Shabbat CandlesPlease join us for Shabbat services this Friday! We also hope you will consider a year-end donation to TEMV.

Shabbat Services

Friday, December 22, 7:30 p.m.

Board Host: TBD
Oneg host: Looking for a volunteer — please contact Zach at Otherwise it will be potluck oneg.

Rabbi Sparr Office Hours

Rabbi Sparr is available for office hours on Tuesday and Friday this week by appointment. She can always be reached at, or during business hours at 508-736-5555. In an emergency or urgent need, do phone at any hour.

Religious School

Sunday, December 25, 31

No school—winter break.

Board Meeting

Tuesday, December 19, 7:00 p.m.

All welcome.

Oneg Hosts and Lay Leaders Needed

We are looking for lay leaders for Shabbat services on January 12 and Feb 16th. Please contact Karen if you are able to do so.

We need Oneg hosts for the following dates. Please contact Zach Frisch if you can volunteer for any of them. Thank you! All times are service start times except when noted as Pre-negs.

  • 12/29 7:30 p.m.
  • 1/5 7:30 p.m.
  • 1/12 7:30 p.m.
  • 1/19 6:00 p.m. Pre-neg (cheese, fruit, wine)
  • 2/2 7:00 p.m.
  • 2/16 6:00 p.m. Pre-neg (cheese, fruit wine)
  • 2/23 7:30 p.m.

Donations and Membership Commitments

During this season of giving, we ask that you remember to make your monthly membership pledges by December 31–and also consider an extra donation to TEMV as you reflect on what we hope TEMV has given you, with services that are meaningful, a rabbi who is approachable, knowledgeable, and musical, a long history of working for social justice, and an inclusive spirit that we put into action for our diversity of congregants. Thank you for giving from your heart. Make your membership pledge or donate online here or send a check to Treasurer, Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley, 101 W. Forest St., Lowell, MA 01851. Donations must be postmarked or made online by December 31 to count for the 2017 tax year.

Calling All Musicians/Vocalists

TEMV MusiciansRabbi Sparr is interested in pulling together a band for occasional services. If you play any instrument well and can either read music or have strong ear-training skills, or you are a strong singer (able to hold a lead or harmony line on your own), please reach out before the end of the month. First opportunity to play would be January 26 at services (rehearsal likely on January 14), as well as at future Shabbat services and other events.

Congratulations to Our New VP

Congratulations to Robin Frisch, who was approved by the Board to serve as our vice president!

Winter Clothing Collection

There is a box in the TEMV lobby for winter clothing, including coats, gloves/mittens, hats, and scarves. Toiletries and non-perishable food are always welcome, too.

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Volunteer to Host an Oneg

Visit the signup page to choose your date or email with your preferred dates. ​We ask all members to sign up to host twice. It’s one simple way to help the community!

The complete Service schedule for the year is here, along with our full calendar of events.



See our Events page for details of regular times.

Mah Jong

See our Events page for details of when we usually play and how to join in.

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