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

Shavuot Hike with Rabbi Chaiken

Shavuot Hike with Rabbi Chaiken
Sunday, June 5, 10am

Please join your Temple Emanuel community for a Shavuot Hike, led by Rabbi Chaiken and temple member Joel Blumstein. We’ll be hiking at Dale Street Conservation Area Trail in the Ballardvale section of Andover along the Shawsheen River. The hike will include a chance to learn about Torah and the Shawsheen River. Please RSVP to let us know to expect you.


June 8 and July 13

Suburban Pick Up from Mamaleh’s
Wednesday, June 8th 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 “June 8th”. You have to add Andover from the Suburban section of the menu and then it shows up in your cart.


Habitat for Humanity The Day That Faith Built Sunday, June 12th

Habitat For Humanity’s: “The Day That Faith Built”
Sunday, June 12

Join Us for Habitat for Humanity’s “The Day That Faith Built” – Sunday, June 12th.  NO Experience Required!  We’re teaming up with congregants from Congregations Beth Israel & Shir Tikva.  Schlep, sort, paint, sweep, make or serve lunch…We can find a job for you! To register, email: Amy Sebell or Holli Roberts


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Annual Meeting and Dinner
Friday, June 17, 5:30pm

Volunteer Recognition Shabbat will follow the dinner. This will include the Dedication of our 100th Anniversary Campaign for the Generations Donor Wall, Installation of the Officers and Board of Governors, the presentation of the Helen and Walter Wertheimer Community Service Award, recognition of the 10th Anniversary of the Soul Sisters and thanking our Soloist, Gitit Shoval. Please register for the dinner by June 10th 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.


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

Reflecting on the Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice

Reflecting on the Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice jemerman May 24, 2022

As a young woman, I am frightened by the recent draft Supreme Court opinion that overturns Roe v. Wade. This opinion would abolish 50 years of court precedent that protects our fundamental right to privacy. I am shaken that my ability to make private medical decisions could soon be policed by people who will never experience the circumstances surrounding those decisions.

Netflix’s Russian Doll Season 2: Nesting Trauma in Three Generations of Jewish Women

Netflix’s Russian Doll Season 2: Nesting Trauma in Three Generations of Jewish Women jemerman May 18, 2022

In this season, time is immutable. It can be questioned, but not changed. Family can be understood, but not altered. The self, in this case, the result of intergenerational trauma, must be accepted. In Russian Doll, the only way to see the good in the world is to stop looking back, to stop journeying inward, and to the wake up in the present.

Q&A with Chinese Jewish Advocate and Educator Amy Albertson

Q&A with Chinese Jewish Advocate and Educator Amy Albertson jemerman May 4, 2022

Amy Albertson (she/her), 30, is a Chinese Jewish advocate and online educator living in Northern California. She works as a social media consultant for Jewish organizations.

Holy Sparks: Celebrating 50 Years of Women in the Rabbinate

Holy Sparks: Celebrating 50 Years of Women in the Rabbinate jemerman April 28, 2022

On June 3, 1972, Rabbi Sally Priesand was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion as the first woman rabbi in North America. To celebrate this milestone in Jewish and American history, HUC's Dr. Bernard Heller Museum in New York partnered with The Braid's Story Archive of Women Rabbis in Los Angeles to create the exhibition "Holy Sparks," presenting 24 ground-breaking women rabbis who were "firsts" in their time.