Shabbat Shalom!

May 11-12
27 Iyar

Torah Readings:
Parashat Behar-Bechukotai: Leviticus 25:1–27:34
Haftorah: Jeremiah, 16:19-17:14

Candle Lighting: May 11, 7:37 PM
Havdallah: May 12, 9:08 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.

Donations and Tributes

From Lorraine Smith in memory of her mother Bessie Cohen

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


27 Iyar
Israel Shulman
David Needelman

28 Iyar
Fannie Fierman
Elena Finkelsteyn
Bertha Thorner

29 Iyar
George Lerman
Ella Siegel

1 Sivan
Zelda Carvel
Rose Levey
Jacob Silverman
Isadore Tarr

2 Sivan
Sarah Rebecca Crasnick
Florence Drucker
Irene Davidson Slosberg

3 Sivan
Edith Cirtin
Harry Modes
Lillian Levine Rosen

4 Sivan
Jacob Jarworniker
Samuel Lerman
Rose Rubenstein

Refuah Shleimah

Nicholas ben Alma
Akiva ben Sarah
Channah Bryndel bas Bluma

Yona ben Zlata Meryl
Aviva bat Rut
Chava bat Bracha

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

Bat Mitzvah
Violet Yael Labos
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9:30 am

On May 19th, Shaarey Tphiloh will be joining Temple Beth El in the large sanctuary space to honor Violet Yael Labos. A special Todah Rabah to the Labos family for extending an invitation to the Shaarey Tphiloh community for this simcha!


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!)

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

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.

Kadima Beth El

Sunday, May 13
KBE 9a-11a
11:00 Closing Ceremonies, followed by refreshments at approx. 11:45
12:15 7th grade closing session – parents invited

Sunday, May 20
Shavuot services (for kids and grownups) and program

Temple Beth El’s comedy night benefits Kadima Beth El this year! We encourage you to come, enjoy and support the school. The students are creating projects to auction off as part of the silent auction. Childcare with pizza and a movie is available to parents that attend the event.

400 Deering Ave. Calendar

Rosh Chodesh Women’s Group
Wednesdays: May 16, Jun. 13
6:30-8:00 pm
$10/session drop-in rate

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.


Honor Jewish War Veterans
May 27, 2018, 9:00 AM

Please join Jewish war veterans and volunteers as we visit Portland’s Jewish cemeteries to place flags at the grave sites of our veterans. Many families have found this to be a touching hour or two of service to do together while honoring our Jewish servicemen. We will meet in the lobby of Temple Beth El at 9:00 am at Temple Beth El, rain or shine. Please contact Sherri Quint at with any questions.


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

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.

Israeli Desserts: Baklava to Babka
Monday, June 4 – 5:30 pm – RSVP Required
Temple Beth El

Israel is a diverse “pressure cooker” of history and culture. In few other ways is this more apparent than in the foods enjoyed by its citizens. Join Daniel Heinrich as he walks you through making Turkish/Israeli baklava and Polish/Israeli chocolate cinnamon babka. Parental supervision required for children under the age of 13. Includes a small plate of desserts to take home. $10 for members / $12 for non-members. RSVP by May 28


Hill 24 Doesn’t Answer
Jun 3, 2018, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Released in 1955, “Hill 24 Doesn’t Answer” (running time 1 hour and 41 minutes) was the first movie to be produced in Israel. Set during the Israeli War of Independence in 1948, four soldiers from the newly formed Israeli Army are assigned to hold one of the hills surrounding Jerusalem before the United Nations imposed cease fire. We learn in a series of flashbacks how each soldier came to fight for Israel. A discussion of the film will follow.Please contact Daniel at or 207-774-2649 with any questions.



Third Annual Night of Comedy and Silent Auction
June 7th, Temple Beth El

Save the date for Temple Beth El’s Third Annual Night of Comedy and Silent Auction on June 7th featuring Juston McKinney! Proceeds to benefit Kadima Beth El. Free childcare with dinner available. Hors D’oeurves – Cash Bar – Age 16+ Tickets go on sale April 15th so keep an eye out for more information in the next few weeks! RSVP by May 31st!

Community Calendar

Kabbalat Shabbat, Etz Chaim Synagogue
Friday, May 11, 2018
267 Congress St, Portland, ME
7 PM

Join us For Kabbalat Shabbat Services and hear our guest speaker Rabbi Dr. David Freidenreich as he asks: What Makes Chinese Food Jewish? Why did American Jews embrace Chinese food, and what does that say about the characteristics that make food “Jewish” in the first place? An Oneg will follow the service, though it likely will be cookies, fruit and the usual great items, not Chop Suey!

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. For more questions contact Rabbi Erica Asch

Register by clicking here.
View the schedule here.


Seasonal Vegetarian Jewish Cooking from Around the World
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 PM – Four session classes May 15, 22, 29 and June 5
Rosen Family Kitchen, 1342 Congress St., Portland
Tuition: $135/JCA members, $150/General public, plus $50 ingredients fee

Welcome spring with fresh seasonal flavors. Cookbook author Margaret Hathaway will explore the world of Jewish vegetarian cooking.



Shuffle Concert: You Choose, We Play
Sam L. Cohen Community Hall at the JCA
1342 Congress St., Portland
$15/JCA Member, $18/General admission
Thursday, May 17 . 7:00 PM

You choose – we play! Shuffle Concert is a modern ensemble that invites you to choose the musical selections – from classical to jazz, pop and Broadway – and delivers the unexpected! New York-based chamber music ensemble Shuffle Concert changes the rules of performance as we know it.

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