Shabbat Shalom
Happy Thanksgiving
November 24 – 25
7 Kislev

Torah Readings
Parashat Vayetzei

Annual: Gen. 28:10 -32:3
Haftarah: Hosea 12:13-14:10

Candle Lighting
Friday, November 24 – 3:50 pm

Saturday, November 25 – 4:49 pm

No Shabbat Services Saturday, November 25

Regular Services will resume on Saturday, December 2 at our new start time, 9:45 am.

Day Trip to Limmud Boston Temple Reyim, Newton, MA
Sunday, December 3, 2017 – RSVP by Nov. 27- Tickets: $45 each
Limmud (learning in Hebrew) is an international, pan-denominational community that creates spaces and places so that you can craft your own Jewish experience, explore your connection to Jewish ideas and traditions and meet people who share your curiosity and enthusiasm. To participate in this year’s Limmud Boston event, simply purchase a ticket on the Limmud Boston website ($45) and contact Chair Judy Gatchell. The Adult Jewish Learning Committee will organize and subsidize car pools to the conference.
A limited number of scholarships for ticket fees are available.


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

The Pop-Up Challah Shop is Closed!


The Challah Shop is closed for Thanksgiving.

Happy Holidays!
Order Now!





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.

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

Community Calendar

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


Tzedakah Celebration with Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services
Thursday, December 7, 5-6:30 pm – JCA 1342 Congress St
Join the JCA for a potluck dinner and family tzedakah party celebrating the end of this year’s Hanukkah Lights program and the power of giving in our community! Please bring a favorite dairy/vegetarian dish to share (no meat please) and snacks to donate to kids need. Donations will also be collected for those who have sponsored a family or child through Hanukkah Lights.


American Jewish History: An adult education class with historian and poet Anna Bat Chai Wrobel
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Ten sessions: December 5, 12, 19; January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13
Tuition: $190 JCA member, $205 non-member
This course will offer an overview of Jews in American historical contexts from colonial to modern eras with a major focus on 20th century and contemporary events. The culminating feature will be comparative personal and family narratives of our individual “American Jewish histories” contextualized in a variety of time-frames, regions and social conditions.
Please register as soon as possible via the JCA website or by calling 772-1959

Tikkun Olam

Hanukah Lights
It’s Chanukah Lights time, so make a child happy! For the 5th year Temple Beth El is partnering with the JCA to provide winter gear for a family who comes to the JFS food pantry. Look in the lower foyer to the right of the stairs for the display of dreidel-shaped tags. Each tag has the gift request for a child, with the age and gender information on the front and the necessary size on the back. Just take a tag. Once you’ve purchased the item (these are new items only), attach the tag to the unwrapped item, and place it in the bin under the easel.
We need to receive all gifts no later than noon on Tuesday, December 5. Your help will make a real difference to a local family this holiday season.


7 Kislev
Nathan Freedman
Gertrude Yoffa

8 Kislev
Haskell Slotsky

9 Kislev
Florence Berenson
Ida Cohen
Benjamin Fineberg
Reva Mack
Charles Serota

10 Kislev
Arleen Druker
Robert Goodman
Faige Romanow
Philip Rosen

11 Kislev
Joseph Nelson
Hyman Finn

13 Kislev
Sarah Shepard

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