Shabbat Shalom!

March 23-24
8 Nisan

Torah Readings
Parashat Tzav
Shabbat HaGadol

Annual: Leviticus 6:1-8:36
Maftir: Numbers 19:1-22
Haftarah: Malachi 3:4-24

Candle Lighting
Friday, March 23 – 6:39 pm

Shabbat Services:
Saturday, March 24 – 9:45 am

Saturday, March 24- 7:41 pm

Pesach 5778 Schedule

Friday, Mar. 30 – Erev Pesach
First Seder night
6:48 pm Candle lighting time

Saturday, Mar. 31 – Pesach I
Second Seder night
9:30 am Shabbat & Holiday services
7:49 pm Candle lighting time

Sunday, Apr. 1 – Pesach II
9:30 am Holiday services
8:18 pm End of Yom Tov

Thursday, Apr. 5 – Pesach VI (Intermediate Day)
6:55 pm Candle lighting time

Friday, Apr. 6 – Pesach VII
9:30 am Holiday Services
6:56 pm Candle lighting time

Saturday, Apr. 7 – Pesach VIII
9:30 am Shabbat & Holiday Services
11:15 am Yizkor
7:57 pm Havdalah time

Sell Your Chametz
When we prepare for Pesach, it is customary for Jews to sell their Chametz to non-Jewish members of the community. To make this process easier for you, we will take care of your Chametz for you.

This does not mean that you have to bring to the Temple all of your wheat, barley, oats, spelt, rye and kitniyot (rice, millet, corn and legumes – in Ashkenazi custom). It means you can fill out this form and Rabbi Braun will sell your Chametz for you.

Please submit your form by March 29, 2018.

It is customary to make a donation for Maot Chittim – literally ‘wheat money’ – so that those without means will be able to prepare for the holiday. We donate these contributions to MAZON – A Jewish Response to Hunger (

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

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.

Kadima Beth El

Sunday, March 25
Hebrew High in Room 1a


Matzah Making with Rabbi Moshe Wilansky

B’Yachad Model Seder – Approx 11:15 am
7th Grade

The Model Seder
Coming up on Sunday, March 25th is KBE’s annual B’Yachad Model Seder.

This is a wonderful opportunity for all of our students, teachers, madrichim and parents to come together and learn about Pesach, make memories, create traditions and have a snack.

Volunteers are needed to help shop and prep so please contact Merril Abramson as soon as possible.

Thank you!

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

TBE Pop-up

Challah Shop!

Order yours today, pick it up on Friday!

$3.00 Small – $5.00 Large
$5.00 Six (6) Rolls



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

400 Deering Calendar

Maine Maple Sunday at The Lockman Place Sugar House
274 N Gorham Rd, North Gorham
Sun, March 25th – 10 am-4 pm
This Sunday is Maine Maple Sunday – come out and visit The Lockman Place Sugar House! They will be open 10 am-4 pm Learn how their maple syrup is made and enjoy a free sample! The syrup is Kosher! There will also be maple syrup for purchase.


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

Bruchim HaBa’im Speaker Series
Friday, April 6 – 5:30 pm
Breaking Down Barriers: New Mainer Women Leading in Business, The Arts, and Civil Society

In Hebrew, Bruchim HaBa’im is the way to say Welcome! Literally, it means blessed are those who come. The Bruchim HaBa’im Speaker Series offers our community an opportunity to hear directly from Portland’s newcomers from around the world and those working to support and advocate for them. Join us to learn about ways to express — through action and support — our belief that they are blessed. This event is free and open to all.

Tikkun Olam Carepacks Assembly
April 8th at 10:30 am

Have you ever seen someone standing at a busy intersection in Portland asking for help and wished that you could do something more to help? Join TBE members and families to assemble care packs containing essential items such as socks, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.
Donations of care pack items and help assembling the packs are welcome!

Yom HaShoah Observance at the Slivka-Blechman Memorial
Wed., April 11 – 5:30 pm
Commissioned by Jerry and Rochelle Slivka and crafted by the sculptor Robert Katz in 2003, the Slivka-Blechman Memorial is Maine’s first and only Holocaust Memorial and a powerful symbol of our dedication to remember those who perished in the Shoah. All are invited to join together as we gather around this monument for reflection, remembrance, prayer and mourning.

Sephardic Shabbat
Monday, April 16 – 5:30 pm – RSVP Required
For this class, Daniel reaches into his own heritage going back 600 years to Sepharad (Spain) to instruct a meal of traditional Judeo-Spanish dishes. Learn to cook Saffron Rice with Almonds and Pomegranate Seeds, Chraimeh (Fish with Spicy Tomato Sauce) and Fennel Salad with Olive and Lemon. The course will be followed by dinner and participants are encouraged to invite up to 3 friends or family members to join them for the meal at an additional $8 per person. BYOB Wine.
$18 for members / $22 for non-members
RSVP by April 9

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
Thursdays: Apr. 19, May 10, June 14, Jul 14, Aug. 9

We start as dust and end as dust, in between let’s have a drink.
-Yiddish Proverb.
Once a month Rabbi Braun will 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+

Rosh Chodesh Women’s Group
Wednesdays: 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

Ruth Behar Reads From Lucky Broken Girl, Q & A
Congregation Bet Ha’am, 81 Westbrook St, South Portland
Sun, March 25th – 1:30 pm
Bet Ha’am is delighted to host Ruth Behar, critically acclaimed author, for a reading at Bet Ha’am on Sunday, March 25 at 1:30 PM. This event is free and open to everyone, member or non-member, Jewish or not. Ruth will be reading from her latest book ‘Lucky Broken Girl’ and speaking about her experience growing up Cuban-Jewish-American — or “Juban” –with time for Q&A and discussion afterwards.

The Maine Conference for Jewish Life
June 8-10
Thomas College, Waterville, ME

Be sure to register soon for the the unbelievably reasonable price of $36 per day. This price is only good until the end of the month, at which point prices go up.

Register by clicking here.
View the schedule here.

Saturday, April 14 at 7:30pm
$12 general / $18 preferred seating
Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St, Portland
Returning songstress Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh performs a soulful mix of Jewish and Roma instrumental music on violin. Yaeko‘s playing can be best described as soulful and passionate and her sound is rooted in a respect for diverse musical traditions as well as family ties. The music she focuses on in performance is a mix of Jewish and Roma instrumental music. Get Tickets Here


8 Nisan
Leonore Elaine Banny
Morris Finkelman

9 Nisan
Jacob Cox
Rebecca Glovsky
Isaac Kaplan

10 Nisan
Sidney Bronstein
Mordecai Goldblatt
Esther Matson
Sarah Shapiro
Jennie Sprince
George Wold
Adolph Zeitman

11 Nisan
Bella C. Cates
Philip Geron
Sarah Schwartz
Eli Schwey

12 Nisan
Bessie Gertrude Averback
Lillian Rose Drecksler
Samuel Osher
David SIlverman
Ruth Silverstein

13 Nisac
Rose Glovsky

14 Nisan
Tillie Branz
Pauline Lerman
Goldie Chana Silver
Harry Weisman
Alfred Zimmerman

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