There’s lots happening this week, including our annual New Member Shabbat Service, with a special guest performance from the Bell Choir of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church! Come welcome our new members (or become one yourself if you’re not already)! We also have a FUNdraiser dinner night at Panera—they’ll donate a portion of their proceeds to TEMV—and the GLILA Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving service!

New Member Shabbat Service

Friday, November 15, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Note early start time!

Come help us welcome our new members and enjoy a special performance from the Bell Choir of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church!

Board host: Phebe Rand

Potluck oneg: Please bring something to share!

Rabbi Sparr Office Hours

Office hours 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, November 17, 10 a.m.

Please plan to arrive and settle in at 9:45 a.m.

Have Dinner at Panera and Support TEMV

Monday, November 18, 4 to 8 p.m.

We’re happy to announce our next FUNdraiser, at the Chelmsford Panera (66 Parkhurst Road)! Join TEMV members and friends (bring yours!) for a casual dinner, and Panera will donate a portion of the proceeds to TEMV. You must show this flyer so that TEMV gets credit–either print it out or display it on your phone. You may also place an order online for pickup or delivery: just use the code PRFUND. (*Gift card purchases, catering, kiosk and third party delivery orders are excluded and will not count toward the event.)

Some of us are planning to meet for dinner at 5:30 p.m., then go to the event below, and you are welcome to join us then. You may also take advantage of this promotion on your own anytime between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on November 18.

…then Join Us at a Talk to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

After dinner, some of us are heading on to a talk sponsored by the Chelmsford League of Women Voters and Congregation Shalom Sisterhood to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Author Barbara Berenson will speak about the women who fought for a woman’s right to vote and the obstacles they faced. You are more than welcome to join us, whether or not you also went to Panera. The talk will be at Congregation Shalom, 87 Richardson Road, N. Chelmsford. Please RSVP to Janet.

GLILA Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 17, 3 p.m.

CCU Church, 10 Arlington St., Dracut

Please join our friends at the Greater Lowell Interfaith Leadership Alliance for this annual event. This year’s theme is “Giving Thanks Even in the Face of Challenges.” This will be a musical celebration and will include a contribution by TEMV member Hope Anderson.

… and speaking of GLILA

TEMV member Frank Baskin, who has served as TEMV’s representative to GLILA for many years, was recently featured on the Lowell TeleMedia Center show “Thinking Out Loud,” along with several other GLILA members. Watch it here.

Board Meeting

Thursday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.

All members welcome.

Mah Jong

Thursday, November 14, 1:00 p.m.

Are you interested in playing or learning to play? 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!

Social Action Activities

Lunch Bag Assembly

Sunday, November 24, 9:30 a.m.

Please join the Social Action Committee for our next lunch bag assembly! We need the following items:

  • Bottled water
  • Cheese sticks
  • Granola bars
  • Fruit
  • Paper bags
  • Napkins
  • Sleeves of nuts

Please contact Jill Barry about what you are able to contribute. You may also donate to the Social Action Committee Fund (click “I would like to designate this donation to a specific fund” and choose “Social Action”) where we will use the money to buy needed supplies.

Premie Hat Making Collection

We are collecting hand-made hats (knit, crochet, or any other method made with love) for the premature babies at Lowell General Hospital. Bring any hats you make to the synagogue where there will be a box for the donations. We will donate all hats around December 14. Please feel free to contact Jill Barry as above with any questions.

2019-20 Pledges Due

Please remember that if we have not received your pledge form or an initial pledge payment that specifically states it is intended for membership, then you are not considered a member and will miss out on the benefits of membership. Thank you for your continued support and understanding. These pledges are the regular income on which we all rely. You may also pay online, or contact Phebe, our co-treasurer, at if you have any questions.

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! 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.

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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