Adult Torah Study with Rabbi Lewis
Thursdays at 11 am
Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Friday, December 6th at 7:30 pm
Your Elder Law Checkup: What you need to know about the law and end of life planning. A presentation by Natalie Simon, Elder Law Attorney
Sunday, December 8th from 2-4 pm
A presentation and discussion of what you need to know about the nuts and bolts of wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies and the practical aspects of making these documents effective, including an understanding of the role of the "elder law attorney". An inventory and explanation of the documents you should have in place and review annually to make sure your affairs are in order and up to date.
Friday, December 13th at 6:30 pm
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PJ Library Tot Shabbat
Saturday, December 14th at 10 am
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Middle Street Walk
Saturday, December 14th at 2:30 pm
Come take a tour of our Temple and satisfy your curiosity at a Q&A session with Rabbi Lewis!
Save the Date!
On Sunday, March 23, 2014 Pharaoh's Daughter, the acclaimed World Music ensemble, will be be playing at 4 pm at the breathtaking Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport.
This benefit concert for Gloucester's Temple Ahavat Achim will honor Mark and Amy Farber.
Details to be announced soon.
Debbie Coltin and Ruth Budelmann, Co-Chairs
Eve and Phil Cutter, Honorary Co-Chairs
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.