URJ Biennial 2017This week’s theme is TEMV and the wider community: the URJ Biennial; a talk by the executive director of Women of the Wall that we are co-sponsoring with our neighboring congregation in Chelmsford; and (looking ahead) a Chanukah celebration with our Muslim friends. Read on for details!

URJ Biennial: No Shabbat Services at TEMV

There will be no Shabbat services at TEMV this week because many of us will be attending the ones at the URJ Biennial. Please e-mail events@temv.org if you are going and wish to carpool. Those who have previously registered and received confirmation should gather in Boston at the Biennial location. For those who have not registered, please enjoy Shabbat rest, peace and joy at home or with friends.

This week we recall those whose yahrzeiten fall at this time of year, and who will be remembered during Shabbat services at TEMV on December 15:

Erwin Susman

Rabbi Sparr Office Hours

Rabbi Sparr is available for office hours on Sunday afternoon this week. Kindly e-mail or call her to arrange an appointment.

Religious School

Sunday, December 10

In session.

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,” an event that TEMV is co-sponsoring and strongly encourages our community to attend. 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.

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.

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.


Our TEMV family will celebrate TWO Chanukah events this season:

Shabbat Chanukah

Friday, December 15

  • 5:30 p.m. Tot Shabbat for families with young children.
  • 6:00 p.m. Community Potluck Dinner, beginning with lighting of Hanukiot (menorahs) and Shabbat candles. RSVP to potluck@temv.org.
  • 7:00 p.m. Intergenerational Shabbat Chanukah service, including turning of our Sunwheel and blessings for all those who celebrate winter birthdays and anniversaries.

Chanukah Celebration with our Muslim Friends

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

Revere, MA. Location will be sent upon RSVP.

Many of you will remember the wonderful Iftar program we jointly hosted with Peace Island Institute and the Islamic Society of Greater Lowell, whose members visited TEMV with gifts of food, insight, and friendship during Ramadan this past spring. The TEMV community happily obligated ourselves to reciprocate, and have committed to doing so in just a few weeks. All members of the TEMV community, including our religious school families, are enthusiastically encouraged to attend. Please plan to join us and help uphold our commitment to interfaith friendship and sharing.

There will be a host of activities, including song, dance, and discussion led by Rabbi Sparr and Mr. Olsen Turin, vice president of Peace Islands Institute, and a kids’ craft activity led by the Education Committee. We’ll conclude with an integrated dairy/vegetarian lunch, and head back to Lowell after clean-up (around 1:30).

Please join us for this joyous celebration of friendship. We need people to bring food and menorahs—please contact events@temv.org with what you will provide for the potluck luncheon:

  • latkes (store bought or homemade)
  • sour cream
  • apple sauce
  • salads
  • bread and butter
  • veggies and dips
  • desserts
  • beverages
  • (Rabbi Sparr will provide chocolate gelt)

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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.



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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