Shabbat Shalom
Rosh Chodesh Kislev
November 17-18
29 Heshvan

Torah Readings
Parashat Toldot
Annual: Gen. 25:19-28:9
Haftarah: Malachi 1:1-2:7

Candle Lighting
Friday, November 17 – 3:55 pm

Saturday, November 18 – 4:54 pm

New Shabbat Service Time
Services now start at 9:45 am on Saturday Morning

Student Rabbi Josh Pernick

Josh returns to Portland on November 17 to lead us in prayer for the weekend. See below for information on the special events planned for his time here!

Shaarey Tphiloh at Shabbat HaLailah
On Friday night, November 17, Josh Pernick will lead us in Kabbalat Shabbat Services services at 5:30pm in our Shul followed by dinner with KBE Shabbat HaLailah students and families at 6:30pm. If interested in the dinner, please call the TBE office (207) 774-2649 to RSVP.

Services on Saturday will be at our new regular time of 9:45 am

Afterlife Journey of the Soul in Jewish Mysticism with Rabbi Simcha RaphaelLunch and Learn following Shabbat Services on Saturday, November 18

Does Judaism believe in the afterlife? Unequivocally, the answer is yes! However, today many are unaware of traditional Jewish wisdom on life after death. Through textual study and discussion, we shall explore Judaism’s afterlife teachings, particularly in Jewish mysticism, and discover the practical relevance of these teachings in dealing with the human encounter with death.

Secrets of the Jewish Calendar: The Waning and Waxing Moon with Josh Pernick

Sunday, November 19 – 10:30 am
This day is Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the month of Kislev! In honor of the new month, we will explore the significance of the moon in our tradition, a symbol representative of femininity, rebirth, and more, which plays a central role in our liturgy and ritual practice.

Limmud Boston

Sunday, December 3
Limmud Boston is an exciting opportunity for Jews from around New England to join together and learn. Temple Beth El and Shaarey Tphiloh are planning on a joint carpool to Boston for the day. If you are interested in learning more, please register by calling Daniel at the TBE Office 774-2649.
For more information on Limmud go to

All are welcome at
TBE and Shaarey Tphiloh’s
Annual Chanukah Party
Live Music * Fresh Latkes
Wednesday, December 13 – 5:00 pm

You know what makes the best stuffing for your Thanksgiving feast? Challah of course!

And what about your leftovers? The best turkey sandwiches come between two thick slices of Challah.


The shop is open this week but closed the next so order yours today!

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


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

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

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.

Shabbat Shalom,
Daniel Heinrich
Administrative Assistant

400 Deering Ave Calendar

Yoga Minyan (6 Week Session)
Sundays: Oct. 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 19
9:30-10:20 am
$54 Course Fee • $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. Registration required – click here.

4-week Course Taught by Dr. Sanford Freedman
David Grossman: Israeli Novelist Par Excellence
Sundays: October 22 & 29
November 5 & 12
10:30 am – Register by October 15
Course Fee: $36 for members/ $54 for non-members
This adult education course introduces the complex world of one of Israel’s greatest contemporary novelists. It primarily focuses on David Grossman’s transporting tale of the 1967 Six Day War, To the End of the Land, a love narrative that intermixes time sequences, placing the reader in highly emotional scenes that has caused some readers to refer to this novel as Israel’s War and Peace. This novel will introduce us to Grossman and offer an opportunity to consider how we might approach his latest novel, A Horse Walks into a Bar (recent recipient of the International Booker Prize).

Community Calendar

My Adventures with God with Stephen Tobolowsky
Thurs., Nov. 16, 2017 – 7:00 pm
Legendary character actor and podcast host Stephen Tobolowsky comes to Portland to talk about his new book My Adventures with God, a series of short stories exploring his relationship and understanding of God.
Buy your tickets today!

Shabbat Potluck with JFamily
Friday, Nov. 17
Welcome Shabbat with a community dinner and discussion of the JCA’s new JFamily program. Bring your ideas for family events and activities and a favorite dairy/vegetarian dish to share (no meat please). If you have questions, please contact Andrea at 772-1959 or register by clicking here.

NextDor Paint Night
November 30 – 6:30 pm
Settle down from the Thanksgiving holiday with NextDor and Bob Ross. We’ll be painting along to a classic Joy of Painting episode and enjoying tasty snacks.
No painting experience needed! No mistakes, only happy accidents.
This event is $20 to cover all materials (canvas, brushes, paint) and you’ll take home a finished painting. Snacks provided. BYOB.
Please RSVP to Ethan at by Sunday 11/26/17 if you plan to attend.

Maine Jewish Museum’s Current Exhibitions
Now till January 7
First Friday – December 1

Artifact and Artifice |Jeffrey Ackerman
Spiegel Gallery

Hours and Days | Kathy Weinberg
Fineberg Family Community Room

Todah Rabah

Todah Rabah to the anonymous sponsor of Saturday’s Kiddush in memory of Dov ben HaRav Moshe


Larry Geller & Donna Geller in memory of our grandmother, Dora Rudstein


29 Heshvan
Heshvan Morris Leavitt
Harry Potter
Rose Silverman
Anna Weinman
Annie Wolf

1 Kislev
Albert Fineberg
Rose Shatz

2 Kislev
Belle Matson

3 Kislev
Zelda Levine

4 Kislev
David Davidson
Payson Erlick
J. Leo Greenberg
Emanuel Kolko
David Sulka

5 Kislev
Tena Dvilinsky
Max Frager
Eleanor Gerber
Samuel Gordon
Louis Krane
Rose Moss
Harry Rosenthal

6 Kislev
Mamie Cinamon
Ann Gordon
Alfred Hartglass
George Hugo
Mark Slotsky
Oscar Tabachnick

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