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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.

Rosh Hashanah begins the evening of September 9; Yom Kippur begins the evening of September 18. We will be holding services throughout the holy days. All services at our temple on 101 W. Forest St. in Lowell will be led by Rabbi Robin S. Sparr with guest Rabbi Stephanie Wolfe.

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

Of particular note this year are our afternoon “family” services at 2:00 p.m. 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

  • Mah Jong

    September 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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  • Shabbat Service

    September 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    6:00 PM Pre-neg - Oneg before Shabbat Service
    6:30 PM Shabbat Service

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  • Mah Jong

    September 25, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Mah Jong

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  • Mah Jong

    September 25, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Mah Jong

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  • Yoga

    September 26, 2018 @ 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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Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur, and Much More This Week at TEMV

Pomegranate and honeyAll are welcome join us this week for Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur—admission is free, and no memberships or tickets are needed. We also have Shabbat services on Friday with a baby naming and our quarterly turning of the sunwheel! (more…)

Helping Those Impacted by Gas Explosions

Merrimack Valley. Image credit: Karl Musser
Merrimack Valley. Image credit: Karl Musser, under a CC BY-SA 2.5 license.

As a Merrimack Valley organization, we are saddened by the tragedy that struck our neighboring communities yesterday when gas lines exploded in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover. We wish healing of hearts, bodies, and homes to those impacted by these events, and we encourage people to support these organizations (among others)—and to contribute needed supplies [updated 9/17]: (more…)

Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5779: Traveler’s Tales

Dana RudolphDana Rudolph, Trustee at Large, TEMV Board of Trustees; Publicity Chair:

Judaism, to me, is about journeys. And Jewish journeys, like much of Jewish culture and thought, are many layered—like a good babka. (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