Shabbat Shalom!

August 3-4
23 Av

Services will begin at 9:30.

Parshat Eikev
Torah: Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25
Haftorah: Isaiah 49:14-51:3

Shabbat Candles: August 3, 7:42 PM
Havdalah: August 4, 8:49 PM

Josh Pernick

After two years of visiting Portland for weekends, Josh is living in town for six weeks this summer! He is teaching a couple of weekly classes at the JCA in addition to his work with Shaarey Tphiloh, and is hosting classes and meals out of his summer apartment on Pleasant Street . Josh is teaching a daily class on Tractate Brachot at his apartment in the evenings, and is also open to one-on-one or small group learning on a Jewish topic of interest to you! Please be in touch with any ideas of things that you would like to learn, programs that you would like to see happen or just to set up a time to talk about anything on your mind. He will be in Portland from the beginning of July until mid-August.


This week’s kiddush is sponosored by Louis and Shula Bornstein in loving memory of Abraham Seigal.

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
Order Now!

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! Rabbi Shub has moved to Maine and will be our new rabbi in August! 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:



Donations and Tributes

From Louis and Shula Bornstein in memory of Hyman Boxstein
From Louis and Shula Bornstein in memory of Samuel and Sarah Romanow
From Harriet Weisman

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


23 Av
Samuel Smith
Jacob Citrin
Frank Feldman

24 Av
Icky Abramson
Tena Carver
Marvis Cohen
Melvin Golding
Ruth Greenberg

25 Av
Lena Rubin
Rachel Russman

26 Av
Morris Rubin
Rose Shulman
Benjamin Troen

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

28 Av
Edward I. Bernstein
Harry Jacobson

29 Av
Gertrude Helen Glovsky
Ina Passman

Upcoming Events

Talmud Chabura
July 9 – August 15
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 pm, and Wednesday and Friday at 12:00 pm

Do you want to study Talmud but don’t know where to start? This summer Shaarey Tphiloh Student Rabbi Josh Pernick will be learning Masechet Brachot and invites the community to learn with him at his apartment. Please email Shaarey Tphiloh for an address or to join remotely! No need to attend each and every class, just be prepared to learn!



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.



Line Dancing Workshop for Beginners – with SAGE
Thursday, August 2, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
JCA, – 1342 Congress Street, Portland
Donations are welcome

SAGE, Portland’s LGBT elders organization, and Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services are offering a monthly line dance workshop and social! All ages and abilities are welcome for C/W, pop/rock, Latin, waltz, hiphop, etc. We suggest wearing sneakers. Please contact Karli Efron with any questions or 207-772-1959



Sunday Swim at Center Day Camp for PJ Library Families
Sunday, August 5, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Rain Date August 12)
Center Day Camp
74 Hackett Road, Windham

PJ Library families are invited to join JCA members for a day at Center Day Camp. Bring a picnic, play on the playground and hang out on the beach. Swimming permitted only when lifeguard is present. Waterfront open weather permitting. Sorry, no pets allowed. Please contact Andrea with any questions or 207-772-1959


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

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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