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!

Events

Adult Torah Study with Rabbi Lewis

Thursdays at 11 am

Neighborhood Shabbat

Click here for details.

HIGH HOLIDAY SMOKED SALMON SALE!

A deliciously fabulous TAA fundraiser!

KOSHER SALMON (VACUUM-PACKED) FOR ONLY $36/PER PACKAGE (Each Package is 2-2.5 lbs)

PLACE YOUR ORDERS BY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd!*

The salmon is pre-sliced, restaurant quality, fresh, and never frozen (but freezes well)!

*Pick-up date will be firmed up after September 23rd.
 

CLICK HERE to place your order or contact Natalia at (978) 281-0739.

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Erev Rosh Hashanah Services

Sunday, October 2nd at 7 pm

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Services

Monday, October 3rd at 9 am

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Services

Tuesday, October 4th at 9 am

Kol Nidre Services

Tuesday, October 11th at 7 pm

Yom Kippur Services

Wednesday, October 12th at 9 am
Break-the-Fast to follow in the evening - CLICK HERE TO RSVP

News

5777 High Holiday Schedule is Now Available!

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Twenty Jewish Family Sundays: School embraces new family learning model

Sunday mornings are not just for kids any more. Parents are invited for a full range of activities each Sunday, while their kids are in school.

  • 9:00 to 9:30 participatory family minyan.
  • 9:30 to 10:00 what’s the meaning behind the prayers, with Rabbi Lewis.
  • 10:00 to 11:00 yoga through a Jewish lens
  • 11:00 to 11:45 good coffee and schmooze.
  • 11:45 to noon closing circle

Sylvia Cohen Religious School Graduation 5776

Click here to view the slide show that our Sylvia Cohen Religious School Director Phoebe Potts put together! Mazel Tov to our students!

Connect

CLICK HERE FOR THE THIS WEEK'S TAA NEWSLETTER - September 20, 2016

 

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Donations & Dues

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TAA photo

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


Hebrew Calendar

Weekly Torah Portion

 

stevens_laura_and_randall.jpgLaura and Randall Stevens

I'd say that it all began when my boyfriend's grandmother served fish at dinner. As a third generation Clevelander, you learn pretty quickly to be wary of any fish that isn't smoked, gifilted or comes from a can with a mermaid on the label. You stick to beef or chicken. So prior to my first visit to meet Randy's grandparents at their summer home in Rockport, I made it abundantly clear that I would not be eating seafood. Apparently, no one paid this any attention.The visit, and dinner, started an enduring love affair with fresh fish and with Rockport itself. 

Throughout the years, Rockport became the setting for life events large and small. One year after this first dinner, Randy and I spent our honeymoon (chaperoned) at the same summer house. Throughout the ensuing decades, we came to Rockport on happy occasions - vacations, birthdays and anniversaries - and to mourn when I lost my first pregnancy.  Our children visited throughout their childhoods. We purchased our own summer home here in 2014, and in 2015 when Randy took a position that allowed him to work remotely, it didn't take too much thought to pull up the roots that had been planted in New Jersey soil for 28 years and put them in a loam that always felt like home.

Having been active in the reform congregation in New Jersey to which we still belong, I began to look for a local synagogue almost immediately.I think I scanned every page of the TAA website prior to requesting membership information. Amy Farber, Dan Ottenheimer and Elaine Byrne were my first connections to TAA and I think I peppered them with dozens of questions. Choosing a congregation with the right "feel" makes all the difference in our communal Jewish life. After attending a musical summer Havdalah service, and seeing the genuine affection that the congregants showed one another, Randall and I agreed that while it was a different denomination from the Classical Reform movement in which I was raised, TAA looked like the right congregation for us.Being a part of the temple is one more piece that makes us feel like we're home.