Shabbat Shalom!


June 8-9
26 Sivan

Shabbat Shelah-Lecha
Torah: Numbers 13:1-15:41
Haftorah: Joshua 2:1-24

Shabbat Candles: June 8, 8:03 PM
Havdallah: June 9, 9:11 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.

Click here for more info

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!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
7:00 PM
Shaarey Tphiloh, Room 4A All are invited to the first meeting of the ZOA in Maine! Presented via phone by Rabbi Jonina Pritzker, ZOA Executive Director, New England Region. Find out why the Wall Street Journal stated, “The ZOA (is) the most credible advocate for Israel on the American Jewish Scene today.” All are welcome at no charge. For more information, please contact:
Howard Katzoff
Phone: (212) 481-1500
Hope to see you there!


The Maine Conference for Jewish Life
June 8-10,
Thomas College, Waterville, ME! This year at the Maine Conference for Jewish Life, Rabbinic Intern, Josh Pernick will be hosting a class Saturday, June 9th at 8:00 pm titled “Well-Rooted and Flourishing: Is Innovation Allowed in the Study Hall?” He is also hosting some children’s programming during Shabbat. This years conference, taking place from June 8th – 10th features speakers from around the state (and country) talking about Jews and Social Justice, #MeToo and women in the Torah, food, making a Torah, poetry and more. The early bird registration rate of only $50/day (no housing) ends this May 31st so please register now! For more questions contact Rabbi Erica Asch

Register by clicking here.
View the schedule here.


Unlikely Harbingers: The Unique Message of Clergy from LGBT and Other Traditionally Marginalized Populations in Our Time
Tuesday, June 12 – 5:30 pm
400 Deering Ave This event will offer an opportunity for dialogue, new connections, and reflection on the challenges the Jewish LGBT and other traditionally marginalized populations have faced and continue to face, both in the U.S. and in Israel. Rabbi Gadi Capela, the spiritual leader of Congregation Tifereth Israel in Greenport, NY will offer his unique perspective on what it means and how to create a welcoming and inclusive community. Rabbi Gadi was born and raised in Israel and moved to New York in 1995 after completing his military service as a lieutenant in a rescue unit.


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.



Rosh Chodesh Women’s Group
Wednesday, Jun. 13
6:30-8:00 pm
$10/session drop-in rate
400 Deering Ave As we seek to make old traditions new, Temple Beth El 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.



Yoga Minyan
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.


March with the Jewish Community at the Portland Pride Parade
June 16
11:45 am – Parade line up in Monument Square March with the Jewish Community under one banner from Monument Square to Deering Oaks and show your support for both the Jewish and LGBTQ Community. Co-sponsored with Bet Ha’am, MJFF, JCA and PJ Library

Family Meetup and Picnic
1:00 pm – Picnic in Deering Oaks Park
After the march, join TBE’s Family Engagment Committee, the Keshet Committee and PJ Library for a family friendly picnic with crafts and games in Deering Oaks. We will provide kid-friendly lunch items and blankets. All are welcome!

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.





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


26 Sivan
Louis R Berenson
Samuel Cox
Samuel Gerber
Eugene Glickstein
Saul Goodkowsky
Lydia Boxstein Minkin
Fannie Ida Slotsky

27 Sivan
Marcia L Fireman
Saul Gerber
Louis Kaplan
Hyman Silverman

28 Sivan
Max Niman

29 Sivan
Rose Chandler
Harry Druker
Oscar Horwich
Miriam Mirochnick
Max Schlafman
Henry Troubh

30 Sivan
Lillian Rosenberg Farber
Sarah D Santosky
Sol Sulka

1 Tammuz
Eli Melcher
Leah Osher
Doris Lane Pluznick
Philip Reuben
Seymour Smith

2 Tammuz
Harold Brownstein
Arnold Goodman
Samuel Livingston
Abraham Lourie
Lillian Modes
Morris Richman


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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