About Us

Temple Israel is an egalitarian Conservative Jewish congregation serving the Greater Manchester, NH area. We are located just north of downtown Manchester at 66 Salmon Street. Manchester is located in southern New Hampshire and is approximately an hour north of Boston. See Driving directions here

Rabbi Gary Atkins

Rabbi Gary Atkins was born in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Dartmouth College.  He  served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966-70, and during that time he became seriously interested in his Judaism.  After discharge, Rabbi Atkins studied and was ordained at the Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City.  He returned to the Air Force as the Area Jewish Chaplain for the Far East, stationed at Clark Air Base in the Philippines, traveling to bases in Thailand and Taiwan.  After leaving the service, Rabbi Atkins continued his community involvement as chair of the Bloomfield Interfaith Association and as President of the Greater Hartford Rabbinical Association.  His rabbinical mentors include Rabbis David Wolpe and Harold Kushner.

After having served pulpits in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut, Rabbi Atkins officially retired and settled in Lee, NH with his wife Iris.  After a year hiatus, Rabbi Atkins is reassuming the role of religious leader, and looks forward to sharing his stories and Torah-teaching with the Temple Israel Congregation and its visitors.  Contact Rabbi Atkins: Rabbi@templeisraelmht.org or (603) 622-6171.


Officers and Board of Directors 2017-18

Our Temple entrance

Executive Board

  • President: Steve Saulten
  • Vice President: Joy Sydney
  • Treasurer: John Weber
  • Secretary: Renee Brenner


  • Becky Abrams
  • Ken Cohn
  • Brian Grodman
  • Lisa Howe
  • Aida Koocher
  • Josh Nathan
  • Norri Oberlander
  • Rachel Russell
  • Al Shamash
  • Dan Sklar
  • Carol Sternberg

Past President

  • Irma Wallin

Office Administrator

  • Christine Dame