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 »

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 »

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 »

Spiritual Resources for Elul

Posted on September 7, 2022

Dear friends, Elul is the name of the Hebrew month that precedes Rosh Hashanah. It is a time for cheshbon ha-nefesh or “soul accounting” – looking inward and reflecting on the year that has passed. Our tradition offers us this intentional time to prepare for the new year, so that we may enter fully into Continue Reading »

Hands of Hope spring

Tisha b’Av Gathering: Confronting Loss on the Path to Hope

Posted on July 8, 2022

Please join us for a Tisha b’Av Gathering on Saturday, August 6, at 8:30 pm in the Temple Israel Courtyard (or indoors in case of rain). At Tisha b’Av, we recall the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and we grieve for the many losses endured by the Jewish people throughout the ages. The destruction Continue Reading »

Shavuot wheat

Let’s Celebrate Shavuot

Posted on May 25, 2022

      Giving of the Torah!   Saturday, June 4 8:00 – 10:00 pm Tikkun Leil Shavuot Across NH program in Social Hall and via Zoom. Music, meditation & learning with our NH Jewish community. Register on  the website for the special Zoom link.   Sunday, June 5 10:00 am – 12:15 pm, Morning Service Continue Reading »

Lag BaOmer Field Day, Bonfire, & Family Picnic

Posted on May 11, 2022

Join us for an afternoon of field games, archery, low ropes, gaga, and of course a bonfire! Let’s celebrate the middle of the Omer the way it was meant to be… with lots of fun! Pack a picnic dinner, we’ll provide the rest! Don’t miss this event, bring the whole family! Venue address provided after Continue Reading »

passover seder

Community Seder

Posted on May 2, 2022

More than a hundred members, guests, and visitors  gathered in the Social Hall on April 15, the first night of Passover, for a joyful community celebration. Many thanks to all those who attended, service leader Rabba Kaya with guest musicians Lisa Lipkin and Jay Hitt, and most especially to the crew of  volunteers, ably led Continue Reading »

cups and world

Community Passover Seder

Posted on March 10, 2022

Plans for an in-person Community Passover Seder on Friday, April 15, are coming together quickly! Kindly register to indicate your interest. More information and order reservation form coming soon. Join with the temple community in this relaxed evening of food, wine, friends, and celebration of freedom. Under the current Covid code Green protocols, indoor mask-wearing Continue Reading »

Purim hamantaschen

Let’s Celebrate Purim!

Posted on March 10, 2022

What’s your favorite hamantaschen filling flavor? From poppy seed and fig to fruity apricot and raspberry, chocolate and nuts, there’s a flavor for everyone! Please join us via Zoom as we bake, bake, bake! Sunday, March 6, 3:00 pm: Learn to make hamantaschen with PJ Library. Register for the Zoom link and recipe. Sunday, March 13, Continue Reading »