News & Updates

A Message from Robert Zimman, President

Rosh Hashanah President’s Message

Written by: Robert Zimman Posted on September 14, 2021

Good morning, and welcome to all of you, both here in the sanctuary and online. It’s a pleasure to see so many of you, especially in light of the year we’ve just completed. When Rabba Kaya accepted this pulpit over a year and a half ago, I feel pretty certain that she was not anticipating Continue Reading »

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Temple Israel Supports IsraAID Efforts in Haiti

Written by: Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman Posted on August 20, 2021

The disastrous situation in Haiti following an earthquake and a tropical storm demands a concerted and powerful humanitarian effort. The need is great and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute tzedakah through Israel’s largest humanitarian organization IsraAID. We are inspired by the efforts of IsraAID to support vulnerable people around the world who find themselves Continue Reading »

Announcing Yachad Shabbat

Written by: Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman Posted on August 9, 2021

We are thrilled to announce our new inter-generational Shabbat morning experience-Yachad Shabbat. Yachad is a Hebrew word meaning “altogether.” After Sukkot, we will begin welcoming everyone (Hebrew School families and all congregants) to celebrate Shabbat morning with us. As children arrive in their classrooms, adults can chat in the Shmooze at 9:00 am, followed by Continue Reading »

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Israel Affairs Committee

Written by: Emma Rous Posted on

From time to time, the Israel Affairs Committee will share pertinent news and articles about Israel. We’re happy to share an article by Nadav Tamir, former Consul General in the Israeli Consulate in Boston, a former speaker at TIP, and currently Executive Director, J Street Israel. Who’s Who in the New Israeli Government   Israel’s Milestones Continue Reading »

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President’s Message: Reconvening Plan Updated

Written by: Robert Zimman Posted on July 6, 2021

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic we at Temple Israel have tried to base our policies on science and data to protect our members, especially the vulnerable. Our latest revision to our Policy for Reconvening in Person takes into account the most recent science as well as the recently released guidelines provided by the Synagogue Council of Continue Reading »

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Welcome Tzipporah (Tzippy) Horowitz

Written by: Ian Kaner, VP Education Posted on June 10, 2021

New Head of School / Family Programming Coordinator for Temple Israel! We are very excited to welcome Tzipporah Horowitz as the new Head of School / Family Programming Coordinator. Tzipporah (Tzippy) has dedicated her professional life to creating unique Jewish experiences in a variety of settings, including USY and Camp Ramah. A current rabbinical student Continue Reading »

New video about Temple Israel!

Written by: Heather Tomlinson Posted on June 1, 2021

We’re so pleased to share this short video showcasing Temple Israel members. It has been a long time in the works! In 2019, temple member Jeremy Kasten interviewed several congregants for a video introducing the synagogue to potential new members and convey why they should engage with the congregation. In the winter of 2020, congregant Continue Reading »


President’s Message: COVID-19 Update

Written by: Robert Zimman Posted on May 28, 2021

Dear community members, We’re excited to share with you our plans for a staged reopening of our building. The Reimagining Committee met recently to discuss the improving COVID situation in NH, including new guidance from the CDC and NH Department of Health on mask-wearing indoors and outdoors. We are working to revise our reopening plan Continue Reading »

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Honey from the Heart Annual Fundraiser

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Order online by July 7 to receive free domestic shipping. (Shipping charge of $5.50 per jar applies to orders placed between July 8 – August 6, the last day to order.) ORT will ship a personalized package, including a festive 8-ounce jar of  kosher clover honey, a gift card, and the blessing for the New Continue Reading »

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Highlights from Shavuot

Posted on May 19, 2021

Lilacs, rhododendrons, and apple blossoms adorned the Court Street entryway to Temple Israel as we celebrated our first ever outdoor Shavuot service. Surrounded by the lattice panels of our sukkah, which had been transformed into movable screens decorated with flowers and greenery, about 25 congregants joined voices in song and prayer on Shavuot morning. The Continue Reading »