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December 2, 2017
A message from David Bachrach, President of the Board of Directors, Temple Israel Portsmouth:
Dear Fellow Congregants,
It is with tears in my eyes that I write to you. Our beloved Rabbi David passed away peacefully on Friday night surrounded by his family. The love and prayers of our entire community go out to Elissa and all of Rabbi’s family. Over the coming days and weeks we will be there to support them and each other as we navigate through this difficult time.
David Senter touched all of us with his compassion, his learning, his teaching, his love of Judaism, and his love for our congregation. From the moment that he joined us, Rabbi made Temple Israel his home and this community his family. Some rabbis have a niche with older or younger congregants, as teachers or managers, as scholars or spiritual leaders. Rabbi David’s niche was everyone and everything. He was equally comfortable speaking with children in the preschool and participants in the lunch bunch, and was as engaged with making sure our heating systems operated as he was in offering a teaching about a parsha. I loved listening to Rabbi lead services, and talk to the children in Hebrew School, and his sense of humor, but most of all I am honored that I was able to call him my friend.
Once information about Rabbi’s funeral arrangements is available, this will be sent out to the congregation.
The board is putting into place opportunities for congregants to share their grief with experienced counselors over the coming days, and information about this too will go out as soon as it is available.
I take comfort in knowing that Rabbi David will continue to look out for this community, and I hope to honor his memory through Torah, Avodah, and Gemilut Hasadim.
200 State Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
From the President
Over 100 years ago, the founders of Temple Israel came together, and we are the beneficiaries of their brave vision. Since then this Temple has evolved with the times, with each generation taking the necessary steps to enable us to thrive in Portsmouth, NH.
Temple Israel is a house of learning at all levels. A beit kadosh, a holy place. A place where everyone is welcome and has a Temple family to share both simchas and sorrows.
We can take great pride and satisfaction that we Jews have survived 5,000 years, in good times and bad. We are also proud that Temple Israel continues to thrive in its second century as a Jewish home in the New Hampshire seacoast area.
Temple Israel is here for you when you need it, whatever the need. We look forward to welcoming you.