Shabbat Shalom
January 6
19 Tevet

Torah Readings
Parashat Shemot

Annual: Exod. 1:1-6:1
Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23

Candle Lighting
Friday, January 5 – 4:01 pm

Saturday, January 6 – 5:02 pm

Shabbat Services at 9:45 this weekend.

Stay Safe!

This Weekend

Shabbat Open House & Library Grand Opening
Sat., January 6, 2018 – 9:30am-2:00pm
When it’s cold in Maine in January, Temple Beth El has a great way to warm both heart and body, our Shabbat Open House and Library Grand Opening! We will come together as a community to celebrate the countless hours spent by our Library Committee on cataloging and curating Temple Beth El’s rich collection of literature with a special Kiddush luncheon. Also on this day, we invite anyone interested in learning more about prayer services at Temple Beth El to join us for this festive and joyous Shabbat.

Josh Pernick

Shaarey Tphiloh
will once again host our dear friend
and Student Rabbi, Josh Pernick
the weekend of January 18-21.

Save the Date

Temple Beth El Welcomes Cantor Bex for a weekend filled with song, a Tu B’Shvat celebration, and a thoughtful exploration of what Tikkun Olam means to us.

Let 2018 be a year to practice Tikkun Olam by enriching your relationships with:

Friday – People
· 5:30pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Services led by Cantor Bex
· 6:30pm: Kiddush and Refreshments
· 6:50pm: Special Guest Claudette Ndayininahaze, Cultural Broker at the Opportunity Alliance, will speak about her transformative work supporting new Mainers in Portland
Saturday – The Divine
· 9:30am: Shabbat Services led by Cantor Bex
· 12:15pm: Kiddush lunch
· 12:45pm: Limmud with Cantor Bex – Repair the World, Beginning with You
Sunday – Nature
· 4:00pm: Tu b’Shvat Seder led by Cantor Bex featuring all Maine grown foods
RSVP required FOR SEDER ONLY by January 22
$18 per person / $54 family maximum – Seats limited
Contact TBE today to reserve your seat!

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

400 Deering Calendar

Yoga Minyan
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.: Jan. 11, Feb. 8 5:30 pm
We start as dust and end as dust, in between let’s have a drink.
-Yiddish Proverb.
January  11th, 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
Starting Sunday, January 7
Six Week Session – Free
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: Jan. 17, 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.

Community Calendar

NextDor Book Club – January
Book: All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan.
Come ready to discuss the book and enjoy your favorite coffee or tea based beverage at Arabica Coffee on Free Street (near Monument Square).
The NextDor book club is free and available to all young adults ages 21-35 of all backgrounds and faiths.


Maine Jewish Museum
Sunday, January 14, 2018 2pm-4pm
“Strata” mixed-media photographs by Shoshannah White
Spiegel Gallery
“Work Together” mixed-media prints by Susan Webster
Poetry reading by Stuart Kestenbaum
Fineberg Family Community Room
Auschwitch, “Images of Resilience and Light” photographs by Arthur Fink


19 Tevet
Molly Frager
Ilene Krouse
Minnie Lewis
Thelma Punsky

20 Tevet
Bessie Barron
Mamie Berenson
Israel Bernstein
Dora Gravitsky
Louis Helfont
Annie Slosberg

21 Tevet
Sam Goldstein
Gertrude Moscowitz
Freida Richman
Samuel Seavey

22 Tevet
Morris Kallus

23 Tevet
Ruth Baer
Abraham Moscowitz
Jennie Young

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