Havdalah nerf night

Fun family programs!

Posted on December 2, 2022

Did you know that Temple Israel hosts many events for families in addition to Religious School programs and classes? Please join us for some after-hours fun! Upcoming programs include: Saturday, 12/10, 5:00 pm, Havdalah, Nerf Night & Smores.  Bring your blaster and nerves of steel for an EPIC Nerf battle! Join us as we mark Continue Reading »


Supporting the Soul: Chevra Kadisha Workshop

Posted on December 2, 2022

Judaism is often lauded for its sensitive and helpful traditions surrounding mourning and care for the bereaved. Yet much less is commonly known about the sacred tasks of caring for the deceased  between the time of death and burial. The Chevra Kadisha/Jewish Burial Society, a group of anonymous volunteers, is entrusted with these tasks. These Continue Reading »

Happy Hanukkah

Light up the night with Temple Israel!

Posted on December 2, 2022

Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, December 18. Activities are planned for all ages, beginning with candle-lighting every evening in the “Hands of Hope” menorah in the garden courtyard. (In the case of inclement weather, the festivities will move indoors.) Don’t miss these special events! Sunday, 12/18, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Hanukkah Story Time with Continue Reading »

Thanksgiving zoom only

Thanksgiving Weekend Shabbat Services

Posted on November 23, 2022

Will be held via Zoom only. There will be no in-person services, religious school, or yoga classes. The Early Learning Center and temple office will be closed on Friday, November 25, reopening on Monday, November 28. To receive online prayerbook and Zoom links, please Register on the website calendar. You will receive a confirmation email Continue Reading »

haunted shul

Haunted Shul

Posted on October 13, 2022

DID YOU KNOW … That Jewish history, literature, and culture includes witches, spirits, dybbuks, haunting, and other mysterious spiritual phenomena? Come find out about some of them at this family-friendly and spooky event! The witch of Endor has taken over Temple Israel and brought back the spirits of Pharaoh, Goliath, and other villains. Use your Continue Reading »

Rebecca Rule

An Evening with Rebecca Rule

Posted on October 13, 2022

Please join us for an evening of storytelling and laughter featuring Rebecca Rule. There will also be a wine and restaurant gift card raffle. Hosted by the Tikkun Olam committee to benefit an Afghan refugee family recently resettled in Portsmouth with the help of Team Seacoast, a group of local volunteers. Register / purchase tickets. Continue Reading »

Klezwoods klezmer band

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Posted on October 13, 2022

The fall festivals conclude with Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. Please join us for an evening of reflection, community, music, and fun! Sunday, October 16, schedule of services and events: 5:30 pm: Shemini Atzeret service with Yizkor, in the sanctuary and via Zoom (using the regular link for services) 6:15 pm: Community potluck supper in Continue Reading »

POSTPONED: Artist-in-Residence Elana Arian

Posted on September 7, 2022

Still making music together Unfortunately, Elana Arian is ill and can’t visit us this weekend. Rabba Kaya and Lisa Jane Lipkin are cooking up a beautiful musical service for tonight with community potluck dinner! Revised weekend schedule below. COME SING WITH US! SHABBAT WEEKEND **Updated** Friday, 11/18, 6:00 pm: Musical Kabbalat Shabbat service led by Rabba Kaya Continue Reading »

Encountering the Divine Image: An Interfaith Selichot Gathering

Posted on September 7, 2022

Please join Temple Israel for this interfaith, community-wide gathering at Portsmouth’s African Burying Ground on Chestnut Street. Offerings of prayer, poetry, music and Selichot liturgy will address the spiritual aspiration to recognize the Divine Image in every human being. September 17th at 7pm Sponsored by Temple Israel   Learn More and Register       Continue Reading »

Allison Miller

Shabbat Morning Yoga

Posted on September 7, 2022

This year the Temple will once again offer Shabbat yoga on select Saturdays (see Calendar) from 9-10am in the Social Hall. I want to explore the question you may be asking yourself: why would I practice yoga on Shabbat? Or what is the connection between yoga and Shabbat? I think one of the best ways Continue Reading »