Shabbat Shalom
שבת שלום
August 18-19, 2017
26-27 Av 5777

400 Deering Avenue
Portland, Maine
Room 4A

Parashat Re’eh
Annual: Deut. 11:26-16:17
Haftarah: Isaiah 54:11-55:5

Candle Lighting
Friday, August 18 – 7:21 pm

Saturday, August 19 – 8:19 pm
Click here to read Josh Pernick’s D’var Torah

High Holidays Schedule

Our dear family and friends of the Shaarey Tphiloh Community,

We warmly invite you to join us for the High Holidays! As we say goodbye to the past year and welcome 5778, we would love for you to join us for the many celebrations in the coming weeks.

All are welcome at our shul at 400 Deering Avenue in Portland, Maine. No tickets are required; however, donations are always welcome so that we can continue to offer our community a safe and inviting home of worship for years to come. As with last year, reserved seats are available only for dues-paying members, volunteers and donors due to the limits of our more intimate space. There will be limited free seating available to those who do not reserve a seat ahead of time. If you would like to reserve a seat, call 774-2649 or send us an email at

This year, Rosh Hashanah begins on the evening of September 20th and continues through Friday, September 22nd. Yom Kippur begins with Kol Nidrei on Friday evening, September 29th. The cantors for the High Holidays this year will be Josh Pernick, Levi Mastrangelo, Eitan Kahn and Joel Kahn.

Please click on the button below to see this year’s calendar detailing the schedule of events throughout the holidays.

Many of you have received a letter regarding the 5778 Book of Remembrance that we use to recall and remember the names of our loved ones during Yizkor and other such times. There was an error in the letter that requested a remittance envelope be filled out and sent back though no envelope was included. We sincerely apologize for any confusion this has caused and encourage you to call Daniel at 774-2649 or send an email to and let him know what names you would like to publish in the book, the associated donation and payment options. Bear in mind, that is no trouble if you would like to publish the same names and make the same donation as last year, either way, please notify Daniel at the office.

We look forward to seeing you at High Holidays in just a few short weeks.

Natan Kahn M.D.

Daniel Heinrich
Administrative Assistant
Click here to Download the Schedule

TBE’s Pop-Up Challah Shop
Benefiting the Kiddush Fund

Large: $5.00
Small: $3.00
6 Rolls: $5.00

Here’s how it works:
Fresh Baked Challah
To buy our fresh baked challah, simply email or call Daniel Heinrich at 774-2649 by noon on Thursday to place your order for the coming Shabbat. Orders will be ready for pick-up between 1pm and 3pm on Friday’s, or during weekend services if pre-paid by check or credit card.

Sponsor a Kiddush!

Temple Beth El and Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh 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

Sunday Simcha!

Sunday Mornings – 6:30 to 8:30 am
We welcome new hosts: Hillel, Marshall Tinkle, Emily Epstein, Natan Kahn and Joel 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.

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,
Daniel Heinrich
Administrative Assistant

Community Calendar

Please join us for our grand opening as we celebrate the JCA’s new home.
Sunday, September 10, 2:00 – 4:30 PM
▪ Dedication Ceremony at 3:15 PM
In the Sam L. Cohen Community Hall
▪ LIVE MUSIC by the Casco Bay Tummlers
▪ BUILDING TOURS with JCA Board members
▪ KIDS CRAFTS with the Goldman Family Preschool & JFamily
▪ LAWN GAMES with the JCA Afterschool program
▪ MEMBERSHIP – Join the J and get a free gift!
▪ FOOD FOR SALE by local vendors:
Falafel Mafia ▪ Farm to Coast ▪ Espo’s ▪ Temple Beth El Pop Up Challah Shop ▪ Gorgeous Gelato
PARKING: Please plan to park off-site.
Very limited parking will be available on site for those with mobility limitations.
A drop off and pick up area will be available.

Family Camp At Yavneh

Kosher family vacations don’t have to break the bank! Get out of the city and spend time in the great outdoors with your family and friends. If you enjoy amazing activities – like the fishing tournament, challah baking, wine tasting and tie dye shirt making along with eating delicious kosher food and spending quality Shabbat time with family and friends, then Family Camp at Yavneh can’t be missed! Spaces are filling so act quick! And as an added bonus you don’t have to do laundry or cook for five whole days! August 23rd – 27th, with pre-camp beginning on Aug 21st. For more information call 603-942-5593, visit our website or send Efrat Assulin an email,,  to register.

The JCA is excited to tell you about the launch of our new afterschool program! Designed for children in grades K-3, our curriculum has been inspired by and closely aligned with the care some of you know and love from our preschool.

Registration for the after school program is officially open and will launch this fall with limited enrollment — we encourage you to sign up soon! Transportation from Portland Public schools and accommodating early release Wednesdays will be provided.

Click here for more information

The National Council of Jewish Women presents An Evening with Sara Gideon – Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives.

September 14

7:00 pm – Location TBD




27 Av
Irene Frager
Joseph Gravitsky
Celia Lerman
Deborah Levey
Benjamin Mensh

28 Av
Edward Bernstein
Harry Jacobson

29 Av
Gertrude Glovsky
Ina Passman

30 Av
Nathan Mack
David Rosen
Esther Shuman

1 Elul
Lippman Grunes
Mordecai Horen
Beatrice Miller
Bella Rubinoff

2 Elul
Nellie Cohen
Abraham Sheriff
Samuel Tellan

3 Elul
Ida Berkowitz
Bennie Levi
Morris Shepard

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