Welcome to Temple B'nai Israel
Temple B’nai Israel has been the hub of Jewish activity in central New Hampshire for the past eighty years. Our congregation is affiliated with Reform Judaism, however our members’ beliefs and traditions range from traditional conservatism to modern versions of Reform practice.
We are active participants on the lakes region interfaith council of religious groups and play a positive role in the community at large.
After forty years of having rabbinic interns to lead our congregations, we engaged Rabbi Hannah Orden, our most recent student rabbi, as our permanent, part time religious leader. The Rabbi’s avowed lifetime goal is to continuously broaden her connections to Judaism and to guide others to share this goal.
In addition to Shabbat services on alternate Fridays at 7:30 pm, Rabbi Orden leads High Holiday services, regularly conducts substantive adult learning classes and works with B’nai Mitzvah students. She is Director of Education for the religious school and is deeply involved with students and with the members of the congregation.
She is available to perform weddings, baby namings, b’nai mitzvah and funerals, as well as pastoral counseling.
The Rabbi’s activities are enriched by a strong foundation of decades as a Jewish communal leader, published author of fiction and non-fiction, editor, teacher, tutor.
Our Cantorial Soloist
Melody Funk’s magnificent voice adds warmth and spirituality to High Holiday and Shabbat services. She is also B’nai Mitzvah coordinator and familiarizes candidates with the rites and rituals of the service, each according to his or her strengths.
All About Religious Worship
Shabbat services are held on Friday evenings at 7:30 pm, on alternate weekends. Check the website calendar for specific dates.
Holidays and festivals are celebrated at appropriate times and are always enhanced by traditions that various members bring to the community. The outside bulletin board, the “Temple Tablet”, our temple newsletter and e-mail are all utilized to bring you detailed information about service times, as well as our other activities.
About the Temple Facilities
Temple B’nai Israel was founded at the turn of the century and has had a rabbi since the 1920s. The original building was dedicated in the late 1930s, the Max Chertok Social Hall was built in 1955 and the Nathan and Jennie Brindis Learning Center, consisting of classrooms and a library, was completed in 2001.
A special section of the Union Cemetery in Laconia was consecrated for the exclusive use of Jewish burials in 1986.
Guests and friends are always welcome at Temple B’nai Israel. We encourage visitors to identify themselves to the Rabbi or other members of the congregation so that we can welcome you.
Save These Dates!
June 7 - Enjoy a special evening with Gathering Time at the Belknap Mill. They are back by popular demand and bringing with them a special guest artist, Mara Levine, that we know you all will enjoy.
July 20 - Our Annual Jewish Food Festival returns. For the first time it will be held on the third weekend on July in order avoid conflicting with the NASCAR Race and its 100,000 fans who clog most of the local roadways. Cooking will begin soon and we will be reaching out to anyone who wants to lead and/or learn all of the techniques and recipes while participating at the many cooking sessions required to produce the variety of special foods presented at the Festival.
October 18 - We close the 2014 TBI entertainment season at a new venue: The Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith. This brand new, state-of-the-art theater will host our final musical event for 2014. We are not ready to share the name of the group or the genre just yet, but those of you who have attended the TBI events over the last two years know we won’t disappoint.
More details as these events draw closer. One more thing…..
With the new-found success of our sponsor book over the last 18 months and the continued profitability of the Food Festival, the Board of Trustees, at the recommendation of the fund raising committee, has voted to donate the net proceeds from the two musical events (June 7th and October 18th) to local charities based in the Lakes Region. The charity that will be the recipient of the net proceeds from The Gathering Time event at The Belknap Mill on June 7th is Lakes Region Community Services (www.lrcs.org). The Board will determine October’s recipient later this year. We are very excited to be able to give support our local community and to help those who help others in our area.
TBI Affiliate Program
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210 Court St.
Laconia, NH 03246
President Marsha Ostroff