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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

REGISTER TO JOIN TORAH STUDY ON ZOOM

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 

Sukkot Shabbat Chol Hamoed

2nd Triennial Exodus 33:12-34:26

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

PDF of reading in Etz Hayim (pg. 538)

Megillat Kohelet (Scroll of Ecclesiastes)

Read the Portion on Sefaria.org

PDF of Selected Excerpts from Lev Shalem (pg. 426)

YAHRZEITS: Shabbat 9/25/2021 - Friday 10/1/2021

 

 

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SYLVIA COHEN FAMILY LEARNING PROJECT

Festive Gatherings of the Tribe

Open to TAA members and other families from our community!

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect.

Sunday 9/26 10AM-12PM

10AM Learner's Minyan/ Parent learning with Rabbi Lewis

10:30 AM TAA MEMBERS JOIN IN Simchat Torah mini service, unrolling the Torah in the parking lot

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Upcoming events

SCHEDULE OF HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES 2021/5782

(All Services are Zoom only)

Register here for Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

Read the Shmita Study Sheet

Sunday September 26 - Simchat Torah Celebration with Sylvia Cohen Religious School (outside and in-person) 10:30 AM We'll unfurl a scroll and sing some of the hakafot songs (weather permitting)

We will not have a Simchat Torah evening celebration this year since current TAA protocols for in-person gathering require six foot distance between people. This makes unfurling the scroll and dancing with the Torah impossible to do inside. 

Tuesday September 28 - Shmini Atzeret & Simchat Torah with Yizkor 9:00 AM Service

 

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

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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

Thu, September 23 2021 17 Tishrei 5782