Welcome to Temple Ahavat Achim

  • Welcome

    We are Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester, MA. For more than 100 years we have been, quite simply, the center of Jewish Life on Cape Ann and surrounding North Shore towns.

  • Community

    We are the only Jewish congregation on Cape Ann. There is a real sense that each one of us is needed to nurture and sustain Jewish life here.

  • We invite you to join us!

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Events

Adult Torah Study with Rabbi Lewis

Thursdays at 11 am

TAA is Closed on Friday, July 3rd in observance of the Independence Day.

No evening Kabbalat Shabbat service.

Neighborhood Shabbat

Friday, July 10th at 6:30 pm

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From a Number to a Name: A Journey to Reclaiming a Name from the Shoah

Educational Program with Deborah Shelkan Remis

Thursday, July 16th at 7:30 pm

Deborah Shelkan Remis will discuss her passionate belief that researching and sharing the life of one of the six million victims of the Holocaust is to return that person's dignity and to give them back a voice. She will describe her personal journey as a daughter of a Holocaust survivor to being a member of One by One. Learn how her extraordinary path brought her to produce a multimedia, musical presentation, "Sara's Voice, sotto voce" which tells the story of a young violin virtuoso who perished in the Holocaust.  The concert will be presented at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Sunday, October 18th. No charge for this discussion.

Tisha B'Av Service

Saturday, July 25th at 9 pm

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 followed by Kabbalat Shabbat service and Oneg

Saturday, August 1st:     
9:30 am Shabbat Services and Kiddush
7:30 pm Seudah Shlishit ("Third Meal") & 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 RSVP!


Please contact Natalia Carollo at 978.281.0739 with any questions. This weekend is being sponsored by the Paulson Foundation.

News

Announcing our TAA Fundraiser:

BEST ODDS IN TOWN RAFFLE!

Help us end the year fiscally strong!

300 Tickets! 10 Prizes! You have a 1 in 30 chance to win! Raffle Tickets are $100!

The Prizes:

1 $5,000 prize

1 $3,000 prize

3 $1,000 prizes

5 $500 prizes

DRAWING at the Temple Ahavat Achim on Thursday, July 30th from 6-8 pm*. Wine, cheese and live auction!

Each raffle ticket entitles admission for 2 people at the July 30th Event!

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW - to purchase please call Natalia at the TAA office at (978) 281-0739. We are accepting cash and checks!

*You do not have to be present at the drawing to win. Other contributions to this fundraiser are welcome!

High Holiday Greetings

Once again, TAA is publishing a High Holidays Greetings Booklet to serve the needs of our temple membership and to earn needed funds for our projects.  The booklet will be available for all to read at the High Holiday services.
Our booklet still features three categories:

1.    GREETINGS TO THE CONGREGATION from you
2.    WE REMEMBER:  name(s) of family and friend(s) whose memories you cherish and wish to honor
3.    SPECIAL OCCASIONS:  bar/bat mitzvah, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, everything about your grandchildren, and any other notable events you wish to celebrate.

The contribution for EACH ENTRY is only $12. DUE DATE:  Saturday, August 1st.
Please fill out THIS FORM and return it, with your check made payable to TAA. The High Holidays begin this year on Sunday evening, September 13th, but it is still critical that you return your form promptly.

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The Gordons Charlotte Gordon

 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.