This week is the Union for Reform Judaism’s Biennial conference, so there are no Shabbat services at TEMV—but you can livestream services from Biennial via the URJ website! Read on for details—and for information about an upcoming adult ed opportunity to learn about and tour a mikveh!

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No Shabbat Services at TEMV This Week—Please Join URJ Biennial Livestream

Friday, December 13, 2019, 6:30 p.m. ET

The rabbi and other congregational leaders will be attending the URJ Biennial in Chicago this week, but you are invited to join the livestream of Shabbat services from the Biennial at 6:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. CT). Other Biennial events will also be livestreamed throughout the Biennial at the same link.

Rabbi Sparr Office Hours

No office hours 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, December 15, 10:00 a.m.

In session, although the rabbi will not be in attendance. Please plan to arrive and settle in at 9:45 a.m.

Mikveh Visit and Adult Ed Evening

Tuesday, December 17th, 6:30 p.m.

The Merrimack Valley Intro to Judaism class members will be visiting Mayyim Hayyim, the contemporary, inclusive mikveh in Newton. TEMV members are welcome to join that evening, led by Mayyim Hayyim staff and Rabbi Sparr. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a light supper, and then continue with a tour of the mikveh (not going into the water) and an educational component, concluding with a Q&A session, and wrapping up by 9:00 p.m. RSVP to the rabbi not later than Sunday, December 15.

Mah Jong

Thursday, December 12, 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!

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.

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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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