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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 is being planned for June.  Please check back for the details.
  • 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.
  • Our building is being sold and we expect to be out by July 31.
  • Outstanding bills will be paid once the building sale has been consummated.

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 - Save the Date
click here to download May Special Events flyer

Saturday, May 19, 5:30PM - Shavuot Pot-Luck Dairy/Vegetarian Dinner
followed by 7PM Jewish Women in Classical Opera (presentation by Elena Snow)

Sunday, May 20, 10:30AM -  Shavuot Service - Torah and Yizkor plus
End-of-Religious School Program

Friday, June 1 6:30PM - Annual pre-Shabbat BBQ

Friday, June 8 4PM - Challah Baking

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

Upcoming Sisterhood Meeting
Thursday, June 7, 6PM at Carole Krassner's home
For further info on Sisterhood, contact
Stacey Segil

**** Members who had a balance due at the end of 2017 were notified in January. If you haven't paid, please do so now.  We still have bills to pay.****
If you have any questions or need additional information,
please send an email to
or call 603-742-3976 and leave a message.

If you have paid, thank you.


The Religious School at TI offers a broad range of Jewish history, Bible study and stories,
and liturgy practice and experience on Sundays from 9:30-11:30.  Students in pre-K through 2nd grade
focus on basic Jewish songs of the service, Jewish stories, and learning the letters of the alephbet.
Students in grade 3 and up learn Hebrew in small groups based on the level of knowledge
and experience.  The ultimate goal is familiarity and comfort with the basic liturgy of the morning service.

click here for the latest Religious School Calendar

Support the Temple When You Shop at Amazon

When you shop at Amazon,
Amazon Smile will donate 1/2 of 1% of what you spend to the Temple.

Here's what you have to do.  Spread the word.

  • From your browser on your computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone, instead of going to, go to and log in as usual.
  • You will be prompted to select your charity.  In the white search box, type "Temple Israel of Dover" and execute the search.  "Temple Israel of Dover, NH" should pop up.  Select it and then shop as usual.
  • You need to do this each time you shop, unless you leave the browser tab open.  If the URL (web address shown at the top of the browser page) doesn't include, you need to log on again to
  • The smile program doesn't work with smart phone apps.  (When this changes, we will change these instructions.)  Thus, to get the donation, you must do your shopping from a browser regardless of its type.
  • Contact, if you have any questions or problems.

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

Messages from the President

We are excited that we now share our facility with Honey Tree Learning Center.  They will be in the building Monday - Friday each week from 6:30AM to 6:00PM.  Learn more at

 We will continue to provide services, programs, Religious School, and Adult Education every week Friday evening through Sunday morning. The Sanctuary and two offices will remain dedicated solely to the Temple. The Social Hall is a shared space and the Temple will have full use of it and the kitchen during our times of operation.

The May 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 Photos -
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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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