Shabbat Shalom
שבת שלום
March 3-4, 2017
5-6 Adar 5777

Please join us in our new location
Saturday morning services – 9:30 am

400 Deering Avenue
Portland, Maine
Room 4A

Shabbat Terumah
Exodus 25:1-27:19
Haftarah: 1 Kings 5:26-6:13

Candle lighting 5:15pm
Havdalah 6:16pm

Click here to read Josh Pernick’s D’var Torah


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

Stay Dry and Warm this Weekend with
Shabbat Unplugged at Temple Beth El!

Friday, March 3

First Friday Artwalk
Maine Jewish Museum
267 Congress Street, Portland
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Visit the Maine Jewish Museum’s current exhibits as part of First Friday ArtWalk and Shabbat Unplugged.

Shabbat Potluck Dinner
Congregation Bet Ha’am and the Jewish Community Alliance invite you to participate in a special dairy/vegetarian community potluck celebrating Shabbat Unplugged. Dinner will include a brief discussion of unplugging, connectedness, and community and precedes Friday night services which start at 7:30 PM. RSVP to Congregation Bet Ha’am.

Saturday, March 4

Shabbat Unplugged Activities
Temple Beth El
400 Deering Avenue, Portland
4:00 – 6:30 PM
Hosted by Temple Beth El, Shaarey Tphiloh, Levey Day School, Jewish Girl Scout Troop 1433 and the JCA.
Board and card games (Bring your favorite Shabbat-friendly games; no writing or electronics)
4:15 – 5:00 PM: Gentle Yoga with Barbara Merson (Executive Director of the Maine Jewish Film Festival)
5:15 – 5:45 PM: Story time with PJ Library
Playground time (weather permitting)
Drama skits with Levey Day School & Jewish Girl Scouts
Snacks and treats
Community Havdalah ceremony at 6:24 PM (marking the end of Shabbat)

The Shushan Beer Garden!
Megillah Reading and Beer Tasting
March 11, 6:45 pm at Temple Beth El

Join us for Havdalah, a family Megillah Reading, Beer Tasting, Mac and Cheese and freshly-made Hamantaschen.

TBE’s Pop-Up Challah Shop
YBenefiting the Kiddush Fund

Large: $5.00
Small: $3.00
6 Rolls: $5.00

Here’s how it works:

Option 1: Ready-to-bake Frozen Dough
Pre-braided frozen Kosher challah dough will be available for immediate purchase during regular office hours and during KBE on Sunday’s 9a-12p.
Option 2: Made-to-order Fresh Baked Challah
To buy our fresh baked challah, simply email, ( or call Daniel Heinrich at 774-2649 by noon on Thursday to place your order for the coming Shabbat. Orders will be ready for pick-up between 1pm and 3pm on Friday’s, or during weekend services if pre-paid by check or credit card.

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.

Click here for more info
Community Calendar

March 5th and 19th
Join us for an afternoon of Mahjong and Poker! Or organize your own game circle, Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome! Donations appreciated.
Displaying The Megillah’s Hidden Meanings with Rabbi David Freidenreich
Sundays, March 5 & 12
10:00 – 11:30
Shaarey Tphiloh Sanctuary
Temple Beth El School Wing – Room 4a
The Book of Esther famously lacks any reference to God, but countless readers have found God’s hidden hand in its story nonetheless. This is just one example of the many layers of meaning within the seemingly simple tale we read every year. Join us to explore hidden facets of the Megillah and the holiday of Purim. You are welcome to come early and enjoy coffee and bagels in the foyer.

Hitbodedut: Cultivating Spontaneous Conversations with God
Rabbi David Jaffe
March 5 – 31, 2017.  Interested in taking an online course in Jewish Spirituality with other TBE and CST members? Call or email the TBE office for more information.

Tickets Now on Sale for the 2017 Maine Jewish Film Festival
Tickets are now on sale for the 20th anniversary season of the Maine Jewish Film Festival, to be held from March 18 through March 25. Featuring engaging comedies, gripping dramas, and insightful documentaries, this year’s festival provides an engrossing window into the global Jewish experience. Post-films discussion programs feature both international and local filmmakers, protagonists, and commentators. Films will be shown in Portland, Brunswick, Lewiston, and Waterville. For further information and to purchase tickets go to

MAINE STATE MUSEUM presents: Maine + Jewish: Two Centuries of Jewish Life in Maine
This will be the largest public exhibit of it’s kind addressing the distinct qualities and circumstances of Jewish life in Maine. The Maine State Museum needs your help. If you have any ideas, suggestions, treasures or memories that you would like to see part of the exhibit, contact Guest Curator Amy E. Waterman.
From Sinai to Seinfeld The History of Jewish Humor
March 15-May 24, 7:00-8:30PM
Treating Jewish jokes as text, this course invites students to analyze and interpret the evolving concerns, styles, rhythms, preoccupations, and values of the Jewish people that lie buried deep in words that make us laugh as Jews, and that bond us as a people. No experience necessary, open to all. Taught by Rabbi Carolyn Braun. Register by March 1. Click HERE.
The cost of the course is $250.
Late registration fees apply.

6 Adar II
Rebecca Levi

7 Adar I
Frances Harrisburg
Israel Dean Silverman
Annie Berenson

7 Adar II
David Mack
Lena Crasnick

8 Adar I
Louisa Pinansky
Sadie Tabachnick
Sherman Setlin
Edward Silverman
Annie Rosen

8 Adar II
A.S. Levey

9 Adar I
Harold Ross
Fannie Schevey Nurenberg

9 Adar II
Isidor Seiger

10 Adar I
Israel Kaplan

11 Adar I
Jacob Whitney
Jack Agger
Julius Freeman
Marion Blumenthal Cohen
Sarah Lipshitz

11 Adar II
Janette Tarr Chase
Joseph Berman

12 Adar I
Blanche Seigal Glovsky
Myer Glen
Beatrice Zade

12 Adar II
Charles Lewis

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