Shabbat Shalom
December 8 – 9
21 Kislev

Torah Readings
Parashat Vayeshev

Annual: Gen. 37:1-40:23
Haftarah: Amos 2:6-3:8

Candle Lighting
Friday, December 8 – 3:46 pm

Saturday, December 9 – 4:6 pm

Shabbat Morning Services – 9:45 am.

Need we say more?
All are welcome at TBE and Shaarey Tphiloh’s
Annual Chanukah Party
Live Music * Fresh Latkes
Wednesday, December 13 – 5:00 pm

Gift Shop

The TBE Gift Shop is now fully stocked in time for Chanukah!

Drop by during office hours to pick up all the candles, menorahs, gift wrap, cards, dreidels and gifts you need for your family, friends and loved ones.

Be sure to come to the Chanukah Party to see the totally redesigned Gift Shop and Café!

The Challah Shop is

Unfortunately, we will be closed this week (Dec. 8) as we prepare for a special event. Sorry for the inconvenience!

The shop will return
December 15.
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

Hide and Seek
Friday Night, December 8
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Contemplative Kabbalat Shabbat with Table Hosted Dinner
The entire TBE community is invited to join us for a special Kabbalat Shabbat and afterward, all are welcome for dinner with intimate discussions on the following questions:
Who or what keeps us hiding? Whose responsibility is it to seek? How do we stay in Jewish community when the going gets tough and we feel left out of the game?

Children’s Kabbalat Shabbat with Kid’s Menu Dinner – While adults and teens are busy discussing over dinner, children ages 4-10 are invited to a special Kabbalat Shabbat Service led by Debbie Kanter and followed by dinner.
Childcare available for children ages 2-4.

Ready or Not, Here I Come
Saturday, December 9
9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Contemplative Shabbat Morning Services followed by a Lunch and Learn on the subject of “Seeking” in prayer

Finding Each Other
Saturday, December 9
5:00 pm
Havdalah Celebration and Nosh
Welcoming the new week with a family friendly Havdalah ceremony followed by a discussion on the subject: How Chanukah is the ultimate holiday of hutzpah.

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+

Community Calendar

Israeli Folk Dancing with Orly Kahn
December 16 – 7:00 pm – $5.00
JCA 1342 Congress St
All levels and abilities are welcome! Our focus will be classic beginner dances. Come dance the hora and learn some new moves.

Secrets of the Jewish Calendar: Publicizing the Miracle – For Whom? with Josh Pernick
December 17 – 10:30 am – JCA 1342 Congress St
One of the more well-known rituals of Hanukkah is placing the candles in the window to publicize the miracle. For a tradition built on a narrative of miracles, why is the command to publicize specifically associated with the holiday of Hanukkah? We will explore the centrality of publicity to the holiday of Hanukkah, as well as what may be the core underlying question of the holiday: what is the miracle that we are celebrating anyway?

Chanukah in the Community

If one party isn’t enough for you, there are a number of other Chanukah parties in the greater Portland area that are fun for all ages and persuasions:

Chabad of Maine Community Chanukah Celebration
December 12 – 6:00 pm – Portland City Hall

Light Up the Night Family Chanukah Service
December 15 – 6:00 pm – Bet Ha’am

Chanukah Havdalah – PJ Library with Josh Pernick
December 16 – 6:00 pm – JCA 1432 Congress St

Etz Chaim, Portland – Chanukah Concert and Party
December 17 – 4:00 pm – Maine Jewish Museum

Todah Rabah

Todah Rabah to Cedric and Lauren Minkin for sponsoring this weekend’s Kiddush in memory of Cedric’s father, Maurice Minkin
Todah Rabah!


Joseph Finsie in memory of Sarah Finsie and Sophie Germaine


21 Kislev
Saul Brenerman
Bella Cope
Anna Fink

22 Kislev
George Lane
Anna Pinansky
Esther Weiss

23 Kislev
Hyman Drecksler
Bertha Mack
Sadie Serulnick

24 Kislev
Lewis Bertfield
Nettie Gershenson
Louis Green
Percy Abling
Regina Grunes
Dora Levine
Max Milstein
Ruth Modes
Abraham Pachowsky

26 Kislev
Rose Bernstein
Maurice Minkin
Louis Schwartz
Ann Shalit

27 Kislev
Anna Agger
Sophie Germaine
Fannie Jacobs
Alice Kodis
Joseph Seigal
Harry Waterman

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