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North Shore Acappell at Winnipesaukee Playhouse on May 2

North Shore Acappella, which captivated judges and audiences on NBC’s Sing-Off, will perform at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith on Saturday, May 2, at 7 p.m. for the benefit of Genesis Behavioral Health. Get a taste of the show and your tickets now!


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...

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:

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...

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.

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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