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Temple Beth Abraham

We are a congregation serving Jewish families throughout Southern New Hampshire and the nearby areas of Massachusetts. Our members come from all over the country and the world, from all kinds of Jewish backgrounds. We welcome interfaith families to our community.


True of False: Is Chanuka a Minor Holiday?

Rabbi Jon







Rabbi Jon Spira-Savett

It's true that Chanuka is not a major holy day, like Shabbat or Pesach.  It's not from the Torah.  There are no restrictions in traditional Judaism -- a weekday during Chanuka is a normal working day.

People say that Chanuka has only become important because of Christmas.  It helps American Jewish kids not feel left out -- they get gifts too.  Or, another view is that a winter holiday helps non-Jews understand us.  "Oh, it's like a Jewish Christmas" makes Jews less strange.

So yes, it's true that the big deal about Chanuka is really a product of our modern experience in America.

Read more.....



JRI-Poland celebrates 20 years


JRI-Poland is the largest fully searchable database of indexes to Jewish vital records of over 1000 current and former Polish towns accessible online.

JRI-Poland, co-founded in 1995 by TBA member, Steven Zedeck, is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

The winner of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) "Award for Outstanding Contribution to Jewish Genealogy via the Internet", in 1999 and again in 2014, has helped thousands of Jews find documents for the ancestors dating as far back to the 1700s.

Do you really think all vital records for Jews of Poland were destroyed in the Holocaust? Well, think again.

Read more about this organization.


Chanukah Party

Join us for our Annual Chanukah Party.

Date: Thursday December 18
Time: 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Deli, Latkes and Sufgoniot

Family Entertainment including Music by the Raymond Street Klezmer Band Crafts for young children Chanukah Menorah Contest Prizes and more!

Bring your menorah and candles to help us light up the room.

Reservations by December 11

Click here for more information, registration form and to pay online.

Social Action This Month

Volunteer at the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter

8:00 AM to Noon
Monday, Dec. 15
Tuesday, Dec. 16
, Dec. 23

Greater Nashua Prosper

Learn about newly-starting program through the Nashua Area Interfaith Council to support individuals and families moving toward self-sufficiency.

Contact Rabbi Jon, co-chair, for more information

Sat, 20 December 2014 28 Kislev 5775