Here is this week's Update for period Thursday, December 22 - Wednesday, January 4.
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1st Night Menorah Lighting

Saturday, December 24
Two Opportunities:
5:00 pm at St. Barnabas Church (Red Doors), Main St., Norwich
5:30 pm at the Roth Center

Erev Xmas
Sataurday, December 24
Come one, come all for Chinese (Dutch treat) at Panda House / Orient Restaurant, any time from 6:00 pm onward.  Most will be arriving after the lighting of the outdoor menorah in Hanover and in Norwich.

 Shabbat Auld Lang Sang
Saturday, December 31 at 10 a.m.
Celebrate the New Year and the 7th Day of Hannukah at the Roth Center with Shabbat morning services and a potluck lunch!  Join Rabbi Boraz in welcoming in the New Year!  Please bring a pareve or dairy dish to share.

Havdalah at the Roth!
Saturday, January 7, 2017. at 5:30 p.m.
Celebrate the end of Shabbat with friends, hot chocolate and goodies hosted by the UVJC.   

UVJC Hanukkah Party Rocked the Roth Dec. 18

Thank you to organizers, Rachel Kleinbaum and Hilary Ryder, and all their Hanukkah helpers, especially Rusty the Latke macher. 

UVJC-Hillel Film Series 2017

Begins Wednesday
January 11 at 7 pm

13 Carpenter Hall at Dartmouth

See full Film Series line up weblink

Arranged (2007)
Rachel is an Orthodox Jew, Nasira a Syrian Muslim. Both are young teachers in Brooklyn and both are in the process of arranged marriages. They navigate their lives with family pressure on the one hand and rejection of traditional customs on the other, while relying on each other to pull through. In Hebrew, French, English, and Moroccan. English subtitles. Not Rated. 89 minutes. Accompanied by The Raft, Best Animation Award, LA International Short Film Festival.
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, December 22 - Wednesday, January 4

Friday, December 23
6:00 pm  Shabbat Service

Saturday, December 24
10:00 am  Shabbat Service
Kiddush:  Kathy and Jeff Parsonnet
5:30 pm  1st Night Candle Lighting

Friday, December 30
6:00 pm  Shabbat Service

Saturday, December 31
10:00 am  Shabbat Service
Kiddush:  Thomas Cochran

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

Wednesday, January 4
7:00 pm  Board of Trustees Meeting
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