Visiting the Granite State: With great joy, Mr & Mrs Abq Jew hereby announce that they recently completed their first visit to the new home town of their son Dov the Film Editor; their daughter (in-law) Jessica the Surgeon; their grandchildren Vera and Chuck; and their granddog Dave (see Welcoming New Hampshire).
And, of course, with extreme gratitude (see Vaccines, Ken O'Hara!) to
The Holy One, Blessed Be He
Visiting concurrently and therefore also present in Portsmouth: Mr & Mrs Abq Jew's daughter Alex the Communications Strategist; Alex's boyfriend Jake; and Hugh the Musician, Mrs Abq Jew's brother.
Everyone involved in Mr & Mrs Abq Jew's family reunion (except for the grandkids and granddog) had been doubly-vaxxed and -vetted. And (except for the granddog) wore masks in public and washed their hands.
Which left us all free to explore
Now there's a ... boatload of Abq Jew's family history in Portsmouth, which Money Magazine has more than once (!) declared "one of the top five best places to live in America." This, in spite of the fact that the city has no nickname.
Unlike, for example, Albuquerque, NM, known as Duke City. Or Santa Fe, NM, known as The City Different. Or Rumney, NH, known as the Crutch Capital of the World.
BTW - It turns out that the official State Motto of New Hampshire is NOT
Later, Ben and Clara had a son, Alfred - Abq Jew's father's first and favorite first cousin. Alfred left Brooklyn and moved to Portsmouth. After a brief intermission, he married Ola. The couple then had children: Michael, Patricia (of blessed memory), Allison, and Shawn.
Remember that - when visiting Portsmouth,
if you don't drive a car or other vehicle,
you don't have to worry about parking.
This confused Mr & Mrs Abq Jew no end.
Remember that - if you buy a home in Portsmouth
that includes a garage, a carport, or at least a driveway,
you don't have to worry about parking.
Price, as it turns out, may be one slight, relatively minor ... impediment to buying a home in Portsmouth. Remember Abq Jew's relatives Alfred and Ola? Back in the day, the family (even then, with two wage-earners) lived at
These days, Zillow tells us, the house has 2,124 square feet of living space; 4 bedrooms, and 1.5 bathrooms. It's currently off the market. But ...
Doesn't work for you? Then let's move on to -
with a car or other vehicle - Portsmouth
has plenty of public parking available.
You don't have to worry about parking.
And by public, Abq Jew means: PAID. Typical rates:
The Hanover Parking Facility charges $2.00 per hour; Max Rate: $40; Lost Ticket: $40; $5.00 All day parking on Sundays for Portsmouth Residents. The garage is open 24 hours a day.
Visitors may park overnight up to a maximum of seven days. You can also purchase a monthly pass at the Hanover Garage ($200.00 for residents, $275 for non-residents).
Temple Israel - you don't have to worry about parking.
Temple Israel of Portsmouth
Temple Israel of Portsmouth was established in 1905 in the historic Puddle Dock neighborhood of Portsmouth and has resided at 200 State Street, the former First Methodist Church, since 1912.
It has been recognized as the oldest permanent Jewish house of worship in New Hampshire by the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation.
The Temple, made up of about 300 families from 40 communities around the NH Seacoast, is affiliated with United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
The Temple’s Religious School serves about 70 children ages 5-13, and its Early Learning Center is a Montessori-inspired preschool that brings Jewish values and culture to children ages 2 years 9 months to 6 years.
For more information,
visit templeisraelnh.org or call (603) 436-5301.
That blacktop, my friends, right around Temple Israel, right there at 200 State Street, the heart of Downtown Portsmouth, right near Market Square and the Old North Church - that's a parking lot.
Now, some of that parking lot belongs to the auto repair shop that is leasing space from Temple Israel. But most of that parking lot belongs to, and can be used by, Temple Israel's membership.
Which is to say - your membership to Temple Israel includes the benefit of
Free parking in Temple Israel’s lot
in downtown Portsmouth!