Fall Festivals

Fall Festivals

Let's Celebrate Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah!

Join Temple Israel for upcoming Fall Festivals

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Sukkot, Sunday evening, Oct. 9, through Sunday, Oct. 16

Sukkot is also known as the Feast of Booths, a time to gather outdoors in the sukkah with friends and family.

Sukkot Events

Join Temple Israel for Sukkot!

Help us build our sukkahs at Strawbery Banke and Temple Israel
October 2, 9:00 am, Temple Israel, Register
October 9, 9:00 am, Strawbery Banke, Register
First we build, then we will decorate! Bring natural materials (flowers, branches, gourds, etc) to beautify our sukkah next to Shapiro House at Strawbery Banke.

Sukkot Potluck at Strawbery Banke
Sunday, October 9, 5:30 pm.

Welcome the festival in a shared event with Havurah Piscataqua and TIP. Bring a dairy/pareve dish to share and a chair. More info & Register

Sukkot Service and Lulav Parade, location TBD
Monday, October 10, 10:00 am

An outdoor service with Hallel, lulav and etrog. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the festivities. More info & Register

Hebrew School Lulav Parade
Wednesday, October 12, 4:00 pm at Strawbery Banke. Details coming soon. More Info

Seniors in the Sukkah, sponsored by JFNH
Thursday, October 13, 12:00 pm at Strawbery Banke
SENIORS: Please join JFNH’s “Seniors Forever Young” in the Shapiro House sukkah at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth for a special holiday Kosher luncheon and casual discussion with local rabbis! Sponsored by Jewish Federation of New Hampshire. Call the Federation office, 603-627-7679, with questions or to register. $18/person, registration required.

Kabbalat Shabbat and Pot-Luck at the Strawbery Banke Sukkah
Friday, October 14, 5:30 pm at Strawbery Banke
Featuring musicians Lisa and Jay, led by Rabba Kaya. After a brief musical Kabbalat shabbat service on the green, we will recite blessings in the Sukkah and share a vegetarian pot-luck meal. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and dish to share. More info

Visit the Sukkah at TIP or Strawbery Banke!

During the week of Sukkot (Sunday evening, October 9, through Sunday, October 16, before sunset), fulfill the mitzvah “to dwell” in the sukkah. Bring a snack, have a seat and recite this blessing:

Barukh Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu lei’sheiv ba-sukkah. 
Blessed is Adonai our G-d who sanctifies us with mitzvot and with this mitzvah to sit in the sukkah.

  • During Sukkot the TIP playground gates will be unlocked between 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm. (The Early Learning Center is in session weekdays until 1:00 pm.)
  • Folding chairs will be available in the sukkah.
  • Please do not leave any trash in the playground or in the sukkah.
  • Playground equipment is reserved for use by children ages 5 and younger.
  • No reservation is required; please be mindful about sharing the space with others.
  • To visit the Strawbery Banke sukkah before 5pm, enter through the main admissions gate and let the staff know you are visiting the sukkah. After 5pm you may enter through side gates.

Simchat Torah & Shemini Atzeret

Sunday, October 16–Monday, October 17

Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah events, Sunday, October 16

Shemini Atzeret Service with Yikzkor
Sunday, October 16, 5:30 pm
Sanctuary service and Zoom

Community Potluck Supper
Sunday, October 16, 6:15 pm
Levenson Social Hall

Bring a vegetarian/dairy/pareve dish to share as we hold our first official community potluck dinner. In order to maintain our kosher kitchen, the kitchen will be off limits during this event, so bring any serving utensils needed and plan to take home any leftovers. TIP will provide compostable dinnerware and utensils. Reheating and rinsing in the kitchen will not be permitted. This is a carry-in, carry-out event.

More Info & Register

Family Simchat Torah Service with The Klezwoods

Sunday, October 16, 7:15 pm

We will hear the final verses of the Torah, followed by the first verses of the Torah, as we take turns dancing our Torahs around the sanctuary to the music of The Klezwoods, a Boston-based klezmer band. An ice cream buffet will follow in the Social Hall. Kindly register to help us plan refreshments!

The Klezwoods Story & Sound

Klezwoods is a Boston and New England-based party band that performs music of the Jewish, Eastern European and Arabic traditions with a modern edge. The group has appeared at the Kennedy Center, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and at Fenway Park. The group’s sound is an amalgam of strings, horns and percussion that melds the spirit of these styles with modern grooves, improvisation and melodies. In the spirit of America’s melting pot, these voices are brought together to make a new sound that is truly their own, while still embracing the cultures from which the music is stemmed.

More Info & Register