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Make a Custom Haggadah Online

Passover is coming soon! Are you ready??

haggadahThis cool resource lets you customize a haggadah that’s just right for your family traditions. I went on there hoping to capture the conservative familiarity of our good old Maxwell House haggadah but make it easier to navigate now that our family has grown so large. I could play with it to take out extraneous pieces that we generally don’t use.

There are many additional clips you can add,


Had Gadya, Emoji style

which are fun to browse through. These include traditional prayers from countries like Portugal and Nigeria. PLUS for kicks, you can throw in an emoji version of Had Gadya.

I like that I could make our family haggadah as traditional or secular as I wanted. You can also invite family members to collaborate with you online. I, for one, would have to be sure my Auntie Lorraine approves.

Local ghost left new year wishes

20-year-old Annie Merrill’s eerie New Year’s diary entry, written the first day of the year in which she met an untimely death. Her diary reveals her struggles throughout 1881 and here she only hoped for joy to come. Stay tuned for her whole story- novel in progress based on this intriguing young woman.

Jan. 1st 1882
Dear little book I pen a line this new year’s Eve. The old year has gone with all its joys and sorrows. A new one ushered in may this year be one of more joy to me then the one passed. Good night little book
Good Night.

The Continued Life of Rabbi David R. Senter

I am honored to have had you in my life, Rabbi. Your light shone in this community as I’m sure it did throughout your former congregations. I hope that we may all continue to fan those flames with which you warmed us, so we may light the way to a future of peace and justice in your honor.

I am grateful to be starting again as Librarian at Temple Israel Portsmouth at this time, a position which you championed. Thanks to your attention and advocacy, the community has come to value our synagogue’s library as a center of knowledge, study, entertainment, and belonging, and it is a great honor for me to be part of it once again.

Thank you for adding your touch and your care, and being on my team every step of the way. I somehow have to begin this chapter without you there, without your enthusiasm, without your ideas for progress. But I do, thank G-d, have your guidance. The spirit of understanding and love you brought into this institution remains, and we on the library committee will do our best to honor your memory.


Library Committee with Rabbi and Wife

Our then new Rabbi, David Ross Senter, at his first Temple Israel Portsmouth event, July 2014


Playing Games

I love making stories at bedtime! Found that it makes for a little rambunctiousness at times but this is a wonderful game that keeps us parents interested.

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“Mommy, will you play with me?” Is the question I hear most. It’s a question that comes when I’m reading, or checking facebook, or trying to remember and write down that great idea I had on the elliptical, or making dinner. Steeped in my own thoughts, the question breaks through, and I feel several answers vying for reply.

“Not right now” is a classic reply. We all have things to do, I can’t always drop that stuff and play. Lots of times I don’t want to play. What is play, anyway, what does a grown up do when she plays? It’s not drive hot wheels cars along a raceway patterned carpet, that’s for sure. When I say it, “not right now,” I feel guilty somehow, like I’m negligent. I remind myself that I’m not responsible for my child’s entertainment. For his growth, behaviour, nutrition, cleanliness, and lots of other things…

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Bedtime Stories for Young Brains

Bedtime Stories for Young Brains

“So reading picture books with young children may mean that they hear more words, while at the same time, their brains practice creating the images associated with those words — and with the more complex sentences and rhymes that make up even simple stories.”

92 Year Old Yiddish Operetta Comes to Life

Di Goldene Kale

Di Goldene Kale (The Golden Bride) original poster from Kessler’s Second Avenue Theatre

Di Goldene Kale (The Golden Bride) is coming to Rutgers August 5th, where Harvard music librarian Michael Ochs will be delivering a lecture free for ticket holders.

From the attached article: “Di Goldene Kale tells the story of Golde, abandoned by her parents and raised by local innkeepers somewhere in the Russian Empire. After the town hears that the young lady has inherited her father’s fortune, she draws the attention of many would-be suitors. Golde eventually finds her way to America, bringing various characters from her European shtetl with her, and sets about to find the man she will marry.”