Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:
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Friday, June 7th at 7:00pm
Erev Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Dan 

Saturday, June 8th at 9:30am
Shabbat Morning Service with Yizkor led by Rabbi Dan

Sunday, June 9th
at 10:30am  - 
Religious School Program with NH Shaliach Guy ben David on Israeli Inventions

at 12:00pm - Israel-themed lunch - CLICK HERE TO RSVP

at 12:30pm - Teen and adult program with NH Shaliach Guy ben David "Israeli Escape Room"

at 1:30pm - CAA Annual Meeting

Tuesday, June 11th at 7:00pm
Those Wandering Jews! A Shavuot Night of Learning and Cheesecake Tasting - CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Friday, June 14th at 7:00pm
Celebratory Erev Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Dan and Lainee Ginsberg 

Saturday, June 15th at 9:30am
Celebratory Shabbat Morning Service honoring Rabbi Dan, followed by luncheon

Sunday, June 16th at 10:30am
CAA Book Club- "The Only Daughter"

Thursday, June 20th at 4:30pm 
Community Kitchen

Friday, June 21st at 7:00pm
Erev Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Dan and Lainee Ginsberg 

Saturday, June 22nd at 9:30am
Torah Study followed by Mindfulness and Meditation

Tuesday, June 25th at 11:00am
Coffee Hour with Rabbi Dan at Brewbakers

Friday, June 28th at 11:00am
Timely Topics in Jewish Life 

Shabbat at CAA -- Erev Shabbat services are every Friday at 7:00pm. Torah Study is every Saturday at 9:30am, except for the second Saturday of the month, which is usually a Shabbat Morning Service at 9:30am. Join us in February and March on the third Saturday of the month for mindfulness meditation, discussion of an ethical text, and lunch!



JUNE 14-15, 2024
8-9 SIVAN 5784

Erev Shabbat Services
Friday, June 14th at 7:00pm
With music, songs and prayers, we'll increase the joy of Shabbat as a community while celebrating Rabbi Dan!

The oneg following services is sponsored by Rabbi Dan and his family to mark this milestone.
In addition, we will celebrate Elaine and Paul Bieber's 50th Anniversary with a special cake! 

Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, June 15th at 9:30am
Join us for a musical morning service, including Torah readings and other honors as we mark Rabbi Dan's special milestone.

Friday Night Erev Shabbat Service
Fridays at 7:00pm

Celebrate Shabbat and relax after a long week as Rabbi Dan leads Friday night services in our beautiful sanctuary under the Canopy of Peace with music and prayer.
This Friday night, June 7th, Rabbi Dan will lead the Erev Shabbat service.
Join us after the service to visit with community members and friends at the oneg.

CLICK HERE to attend the service online

CLICK HERE for a pdf of our siddur
NH Shaliach Guy ben David's Final Visit
Sunday, June 9th

10:30am  - Religious School Program on Israeli Inventions
Students will be learning about different Israeli inventions through a hands on activity and by creating their own inventions.

12:30pm - Teen and Adult program  "Israeli Escape Room"
Israeli Escape Room – Guy ben David, NH's Israeli shaliach, presents this interactive group challenge where we’ll solve different puzzles while learning about Israel's 1967 Six Day War.

Israeli Lunch Before Adult Ed and Annual Meeting
Sunday, June 9th at 12:00pm

Following Religious School and before the Teen and Adult Ed presentation by NH's Shaliach, Guy ben David, CAA will host an Israeli Lunch! 

We'll enjoy favorites like falafel and shakshuka as well as tasty treats like bourekas and lemonade with fresh mint- Yum! 

And don't forget that the CAA Annual Meeting will be held a little later, at 1:30pm, in the Social Hall.

CAA Book Club- "The Only Daughter"
Sunday, June 16th at 10:30am

Join the CAA Book Discussion!

Come to the next CAA Book Club meeting!  The next meeting will be on Sunday, June 16, 2024, at the synagogue.  There will be coffee and bagels at 10:15 a.m., and our discussion will start at 10:30.

The book we’ll be discussing is The Only Daughter by A.B. Yehoshua.  The book focuses on a multi-generation Jewish-Italian family and the young “only” daughter.  From Kirkus Reviews: “An only child born into a family of Jewish lawyers . . . , Rachele Luzzatto attends a church school in northern Italy while regularly taking Hebrew lessons from a rabbi imported from Israel for that purpose by her parents. Trouble brews when this bright and inquisitive girl is happily assigned the part of the Mother of God in a seasonal school play. . . . Even in depicting antisemitism, [Yehoshua] finds humor in the strained relations between Jews and gentiles. . . . [The book is a] wise, masterfully understated work by one of Israel’s towering literary figures.” 

Hope to see you on June 16th!

A message from Gary Shapiro...

CAA volunteers at The Community Kitchen serving, and then cleaning up for the evening meal.  We serve around 40 guests, who appreciate our efforts.

Our next evening meal volunteering date is June 20th.  Please contact me if you have interest in joining in this great effort.

Gary Shapiro    
Time to Kvell! Tell us about your Graduates!

Rabbi Dan would love to recognize all the family simchas during this graduation season. Please email Daniella at office@keenesynagogue.org to share about ANYONE in your family that is celebrating an accomplishment. 

Look for a list of graduates and family simchas
in the next few weeks!

In Memory of…
Yahrzeits For the week of June 8 – 14,  2 - 8 Sivan
Nathan Goodman Zeskind, grandfather of Elyse Komitzsky on June 10, 4 Sivan



Diane Shamas is in her first 30 days of mourning the loss of her mother, Shirley Ruth Shapiro


In Mourning
Robin Kost is in her first year of mourning the loss of her sister, Delores Arth Turgelsky

Bruce Platt is in his first year of mourning the loss of his mother, Jean Platt

Marion Shapiro is in her first year of mourning the loss of her husband, Paul Shapiro

Sophie Carney-Brenner is in her first year of mourning the loss of her father, Stephen Weitzman

Doug Honorof is in his first year of mourning the loss of his father, Frank Honorof

Robin Sylvern is in her first year of mourning the loss of her mother,
Dorothy Gale

Jay Kahn is in his first year of mourning the loss of his mother, Lee Kahn

Shabbat Morning Torah Study, Meditation and Mindfulness 
Saturday, June 22nd at 9:30 AM
On Saturday, May 25th, dress comfortably and join us at 9:30 for Torah Study with Rabbi Dan. Then, around 10:30 you're invited to celebrate Shabbat with a relaxing and spiritual guided meditation with Harry Reisig.
Shabbat Morning Torah Study with Rabbi Dan
Saturday, June 22nd and 29th at 9:30 AM
We invite you to our (almost) weekly Shabbat Morning Torah Study, led by Rabbi Dan.

We read a third of each week's Torah reading in English and mine it for meaning for our lives today.

Newcomers and people of all abilities are always welcome!

Shabbat Morning Torah Service with Yizkor
Saturday, June 8th at 9:30 AM
On Saturday, June 8th, we invite you to our monthly Shabbat Morning Service and a Yizkor service, onsite and online.

Help us make a minyan as we celebrate Shabbat with Torah and we remember our loved ones with tradition.

Join the Shabbat Morning Torah Service HERE.

CAA's Final Day of Religious School
Sunday, June 9th at 9:30am
Our last day of Religious School is on Sunday, June 9th and will include a special program with NH's Shaliach, Guy ben David on Israeli Inventions.

There will also be an Iraeli lunch at 12:00pm!


CAA Annual Meeting
Sunday, June 9th at 1:30pm

All are invited to attend Congregation Ahavas Achim's Annual Membership Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting on Sunday, June 9th starting at 1:30pm.

Officers and Trustees for the coming year will be officially elected. We will say goodbye to those who have completed their commitment.

Join us as we hear highlights of the year in review and look forward to the coming year.  

You can attend online or in person! 

Those Wandering Jews!
A Shavuot Night of Learning and Cheesecake Tasting
Tuesday, June 11th at 7:00-9:00pm

In celebration of Shavuot, the holiday that marks the spring harvest and the giving of Torah at Mt. Sinai, come nourish and delight both body and soul.

Instead of asking you to stay up all night at a traditional Tikkun Leyl Shavuot studying Torah, we offer this mini-Tikkun* (in-person only) for your tastebuds and brain cells.

A panel of well-traveled members of CAA will teach us about what they've learned about Jewish communities in Thailand, France, and India. You are welcome to bring your own stories and photos of Jewish communities you've encountered in your travels, as well.
In addition, Rabbi Dan will lead a session on the Book of Ruth, which is traditionally read on Shavuot. Rabbi Dan will introduce us to the art of Bibliodrama and invite us to walk in the shoes of our wandering ancestors, Ruth and Naomi.

In between the two sessions, enjoy some cheesecake...
Bake or buy your favorite, yummiest cheesecake and bring it to CAA for a community cheesecake tasting! (This isn't a contest. Everyone wins when there's plenty of awesome cheesecake for the tasting!)

MAPS Counseling Services
50th Anniversary Gala 
Saturday, June 8th at 8:00pm

What’s on Your Mind?
Comedy mind reader Eric Dittelman knows!
DATE: Saturday, June 8, 2024

LOCATION: Redfern Arts Center, Keene State College

$35 General Admission, 8pm, includes 5 raffle tickets
$75 VIP Admission, 6:30pm, includes dessert reception and 10 raffle tickets

Doors open at 7:30pm for 8pm performance

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Adult humor. Not appropriate for children under 13. Adult supervision recommended for individuals under 18.

For fifty years, Maps Counseling Services has been a beacon of hope and healing in Keene, New Hampshire. Founded in 1973 by a group of local ministers as Monadnock Area Pastoral Counseling Service (MAPSCS), it initially provided professional pastoral counseling and care. Maps Counseling Services has evolved and expanded since then, moving locations and adapting to meet the changing needs of those it serves. 
Send us the name of a person in need of comfort and healing so we can pray for them whenever we recite the Misheberach prayer for healing during our worship services. Please submit a separate form for each person. Please use that same form to let us know when it is appropriate to remove names from this list.
CLICK HERE  to submit the Misheberach form. 
If you add a name to the list, please attend services as you are able and pray along with the community for those in need of healing.

Please email Daniella Yitzchak at office@keenesynagogue.org or
Rabbi Dan Aronson at RabbiDA@keenesynagogue.org with any questions.

Timely Topics in Jewish Life
A presentation and discussion on all things Jewish with Rabbi Dan on the 4th Friday of each month.

Where? Covenant Living of Keene (formerly Hillside Village), 95 Wyman Road, Keene, NH 03431

When? 11AM-12:30PM, June 28th

Who? An interfaith group of residents at Covenant Living, including a number of CAA members. All members of CAA are welcome to attend.


We ask that you wear a blue ribbon in solidarity with the hostages and their families in Israel.

Ribbons are available here at CAA. 
Put blue ribbons on trees, mailboxes and anywhere else
so you can show that you too stand with Israel!

Kesher's Coffee Hour with Rabbi Dan at Brewbakers Café in Keene
Tuesday, June 25th at 11:00am
Grab a cup of Joe or a Chai Latte and pull up a seat. Rabbi Dan looks forward to chatting about... whatever!

Coffee Hour with Rabbi Dan takes place monthly on the 4th Tuesday of the month or by appointment at a more convenient time. To set up a meeting with Rabbi Dan, just visit 

Support CAA!
Make a donation ONLINE by clicking HERE or by mailing a check to: CAA, 84 Hastings Ave., Keene, NH 03431.
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Our community proudly reflects a broad spectrum of Jewish identities and points of view. We welcome members and guests from any movement or no movement! 
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Congregation Ahavas Achim
84 Hastings Ave.
Keene, NH 03431
(603) 352-6747

To ensure that a member of our small staff is present to receive you, please call ahead or email us before visiting.

Rabbi Daniel Aronson
Roye Ginsberg, President
Daniella Yitzchak, Office Manager

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