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Our Members Say

“TEMV is a warm, welcoming, caring, and inclusive community. It’s hard to decide the order of importance of all those and the only word I can think of that may contain all is ‘family.’” — Jim

“Our interfaith marriage made it tricky to find a place of worship that we were both comfortable with. TEMV’s welcoming and relaxing atmosphere has worked out well for our whole family.” — Jane

“TEMV has been a spiritual and communal home for our family for almost 25 years. We have celebrated joyous occasions such as Bar/Bat Mitzvahs of our children and Eshet Mitzvah for myself, a wedding for my daughter and son-in-law, and the birth of our grandchild. The community has also supported us during sad times as well. Just knowing that we are part of such an open, warm, and welcoming Jewish environment has made all the difference in our interfaith marriage and family life. Shabbat services are like a deep breath of fresh air.” — Carole

“TEMV is a place where people know who you are and reach out in times of need. This summer my husband had surgery around the time our third child was due. Many, many friends from Temple reached out to us, expressing their desire to help in any way possible. Our rabbi called to check in on us. What a great feeling to know that if we need help in any way, it is there for us.” — Sue

“I joined TEMV about 25 years ago so my children could get a Jewish education. I was from a ‘Southern Reform congregation and my parents were secular. I’m part of an interfaith family and my children are Hispanic. None of that made a difference at TEMV. TEMV has given me the opportunity to learn about my religion and encouraged me to be a leader. In the process, I’ve grown as a Jew and a person. I’ve met fabulous people and developed very close friendships.” — Linda

This Week

  • Social Action Shabbat

    December 9, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Parashat Vayetzei

    Board Host: Lisa Rubin
    Oneg Host: David Emmerich and Janet Ashley

    In honor of Human Rights Shabbat, we are pleased to welcome Jayde Campbell, Executive Director of the Lowell Transitional Living Center and an individual with lived experience who will present on the topic of homelessness. They will discuss what life is like as a homeless person, what services are available, and what is missing. They will also give us some ideas about what we as a congregation and as individuals can do to help.

    The presentation will follow a brief Kabbalat Shabbat service.

    The current toiletries collection will be donated to the Lowell Transitional Living Center.
    ​These names will be read in loving memory as their yahrzeiten occur at this season: ​
    ​George Abrams 12/6​
    Florence Sidel 12/6
    Erwin Susman 12/6

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  • Religious School

    December 11, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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  • Gentle Yoga - RSVP required

    December 12, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 9:45 am

    This Gentle Yoga class will happen only when there are at least 3 people who have contacted the instructor ahead of time to say that they will be there. Contact the instructor, Cornelia at yogainfo@temv.org to confirm your attendance and for more information.
    Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat.
    $7 / class for the instructor and a $3 donation /class for the temple.
    Thanks.

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  • Highlands Neighborhood Council Meeting

    December 12, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Mah Jong

    December 13, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Mah Jong

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  • Yoga

    December 14, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    All invited. $7 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

    December 15, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Temple

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  • Board Meeting - note change in date

    December 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley, 101 W Forest St, Lowell, MA 01851, United States

    Note that December board meeting is the third Thursday, December 15 instead of December 8.
    Board meetings are open to all members of Temple Emanuel.
    Unless otherwise indicated starting in June 2016 they will be on the second Thursday of the month in 2016 - 17 at 7 PM

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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

Volunteer/Host Sign-up

Want to volunteer for a one-time TEMV event, such as oneg or board hosting? Look for the opportunity below, and click Find Out More so you can sign up. You’ll be reminded by e-mail a few days before your event (Sign up for Board hosting only if you are a member of the TEMV Board.) Please also review the hosting responsibilities.

If you wish to volunteer to help TEMV on an ongoing basis, please consider signing up for one of our committees, too. Thank you for your service to our community!