Temple Beth Jacob

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Temple Beth Jacob in New Hampshire’s capital city of Concord, is a welcoming community of individuals and families who represent a wide range of Jewish experience, commitment, and observance. Our practices respect the values of worship, loving kindness, education, and social action.

TBJ celebrates diversity through the ideals of Reform Judaism. We are one of the oldest synagogues in New Hampshire, founded in 1907. Begun as an Orthodox community, 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. Our ancestors Abraham and Sarah we renowned for their tent – a tent open on all sides. It was by welcoming all who came to them that their faith and family grew. And so it is at TBJ. At our heart 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 always welcome at TBJ. We hope you’ll find a home with us as we strive to engage with Torah and the legacy of Jewish learning so that our ancient traditions resonate in our lives and in our world today. 

L’shalom (with peace),

Rabbi Robin Nafshi

Before federal and state officials issued “stay at home” recommendations, the leadership at Temple Beth Jacob decided to cancel or postpone all services, classes (both religious school and adult education), and other gatherings until further notice.
 
 
Several Jewish values informed our decision. The first is p’kuach nefesh, to save a life. It is the greatest mitzvah that a Jew can perform. So great is this mitzvah that a community is obligated to sell its Torah scrolls if it needs to raise the money  to redeem a kidnapped person — to save the person’s soul (spiritual life), as well as his or her actual life in the event the kidnappers threaten death. 
 
In addition, a well-known passage in the Talmud (Sanhedrin 27b) teaches, kol yisrael areivin ze ba-zeh, which means that we are all responsible for/to one another. As we have learned, the majority of people who contract COVID-19 are asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic. But because the risk of transmission is high, and the disease may be serious for those who are at risk (older adults, pregnant women, and anyone with a compromised immune system), public health and the concern for others is a motivating factor in our decision.
 
Furthermore, the ancient Rabbis practiced the value of asu seiyag l’torah – making a fence around the Torah (Mishnah Avot 1:1). It means that we are to act more stringently than what is actually required of us. This concept, too, has guided our decision making.
 
Please note that office emails and phone messages are checked about once a week, and the rabbi checks her voice mail about that often as well.
 
Wishing you peace, strength, and good health in the weeks and months ahead.
 
Rabbi Robin

Please note our new mailing address: P. O. Box 568, Concord, NH 03302



Upcoming Events

  1. Fri 23

    Service

    Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  2. Sat 24

    Service

    Oct 24 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
  3. Sun 25

    Yom HaAliyah

    Recognizes Aliyah, immigration to the Jewish
  4. Sun 25

    Rel. School

    Oct 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  5. Sun 25

    Adult Ed

    Oct 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  6. Mon 26

    Rel. School

    Oct 26 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm