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Wednesday, November 1

Book Club Meeting

Temple Beth Abraham, Nashua

The book to be discussed will be The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor.

Artist in Residence Program with Matt Bar of Bible Raps

Temple Beth Abraham, Nashua

4 PM-7 PM, Open studio for teens and adults. Talk, learn, and rap with Matt. This program runs until Nov. 4. The Jewish Federation of NH is a sponsor of this event.

Thursday, November 2

Artist in Residence Program with Matt Bar of Bible Raps

Temple Beth Abraham, Nashua

10:30 AM.-12PM. Torah Study -- Oral Torah and Hip-Hop.This program runs until Nov. 4. The Jewish Federation of NH is a sponsor of this event.

New Hampshire: A Home For All. Panel Discussion

7 PM, Etz Hayim Synagogue, Derry

Etz Hayim Synagogue in collaboration with the International Institute of New England (IINE) will present New Hampshire: A Home For All. Join us as we share stories, histories, and experiences of local refugee and immigrant families in NH, and learn how IINE and faith-based communities help assist new Americans rebuild their lives and strengthen their new communities. The speakers include Jeffrey Thielman, President and CEO of IINE; Amdou Hamady, Manchester Site Director of IINE; three recently arrived refugees, selected so that their appearance will not interfere with their employment; Kathie Ragsdale, freelance editor and writer; and Miriam Gitterman as moderator. The program is sponsored by the William Einhorn Interfaith Education Fund and is presented at Etz Hayim Synagogue as part of its ongoing continuing education program. The program is free and open to the public, although donations to Etz Hayim Synagogue to allow it to present other interesting programs are appreciated. There will be light refreshments. For questions and RSVP (not necessary, but appreciated), please contact Miriam at

From Balfour to Now

Temple Adath Yeshurun, Manchester

As we mark the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, this lecture will provide an overview of Israel's beginnings and how we got to where we are now. The presenter will be Arielle Schwartz from AIPAC. RSVP required. More information and to RSVP call: 669-5650.

Friday, November 3

Guest Speaker Shabbat

7 PM, Temple Israel, Dover

"Never forget" is the mantra of those who survived the horror of the Holocaust, a battle cry to recognize the seeds of racism and anti-Semitism and speak out to assure that history is not repeated. Temple Israel Dover, to kick off the 5778 speaker series, has invited Dr. Martin Rumscheidt, a Dover theologist, to share his story of growing up in Nazi Germany. All are welcome at no charge. More information contact: the temple office at 742-3976 or

Potluck Dinner and Service

6:30 PM, Congregation Betenu, Amherst

The service will be led by Rabbinical intern Sam Bloomberg with music accompaniment by our Israeli shlicha, Noam Wolf. More information: 886-1633 or

IAC National Conference

Walter E. Washington Convention Center 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001

Join thousands of community members at the IAC National Conference in Washington DC to experience influential thought leaders, industry experts, senior political figures, diplomatic figures, community leaders, prominent journalists and more. This inspiring three-day journey will explore Israeli-American and Jewish identity, unite the Israeli-American and Jewish communities, and understand how we can effectively strengthen Israel, the Nation-State of the Jewish People. The IAC National Conference offers participants the opportunity to engage and select from a variety of plenaries, breakout panels, workshops, and discussion topics specifically tailored to meet the vetsvarious interests of our broad audience. Cost: $310 until April 26. Contact: Shanee Deluya or This conference runs from Nov. 3 through Nov. 6, 2017

Jewish Veterans Service

7:15 PM, Temple Israel, Manchester

No charge, no RSVP needed. More info: 622-6171 or

Saturday, November 4

Jr. Congregation

9:30 AM, Temple Israel, Manchester

Beginning Hebrew Classes continue

11:30 AM, Temple Israel, Dover

Learn to read Hebrew in a mere 5 sessions. Classes will be held November18, and December 2. All are welcome at no charge. More information: 742-3976 or

Artist in Residence Program with Matt Bar of Bible Raps

Temple Beth Abraham, Nashua

Sermon, Lunch and Learn Matt will talk about the parallels between oral Torah and modern musical creativity, particularly hip-hop. Over lunch he will teach some more and guide us through some learning and creating with the week's Torah reading, about Avraham and Sarah.

Saturday Evening Concert 6:30 PM,. Featuring Matt Bar, and new compositions from our Religious School students. The Jewish Federation of NH is a sponsor of this event.

Sunday, November 5

The Jewish Fascination with Islam: How Jewish Scholars Created the Field of Islamic Studies

9:30 AM, Optional Breakfast by the SNHJMC, 10:30 AM, Presentation, free (suggested donation $5), Temple Beth Abraham, Nashua

Susanna Heschel, professor at Dartmouth College will be the speaker. Brought to you by: Temple Beth Abraham Life Long Learning Committee, The Southern NH Jewish Men's Club and the Temple Beth Abraham Sisterhood. For more information and to RSVP: 883 - 8184 or UPDATE - We have decided to charge $8 for breakfast for everyone. You don't need to be a member of the Men's Club to pay the member's price.

PJ Parent Get-Together: Sweet Treats Night --CANCELLED

Adult education program "Remembering and Taking back Shabbat"

12:30 PM, Congregation Betenu, Amherst

This program will be led by Rav. Sam Bloomberg. More information: 886-1633 or

A Third Way of Thinking About Israel-Palestine

3 PM - 5 PM, Temple Israel, Portsmouth.

A program of readings of Israeli and Palestinian personal narratives. Led by NH participants in the Compassionate Listening project in Israel and is sponsored by the TIP Israel Affairs Committee.

Temple Emanu-El, Haverhill, to Host 4th Annual Autumn Harvest Craft Fair

9 AM - 2 PM, Temple Emanu-El, 514 Main St, Haverhill, MA

Admission is free. Featuring over twenty local artisans, the fair will boast a wide array of handmade wares including jewelry, pottery, dog toys, decadent soaps, crocheted baby clothing, children's books, scarves, chocolates, and many more fine items. It's the perfect opportunity to find unique gifts for friends and family as well as to support local artists. Enter our raffle for prizes donated by the artisans and other members of the community. Pizza and popcorn will be available for purchase, and the fair will once again feature Temple Emanu-El's famed cookie walk—purchase a container for $5.00 and fill it with a variety of home-made cookies! More info: Nancy LaFleur, (978) 373-3861 or

Monday, November 6

Tuesday, November 7

TAY Brotherhood Meeting

Temple Adath Yeshurun, Manchester


Wednesday, November 8

NH4Israel meeting

6:30 PM, Temple Israel, Manchester


Thursday, November 9

Manchester Chapter of Hadassah meeting

1 PM, 1400 Front Street, Manchester

More information, please contact

2017 Kristallnacht: A Community Commemoration

7 PM, The Colonial Theatre, Keene

The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies has chosen to focus on this event as an annual community-wide commemoration. The Remembrance brings the entire Keene community together in a remarkable way and enables participants to actively reflect upon the lessons of the Holocaust. Community leaders, educators, visiting scholars, and area schools participate in this solemn occasion. The Remembrance is coordinated by Keene State College, Keene High School, Keene Middle School, the Keene Interfaith Clergy Association, as well as community institutions such as city government, police, and fire. For more information, contact: Michele Kuiawa- 358- 2490. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, November 10

Saturday, November 11

Veterans Day

Honoring our Veterans Shabbat Service

Temple Beth Abraham, Nashua

TBA and the Lifelong Learning Committee are honored to celebrate the members of our congregation who have served our country, Israel or any other country in uniform. Luncheon will follow services. Thank you to all our veterans and their families for their service.

Sunday, November 12

Kibbitz & Cooking with Temple Israel, Manchester

9:45 AM, Location to be Determined

Contact: Norri Oberlander 582-3838 to RSVP

Monday, November 13

Tuesday, November 14

Mahjong Mavens

Noon, Temple Israel, Manchester

Those new to the game are welcome! More info and to RSVP contact Benay Birch: 218-3365

Heilbronner Lecture: White Collar Crimes Against Humanity: IG Farben Auschwitz, My Father's Company

5 PM, Murkland Hall Auditorium, UNH, Durham

Martin Rumscheidt will deliver the 2017 Heilbronner Lecture. The event is free and open to the public. In his talk, Rumscheidt will focus on specific crimes against humanity perpetrated by IG Farben, the company for which his father worked, and Walter Dürrfeld, his father's colleague and close friend, and on the impact of those activities in terms of Rumscheidt's understanding of himself and his work as the son of a perpetrator. Rumscheidt is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada and retired professor of historical theology at the University of Windsor, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Charles University, Prague. He is the translator of "Act and Being" (1996) in Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, English edition, and cotranslator with the late Barbara Rumscheidt of Soelle's "Against the Wind" (1999) and "The Silent Cry." The Hans Heilbronner lecture series honors the memory of Hans Heilbronner, professor of history, who served the University of New Hampshire with distinction from 1954 until 1991. This event is sponsored by the Endowed Fund for Holocaust Education.

Wednesday, November 15

Thursday, November 16

Etz Hayim Synagogue's Continuing Education Program -The History of the Next 13 Years

7 PM, Etz Hayim Synagogue, Derry

This program will be taught by Wayne Kurtzman, Research Director for Social and Experiential Solutions at International Development Corporation. Learn where technology is going over the next 13 years, and what implications come from the disruption to almost every aspect of how we work, live and play. See how to leverage it for your family and career - and how the changes have already started.

Friday, November 17

Family Shabbat and Dinner Featuring Noam Wolf

6 PM, Temple Israel, Manchester

Reservations close at noon on Nov. 10. Call Christine at 622-6171 (leave message) Temple Israel members – no charge / Nonmembers - $15/person or $30 per non member family.

Tot Kabbalat Shabbat Services, for our little ones

Etz Hayim Synagogue, Derry

6:30 PM, Candles/Kiddush/Kabbalat Shabbat/Story telling from our collection of PJ Library books (information about the PJ Library program will be available at that time.)

7 PM, Milk and cookies Oneg Shabbat for the littler ones (and not so little too!)

7:15 PM, Evening Shabbat Services will continue

Saturday, November 18

NH4Israel Book Club

6:30pm, Etz Hayim Synagogue, Derry

The book to be discussed will be Valley of Strength written by Shulamit Lapid.This scenic, moving novel, set at the end of the 19th Century, follows the life-altering trials and experiences of a pioneer woman in pre-state Israel.

Saturday Night at the Movies

7 PM, Congregation Ahavas Achim, Keene

The movie to be shown will be "A Tale of Love and Darkness." Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman stars in and also directs this moving, disturbing adaptation of Israeli novelist Amos Oz's memoir of the same name. We'll provide popcorn and other snacks. There will be brief framing comments, the film viewing, and a discussion afterwards. Saturday Night at the Movies is free to CAA members. Non-members are asked to provide a $5 donation to defray costs of refreshment and film rental or purchase

Sunday, November 19PJ thanks

TAY Brotherhood Breakfast

Temple Adath Yeshurun, Manchester

Dr. William Kassler, Deputy Health Officer and Lead Population Health Officer, IBM Watson will present "The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Health Care: Present and Future." The event is open to all. There is no charge for attending but please call the TAY office at 669-5650 to reserve a place (so that we do not run out of food). More information: 669-5650.

Brunch and Speaker

10 AM, Temple Beth Abraham, Nashua

TBA welcomes Brandeis expert Joyce Antler for a brunch and talk about Jewish female comedians. This event is open to all. Refreshments will be served. $10 suggested donation. More information and to RSVP: 883-8184 or

2017 Author Series

Temple Emanu-El,514 Main St., Haverhill, MA

Northeastern University professor Dov Waxman will discuss Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel. More information: or 978-373-3861.


Monday, November 20

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

7PM, Unitarian Universalist Church, 669 Union Street, Manchester

Please bring a canned good to donate.

Tuesday, November 21

Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration with Etz Hayim Synagogue

7:15 PM, Church of the Transfiguration


Wednesday, November 22

Thursday, November 23


JFNH office is closed

Friday, November 24

Saturday, November 25

Sunday, November 26

Monday, November 27

Tuesday, November 28

JFNH Board Meeting

Wednesday, November 29

Thursday, November 30