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Religious School News – March/April 2019

With only a few months left to our Religious School studies for the year, we are moving forward through The Mystery of the Coins. We’ve learned about Jewish history through the years and around the world. Coupled with visiting a country through these charming characters, we have completed art projects and cooked foods of the area. We’ve made pita bread, hummus, and date cookies from the Middle East, honey sesame cookies from Rome, and Dabo (Shabbat Bread), popcorn with Berbere spice, and teff peanut butter cookies all from Ethiopia (to name just a few) and enjoyed the work of our hands for snack. Soon we will begin our capstone project based on our reading. More to come…..! We look forward to the culmination of our yearlong tutoring of two of our older students at their Bat  Mitzvah celebrations this Spring!

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2019 We Care Events to Benefit Local Non-Profit Organizations


Temple B’nai Israel is gearing up for another year of good music and good food. The bands are booked,
the cooking has begun so mark your calendar and plan to attend. The first of two We Care concerts will take place on
Saturday May 25th. Five O’Clock Shadow, the award-winning a cappella group, will perform to benefit the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association, a New Hampshire-licensed home care and hospice agency that offers a full range of services in the comfort of your home. Five O’Clock Shadow is one of Boston’s premiere vocal bands. These six vocalists have redefined the possibilities of vocal music by incorporating mouth percussion, effectively blurring the lines between traditional a cappella singing and today’s mainstream audio. The second We Care concert will take place on Saturday October 26th. Doo -Wop DeVille, New England’s premiere doo-wop show band will perform to benefit Interlakes Community Caregivers, a local non-profit agency comprised of volunteers who provide transportation and assistance with daily needs for people of all ages. Doo-Wop DeVille is a band of professional musicians dedicated to the presentation of authentic doo-wop music. The group features four talented vocalists backed by a band that includes bass, guitar, sax, drums, and keyboard. Both concerts will take place at the Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith.
By purchasing a ticket for $27.50 you will enjoy great music, food, and drink while supporting local agencies that provide vital services to the Lakes Region community. Complimentary snacks and desserts can be enjoyed at
7:00 P.M. and the concerts begin at 7:45 P.M. Tickets are available at WWW.TBINH.ORG, Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith, Greenlaw’s Music and Audio in Laconia, and Bayswater Books in Center Harbor. We Care thanks 2019 event sponsors, Miracle Farms Landscaping, Cantin Chevrolet and Golden View Health Care for their support.

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Rabbi Heilman’s Message of the Week 4/3/19

Shalom chaverim (Friends),

Spring plays its usual pranks on us (I don’t think people actually invented April Fools’ Day, it’s all Nature laughing at us!). At this time of year, we go back and forth from spring to winter, and back again. And yet, time marches on and some things are unstoppable. Things like children growing up and becoming young adults. Every culture has its coming of age rituals; in Judaism, of course, it is the bar or bat mitzvah. This Shabbat we are fortunate to celebrate a joint b’nai mitzvah (the plural of the event, in modern Hebrew). Caroline Goren and her cousin from Colorado, Mason Scanlon, will be called up to the Torah as young adults this Shabbat. It will be, with God’s help, a joyous event for the families as well as for the entire congregation. It’s always so moving to see these young adults taking their place in the Jewish community, accepting the responsibilities and privileges that come along with belonging to an ancient people and civilization. Services Friday evening will begin at 7:30, and in my sermon I will speak about “Why Torah?”. Shabbat services will take place Saturday morning at 9:30 AM. There will be no other temple events this weekend, but we WILL have a regular temple weekend NEXT Shabbat, April 12-14, including adult ed on Saturday, and Religious School (our annual Model Seder) on Sunday.

I look forward to seeing you soon,

Rabbi Boaz Heilman