Elul: Our High Holiday season begins one month before Rosh Hashanah in the month of Elul.

Jewish tradition gives us this month as a period of preparation for entering into the High Holidays with awareness and motivation. To engage all of our senses in this process of restoration, TIP is offering a series of events throughout the month of Elul to nourish body, mind, heart, and spirit.

Elul Events

Thank you for your interest! All Elul events for 2022 are now over.

Rosh Chodesh Elul

Monday, August 29, 6:30–7:30 pm
Temple Israel Chapel
A gathering to welcome the new month of Elul with prayers, blessings, and fellowship, followed by light refreshments.

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Kever Avot

As we approach the High Holidays, we honor our departed loved ones with prayers and private reflection. No registration required.

Sunday, September 11, 11:00 am
Pine Hill Cemetery, Dover
Led by Cathi Cherry-Liston and Jodie Aviles.

Sunday, September 11, 12:00 pm
Forest Glade Cemetery, Somersworth
Led by Cathi Cherry-Liston and Jodie Aviles.

Sunday, September 18, 1:00 pm
Temple Israel Cemetery, Banfield Road, Portsmouth
Led by Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman

Selichot Interfaith Gathering: Encountering the Divine Image

Saturday, September 17, 7:00–8:30 pm
African Burying Ground, Chestnut St, Portsmouth
Please join us for an interfaith community-wide gathering at the African Burying Ground on Chestnut Street in Portsmouth. Offerings of prayer, poetry, music, and Selichot liturgy will address the spiritual aspiration to recognize the Divine Image in every human being.

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Past Events

Back to Shul Fest

Sunday, August 28, 12:00–3:00 pm

Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth (rain location: Temple Israel)

A celebration of Jewish community for the whole family, featuring falafel lunch, live music by Kol Kahol (Jewish bluegrass), games, prizes, ice cream, tours of Shapiro House, shofar blowing workshop. The month of Elul is considered the birthday of the animals, so bring a photo or drawing of your pets, or dress as your favorite animal. Rabba Kaya will do a special blessing of the animals.