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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 welcome all who wish to explore Jewish practice—our membership includes both Jewish and Jewish/interfaith families, families of multiple ethnicities and geographic backgrounds, and LGBTQ+ families and individuals.

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

Of particular note are our afternoon “family” services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. These brief, engaging services will include the liturgical highlights for each holy day, as well as songs, a story, shofar calls, and (on Rosh Hashanah) honey sticks! All are welcome — this is a wonderful opportunity for adults and children to worship together, as well as for those who may have other school or work obligations in the morning, are looking for a taste of TEMV, or would simply enjoy a shorter service. Invite your friends, neighbors, and relatives! We will also be offering concurrent children’s activities and babysitting (but not a children’s service) during our morning services on both days.

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

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!

This Week

  • Board Meeting

    November 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    The TEMV board normally meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Members are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

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  • Erev Shabbat/New Member Service/Bell Choir

    November 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Religious School

    November 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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New Member Service and More This Week at TEMV

There’s lots happening this week, including our annual New Member Shabbat Service, with a special guest performance from the Bell Choir of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church! Come welcome our new members (or become one yourself if you’re not already)! We also have a FUNdraiser dinner night at Panera—they’ll donate a portion of their proceeds to TEMV—and the GLILA Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving service!


Shabbat Services This Week at TEMV

We hope you will join us for Shabbat Services this Friday—and read about our upcoming social action activities!

Wine and Juice for Kiddush


Family Shabbat/Ya’akov Lantern Service, Pizza/Potluck Dinner, and Blessing of the Animals This Week

All ages and all families are welcome to our Family Shabbat/Ya’akov Lantern Service and pizza/potluck dinner this Friday—and please come back Sunday with your pets and/or stuffies for our Blessing of the Animals!

Blessing of the Animals (more…)

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