Havurah helped sponsor Klezmer on the Jaffrey Common, 2015.
Havurah as a group helped sponsor 2015 Jaffrey Klezmer concert. Individual members are helping sponsor 2016 Klezmer concert in Jaffrey.
2016 Past Events
On Sunday, May 15 at 3:00 pm - Congregation Ahavas Achim, 84 Hastings Ave., Keene hosted Havurah member Virginia Eskin, Pianist, playing Music by Jewish Composers. The Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church hosted Havurah member Mark Wisan, speaking about some new insights into the Prophet Jeremiah.
The 10th annual Havurah Passover Seder was held at 5:30 pm on Friday, April 29 in the dining room of the Common House at Nubanusit Neighborhood and Farm.
Wonderful Erev Shabbat service was held on April 8, led by Rabbi Amy Loewenthal in the Activity Room on the second floor of the Common House at Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm.
After moving to Peterborough from Manhattan, Jane and Mark Wisan missed their Havurah that was inspired by Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman while they were members of Central Synagogue. Jane and Mark worked with Congregation Ahavas Achim in Keene and its President, Jane Taylor to start the Peterborough Havurah. The first few meetings were held at Jane and Mark's home on Kaufmann Drive in Peterborough. The Havurah began shortly before Rabbi Paul Gordon's tenure at Ahavas Achim, before Rabbi Barry Krieger left. The Havurah's original mission was to celebrate Jewish peoplehood and prayers in Peterborough. It's first activities were social gathering with some prayers. Until 2006, Allen Hollander and David Levene shared the duties of coordinator of the Havurah. From 2006 - 2016, John Halper, assisted by Liz Halper ably led the Havurah through it's greatest period of growth. John published the Peterborough Havurah newsletter bi-monthly from 2006 to 2011. The Havurah met monthly and meetings were rotated among various member's homes.
In the beginning there were fewer than twenty Jewish families in Peterborough involved in our Havurah. Today, our total membership is more than ninety individuals (families and singles) in the greater Monadnock area.
From 2008-2015 we had upwards of thirty attendees at many of our monthly Havurah gatherings. Lately we have had fewer members coming to monthly meetings.
We still meet once a month at the home of a member and generally have a vegetarian pot luck dinner, preceeded by Hamotze and followed by a brief Havdalah service to properly end Shabbat. After Havdalah, we have a discussion on a topic selected for that month.
In 2007 we added monthly Erev Shabbat services and we have an annual Seder, Succot celebration and annual Purim and Chanukah parties.
With regard to communications: our Havurah gatherings are announced in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, on the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire's web site and in Congregation Ahavas Achim's Bulletin. Announcements are sent regularly to the Havurah's membership via an Email list.
In May, 2010 the Peterborough Havurah changed its name to the "Monadnock Havurah" because we serve a much wider area than Peterborough.
In August, 2006 John created our web site with input from many members. In 2016 there are new challenges and opportunities facing the Monadnock Jewish Community. Let us keep the momentum that John built into our Havurah. Let our Havurah contribute to Jewish survival, and to the happiness of our members. Our duty as Jews is not only our own happiness and survival, but the happiness and survival of the entire community in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, the United States, and the world.