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Congregation Betenu
Five Northern Blvd #1
Amherst NH 03031 USA
+1 603/886-1633
serving the greater Nashua area

Congregation Betenu is a Reform Synagogue located in Amherst, New Hampshire.  Betenu is a small, warm and friendly congregation.  Our mission is to be a home for all who wish to participate in Jewish community.  

To contact the Betenu office, please click here or call 603-886-1633.

May  /  June  Services and Events

Friday May 8, 7:30 PM: Lay-led Service
Friday May 15, 7:30 PM: Musical Service with Rav Rebekah and Sarah Noyovitz
Saturday May 16, 11:00 AM: Discussion of Advance Care Planning
Sunday May 17, 7:30 PM: Betenu Annual Meeting
Friday May 22, 7:30 PM: Lay-led Service
Friday May 29, 7:30 PM: Reunion Confirmation Service, led by Rav Rebekah
Friday June 5, 7:30 PM: Lay-led Service
Saturday June 6, 7:00 PM: Havdallah with Rav Rebekah
Friday June 12, 7:30 PM: Lay-led Service
Friday June 19, 7:30 PM: Service led by Rav Rebekah
Friday June 26, 7:30 PM: Lay-led Service

Advance Care Planning
  Presentation and Discussion on Saturday May 16 at 11:00 AM

Most people will lose the ability to speak for themselves at some point before they die.  Most also feel that it is very important that they discuss their choices with both their physician and their loved ones. However, very few people actually have this discussion and most people do not have an advance directive. 80% would prefer to die at home surrounded by loved ones, but 80 % actually die in a medical setting. Having an advance directive does not guarantee that your choices for future health care or how you die will be honored; the directive is only as good as the conversations you have with your loved ones, your physician, and your chosen spokesperson. Good advance care planning (planning in advance for your care) allows you to choose someone who knows what your goals and values are and is willing to act on your behalf even if they don’t agree with your choice. It also involves discussing what your choices might be for an expected health condition or for an unexpected serious event and it can involve considering how your personal or religious beliefs may need to be considered in making your choices.

At Congregation Betenu on May 16 at 11 am, Sanders Burstein, MD will begin a discussion on this topic of advance care planning and Rav Rebekah Goldman will explore the Jewish perspectives on this topic, including issues related to end of life care.

All are welcome to attend this presentation and discussion.  Please RSVP to the Betenu office, by clicking here, or calling 603-886-1633.

Students gather round Rav Rebekah

Religious School

Congregation Betenu Religious School offers a comprehensive Jewish education for students in grades K-7, including Jewish Studies, Hebrew, music, art, dance, holiday programming, and Rabbi-taught Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation.  The school features a qualified, caring, and experienced staff, small class sizes, and weekly Sunday sessions.

Registrations are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 school year. For more information about our Religious School, or to arrange a visit, please contact the Betenu office at 603-886-1633.

Click to see the 2014-2015 version of The Betenu Parent Handbook.


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Interfaith Activities

Due to the large geographic area covered by Congregation Betenu, we belong to two regional interfaith associations. These include the Nashua Area Interfaith Council and the Souhegan Valley Interfaith Council. 

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