Shaarey Tphiloh Newsletter

Shabbat Shalom
שבת שלום
May 5-6, 2017
9-10 Iyar 5777

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

400 Deering Avenue
Portland, Maine
Room 4A

Parashat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim
Annual: Lev. 16:1-20:27
Haftarah: Amos 9:7-15

Candle Lighting
Friday, May 5 – 7:31 pm

Saturday, May 6 – 8:32 pm
Click here to read Josh Pernick’s D’var Torah.

Services on Saturday,
May 27th are cancelled.

Save the Date

Rabbinic Intern Josh Pernick

Our Rabbinic Intern Josh Pernick will be joining us for Shabbat on May 20th. Join us and enjoy his wonderful energy and unique perspective.






Shavuot 5777 Schedule of Services

Wednesday, May 31 – 9:30 am

Thursday, June 1 – 9:30 am
Yizkor Services – 11:15 am




Nationally acclaimed comedian Juston McKinney makes a special live appearance at TBE! Come nosh, bid on amazing Silent Auction items, laugh, and raise money for an important cause. We’ll be serving hors d’oevres with a cash bar. The show is appropriate for ages 16+. All proceeds will go toward enhancing the security of Temple Beth El’s campus including the Shaarey Tphiloh Sanctuary
Reserved seating is available for complete tables of 8 or 10; individual tickets will be open seating. RSVP by June 7th or when sold out – seats are limited!
Click here to register!

Late Life in the Jewish Tradition
with Anthony Wexler
Sunday, May 21, 10:00 – 11:30am
Temple Beth El – 400 Deering Ave
Faculty Fellow, Department of Religious Studies, Colby College

In this class, we’ll look at a series of Biblical and Rabbinic sources that reflect on the experience of old age within the Jewish tradition. We’ll consider aging figures like Abraham and Sarah, old Barzillai in the book of Samuel, verses that deal with old age in Ecclesiastes, and Rabbinic interpretations of old age.

TBE’s Pop-Up Challah Shop
Benefiting 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.

Sunday Simcha!

Sunday Mornings – 6:30 to 8:30 am
We welcome new hosts: Hillel, Marshall Tinkle, Emily Epstein, Natan Kahn and Joel 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.

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

Community Calendar

Holy Smokes! 4th Annual Kosher Barbecue
Sunday, May 21 – 5:00pm
Levey Day School
Authentic Southern-style Kosher BBQ & Live Music featuring the Jerks of Grass.
We will honor Levey alumni parents Sharon and Perry Newman, long time supporters of our school and Portland’s Jewish community.
RSVP by May 11 by clicking here!
For info 774-7676 or email
Proceeds benefit Levey Day School

National Yiddish Book Center Tour Sunday, May 7, 8AM-8PM
Join us for an amazing opportunity to see, hear and feel Jewish History—with an authentic Yiddish accent—at the most important and magnificent Yiddish cultural center in the world. Co-sponsored by the JCA and Temple Shalom with roundtrip transportation from Auburn and Portland to Western MA on a comfortable coach with a stop for lunch. Minimum 20 registered participants required by Thursday, April 13th, to run the trip. $55 per person. For more information and to register, click here.

The Jewish Family Services Food Pantry has been a recipient of food donated to the Stamp Out Hunger Drive for several years and the food collected keeps our shelves stocked for several weeks!
Don’t forget to leave a bag of non-perishable goods by your mailbox on May 13!

Learn more about Jewish Family Services.



An Afternoon With Carol Goodman Kaufman, National Chair of Youth Aliyah
Sunday, May 21 – 1:00 pm
Maine Jewish Museum at Etz Chaim
Please join us to hear Carol Goodman Kaufman speak about Hadassah’s Youth Aliyah villages that provide education, psychological support and love in an environment that fosters independence, self-esteem and success.

Archery! Fire! Food! – Lag Ba’Omer Youth Event

Calling all Jewish community teens in grades 8-12. Join your friends for a night of archery, fire, and food in celebration of Lag Ba’Omer. It will be the coolest event EVER!

When: Saturday, May 13
Time: 8:45 – 11:00 PM*
Location: Lakeside Archery, 55 Cumberland Road, North Yarmouth
Cost: $10/per person

RSVP by May 9 to Zoe Eiber or 305-799-9018

Questions? Contact Karen or 879-0028

Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom
The Guy Mendilow Ensemble
May 14, 6 pm – One Longfellow Square
Click here to buy tickets
Embark on a musical trek to kingdoms long forgotten and bustling towns now vanished. Follow the stories of vagabond queens, pauper poets and lovers lost to the sea, all set to spellbinding arrangements of old Sephardi songs worthy of symphonic film scores. Wrap these tales up with lush soulful harmonies evoking Flamenco’s gutsiness and the longings of Fado, all combined with heart-pounding percussion and intricate soundscapes.
The Maine Conference for Jewish Life brings Jews from around the state together to experience the best of Jewish learning, culture, and life. We will spend June 9-11, 2017 together celebrating the gift of Torah while sharing our stories, struggles, and best practices with one another.




Mid-Maine Jewish Funtensive
Day Camp!

June 26-30 and July 10-14

Reserve your spot with Rabbi Erica Asch at






10 Iyar
George Lewis

11 Iyar
Jenny Fineberg
Annie Stairman
Gertrude Troen

12 Iyar
Abraham Breitbard
Harry Chawes
Joseph Kriger

13 Iyar
Lillian Fineberg
Morris Jacobson
Mary Lindenberg
Lea Markuse
Doris Niman
Ethel Wishnick

14 Iyar
William Arlock
Nellie Harris
Celia Popkin
Jack Schwartz

15 Iyar
Jacob Benjamen
Mina Matts
Sadie Rubinoff
Mildred Sulkowitch

16 Iyar
Louis Gordon
Jennie Oransky
Morris Pluznick
Ida Shulman


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