Cheryl Hamilton
Cheryl Hamilton

Please join us for our annual Social Action Shabbat this Friday! Our featured speaker is Cheryl Hamilton of the International Institute of New England, an expert on refugee resettlement and immigrant integration. Guests welcome! There’s lots more happening this week, too, so read on!

Social Action Shabbat Service

Friday, December 1, 7:00 p.m.

Parashat Vayishlach

Our featured speaker will be Cheryl Hamilton, an expert on refugee resettlement and immigrant integration. Hamilton currently serves as Lowell site director and director of partner engagement at the International Institute of New England (IINE), a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of refugees and immigrants.

Hamilton will explore why immigrants come to the United States, how they gain entry, and what happens after they arrive. She will also discuss services provided by IINE and what kind of actions we as individuals can take. She will be joined by a recent immigrant who will share their story as well.

Board and Oneg Host: Stephanie Karakantas

Rabbi Sparr Office Hours

Rabbi Sparr is available for office hours by appointment on Thursday and Friday this week. Kindly e-mail or call her to arrange one.

Religious School

Sunday, December 3

In session.

Give to TEMV on #GivingTuesday

This Tuesday, November 28, is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. We hope you will consider giving to TEMV as part of this celebration!

You may donate securely online or send a check to:

Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley
101 W. Forest St.
Lowell, MA 01851

Donations are tax deductible. Thank you in advance for your donation and for the many ways you give of your time and energy to TEMV!


Saturday, December 2, 6:30 p.m.

Just one more week to RSVP! Join your TEMV friends at the Mandarin Asian Bistro for a TEMV FUNdraiser! Eat a delicious dinner with friends while helping to raise money for our temple! The restaurant will donate 15% of our bill that evening to TEMV. They serve Chinese food as well as sushi, and are located at 24 Market Street in Lowell.
Please RSVP to Robin Frisch by Tuesday, November 28th, as the restaurant needs an exact headcount.

Ritual Committee Meeting

November 30, 7 p.m.
All welcome!

Limmud Boston

Sunday, December 3, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Temple Reyim / Mayyim Hayyim Campus, 1860 Washington St, Newton, MA
“A Jewish learningfest of culture and identity. From storytelling, music and meditation to Torah and Talmud, LimmudBoston offers inspiration and education – engaging beginners and scholars alike.” Learn more and register.

Adult Education

It’s time to register for upcoming adult education offerings for TEMV, including Mussar practice and Hebrew reading. Rabbi Sparr is also interested in preparing a cohort for adult bar/bat mitzvah next year (spring of 2019). Please visit the Adult Ed page for details and to indicate your interest.


Women of the Wall Speaker at Congregation Shalom

Monday, December 4, 7:00 p.m.

Congregation Shalom, 87 Richardson Rd., Chelmsford

Please join us for “A Conversation with Leslie Sachs, executive director of Women of the Wall.” Since 1988, Women of the Wall has fought for women’s right to pray collectively and aloud with Torah Scrolls, Tallitot and Tefillin at the Western Wall, Judaism’s most holy site. Through education, social advocacy and empowerment, Women of the Wall strives to change the status quo and works to expand civil rights, human rights and religious freedom in Israel.

No Shabbat Services at TEMV December 8

There will be no Shabbat services at TEMV because many of us will be attending the ones at the URJ Biennial. Please e-mail if you are going and wish to carpool.

Hanuka Program with Peace Islands Institute

Sunday, December 17, 10:30 a.m. SHARP to 1:00 p.m.

Many of you will remember the wonderful guests from Peace Island Institute who visited TEMV with gifts of food, insight, and friendship during Ramadan this past spring. The TEMV community obligated ourselves to reciprocate, and have committed to doing so on Sunday, December 17. We’ll have a range of activities, including song, dance, and discussion led by Rabbi Robin and a kids’ craft activity led by Sue Cornelliusen. We’ll follow that with an integrated dairy/vegetarian meal. Please join us for this joyous celebration of friendship. We need people to bring food and menorahs — please contact Sue with what you will provide. Location will be sent upon RSVP.

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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

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