Staged Play Reading: Rite of Passage

Posted on October 15, 2021

Please join us in the social hall on Sunday, November 21 at 3:00 pm for a staged reading of the new play, Rite of Passage, written by young Jewish playwright Izzy Salant. SYNOPSIS: Rite of Passage by Izzy Salant A tragic secret haunts Harold while he is preparing for his Bar Mitzvah. Why did his Continue Reading »

Reproductive Rights and the Ongoing Abortion Debate: What Can Judaism Teach Us?

Posted on October 14, 2021

Please join us on Tuesday, November 9, at 7:00 pm via Zoom for a presentation and discussion by Rabbi Leonard Scharzer, MD. In the abortion debate in the United States, most Jews politically align themselves with the “pro-choice” camp.  For many, the reason is that they do not believe government should be involved in such Continue Reading »

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Israel’s Milestones & Their Meanings

Posted on October 1, 2021

The Israel Affairs Committee, with the support of the Cultural Endowment Fund, will offer an important 8-part series prepared by the highly respected Shalom Hartman Institute on pivotal events in Israeli history:  1917, 1947, and 1967.  The series includes video, text study, and  discussion led by Rabba Kaya. “As we look to Israel’s future, we Continue Reading »


6-week class: Hand-drumming for Beginners

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Come join us for six fun-filled drum-circle style classes accessible to everyone, from “never-ever played any instrument EVER” to the seasoned musician. Through the experience of playing multi-part rhythms from around the world, we will learn how to make a drum sound great, enjoy making music together as a community, and creatively express ourselves with Continue Reading »

Celebrating High Holidays with Kids:
Part 2, Yom Kippur

Written by: Dinah Berch, guest blogger Posted on September 2, 2021

The kids are back to school with all the fanfare of back-to-school shopping, their first haircuts since Covid-19 started, and obligatory first day photos. This week’s four-day weekend means finding ways to involve the kids in my hectic High Holiday preparations. For me, the holiday starts with the sounds and the tastes. “Bashana haba’a” gets Continue Reading »

Celebrating High Holidays with Kids:
Part 1, Rosh Hashanah

Written by: Dinah Berch, guest blogger Posted on August 30, 2021

The holidays are right around the corner – just after the first few days of school – and I’m in full planning mode. Who needs to be where when? What do we need to wear? What are we going to eat? How do I keep my children quiet and busy while also teaching them to Continue Reading »

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Join Us for the High Holidays!

Written by: Fran Berman Posted on August 17, 2021

Shana tova! Please join us for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah! Temple Israel is planning inspiring, meaningful in-person and virtual services to celebrate this year’s High Holidays. For the first time, we will hold creative Family Services outdoors under a tent, and traditional High Holiday services will once again take Continue Reading »

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Tisha B’Av Service Saturday, July 17

Posted on June 24, 2021

The ninth of Av is a day of deep sadness within the Jewish world as we commemorate the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem by the Babylonians and then the Romans, as well as other tragedies that have befallen our people. It is observed with fasting and prayer. This year our observance will begin outdoors Continue Reading »

Honey Sale Temple Israel Portsmouth NH

Honey from the Heart Annual Fundraiser

Posted on May 28, 2021

Order online by July 7 to receive free domestic shipping. (Shipping charge of $5.50 per jar applies to orders placed between July 8 – August 6, the last day to order.) ORT will ship a personalized package, including a festive 8-ounce jar of  kosher clover honey, a gift card, and the blessing for the New Continue Reading »

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Highlights from Shavuot

Posted on May 19, 2021

Lilacs, rhododendrons, and apple blossoms adorned the Court Street entryway to Temple Israel as we celebrated our first ever outdoor Shavuot service. Surrounded by the lattice panels of our sukkah, which had been transformed into movable screens decorated with flowers and greenery, about 25 congregants joined voices in song and prayer on Shavuot morning. The Continue Reading »