Celebrating Shavuot, June 11 and 12

Posted on June 7, 2024

Tikkun Leil Shavuot features a blintz buffet and teaching about the Torah of music, 6:30 pm Tuesday, June 11. Shavuot service with Yizkor in our flower-bedecked sanctuary, 10:00 am, Wednesday, June 12. Meet Reb Beni Summers, our 2024-25 rabbinic intern, who will be leading the services with Rabba Kaya.

Community Passover Seder April 23

Posted on March 7, 2024

Tuesday, April 23, 6:00 pm, Come one and all for our traditional Passover seder, led by Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman, with songs, prayers, and stories. The evening features a delicious catered kosher meal, with menu options that include vegetarian, vegan, or nut-free meals. 

Purim Begins March 23

Posted on February 11, 2024

Please join us Saturday evening for a musical Megillah reading, and Sunday morning for carnival games, prizes, activity stations, refreshments, and a very special magic show!

Hanukkah begins the evening of Dec. 7

Posted on November 30, 2023

We plan to light candles at the temple on seven of the eight nights of Hanukkah. Please join us to usher in the light, together.

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Yom Kippur 2023 Sermon

Posted on September 27, 2023

Yom Kippur 2023 Sermons “Israel – The Hope” Sermon for Yom Kippur, 5784/2023, by Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman Looking about in this room, we see a beautifully diverse community with members from varied Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds. Our synagogue is affiliated with the Conservative movement, but we have members who come from Reform, Reconstructionist and Orthodox Continue Reading »

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Rosh Hashanah 2023 Sermons & Videos

Posted on September 27, 2023

Rosh Hashanah 2023 Sermons “Birds, Bees and Butterflies” Sermon for Rosh Hashanah Day 1, 5784/2023 by Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman I want to begin by thanking Pastor David Clark whose ideas greatly influenced my sermon today. We are so blessed to live in such a beautiful place, where each season brings its treasures and where in Continue Reading »

Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman

High Holiday Message

Posted on September 12, 2023

Dear Friends,

As we approach the High Holidays I am reminded of a powerful statement in one of our essential prayers.

Figure 1 Kira & Cayden, Rosh HaShanah 2019

High Holiday Rundown

Posted on September 6, 2023

Everything you need to know about High Holidays at Temple Israel in Portsmouth.

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Yom Kippur 2022 Sermons

Posted on September 6, 2023

Yom Kippur 2022 Sermons “On Shame and Forgiveness” Sermon for Kol Nidre 5783/2022, by Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman The following is a Midrash – a Rabbinic Legend: On the 6th day of creation, when God was ready to create human beings, God decided to give human beings a special gift. Each one of them would receive Continue Reading »

Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman

Rosh Hashanah 2022 Sermon

Posted on September 6, 2023

Rosh Hashanah 2022 Sermon & Video “Dor Hamidbar – The Wilderness Generation” Sermon for Rosh Hashanah Day 1, by Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman The wonderful Hebrew poet Zelda wrote a poem about names- about how each person carries many names based on their experiences, their behaviors, their gifts and their limitations. She writes: Each of us Continue Reading »