Temple Emanuel gets new rabbi
Rabbi Max Chaiken is taking over at Temple Emanuel for Rabbi Robert S. Goldstein, who will retire at the end of June.
Chaiken is currently associate rabbi at Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, California, where he has helped grow young adult programs at the temple for people in their 20s and 30s.
“We are thrilled our search has led us to Rabbi Chaiken and are confident his warmth, intelligence, approachability, and enthusiasm will be wonderful assets as he leads our congregation into the future,” said Amy Riemer, the temple's search committee chair.
“His commitment to embracing and welcoming all who are interested in Judaism is clear, as is his dedication to social justice," she said. "Rabbi Chaiken’s strength and collaborative leadership will help our congregation to thrive, and we look forward to learning and growing with him for many years to come.”
Andover Rotary awards
The Rotary Club of Andover is presenting its annual awards to celebrate volunteers starting at 6:30 p.m. on March 3. It will be an online event held via Zoom.
Joel Blumstein, Jane Cairns, Louise Hadad, Joanne Lina Heim, Joanne Lina Heim, Carolyn Hill Page, Michael Konjoian and Lenore Price are all recipients of the Citizen of the Year award.
Robert and Faith Goldstein, as well as Muddy and Liza Waters are all recipients of the Lifetime Achievement award.
Norma Villarreal will be honored as the Teacher of the Year. And Wilson Stecher will be honored as the Student of the Year.
Awards will be given starting at 6:30 p.m. and there will be a meet and greet after at 8 p.m. More information and to sign up for the event, go to citizenswhocare.eventbrite.com.
Students seek protection for endangered species
Andover High School's Destination Imagination team is teaming up with the town's Conservation Commission to help educate people on what's in their own backyards.
For their community service project, the students found there are 29 species of plants, animals, and insects that historically live in Andover that are threatened or endangered.
"We were shocked because while we studied food chains, environmental issues and the plight of endangered or threatened species in our science classes, no teachers had ever mentioned the issues right here in Andover," said Stephanie Maze-Hsu, one of the team managers.
The students are hosting a virtual forum at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, with state herpetologist Michael Jones; Howard Hoople, a butterfly expert to discuss local endangered butterflies and moths; Andover police Officer Glen Ota, who will discuss the illegal use of ATVs on conservation land; and members of the Andover Conservation Commission.
To attend the forum email CDPConservation@andoverma.us or visit bit.ly/3jVxWMT at the time of the forum. More information about the endangered species in Andover can be found at andoveranimaladvocates.com.
Kindergarten registrations being accepted
Andover’s kindergarten registration is underway continues through Feb. 28.
Thec town has free full-day kindergarten for any child who turns 5 before Aug. 31, 2021.
Parents must register their children online and make an appointment to bring the necessary residency and health documents to the school.
For more information visit aps1.net/1126/Kindergarten-Registration.