There are no Shabbat services this week because Friday is Erev Pesach—but please join us Saturday for our Annual Community Potluck Passover Seder! (RSVP to required.)


No Shabbat Services – Erev Pesach

Friday, April 19, 2019

Rabbi Sparr Office Hours

Rabbi Sparr will be available for office hours Tuesday 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, April 21, 2019

No school—school vacation week. Save the date, though, for our Pajama Havdalla, Pizza (end of Passover) Party, and Movie night on April 27 at 4 p.m.

Annual Community Potluck Passover Seder

Saturday, April 20th, at 5 p.m.
Passover is just around the corner and so is our Community Seder! Please join us for this always joyous occasion! Space and seating are limited, so you must RSVP to with the number of people in your party. Preference will be given to temple members.
Each family should bring two dishes (main dish, salad, vegetable, or dessert) to share that will serve eight to ten people. The dishes should ideally not require heating as we are limited to one small microwave / convection oven.
While our kitchen is not strictly kosher for Passover, we ask that you follow these guidelines:
  • No pork or shellfish
  • No leavened products with flour such as bread, crackers, pasta, cakes, pies, pizza, or cookie crumb crusts
  • Legumes and rice are fine, per current Reform practice
The cost for attendance is:
  • $5 per person or $18 per family
  • Members: $3 per person or $10 per family
We hope to see you there!

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 25, May 16 and 30, and June 6, 7:00 p.m. Hebrew Reading classes have resumed, using the workbook Aleph isn’t Tough. If you have some reading experience and would like a refresher, it is not too late to join. Please be in touch with Rabbi Sparr to assess if the class will be comfortable for you, or arrange a one-hour “crash course” to catch up..

Food Donations

Thank you all for your contributions! Until after Passover, please only bring in foods kosher for Passover (no bread, crackers, pasta, etc.)

Annual Meeting: Save the Date

Sunday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m. All members are invited to attend the TEMV Annual Meeting. We want to hear what makes TEMV a meaningful place for you and hear your thoughts on future priorities for our temple. There will also 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

Talk by Rena Finder, Schindler’s List and Holocaust Survivor
April 23, 7 p.m.
At UMass Lowell, Moloney Hall
Finder’s story relates how good people allowed evil to thrive, and how courage challenged that evil. Questions? Contact
Trans 101 Welcoming Workshop 
Sunday, April 28, 1 to 3 p.m.
North Parish of North Andover
190 Academy Road, North Andover, MA 01845
This free, interactive workshop will feature a moderated panel presentation by transgender people and family members, who will tell their stories and answer questions from attendees. Extensive additional educational resources about transgender people will be provided to all attendees. Complimentary child care available. To register, e-mail Rebecca Driscoll at

The TEMV Store

Show your TEMV pride and support our community with coffee mugs, t-shirts, tote bags, magnets, and more in celebration of our 70th anniversary! (Additional items and designs are on the way.) Shop now!


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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. You just need to bring a challah and help with setup and cleanup. Other foods are potluck. 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 the Merrimack Valley Food Bank and Lowell Transitional Living Center.

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