Happy Earth Week!

I had a wonderful time kicking off Earth Week at Churchill’s Garden Center on Saturday. We read some of my favorite stories and sang some of my favorite Earth Day songs! Wait, Earth Day songs?  That’s right… it’s a good thing. Check out Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights for some pretty awesome children’s songs that IContinue reading “Happy Earth Week!”

Toddler story time in the Garden!

Garden story time is coming and we’re starting off the series by reading alongside Oliver the parrot in the beautiful tropical greenhouse! Join us April 9th and every other Thursday by registering here – free event! I am very excited to be starting this new adventure with the kids of Exeter! Can’t wait to see you allContinue reading “Toddler story time in the Garden!”

January Movie Night’s a Wrap

Another good turnout for this month’s movie night– great to see everybody! After the documentary, we had a great discussion about Arab and Jewish kids growing up in Israel and some of the constant struggles they have, making sense of the world around them while having limited interactions with kids of different backgrounds. We’ll beContinue reading “January Movie Night’s a Wrap”

The Arab Jewish Community Center for Tolerance and Peace

Movie night on Thursday! I recommend Dancing in Jaffa for older kids as well as adults, but with parental guidance since there is some talk about the conflict. Very uplifting, though, and a wonderful message of peace. Optional donations to the community center featured in the film that is devoted to interfaith activities for allContinue reading “The Arab Jewish Community Center for Tolerance and Peace”

Movie Night in Portsmouth

Time to show some real love for Israel and celebrate positive interactions between children of different backgrounds! Recommended by several congregation members, this wonderful, award-winning movie may remind us of the power of understanding and the importance of just being kids. Join us Thursday, January 22nd at 7:00 for the next Movie Night, sponsored by usContinue reading “Movie Night in Portsmouth”

Does Your Librarian say “Don’t read to Children?”

Rabbi David, today, helped me sort through a mountain of books donated to the library. Lots of treasures, including a set of Torah texts from 1891, an American soldier’s prayerbook, and a gilded set of works by Elie Wiesel. What made my day, though, above all else, was the note on the first page ofContinue reading “Does Your Librarian say “Don’t read to Children?””

September Doorpost Column

Hello Library Lovers! We have been busy in the library readying it for the start of school and the holidays. We appreciate all of the generous library fund donations we have been receiving, letting us start a new and exciting project! Many of you have expressed how much you love our library, but did youContinue reading “September Doorpost Column”

May Doorpost Column

 Nancy Mae Shaines Memorial Library Sara Lesley Arnold, librarian The library has seen a lot of action the past few months, with the religious school’s HaSefer Basakit (book-in-a-bag) program thriving and lots of new books and DVDs coming in. Sara and the library committee have been continually finding ways to better your library experience andContinue reading “May Doorpost Column”