We’re delighted to welcome storyteller and educator Rachael Cerrotti for our Social Action Shabbat this Friday! Rachel will talk about retracing her grandmother’s war story and the intertwined, contemporary issues of immigration and racism. Please join us—all are welcome!

Rachael Cerrotti - Photo Credit : Meghan Dhaliwal
Rachael Cerrotti. Photo Credit : Meghan Dhaliwal

Social Action Shabbat Service

Friday, December 6, 2019

  • 6:00 p.m. pre-neg noshes and schmoozing
  • 6:30 p.m. Erev Shabbat service led by Rabbi Sparr with talk by Rachael Cerrotti

Board host: Karen Lipshires

Potluck oneg—please bring something to share!
Please join us for this special Shabbat service and talk and invite all your friends!

In 2009, Rachael Cerrotti asked her grandmother: Will you tell me your story? For the following year, Rachael recorded the details of her grandmother’s childhood, her escape from war, and her immigration to the United States.

Rachael has taken this documentary storytelling and transformed it for the classroom with a goal of telling the story of the Holocaust through a contemporary perspective. She has produced a podcast for USC Shoah Foundation, We Share The Same Sky, which tells the story of two young women—Hana, a refugee who remains one step ahead of the Nazis at every turn, and Rachael, on a search to retrace her grandmother’s history.

During her program at TEMV, Rachael will talk about her journey retracing her grandmother’s war story. Her presentation will be focused on the contemporary aspects of the story, including the universal experiences and hardships of new immigrants trying to find their way in a new country as well as the racism that her grandmother witnessed upon immigrating to America in the 1950s.

Learn more about Rachael and her work at rachaelcerrotti.com.

Rabbi Sparr Office Hours

Office hours Thursday and Friday this week. Appointments must be made in advance by contacting her at rabbi@temv.org or during business hours at 508.736.5555. In an emergency or urgent need, do phone at any hour.

Religious School

Sunday, December 8, 10:00 a.m.

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

Mah Jong

Thursday, December 5, 1:00 p.m.

Are you interested in playing or learning to play? If so, contact mahjong@temv.org 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 treasurer@temv.org if you have any questions.

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Volunteer to Host an Oneg

Please email oneg@temv.org 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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