Shabbat Shalom
December 22-23
5 Tevet

Torah Readings
Parashat Vayigash

Annual: Gen. 44:18-47:27
Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:15-28

Candle Lighting
Friday, December 22 – 3:50 pm

Saturday, December 23 – 4:50 pm
Shabbat Morning Services – 9:45 am.

Our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of JoAnn Oransky, mother of Shaarey Tphiloh Board Member Jean Aron, who passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at the Barron Center after battling Alzheimers for many years. She was a joyful, vibrant, and loving woman whose friendships are too many to list and whose profound influence cannot be measured.

The family will welcome visitors on Thursday, December 21st from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM at Birchwoods, located at 86 Holiday Drive in Portland. Donations in JoAnn’s memory are welcome, with her preferred charity the Portland chapter of Hadassah.

TBE Pop-up Challah Shop!

Order yours today, pick it up on Friday!

$3.00 Small – $5.00 Large
$5.00 Six (6) Rolls
Order Now!



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.

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

400 Deering Calendar

Annual TBE Blood Drive
Thursday, December 21 – 12:00-5:00pm
Roll up a sleeve and save a life! In partnership with the American Red Cross of Maine, TBE will become a blood donation center on December 21st.
While others are busy Christmas shopping, this is a great opportunity for our community to take some time to give the gift of life to someone in need.
To sign up, either contact the office or click here and enter the code TBE1 in the ‘find a blood drive’ box in the upper right of that page to sign up!


Yoga Minyan
Sunday, December 3
New Session Starts Sunday, December 10, 17, 24, 31 & January 6 and 13
$54 non-member rate * $36 member rate * $10/session drop-in rate
TBE’s new yoga minyan will offer a moment of peace meant to nurture your heart, soul, and body through a centering, grounding yoga practice. The class will open with some words of Jewish philosophy, followed by stretching, gentle movement, and breathing. Please bring comfortable clothes and a yoga mat. Open to all, no prior experience necessary.


Spirits and Spirits
Thurs.: Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8 5:30 pm
We start as dust and end as dust, in between let’s have a drink.
-Yiddish Proverb.
December 14th, Rabbi Braun will again be at Maine Craft Distilling (123 Washington Ave, Portland) for a casual evening of libation and conversations about life. People of all faiths and curiosities are welcome to join. No RSVP required. Ages 21+

Bob Bradbury

It is with mixed emotions that we share the news that Bob Bradbury will end his 37 years of service to 400 Deering at the end of this year. For any newer community members who don’t know Bob as well, his official title is custodian, but that does not begin to explain what he means to us. From his knowledge of our rituals and mitzvot, to his insistence on putting our congregation’s needs above his own, Bob has kept us laughing, fed, and supported in ways that we simply cannot quantify. He is one of a kind, and we will miss him dearly. By the same token, we are thrilled that Bob has finally decided that he is entitled to slow down from the 7 day per week, multiple job workload he has managed for the last 50+ years.
His last official day will be December 31st, and we invite you to join us for a special Kiddush in his honor on his last Shabbat on duty, December 30th.

Community Calendar

NextDor Book Club – January
Book: All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan.
Come ready to discuss the book and enjoy your favorite coffee or tea based beverage at Arabica Coffee on Free Street (near Monument Square).
The NextDor book club is free and available to all young adults ages 21-35 of all backgrounds and faiths.


Tzedakah Opportunity
Our friends at Bet Ha’am are once again hosting Greater Portland Family Promise and are in need of the following items going forward:

Twin-sized Blankets
Twin-sized Mattress Pads
Face Towels

Todah Rabah

Teri Berenson in memory of JoAnn Oransky
Marshall and Ruth-Anne Gibson in honor of Natan and Orly Kahn, wishing the Shaarey Tphiloh Family peace, prosperity and health in 2018
Todah Rabah


5 Tevet
Sol Branz
Bessie Millman

6 Tevet
Benjamin Freedman
Reuben Lerman
Philip Resnick
Rebecca Rice
Michel Schilling
Julia Skalina
Gertrude Sneider

7 Tevet
Rachel Berenson
Minniue Cook
Philip Jacobson
Morris Reiner
David Tabor

8 Tevet
Fannie Barron
Harry Geller
Lina Goodman
Joseph Modes
Esther Schwey
Jennie Taylor

9 Tevet
Simon Levine
Joel Seigal

10 Tevet
Samuel Mack
Mark Meltzer
Lena Mines
Bernard Zade
Max Zaitlin

11 Tevet
Betty Druker
Faye Krantman
Anna Rosen
Morris Vinick

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