Temple Emanuel Welcomes Cantor Rachel Reef-Simpson

We are very excited to announce that we have a new member of our clergy staff who will begin on July 1. Cantor Rachel impressed the Cantor Search committee with her musical talent, beautiful singing voice, familiarity with both Reform and Conservative worship styles, and her ability to work with all ages from preschoolers to adults. She is most excited to work on the bimah with Rabbi Chaiken, get to know our members and become an important part of our community, while honoring our traditions and presenting creative ideas for worship through music.

Click here to read the full announcement.

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

Revised Summer Sips July 7

Summer Sips on the Patio with Rabbi Chaiken
Thursday, July 7, 5:30-6:30pm

Come join us on the patio to connect with Rabbi Chaiken. We’ll have wine, soft drinks, and a few bites to eat as we enjoy a summer evening and the pleasure of good company. Please RSVP here.


June 8 and July 13

Suburban Pick Up from Mamaleh’s
Wednesday, July 13th from 4-6pm

Mamaleh’s will be bringing their delicious foods to us! Order online and pick up from our parking lot.

1. Visit Mamaleh’s to place your order

2. Select “Pick-up” followed by “Schedule for later” and select “July 13th”. You have to add Andover from the Suburban section of the menu and then it shows up in your cart.


July 27 Summer Sips

Summer Sips on the Patio with Our Clergy
Wednesday, July 27, 5:30-6:30pm

Come join us on the patio on Wednesday, July 27th at 5:30pm to meet Cantor Rachel Reef-Simpson and  re-connect with Rabbi Chaiken! 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 to let us know you plan to join!


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.


Past Programs

History of Temple Emanuel in the Merrimack Valley
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100th Anniversary Havdalah
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Thank you to all who participated and sent in greetings.

From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

Practicing Democracy

Practicing Democracy jemerman June 28, 2022

As we reflect on the United States' Independence Day, I am mindful that democracy also takes commitment and practice. Democracy takes practice because it still is not accessible to all.

Becoming BMitzvah

Becoming BMitzvah jemerman June 27, 2022

I love seeing how our students at Temple Shalom of Newton transform throughout the process of becoming BMitzvah. It's the end of my first year coordinating the BMitzvah program and my colleague Allison Lobron, an experienced leader in inclusion and social emotional learning, and I are hosting an end of year celebration for our BMitzvah students.

Reconciling the Past, Identifying a Pathway Forward

Reconciling the Past, Identifying a Pathway Forward jemerman June 21, 2022

For the past year, I have been engaged in deep reflection over my responsibility as a Canadian and proud Jew in addressing the horrors committed against Indigenous peoples.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs’ Remarks on Reform LGBTQ+ Inclusion

Rabbi Rick Jacobs’ Remarks on Reform LGBTQ+ Inclusion jemerman June 13, 2022

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), recently attended the 50th anniversary celebration of Beth Chayim Chadashim in Los Angeles, California, the world's first LGBTQ+ congregation. This is a excerpt taken from his remarks at the event.