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

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TAA Board Meeting

Wednesday, October 26th at 7 pm

All School Family Shabbat

Saturday, October 29th at 9 am

Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Friday, November 4th at 7:30 pm

Ari Dimond-Putnam Bar Mitzvah

Saturday, November 5th at 9 am

Yishai Howe's Bar Mitzvah

Saturday, November 12th at 9:30 am

TAA Board Meeting

Monday, November 21st at 7 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Friday, December 2nd at 7:30 pm


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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




Donations & Dues

Make a donation or pay your dues online.

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TAA photo

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

Hebrew Calendar

Weekly Torah Portion


bookin_beverly_and_steve.jpgBeverly and Steve Bookin

Steve and Beverly Bookin recently moved to Gloucester full time in June 2016 to live closer to their children's families who have settled permanently in the Boston area. The Bookins have spent most of their married life, 43 of 46 years, in Portland, Oregon. Steve is a retired endocrinologist and Beverly is an urban planner who continues to work remotely at her Portland consulting firm on a part-time basis. The Bookins were active members at Congregation Neveh Shalom, a Conservative congregation where Beverly served for many years on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee. Last year, while still living part-time in Portland and Boston, the Bookins joined TAA because they value the religious, social and educational benefits of synagogue membership in their lives and as an opportunity to meet new friends and neighbors and become more integrated into the greater Jewish community.