(Beth Jacob) in New Hampshire's capital city of Concord, is a welcoming and inclusive community that stands on the pillars of study, worship and acts of loving kindness.We are one of the oldest synagogues in New Hampshire, founded in 1907. Begun as an Orthodox synagogue, we affiliated with the Reform movement just after World War II. As Concord’s only synagogue, we are an eclectic blend of Jewish worship practices, as our members represent the full spectrum of Jewish diversity. At our heart, however, are warmth and a welcoming spirit to all who enter our doors. Whether you are Jewish by birth or by choice, married/partnered with someone who is Jewish, raising Jewish children, searching, or just curious, know that you are welcome at TBJ. We hope you’ll find a home with us.


L’shalom (with peace),

Rabbi Robin Nafshi

The Shapiro Family Lecture Series Presents:

Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D.

Who Heard What At Sinai: How The Moment God Gave Us The Torah Differs For The Different Denominations - And Why It Still Matters Today

Tuesday, December 8, 7:00pm at TBJ

Internationally recognized for his publications and research in the areas of Jewish religious thought, ethics, and modern Jewish history, Rabbi David Ellenson served for twelve years as President of the seminary of the Reform Movement (2001-2013).

Widely respected for his scholarship, integrity, and menschlichkeit, Rabbi Ellenson’s collaborative leader-ship reflects his commitment to advancing Jewish unity. At the same time, he has fostered interdenom-inational and interfaith relations, strengthening connections among the Jewish seminaries, secular universities, and institutions of other faiths.

Rabbi Ellenson has written prolifically about emerging trends in American Jewish life and spoken out on current controversies in our society. He has been a champion of the State of Israel’s right to security and peace and been an outspoken advocate for religious tolerance and pluralism in the Jewish State, demonstrating a passionate commitment to the people and State of Israel and the central role that Israel plays in the Reform Movement.

He is the author of six books and hundreds of articles. Rabbi Ellenson, who has a doctorate from Columbia University, won the 2005 National Jewish Book Council’s Award for most outstanding book in Jewish thought. His most recent book is Jewish Meaning in a World of Choice, published in 2014.

"For over three decades, David Ellenson has shaped the life of world Jewry through the power of his scholarship, depth of vision, and kindness of soul. [Ellenson] searches not to hide or homogenize complexity, but rather to study it, celebrate it, and enable it to challenge our preconceptions.”

— Donniel Hartman,
   President of the Shalom Hartman Institute



TBJ's Oneg Host Program

The name Oneg Shabbat means joy of the Sabbath. We refer to an Oneg Shabbat at Temple Beth Jacob as the gathering after services for food and socializing. Our Oneg Shabbats are filled with good food, wonderful company and the warmth of a loving and caring congregation. We invite the hosts for that Oneg Shabbat to start our evening of worship with the honor of candle lighting.

Last year was our first year of assigning 4-5 families to share the joy and responsibility of hosting. There were a few hiccups along the way, but for the most part, it was a success. Families had the opportunity to connect with the TBJ community and one another.

This is how it worked last year: Oneg Shabbat hosts were typically groups of five households. We tried to mix veteran members with newer members to enhance this community experience. The hosts contacted each other and decided how they would like to proceed.

So, what did an Oneg Shabbat look like? Perhaps two families made cookies, another brought cut fruit, and another brought cheese and crackers. At least two families stepped up to take charge of set-up and/or clean-up. The goal was to have an Oneg Shabbat that was warm and welcoming and allowed all of us an excuse to stay to relax and converse after a long work week.

Member involvement, making connections, and learning together helps to make our community stronger.

Thank you to all who participated last year! Positive comments were shared with the committee about making connections and having a firm date to truly enjoy a break from a hectic work week. A few suggestions and challenges were also discussed. This is a new program and the Religious Practices Committee will continue to work to make this an even more positive experience for all involved.

This year the Religious Practices Committee will again assign dates. The email that goes out contains the names of hosts for each half of the year. The email also contains an everything-you-need-to-know-about-hosting list, as well as emails and phone numbers of others in your specific group only. Most families will be asked every 18 months or so to be a part of a hosting group of families. Sometimes the dates don’t work out. Many families took it upon themselves to call others on the list, while others asked for names to swap with. Both ways worked out beautifully.

      Thank you for honoring Shabbat through the Oneg Shabbat Program!

      Religious Practices Committee




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Mon Nov 30 @ 5:30PM -
AIDS Memorial Service
Wed Dec 02 @11:00AM - 12:00PM
God Talk
Wed Dec 02 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Torah Study
Wed Dec 02 @ 6:30PM -
Board Mtg.
Fri Dec 04 @ 7:00PM - 03:00PM
Shabbat Eve Service, Led by Cantor Shira
Sat Dec 05 @ 9:30AM - 03:00PM
Shabbat Morning Service, Led by EJ Cohen

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Temple Beth Jacob
67 Broadway
Concord, NH  03301
P: (603)-228-8581

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Yom Shabbat, 16 Kislev 5776

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