Shabbat Shalom!

August 17-18
7 Elul

Services will begin at 9:30.

Parshat Shoftim
Torah: Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
Haftorah: Isaiah 51:12-52:12

Shabbat Candles: August 17, 7:22 PM
Havdalah: August 18, 8:29 PM

Board Meeting: August 19, 10 AM

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! This Shabbat marks Rabbi Shub’s first Shabbat as our rabbi! 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:



This weeks kiddush is sponsored by Myra Sallet and Maxine Isaacs in loving memory of their parents, Herman & Nettie Gershenson.

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

The High Challah-days Challah Shop is back for the second year in a row to bring delicious sweetness into your homes for the new year!

This year we have 2 varieties, Plain (sweetened) and Maine Maple-Blueberry!

Place your order below by clicking on the link below! All orders must be placed by August 31st and picked up between Sept. 3rd and 7th

Book of Remembrance 5779

The Book of Remembrance―Sefer Zikaron―contains a collection of readings used in our synagogue during the four times of the year when Yizkor is recited. One section of the booklet is called “These We Do Recall,” and is a place to memorialize the family members in whose memory Yizkor is recited. Including their names in this book will serve as a fitting tribute, as the book will be used throughout the year for unveilings, memorial services and Yizkor. If you would like your loved ones included in the Book of Remembrance for 5779 (2018-2019), please  email the office at

Donations and Tributes

From Bertha Bucknell in memory of her father, Carol Mandoff

From Jerry and Benny Brem in memory of: Adeline and George Fleischer, Paul and Anna Brem, Dora and Eli Baer, Joseph and Nelly Fleischer, Aunt Judy and Uncle Herman Isis, Benny Brem’s complete family lost in the Holocaust, Aunt Sheddie Baer and Stephen Romanow

From Gerald and Selma Cope in memory of Harold Romanow and Stephen I Goodman.

From Erwin and Ruth Cohen in memory of Paul Lerman.

From Diane Kline in memory of Fred Sibolkin

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


7 Elul
Alexander Weiswasser

8 Elul
Anna Brownstein
Rebecca Finkelman

9 Elul
Seraya Lyapyufker
Joseph Shatz

10 Elul
Esther Lapidus

11 Elul
David Hartman
Fannie Jacobson
Anna Meyer
David Meyer

12 Elul
Sarah F Boxstein
Emma Goldblatt
Abraham Greenberg
Paul Lerman
Max Santowsky
Sandra Sternberg
Ida Wolf

13 Elul
Samuel Berenson
Sally Davidson
Futh Frances Kramer
Frank Wolman
Mamie Zaitlin

High Holidays 5779

Saturday, September 8 – Shabbat, Kiddush
Meet and Greet our new Rabbi – Rabbi Aaron Shub

Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 9 – Erev Rosh Hashanah
6:43 p.m. Candle Lighting
6:45 p.m. Mincha/Maariv

Monday, September 10 – Rosh Hashanah I
8:30 a.m. Shacharit and Holiday Services
10:45 a.m. Shofor Blowing
6:45 p.m. Mincha – Followed by Tashlich at Back Cove
7:45 p.m. Maariv
7:49 p.m. Candle Lighting

Tuesday, September 11 – Rosh Hashanah II
8:30 a.m. Shacharit and Holiday Service
10:45 a.m. Shofar Blowing Commences
6:45 p.m. Mincha/Maariv
7:47 p.m. Havdalah

Wednesday, September 12- Fast of Gedalia (from 5:48 AM to 7:26 PM)

Sunday, September 16 – Kever Avot, Visiting the graves of our loved ones with Rabbi Shub
10:00 a.m. Mt. Sinai at the Warren Ave Entrance
11:30 a.m. TBE Memorial Park

Yom Kippur
Tuesday, September 18 – Erev Yom Kippur
6:26 p.m. Candle Lighting
6:30 p.m. Kol Nidre

Wednesday, September 19 – Yom Kippur
8:30 a.m. Shacharit and Holiday Service
11:00 a.m. Yizkor
5:30 p.m. Mincha
6:30 p.m. Ne’ila – Concluding Service
7:30 p.m. Final Shofar, Maariv, Havdalah and Break Fast with TBE

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
7:15 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

Lulav and Etrog Orders

Order your Lulav & Etrog set for Sukkot, to fulfill the special holiday mitzvah of the daily blessing and waving of the Lulav and Etrog during Sukkot.

Each deluxe set comes with everything you need for the holiday for only $44. Place your order by contacting by August 26th.

Sets will be ready for pick up on Friday, Sept. 7 at Temple Beth El.

Upcoming Events

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.



Monthly Family Kabbalat Shabbat Services!
Friday, August 24 – led by Morah Debbie

Parents and kids ages 6 and under are warmly invited to join us for this fun, interactive monthly Family Kabbalat Shabbat service!
•5:30pm: Schmooze and enjoy complimentary Kosher PB&J sandwiches on fresh Challah (with allergy alternatives upon request in advance)
•6:00pm: Family service
•6:30pm: Option to join the rest of the minyan for Kiddush and more snacks!



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

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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