July Doorpost Column

Hello library lovers!

We have had an incredible month at the library, with the addition of a special collection, a successful Deli Man event, and wrapping up the school year smoothly.

Please stop in to check out our grand new display, showing off some precious rare items as well as books that are special to our community. Thanks to library donations from you, we were able to give these items a beautiful home as feature pieces in our collection.

The library’s movie night was a resounding success thanks to the team who helped me put it together. The movie Deli Man provided the perfect backdrop for our deli night– it told a great story of the Jewish deli’s evolution throughout the last couple centuries in America, with star interviews and amazing real-life characters.

Don't Bite Your Tongue

Don’t Bite Your Tongue by Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Following this yummy night of fun we are planning our next author’s visit– please join us for afternoon tea with Dr. Ruth Nemzoff on Wednesday, July 29th at 4:00. She will be discussing the topic of her book Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships With Your Adult Children. To reserve a spot, please RSVP to librarian@templeisraelnh.org or (603)436-5301 ext. 25.

We are pleased to introduce our budding new large print collection implemented with donations in memory of Maury Friedman. Titles include:

All the light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

All the light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Second Hand Heart, by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Second Hand Heart, by Catherine Ryan Hyde

The Plum Tree, by Ellen Marie Wiseman

The Plum Tree, by Ellen Marie Wiseman

The Paris Architect, by Charles Belfoure

The Paris Architect, by Charles Belfoure

And even more new stuff to read and watch!

The Boston Girl, Anita Diamant

The Lady in Gold, Anne-Marie O’Connor

The History of Love, Nicole Krauss

How the Bible Became Holy, Michael L. Satlow

Snow in August DVD

Noah DVD

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My Jewish Wedding

Since starting my librarianship at the Nancy Mae Shaines Memorial Library at Temple Israel, I have been thirsting to know more and more. Surrounded by vast knowledge documented in so many worlds, I had trouble knowing where to begin. I remembered little from Hebrew school and had historic time frames confused. I began to pick up facts, peering through books I was supposed to be cataloging, and suddenly found a solid reason to study and a deadline to meet.

Deciding with a short time frame to embrace and display my Jewishness by integrating Jewish tradition into my upcoming wedding ceremony, I began to explore the library to learn what I could do.

Cover of Living a Jewish Life

Living a Jewish Life by Anita Diamant


My husband, a non-Jew, found a good book in Living a Jewish Life by Anita Diamant. He found it to be unassuming and interesting, giving a solid walk through the Jewish lifestyle and faith. As he asked me some questions about holidays, I realized I ought to give this book a read as well. I should be able to tell him more about Purim than dressing up, going to carnivals, and using noise-makers.

Cover of The New Jewish Wedding

The New Jewish Wedding by Anita Diamant


I found solace in Diamant’s comprehensive Jewish wedding book. It contains chapters on every aspect of a Jewish wedding, including everything from how to choose a rabbi and a Ketubah (marriage contract), to descriptions of Jewish songs, dances, and food for the reception.

Most importantly, however, Diamant gives a brief history of different traditions that let me put them in perspective, making it clear how little was necessary to make a marriage legally binding in Jewish law and helping me choose what elements I want to include.

Ian breaking our wedding glass

The wedding glass didn’t break! A photo of Ian breaking the replacement we called in!

My husband and I really bonded through this pre-wedding experience, making our own personal contracts upon suggestion from Rabbi Barry, and talking through which symbolic acts were most important to us as a couple. We even bought a beautiful blue bulb as a wedding glass so we could have the shards made into a mezuzah, but the darn thing wouldn’t break on the flexible boards of the rabbi’s deck. He was so kind to give us a light bulb with which to do the act!

My tallit as a chuppah

My tallit as a chuppah


We married under the tallit (prayer shawl) I received at my bat mitzvah, drinking from my kiddush cup and my sister’s, surrounded by our families and the glory of Great Bay… really everything I wanted! (Aside from the 5000 degree day and a whole bunch of horseflies haha)

Ian & me under the chuppah

Ian & Me under the chuppah


Our Ketubah: Hebrew and English text surrounded by roses

Our ketubah. Rabbi Barry read it aloud during the ceremony.


Our daughter, Cleo, looking at my shoes

Our daughter, Cleo, admiring all the shoes. She came right up to sing along with the rabbi’s blessings 🙂