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Girl's bat mitzvah to benefit Kenyan teen

Girl’s bat mitzvah to benefit Kenyan teen

Portsmouth Herald – Published 5/22/2016

RYE – Lilia Potter-Schwartz, 12, is busy preparing for her bat mitzvah in June. In addition to memorizing prayers, meeting with her tutor and attending Hebrew school at Temple Israel in Portsmouth once a week, she is raising money to…

Remembering the Holocaust

Remembering the Holocaust

Portsmouth Herald – 5/1/2016 

PORTSMOUTH — The calendar of the Jewish people is jam-packed with dates commemorating ancient events — from the exodus from Egypt in around 1446 B.C.E. (Passover) to the trick that saved them from annihilation in Persia in 423…

Holocaust child survivor to speak at Temple Israel Holocaust child survivor to speak at Temple IsraelPublished in News

Portsmouth Herald – 4/27/2016

PORTSMOUTH – Kati Preston will tell her story to anyone who will listen.At age 5, Preston was hidden in a barn in Hungary by a Christian peasant girl, as her whole Jewish family of 28 was exterminated at Auschwitz during the

Area clergy condemn attacks in Europe

Area clergy condemn attacks in Europe 

Portsmouth Herald – Published 3/24/2016 in News

PORTSMOUTH — Clergy members from a variety of faiths in the Seacoast issued a statement Thursday to condemn the recent violence in Turkey and Belgium that killed numerous civilians.Eighteen members of the Seacoast Interfaith Clergy…

 Once Orthodox, eclectic rabbi finds Conservative home in New

Jewish Telegraphic AgencyFeb 1, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (JTA) – Senter, 54, is a rarity: an Orthodox rabbi from a “black hat” background who left Orthodoxy, later embraced Conservative Judaism and now occupies a Conservative pulpit. There are only a handful of other Orthodox-trained rabbis in Conservative shuls; they call themselves “flippers,” says Senter.

Haaretz – Feb 1, 2016
Ken Kowalchek and Jenny Rosenson, both regulars at Temple Israel in Portsmouth, N.H., have opposing political views.
Celebration of light begins

Celebration of light begins

Seacoastonline.comPublished 12/6/2015 in News

PORTSMOUTH – The symbolic lighting of the first candle of the menorah held a lot of meaning to those present in the courtyard of the Temple Israel of Portsmouth on Sunday evening.Rabbi David Senter talked about people hollowing out…

Seacoast religious leaders call for peace

Seacoastonline.comNov 21, 2015
“Welcome to historic Strawbery Banke,” said Rabbi David Senter of Temple Israel. “We come together as darkness sets upon us physically. We are people of different faiths, traditions and cultures. The American dream offers opportunity and shelter to those who are fleeing persecution.


Breaking bread in the name of peace

Seacoastonline.comNov 21, 2015
Through her work at the hospital, Kaplan Senter, who is the wife of Rabbi David Senter of Temple Israel in Portsmouth met Yasmin Alani, the wife of Imam Mohamed Ebrahim of the Islamic Society of the Seacoast Area in Dover. Alani is a master baker and offered to teach Kaplan Senter how to make Challah bread.

Seacoastonline.comApr 11, 2015
PORTSMOUTH — Rabbi David Ross Senter proudly opened the Holy Ark in the sanctuary of Temple Israel Portsmouth and unwrapped a very …