Shaarey Tphiloh Prayers, by Caryl Herzfeld
Shaarey Tphiloh Prayers, by Caryl Herzfeld

Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh

Please join us in our new location

Saturday morning services
9:30 a.m. Room 4A
400 Deering Avenue
Portland, Maine

October 22, 2016 – 20 Tishri 5777
Shabbat Hol Hamoed Sukkot
Candle lighting 5:28 p.m.

Kiddush generously sponsored by Doris and Stan Pollack in memory of Gerald M. Pollack, beloved father of Stan Pollack and father-in-law of Doris Pollack.

Kiddush generously donated by
Adeline Glovsky Hale in memory of her beloved mother, Deborah Glovsky, and beloved father, David Glovsky


Holiday Schedule
See Below 

Brotherhood of Trees

“…The fourth of Solomon’s mysteries concerns the willow, a plant with neither fragrancenor taste, devoid of learning as well as deeds.

Why is this species counted among the Four Kinds? The verse itself answers that question by referring to the fourth kind as “aravot of the river.” The willow might not exhibit any positive qualities, but its roots are embedded in the banks of its ancestral river and nourished by the waters of its heritage. It, too, is a child of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; in its veins, too, course the love and awe of G‑d that they bequeathed to all their descendants.
Another hallmark of the willow is that “it grows in brotherhood.” This alludes to a unique feature of the human “willow.” Taken alone, he might exhibit not a single positive trait or achievement; but when gathered in a community, the aura of holiness that suffuses each individual soul suddenly comes to light. Thus our sages tell us that the divine presence rests upon a gathering of ten individuals (the number that comprises a “community”) even if they are not engaged in the study of Torah or the performance of a mitzvah. This is also the significance of the minyan (the quorum of ten required to recite certain prayers): ten individuals gathered together represent a quantum leap in holiness. Ten ignorant boors make a minyan, while nine pious scholars do not.
This is what mystified King Solomon about the willow. How does ten times nothing add up to something? If each on his own possesses no visible expression of his innate holiness, how does that change when ten of them come together? All trees grow on water, mused the wisest of men; what sets the willows apart, earning them a place among the Four Kinds? Simply the fact that they grow close together?…”

To read more see Chassidic Masters at

Holiday Schedule

Shmini Atzeret, Monday, October 24, Shacharit (morning service) at 9:30 a.m.
Yizkor (memorial service) 11:15 a.m.
Erev Simchat Torah, Monday, October 24, 6:30 p.m. Service and Celebration with Temple Beth El.
Simchat Torah, Tuesday, October 25, Shacharit (morning service), 9:30 a.m.


Led by volunteers Jeff & Abby Halpern

Temple Beth El Youth Lounge/Library (off of the Social Hall)

Joint Temple Beth El and Shaarey Tphiloh children’s Shabbat services will be held on the first and third Saturday every month through June.

– Tefillat Yeladim (K – 5th grade): Starting around 10:30 am. Kids will be collected from each minyan or the halls. We will finish around 11:30 am.

– Tot Shabbat (Toddler – Pre K): Starting at 11:15 am, parents, please drop off your kids at the Youth Lounge (off of the Social Hall). Kids will be returned in time for Adon Olam at the parents’ minyan.

In all programs, children within the age range are welcome to attend while parents are at either shul. Kids older than the age range are welcome to attend as special helpers. Kids younger than the age range are welcome to attend with parent’s company.

We welcome special guests (including parents or grandparents). Please email Jeff at if you want to be listed as a special guest. 

Shaarey Tphiloh Deconsecration Ceremony
YouTube Video

View the Shaarey Tphiloh deconsecration ceremony and last service at
76 Noyes St. on YouTube here.

Sunday Simcha
WMPG 90.9
Sunday mornings from 6:30-8:30am

Long time DJ, Gail Wartell, has left WMPG. Now, two hours of fabulous Jewish music is brought to you by volunteer DJs from the community. Shaarey Tphiloh members, Natan and Yoel Kahn, are your occasional hosts.Listen to recent shows from 9/11 and 9/25 at See Archives.

Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine

The Samspon Center at USM is seeking a new member or two for its Judaica Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee works with the Special Collections department of the Glickman Library in matters related to Jewish issues. Call Chairperson Susan Cummings-Lawrence at 773-0693 for more information.

Holiday Schedule

You can find a complete schedule for the holidays through Simchat Torah at our website, weekly e-mail announcements and in the new Shaarey Tphiloh space at 400 Deering Avenue.

Tel: 773-0693

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Please join Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh in our new location 400 Deering Ave, Room 4a, Portland, ME

Our speakers, prayer leaders, Torah readers and shofar blowers include:
Rabbinic interns and Chazzanim – Josh Pernick and Levi Mastrangelo from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
Eitan and Yoel Kahn – Chazzanim
Natan, Yoel and Yoni Kahn – Torah readers
Teddy Lockman and Natan Kahn – Shofar

Shmini Atzeret
Monday, October 24th

-Shacharit (morning service) at 9:30 am
-Yizkor (Memorial service) at 11:15 am

Simchat Torah
Tuesday, October 25th

-Shacharit (morning service) at 9:30 am

Join Shaarey Tphiloh and Temple Beth El in dancing and singing in celebration of the Torah


A piyyut is a Jewish liturgical poem, usually designated to be sung, chanted, or recited during religious services. Piyyutim have been written since Temple times. Most piyyutim are in Hebrew or Aramaic, and most follow some poetic scheme, such as an acrostic following the order of the Hebrew alphabet or spelling out the name of the author.


Many piyyutim are familiar to regular attendees of synagogue services. For example, the best-known piyyut may be Adon Olam (“Master of the World”), sometimes (but almost certainly wrongly) attributed to Solomon ibn Gabirol in 11th century Spain. Its poetic form consists of a repeated rhythmic pattern of short-long-long-long, and it is so beloved that it is often sung at the conclusion of many synagogue services, after the ritual nightly saying of the Shema, and during the morning ritual of putting on tefillin. Another well-beloved piyyut is Yigdal (“May God be Hallowed”), which is based upon the Thirteen Principles of Faith developed by Maimonides.


Important scholars of piyyut today include Shulamit Elizur and Joseph Yahalom, both at Hebrew University.


Google PiyutNorthAmerica and Old Piyyut for information about selichot piyyutim, recordings, chant cards and more. Also, there are many YouTube videos of choirs and individuals singing piyyutim.

Leonard Cohen New Song You Want it Darker

This song will put you in mind of forgiveness, of yourself and others, and redemption, especially at the end of life. He is still writing poetry and music at 82!

Holocaust Studies with Anna Wrobel

– Holocaust Cinema: rare and esoteric films, some from the direct postwar period, most of European origin.

– Classes will meet from 6:00 to 9:00 pm on Wednesdays – 10/26; 11/30; 12/21; 1/25; 3/1. Films are listed at the JCA link below

– Primo Levi ‘book club’: one book per month (not provided). Books and ordering information are listed at the JCA link below.
Classes will meet from 6:00-8:00pm on Wednesdays – 11/2; 12/7; 1/4; 2/1; 3/8 $100.

All classes held will be at JCA – 57 Ashmont Street, Portland, Maine
See JCA Adult Education link below for details.

Grades 11-12 Community High School Program 

Avis Smith

A community monthly class for students in grades 11 and 12 will be offered on Sundays from 5:00-6:30 PM. Registration is now under way.


Everything You Never Knew about Judaism!

(All the things you would not have learned in Religious School…)


We are excited to offer once again a Jewish studies program that is open to all high school juniors and seniors in Southern Maine. Our hope is that this program will provide an opportunity to get to know other Jewish high school students from the region, and to study and learn in an informal but stimulating environment. Teacher: Avis Smith


The classes will meet once a month, for a total of nine sessions, on Sundays, from 5:00 – 6:30 PM (no dinner, only snacks). This year’s dates are: September 25, October 30, November 20, December 18, January 22, February 12, March 25, April 30, and May 14. The cost is $100. for the year. Classes will meet at Congregation Bet Ha’am in South Portland. For more information and to register call Louise at 879-0028.

Yahrzeits This Week

20 Tishri Rose Brenerman, Maurice Gerber, Harry Goodman, Ida Lerman, Lillian Ross
21 Tishri Lee Gleckman, Michael Moskowitz, Sara Piken
22 Tishri Morris Brownstone, Linda Cohen, Oscar Cox, Samuel Pollack
23 Tishri Esther Garber
24 Tishri Hyman Finkelman, Nathan Mensh, Nathan Povich, Harry Weinstein, Shaya Zimelman, Benjamin Zulofsky
25 Tishri Martin Feuerstein, Sarah Marcus, Dorice Mensh, Leon Nemon, Hyman Shepard, Jack Silver

Shaarey Tphiloh is now celebrating 112 years as a traditional Jewish spiritual home in Maine!

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