Weekly announcements on shul activities.



Shabbat Shalom and Happy Purim!
שבת שלום וחג פורים שמח
March 10-11, 2017
12-13 Adar 5777

Please join us in our new location
Saturday morning services – 9:30 am

400 Deering Avenue
Portland, Maine
Room 4A

There will be a Minyan on Sunday Morning at 9 am followed by
David Freidenreich’s Class
At 11:30 am there will be a Megillah Reading led by Josh Pernick

Shabbat Tetsaveh
Exodus 27:20-30:
Haftarah: 1 Sam. 15:2-34

Candle lighting 5:24 pm
Havdalah 6:25 pm

Click here to read Josh Pernick’s D’var Torah

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

The Sushan Beer Garden!

Despite what you may think, this is a celebration for the whole family! We will be celebrating Purim with a beer tasting for the adults and a root beer float tasting for the kids. Plus, we’ll have Mac and Cheese, Pretzels, Hamantaschen and more!

Below is a schedule of events for this fun filled evening!
6:45 PM Havdalah
7:00 PM Family Megillah Reading (Sanctuary)
7:00 PM CST Megillah Reading (Shaarey Tphiloh Sanctuary – Room 4a)
7:45 PM Party! (Social Hall)
Purim is a holiday of joy, community and fun; celebrate it with your family and friends at Temple Beth El and Shaarey Tphiloh!

The event is free and all are welcome!

Donations are appreciated.

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:

Option 1: Ready-to-bake Frozen Dough
Pre-braided frozen Kosher challah dough will be available for immediate purchase during regular office hours and during KBE on Sunday’s 9a-12p.
Option 2: Made-to-order 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.

Click here for more info

Community Calendar

March 19th
Join us for an afternoon of Mahjong and Poker! Or organize your own game circle!

Light refreshments will be provided.

All are welcome! Donations appreciated.

The Megillah’s Hidden Meanings with Rabbi David Freidenreich
Sundays, March 5 & 12
10:00 – 11:30
Shaarey Tphiloh Sanctuary
Temple Beth El School Wing – Room 4a
The Book of Esther famously lacks any reference to God, but countless readers have found God’s hidden hand in its story nonetheless. This is just one example of the many layers of meaning within the seemingly simple tale we read every year. Join us to explore hidden facets of the Megillah and the holiday of Purim.

You are welcome to come early and enjoy coffee and bagels in the foyer.

Hitbodedut: Cultivating Spontaneous Conversations with God
Rabbi David Jaffe
March 5 – 31, 2017

Interested in taking an online course in Jewish Spirituality with other TBE and CST members? Call or email the TBE office for more information.

Displaying Tickets Now on Sale for the 2017 Maine Jewish Film Festival

Tickets are now on sale for the 20th anniversary season of the Maine Jewish Film Festival, to be held from March 18 through March 25. Featuring engaging comedies, gripping dramas, and insightful documentaries, this year’s festival provides an engrossing window into the global Jewish experience. Post-films discussion programs feature both international and local filmmakers, protagonists, and commentators. Films will be shown in Portland, Brunswick, Lewiston, and Waterville.

For further information and to purchase tickets go to

MAINE STATE MUSEUM presents: Maine + Jewish: Two Centuries of Jewish Life in Maine
This will be the largest public exhibit of it’s kind addressing the distinct qualities and circumstances of Jewish life in Maine. The Maine State Museum needs your help. If you have any ideas, suggestions, treasures or memories that you would like to see part of the exhibit, contact Guest Curator Amy E. Waterman.

From Sinai to Seinfeld The History of Jewish Humor
March 15-May 24, 7:00-8:30PM
Treating Jewish jokes as text, this course invites students to analyze and interpret the evolving concerns, styles, rhythms, preoccupations, and values of the Jewish people that lie buried deep in words that make us laugh as Jews, and that bond us as a people. No experience necessary, open to all. Taught by Rabbi Carolyn Braun. Register by March 1. Click HERE.  The cost of the course is $250. Late registration fees apply.

12 Adar I
Myer Glen
Blanche Seigal Glovsky
Beatrice Zade

12 Adar II
Charles Lewis

13 Adar I
Golda Bartfield
Nathan Berenson
Mildred Kroot Warner

13 Adar II
Fannie Shatz
Charles Shulman
Samuel Treshinsky
Mollie Weisman

14 Adar I
Sadye Fleischer
George Goodkowsky
Max Kronsberg
Rosa Povich
Sarah Tietz

15 Adar I
Elaine Troen Cole
Bernard Goodman
Annetta Koretsky
Hyman Krigman
Etta Lewis
Harry Lewis
Ida Lewis
William Lewis
Morris Sheriff
Tillie Sidman

16 Adar I
Fannie Yudis Cohen
Thomas Levine
Celia Simonds

16 Adar II
Emily Goldberg

17 Adar I
Alexander Hoffman
Lewis Slotsky
Jogn Zeitman

18 Adar I
Samuel Isenberg
Benjamin Mack

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