Rhododendron FlowerThere’s a lot happening this week, including an Iftar with our Muslim neighbors, a volunteer opportunity with the Lowell Soup Kitchen, and Friday Shabbat services.

Shabbat Services

Friday​, June 16, 7:30 p.m.

Parshat Sh’lach
Board and Oneg Host: Alix Epstein

This week we welcome Cantor Colman Reaboi, who will enhance our service with his beautiful baritone voice and offer a d’var torah.

Volunteer to Host an Oneg

Visit the signup page to choose your date or email oneg@temv.org 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.

Rabbi Sparr Office Hours

Rabbi Sparr will not be holding office hours this week. If you have an urgent need, please don’t hesitate to ring her anytime. She may also be reached by e-mail.

2016-17 and 2017-18 Pledges

Have you fulfilled your pledge for 2016-17? H​ave you sent in your 2017-18 pledge form? Our fiscal year ended April 30th.

Mail your pledges to TEMV, 101 W. Forest St., Lowell, MA, 01851, Attn: Treasurer, or use our Donation Page to give online. ​Please contact the treasurer, Phebe, with any questions.

Lowell Soup Kitchen

Sunday, June 18, 3:30 p.m.

We will be helping with the Soup Kitchen at the Salvation Army, 150 Appleton St., Lowell. Set up (just the food, not tables and chairs) is at 3:30; dinner is served 4:30 to 5:30, followed by clean up. We are going to serve approximately 70 people, and we still need:

  • Green salad
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Hamburger buns
  • Condiments: mayo, mustard, ketchup
  • Paper products (plates, utensils)
  • Lemonade, juice

If you are able to bring any of these items, or if you are able to help set up, serve, or clean up, please contact Jill Barry (978-701-5223) by Friday 6/16/17.


Sunday, June 18, 7:30 p.m.

TEMV and Peace Islands Institute are pleased to host an interfaith evening of nourishment for the mind and body on Sunday, June 18, beginning at 7:30pm. Join us for an iftar, a Ramadan break-the- fast and study with local leaders. We anticipate guests from Peace Islands Institute, GLILA, and the Islamic Society of Greater Lowell, who will provide some of our repast.

All are welcome, and encouraged to bring a pot-luck dish, such as salad, fruit, pasta, drinks, etc., to share (please observe dietary restrictions by bringing only vegetarian dishes, or meat dishes that are kosher/halal and do not contain dairy). Kindly observe modest/business casual attire, and RSVP to iftar@temv.org before 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, so that we can plan food and space accordingly.

Program (subject to modification):

7:30 p.m.: Welcome by the co-hosts

7:40: Discussion of fasting practices in Judaism and Islam by Rabbi Robin Sparr and Chaplain Ibrahim Sayar

8:05: Peace Islands Institute video presentation

8:26: Call to prayer/Athan by Chaplain Ibrahim Sayar

8:30: Fast breaking, dinner, and dialog

9:15: Dialog discussion briefs, wrap-up of the discussion points and lessons learned

9:30: Closing blessings by Rabbi Robin Sparr and Chaplain Ibrahim Sayar; Farewell


Birthday and Anniversary Blessings

We want to celebrate you! On Friday, June 23rd, we will turn our Sun Wheel in honor of the summer solstice. During this service, those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries June through September will be invited to come up to the bimah for a joyous blessing. Birthday and anniversary blessings will be offered four times a year as we turn our Sun Wheel to welcome each season. Please write to Robin Frisch with your birthday and anniversary dates so we can extend a personal invitation when it is time for you to receive your special blessings.

Lowell Spinners Game

Sunday, June 25, 5:35 p.m.—Note that this is a time change.

$6 per ticket.

Have you already purchased tickets? If so, please contact Phebe to let her know your seat numbers. Thank you!

Join TEMV friends and family for a baseball game at LaLecheur Park for a Lowell Spinners baseball game. Contact Phebe for tickets. Prior to the game, all kids are welcome to play catch on the field from 4:30-5:00!


Food and Toiletry Collections

There are boxes in the lobby waiting to be filled with your generous donations.  All donations go to local charities. Thank you!


Gentle yoga: Monday, 8:30 a.m.;  RSVP required by Sunday at 12 noon. On holidays this class meets at 9 am.

Attendance at this class has been low recently. If you wish to attend yoga on Monday morning, please contact Cornelia at yogainfo@temv.org preferably by Sunday afternoon. If at least three people say they are coming she will let you know. Please leave your phone number—preferably a cell phone number—in your email.

Yoga: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Please bring a mat.

It’s hard to believe, but Cornelia has been teaching TEMV Yoga for nine years and has requested a well-deserved rate increase. The cost will now be $10 for the teacher and a $3 donation for the temple.

For more information email yogainfo@temv.org 

Mah Jong

Tuesdays, 6 p.m. and Thursdays, 1 p.m.

Join the Mah Jong email list to keep updated about cancellations by emailing  mahjongg-join@temv.org.

​​​If you are interested in learning and / or playing the game but these times don’t work for you, ​email mahjong@temv.org and just maybe we can work something out.

Do you have something to add to this email blast or the temple’s bulletin? Send it to phebe@temv.org.

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