TEMV windowPlease come to Friday night Shabbat Services as well as to our special Saturday night Selichot Service this week—a unique “warm up” for the Days of Awe.

Shabbat Services with Rabbi Sparr

Friday, September 15
“Pre-neg” – 6 p.m.
Shabbat Service – 6:30 p.m.
Parashat Nitzavim-Vayeilech

Rabbi Sparr Office Hours

Rabbi Sparr is available for office hours Thursday and Friday by appointment. She can generally be reached by phone, 508-736-5555, and welcomes your call during regular business hours. If you have an urgent need, please don’t hesitate to ring her anytime. She may also be reached by e-mail at rabbi@temv.org.

Religious School

Sunday, September 17, ​10 am – 12 noon​

Selichot Service

Saturday, September 16, 8:00 p.m.

On the Saturday evening preceding the High Holy Days, Jews gather for Selichot, penitential prayers and poems, in preparation for the High Holy Days. But a service of Selichot (which means “forgiveness”) is much more than that. This unique service is a sort of “warm-up” for the Days of Awe, and includes an overview of some of the most important musical and liturgical motifs of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. It helps us to reflect upon the year just ending, and focus our intention for the year ahead. A central aspect is seeking forgiveness, not only from The Merciful One, but also from those we may have offended, and, importantly, from ourselves. Rabbi Sparr will lead a musical, thoughtful, interactive Selichot service and study program.

This service will only take place if at least 10 people indicate they are attending. Kindly rsvp to rabbi@temv.org to let us know if you plan to join us!

Full High Holy Days Schedule

Our full High Holy Day schedule is here.

High Holy Days: Step right up (to the bimah)!

Opportunities abound for individuals to light candles, open the ark, hold a Torah, chant a few lines of Torah, or lead a short prayer or reading. Board members will soon be reaching out, but if you’d like a specific honor, please sign up early with president@temv.org.

Scroll of Remembrance​

TEMV is continuing the Yom Kippur tradition of honoring our loved ones with a Scroll of Remembrance, giving us the opportunity to be more reflective during the High Holy Days as it reminds us of our connections to loved ones. Contact phebe@temv.org or (978) 256-2855 with the names and the exact wording of how you want them remembered. The default wording is:

Name of loved one
Remembered by The XXX Family

The suggested donation is $5 per name. If this causes a hardship for you, please give what you feel you can.

​High Holiday Food Collection

Please return your bags with non-perishable food (and also leave new unfilled paper bags) for this annual collection of food for people and their pets. Leave the bags in the lobby.

Apple Picking

Sunday, September 24, 10 a.m. – noon
All community members are invited to gather at Drew Farm, 31 Tadmuck Road, Westford, before 10:00am, for a hayride up to the orchard, a few words of greeting and blessings, and apple picking on your own. Afterward, all are welcome to come together for a brown bag lunch. Please RSVP to ​events@temv.org so that we will know to expect you!
There is no admission fee per se, but please do bring some money to buy the apples you pick. There are also other items for sale at the stand, including cider donuts. ​If there is rain we will cancel.​

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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.



There will be no yoga August 16 to September 15, nor on Wednesday, September 20. See our Events page for details of regular times.

Mah Jong

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

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