Temple Emmanuel Board of Directors wishes to invite interested area folks to several interesting programs happening in September at our home at 120 Chestnut St. in Wakefield. We offer a stimulating and friendly environment where adults and children of all ages can embrace their Jewish roots, regardless of their level of observance or affiliation. Rabbi Gregory Hersh begins his fourth year at the temple.

Shabbat celebrations begin on Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 7 at 9:30 a.m., with a potluck Shabbat supper on Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Tot Shabbats are held on the second Saturday morning of the month at 9:30 a.m. with music, stories and special activity themes. There are Jewish Meditation Circles on the third Friday evening of the month at 7:30 and Shabbat walks at Breakheart Reservation on the fourth Saturday mornings at 9:30.

New this year is a special “Bark Mitzvah” open house. Bring your dog and come say hello from 11 a.m. to noon.

This year our popular “Once-a-Week With the Rabbi” program has expanded for children. There will be a Sunday morning class for children 4-7 years old to be introduced to Jewish prayers, Hebrew and English songs and holiday activities.

For those 8-13, there will be a 90-minute class with an innovative curriculum of Hebrew instruction, Torah study and discussion and fun activities. For those students aged 12-13, a second class each week will help them prepare for their bar and bat mitzvah.

The Sisterhood of Temple Emmanuel will hold its kick-off supper on Monday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m. with a delicious supper and a surprise musical performance.

The rabbi’s monthly discussions will continue on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. This month’s topic is “Mussar: Jewish Ethical and Spiritual Development, Balancing Pride and Humility.”

The end of September will usher in the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah. First, on Sept. 21 at 7:30 will be a Havdalah, social and Selichot program. Rosh Hashanah begins on Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. and continues on Monday and Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Reservations for High Holiday seats are being taken now. Details for  our many Temple Emmanuel events can be found on our website.

Temple Emmanuel is a member of the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities.

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