Temple Israel Community is Growing!

Happy to meet new families this morning, former members of Temple Israel Dover! Had the opportunity to introduce Hebrew School parents to the temple’s library programs, and the library was instantly hopping with activity! Welcome to you all.

Thanks to the 7th grade class for putting up with all the activity during their movie time!

 

Temple members chatting in the Nancy Mae Shaines Library

Temple members chatting in the Nancy Mae Shaines Library

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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,

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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.
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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

 

Author Michelle Albion at Paul Memorial Library

Paul Memorial Library in Newfields, NH will be hosting Temple Israel’s own Michelle Albion as their next speaker in their Library Lecture series. She will discuss and present elements of her book The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt, which will be available for sale with her other books.

This event is scheduled for June 3rd, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Paul Memorial Library is at 76 Main Street, Newfields, NH. See you there!

The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt by Michelle Albion

The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt by Michelle Albion

Happy Earth Week!

Reading aloud to children

Reading to kids at Churchill’s Garden Center, April 18, 2015.

I had a wonderful time kicking off Earth Week at Churchill’s Garden Center on Saturday. We read some of my favorite stories and sang some of my favorite Earth Day songs!

Wait, Earth Day songs? 

That’s right… it’s a good thing. Check out Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights for some pretty awesome children’s songs that I sometimes forget to turn off after my kids have gotten out of the car. So catchy.

It was a perfect day thanks to Sam’s face painting, Trey’s craft station, and Sherry’s planting table! Thanks everyone!

April Doorpost Column

Hello Library Lovers!

We at the library have been busy planning several exciting projects.

First, the online library survey is available through April. Thanks for the rapid response! Please let Sara know if you would like a paper copy to fill out, it just takes two minutes. Participants can choose to be entered in a raffle for a gift cards to RiverRun Bookstore, Friendly Toast, or Portsmouth Book & Bar. Thank you for your input- we want to make sure the library fits your needs!

Library Survey Snapshot

Library Survey Snapshot

In the coming months, we are planning to integrate brand new computer workstations for your use, both Mac and PC! Thanks to MJ Shoer, Howard Rubin, and all of our library fund donors for making this possible!

Sara has been revamping the teen area, planning additions to the collection and recataloging fiction for easy browsing. We now have a teen graphic novel section- come check it out!

In addition, we are excited to announce the prospect of an official rare book collection in the library! The committee is currently researching proper archival cases to display some of our treasures. If anyone is looking for a worthy cultural cause to donate to, please keep this project in mind. Rabbi Senter helped us sort through crates full of antiquarian and other special Judaica that we would like to keep safe and protected while on display in our lovely space.

A friendly reminder to check your shelves for library items– although we do not have late fees, we do need to replace items that are not returned in a timely manner. Contact Sara if you would like to renew items you are still using.

Lastly, movie night will be announced soon thanks to a cultural endowment grant! We’ll be in touch with a date and movie title soon.

 

Sara Lesley Arnold
librarian@templeisraelnh.org
(603) 436-5301 x25

The Jews of the Seacoast NAACP

OK, I know Jews are all about justice. It shows in our giving tzedakah, community activities, even when making academic and career choices. Such involvement is definitely not unique to the Jewish community, but Justice is one culturally-ingrained Jewish value that parents begin instilling in their children at a very young age (although maybe Bibi’s parents didn’t get the memo).

I also know that each time Jews face hate and hardship themselves, they have the opportunity to reevaluate their responsibility to ensure that all people are treated justly. What I did not know, however, was that Jews make up 90% of my local NAACP chapter’s membership. Michelle Obama This past week I spoke informally with Fred Ross, President of the seacoast chapter of the NAACP, who is in the midst of planning an exciting regional event. He says that local members of the Jewish community are huge supporters of his organization, often contributing to advancement efforts well into retirement.

We New England Jews and our friends have a great opportunity to show support for our African-American brothers and sisters this coming May 15th in The Unity Relay for Justice that starts in New Hampshire. It is an eight-day, 130 mile relay march from the State House in Concord to Beacon Hill, and then to the State House in Providence, Rhode Island. During the march, participants may walk however long they wish, from a single block or the whole distance. The NAACP is looking for participants of all ages, religions, colors, and lifestyles to unite in this cause. Organizers say the event will “address disparities in the criminal justice system and law enforcement policies and procedures.”

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in forming or being part of a seacoast NH team of walkers. librarian@templeisraelnh.org