Merrimack Valley Jewish Community Statement

It is with profound shock and dismay that we learned about a local antisemitic incident yesterday, February 24th, during a televised morning show. Robert Hoey, Jr., an elected official of the Lowell School Committee and guest on the show “City Life,” described a Jewish former colleague using an antisemitic slur, one used almost exclusively by neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Magnifying the offense, this slur was used in connection with the former colleague’s role as a financial manager, furthering a prevalent - and historically, sometimes deadly - antisemitic trope. That an elected official in one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the Commonwealth would casually use such language is offensive; that he went on to make offensive remarks about other minority groups and individuals is appalling. Further, Mr. Hoey mentioned that the disparaging language he used has in fact been commonly used by his colleagues in the Lowell City government. This suggests antisemitism and intolerance within the workplace culture of our...
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Pajama Havdallah

Experience the beauty and magic of Havdallah next Saturday, February 6, beginning at 4:15, with Rabbi Sparr and Morah Rosen. We will learn about the mystical ceremony for concluding Shabbat, hear a story, sing some songs, make a craft, and then perform the Havdallah ceremony together. Everyone is welcome to come in their favorite pajamas, and to invite friends (real, imaginary, or stuffed) to join us for this special Shabbat afternoon event on Zoom. This program is particularly geared to children ages 2 to 9 and their grown-ups, but ALL are welcome to participate!...
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2020 / 5781 High Holiday Schedule and Registration Links

Erev Rosh Hashanah - Friday, September 18 6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Hashanah Welcoming in Rosh Hashanah with a seder online, including blessings, candle-lighting, prayers and songs for the New Year; continuing offline with provided materials at your dinner table. Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lcOCqqz8qE9ycX2tYz6VtCX_5n1FQft-v Download the Rosh Hashanah Seder Booklet Rosh Hashanah Day One - Saturday, September 19 10 a.m. Morning service and Torah reading Rosh Hashanah morning services, including prayers, music, sermon, text study and interactive discussions, and time for meditation. Torah reading with healing prayers and aliyot available for all. Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwof--upjorHdduVyWB4MHgCd30Js4wT48d 2:00 p.m. Family Service Interactive, joyous, welcoming service for all ages, including traditional and contemporary music, interactive worship, story, and prayers for healing and for mourners. Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUqfu2vqTgtHtDE1TKOWbvdNAGzb-567eqN Tashlich  At your convenience with provided materials.   Rosh Hashanah Day Two - Sunday, September 20 6:15 a.m. Plum Island Sunrise Service Meet at Plum Island at 6:15 a.m. for sunrise and an informal service, followed by a potluck breakfast.   Erev Yom Kippur - Sunday, September 27 8:00 p.m. Kol Nidrei service  Kol Nidrei service including cello accompaniment by...
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