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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The Andy Statman Trio Concert

Wednesday night, May 2nd - Time TBD


Details to follow.


> May 4th - Kabbalat Shabbat Service

> May 11th - Sylvia Cohen Religious School Graduation Shabbat

> June 1st - Musical Shabbat

Plus two Summer Shabbatot on the beach:

> June 22nd at Stage Fort Park

> August 3rd on Good Harbor Beach



Please help us embellish Shabbat by volunteering to set up kiddish on a Saturday morning!

Click here to see dates that are available - and sign up! Very simple! No prior experience necessary!



Mussar and Meditation with Laila Goodman

Sundays, 2:30-4 pm

March 11, 25; April 8, 22; May 6, 13; June 3 

Fee: $140

A workshop-style course to learn and practice basic techniques of meditation and Mussar.  Mussar practice will focus on one middah (a character trait such as patience, humility, gratitude, etc.) each session with the intention of focusing on that trait as you move through your week.  Sessions will start with a short meditation followed by sharing about the challenges and successes of our practices.


Israeli Film and Literature with Sigalit Davis

Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm

March 7, 21; April 4, 18 ; May 2,16,30; June 6

Fee: $160

TAA presents an exciting opportunity to enjoy and examine Israeli movies, poetry, and short stories. In eight sessions, we will analyze the diverse angles from which Israeli film and literature express the complexities of their society and culture, making sure to situate them in their unique cultural context. What bothers the Israelis? What inspires them? How have the nation's history and politics shaped the arts and the society?





Donations & Dues

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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.