Shabbat Shalom
February 24
9 Adar

Torah Readings
Parashat Tetzaveh
Shabbat Zakhor

Annual: Exod. 27:20-30:10
Maftir: Deut. 25:17-19
Haftarah: I Samuel 15:2-34

Candle Lighting
Friday, February 23 – 5:04 pm

Saturday, February 24- 6:06 pm

Board meeting at 9:30 am in the Shul on Sunday, February 25
Shabbat Services at 9:45 this weekend.

Josh Pernick will be joining us this weekend for the special readings of Shabbat Zakhor.

We hope to see you then!

Dont forget to check out Josh’s class at the JCA on Sunday morning – Secrets of the Jewish Calendar: Remembering to Forget



Todah Rabah to this weekend’s Kiddush is sponsored by Jean Aron in memory of her mother, JoAnn Oransky.

Todah Rabah to Adeline Glovsky Hale for sponsoring this weekend’s Kiddush in memory of her mother, Blanche Glovsky (Blummuh bas Avraham HaLevi) and her great grandmother, Feiga Seigal (Feiga bas Dov).

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

Mazel Tov!

Mazel Tov to Rabbi Akiva Herzfeld and his wife, Michal, on the birth of their daughter!

She will be named this coming weekend at Lechu Neranana minyan on Shabbat (Parshat Tetzaveh) in Shimshoni, Israel.

From all of us at Shaarey Tphiloh, we wish the Herzfeld family health, joy and happiness!


Kobi Kahn’s Bar Mitzvah

Shabbat Parah
Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei
March 9-10,2018

Kobi is very excited to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah in a couple of short months. Kobi is a native Mainer and currently is in 7th grade at Lincoln Middle School where he enjoys math and science. For extracurriculars, Kobi participates in swimming,
snowboarding, and soccer, as well as playing online and outside with his friends.
Kobi is the son of Natan and Orly Kahn. He is the youngest of 5 siblings; Daniella, Eitan, Joel and Yonatan.

His Bar Mitzvah will be, B”H, on Shabbat Vayakhel-Pekudei, on March 10th, and he cannot wait to celebrate this journey with his family, friends and the joint Shaarey Tphiloh and Temple Beth-El community. Kobi would like to thank Student Rabbi Josh Pernick for his assistance in helping him prepare for his Bar Mitzvah.

The Kahn Family will be celebrating Kabbalat Shabbat in a joint service with Temple Beth El on Friday, March 9th at 5:30 pm.

On Shabbat, the Family invites all members of the community to the service at 9:45 am, to be held in TBE’s large sanctuary, and to the sit down Kiddush that follows.

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

Order Now!





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.



Maine Jewish Film Festival

March 10 – 18, 2018 – In it’s 21st year, the Festival will feature thirty films from around the world and present a dynamic week of parties, guests and special events. MJFF is committed to the belief that diversity is at the heart of what fuels a great festival and a great community. This year’s extensive selection comprises an engaging collection of feature length and short films – dramas, comedies and documentaries. Click here to view the entire schedule

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.


9 Adar I
Harold Ross
Fannie Nurenberg

9 Adar II
Isidor Seiger

10 Adar I
Rosalie Klompus
Israel Kaplan

11 Adar I
Jack Agger
Julius Freeman
Loretta Sandler
Jacob Whitney
Marion Cohen
Sarah Lipshitz

11 Adar II
Joseph Berman
Janette Chase

12 Adar I
Myer Glen
Blanche Glovsky
Beatrice Zade

12 Adar II
Charles Lewis

13 Adar I
Golda Bartfield
Nathan Berenson
Mildred Warner

13 Adar II
Fannie Shatz
Charles Shulman
Samuel Treshinsky
Mollie Weisman

14 Adar I
George Goodkowsky
Rosa Povich
Sarah Tietz
Sadye Fleischer

15 Adar I
Elaine Cole
Bernard Goodman
Annetta Kornetsky
Hyman Krigman
Etta Lewis
Harry Lewis
Ida Lewis
William Lewis
Tillie Sidman
Morris Sheriff

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