Shaarey Tphiloh Prayers, by Caryl Herzfeld
Shaarey Tphiloh Prayers, by Caryl Herzfeld

Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh

Welcome to Shabbat Services


Shabbat Nahamu
August 20, 2016 – 16 Av 5776

Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11
Haftarah Isaiah 40:1-26

Candle lighting 7:18 p.m.
Shabbat Services
Saturday, August 20, 2016   9:30 a.m.
Final Shabbat service at 76 Noyes Street

Kiddush generously sponsored by Hildy Dunham and Ellen Forman in honor of all those who built and sustained Shaarey Tphiloh and are now moving the congregation
forward into an exciting and challenging  future

Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh, 76 Noyes St. Portland, ME 04103

President: Dr. Natan Kahn
Administrative Director: Susan C. Lawrence 207-773-0693
Shaarey Tphiloh Office Hours: T, Th, F 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Shaarey Tphiloh Deconsecration Ceremony – See below for details

See below to learn about our new rabbinic intern, Josh Pernick, from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Ner Lamaore

Donna and Larry Geller, in honor of the last Shabbos celebrated in 76 Noyes Street, and all the people that devoted their time and energy to keeping Shaarey Tphiloh a part of the Portland, Maine community for 112 years.

Donna and Larry Geller, in memory of George Smith

Harriet Weisman, in memory of her beloved father and brother

Parshat Vaethanan

In this week’s Torah portion, G-d seems concerned that coming into the Land and settling comfortably upon it will cause the Israelites to lose their edge, and that the resulting complacency will cause them to turn away from G-d. “When the Eternal your G-d brings you into the land that was sworn to your fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to be assigned to you-great and flourishing cities that you did not build, houses full of all good things that you did not fill, hewn cisterns that you did not hew, vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant-and you eat your fill, take heed that you do not forget the Eternal who freed you from the land of Egypt, the house of bondage” (Deuteronomy 6:10-12).

Robert Alter, professor of Hebrew language and comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley, explains: “The full belly is the enemy of faith in Deuteronomy. The comforts of prosperity are thought of as leading to complacency, or perhaps even to cultic assimilationism-worshipping the gods of the previous inhabitants who planted those groves and vineyards and hewed those cisterns. Thus the history of Israel teeters on the edge of a precarious balance: If Israel punctiliously adheres to the commands of its God, it will prosper; but when it prospers, it runs the danger of falling away from its loyalty to God”

Robert Alter, The Five Books of Moses
[New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2004] p. 913).

– Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh –

Deconsecration Ceremony and Community Gathering

Sunday Morning, August 21, 2016, Shaarey Tphiloh, 76 Noyes Street, Portland, ME

Shacharit – 9-9:45
Breakfast – 9:45-10:15
Local community leaders and synagogue members will speak about the history of Shaarey Tphiloh and their years as members – 10:15-11
Torah procession to Temple Beth El – 11-11:15
Consecration of new space – 11:15 to 11:30

The Milken Archive

A musical adventure of historic scope and proportion, the Milken Archive was founded in 1990 to document, preserve, and disseminate the vast body of music that pertains to the American Jewish experience. Over two decades, the Milken Archive has become the largest collection of American Jewish music ever assembled—more than 700 recorded works, including over 500 world premiere recordings. But the Milken Archive, known primarily up to now for its groundbreaking 50-CD series released on the Naxos label, is far more than a recording project. The Milken Archive’s collection consists of 800 hours of oral histories, 50,000 photographs and historical documents, and thousands of hours of video footage from recording sessions, interviews, and live performances, plus an extensive collection of program notes and essays—the vast majority written by Artistic Director Neil W. Levin, Professor of Music at the Jewish Theological Seminary and one of the foremost authorities on Jewish music—that provide historical and cultural context.

Use this link to find a selection of music related to Tisha B’Av and thousands of other choices, including oral histories and photographs.

Melton: I am delighted to welcome you to our 7th year of course offerings through the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning with a few additional treats from local faculty members. Molly Curren Rowles, our Assistant Director, will be the contact person for classes until a new Programming Director is hired. I will be returning mid-January and look forward to catching up more with you then. Registration is currently open; I encourage you to sign up early and to support the scholarship fund. Deposits are $75/class and scholarship applications are due by August 8. – Fae Silverman

Call the JCA, 207-772-1959 to register

JCA Adult Ed Classes   

Mondays @ JCA 5:30pm-7:00pm
Sept 12-May 8
Rhythms of Jewish Living w/ babysitting & dinner

Tuesdays @ BH 9:00am-10:30am
Nov 1-Apr 4
BeMidbar: Leadership Defined & Defended

Wednesdays @ JCA 6:00pm-9:00pm
Oct 26 – Mar 8
Holocaust Studies: Primo Levi Book Club and Cinema

Wednesdays @ JCA 7:00pm-8:30pm Mar
15-May 23
Jewish Humor

Thursday @ Brunswick 6:30pm-8:30pm
Sept 15-May 11
Rhythms of Jewish Living

Wednesdays @ JCA 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Sept 21-Oct 5
Siamese Mah Jongg



Josh Pernick

Rabbinic Intern from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

More About Josh

Josh Pernick is currently a rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in NY. A graduate of Brandeis University, he worked in the field of Jewish education for a number of years before beginning his rabbinic training at YCT, obtaining a Master of Arts in Teaching in Jewish Day School Elementary Education through the DeLeT program at Brandeis University as well as completing a post-graduate fellowship in Jewish education through the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators in Jerusalem.

He spent the past few years teaching Judaic studies at Jewish day schools in Charleston, SC, Watertown, MA and Atlanta GA, and currently teaches in a community education program at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in NY. Josh also serves on the Judaic Studies teaching staff during the summer at Camp Yavneh in Northwood, NH. The son of a pulpit rabbi, Josh is looking forward to beginning his rabbinic career at Shaarey Tphiloh, learning from all of you who have been part of this community for so many years about all of the unique qualities that make Shaarey Tphiloh such a warm and special place

Fall Community Festival

Center Day Camp, 74 Hackett Road, Windham, ME 04062

Sunday, September 18, 2016

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

  • Maine Attorney General Janet Mills and other speakers
  • There will be guided activities for children during this time.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Community organizations share information about themselves to the public
    • We will have tables setup in the Schwartz building for organizations to display materials and invite community members to ask questions.
    • Each organization that participates must have a representative from the organization present during this time to talk to community members.
  • Face painting and food will be available during this time

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Adult and Family Enrichment such as Yoga.

How to participate:
Please mail us the name of your organization, the organizational representative who will attend and a description of what materials you will display. Along with contact information.

Deadline for participation: August 1st
Email to: Alexandra Sax
Jewish Community Alliance

Kosher Food at Back Cove Hannaford

Hannaford at Back Cove is now carrying more items in its Kosher food freezer located at back of store. Ask an employee for more information.


Wish List:

Diapers and wipes


Baked Beans

Pasta Sauce & Pasta

Kid Friendly Snacks-granola bars, etc.


Juice Boxes

Learning Opportunity at Chabad House

On Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Shimon Simons will teach Maimonides’ Hilchot Deot, “laws of character development,” at Chabad House, 11 Pomeroy Street, Portland. The next class meeting is Tuesday, January 19. Texts will be provided. Call Chabad House at 871-8947 for more details or check the December issue of the Jewish Journal.


Because the program has proven so popular in the past, this year we’re offering two sessions of Great Jewish Books: July 24-29 and July 31-August 7.

All students admitted to the program receive scholarships covering the full cost of tuition, room and board, books, and special events.

Now in its fifth year, Great Jewish Books brings together a diverse group of rising high school juniors and seniors to spend a week reading important works of modern Jewish literature and discussing them in seminar-style classes led by college professors. Outside of class, they meet renowned visiting authors, enjoy group recreational activities in the Amherst area, and get a taste of college life while staying (with staff RAs) in dorms on the Hampshire College campus, adjacent to the Yiddish Book Center.

Every year, the Yiddish Book Center welcomes a group of enthusiastic, engaged high school students for our Great Jewish Books Summer Program. Applications for the 2016 program are due April 1.

You can learn more about the program at or by calling or e-mailing us at 413-256-4900, ext. 143, I’m also including a flyer about the program that can be downloaded here, which I hope you will post and share with others.

As we look forward to another exciting summer of Great Jewish Books, we appreciate your sharing this information with any prospective applicants you know.

No electronic devices are permitted. No electronic children’s toys or cell phones or cameras are permitted in the synagogue on the Sabbath.

Please consider making a gift to one of our many funds. Call the office at 773-0693 for details. Thank you for your support of Shaarey Tphiloh. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Yahrzeits This Week

17 Av Sonia Astor, Arnold Briggs, Victor Brownstein, Abraham Kuvent, Louis Smith, Marcia Stivent
18 Av Leonard Druker, Goldie Gerber, Sarah Golding, Julius Radden, Samuel Romanow, Bella Wolf
19 Av Richard Baker
20 Av Julia Hirshon, Mamie Radden, Harriet Waterman
21 Av Fannie Gerber, Miriam Pink, Aaron Shear
22 Av Ted Brown, Arnold Chernoff, Ben Nemon, Louis Shepard, Fred Sibolkin, Benjamin Zeitman
23 Av Jacob Citrin, Frank Feldman, Samuel Smith

Shaarey Tphiloh is now celebrating 112 years as a traditional Jewish spiritual home in Maine!

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