This Friday is our Erev Shabbat/Shabbat Shira – Songs of Hope and Freedom Singalong, and Sunday is our Tu Bishvat Workshop. Please join us!



Erev Shabbat/Shabbat Shira – Songs of Hope and Freedom Singalong

Friday, February 7, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Note early time!

Board host: Robin Frisch

Oneg host: Vivian Burton

This shabbat is “Shabbat Shira”, the “Shabbat of Song”, when many congregations typically host a music program in honor of the Song of Sea, the song of freedom our ancestors sang after crossing into freedom. We will (mostly) omit traditional service elements and join together in an evening of (mostly) sing-a-long songs focused on the themes of Hope and Freedom. You are likely to know many of the selections! Please come prepared to sing, hum, or clap along (as you are comfortable). We will of course include Mi Shebeirach and Mourners’ Kaddish to ensure those in need of healing and comfort are supported.

Rabbi Sparr Office Hours

Thursday, Friday, and Sunday 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.

Tu Bishvat Workshop

Sunday, February 9, 10 a.m.

Join us to celebrate and learn about Tu Bishvat, the Birthday of the Trees. We will be making ecologically-friendly mezuzot, learning about the meaning and history of Tu Bishvat, and sharing some songs and snacks. This program will be led by our new school administrator and Family Educator, Dayne Samuels, in partnership with Rabbi Sparr and Robin Frisch. A $10 donation is requested to offset costs of the program.

Religious School

Sunday, February 9, 10 a.m.

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

Mah Jong

Thursday, February 6, 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!

Concert: Our Precious Right to Vote

February 8, 8 to 10:30 p.m.

TEMV member Howie Rashba, a folk singer and musician, will be performing at the Java Room in Chelmsford for an evening on theme “Our Precious Right to Vote,” with songs and stories about the history of voting. Howie will donate his proceeds to the League of Women’s Voters in Chelmsford. If you’d like to attend with other TEMV members, please let Phebe know!

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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