Shabbat Shalom!

September 21-22
13 Tishrei

Services will begin at 9:45.

Parshat Haazinu
Torah: Deuteronomy 32:1-52
Haftorah: II Samuel 22:1-51

Shabbat Candles: September 21, 6:21 PM
Havdalah: September 22, 7:27 PM

Sukkot begins on Sunday, September 23 and continues through Simchat Torah on Tuesday, October 2.

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 is leading Shabbat services weekly as well as High Holiday services in the upcoming weeks. He also has some upcoming weekly classes that are free and open to all who wish to learn! 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:


Premium Kiddush generously sponsored by Adeline Glovsky Hale in memory of her father David Glovsky (Dovid ben Yakov) and her aunt Doris Seigal Bornstein (Dvorah bas Avraham HaLevi) and by Dr. Arnold Tubis in memory of his mother Rose Tubis (Rachell bas Israel). Todah Raba!

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!

Donations and Tributes

From Teri Berenson in memory of Jonas Smith
From Susan Isenman in memory of Jonas Smith
From Helen Isenman in memory of Jonas Smith
From Josh Bach in memory of Jonas Smith
From Joan M Cohen in memory of Jonas Smith
From Charlie and Ellie Miller in memory of Stephen Goodman
From Stephen Lerman in memory of Ida Lerman
From Donald Hoffman
From King Weinstein

Shaarey Tphiloh is Hiring!

Spread the word – Shaarey Tphiloh is looking to hire a new Administrative Assistant in the upcoming weeks. Basic knowledge of Hebrew, Jewish calendar and computer skills helpful for this part-time position. Please contact the office at (207) 773-0693 or email if interested. Training is provided, the perfect second job.

Refuah Shleimah

Akiva ben Sarah
Channah Bryndel bas Bluma
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


13 Tishrei
Phineas Grunes
Gerald Sheriff

16 Tishrei
Kolomon Skalina

18 Tishrei
Bertha Gerber
Mark Krantman
Diana Resnick

19 Tishrei
Louis Seavey

20 Tishrei
Rose Brenerman
Ida Lerman

High Holidays 5779

Sunday, September 23 – Erev Sukkot
6:17 p.m. Candle Lighting

Monday, September 24 – Sukkot I
9:30 a.m. Shacharit – Followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah with TBE
7:24 p.m. Candle lighting

Tuesday, September 25 – Sukkot II
9:30 a.m. Shacharit – Followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah with TBE
7:22 p.m. Candle lighting

Shemini Atzeret
Sunday, September 30 – Erev Shemini Atzeret
6:05 p.m. Candle lighting
Monday, October 1 – Shemini Atzeret
9:30 a.m. Shacharit
11:00 a.m. Yizkor
7:11 p.m. Candle Lighting
6:30 p.m. Community Simchat Torah Service and Celebration at the JCA

Simchat Torah, Tuesday, October 2
9:30 a.m. Shacharit
7:09 p.m. Havdalah

Saturday, October 6th
9:30 a.m. Shabbat, Shacharit – Parashat Bereshit

To reserve seats for holiday services, please call (207-773-0693) or email ( the office.

Upcoming Events

Sundays at 10:00-10:45 at Shaarey Tphiloh

Classes start 9/23. If you are interested in learning to chant Torah, Haftarah, or Megilot, please join us at Shaarey Tphiloh. Together, led by Rabbi Shub, we will learn traditional (Ashkenazic) trope for all public Biblical readings of the Jewish year. This class is open to adults, to those approaching bar/bat mitzvah age, and to teens seeking synagogue leadership skills.



Tphiloh: Law and Spirit of Prayer
Sundays 11-12 at Shaarey Tphiloh

Classes start 9/23.This class, led by Rabbi Shub, is for new, experienced, and non-daveners alike. We will explore the halachah (Jewish law) that gives tefilah its shape by reading texts such as Talmud, Shulchan Aruch, Mishnei Torah, and others. We will also examine non-legal texts such as Midrash and Hassidic works that may aid us in finding meaning in the traditional liturgy.



Portland Ballet Theatre, 517 Forest Ave Suite #2
September 20-23

A one-woman show by Andrea Itkin presented by Everyman Repertory. The multimedia show explores a secular Jewish woman’s path from girlhood through old age – part memoir, part social commentary and plenty of humor.

Click here for details



Divas on the Bima
Sunday, October 14, 7:00 PM
USM Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, Portland
Presented by The Cantor Kurt Messerschmidt Memorial Fund & the Jewish Community Alliance, Divas on the Bima is an entertaining, uplifting program consisting a wide variety of Jewish and popular music, presented by four cantors from diverse performing backgrounds who came together beginning in 2010. All four dynamic women are graduates of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and members of the Cantors Assembly, serving pulpits as full-time hazzanim (cantors) in Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Reserve your tickets online at or by calling (207) 772-1959 Regular admission – $25 per person ▪ Supporter ticket – $50 per person Host Committee – $118 per person

October 18-21, Multiple Showings
Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square

The beloved comedian tells her story in this intimate documentary. Fascinating backstage clips, interviews with SNL alumni, and lots of Gilda. Click here for trailer.

An exuberant and moving portrait of Gilda Radner Variety


Jewish Community Alliance
November 4th 3:00 PM

This incredible documentary presents newly discovered 1968 interview footage of David Ben-Gurion which reveals a life filled with self-examination.
Join us following the film for a discussion with Prof. Ilan Troen of Ben Gurion University who has served as director of the Ben-Gurion Research Institute and Archives, the Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies (emeritus) at Brandeis University and founding director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies.

Admission is free. Click here for more info



Sukkot Preparation!

Join TBE staff and volunteers to help assemble our Sukkah on Thursday, September 20 at 5:30 pm!

Join the Kiddush Krew on Sunday, September 23, from 9:30-12:30 as they prepare amazing food for the first two days of Sukkot! For more information, please contact Sara Kahn-Troster.

Beautifying Sukkot: A “Schaching” Good Time!
Sunday, September 23 – 10:30 am
Help us build the sukkah as a community. Bring pictures of your ancestors to adorn the walls and join in craft-making for people of all ages!



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.

Kadima Beth El
KBE Registration for the coming school year (2018-19) is open! Register by clicking on the link below and filling out the form. If you have any questions, send an email to Education Director Abby Halpern at or call 774-2649.

Jewish Computer Animation for Teens
Weekly on Sundays, September 16-December 16
10:15 am – 11:30 am
No class Oct. 7, Nov. 11, and Nov. 25
$250 TBE members / $325 non-members. Did you know that many famous movie animators of the 20th century were Jewish? Have you ever wanted to do computer animation yourself? If so, come learn with Eli Mellen!

Hebrew High – Doing Mitzvot
Monthly on Sundays, 9:15 am
First class is September 16 (full calendar TBD)
$237 TBE members / $300 non-members.  Our Hebrew High this year will be different than ever before: Our students will have the chance to both learn and do. Each topic has a text study part and an action/mitzvah part. Come strengthen the bonds between one other, renew old friendships and make new ones!

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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