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

Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh

Welcome to Shabbat Services

Saturday 9:30 a.m.
Omer: 42

June 4, 2016 –27 Iyar 5776
Leviticus 26:3-27:34

Haftarah: Jeremiah  16:19-17:14

Candle lighting 7:59 p.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

Donna and Larry Geller in memory of our beloved grandmother, Sophie Geller
Richard and Nancy Jacobs in memory of beloved father Harry Jacobs

Parshat Behukotai

If you will not hearken to Me, and walk casually with Me, I too will act casually with you . . . (26:28)

All sins derive from the sin of insignificance: when a person ceases to be sensitive to the paramount importance which G‑d attaches to his life and deeds. “I don’t really matter” is not humility—it is the ultimate arrogance. It really means: “I can do what I want.”

The most terrible of punishments is for G‑d to indulge the sinner this vanity. For G‑d to say: “All right, have it your way; what happens to you is of no significance”—for G‑d to act toward him as if He really does not care what happens to him.

The Chassidic Masters

Shabbat and Shavuot Services

Friday, June 10, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 11, Shacharit 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, June 11
Tikkun Leil Shavuot led by Rabbi Braun and rabbinic intern Josh Pernick
“From Sinai to Us: A Celebration of Torah and Community”
8:00 p.m. Mincha
8:30 p.m. Seudah Shlishit and study
9:15 p.m. Ma’ariv, Havdalah
9:30 p.m. study session

Sunday, June 12, First day of Shavuot, Shacharit 9:30 a.m. followed by Kiddush and our annual congregational meeting at 1p.m.

Monday, June 13, Second day of Shavuot, Shacharit 9:30 a.m. with study of Megillat Ruth and Yizkor. Kiddush at conclusion of services.

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.

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

28 Iyar Elena Finkelsteyn, Fannie Fireman, Bertha Thorner
29 Iyar George Lerman, Ella Siegel
1 Sivan Jacob Silverman, Isadore Tarr
2 Sivan Florence Druker, Sophie Geller
4 Sivan Jacob Jaworniker, Samuel Lerman, Joseph Zulofsky
5 Sivan Ellis Waterman

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