Shabbat Shalom!

June 22-23
10 Tammuz

Shabbat Hukkat
Torah: Numbers 16:1-18:32
Haftorah: I Samuel 11:14-12:22

Shabbat Candles: June 15, 8:08 PM
Havdallah: June 16, 9:16 PM

Josh Pernick

After two years of visiting Portland for weekends, Josh will be living in town for six weeks this summer! He will be teaching a couple of weekly classes at the JCA in addition to his work with Shaarey Tphiloh, and will be hosting classes and meals out of his summer apartment on Pleasant Street. Josh will be teaching a daily class on Tractate Brachot at his apartment in the evenings, and is also open to one-on-one or small group learning on a Jewish topic of interest to you! Please be in touch with any ideas of things that you would like to learn, programs that you would like to see happen or just to set up a time to talk about anything on your mind. He will be in Portland from the beginning of July until mid-August.

Sponsor a Kiddush!

Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh and Temple Beth El 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.

Temple Beth El’s Pop Up Challah Shop!

Order by 5:00 pm on Thursday and pick up on Friday!
Small – $3.00 / Large – $5.00 / 6 Rolls – $5.00
Order Now!

Donations and Tributes

From Jonas and Lorraine Smith in memory of Seymour Smith

Refuah Shleimah

Nicholas ben Alma
Akiva ben Sarah
Channah Bryndel bas Bluma
Yona ben Zlata Meryl
Aviva bat Rut
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


10 Tammuz
Yetta Lewis

12 Tammuz
Herman Greenstein
William Slade
Rose White

13 Tammuz
Lillian Dansky
Anna Freedman
Arthur Hale

14 Tammuz
Annie Mandoff Greenberg
Reuben Greenberg
Abraham Rodman
Abraham Tietz

15 Tammuz
Maurice Cohen
Sophie Forman
Celia Shapiro
Samuel Shatz
Lena Seigal Modes

16 Tammuz
Julius Comeras

Upcoming Events

AIPAC New England 2018 Maine Annual Event

Sunday, June 24, 2018
11:00 a.m.
The Cumberland Club
116 High Street, Portland

Yossi Klein Halevi will discuss his new book, Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor, and take questions. A copy of this book will be provided to the first 50 AIPAC members who RSVP. One book per household please. This event is free to attend for AIPAC members and their guests. Kosher-style Brunch will be served following a garden reception. RSVP here.

Bruchim Habaim Speaker Series:
New Mainers, Government, and Civil Service with Pious Ali

June 29 – 6:00 pm
400 Deering Ave

Portland City Council member Pious Ali will present a talk on his experience as a new Mainer making it in local government and politics and the meaning of civil service to a diverse and growing community.

Jewish Values and the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

Wednesdays, July 11 – August 15 – 6:30 – 8:30 PM
JCA, 1342 Congress St., Portland

A free 6 session course developed by the Shalom Hartman Institute. Facilitated by Josh Pernick, rabbinic intern at Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh.
Learn more:

Jewish Community Night at Hadlock Field

July 19 – 7:00 pm

Join the JCA and other Jewish community organizations at the Portland Sea Dogs for an exciting night of baseball versus the Hartford Yard Goats.

Section 210 is reserved for Jewish community members. Purchase tickets here or by calling (207) 879-9500 and asking for tickets in the section reserved for Jewish Community Night.

Israel at 70…CE

Tuesdays – July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14
9:30 – 11:00 AM
JCA Moser Family Library – 1342 Congress St., Portland
A free 6 session course led by Josh Pernick, Shaarey Tphiloh’s student rabbi. Learn more:

Open Mah Jongg

Wednesdays, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Moser Family Library at the JCA – 1342 Congress St., Portland
Free for JCA members, $5/general public per session

Join us for open play in a fun and welcoming environment – beginners and seasoned players invited! Use one of the JCA’s sets or bring your own. Don’t forget your 2018 National Mah Jongg League Card.

Yoga Minyan- CANCELLED 6/24/2018

Sundays at 9:30 am
6 session pass-$36 members/$54 non-members, $10/session drop-in rate
400 Deering Ave

Temple Beth El’s yoga minyan offers a moment of peace meant to nurture your heart, soul, and body through a centering, grounding yoga practice. The class opens 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.

Do you have a guest room? Two wonderful young women are coming all the way from Israel to Center Day Camp this summer, and each year we look for families willing to act as their “home away from home” and welcome them into their family for 2-3 weeks. They are wonderful houseguests, and it is a rewarding and enjoyable experience for all involved. A stipend or credit toward Camper weeks at Center Day Camp is available to hosting families. If you are interested in more information or if you know of another family who may be, please contact Dana at 772-1959 or! (Also, please let friends and family know about this opportunity – you do NOT have to have a child attending a CDC in order to host!)

Career Opportunity
JCA seeks New Hillel Director

The Southern Maine Hillel (SMH), a program of the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine (JCA), seeks an energetic, outgoing and engaging Director to be a Jewish presence at the University of Southern Maine, University of New England, Maine College of Art and Southern Maine Community College – to reach out to students and connect them in meaningful ways to Jewish life and to participate in campus life as a Jewish voice. The SMH is affiliated with Hillel International, whose mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.
Find out more

Sunday Simcha!

Sunday Mornings – 6:30 to 8:30 am
We welcome new hosts: Hillel, Marshall Tinkle, Barbara Merson, 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.

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