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- Isaiah 56:7

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More than thirty congregants, friends and family joined together to celebrate Tu B'Shevat featuring a nature walk through snowy Prescott Farms and a wine tasting back at the temple. Tu B'Shevat has developed into an ecological holiday that reminds Jews of our connection to earth and to our role as caretakers of the environment.

During our snowshoeing at Prescott Farms Rabbi Heilman asked us to look around at the beauty of our environment and spoke of our responsibility to care for the earth. The naturalist echoed similar thoughts and told the history of Prescott Farms and the work it is doing to educate all ages about environmental issues.
Wine tasting at the temple was both fun and informative. We were fortunate to have Rabbi Heilman talk about the significance of Tu B'Shevat and the four cups of wine and the holiday's relationship to Israel. He reminded us that as Jews we should engage in ecological acts of "tikkum," acts of repair. Ken, from Hermit Wood Winery, described the many fruits that were used to create the four different and delicious wines that we tasted.

We left happy and mindful of our responsibilities to the earth.

TBI will be hosting the musical group, Gathering Time, for a special Shabbat evening on Friday, April 10.

We loved Gathering Time at our last fund raiser in October and they will be back for a lively and spiritual evening. Gathering Time is a folk-rock harmony trio.

Hear some of their music and discover a bit of who they are at: http://gathering-time.com

This is a gift that TBI gives to its members and friends. Please plan to join in the merriment.


Be sure to mark the following dates on your calendar and you won’t be sorry. Get a flavor of what is being offered, although more details will follow as we get closer to the events:

May 2, 2015: North Shore A Cappella at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse for the benefit of Genesis Behavioral Health

July 12, 2015: 18th Annual Jewish Food Festival

November 14, 2015: BC bOp! Big band and vocalists at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse for the benefit of Central NH VNA and Hospice

Again, more details here...

2014 was a watershed year where the TBI fund raising team, under the banner of TBI “We Care”, embarked on a major undertaking planning and executing four distinct activities. The goal was to raise funds for the temple and to donate to one or two local charities. The plan was to develop a single sponsor book for the year (larger than the previous two combined), increase the revenues for the Food Festival and to hold two entertainment events where the net proceeds would go to chosen charities. Read more...

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