Shabbat Shalom
February 17
2 Adar

Torah Readings
Parashat Terumah

Annual: Exod. 25:1-27:19
Haftarah: I Kings 5:26-6:13

Candle Lighting
Friday, February 16 – 4:55 pm

Saturday, February 17 – 5:56 pm

Shabbat Services at 9:45 this weekend.

Please join us this Shabbat to celebrate our wonderful president, Dr. Natan Kahn! Natan’s contributions to Shaarey Tphiloh as president and in the community are beyond measure. We are deeply appreciative of all the ways he enriches Portland Jewish life. Yasher koach, Natan!

Kiddush this Presidents’ Day weekend is sponsored
in honor of Natan and will feature special treats!

Sponsored by generous donors who wish to remain Anonymous.
Todah Rabah!

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


Purim All Over Portland!
Wednesday, February 28th

Presented by Temple Beth El, Congregation Bet Ha’am,
Shaarey Tphiloh and Etz Chaim

This year we’re teaming up with our friends for a night of celebration
across this great city of ours! All events are open and free to all.

Family English Megillah Reading and Pizza Dinner – 5:30 pm at Temple Beth El
The family reading is for kids and parents and grandparents and great-grandparents of all ages and communities! Come in your best costumes and have a slice of delicious Kosher pizza!

Raucous Reading and Purim Party – 6 to 9 pm at Maine Craft Distilling, 123 Washington
Fred Farber and Maine Craft Distilling are hosting the entire Jewish community for a crazy Erev Purim celebration starting with a Megillah Reading at 6:00 pm. Light snacks provided, Cash Bar (21+), special vegetarian menu items for purchase, and non-alcoholic drinks available. Come in costume and enter our Costume Contest – winner announced at 8:00 pm.

Traditional Hebrew Megillah Reading – 5:30 pm at Etz Chaim, 267 Congress St
Etz Chaim will be hosting a Traditional Hebrew Megillah Reading at 5:30 pm at their sanctuary at the corner of Congress and India St. All are welcome!

Purim in Outer Space
JCA, 1342 Congress St.
Thursday, March 1, 5:00 PM
Get ready to blast off for an ‘out of this world’ experience. The event will feature a megillah reading with a multi-media slide show, food, live music with the Maine Meshugoyim and special entertainment with Andrew Silver’s Interstellar Magic Show. $10/Child, $18 Adult




TBE Pop-up Challah Shop!

Order yours today, pick it up on Friday!

$3.00 Small – $5.00 Large
$5.00 Six (6) Rolls





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

Kadima Beth El

There is no KBE this week (Sunday, Feb. 18 or Wednesday, Feb. 21). Have a great break!

While Abby is on leave, if you have questions or concerns, or would like to report your child’s absence, please email Daniel Heinrich at and copy Lisa Berman at Every effort has been made to keep the school calendar up to date, which you can access at this link (or from the synagogue website).

For financial questions, please email Sherri Quint at For general inquiries, please call the office at 774-2679 or email

400 Deering Calendar

Yoga Minyan
Sundays at 9:30
Extended indefinitely
$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
Thursday: 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+

Encountering God: A Conversation – Sundays in March at 10:30 am
4 Session Course taught by David Freidenreich
What does it mean to speak about God? What have Jews past and present said about God? What do we feel comfortable saying about God? We’ll explore these questions and more in this four-session class. Participants are strongly encouraged to read chapters from Neil Gillman’s The Way into Encountering God in Judaism before each session, but all are welcome regardless of advance preparation. (For the March 4 session, read the introduction and chapter 1 of this short and accessible book.)
A limited number of copies of the book are available at the TBE library for loan.
Email Daniel to reserve a spot. $36 for 4 sessions

Rosh Chodesh Women’s Group
Wednesdays: Feb. 21, Mar. 14, Apr. 11, May 16, Jun. 13 – 6:30-8:00 pm
$10/session drop-in rate
As we seek to make old traditions new, TBE is creating a Rosh Chodesh group for women. Together, as a collaborative effort, we will explore our tradition and our identities as women. No experience is necessary, all are welcome.

Cooking Classes

Thanks again to everyone who came to the Falafel B’Pita Class! We had such a great time and hope you did as well. Keep your eyes peeled for future classes on Falafel, Challah and more!

Is there something you want to learn to cook? Traditional Sephardic Cuisine? Traditional Ashkenazi/Yiddish Food? Kosher Thai Food? Desserts? Breads? Basic Knife Technique?

Send an email ( and let us know what interests you and we will try and cater to you!

JCA Calendar

Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: Their Lives and Legacies with Historian David Dalin
Wednesday, March 7th, 7:00 PM
Jewish Community Alliance
$10/JCA members, $12/ general public
Information and Tickets
Join us for a fascinating talk with historian David Dalin discussing his latest book, Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: Their Lives and Legacies which examines the lives, legal careers, and legacies of the eight Jews who have served or who currently serve as justices of the U.S. among a number of related topics.

I Dissent! Standing Up for What We Believe In
March 7, 7-8:30 PM
Jewish Community Alliance
Free. Registration required, email,
Celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first Jewish woman to serve on the US Supreme Court. We will read the book “I Dissent,” talk about standing up for what we believe in, and have an RBG photo booth! This program is best suited for children ages 5+. (This event runs concurrently with the Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court book talk at the JCA.)

NextDor Calendar

Happy Hour and Jewish AMA with Josh Pernick
Saturday, Feb. 24 – 7 pm
Bunker Brewing Co. – 17 Westfield St
Have a burning question about Judaism you’ve always wanted to ask? Want to drink a beer? Want to do both at the same time?
Join NextDor at Bunker Brewing Co. for a Jewish Ask Me Anything. Rabbinical intern Josh Pernick will be on hand to field questions and enjoy a few beers himself. Google, crowd sourcing, and good old pondering may also be brought into play.
As always, this event is open to all young adults regardless of faith or background.

NextDor February Book Club
Sunday, Feb. 24 – 2pm
At Daniel and Alex’s Apartment, RSVP for address
Join NextDor for our February 2018 book club meeting. We will be reading Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen.

Enjoy a discussion of the book, tasty refreshments, and friendship.

The NextDor book club is free and available to all young adults regardless of faith or background.


2 Adar I
Samuel Silver
William Jacobs
Mamie Seiger

2 Adar II
Hannah Cohen
Robert Jacobson

3 Adar I
Esther Casale
Edward Levine
George Robinson
Max Simonds

4 Adar I
Abe Glovsky
Max Cohen

4 Adar II
Simon Goberman
Beatrice Levi
Bene Stern

5 Adar I
Phoebe Branz
Anna Fogelsohn
Alma Pascal Read
Joseph Woolf
Esther Greenstein
Feiga Seigal

5 Adar II
Samuel Berman

6 Adar I
Bessie Frager
Anne Woolf
Joseph Zaitlin

6 Adar II
Rebecca Levi

7 Adar I
Ruth Finn
Frances Harrisburg
Israel Silverman
Annie Berenson

7 Adar II
Lena Crasnick
David Mack
Isidor Schraer

8 Adar I
Louisa Pinansky
Sherman Setlin
Edward Silverman
Sadie Tabachnick
Barbara Burd
Annie Rosen

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