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of prayer for all peoples.’

- Isaiah 56:7

Temple B'nai Israel


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Rabbi Boaz Heilman

Rosh Hashanah is a time of reflection and new beginnings. At TBI this year, Rosh Hashanah will be marked with very special new experiences. Rabbi Heilman, our new rabbi, will bring great wisdom and a sense of spirituality to our services. On the second day of Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Heilman and Cantor Melody Funk will introduce our new prayer book, Mishkan HaNefesh, to our congregation.

"Mishkan HaNefesh gives both the prayer leader and the community a wealth of resources for finding new meaning in these High Holy Days. Through updated translations, readings and poetry, as well as easily accessible transliterations and new liturgical innovations, Mishkan HaNefesh breathes new life into High Holy Day services," according to the Mishkan HaNefesh website.

We look forward to praying together on the second day of Rosh Hashanah on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. Kol Nidre service will be Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. and Yom Kippur services will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

As part of TBI's We Care 2015 fund-raising program, Boston College's BC bOp! will perform Saturday, November 14, at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith at its first New Hampshire performance. Proceeds will benefit Central N.H. Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice. Complimentary delicious snacks and desserts can be enjoyed at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:45. Wine and beer will also be available at a cash bar. Read more...

BC bOp!

On the evening of Saturday, August 8, approximately 90 people from around New Hampshire gathered on the deck of the M/V Doris E to participate in the Havdallah Cruise on Lake Winnipsaukee sponsored by Temple B’nai Israel of Laconia. Read more...

Havdallah Cruise

Rabbi Boaz Heilman

We are delighted to welcome Rabbi Boaz Heilman. Rabbi Heilman officially began his duties at Temple Bínai Israel on July 1, 2015. After a yearlong search for the perfect match, we found one. From our first email contact there was a palpable connection.

Rabbi Heilmanís knowledge of Judaism is only exceeded by his warmth and compassion. On his first visit to our congregation we knew it was Bashert when a fourth grade Religious School student asked him if he would be her forever Rabbi.

He has already participated in several services and attended the Federation annual meeting. Read more...

Nationally acclaimed North Shore Acappella entertained a sellout and enthusiastic audience at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse on Saturday, May 2, for an event sponsored by Temple B’nai Israel of Laconia with the net proceeds benefiting Genesis Behavioral Health, a perfect start to Mental Health Month.

The audience was dazzled by the smooth harmonies and special chemistry of the group, which has been performing for over 30 years.

The group performed songs from their huge repertoire including tunes by Elvis, Sam Cooke, The Temptations, The Beach Boys, Dion, Ben E. King, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Bruno Mars and many others. Attendees feasted on a variety of refreshments (included in the ticket price), including a delicious array of homemade desserts. This event was part of the temple’s We Care program which supports local nonprofits.

On Friday evening, April 10, more than 75 congregants and friends lead by Melody and Joel Funk and accompanied by the nationally famous vocal group, Gathering Time, attended the first annual musical Shabbat service at TBI.

Melody, accompanied by Joel, chanted her usual outstanding renditions of the traditional prayers, while the melodic sounds of Jerry, Hillary and Stu of Gathering Time intertwined tight harmonies and emotional melodies of some of the world’s most iconic folk rock music. The highlight was their very own piece entitled Remember Me. The congregation was asked not to applaud since this was in fact a Shabbat service, but the service was so moving and uplifting that the congregation could no longer restrain itself so they gave a rousing applause to Joel, Melody and Gathering Time as the final official song of the evening ended the service.

Everyone then proceeded to the social hall where a Passover Oneg was waiting. This feast to the eye and to the taste buds was homemade by members of the Board of Trustees. Gathering Time then proceeded to perform a second set of acoustic numbers as the audience shouted out requests which included their unbelievable rendition of White Rabbit where Hillary made you forget the Gracie Slick version.

As promised, this was an evening to remember and maybe, just maybe, we will find a way to do it again...

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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