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Temple Israel - Dover, NH


Shalom!  Welcome to the website of Temple Israel of Dover, New Hampshire.

The Board of Trustees and the Congregation are sad to report that the Temple Israel of Dover synagogue will close its doors on June 30, 2018, ending eighty years of service to the Dover and surrounding communities. The reasons are both demographic and economic. These are interrelated. Even with reduced spending and part-time clergy, we just couldn’t break even with the largely static number of members that we have had in recent years. Here are some important details.

  • There still will be services, religious school, and other events through the end of June, as indicated on this web page and our calendar: click here for the PDF.
  • Rabbi Sam Seicol will be retiring from regular congregational service but will continue his chaplain work at Mass Eye and Ear in Boston.  An event honoring him will take place on June 23.
  • Plans have been made for reunification with Temple Israel of Portsmouth.  As a little background, in 1938 Temple Israel of Dover was formed by former members of Temple Israel of Portsmouth. Now, the Temple Israel-Dover Board of Trustees is executing a “reunification” plan by recommending that its current members affiliate with Temple Israel-Portsmouth, thus creating a larger Jewish community on NH's seacoast. Many meetings and discussions have taken place between the two congregations to speed and smooth this transition. Provisions have been made to bring many of Temple Israel-Dover’s historical and religious artifacts to Temple Israel-Portsmouth. These meetings are ongoing and many folks are involved.  For further information on Temple Israel-Portsmouth, please go to
  • Our building has been sold to Honey Tree Learning Center and we expect to be out by July 31.  Any building-related forward-looking bills, contract renewals or correspondence should be sent to Honey Tree at 36 Oliver Meadow Lane, Dover, NH 03820.
  • All outstanding bills for Temple Israel should be sent to P.O. Box 254, Dover, NH 03821 or emailed to by July 31.
  • This website will remain in place at least through the end of September.
  • U.S. Mail will continue to be received at P.O. Box 254, Dover, NH 03821 until the affairs of the temple have been completed.

No doubt, you may have many questions. We’ve attempted to answer many of them here: click here for the PDF.

In addition, click here for our press release.


For regularly scheduled events, such as Shabbat Services,  
Torah Study, Adult Education and Religious School,
see the Temple and Religious School calendar sections below.

If there is a weather-related or other cancellation, it will be posted here.
Weather-related cancellations also will be posted on WMUR.

Upcoming Events
click here to download the Special Events flyer

Saturday, June 23 - 10:30AM Morning Shabbat Services
11:45AM Luncheon Honoring Rabbi Sam
click here for the flyer
 RSVP to by June 16

Friday, June 29 - Annual pre-4th of July Shabbat
Wagon Hill Park, Route 4, Durham

All are welcome
click here for the flyer with the details
click here for the handout "Adult Hebrew Lesson 1 and 2 with Vocabulary"
click here for the handout "Adult Hebrew Shema Vahavta reading practice"

Saturdays Mornings (except 3rd Saturday)
10:30-11:30 - Shabbat Morning Torah Study

at Dover Food Pantry and Dover Friendly Kitchen

click here for the flyer with the details

The June and Final Issue of the Kesher has been published
click here to see the latest Kesher

May - June 2018 Temple Calendar
Updated on 5/19/2018
Downloadable/Easy-to-Print Latest Calendars (PDF)
click here to open, print or save the May-June 2018 calendar

For questions, corrections, changes, or additions, please contact the Temple Office
click here to send an email to the Temple Office

Tree of Life Order Form - click here for details and form

No the Temple hasn't moved,
but please note that we do have a new street address:
36 Olive Meadow Lane

Please send U.S. Mail to P.O. Box 254, Dover, NH 03821

Rabbi Samuel Seicol is
Temple Israel's rabbi.

Click Here for More Info

Email "RabbiSam" at

Photo of Rabbi Seicol.

Cancellation of
Temple Israel Events

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Temple Israel
36 Olive Meadow Lane
(formerly 515 Sixth Street)
Dover, NH 03820

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Important - Postal Address for U.S. Mail:  P.O. Box 254, Dover, NH 03821

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