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Please join the Temple B’Nai Israel community in welcoming Rabbi Dawn Rose as our guest Rabbi for the weekend of January 30. Rabbi Rose is an applicant for our permanent, part-time Rabbi position, and will lead Shabbat services Friday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m. and Adult Education at noon on Saturday, January 31. Since we have no Religious School scheduled for this weekend, I would especially like to invite our Religious School families to join us for Shabbat Service Friday night or to a special gathering for Religious School Families to meet Rabbi Rose on Saturday evening from 5:30 to 7:30.

Rabbi Rose lives in Lowell, Mass., where she currently serves as Rabbi at Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley. Her current congregation seems to be of similar size to TBI, and she has been serving as their Rabbi (and Religious School Principal) since 2009. She was ordained in 2003 by the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York and served at temples in New York and New Jersey prior to her current position. She also served as Student Rabbi in Durham, N.H., in the late 1990s. To learn more about Rabbi Rose please visit her website: www.andthendawnrose.com. Her current temple also has a website: http://temv.org and her bio is there at http://temv.org/about-us/our-rabbis. Rabbi Rose describes herself as “a humble servant, constant student, energetic teacher of all ages, leader of prayer, creator of ritual, mother, writer, singer, seeker, explorer and kayaker.” Her website speaks to a deep connection to the natural world and social justice.

The title of her D’Var Torah is “Evening and the Mystical Mind.” It is a reading of the Ma’ariv Prayer. Her topic for Adult Education is “Faith and Confusion: Israel on the Edge of the Wilderness.” The adult education session is a meat lunch and learn meal. Kindly bring an appropriate dish to share, but more importantly, bring yourself! We would like as many community members as possible to meet and talk with Rabbi Rose over the course of the weekend, and encourage community members to talk with the trustees about their impressions. (Don’t know who the board members are? Please check page 10 of the current TBI Temple Tablet.)

She will be sharing Shabbat dinner with the Broom family, and staying in Gilford until Sunday morning. The TBI board of trustees will conduct her employment interview on Saturday morning, before Adult Education, everyone is welcome to attend.

Tu B'Shevat Celebration

We will be celebrating Tu B'Shevat on Saturday, Feb. 7. Tu B'Shevat, the "Jewish Arbor Day," has evolved to be a holiday that appreciates nature and reminds us to care for our environment.

At TBI we will be celebrating Tu B'Shevat with a guided nature walk, a wine tasting and enjoying the traditional foods associated with the holiday. Experience the fun of all or part of this event.

Musical Shabbat Featuring 'Gathering Time'

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.


Save these Dates!

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...

Menorah On Friday, December 19, TBI was filled with the sounds of Hanukkah blessings and was aglow with the lights of the Hanukkah candles.

In recognition of the miracle of the oil, TBI began its Hanukkah celebration with an olive oil tasting. Several different olive oils were sampled as Charla from Celeste Oliva presented information about the health benefits of olive oil and the best oils to buy.

With tasty oil still on our lips, our attention was then turned to the use of oil for lighting a menorah. Silver, ceramic, traditional and modern menorahs were brought to the temple. Blessings were said, the candles were lit and we stood together in the glow of the light.

A potluck dinner followed with lots of good food including several different varieties of latkas. Delicious food, good friends and a joyful spirit made for a wonderful celebration.

Already in a holiday mood we then celebrated Shabbat with prayer and song. The spirit of Shabbat mingled with the joys of Hanukkah made for a very special evening for the thirty five who attended.

Many thanks to the members of the holiday committee who always plan wonderful events and make everything run smoothly. Special thanks to Glenna Lee who brought the idea of oil tasting to the committee and made all the necessary arrangements.

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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