Friday, December 6th at 7:00 pm - Short Shabbat Service

Once a month we go for brevity in a service that is accessible to
beginners yet still full of tradition. Prayers are often “sampled”
rather than sung through, and there is more English language singing and
reading than in our other services. Services finish within an hour and
there is more time to schmooze afterwards at the oneg.

Sunday, December 8th - Chanukah Fair from 9:30 to 12:30

Stock up on all kinds of Chanukah gifts at our Annual Chanukah Fair!

There will be so much for sale this year! This is a wonderful opportunities
to pick up all you need to celebrate!

Choose from our beautiful selection of Chanukah gifts for all ages!

Come see our selection of traditional, fun and fancy Chanukah candles,
dreidels, gelt, Chanukah wrapping paper, menorahs, Judaica, beautiful Shabbat
candle sets, Chanukah bouncy balls Chanukah stickers, and even Chanukah

Our Chanukah sale will be open in the CAA lobby December 8th and 15th from
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

If you are in need of Chanukah supplies and are unable to get to CAA during
our sale times, please call us and we will bring Chanukah to you!

For orders, please feel free to call the CAA Office: 352-6747

Sunday, December 8th

9:30 am - Religious School
12:30 pm - Parasha of the Week

Sunday, December 8th at 3:00pm - Nathan E. Cohen Lecture - Jennie B. Powers: The Woman Who Dares

On December 8th, we will host an illustrated presentation, "Jennie B.
Powers: The Woman Who Dares." Jennie Powers was a Humane Society agent
in Keene from 1903 - 1936 and one of the first Humane Society agents to
become a deputy sheriff in New Hampshire.

Jenna Carroll, Director of Education at the Historical Society of
Cheshire County will introduce us to Jennie's life story.

This lecture which is sponsored in part by New Hampshire Humanities is
free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, December 11th at 7:00 pm - Board of Directors Meeting

Thursday, December 12th at 1:00pm - Mah Jongg

If you think Mah-Jongg is just for little old ladies, think
again. A new generation of enthusiasts is spearheading the revival of
this enjoyable tile game. Playing Mah Jongg is fun, social, and a good
brain work-out.

CAA member and Mah Jongg instructor extraordinaire, Nancy Stone has a
Mah Jongg group that meets at CAA on Thursdays at 1:00pm.

There's an open invitation to join the group or just come to see what
it's all about! Beginners are welcome!

Friday, December 13th at 7:00 pm - Kavanah Shabbat Service

A very contemplative and spiritual service with focus on mystical
intention. Instead of a Dvar Torah (sermon), several brief kavanot
(statements of intention) along with an opportunity for meditation draw
the congregation into the spirit of Shabbat. Uses music from Shefa Gold
and others from the neo-Hasidic and Jewish Renewal traditions. You don’t
need to know the words to participate. This service engages mind, body,
and soul through music and movement and delights all.

An oneg will follow services.

Saturday, December 14th at 6:00 pm - Havdalah/ Pizza Dinner/ Movie & Book Discussion - "The Rabbi's Cat"

Older teens and adults are invited to join us at the synagogue on
Saturday evening, December 14, for Havdalah, pizza, movie-viewing and
discussion of both the film and graphic novel versions of The Rabbi’s
Cat by Joann Sfar, one of France’s most celebrated young comics artists.
The Rabbi’s Cat tells a unique story of a rabbi, his daughter, and their
talking cat–a philosopher brimming with scathing humor and surprising
tenderness. (Although the move is based upon two graphic novels, they
are not written for children—the books contain some sexual content, and
the philosphical musings may go over children’s heads—but older teens
should be intrigued.)

In Algeria in the 1930s, a cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his
beautiful daughter, Zlabya, eats the family parrot and gains the ability
to speak. To his master’s consternation, the cat immediately begins to
tell lies (the first being that he didn’t eat the parrot). The rabbi
vows to educate him in the ways of the Torah, while the cat insists on
studying the kabbalah and having a Bar Mitzvah. They consult the rabbi’s
rabbi, who maintains that a cat can’t be Jewish–but the cat knows
better. Full of drama and adventuresome travel, the books and movie
create many opportunities for the rabbi and his cat to grapple with
important–and trivial–details of life. Rich with the colors, textures,
and flavors of Algeria’s Jewish community, The Rabbi’s Cat brings a lost
world vibrantly to life–a time and place where Jews and Arabs coexisted–
and peoples it with endearing and thoroughly human characters, and one
truly unforgettable cat.

You can join in the discussion of the movie led by CAA librarian Qat
Oskow whether or not you have read one or both books, but reading the
books (which do not take much time, due to all of the illustrations)
will make for a more interesting discussion.

The CAA library has several copies of the book. If you are interested in
the discussion, take a copy from the synagogue entry hall and leave your
name on the sign-out sheet. If you do not find a copy of the first or
second book when you want to read it, contact Qat Oskow at Please RSVP to Qat by Wednesday, December 11 if you
plan on attending the movie and discussion night, so we can order enough
pizza and salad. Let us know if you need a dairy-free option.

Sunday, December 15th

9:30pm - Religious School
9:30am - Chanukah Fair
12:15 pm - Parasha of the Week

Thursday, December 19th

1:00pm - Mah Jongg
4:45pm - Community Kitchen