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Who We Are

Gloucester, MAFor more than 100 years, Temple Ahavat Achim has been the center of Jewish life on Cape Ann and surrounding North Shore towns. In this coastal outpost celebrated for its natural beauty and its artistic and maritime heritage, we have created a Jewish home for a diverse mix of creative, thoughtful, engaging people. We share prayer, learning, arts and culture, holidays, good works, adventures, and the joys of a supportive and welcoming community.

We are single, married, straight, gay, inter-faith and inter-racial. We are young families with children learning in our Sunday school and people of all ages studying Torah with our Rabbi. We sponsor convivial neighborhood Shabbats, beach side events, and Israeli folk dancing. We celebrate prayer and learning, arts and culture, Jewish holidays, and, most or all, caring for each other. TAA is an egalitarian synagogue affiliated with the Conservative movement, but our members have a broad spectrum of religious observance.

FAQs

What are you all about?

Our mission is to serve the Jewish Community of Cape Ann and beyond by providing a range of sacred experiences: hospitality, friendship and community among a diverse membership; a variety of opportunities for prayer and the study of Torah; and the promotion of social justice.

How large is TAA?

Approximately 210 member families. Our services and most of our programs are open to the community.

How old is the congregation?

We were founded in 1905. We’re the only Jewish congregation on Cape Ann.

Who is the Rabbi?

Rabbi Steven Lewis has been our spiritual leader since 2011.

Tell me about your Religious School.

Glad you asked! The Sylvia Cohen Family Learning Project serves Pre-K through Grade 7. We include teens in the Jewish Leadership Program.

Do you need to be member to enroll in the Religious School?

Our preschool programs are open to the community. Kindergarten students and beyond need to be part of the congregation. 

More questions? Contact us at 978-281-0739. We’d love to hear from you!

My TAA Story

Marilyn Kramer

My parents joined TAA in the 1970s when I was in high school. We joined because of Rabbi Geller (now Rabbi Emeritus), but we stayed because of the tremendous community. When I moved back to Beverly with my husband in the 1990s, we joined TAA and have been active ever since. Our kids have been embraced by the community as they once toddled around during services and now as teens. For our family, TAA is a three-generation affair, with our kids participating alongside their grandparents in services, community Friday night suppers, and musical programs. And it's not just their own grandparents - it's all of the TAA "aunts" and "uncles" who have become an integral part of their lives.

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