Here is this week's Update for period Thursday, January 12 - Wednesday, January 25
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Got Name?

We are in the process of adopting a Hebrew name to go along with our English one, and we’d love you to be part of it. Here are two options in the running so far:
  Beit Shalom - The Upper Valley Jewish Community.  (Beit Shalom means House of Peace) 

  Ruach Ha’emek - The Upper Valley Jewish Community (Ruach Ha'emek means Spirit of the Valley)


Do you have another suggestion? Send it to Laura Rosenthal at by February 10th. We’ll have a community online vot
e after that. 

Tot Shabbat

January 14, 2017 at 11:00 am
Will meet in the Roth Center lounge.

UVJC-Hillel Film Series 2017

Wednesday, January 18 at 7 pm
13 Carpenter Hall at Dartmouth

 See full Film Series line up weblink

 Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014)


Trapped in a loveless marriage, Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) has long sought a divorce from her devout and stubborn husband Elisha (Simon Abkari­an).  But under Israeli law all divorce proceedings are overseen by an Orthodox rabbinical court, which requires the husband’s consent  to dissolve a marriage.  Despite their estrangement, Elisha refuses to grant Viviane a gett, inciting an intense domestic battle of wills.  Not Rated.  115 minutes

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community MultiFaith Celebration

Sunday, January 22 at 3:00
Rollins Chapel


Join the Dartmouth Community for the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community MultiFaith Celebration where Rabbi Boraz will lead the benediction.

The speaker is Joshua DuBois, author of the bestselling book, The President’s Devotional: The Daily Readings that Inspired President Obamaa compilation of the devotional meditations he shared with the President and narratives of faith in public life. DuBois now leads a consulting firm, Values Partnerships, that creates community and faith-based partnerships.

The service will also include prayers, readings, and offerings by the Dartmouth Gospel Choir and other student artists and musicians.

Religion on the March

Tuesday, January 24, 2017  6:00pm-7:30pm
Room 001, Rockefeller Center

Film & Panel Discussion about Religion & Civil Rights 
The Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth, together with Andre Hunter ’83 and Kelley Fowler Hunter ’83 will host a screening of the documentary film Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent

Haverot Laderech
Thursday Jan 26th, 2017
From 7pm to 9pm at the Norwich Inn.

Come down our path and meet other women who want to make an impact on Jewish life in the Upper Valley!!
We are having our first meet & greet.  
Light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar
Please come to mingle, bring friends, invite neighbors.  Together we can make the Upper Valley the best place to be Jewish.

RSVP to Carole Clarke 603-646-0460 by 1/20/17
Or Hilary Ryder by 1/20/17
For more information email or text Hilary Ryder at or (603) 252-6719.


Are you a Film Fan?

Seeking committee volunteers for NH Jewish Federation Film Festival for the UVJC Hanover screenings. Festival will be held in late March/early April.  Please contact
If you need a letter enumerating your UVJC contributions for 2016, please contact the UVJC office at 603-646-0460 or
Havdallah & Hot Chocolate
A big crowd gathered on a chilly January 7 for Havdallah, hot chocolate, appies and songs. With thanks to David Hoffer for leading.

Join us in supporting Syrian refugees
The social action committee is forming a subcommittee to support Syrian refugees.   One aspect of this work will be to support the non-governmental Israeli group IsraAid and the Berlin Jewish community in their work with Syrian refugees in Germany.  To join the subcommittee or for more information, please contact either Jeff Bell  ( or 802 436 2801) or the social action committee at


Do you know someone under the weather?  How about bringing them some HOMEMADE kosher chicken matzo ball soup.  Bet they would really appreciate it. 

Give the UVJC Soup Group a call or email by contacting Carole in the UVJC Office at 603-646-0460 or
Friday Night Reform Services

The UVJC will be offering Friday Night Reform services throughout the year.
If you are interested in helping to plan, participate in or just attend the services, let us know so we can keep you informed of upcoming services.

Please let the Ruach Committee know of your interest by emailing to Carole at  to be included on our mailing list.

"Like" us on Facebook!

The UVJC now has a Facebook page, in addition to the Facebook group.  "Like" our new page for updates, events, and more.  To find our page, click here or search "Upper Valley Jewish Community" on Facebook.

Caring Community Volunteers available

The Social Action Committee has a volunteer database of over 50 people waiting to provide a helping hand to UVJC community members in need.  Volunteers are able to help in many ways such as delivering a meal, grocery shopping, light house repairs, or visiting someone who is housebound. 

To request help for yourself or someone you care about, or to volunteer, contact us at  

Literature Lovers

Sunday, January 29

Caroline or Change  by Tony Kushner
This is a beautifully written musical drama by playwright Tony Kushner.  It addresses the relationships of African-Americans and Southern Jews in the early 1960s using finely crafted characters and exploring their relationships in a small Louisiana town.

Sunday, February 26

Jews in America: Four Centuries of an Uneasy Encounter: A History by Arthur Hertzberg.

A controversial examination of the Jewish ''success story" in American that questions notions of identity, assimilation, and ethnicity.

Sunday, March 26, 2017
The Two-Family House 
by Lynda Cohen Loigman
This novel is about relationships in an extended family. Two brothers and their families live in the same duplex. The reviews talk about family secrets. Although the main secret is obvious to the reader, the character development, events, reactions are captivating. The story mostly takes place in Brooklyn and Long Island starting a few years after WWII. It is very interesting and easy to read.

This book is available through Interlibrary loan from more than 25 libraries in NH.
Literature Lovers usually meets at 7:00 pm the last Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted. For location or more information, please contact Susan Cohen at (603) 643-3611, or
UVJC Calendar of Services and Events
Thursday, January 12 - Wednesday, January 25

Friday, January 13
6:00 pm  Hillel Shabbat Service and Dinner - All are welcome

Saturday, January 14
10:00 am  Shabbat Service
Kiddush:  Sharon and Bob Racusin
11:00 am  Tot Shabbat

Sunday, January 15

Tuesday, January 17
12:00 pm Torah Study with Rabbi Boraz
1:30 pm  Torah Study II
4:00 pm  Hebrew School - Grades 3-7

Wednesday January 18
7:00 pm  UVJC Hillel Film Series - Carpenter 13
"Gett:  The Trial of Viviane Amsalem"

Thursday, January 19
12:00 pm  Guide for the Perplexed

Friday, January 20
6:00 pm  Hillel Shabbat Service and Dinner - All are welcome

Saturday, January 21
10:00 am  All School Shabbat Service
Kiddush:  Provided by the parents

Sunday, January 22

Tuesday, January 24
12:00 pm Torah Study with Rabbi Boraz
1:30 pm  Torah Study II
4:00 pm  Hebrew School - Grades 3-7

Wednesday, January 25
7:00 pm  UVJC Hillel Film Series - Carpenter 13
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