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TBI's 19th Annual Food Festival is July 10. Preorder available here!.

TBI's 19th Annual Jewish Food Festival will take place on Sunday, July 10, 2016, with preorders and takeouts providing the bulk of this year's order fulfillment. (Preordering available until June 5.)

For the past several years, more and more customers have requested take-out packaging for many of the foods.

Per Food Festival Chairperson Stu Needleman, “Customers have told us over and over again that there was too much food to eat there and that they wanted to bring some home”.

The Food Festival team listened, and many of the foods that have become the crowd favorites are now available to preorder frozen and packaged to be reheated at home including blintzes, brisket, meat knishes, potato knishes, latkes (potato pancakes), matzo ball soup, noodle kugel, and stuffed cabbage.

Food Festival has NEW Deli Supplier
for 2016 Food Festival

In our quest to make the best products available for our Food Festival, we have found a brand-new supplier for the deli meats: Evan's New York Style Deli, from Marblehead, Mass. We have sampled their homemade deli meats and found them to be out of this world. Evanís will be our source of corned beef, pastrami, and tongue for 2016. All preorders will be filled 100 percent. Preordering ends June 5 - so order now!

Also available for preorder will be freshly packaged chopped herring, corned beef, pastrami, tongue, chopped chicken liver, rugelach and strudel. This preorder process insures availability of the foods people crave in the quantities they desire.

Preordering will end June 5. Most major credit cards and PayPal payments are accepted. Order now!

Pick-up for all preorders will be Saturday, July 9, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., or at the Festival on Sunday, July 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All pick-ups will be at Temple B’nai Israel, 210 Court St. in Laconia. For preorders of $65 or greater, you will receive a copy of the TBI cookbook from which many of the prized recipes are derived.

On Sunday July 10th people will be coming together from all over NH 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! There will be a huge array of authentic textures and tastes:

  • Cheese blintzes,
  • Knishes (meat & potato),
  • Sandwiches filled with your choice of: pastrami, brisket, corned beef or tongue( with pickle, and coleslaw on rye or roll);
  • Chopped Herring and chopped chicken liver
  • Assorted baked goods including strudel, and rugelach;
  • Meat knishes, potato knishes, latkes (potato pancakes), matzo ball soup, noodle kugel, and stuffed cabbage – all frozen and ready to heat at home - while supplies last.

You will also find treasures to buy at the Nearly New Boutique on the front lawn as well as new Judaica items inside.

All questions may be directed to foodfestivalpreorders@tbinh.org.


2016 'We Care' Events

Yellow Brick Road - A Tribute to Elton John
Saturday, June 18, at 7 p.m.
McEvoy Theater, New Hampton School

Early Bird Pricing until May 31

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

Temple B'nai Israel

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 Bínai 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 Bínai 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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