We are so excited to officially welcome Cantor Rachel Reef-Simpson to our Temple Emanuel community. We hope you are sharing in our excitement for her to join our clergy team and work alongside our staff, and we can’t wait for you to take advantage of the opportunities below to get to know Cantor Rachel. If you’d like to send Cantor Rachel an email, please click here.

At Temple Emanuel, we seek to inspire A Lifelong Jewish Journey through

a passionate commitment to Jewish life, learning, community and spiritual growth.

Upcoming Programs & Events

Bread & Roses

Bread & Roses Serving Team
2nd Tuesday, 3pm-7pm

Do you have 3 or 4 hours to give on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Bread & Roses? If so, The Bread & Roses Committee would love you to join us! Let’s keep our 30+ year tradition of feeding our neighbors in need going! Responsibilities: Prepare food 3-4PM, serve guests from 4-6 PM & clean up 6-7PM. Must be 16 years of age. To sign up please contact Amy Sebell

8-13 Havdalah

S’mores Havdalah
Saturday, August 13, 6:30pm

Join Temple Emanuel for a campfire, songs, havdalah, and – of course – s’mores! Bring the entire family, we’ll have fun for everyone. Please RSVP here.


Summer Sips

Summer Sips on the Patio with Our Clergy
Wednesday, August 17, 5:30-6:30pm

Come join us to meet with Cantor Rachel and Rabbi Chaiken on our Temple Patio! We’ll have wine, soft drinks, and a few bites to eat as we enjoy a summer evening and the pleasure of good company. RSVP here.


Zoom Musical Meet & Greet

Zoom Musical Meet & Greet with Cantor Rachel 
Thursday, August 18th, 7:00pm

Whether you live near or far, we hope you will sing along with Cantor Rachel as she shares some songs. Join her on Thursday, August 18th at 7:00pm on Zoom. RSVP here if you can join!


Mishkan HaNefesh Workshop

Re-SOUL-lutions A New Prayerbook for a New Year        Sunday, August 21st, 12:30pm – Hybrid
Wednesday, August 24, 7:00pm – Zoom
Thursday, September 1, 10:30am – Hybrid

Join Rabbi Chaiken for an introduction to our new machzor (prayerbook for the High Holidays) Mishkan HaNefesh. This course offers a chance to study the meaning of the traditional prayers, to explore some of the contemporary poetry, and to become more familiar with the layout of the prayerbook before we join together and pray from it during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. No experience required, and each of these sessions will follow a similar format. All are encouraged to attend for a chance to see how the adoption of this new prayerbook will help us honor our traditions while embracing innovation.

Click here to sign up!


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High Holiday Machzor Bookplates
Submit by 9/1/2022 to have your bookplate placed in the machzor this year

Make Your Mark – in our New Machzor

The High Holidays are an incredibly meaningful time in our annual Jewish calendar. With a gift of $180, you can have a bookplate placed on the inside cover of our new Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayer books, Mishkan HaNefesh. Consider a spiritual gift to honor or remember someone close, or simply appreciate the beauty of the holidays and our community. Each bookplate you purchase is a set of two – one will be placed in our Rosh Hashanah book and the other in our Yom Kippur book. Click here to purchase a bookplate.

B'nai Mitzvah Ice Cream Social

Sunday, September 11th 
After Religious School

We welcome children who have been assigned B’nai Mitzvah dates, and their families, to join us on the patio for an ice cream social! We will gather immediately after Religious School. RSVP here to let us know if you can join.

Tot Shabbat September 16

Tot Shabbat
Friday, September 16, 5:30pm

Join Rabbi Chaiken and Cantor Rachel at 5:30pm for this special service combining music, movement, and storytelling. Geared towards children Grade 1 and under. Please RSVP here.


Toddler Time

Beginning Wednesday 
September 14th, 2022

Looking for a fun filled play group for you and your toddler implemented by the Preschool at Temple Emanuel? Then come join us for singing, arts and crafts and good conversation. This playgroup is for toddlers starting at the  age of 15 months.  Our Toddler Time group will meet from 9:15 – 10:30 on Wednesday morning for a 10-week session starting September 14th. We will have a Fall, Winter, and Spring session.  The cost is $175.00 per session. If you would like a registration form, please call our school office @978-470-1563.


Read our Bulletin

Past Programs

History of Temple Emanuel in the Merrimack Valley
Click here to watch the program. 

100th Anniversary Havdalah
Click here to watch the service.
Thank you to all who participated and sent in greetings.

From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

Why Pray?

Why Pray? jemerman August 11, 2022

The reality is, one never knows whether someone else is suffering from an acute illness. A broken leg is obvious; a broken spirit, not so much. Many of us contend with invisible illnesses, whether physical, such as Multiple Sclerosis or chronic migraines; or mental, like anxiety or schizophrenia.

The Blessings of Adult Education: Far More than Knowledge

The Blessings of Adult Education: Far More than Knowledge sdolgov August 9, 2022

Lifelong learning, however, can be easier said than done. For many, as they enter adulthood, with its competing demands and obligations, setting aside time for learning – and especially for Jewish learning – can be challenging indeed.

One of the Greatest Love Stories of My Life

One of the Greatest Love Stories of My Life sdolgov August 9, 2022

On this Tu B’Av, may we all seek out those people who are on our team through despair and delight, who can forgive and seek forgiveness, who see us for who we truly are and support us on the journey to becoming whoever we will someday be. And if your Valentine’s Day candy stash has run out, send those you love a note of sweetness and gratitude instead. Happy Tu B’Av!

Staying Connected After the B’nei Mitzvah: a Teen’s Perspective

Staying Connected After the B’nei Mitzvah: a Teen’s Perspective jemerman August 8, 2022

A common sentiment among Jewish-affiliated teens seems to be, after your b'nei mitzvah, religious school is over, right? Sure, you might come back for confirmation in a few years, but there's no real reason to stay involved. You're Jewish. You know that, your family knows that, and your friends know that. Staying involved is kind of a waste of time. Right? Actually, no. Even if you've had your b'nei mitzvah, there are benefits to staying involved with your Hebrew School and your religious education.