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

Ki Tetze

September 17, 2016 – 14 Elul 5776

Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19
Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1-10

Candle lighting 6:29 p.m.

Shabbat Services
September 17, 2016 9:30 a.m.

Buy your Etrog and Lulav through the synagogue office.

Deadline: October 6, 2016. Call Susan at 773-0693

See below for information on a Special Selichot Service


High Holiday Services Schedule

Mishnah Ma’aser Sheni (Second Tithe) 5:11

I have neither transgressed any of your commandments, nor have I forgotten to praise you or have not failed to mention your name over it.

Torah Temimah: I mentioned Your name in a berachah when I recited He who has sanctified us and commanded us to separate terumot and ma’asrot.

Modern: Abraham Joshua Heschel

There is no worship, no music, no love, if we take for granted the blessings or defeats of living … We are trained in maintaining our sense of wonder by uttering a prayer before the enjoyment of food … This is one of the goals of the Jewish way of living: to experience commonplace deeds as spiritual adventures, to feel the hidden love and wisdom in all things. What is more, all worship and ritual are essentially attempts to remove our callousness to the mystery of our own existence and pursuits … Jewish observance is a constant reminder, an intense appeal, to be attentive to Him who is beyond nature even while we are engaged in dealing with nature.

Halachah: RaMBaM Hilchot Berachot

1:2 … from Divrei Soferim [one must]recite a berachah before eating food, and then afterwards he may enjoy it … And even to smell a good smell, he must recite a berachah then afterwards he may enjoy it. And whoever enjoys without reciting a berachah – [he is likened to one who commits] ma’al.

My Jewish Learning

Ner Lamaore

Glenys Davis, in memory of her parents, Louis and Freda Blumenthal

Arthur and Joan Cope, in memory of beloved mother, Pya Cope

Lou and Shula Bornstein, in memory of beloved aunt, Dorothy Seigal


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.

All are Welcome

Special Selichot Service at Temple Shalom

When: Sat, September 24, 8:15 pm – 9:45 pm

Where: Temple Shalom, Auburn, ME 04210, USA (map)

Description: All are welcome to join Temple Shalom for a special SELICHOT SERVICE: Deeply Inspiring Music, Soul-Stirring Musical Prayer! Saturday, September 24, 8:15 pm, Temple Shalom Sanctuary – 74 Bradman St., Auburn The traditional Selichot Service will be preceded by a concert of Klezmer and High-Holiday Music. This service will be held in cooperation with Temple Beth El, Portland, and Temple Beth Israel, Waterville.

Poem For Elul 

You and I

I am not immortal.
Whatever I put off for later
May never be.
Whoever doesn’t know now
That I love them
May never know.
I have killed time.
I have squandered it.
I have lost days…weeks…
As a man of unlimited wealth
Might drop coins on the street
And never look back.
I know now, that there will be an end,
A limit.
But there is time
Valuable and precious time
To walk,
Time to touch,
To warm the child
Who is cold and lonely.
There is time to love
I promise myself…
I will.
I am
I am ready
I am ready to give
I am ready to give and to receive
I am ready to give and to receive love

– Leonard Nimoy 

Blog of Rabbi John Rosove – per Rabbi Ruth Adar

FREHA BAT AVRAHAM, was an 18th century Hebrew writer. A member of the prominent Moroccan Bar Adiba family, Freha moved to Tunis with her father and brother to escape anti-Jewish persecutions in Morocco, probably some time in the 1730s. Unusually learned for a woman of her time and place, Freha was said to have been well versed in Torah and to have composed essays and poetry in Hebrew. Some of her poems survive and were first published in Tunis in the 1930s. Freha died in 1756 during the conquest of Tunis by Algerians. Her father built a synagogue in her memory and it became a place of pilgrimage for Tunisian Jewish women who revered Freha as a holy person (kedoshah) and invoked her name in times of distress. The synagogue stood until its destruction in 1936 when it was replaced by a new structure that also preserved Freha’s name.

The Defiant Muse: Hebrew Feminist Poems from Antiquity to the Present

A Bilingual Anthology

Edited by Shirley Kaufman, Galit Hasan-Rokem and Tamar Hess

Foreword by Alicia Suskin Ostriker

The Feminist Press at CUNY, 1999.

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.

High Holidays 5777

Please join Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh for the High Holidays 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

Sunday, October 2nd, Erev Rosh Hashana
Candle lighting at 6pm
Maariv (evening service) at 6pm

Monday, October 3rd and Tuesday, October 4th, first/second days of Rosh Hashana
Shacharit (morning service) at 8:30 am
Tashlich (discarding “sins” into body of water) TBA
Mincha (afternoon service) at 6 pm
Havdalah at 7 pm, Tuesday, October 4th

Tuesday, October 11th, Erev Yom Kippur
Candle lighting at 5:44 pm
Kol Nidrei at 5:45 pm

Wednesday, October 12th, Yom Kippur
Shacharit (morning service) at 8:30 am
Mincha (afternoon service) at 4:45 pm
Neilah (concluding service) at 5:45 pm
Havdalah at 6:45 pm followed by Break Fast with Temple Beth El

This year, because of our new more intimate space, reserved seats are available only for dues-paying members, volunteers and donors, space permitting. There will be free seating available in our temporary, expanded space that is adjacent and open to the regular space. Please contact the office at 773-0693 for any reserved seating requests.

There will be no services on the Shabbat between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur

Sukkot services

First night of Sukkot
Sunday, October 16th

Candlelighting at 5:36 pm
Maariv (evening service) at 5:40 pm

First and second days of Sukkot
Monday, October 17th and Tuesday, October 18th

Shacharit (morning service) at 9:30 am
Mincha (afternoon service) TBA

Buy your Etrog and Lulav through the synagogue office. Deadline: October 6, 2016. Call Susan at 773-0693

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

Yahrzeits This Week


22 Elul Samuel Feinberg, Edith Freedman, Ida Gordon, Louis Levey
23 Elul Joseph Berenson, Evelyn Finkelman, Rebecca Helfont, Alice Hurst, Benjamin Wolf
24 Elul Morris Raden
25 Elul Ada Brenner, Pya Cope, Louis Siegel, Howard Urdang
26 Elul Jacob Branz, Anna Greenstein, Tina Leiberman, Harry Shuman
27 Elul Louis Ackerman, Robert Arnowitz, Anna Diner, Stephen Jacobson, Reuben Sneider
28 Elul Bessie Santosky

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

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