Welcome to Temple B'nai Israel
Temple B’nai Israel has been the hub of Jewish activity in central New Hampshire for the past eighty years. Our congregation is affiliated with Reform Judaism, however our members’ beliefs and traditions range from traditional conservatism to modern versions of Reform practice.
We are active participants on the lakes region interfaith council of religious groups and play a positive role in the community at large.
After forty years of having rabbinic interns to lead our congregations, we engaged Rabbi Hannah Orden, our most recent student rabbi, as our permanent, part time religious leader. The Rabbi’s avowed lifetime goal is to continuously broaden her connections to Judaism and to guide others to share this goal.
In addition to Shabbat services on alternate Fridays at 7:30 pm, Rabbi Orden leads High Holiday services, regularly conducts substantive adult learning classes and works with B’nai Mitzvah students. She is Director of Education for the religious school and is deeply involved with students and with the members of the congregation.
She is available to perform weddings, baby namings, b’nai mitzvah and funerals, as well as pastoral counseling.
The Rabbi’s activities are enriched by a strong foundation of decades as a Jewish communal leader, published author of fiction and non-fiction, editor, teacher, tutor.
Our Cantorial Soloist
Melody Funk’s magnificent voice adds warmth and spirituality to High Holiday and Shabbat services. She is also B’nai Mitzvah coordinator and familiarizes candidates with the rites and rituals of the service, each according to his or her strengths.
All About Religious Worship
Shabbat services are held on Friday evenings at 7:30 pm, on alternate weekends. Check the website calendar for specific dates.
Holidays and festivals are celebrated at appropriate times and are always enhanced by traditions that various members bring to the community. The outside bulletin board, the “Temple Tablet”, our temple newsletter and e-mail are all utilized to bring you detailed information about service times, as well as our other activities.
About the Temple Facilities
Temple B’nai Israel was founded at the turn of the century and has had a rabbi since the 1920s. The original building was dedicated in the late 1930s, the Max Chertok Social Hall was built in 1955 and the Nathan and Jennie Brindis Learning Center, consisting of classrooms and a library, was completed in 2001.
A special section of the Union Cemetery in Laconia was consecrated for the exclusive use of Jewish burials in 1986.
Guests and friends are always welcome at Temple B’nai Israel. We encourage visitors to identify themselves to the Rabbi or other members of the congregation so that we can welcome you.
Big Band on Oct. 18
We close the 2014 TBI entertainment season at a new venue, The Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith. This brand-new, state-of-the-art theater will host a change in music genre and will feature the Freese Brothers Big Band. There will be music from the big band era as well as music from today’s contemporary sounds. You will be able to dance or just listen to this 20-piece band in the comfortable seating of this theater opened just one year ago. Once again for 2014, net profits from this event will go to Lakes Region Community Services. Tickets will go on sale in September, so stay tuned.
2014 'We Care'
We thank our 2014 “ We Care” supporters. It is through their generosity that we are able to help those who help others. Please make use of their goods and services listed in the sponsor book (pdf.) and let them know how much we appreciate their support. The TBI “ We Care” program has chosen Lakes Region Community Services as its 2014 partner. TBI will hold two fund raising events for LRCS. The first was on June 7th with Gathering Time at the Belknap Mill and the second will be October 18th at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse with the Freese Brothers Big Band. LRCS will receive the proceeds from both events
TBI Affiliate Program
Support the temple by using our Amazon.com link whenever you shop at Amazon.com.
TBI has joined the Amazon affiliate program. This means that for every dollar you spend at Amazon, the temple receives a percent of those funds. Your purchases do not cost any more. The temple simply receives advertising revenue from Amazon. It is a win/win for everyone.
Use this link every time you shop at Amazon! Please note there are Judaic items available at Amazon as well.
210 Court St.
Laconia, NH 03246
President Marsha Ostroff