News & Updates

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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 »

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Don’t Miss Temple Israel’s Annual Meeting!

Written by: Dinah Berch, Webmaster Posted on April 20, 2021

Calling all Congregants Temple Israel will be holding our Annual Meeting on Monday, May 3rd beginning promptly at 6:30pm. All members are encouraged to join to hear from your leadership and cast your vote.  This year’s agenda includes: Year in Review Vote on the 2021-2022 Budget Vote on candidates for Board of Directors officers and directors Continue Reading »

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Shop the new Open for Business Directory

Written by: Temple office Posted on April 19, 2021

Did you know that our website now features a directory listing businesses owned by synagogue members? It showcases a range of businesses and services, from web design and concierge services to realtors and retailers. We hope you consider patronizing these member-owned establishments and professional services. Many of these businesses also donate services and products to Continue Reading »


President’s Message: COVID-19 Update

Written by: Amy Hyett Posted on April 5, 2021

Dear fellow congregants: It is hard to believe that it’s been a year since we shut our doors. While we had a brief respite over the summer with outdoor services and small group gatherings, high COVID numbers in the later fall and winter drove us back online almost exclusively. I am quite proud of our Continue Reading »

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Celebrating Purim, online and in-person!

Posted on March 9, 2021

Many thanks to the Ritual Committee members, Hebrew School students, Sisterhood, Rabba Kaya, and all the volunteers who created an array of programs for a socially-close and physically-distanced Purim celebration. With the generous support of the Cultural Endowment Fund, temple members enjoyed a variety of events, including: The family-friendly and interactive comedy show “Esther to Continue Reading »