We attract down-to-earth people seeking a Jewish home for ritual, cultural, or social reasons. Many of our families include interfaith couples looking for a temple where they will be welcome and a place to educate their children. We do not, nor have we ever, charged for High Holy Day seats. (We rely on voluntary donations by those who attend.)
Inclusion is a core belief of the members of Temple Emanuel, and we put that belief into action. Membership is open to all who are committed to or are exploring Judaism: singles, couples, parents and their children, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, couples where both are Jewish and couples where one — or both — is not, people with extensive Jewish knowledge and beginners. Our current membership reflects that diversity. We welcome everyone who wants to find community with us.
TEMV was one of eight winners from across North America of the Union for Reform Judaism’s 2019 Belin Awards for “audacious hospitality.” TEMV won the award for its “LGBTQ Uninitiative”—the collective things we do to help LGBTQ members and their families feel welcome and supported. Rather than being a specific initiative or program, LGBTQ inclusion at TEMV is simply, in the words of one LGBTQ member, “How we roll.”
Our mission is to provide a welcoming atmosphere that encourages Jewish spirituality, learning, and community and celebrates the many ways to be Jewish. We hope you will join us in that journey.
TEMV belongs to the Union for Reform Judaism, the principal affiliating association of Reform Judaism in North America. Other affiliations include the Synagogue Council of America and the Greater Lowell Interfaith Leadership Alliance.
For our upcoming Social Action Shabbat, we’re delighted to welcome award-winning storyteller and educator Rachael Cerrotti! Rachel will talk about retracing her grandmother’s war story and the intertwined, contemporary issues of immigration and racism.
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!
We hope you will join us for Shabbat Services this Friday—and read about our upcoming social action activities!
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