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 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.
JRI-Poland celebrates 20 years
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.
Join us for our Annual Chanukah Party.
Date: Thursday December 18
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.
Click here for more information, registration form and to pay online.
Social Action This Month
8:00 AM to Noon
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