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

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High Holy Days 5782 
We are eagerly anticipating the Jewish New Year, 5783, and we are excited to connect, gather, and pray together with all of you!

Our services will combine the familiar with the new, honoring our traditions, connecting us to our ancestors, and looking to the bright future of our Temple Emanuel community. Our services will be conducted by Rabbi Max Chaiken and Cantor Rachel Reef-Simpson, alongside an team of talented, professional musicians and our choir.

View our High Holy Day Information here.


Re-SOUL-lutions A New Prayerbook for a New Year

Click here to watch a recording of Rabbi Chaiken introducing our new machzor (prayerbook for the High Holidays) Mishkan HaNefesh. This video 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. 

Break-Fast                              Wednesday, October 5th 
Immediately following Neilah ~6:45pm

Meet and connect with Temple Emanuel congregants, friends, and family for a delicious dairy Break-Fast. Breakfast includes: bagels and lox, noodle kugel, egg salad, tuna salad, hummus, tabouli, fruit salad, dessert and more!

RSVP here by September 30th.

Harvest Fest

Harvest Fest 
Friday, October 14th, 6:30pm
Saturday, October 15th, 4:00-7:00pm
Sunday, October 16th, 11:30am

Join us for one or all of our Harvest Fest events. Let us know you can attend by clicking here!


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Violins Of Hope                              Sunday, October 23rd 
Portland, Maine

Cantor’s Cultural Series Inaugural Event. A concert of violins saved from the Holocaust played by members of Portland Symphony Orchestra. Click here to learn more and purchase your ticket (transportation included).

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Tailgate Party on Temple Patio
Sunday, October 9, 11:30am

No cost, but please RSVP here.


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

Sharing the Challenges and Blessings of Being Jewish and New-ish

Sharing the Challenges and Blessings of Being Jewish and New-ish jemerman October 6, 2022

Our tradition teaches that once someone has converted to Judaism, they are as Jewish as a Jew by birth and we are not to speak of it again with them, or with anyone else. It should be as if they have always been Jewish. To not speak of it is to fully honor the person who chose Judaism by not making any distinctions between them and the born-Jewish members of our communities.

Our Beginnings, in Haiku

Our Beginnings, in Haiku jemerman October 3, 2022

in the beginning Oneness breathed us into life we are unity

Rereading – and Reimagining – Sacred Story

Rereading – and Reimagining – Sacred Story jemerman October 3, 2022

"Tell me a story" is a constant refrain for those of us with children in our lives. Almost as often, when the last page is turned, the child looks up and asks, "again?" Sometimes, this is a joy. Sometimes, re-reading, and re-reading some more, becomes a burden.

Antisemitism Finally Hits Home for Me

Antisemitism Finally Hits Home for Me jemerman September 29, 2022

In the many years (57 to be exact) that I have been in an interfaith marriage, I felt somehow removed from antisemitism. I was raised in a Roman Catholic family, and, while there were a few comments from aunts and uncles when I got engaged, it was the 1960s, and I was in love. I believed we would figure it out as we went along.