There’s a lot happening this week, including a Purim celebration, Shabbat services, and the turning of our Sunwheel, a unique TEMV tradition!

TEMV Sunwheel

Purim Celebration, Shabbat Services, and Turning of Our Sunwheel

Friday, March 22, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Note changed time so those who wish to do so may attend the Lowell rally in memory of the victims of the New Zealand mosque shootings (see below). Our services will include turning of the sunwheel and blessings for those born or celebrating anniversaries during the spring months; Megillah reading and text study following the service. It is customary to celebrate Purim by dressing in costumes, bringing gifts of food to friends, and also donating food and charity to the poor. Please feel encouraged to engage in as many or as few of these customs as your heart desires. Not all who come to services at TEMV don costumes, but there are always some hats and fun items on hand if you feel like being not-quite-yourself (in a merry way). Board Host: Dana Rudolph Oneg host: Rachel Rand Please bring an oneg item to share!

Rabbi Sparr Office Hours

Rabbi Sparr will be available for office hours on Tuesday morning and Thursday 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 24, 2019, 10 a.m.

Come in your costume and celebrate Purim with Megillah reading, songs, Purim parade and holiday activities. Please plan to arrive at 9:45 and remember snack and tzedaka. Also see our full Hadashot (School News).

Rally in Memory of New Zealand Shooting Victims

Friday, March 22, 6:30 p.m.

Across from City Hall Please join TEMV members and others from the local community as we stand with our Muslim friends in the wake of the tragic shooting at two mosques in New Zealand. We echo the thoughts of Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism.

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.

Annual Meeting: Save the Date

Sunday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m.

All members are invited to attend the TEMV Annual Meeting. There will be an election for our new Board of Trustees, a vote on next year’s budget, and updates on some of the exciting programs and events we have in store as we approach our 70th anniversary.

In the Wider Community

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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