Shabbat Shalom
February 3
18 Shevat

Torah Readings
Parashat Yitro

Annual: Exod. 18:1-20:23
Haftarah: Isaiah 6:1-13, 7:1-6, 9:5-6

Candle Lighting
Friday, February 2 – 4:36 pm

Saturday, February 3 – 5:37 pm

Shabbat Services at 9:45 this weekend.

This Weekend Family Services

TBE’s Family Committee Presents:
Monthly Family
Kabbalat Shabbat Services!

Starting February 2, TBE will hold a Friday Night Kabbalat Shabbat Service on the first Friday of every month for families and young children (ages 6 and under).

Starting at 5:30 pm, Kosher PB&J sandwiches on fresh Challah will be available (with allergy alternatives upon request in advance).

The children’s service will begin at 6:00 pm led by our own Debbie Kanter and last about 30 minutes. Parents with children under age 3 are encouraged to stay with their children during the service.

Everyone is invited to stay after services for Kiddush and more snacks!


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!

Mazel Tov!

Yesterday, January 31st, at 4:55 am, our dear friends Abby and Jeff Halpern welcomed their third child to the world, on Tu b’Shvat no less! Rafi and Ezra are now the proud brothers of the newest Shaarey Tphiloh member!

The Halperns are excited to invite the entire community to the Bris.

When: Services will start at 7:45 AM. The Brit Milah ceremony will start at 8:30 AM sharp. Breakfast reception to follow.
Where: Temple Beth El
What: Services will be traditional Jewish morning services. If you are late (which is acceptable), please just enter quietly.
The Brit Milah is a Jewish ceremonial circumcision. Typically this ceremony is not long, and is expected to last about 10 min; therefore, please arrive no later than 8:30 AM if you plan on attending.

Please note:
– It is not traditional to send invitations to the ceremony. It is an open community event. Please use this announcement as an invitation. Also please feel free to forward this announcement to anyone who might not have received it.
– Gifts are not expected as part of the Brit Milah. If you feel inclined, please do not bring any balloons. Big Brother Ezra is deathly afraid of balloons.

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

Kadima Beth El

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+

Modern Hebrew Chavura
Sundays at 10:30 am
TBE is partnering with the National Jewish Outreach Program to bring you a 6 week session of group Hebrew Language learning with text books, media and games to support a learning environment for Hebrew speakers and non-Hebrew speakers of all skill levels!

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

Falafel B’Pita Workshop



Challah Workshop
Sunday, February 4, 2018 – 10:30 am
Register by January 29
$5 for members/$8 for non-members
Join Daniel and learn the secrets behind the Pop-Up Challah Shop Challah. Perfect for bakers of all ages and skill levels; parental supervision required for children under the age of 13.

Participants will leave with an understanding how to mix, braid, and bake challah, as well as a sample of dough to take home and practice their skills!

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.

Todah Rabah

Todah Rabah to Teri Berenson for co-sponsoring this weekend’s Kiddush in memory of her father, Alfred Waxler.
Todah Rabah to Lou and Shula Bornstein for co-sponsoring this weekend’s Kiddush in memory of Molly (Malke) Seigal

Todah Rabah to Addy Hale for sponsoring last
week’s Kiddush in honor of Jeffrey Hale and Molly Seigal


Martin and Linda Brenerman in memory of Hazel Seavey Brenerman and Rita Seavey Josephson.


18 Shevat
Annie Mack
Harry Piken
Samuel Wolfe

19 Shevat
Mary Astor

20 Shevat
Joseph Chase
Abraham Goodman
Frances Jacobson
Frances Kroot
Barbara Soley
Alfred Waxler

21 Shevat
Ralph Carvel
Brindel Freeman
Abraham Goldberg
Mary Kaufman
Harry Miller
Harold Modes
Anna Newman
Rose Rosen
Joseph Waterman

22 Shevat
Leah Rubinoff
Henry Rudnick
Sarah Izen Score
Gerald Slosberg
Morris Turesky
Bella Turitz

23 Shevat
Harry Mack
Elizabeth Ross
Sidney Schwartz

24 Shevat
Ruth Baker
Jennie Bernstein
Abraham Passman

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