Please join us on Friday for lay-led Shabbat services and on Sunday to make lunch bags for the Lowell Transitional Living Center! We’re also starting Hebrew Reading Classes for adults again in a few weeks!


Lay-led Shabbat Services

Friday, March 15, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Lay leader: Hope Anderson Board Host: Michelle Vlamis Please bring an oneg item to share!

Rabbi Sparr Office Hours

Rabbi Sparr will be available for office hours on Wednesday afternoon this week. Appointments can be made in advance by contacting her at or during business hours at 508-736-5555. In an emergency or urgent need, do phone at any hour.

Religious School

Sunday, March 17, 2019, 10 a.m.

School is in session although the rabbi will be out. Lunch Assembly, during which we create bag lunches for those struggling with food insecurity, resumes this week at 9:30a.m.! All (adults, kids, siblings, friends) are welcome to participate; students participate for part of the day, then attend classes as usual. While the 9:30 start time is encouraged to maximize our mitzvah, there is no obligation to arrive before the regular 10 a.m. start time.Please plan to arrive at 9:45 and remember your snack and tzedaka.

Lunch Bag Assembly

Sunday, March 17, 9:30 a.m.

Come help us make lunches for the Lowell Transitional Living Center! All children and adults in the Temple community are invited to contribute and help prepare the lunches, which are delivered to the shelter when we are done. We need contributions of food and non-perishable items, which may be left in the TEMV kitchen before Sunday. The amounts listed are the totals we need, but you do not need to bring the entire amount yourself. We’d appreciate if you’d let Frank ( know what you plan to bring and how much.

  • Bottles of water – 250
  • Granola/Protein bars – 200
  • Cheese sticks – 500
  • Fruit (Oranges/clementines or apples) – 250
  • Paper napkins – 250

Please contact Frank ( with any questions. Thank you for your contributions.

2018-19 Pledges Due

Any outstanding pledges for 2018-19 are due by April 30, the end of our fiscal year. You may pay online, or contact Phebe,

Hebrew Reading Classes

April 4 and 25, May 16 and 30, and June 6, 7:00 p.m.

Hebrew Reading classes will resume in April, using the workbook Aleph isn’t Tough. In addition to continuing students, new students with some basic Hebrew reading are welcome to join, and those who would like to learn to read and do not yet do so are urged to reach out to Rabbi Sparr to arrange a fun and easy “crash course” (dates tba) to bring you up to date.

In the Wider Community

First Parish Chelmsford Presents: “Man vs. Piano”

Saturday, March 16, 2019 4:00 p.m. In Concert: Steve Zocchi, pianist. “An afternoon of exciting music and levity.” Suggested donation $15 adults, $12 seniors, $8 children 12 and under Proceeds to benefit HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) First Parish Chelmsford 2 Westford Street Chelmsford, MA 01824

Jewish Climate Action Network Conference

Join the Jewish Climate Action Network for The Second Jewish Climate Conference: The Time Is Short, the Task is Great, on Sunday, March 24, from 12:30-7:30 p.m. at Temple Reyim, 1860 Washington St., in Newton. JCAN is excited to be partnering with the Synagogue Council of MassachusettsBeantown Jewish GardensLimmudBoston, and Temple Reyim in bringing this conference to the Jewish community. Sign up for the conference here.

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Volunteer to Host an Oneg

Please email with your preferred dates. ​We ask all members to sign up to host twice. It’s one simple way to help the community! Please also see our full calendar of events.


Mah Jong

Are you interested in playing or learning to play Mah Jong? If so, contact with your availability (days of the week and time). Beginners are always welcome and temple membership is not a prerequisite. We are always open to suggestions for other games as well!

Food and Toiletry Collection

There is a box in the TEMV lobby for non-perishable food and toiletry items, to be donated to the Lowell Transitional Living Center.

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