Adult Torah Study with Rabbi Lewis
Thursdays at 11 am
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TAA Rabbi-in-Residence: Rabbi Minna Bromberg
SHEMA: LISTENING FOR THE VOICE OF THE BELOVED
Friday-Sunday, July 31st-August 2nd
Rabbi Minna Bromberg is a "Voice Finder" - a rabbi, songwriter, and singer who uses the tools of singing and songwriting to help people to bring more of their inherent wholeness to the world. She was ordained by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in 2010. She earned a PhD in sociology from Northwestern University and has extensive training in Jewish meditation. She currently lives in Jerusalem.
The TAA Shabbaton with Rabbi Bromberg will include:
Friday, July 31st:
7 pm Dinner (fully booked) followed by Kabbalat Shabbat service and Oneg
Saturday, August 1st:
9:30 am Shabbat Services and Kiddush
7:30 pm Seudah Shlishit ("Third Meal" - fully booked) & Havdallah at which we will delight in the close of Shabbat with song and words of Torah followed by singing!
Sunday, August 2nd:
9 am Contemplative and Meditative Minyan followed by bagels and conversation about meditation in Jewish worship.
Please contact Natalia Carollo at 978.281.0739 with any questions. This weekend is being sponsored by the Paulson Foundation.
I am a convert to Judaism and so when I first started coming to TAA, I worried that people would not accept me. I could not read one word of Hebrew and I had no idea how to follow the Shabbat service. My son was an infant who wiggled around and seemed to cry during every Amidah. I did not know the difference between Shavuot and Sukkot. Now, I feel like TAA is my home away from home; I have gone to Israel with a group from the congregation. My son has been bar-mitzvahed and is a helper in the Hebrew School; I am learning how to chant from Torah. Sometimes, I think all of this could only have happened at TAA.
In my first year at TAA, people I did not know (then) helped me when I was lost during services. Our rabbi taught me Hebrew. Gradually, I came to know people’s names. I met their children, their parents. Older members of the congregation took me under their wing and taught me their traditions. I went to bar and bat mitzvahs. I went to the community Passover Seders. When my father died, it seemed like the entire temple came to my house and sat shiva. Never before had I felt such a strong sense of community.
I am typical of many Americans – a half-breed; my dad was Jewish; my mom is not – and I did not know where I belonged. But at TAA, I have learned how to bake a challah and how to sing Torah trope, how to follow traditions and how to change those traditions. Being a member of TAA is like joining a huge inter-generational family. After services, my son munches on bagels and hangs out with his friends while I talk to all the people I have come to know and love. TAA is a place we are proud of, a place that has helped me accept my Jewish heritage, a place that has helped me raise my son and a place that has taught me where I belong – right here, at Temple Achavat Achim.