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President’s Message: TEKIAH, SHEVARIM, TERUAH!   

Posted on September 16, 2020

Dear fellow congregants:   Rosh Hashanah begins on Friday evening with our special Rosh Hashanah seder and the temple is abuzz this week with virtual and in-person last minute preparations. Rabba Kaya, Kochava Monro (the Cantorial Soloist with us last year), the High Holiday Steering Committee, and the Ritual Committee have been working diligently for Continue Reading »

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High Holiday Information

Posted on August 19, 2020

TIP High Holiday Services and events will include a combination of live-streamed services from our sanctuary (via Zoom and Facebook Live) as well outdoor experiences. Erev Rosh Hashanah begins with a Rosh Hashanah Seder over Zoom. Participants will receive a prayer guide to use during this event as well as instructions on how to prepare Continue Reading »

Shem Tov Award 2020 Roberts Temple Israel Portsmouth

Sandy and Helaine Roberts Honored as Top Volunteers

Posted on August 14, 2020

Congratulations to Sandy and Helaine Roberts, recipients of the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire’s 2020 Shem Tov award for their service to Temple Israel. The Shem Tov award recognizes individuals from organizations across New Hampshire who have provided outstanding service to the Jewish community. Helaine and Sanford (Sandy) Roberts moved to the Seacoast area nearly Continue Reading »

Covid-19 Info

President’s Message: Re-imagining Committee plan

Posted on August 11, 2020

Dear Fellow Congregants, I am writing to brief you on the Re-imagining Committee’s progress on reopening. Our committee has been meeting at least every couple of weeks for several months. We have watched and reviewed the outdoor gatherings held thus far: namely outdoor services and transition team events. After each event, we learned more about Continue Reading »


Posted on June 9, 2020

UPDATE:  The “organized physical walk” to end Alzheimer’s scheduled for 2020 has been CANCELLED due to COVID.  Walkers are asked to do a walk on their own in their own local communities as an alternative. More info may follow and is also available on the Alzheimer’s Association’s website.  So, anyone planning to physically attend the Continue Reading »

Rabba Kaya

TIP Welcomes New Rabbi

Posted on June 9, 2020

The Temple Israel Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman as the congregation’s new rabbi, spiritual leader, and head of the Religious School, effective July 1, 2020. “Rabba” is the Hebrew word for a female Rabbi. Rabba Kaya is dedicated to the development of meaningful Jewish community rooted in Continue Reading »