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		                            <span class="slider_description">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.</span>
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		                            <span class="slider_description">Our teen programming is based on experiential learning and gimilut hasadim (acts of loving kindness). We learn to be Jewish is to do Jewish!</span>
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		                            <span class="slider_description">We are the only Jewish congregation on Cape Ann. We have been an integral part of the community for over a century. There is a real sense that each one of us is needed to nurture and sustain Jewish life here.</span>
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		                            <span class="slider_description">Our lively, creative synagogue school is for students K-8th grade, and we have Shabbat and Sunday morning programs for 0-preschool ages, too!</span>
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		                            <span class="slider_description">We invite you to join us!</span>

COVID-19 UPDATE

We have been monitoring government guidelines and the changing status of the pandemic on the North Shore. The delta variant of the corona virus has proven to be much more contagious and complex than previous versions of the virus. Though the risk of vaccinated individuals becoming infected with the coronavirus at the Temple remains relatively low, it has increased.
The weight of evidence supports requiring all individuals, whether they’re vaccinated or not, to wear masks and to maintain social distancing when inside the Temple. All individuals who attend Neighborhood Shabbats and other Temple-associated gatherings, whether they’re vaccinated or not, will wear masks and maintain social distancing when indoors. Protocols governing outdoor gatherings will remain the same.
We understand how difficult the social isolation of the pandemic has been on everyone and that it’s painful to take even this small step back from the freedom vaccinated individuals have been recently experiencing. We also know that frequently changing rules and regulations can be trying. But, unfortunately, the nature of the coronavirus has changed and we need to change with it if we are to weather the pandemic successfully.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation. 

Members hosting events: please review the detailed guidelines here.

—Temple Ahavat Achim Physician Committee + Re-opening Committee

Last updated: August 20, 2020

WEEKLY 

Services

Thursdays at 11 am: Torah Study with Rabbi Lewis

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Saturdays at 9:00 am: Shabbat Service

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Sundays at 9:00am: Minyan service

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Access electronic versions of the siddurim here.

This Week's Torah Portion 

Parashat Vayera

3rd Triennial Genesis 21:1-22:24

Read the Portion on Sefaria.org - you can click a verse for commentary

Page 112 Etz Hayim

YAHRZEITS: Shabbat 10/23/2021 - Friday 10/29/2021

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SYLVIA COHEN FAMILY LEARNING PROJECT

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE SYLVIA COHEN FAMILY LEARNING PROJECT

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NEWS & Upcoming events

TAA FOOD DRIVE

Sunday, Nov. 14 at 1:30 pm

Enjoy homemade cookies, hot cider,
and a hearty welcome at
the Temple Ahavat Achim Food Drive.
Please bring your donation of a shelf-stable
or canned food item (no glass). 

NEFESH MOUNTAIN HANUKKAH CONCERT

Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport  Saturday, November 27, 8 pm 

A five-piece acoustic band that merges old time Appalachia and bluegrass with Jewish spirituality, Nefesh Mountain has created their own unique and dazzling version of Americana. They make their Rockport debut with a festive Hanukkah-themed concert that will also include tunes from their acclaimed album, Songs for the Sparrows, featuring bluegrass icons Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush. Co-Sponsored by TAA.

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PJ LIBRARY JEWISH HOLIDAYS FOR LITTLE HANDS AT TAA

One Sunday per month beginning November 7, 10:30 am

Stories, songs, snacks and a special art project around Jewish holidays with Expert Bubbies, Zaydes, Imas and Abbas from our community! Children under 5 and their caregivers welcome.

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TAA WELCOMES ABIGALE REISMAN AS OUR NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR

The TAA music committee is thrilled to announce that Abigale Reisman, a professional violinist residing in Lanesville, will join us as our new Music Director. Abigale has a robust Jewish background and brings a wealth of performance and education experience to her new role. She is a member of the International Jewish Music Festival award winning band, Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band and is a recent recipient of a Club Passim Iguana Music Fund grant. Abigale will be leading the TAA band and chorus as well as teaching in the Sylvia Cohen Family Learning Project. She will also work with the music and programming committees to bring musical programs to TAA. We are thrilled to welcome Abigale to our community! Information will follow regarding opportunities to meet her. Welcome, Abigale!

MUSSAR FOR A MEANINFUL LIFE: 
A CLASS WITH LAILA GOODMAN

Part of Open Circle Learning sponsored by CJP and Hebrew College
One Sunday per month starting Oct. 31, 10-11:30 am on Zoom

 What is your soul curriculum? Are you too patient? Too humble? Or too impatient and take up too much space? Mussar is the ancient Jewish practice of Character Development.  We will study short Jewish texts on character traits such as patience, humility and respect and come up with practices to increase awareness and small action steps to get more balance. Laila Goodman is a longtime member of TAA and she is also the Madricha Ruchanit (Spiritual Advisor) at Gann Academy. She has facilitated Mussar groups for over a decade.

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Membership, Support & Resources

Fill out our Membership Application Form

 

Pay Your Membership Commitment

 

Pay SCFLP Tuition

 

Beautiful Jewish Calendars from Torf Funeral Service and Stanetsky Memorial Chapel are available at TAA. We will include them with salmon orders and borrowed prayer books, and anyone may stop by the Temple to pick some up!



Jewish holiday calendars & Hebrew date converter

 

Watch the Tribute to Rabbi Lewis in honor of his 10 years of Service to TAA. Read the Jewish Journal's profile of the Rabbi.

 

 

Jewish Family & Children's Service (JF&CS) provides vital human services to help individuals and families successfully navigate transitions and overcome challenges. Their clients include new parents and their children; older adults and family caregivers; children and adults with disabilities; and people experiencing poverty, hunger, or domestic abuse. LEARN MORE

Wed, October 20 2021 14 Cheshvan 5782