Welcome to Temple Ahavat Achim

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  • 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.

  • Our teen programming is based on experiential learning and gimilut hasadim (acts of loving kindness). We learn to be Jewish is to do Jewish!

  • 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.

  • Our lively, creative synagogue school is for students K-8th grade, and we have Shabbat and Sunday morning programs for 0-preschool ages, too!

  • We invite you to join us!


Adult Torah Study with Rabbi Lewis

Thursdays at 11 am

Neighborhood Shabbat

Click here for details.

PLEASE NOTE: Our office will be closed on Monday, September 24th through Tuesday, October 2nd in observance of Sukkot, Simchat Torah and Shmini Atzeret. If you have any questions, please contact our office coordinator Natalia Carollo.



Monday, September 24th at 9 am




Environmetal Project & Education Discussion

Thursday, September 27th at 7 pm in Sukkah at TAA

Come share your ideas and vision for environmental organizing and education! Our neighbor in Beverly, Temple Bnai Abraham has received a grant from CJP to work with North Shore congregations on an environmental initiative. Click here to read the grant. If you would like to attend the meeting, please email Natalia.


Sunday, September 30th at 5:30 pm


Nosh, service and dinner! This is a free event for all ages! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!




Wednesday, October 17th

“Yiddish Culture on the Balcony” with Rabbi Geller

(Weather permitting)

Friday, November 2nd

Musical Shabbat  with a pre-neg and an oneg

Friday,  November 16th

A “Musical Tish” with Rabbi Lev Friedman


Saturday, December 8th

Hanukkah Celebration

Monday, December 24th

Movies and Chinese Food    

Friday, January 4th, 2019

Musical Kabbalat Shabbat    

Sundays, January 27th, February 3rd & 10th


Friday, March 1st

Dinner and Musical Shabbat

Friday, May 3rd

Dinner and Musical Shabbat

Sunday afternoon movie series

2019 TAA Israel Tour

February 18-26, 2019


Click here for tour details

Celebrate Sukkot & Simchat Torah


Click here for ideas & inspiration





Donations & Dues

Make a donation or pay your dues online.

Click Here for the Photo Gallery

TAA photo

See images from recent events, and a record of our past

Hebrew Calendar

Weekly Torah Portion


Eric and Cynthia Kaplan

Cynthia and I came to TAA 12 years ago when we moved part-time to Gloucester.  TAA is a "Hamish" place and the Rabbi is a big part of why we enjoy it. 

I am a retired pediatrician having practiced for 40 years in Lowell and Westford. We lived in Chelmsford and raised our two daughters there.  My wife Cynthia loves plants and has worked at Cavicchio Greenhouses for many years.  One of our daughters is a lawyer in Massachusetts and the other owns a scene design shop for off Broadway shows in Brooklyn, NY. 

I enjoy the many opportunities to engage and help out at TAA.  I have joined the kitchen "crew", the Torah study class, and am a regular at Shabbat services and Sunday minyan. Having been a board member at my previous shuls for 25 years, I hope to have something to offer the TAA board of directors.