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Thanksgiving Message from Rabba Kaya

Posted on November 24, 2020

Dear Friends, With both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah on the horizon, we are all surely struggling with anxiety and sadness over the safety of gathering together with family and friends. These are very difficult times and the specter of additional social isolation compounds our grief. In a recent Ministerium meeting of Seacoast-area clergy, we discussed the Continue Reading »

A Time to Embrace

A Time to Embrace

Posted on November 24, 2020

TIP was a proud sponsor and participant in this National Interfaith event for Healing and Reconciliation that took place on Sat. evening, Nov. 21st.  Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman was honored as one of the faith leaders selected to share a teaching as part of the Havdalah ceremony. The event was attended by over 1200 participants. You Continue Reading »

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Water from the Well: Parashat Hayei Sarah

Posted on November 17, 2020

After the Trauma – Seeking Love By Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman, November 17, 2020 After the trauma of the Akeida (the binding of Isaac onto the altar by his father Abraham) and after the death of Sarah, the Torah seeks out healing. The Torah seeks out the only possible path forward for healing: loving-kindness-hesed. It is the path of Continue Reading »

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President’s Message: Covid-19 Update

Posted on November 17, 2020

November 17, 2020 Dear fellow congregants: When the Re-Imagining Committee met in early October, we anticipated announcing our plans for “hybrid” Shabbat services to begin this month, with a small group gathering in the sanctuary with Rabba Kaya for a service also streamed on Zoom. Regrettably, the numbers in New Hampshire and the country are Continue Reading »

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2020 Annual Fund: Responding to Covid-19 at Temple Israel

Posted on October 8, 2020

Last year we introduced our Annual Fund and, with the support of some vey generous donors, we succeeded in funding three important projects at Temple Israel. This year, due to external events, we face unprecedented challenges in meeting the spiritual, educational, and social needs of our congregation. In view of the extraordinary crisis we face, 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 »