Pomegranate and honeyTemple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley invites everyone to our High Holy Day Services this September (Tishrei 5779). No tickets or reservations are required; just come to celebrate and pray with us. We do not, nor have we ever, charged for High Holy Day seats. (We rely on voluntary donations by those who attend.) Interfaith families welcome!

All services will be led by Rabbi Robin S. Sparr and guest Rabbi Stephanie Wolfe.

Enjoy delicious foods at our Rosh Hashanah Kiddush and join us for our Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast Potluck dinner.

Of particular note this year are our afternoon “family” services at 2:00 p.m. on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. These brief, engaging services will include the liturgical highlights for each holy day, as well as songs, a story, shofar calls, and (on Rosh Hashanah) honey sticks! All are welcome — this is a wonderful opportunity for adults and children to worship together, as well as for those who may have other school or work obligations in the morning, are looking for a taste of TEMV, or would simply enjoy a shorter service. Invite your friends, neighbors, and relatives! We will also be offering concurrent children’s activities and babysitting (but not a children’s service) during our morning services on both days.

Please see this post for some additional information about changes to our High Holy Day services this year and how you can help out.

Erev Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, September 9, 8:00 p.m.

  • Sermon: Dana Rudolph

Rosh Hashanah Services

Monday, September 10

  • 10 a.m. Rosh Hashana Morning service and Torah reading
    • Sermon: Rabbi Robin Sparr
    • Concurrent children’s activities and baby sitting.
  • 12:15 p.m. Kiddush luncheon
  • 2:00 p.m. Family Service
    • This <1 hour service for families of all ages and all definitions will include highlights of the Rosh Hashana liturgy, shofar blowing, Torah/story, and apples & honey
  • 3:15 p.m. Tashlich following Kiddush and clean up.
    • On the Esplanade at the UMass Lowell Boathouse (500 Pawtucket Blvd). Cross the Rourke Bridge; 0.4 miles on the right. Click for directions.

Rosh Hashanah Plum Island Sunrise Service

Update: We are unfortunately cancelling our Plum Island service because of the forecast for rain and thunderstorms. We hope to see you at our Shabbat Shuva service this Friday at 7:30 p.m. and at our Yom Kippur services this week.

Tuesday, September 11, 6:00 a.m.

  • Meet at Plum Island at 6:00 a.m. (Sunrise – 6:19 a.m.) Contact Karen Lipshires  — karen@temv.org — if you plan to attend.

Kol Nidre

Tuesday, September 18, 8:00 p.m.

  • Kol Nidre service, featuring cello accompaniment by Cameron Sawzin.
  • Sermon: Rabbi Robin Sparr: When the Task is Too Great

Yom Kippur

Wednesday, September 19

  • 10 a.m. Yom Kippur Morning service and Torah Reading
    • Concurrent children’s activities and babysitting.
    • Sermon: Michelle Vlamis
  • 12:15 p.m Study and reflection with Rabbi Stephanie Wolfe (lower level)
    Those not attending study are asked to help reset the sanctuary
  • 12:30 p.m. Quiet time on own for meditation and prayer, with the Western Wall
  • 2:00 p.m. Family Service
    • This <1-hour service for families of all ages and all definitions will include highlights of the Yom Kippur liturgy, Torah/story, and final shofar call
  • 3:00 p.m. Quiet time in the sanctuary
  • 4:00 p.m. Mincha/Afternoon service with Torah reading
  • 5:00 p.m. Yizkor Service of Memory and Reflection
  • 6:15 p.m. Neilah – Closing Service
  • 7:00 p.m. Havdalah and Potluck Break-the-Fast
    • Please bring food that does not need cooking or heating.

For more information, please contact us.


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