Pollard, curated by Jessica Lantos – Third Floor Sanctuary

Participants Wanted for a Study About Jewish Life and Language in New England

A researcher from the University of New Hampshire is looking for participants for a study of language and Jewish life in New England. Participation will take no more than 45 minutes and will include a short interview, reading sentences and words out loud, telling a few stories, and answering some demographic questions and questions about language use.

You need to be 18 years of age or older to participate; you do not need to be native to New England. People of all backgrounds (Jewish-by-birth, Jewish-by-choice, non-Jewish, etc.) are welcome.

There are no risks or benefits to participating in this study, and your participation will remain anonymous. You can stop participation at any time. Participants who finish the interview will be entered into a drawing for one of five $25 Amazon gift cards.

For any further questions, or to schedule an interview, please contact Rachel Steindel Burdin, either via email ( or via phone/text message at (919) 951-8975.

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.

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