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Tuesday, August 1

Tisha B' Av Study Session and Service

7 PM Temple Adath Yeshurun, Manchester

Wednesay, August 2

Thursday, August 3

Temple Beth Abraham Charity Golf Tournament

7:30 AM, registration, 8 AM, Shotgun shot, Soughegan Woods Golf Club, Amherst

This fun filled event is open to all men and women, members and non-members. Space is limited. First come first served! More information and to register: 883-8184 or

White Mountain Jewish Film Festival

6:30 PM, Colonial Theater, Main St., Bethlehem

The movie to be shown will be The Attack. An esteemed Israeli Palestinian doctor (portrayed by international award-winner, Ali Suliman) has lived and worked in Tel Aviv for his entire career and has been happily married for many years. Suddenly his world turned upside down by a suicide bombing, in which his wife his killed. The tragedy grows exponentially for her husband, Amin, as he begins to learn why she was caught in the explosion, and how much of her life he didn't know. What is most impressive about "The Attack" is its ability to be sympathetic to all sides of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and most especially to Amin, the husband, who finds himself stranded in the middle. Alive to the pain everyone feels, the film captures the nuances of a problem that has defied solution. Film Critic Roger Ebert described "The Attack" as "… the best kind of anti-war propaganda film: calm in feeling and mood, yet truly terrifying in showing the scourge of our age: terrorism, which can strike anybody, anywhere, at any time." (Hebrew with English subtitles and rated R). At 7 p.m., guest speaker Professor Dov Waxman, expert on Israel, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Israeli foreign policy, will introduce the film. Film begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets: $9 BHC Members, $10 General Admission. More info:

Friday, August 4

Shabbat Service with Guests

7 PM, Temple Israel, Dover

All are welcome to join us for this special Shabbat evening and service. We will be joined by a guest speaker on tourism in Israel and a special Cantorial guest. More information: or the temple office at 742-3976.

Saturday, August 5

ZINGEN! Yiddish Sing-A-Long

5-7 PM, Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation, Bethlehem

Share memories and songs from growing up Yiddish!We all know Yiddish is a fantastic language - evocative, rich, full of humor and irony. We also know that Yiddish theater and music gave rise to American musical theater and many of the great Jewish comics we grew up with. Whether you k now a word of Yiddish or not, please consider coming to BHC on Saturday afternoon as members of the BHC family share their memories and teach us to sing some of their favorite songs from growing up Yiddish.

Sunday, August 6

50th Annual Kosher-Q

11:30 AM – 2 PM, Congregation Ahavas Achim, Keene

This celebration of community, tradition and delicious kosher BBQ is sure to delight all! Enjoy your meal with friends and family or order your meals to go. $15 per adult, $10 per student, $5 for children 12 and under. More information: Malcolm at 352-1644.

Monday, August 7

Tuesday, August 8

CAA Book Club - Summer Short Story Evening

7 PM, Congregation Ahavas Achim, Keene

More information: 352-6747

Wednesday, August 9

Books of Jewish Interest Meeting

4 PM, Bethlehem Public Library, Bethelehem

The book to be discussed will be Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon. More information:


Thursday, August 10

Friday, August 11

Sounds in the Sanctuary

5 PM, Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation, Bethlehem

Pianist Amit Peled and Elizabeth Borowsky present "The Journey to My Jewishness" through music. A light reception follows the performance. Tickets at the door: $12 BHC Members, $15 General Admission.

Saturday, August 12

Sunday, August 13

Annual Membership Meeting

11 AM, Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation, Bethlehem

Monday, August 14

Tuesday, August 15

Wednesday, August 16

Raymond Street Klezmer Band Performs at Greeley Park

6:45 PM, Evening Minyan in the park. 7 PM, Greeley Park, Nashua

Free and open to the public.

Thursday, August 17

Seniors Forever Young Trip to the Interlakes Theater - Gypsy

Interlakes Theater, Meredith

12:15 PM, Bus leaves TAY, 2 PM, Show

Snacks will be available for purchase during intermission. We'll be going out to eat after the show at Hart's Turkey Farm. Please indicate how many people will be in your party for dinner reservations when you send in your payment. Cost of this event is $28.00 plus the cost of dinner. Reservations and payments must be made by August 12th. More information: Elaine Rabinovitz 204-5736 or Saundra Wexler at 718-8898

White Mountain Jewish Film Festival

6:30 PM, Colonial Theater, Main St., Bethlehem

The movie to be shown will be The Debt which is "A taut, beautifully crafted thriller..that tackles themes of humanity, revenge and truth." (Time Out).This story begins in the mid-1960s with the triumphant return of a trio of young Mossad agents from a secret overseas mission. Their accomplishment was killing "the Surgeon of Birkenau," an infamous Nazi (obviously inspired by Josef Mengele) living comfortably in East Berlin under an assumed name. Leap forward 30 years, and the three legendary figures (played by Helen Mirren in the present, and Jessica Chastain in the past) are compelled to revisit the pivotal event that shaped their lives and careers and races towards a nail-biting finish! (English and rated R) At 7 PM., guest speaker Professor Larry Lowenthal introduces the film. Lowenthal teaches courses on anti-Semitism and Jewish-American culture at Northeastern University. Film begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $9 BHC Members, $10 General Admission

Friday, August 18

Potluck Supper and Shabbat Service

6:30 PM, Congregation Betenu, Amherst

Come meet Congregation Betenu's new Rabbinic Intern, Samuel Blumberg. Singles and couples please bring a side, families please bring a main dish. All-Oneg desserts

Barbeque followed by Shabbat Services

6 PM, Temple Israel, Manchester

Reservations close at noon on August 11, call Christine at 622-6171 (leave message) Temple members – no charge / Nonmembers - $15/person

Monthly Summer Pre-Shabbat BBQ

6:30 PM, Temple Israel, Dover

All are invited to share in a free BBQ and Shabbat fellowship. The temple will provide all food including kosher hotdogs and kosher vegan grillers. For more information: or the temple office at 742-3976.


6:30 - 8 PM, Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation, Bethlehem

In honor of Stan Sakowitz and his time on Broadway, we will be singing Hebrew prayers to beloved show tune melodies by Jewish composers, as well as singing some songs in English. Mi Chamocha to "Favorite Things"? Lecha Dodi to "Matchmaker"? Come follow the bouncing ball to BHC and have some fun singing these old favorites with a new twist.

Saturday, August 19

Forbidden Worship and the Hebrew Goddess: Religions of Ancient Canaan

10:30 AM- noon, Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation, Bethlehem

What were the actual religious practices against which the Biblical writers inveighed? Rabbi Edleson has studied and taught Ancient Near Eastern religions and literature, and using the Torah portion as our starting point, we will explore, using recent scholarship, the relationship between Israelite religion and those around it.

Sunday, August 20

Monday, August 21

Tuesday, August 22

JFNH Board Meeting

Wednesday, August 23

Books of Jewish Interest Meeting

4 PM, Bethlehem Public Library, Bethelehem

The book to be discussed will be I am a Refugee by Camillo Adler. More information:


Thursday, August 24

Friday, August 25

Sounds in the Sanctuary

5 PM, Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation, Bethlehem

Richard Kogan, pianist and psychiatrist presents "West Side Story: The Mind and Music of Leonard Bernstein" in a 90-minute lecture concert. Kogan is renowned for his lectures and recitals that explore the role of music in healing and in the influence of psychological factors on the creative output of well-known composers. Between Bernstein anecdotes and analysis, Kogan plays thrilling renditions of Bernstein's most beloved works, including "New York, New York" and a rousing medley of "West Side Story" classics. A light reception follows the performance. Tickets at the door: $12 BHC Members, $15 General Admission.

BBQ and Barchu

5:30 PM, Pre-Shabbat BBA, 7 PM outdoor Shabbat service, Temple Beth Abraham, Nashua

UPDATE the BBQ is now free with a voluntary donation. Please RSVP by Tuesday for Friday's dinner. No RSVP necessary for service.

Saturday, August 26

Sunday, August 27

Hebrew School Open House

10 AM - Noon, Temple Israel, Manchester

Snacks and activities provided. No RSVP necessary. More information: 622-6171

Etz Hayim Synagogue Picnic at Lake Pawtuckaway

11 AM - 4 PM, Home of Steve Soreff & Peggy Tucker, Nottingham

RSVP 895-6120.

Monday, August 28

Tuesday, August 29

Wednesday, August 30

Thursday, August 31

Parent /Child Orientations

10 AM – 11 AM, JFNH Preschool,152 Prospect Street, Manchester

For more information: or (603) 782-5174

White Mountain Jewish Film Festival - Closing Night

6:30 PM, Colonial Theater, Main St., Bethlehem

The movie to be shown will be I'm Not Rappaport. This delightful comedy stars the irreverent and unforgettable Walter Matthau (the Odd Couple, Sunshine Boys, Grumpy Old Men) opposite award-winner Ossie Davis. It was written and directed by Herb Gardner (best known for A Thousand Clowns). The NY Times reviewer described it well: "In ''I'm Not Rappaport, Mr. Matthau has one of the richest characters of his career, Nat Moyer, an 81-year-old unreconstructed New York Jewish radical, fantasist and troublemaker…. In Mr. Matthau's hands, Nat attains a crusty, cantankerous nobility. His rash, eccentric campaigns against injustice and cruelty are an old man's way of raging against the dying of the light, of trying to make a difference in an indifferent world. It is with an almost vengeful glee that Mr. Matthau brings home the play's message: Imagination is the best defense." (English rated PG-13). At 7 PM, guest speaker Lawrence Bush introduces the film. Bush is the editor of Jewish Currents Magazine and author of many books for children and adults. Tickets: $9 BHC Members, $10 General Admission.