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

Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh

Welcome to Shabbat Services

Saturday 9:30 a.m.

June 18, 2016 – 12 Sivan 5776
Numbers 4:21-7:89
Haftarah: Judges 13:2-25

Candle lighting 8:07 p.m.

Shabbat Services
Saturday, June 18 9:30 a.m.

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.

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

Ner Lamaore

Miki Romanow and family in memory of beloved father, Jacob Jaworniker

Parshat Naso

Commentators have been puzzled by the apparent power of the priests to bless the people: “Speak to Aaron and his sons: Thus shall you bless the people of Israel” (Numbers 6:23). In the Talmud, Rabbi Ishmael suggests: “The priests bless Israel and the Holy One blessed be blesses the priest” (Babylonian Talmud, Chullin 49a). This appears to be the meaning of the verse that immediately follows the blessing (vs. 27): “Thus they shall link My name with the people of Israel, and I will bless them.” However, the idea that humans–even if they are biblical priests-have the power to compel God’s blessing has been overwhelmingly rejected by the majority of our historical commentators; they understand verse 27 as “The priests (‘they’) shall link My name with the people of Israel and I (‘the Eternal’) will bless the people (them).”

Yet we often do ask for a blessing from others; receiving the blessing of a person we respect or admire–often our parents, whether or not they are even alive–can have immense power and significance for us. After witnessing one person bless another, the poet Dan Bellm wrote: “I thought about this scene for a long time afterward, wondering, ‘What is a blessing?’ and really wanting one. Was this only an exchange between two people, or was something more present-something else? When people meet closely and truly, when a person blesses another, is God present? What is a blessing?”

Rabbi Yoel H. Kahn


9:00-11:00 AM
Pride Shabbat Service and Torah Study with Rabbi Jared Saks
Join Congregation Bet Ha’am in the penthouse at the law offices of Preti Flaherty, One City Center, for a Pride Shabbat Service and Torah Study. Because of security at Preti Flaherty, you MUST arrive by 9:10 AM to access the penthouse floor for our Shabbat Service and Torah Study.

11:15 AM-1:00 PM
Jewish Community of Southern Maine in the Pride Parade
Join Congregation Bet Ha’am, Temple Beth El, Center Day Camp, Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, to walk in the Pride Parade and show the Jewish community’s support for the LGBTQIA community. Line-up between 11:15 AM and 11:30 AM on Federal Street between Monument Way and Temple Street. Come wearing a colorful kippa. The parade starts at 12:00 noon. Look for the Jewish Community of Southern Maine Pride Banner.

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Jewish Community of Southern Maine at the Pride Festival – We are seeking volunteers to greet visitors at our booth during the festival. If you are willing to hand out challah and wish our visitors a Shabbat Shalom, please contact Fae Silverman at 772-1959.

Community Leader Meeting

Our next community leader meeting will take place Wednesday, July 6, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Shaarey Tphiloh Synagogue, 76 Noyes Street in Portland.

1) Coordination of Care – presentations by Karli Efron, Jill Epstein and Carolyn Turcio-Gilman about what we are currently doing, a discussion of where the gaps are and how we can increase collaboration.

2) Calendar for the Year – please come knowing as much as you can, especially about special events in the coming year

3) Updates


Josh Pernick

Rabbinic Intern from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

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.

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.

FALLEN HEROES: Maine’s Jewish Sailors and Soldier Boys

by Susan Cummings-Lawrence

Thirty-four young Maine Jewish men died in the service of their country in the two World Wars. This project is meant to say a little something about some of them. More than just names on a public memorial marker or grave stone, these men were getting started in adult life. They had newly acquired high school and college diplomas. They had friends, families and communities who loved and valued them. They had goals and dreams. (SC-L)

Go to the online museum of Maine Historical Society― Maine Memory Network.

Find four exhibits and two audio interviews with WWII veterans Mel Stone and Jim Friedlander. Also learn about the origins of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, the founding of the Jacob Cousins Post #99 and the anti-Semitism and other social forces that made their development necessary and productive.

–  Find former Shaarey Tphiloh members who were Fallen Heroes –



Wish List:

  • Diapers and wipes
  • RICE!!
  • Baked Beans
  • Pasta Sauce & Pasta
  • Kid Friendly Snacks-granola bars, etc.
  • Cereal
  • 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.


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.

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.

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

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.

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

13 Sivan Maurice Tabachnick
14 Sivan Edward Berenson, Sally Nemon
15 Sivan Sarah Leventhal
16 Sivan Joseph Kamin, Daniel Kosow
19 Sivan Jacob Mirochnick, Edith Wiesenthal

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