Adult Torah Study with Rabbi Lewis
Thursdays at 11 am
Wednesday, March 4th at 7 pm
Israel Study Group with Rabbi Lewis
Sunday, March 15th at 2 pm
Topic: Israeli Elections.
If you would like to attend, please contact Rabbi Lewis.
Ha Lachma: All Who Want, Join and Sing. Passover Melodies from The East to Your Table.
Sunday, March 22nd at 2 pm
The Passover Seder connects Jews from around the world through collective memory, shared rituals and beloved songs. In every country where Jews have settled, new Passover melodies, recipes and traditions have sprouted - making the Seder one of the most enduring and colorful rituals in our tradition. Join Eva Heinstein and Michal Weiner from Piyut North America for an interactive workshop that will introduce you to soulful melodies and lively Passover traditions from across North Africa and the Middle East.
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.