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

Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh

Please join us in our new location

Saturday morning services
9:30 a.m. Room 4A
400 Deering Avenue
Portland, Maine

December 10, 2016 – 10 Kislev 5777

Shabbat Vayetze

Genesis 28:10-32:3
Haftarah: Hosea 12:13-14:10

Candle lighting 3:46

Shabbat Service Saturday at 9:30 a.m.


Ner Lamaore

Lorraine and Jonas Smith, in memory of Lorraine’s brother, Eli Cohen
Martin and Linda Brenerman, in memory of Saul Brenerman
Irving Grunes, in memory of Regina Grunes
Joel and Suzanne Krane, in memory of Louis Krane

Parashat Vayetze

A ladder stood on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven (28:12)
This is prayer.

Jacob went out from Be’er Sheva, and he went to Charan
Genesis 28:10)

The story of Jacob’s journey to Charan is the story of every soul’s descent to the physical world.
The soul, too, leaves behind the spiritual idyll of Be’er Sheva (literally, “Well of the Seven”—a reference to the supernal source of the seven divine attributes, or sefirot, from which the soul derives) and journeys to Charan (literally, “Wrath”): a place of lies, deceptions, struggle and hardship; a place in which material concerns consume one’s days and nights, sapping one’s energy, confusing one’s priorities, and all but obscuring the purpose for which one has come there in the first place.”
“…The soul, too, achieves its enduring significance only upon its descent into “Charan.” Only as a physical being, invested within a physical body and inhabiting a physical environment, can it fulfill the purpose of its creation, which is to build “adwelling for G‑d in the physical world.” (From the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe)

Where Will I Find You

“Where, Lord, will I find you:

your place is high and obscure

And where

                    won’t I find you:

                      your glory fills the world….”

                                                                          –Yehudah Halevi

Tr. Peter Cole

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Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh Board Meeting

The next meeting of the Shaarey Tphiloh Board of Directors will take place on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 400 Deering Avenue. Call 773-0693 for details.

Shaarey Tphiloh Members and Friends:

Join Temple Beth El and Levey Day School, Wednesday, December 21, 5-8 p.m., 400 Deering Avenue for a Chanukah Party.


Led by volunteers Jeff & Abby Halpern

Temple Beth El Youth Lounge/Library (off of the Social Hall)

Joint Temple Beth El and Shaarey Tphiloh children’s Shabbat services will be held on the first and third Saturday every month through June.

– Tefillat Yeladim (K – 5th grade): Starting around 10:30 am. Kids will be collected from each minyan or the halls. We will finish around 11:30 am.

– Tot Shabbat (Toddler – Pre K): Starting at 11:15 am, parents, please drop off your kids at the Youth Lounge (off of the Social Hall). Kids will be returned in time for Adon Olam at the parents’ minyan.

In all programs, children within the age range are welcome to attend while parents are at either shul. Kids older than the age range are welcome to attend as special helpers. Kids younger than the age range are welcome to attend with parent’s company.

We welcome special guests (including parents or grandparents). Please email Jeff at if you want to be listed as a special guest.

 Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine
Judaica Advisory Committee

The Sampson Center’s Judaica Advisory Committee at USM is seeking new members. Those who are interested in discussing membership on the committee should care about Maine Jewish history, preservation or collecting. If you are a creative thinker and value the preservation of the record of Maine Jewish life, call Committee Chairperson Susan Cummings-Lawrence at 799-9257 or e-mail at for more details.

Learn how the committee works, about future activities and the group’s connections with the Sampson GLBT Advisory Committee and the African-American Advisory Committe

Grades 11-12 Community High School Program

Avis Smith

A community monthly class for students in grades 11 and 12 will be offered on Sundays from 5:00-6:30 PM. Registration is now under way.

Everything You Never Knew about Judaism!
(All the things you would not have learned in Religious School…)

We are excited to offer once again a Jewish studies program that is open to all high school juniors and seniors in Southern Maine. Our hope is that this program will provide an opportunity to get to know other Jewish high school students from the region, and to study and learn in an informal but stimulating environment. Teacher: Avis Smith

The classes will meet once a month, for a total of nine sessions, on Sundays, from 5:00 – 6:30 PM (no dinner, only snacks). This year’s dates are: September 25, October 30, November 20, December 18, January 22, February 12, March 25, April 30, and May 14.

The cost is $100. for the year. Classes will meet at Congregation Bet Ha’am in South Portland. For more information and to register call Louise at 879-0028.

Holocaust Studies with Anna Wrobel

~ Holocaust Cinema: rare and esoteric films, some from the direct postwar period, most of European origin.
Classes will meet from 6:00 to 9:00 pm on Wednesdays – 10/26; 11/30; 12/21; 1/25; 3/1. Films are listed at the JCA link below
~ Primo Levi ‘book club’: one book per month (not provided). Books and ordering information are listed at the JCA link below.
Classes will meet from 6:00-8:00pm on Wednesdays – 11/2; 12/7; 1/4; 2/1; 3/8 $100.
All classes held will be at JCA – 57 Ashmont Street, Portland, Maine

Yahrzeits This Week

1 Kislev Joseph Nelson

12 Kislev Hyman Finn, Joseph Wolf

13 Kislev Sarah Shepard

14 Kislev Eli Cohen, Harry Freedman, Yisrael Jacobson, Jacob Woolf

15 Kislev  Bertina Arlock, Ida Cohen, Sarah Finsie, Harriet Goldfinger, Joseph Sheriff, Mr. Toochin

16 Kislev George Cohen, Fannie Meltzer, Maurice Waterman, Rae Wolf, Robert Woolf

17 Kislev Sarah Bernstein, Harlan Feuerstein, Helen Freedman, Bessie Kalin, William Needleman, Harold Punsky, William Singer, David Zolov

Shaarey Tphiloh is now celebrating 112 years as a traditional Jewish spiritual home in Maine! 

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