We attract down-to-earth people seeking a Jewish home for ritual, cultural, or social reasons. Many of our families include interfaith couples looking for a temple where they will be welcome and a place to educate their children. We do not, nor have we ever, charged for High Holy Day seats. (We rely on voluntary donations by those who attend.)
Inclusion is a core belief of the members of Temple Emanuel, and we put that belief into action. Membership is open to all who are committed to or are exploring Judaism: singles, couples, parents and their children, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, couples where both are Jewish and couples where one — or both — is not, people with extensive Jewish knowledge and beginners. Our current membership reflects that diversity. We welcome everyone who wants to find community with us.
Our mission is to provide a welcoming atmosphere which encourages Jewish spirituality, learning, and community, and to share these values with others. We hope you will join us in that journey.
TEMV belongs to the Union for Reform Judaism, the principal affiliating association of Reform Judaism in North America. Other affiliations include the Synagogue Council of America and the Greater Lowell Interfaith Leadership Alliance.
TEMV is a member of Welcoming Faiths, an interfaith coalition in the Merrimack Valley dedicated to promoting affirmation and inclusion for LGBTQ+ individuals and families. The coalition recently distributed copies of the book Trans Teen Survival Guide to its member congregations, and we are happy to share a review of it by our very own Jo Rothman.
Please join us this week for Shabbat services on Friday—and mark your calendars for our upcoming Tot Tales, for children under five years old and their caregivers!
We hope you will join us this Friday for Shabbat, Shavuot, and Yizkor Services, including a Leil Tikkun Shavuot—an Evening of Learning—and a dairy/vegetarian potluck dinner!
Supportive of our members in both joyful and challenging times
Inclusive across all aspects of identity
Musical, celebratory, and reflective in our worship
Contemporary and open-minded in our thinking about what it means to be Jewish
Heartfelt in our welcome of interfaith families
Active in working towards social justice in our community and around the world