Shabbat Shalom
שבת שלום
February 24-25, 2017
28-29 Shevat 5777

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

400 Deering Avenue
Portland, Maine
Room 4A

Shabbat Mishpatim
Exodus 21:1-24:18
Haftarah: Isaiah 2 Kings 12:1-17

Candle lighting 5:06 pm
Havdalah 6:07 pm

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

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

Join Southern Maine’s Jewish Community for Shabbat Unplugged, a special weekend of activities for all ages promoting connectedness and community, as part of the National Day of Unplugging.

For more information, click here to view the flyer for the full schedule of events.


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.

March 5th and 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.
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.

NextDor is a JCA program for community members in their 20’s, 30’s and early 40’s, offering opportunities for peer-led social, cultural and educational engagement guided by Jewish values.NextDor programs are open and welcoming to Jewish and non-Jewish households.

Please take the 5 minute survey to let us know what programs you’d like to be part of in the coming year. If you now fall outside the NextDor age group, we still want your feedback!

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.


29 Shevat
Ruth Berman
Myer Cope
Sadie Grossman
Sydell Lustig
Jacob Potter
Sylvia Woolf

30 Shevat
Maurice Branz
Leonard Greenspun
Dorothy Merdek
Michael Rubinoff
Samuel Sackoff

1 Adar I
Hyman Frager
Ida Glovsky
Ida Kornetsky
Robert Loeb
Anna Sclar
Bessie Shible

1 Adar II
Lillian Bernstein
Ida Kapelowitz
Susanna Rubinoff
Morris Sacknoff
Sam Sheriff

2 Adar
William Jacobs
Mamie Seiger
Samuel Silver

2 Adar II
Hannah Cohen
Robert Jacobson

3 Adar
Esther Casale
Edward Levine
George Robinson
Max Simonds

4 Adar
Max Cohen
Abe Glovsky

4 Adar II
Simon Goberman
Beatrice Levi
Bene Stern

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

5 Adar II
Samuel Berman

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