Here is this week's Update for period Thursday, February 2 - Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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Friday, February 3 at 7:00 pm

Rabbi Boraz will lead Shabbat services at Eastman.  Please contact Sue Berg at for more information
Calling All February Birthdays to the Torah

Saturday, February 4 at 10 am

Is your birthday in February? Come to services and be part of our February birthday group aliyah. And stay for the birthday cake kiddish for all.

Sunday, February 5 at 10:30 am at the Roth Center

The Upper Valley Jewish Community and PJ Library invite you to celebrate Tu B'shvat with a family fun event for parents and children (ages 8 and under).  Come celebrate the birthday of the trees with a story and craft!
 Please RSVP to Madeline Cooper by email at or by phone at 603-646-3887.
Children in Kindergarten or 1st Grade at the UVJC Hebrew School will be attending this program with their class.

There is no need to RSVP.

Film Screening - Ben Gurion: Epilogue
Monday, February 6th @ 6:00 pm
Loew Auditorium

Join us for a screening of a fascinating new documentary film about David Ben Gurion, Israel's founder and first prime minister.  The film is based on a 1968 interview with Ben Gurion that was never aired, and provides new perspective on the history of Israel and the broader Middle East.  Dartmouth is screening the film concurrent with its US premier, so this is an event that you do not want to miss.  A faculty discussion will follow, moderated by Nadav Samin, Senior Lecturer in History.

Any questions, please contact Gail Patten, Administrator, Dartmouth College History Department

UVJC-Hillel Film Series 2017

Wednesday, February 8 at 7 pm
13 Carpenter Hall at Dartmouth

 See full Film Series line up weblink

To Take a Wife (2004)


This prequel to Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem takes place in Haifa in 1979, over three days before Shabbat.  Viviane struggles for her identity while raising three children as her husband tries to “keep her in line.”   The film recounts a story of tradition, love, and fear of the future. 

In Hebrew, French, and Moroccan, with English subtitles. 
Not Rated.  99 minutes.

UVJC-Hillel Film Series 2017

Wednesday, February 15 at 7 pm
13 Carpenter Hall at Dartmouth

 See full Film Series line up weblink

 Black Book (2006)


In occupied Netherlands, Jewish fugitives work with the Resistance and encounter mistrust, betrayal, and deception as the distinctions between good and evil become blurred by the complexity of human nature.  In Dutch and German, with English subtitles.  Rated R.  146 minutes (long!)

           The UVJC In Print

See this month’s NH Jewish Reporter newspaper for articles featuring UVJC member Molly Cook’s NFTY L’Dor V’Dor youth trip to the Czech Republic and Israel (p. 5) , and a Q & A with our Hebrew school director, Maggie Cooper (p. 17). Link:
If you need a letter enumerating your UVJC contributions for 2016, please contact the UVJC office at 603-646-0460 or
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. 
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

"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, 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, February 2 - Wednesday, February 15

Friday, February 3
6:00 pm  Hillel Shabbat Service and Dinner - All are welcome

Saturday, February 4
10:00 am  Shabbat Service (Birthday Shabbat)
Kiddush:  Yoni and Stephen Neirman

Sunday, February 5
10:00 am  Hebrew School - All Grades
10:30 am  Tu B'Shvat P.J. Library

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

Wednesday, February 8
7:00 pm  UVJC Hillel Film Series - Carpenter 13
"To Take a Wife"

Thursday, February 9
12:00 pm  Guide for the Perplexed

Friday, February 10
6:00 pm  Hillel Shabbat Service and Dinner - All are welcome

Saturday, February 11
10:00 am  Shabbat Service
Kiddush:  Diane Roston
5:30 pm  Community Pot Luck and Havdalah

Sunday, February 12
10:00 am  Hebrew School - All Grades

Tuesday, February 14
12:00 pm Torah Study with Rabbi Boraz
1:30 pm  Torah Study II
4:00 pm  Hebrew School - Grades 3-7

Wednesday, February 15
7:00 pm  UVJC Hillel Film Series - Carpenter 13
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