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TBI's 19th Annual Food Festival is Sunday, July 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Once again, the event to attend this summer is the 19th Annual Jewish Food Festival at Temple B’nai Israel in Laconia on Sunday, July 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

People will be coming together from all over New Hampshire and beyond to enjoy the memories of the tastes and smells from the kitchens of Jewish mothers and Bubbes (grandmothers) through the ages….from traditional Jewish cooking to delicatessen delights to amazing desserts and more!

Although customers rave each and every year about the delicious food, last year’s customers... (...article continues here...)

Elton John Tribute

Elton Tribute 2016

A beautiful evening welcomed approximately 200 people to the McEvoy Theater on the bucolic campus of New Hampton School on June 18th for the 5th “We Care” concert organized by Temple B’nai and featuring acclaimed Golden Brick Road - Elton John Tribute Band. Pre-concert, the crowd feasted on a variety of delicious refreshments including homemade baklava. As part of the introduction, Executive Director Christine Santaniello of Lakes Region Community Services, the recipient of the net proceeds of this concert, spoke briefly about the wonderful partnership that has been forged between LRCS and TBI.

But once the lights were dimmed in the theater, the band demonstrated why they are the only Elton John Tribute Band endorsed by the International Elton John Fan Club. A magnificent performance and instrumental brilliance enhanced the songs and got the audience rocking from the very start.

Some of the attendees had attended past “We Care” concerts, but for some, this was their first. However, by the end of the evening, the overwhelming feedback was how fantastic this evening was, and that they will join us for the next “We Care” concert on Nov. 19 featuring North Shore Acappella, back by popular demand.

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2016 'We Care' Events

North Shore Acappella
Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m.
McEvoy Theater, New Hampton School

TBI We Care 2016 is thrilled to announce its entertainment program and nonprofit partners for 2016.

This year there are some exciting new changes. Both events will be held at the beautiful McEvoy Theater on the campus of New Hampton School. The modern theater is a largest venue for any We Care event held thus far. The theater is conveniently located five minutes from Exit 23 on Interstate 93 in New Hampton. Its central location will make it convenient for everyone from Laconia to Plymouth. We are extremely excited to have The McEvoy as our home to all We Care entertainment events in 2016.

For the first time since its inception, TBI We Care will partner with three nonprofits in 2016 rather than its historical two partners. We are proud to once again be working with Lakes Region Community Services. They were in fact the recipient of the proceeds of our very first entertainment events and we are excited to have them back in 2016. We will honor two Lakes Region nonprofits at the same time this fall.

For the second entertainment event, we will partner with both New Beginnings - Without Violence and Abuse, based in Laconia, and Voices Against Violence, based in Plymouth. The two groups help people who have suffered from domestic and/or sexual violence and cover much of the Lakes Region.

Read more about the upcoming events.

Learn more about Lakes Region Community Services, New Beginnings, and Voices Against Violence.

Mark your calendars and get your tickets as soon as they go on sale. You don’t want to miss either of these two events.

North Shore Acappella

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Purim 2016

March 18, 2016 - On Friday, March 18, TBI held a Shabbat Yeladim (children's service) for a kids' version of the reading of the story of Queen Esther and Purim..

The following Sunday, there was a presentation of "Purim: The Spiel," a Purim skit written by Rabbi Heilman and presented by the Off Off Union Avenue Players! A Purim carnival followed, with fun and games for the entire family.

Photos capture the fun that lasted the whole weekend long!

March 1, 2016 - An imaginative approach to joint charitable fund raising has emerged from the root of the WE CARE program, sponsored by Temple B’nai Israel in Laconia. This year, ticket sales for two musical productions will go to selected social services that will also benefit from working with each other and garnering the joint public awareness of the critical community work these organizations perform. Temple B’nai Israel President Marsha Ostroff reports that the WE CARE program, begun just two years ago, has already donated in excess of $10,000 to local nonprofit organizations.

Find out more about our nonprofit partners for 2016...

From left: Ken Goodman (TBI), Barbara Katz (TBI), Jill Lieberman (TBI), Kristen Welch (Genesis Behavioral Health), Joanne Lang (Lakes Region Community Services), Marsha Ostroff (TBI President), Aileen Castillo (New Beginnings), Stu Needleman (TBI), Meg Kennedy Dugan (Voices Against Violence)

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - Our thanks to the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire for bringing informal educator Mark Lazar to New Hampshire and allowing him to share an afternoon with us at TBI!

Mark is a native of Southern California who made aliyah in 1993 after a colorful coming of age in the late 60s and early 70s. His discussion of Zionism in the 21st Century was lively and engaging, and allowed each participant to examine their own feelings about Zionism and Israel's place in the world.

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Mark Lazar from the Jewish Federation of N.H. leads the discussion at an Adult Education gathering.

November 13, 2015 - Rabbi Boaz Heilman's officially installation foretold the coming years of rich interaction among young and old in our temple. Every part of the evening was filled with tradition and meaning. We joyously celebrated his arrival in our midst.

The tone of the evening was set at an installation dinner for one hundred people, temple members, community clergy and leaders of community social services. Collectively, members provided a sumptuous dinner, with a post-service Oneg that included a surprise birthday cake for Rabbi Heilman.

Highlights of the service began with a religious school offering... Read more...

Rabbi Heilman Installation - Friday November 13, 2015

Rabbi Heilman was officially installed on Friday, November 13, 2015.

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