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Friday, December 1

A Weekend with NH Shlicha Noam Wolf

Congregation Ahavas Achim, Keene

Noam Wolf is the new shlicha – emissary – from Israel to the Jewish communities of New Hampshire, brought to us through the generosity of the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire (JFNH). Noam will be in Keene from December 1-3, and much learning and fun is planned! Our Friday night service on December 1st will be a special one in which our younger Religious School students will participate, leading some of the prayers. Noam will participate musically as well, and we'll get to enjoy her delightful singing.

Speaker Eric Geisser of AIPAC

7:15 PM, Temple Israel, Manchester

No reservations needed

Julie Silver, Singer/Songwriter in Concert

7 PM, Temple Beth Jacob, Concord

Join us for a special Shabbat Evening Service and Concert led by renowned singer and songwriter, Julie Silver, beloved performer in the world of contemporary Jewish music. Free and open to all. For more information: 228-8581 or

Saturday, December 2

Chocolate and Coffee: What Could Be Better?

7 PM, Temple Beth Abraham, Nashua

Chocolate Cafe for delicious chocolate desserts (dairy) along with coffee and teas all made from fair trade products.Enjoy an evening listening to our local talent perform. Program will begin with havdalah and a brief presentation on fair trade. $12 per person (proceeds will benefit the Chesed fund that provides meals for member families at difficult times). All are welcome to attend, but the talent show is limited to teenages and adults. Please email to volunteer your talent for the show. Presented by TBA Sisterhood

Parents Night Out and Pajama & Popcorn Movie Night for the Kids!

6 PM, Temple Israel, Manchester

More information: Norri at

A Weekend with NH Shlicha Noam Wolf

Congregation Ahavas Achim, Keene

Saturday morning there will be an Outdoor Shabbat with Noam, in a spot to be determined. Come join us as we show her some of the beauty of the Monadnock Region. Then, in the evening, we'll have a Havdalah program. Beginning at 7 PM we will say goodbye to Shabbat with light and song, followed by a concert featuring Noam and jazz saxophonist Avi Rafaelov. It will be an evening of music and merriment. All are welcome.

Sunday, December 3

Special Movie Event

2 PM, Red River Cinema

Disturbing the Peace, an award-winning documentary film about the Israeli-Palestinian peace organization Combatants for Peace, features people born into conflict, sworn to be enemies, who challenge their fate. The film follows everyday people who are taking extraordinary actions by standing for what they believe in. The film will be followed by a Q/A session via Skype with Chen Alon and Sulaiman Khatib, cofounders of Combatants for Peace and co-nominees for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Ticket price: $10. For more information, contact Nancy Jo Chabot:

Latke Making Fundraiser with Etz Hayim Synagogue

Noon, The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Derry

Volunteers are needed for prepping, frying and assembling. It is a fun bonding experience. Sons and daughters are welcome (Must be ages 14 to work in the kitchen in a limited capacity). We would love to pass on this wonderful tradition to the little ones. More information: Laurie Medrek at

A Weekend with NH Shlicha Noam Wolf

Congregation Ahavas Achim, Keene

Noam will be a guest teacher in our Religious School on Sunday morning. Noam will also be a guest in our Jewish Heroes class, where we will be studying Rav Kook. And during Kehillah Time, our all-school assembly, Noam will teach Israeli dancing to both students and teachers. Parents and other CAA adults are encouraged to come participate


Monday, December 4

Welcoming Winter with Joy

6:15 PM, Check In, 6:45 PM, Program begins, Temple Israel, Manchester

Interfaith Women NH invites all women to come celebrate the richness of our many faith communities. Watch and listen to our various presenters, including music from our very own shlicha from Israel, Noam Wolf. Reception to follow. Please register in advance via email or by calling 315-9386.

Women of the Wall: A Conversation with Leslie Sachs, Executive Director of Women of the Wall

7 PM, Congregation Shalom, 87 Richardson Rd, N Chelmsford, MA

Since 1988, Women of the Wall has fought for women's right to pray collectively and aloud with Torah Scrolls, Tallitot and Tefillin at the Western Wall, Judaism's most holy site. Through education, social advocacy and empowerment, Women of the Wall strives to change the status quo and works to expand civil rights, human rights and religious freedom in Israel. This event is sponsored jointly by Temple Beth Abraham Sisterhood, Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley, Northern New England Hadassah, Jewish Federation of the Merrimack Valley, Temple Shalom and Congregation Shalom. More information: or (978) 251-8091

Tuesday, December 5

TAY Brotherhood Meeting

Temple Adath Yeshurun, Manchester

NH4Israel meeting

6:30 PM, Temple Israel, Manchester

Wednesday, December 6

Book Club Meeting

8 PM, Temple Beth Abraham, Nashua

URJ Biennial in Boston

Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts

This events runs from Dec 6th through 10.

Thursday, December 7

Friday, December 8

Saturday, December 9

Jr. Congregation with catered Kiddush

9:30 AM, Temple Israel, Manchester

No reservations needed

Sunday, December 10

SNHJMC Breakfast

9:30 AM, Temple Beth Abraham, Nashua

2017 Author Series

9:30 AM, Continental breakfast, 10 AM, Presentation, Temple Emanu-El,514 Main St., Haverhill, MA

Rabbi Arthur Green, one of the preeminent scholars of kabbalah and Jewish mysticism, will speak about Jewish spirituality in the modern era. A donation of $10 per person is suggested. Last minute walk-ins are welcome, but participants are asked to help with planning by contacting the temple office at or 978-373-3861 by Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Sponsors for this event are the Pentucket Bank and Cowan Insurance Agency, and the Tye Scholar-in-Residence Fund.

Book Talk: Among the Reeds by Tammy Bottner

9:30 AM – 11 AM, Temple Israel, Portsmouth

Tammy Bottner is a Newburyport author and physician who will read from and discuss her new book, Among the Reeds, which details the amazing story of how her family survived the Holocaust and the lasting effect the experience has had on her family. Books will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served. More information: 436-5301.

Family Latke Making Celebration

11AM, Temple Israel, Dover

Join us for a morning of Latke making and Sufganiyot eating! Just bring yourself. All welcome at no charge. RSVP's welcome to or (603)-742-3976.

Braverman Chanukah Party & Gift Shop Sale

Noon, Temple Israel, Manchester

Reservations required by noon Dec. 1 call Christine at 622-6171 for info. Temple members – no charge / Nonmembers - $15/person

Chanukah Family Sing Along with Shlicha Noam Wolf

3 PM – 5 PM , Hosted at the home of a PJ Library Family in Bedford

Israeli Chanukah songs and dancing as well as familiar American songs, PJ Library story, dreidel spinning and "sufganiyot" snack. Address will be given once families RSVP. More information and to RSVP contact Allyson at:

The Act and Art of Prayer: An Evening with Alden Solovy

7 PM – 9 PM, Congregation Shalom, 87 Richardson Rd, N Chelmsford, MA Alden Solovy spreads joy and excitement for prayer. A liturgist and poet, he has written more than 650 pieces of new liturgy, often challenging the boundaries between poetry, meditation, personal growth, and prayer. During this evening of teaching, which will utilize Alden's 'Conceptual Map of Prayer,' participants will consider the purpose and power of prayer. This special session will enliven understanding of both the art and the act of prayer, while simultaneously working to inspire both the heart and the mind. This event is free; copies of Mr. Solovy's third book, This Grateful Heart, will be available for purchase. Please RSVP to More information: Congregation Shalom at (978) 251-8091.

Monday, December 11menorah

Tuesday, December 12


Giant Menorah Lighting at the New Hampshire State House

5:30 PM, State House Plaza, 107 N. Main St., Concord

Free event, all are welcome! There will be a craft for the kids! Hot chocolate and sufganiyot. In conjunction with Chabad Lubavitch of New Hampshire, the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire and the PJ Library.

JFNH Presents: Hebrew Happy Hour in Concord!

6:30 PM - 11:30 PM, Tandy's Pub, 1 Eagle Sq, Concord

Join us for the 5:30 PM Menorah Lighting at the New Hampshire State House, and then enjoy Hebrew Happy Hour. Looking forward to time with old friends and new, in downtown Concord. Ages 21 plus are welcome. FYI Happy Hour all night long all drinks are half the price! To reserve a seat at our table, please RSVP to

Mahjong Mavens

Noon, Temple Israel, Manchester

No reservations needed. Call Benay Birch at 218-3365 for more info.

1st Night of Chanukah Large Menorah Candle Lighting

6 PM, Temple Israel, Manchester

No reservations needed

Wednesday, December 13


Thursday, December 14


Etz Hayim Synagogue's Continuing Education Program - The Church-State Challenge

7 PM, Etz Hayim Synagogue, Derry

The speaker will be Robert J. Lynn, Associate Justice, NH Supreme Court. The relationship between the government and religion/religious institutions in the United States is governed in large measure by the two religion clauses of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution: the so-called "Establishment Clause" and the "Free Exercise Clause." Justice Lynn will discuss the pertinent legal landscape, including the law as enunciated by the Supreme Court of the United States, state law, and the state constitution.

Friday, December 15


Latke Blowout

5 PM, Congregation Ahavas Achim, Keene

Every year on Shabbat Chanukah, we gather for a light-filled, delicious, and musical evening. Bring a menorah and a dairy or pareve potluck contribution. Latkes and beverages will be provided by the shul.

Chanukah/Shabbat Dinner and Songs

6:30 PM, Temple Israel, Dover

Join us for an evening of Chanukah songs and potluck dinner (Dairy/Vegetarian). Bring your Menorah! All welcome at no charge. For more information please contact: or the temple Office at (603)-742-3976

Saturday, December 16


Chanukah Morning Torah Service with NH Shlicha Noam Wolf

10:30 AM, Temple Israel, Dover

Join us for our morning Torah Service with special guest, NH Shlicha, Noam Wolf.

First Annual Latke Vodka Party with Special Guest: Noam Wolf

7 PM, Temple Israe,l Dover

Please join us for our first annual Latke Vodka Party! Party will feature cocktails, and a Latke Competition—bring your latkes already made and enter to win! Prizes include categories for "Tradition", "Not Your Bubby's Latke" and "Best Personality". NH Shlicha, Noam Wolf, will be joining us, singing, and sharing stories about Israel. Each ticket gets two drink tickets. Check out for more information! Cost of Event: $15 dollars per person; $25 dollars per couple; Alcoholic drinks not available for purchase. To reserve your tickets and register for Latke competition, please call the Temple Office at (603)-742-3976 or email (Tickets also available at the door)

Sunday, December 17


TAY Brotherhood Chanukah Party

11 AM, Temple Adath Yeshurun, ManchesterPalace

Reservations required RSVP to 669-5650 or

Sisterhood Chanukah Fair

10 AM-1PM, Temple Adath Yeshurun, Manchester

Find beautiful, unique gifts in our shop Come early for the best selection. Checks to "TAY Sisterhood" and cash accepted. More information: 669-5650

Gourmet Latkes & Lager: A JFNH Young Mensches Event

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Etz Hayim Synagogue, Derry

Calling all mensches ages 21-35 across New Hampshire! Come celebrate Chanukah with Noam Wolf NH Shlicha as you sample gourmet, locally-made latkes and New England-brewed beers. Get to know other young Jews, and enjoy traditional Chanukah meal. Together, we will light the menorah, enjoy a sampling of gourmet latkes and then play some Jewish Trivia and other games. Be the player with the most chocolate gelt at the end of the night and win a fabulous prize straight from Israel. This event is **FREE** but space is limited. Donations are welcome. To pre-register, call the JFNH office at 627-7679 or email - Hosted by Jewish Federation of New Hampshire

Monday, December 18


Tuesday, December 19



JFNH Board Meeting


Blood Drive

9 AM - 2 PM, Temple Israel, Portsmouth

Chanukah at the Palace

6:30 PM, Palace Theatre, Manchester

Featuring "8th Day on the Eighth Night" and magician Anthony Salazar. Tickets: Adults: $14 Children: $8 Children under 3: Free. Ticket Information 668-5588.

Community Candle Lighting and Prayer for Peace

6 PM, Temple Israel, Portsmouth

On the final night of Chanukah, In addition to the traditional Chanukah blessings and celebration of religious freedom there will be a non-denominational "Prayer for Peace." Representatives and members of the Portsmouth Ministerium have been invited to attend along with the community at large. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. More information: or 436-5301.

Wednesday, December 20


NH4Israel meeting

6:30 PM, Temple Israel, Manchester

Thursday, December 21

Friday, December 22

Saturday, December 23

Sunday, December 24

Brotherhood Mitzvah Program

Temple Adath Yeshurun, Manchester

Contact for information

Monday, December 25


JFNH office is closed

Chinese Food and a Movie

5 PM, Congregation Ahavas Achim, Keene

We meet at shul and eat takeout vegetarian Chinese food and watch a lighthearted film together. This year we will be seeing the 2014 critically acclaimed documentary "Deli Man". We'll collect money for the Chinese food. No charge for popcorn and the movie.

Brotherhood Mitzvah Program

Temple Adath Yeshurun, Manchester

Contact for information

Tuesday, December 26

Wednesday, December 27

Thursday, December 28

Friday, December 29

Saturday, December 30

Sunday, December 31

First Night® Portsmouth at Temple Israel, Portsmouth

Temple Israel, Portsmouth

8:15 PM - 9 PM, Randy Armstrong and Genevieve Aichele - World Tales: Stories and Music from Around the World.

9:30 PM- 10:15 PM and 10:45 - 11:30 PM, Randy Armstrong - World Fusion Music on 25 instruments from around the Globe

Temple Israel is a venue for Portsmouth's First Night, the alcohol free, family-friendly community celebration on December 31st, which includes music, dance, fireworks, and ice sculpture. More information: