Please join us this Friday for a Learner’s Minyan! Bring your questions for Rabbi Sparr!


Shabbat Services and Learner’s Minyan

Friday, May 17, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Please note early start time! We will journey together through the Erev Shabbat prayers and learn about the arc of the service, the liturgical purpose of many of the elements, and a bit about the “choreography” of prayer. A brief Torah service will be included. Bring your questions! Service begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. and will conclude by 8:30, when will enjoy oneg together. Board Host: Michelle Vlamis Oneg host: Vivian Burton

Rabbi Sparr Office Hours

Thursday and Friday this week. Appointments must 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, May 19, 10 a.m.

In session: It’s our last school gathering for the year, and will include an assembly, honoring our community members, games and relay races, and an opportunity for students to share their talents. Parents are asked to contribute to our celebratory luncheon using Sign-Up Genius. More info in the Hadashot.

Mah Jong

Wednesday, May, 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

We are resuming Mah Jong! Beginners and newcomers are welcome, but we would greatly appreciate advance notice if you will be joining us–please contact We do not yet have a confirmed regular schedule as we are just coming back together. If you can’t make it this week, please write to let us know your preferred days and times.

Hebrew Reading Classes

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

Class has been CANCELLED this week because Rabbi Sparr is ill.

Annual Meeting

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. (If you wish to receive advance copies of last year’s Annual Meeting minutes and committee reports for this year, please e-mail Copies will also be provided at the meeting.)

Social Action Update

Mitzvah Day was this past Sunday. A number of people from the school and the general TEMV community gathered to clean up parts of Shedd park, with Jill Barry taking the lead. Everyone volunteered their time despite a chilly day. Mazel Tov to all! –Frank Baskin, Social Action Chair

2018-19 Pledges Due

Any outstanding pledges for 2018-19 were due by April 30, the end of our fiscal year. You may pay online, or contact Phebe, Pledge forms for FY 2019-20 will be available shortly.

Upcoming in May and June

LGBTQ Pride Shabbat for All

Friday, May 31, 2019

Please celebrate with us as we head into the weekend of LGBTQ Pride in Lowell.

  • 5:30 p.m. Tot Shabbat for families with young children, led by Rabbi Robin Sparr. We will also read an LGBTQ-inclusive children’s book as part of the service
  • 6 p.m. Oneg reception with pizza and treats for both Tot Shabbat and Erev Shabbat attendees
  • 6:30 p.m. Erev Shabbat Pride Service led by Rabbi Robin Sparr. All are welcome!

TEMV Tot Tales

June 2, 16, and 23, 10:30 am – 11:30 a.m.

And dates to be announced in July, August, and September A joyous hour of music and movement followed by a story and craft for children under 5 years old and their caregivers. Facilitated by TEMV President and child development expert Robin Frisch.

  • $2/class
  • TEMV Members: Free

Please RSVP to a week in advance for any date you plan to attend, and include your child’s name and age. Questions? 978-454-1372 or

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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