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Rabbi Boaz Heilman

We are delighted to welcome Rabbi Boaz Heilman. Rabbi Heilman officially began his duties at Temple B’nai 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 Heilman’s 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.

While our first "official" service with Rabbi Heilman will be on our Havdallah cruise on August 8, he has already participated in several services and Rabbi Boaz Heilman events at TBI 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...

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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