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High Holy Days and Other Holidays

High Holy Days

TEMV maintains its long-standing tradition of open and free seating during the High Holy Days. Every year, we open our doors to anyone who wants to attend, selling no tickets, with no reserved seating. We’ve done this for the entire time the temple has been in existence. It is part of who we are.

We use the Central Conference of American Rabbi’s new Mishkan HaNefesh (“Sanctuary of the Soul”) as our mahzor (High Holiday prayer book).

Please see our service schedule for the High Holy Days this year. We hope you will join us!

Other Holidays

We celebrate other holidays in a variety of ways, including a second-night pot-luck Passover seder, a Tu B’Sh’vat seder, a Torah unrolling for Simchat Torah, and a rollicking Purim service. Check the calendar to see what’s coming up!

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This Week

  • Gentle Yoga

    September 25, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

    Gentle yoga - Monday 8:30 a.m. - Holidays at 9 a.m .
    RSVP required by Sunday at 12 noon

    All invited. $10 for the instructor and a $3 donation to the Temple. Please bring a mat. For more info contact yogainfo@temv.org

    Attendance at this class has been low recently. If you wish to attend the Monday morning class please contact Cornelia at yogainfo@temv.org before Sunday at noon. If at least three people say they are coming she will hold class and let you know. Please leave your phone number -- preferably a cell phone number in your email.

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  • Mah Jong

    September 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Mah Jong

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  • Yoga

    September 27, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    All invited. $10 for the instructor and a $3 donation to the Temple. Please bring a mat. For more info contact yogainfo@temv.org

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  • Mah Jong

    September 28, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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  • Yom Kippur

    September 30, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

    No charge for seats and no RSVP required. With Rabbi Robin Sparr and Rabbi Em Mueller
    10 a.m. Yom Kippur Morning Service and Torah Reading
    Concurrent children’s service with award-winning singer/songwriter Rahel. Babysitting also available.
    Text study with Rabbi Em after morning service.
    Quiet time on own for meditation and prayer, with the Western Wall
    2:30 p.m. Service of Healing and Hope
    3:45 p.m. Mincha with Torah Service
    5:00 p.m. Yizkor Service of Memory and Reflection
    6:15 p.m. Neilah – Closing Service
    7:00 p.m. Havdalah and Potluck Break-the-Fast
    Please bring food that does not need cooking or heating.

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Help Advance Criminal Justice Reform

MegaphoneThe Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), in partnership with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) and with many Massachusetts Reform rabbis, is asking people in Massachusetts to take action now on criminal justice reform. Rabbi Sparr has signed their letter urging our state political leadership to strengthen pending criminal justice legislation. Now it’s our turn. (more…)

Rosh Hashanah Services and More This Week at TEMV

ShofarPlease join us as we welcome in the Days of Awe with Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah, and Rosh Hashanah Sunrise services this week! No tickets or reservations are required; just come to celebrate and pray with us. Interfaith families welcome! There’s also a Shabbat Shuva service on Friday and apple picking Sunday.

Join Us for Apple Picking at Drew Farm

AppleEveryone is invited to join us at Drew Farm next Sunday, September 24, for apple picking! (more…)

Selichot Service and More This Week at TEMV

TEMV windowPlease come to Friday night Shabbat Services as well as to our special Saturday night Selichot Service this week—a unique “warm up” for the Days of Awe.

Open House, Shabbat Services, and More This Week at TEMV

Torah ArkPlease come with all your friends to our Open House this Sunday at 11 a.m.! Whether you’re new to our community or just wondering what’s in store for the year, it’s a great opportunity to chat with Rabbi Sparr, our board, and other community members. This Friday night, too, is our first rabbi-led service of the season. Read on for more about the coming weeks, including the High Holy Days.

Join Us for the 2017/5778 High Holy Days at TEMV

Mishkan HanefeshTemple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley invites everyone to our High Holy Day Services this September (Tishrei 5778). No tickets or reservations are required; just come to celebrate and pray with us. Interfaith families welcome! (more…)

Rabbi’s Notes

Rabbi Robin SparrShalom, dear TEMV family!

I hope you’ve enjoyed a restful summer, full of good times with family and friends, outdoor activities, and opportunities for both rest and growth. Perhaps you are, like me, approaching the fall with a mix of excitement and wistfulness. Hot days (and nights) will soon give way to earlier sunsets and turning leaves, and, for many of us, a return to school or more routine work schedules. (more…)

Shabbat Services, Lunch Bunch, and More This Week at TEMV

Wine and Juice for KiddushJoin us for lay-led Shabbat services this week, as well as a Lunch Bunch at Kimball Farms!

TEMV Stands Out Against Hate

Standout Against HateTEMV members participated in last Friday’s Standout Against Hate rally in Lowell–and TEMV President Michelle Vlamis was quoted on the front page of Saturday’s Lowell Sun. (more…)

You’re Invited: TEMV Fall Open House September 10

Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack ValleyYou and your family and friends are invited to join us at our Fall Open House, September 10, 2017, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.!

Here’s Why

TEMV is:

  • 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