Welcome to Temple Ahavat Achim

  • 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.

  • Community

    We are the only Jewish congregation on Cape Ann. There is a real sense that each one of us is needed to nurture and sustain Jewish life here.

  • We invite you to join us!

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Adult Torah Study with Rabbi Lewis

Thursdays at 11 am

Modern Hebrew Class with Elana Gerson

Mondays, October 20th-December 15th at 5:30 pm

Neighborhood Shabbat

Friday, November 21st at 6:30 pm

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Musical Kabbalat Shabbat with Cantor Becky Khitrik

Friday, December 5th at 7:30 pm

PJ Library Tot Shabbat

Saturday, December 6th at 10:30 am

Mishnah Brachot Study in memory of Robert A. Potts, Jr.

Sunday, December 7th at 2 pm



Special Event
Sunday, November 23rd from 1 pm to 2:30 pm

Sigmund Freud was one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century. His discoveries of the make-up of the human psyche, were, in their time, world-shaking.

While he was dying of cancer, Freud rushed into print his facit on Judaism, “Moses and Monotheism”. It was to be the last of his many essays. In it he applies the tools of psychoanalysis and the mind of a scientist to theorize about the origins and the monotheistic basis of his Jewish faith, and the Christian faith which followed.

Significantly, Sigmund Freud chose to die, as assisted suicide, on Yom Kippur, 1939. This year is the seventy-fifth anniversary of his death, and we are marking that anniversary by holding a discussion of the radical thoughts contained in “Moses and Monotheism”, albeit two months after the actual anniversary.

The panel discussing the essay, in which the public is encouraged to participate, will consist of Philip Cutter, M.D., a retired psychiatrist, Vincent Panetta, Ph. D., a professor of psychoanalysis, and supervising analyst, and Seth Yorra, Dr. jur., a lawyer and dramatist, who has also received an M.A. as a psychoanalytical counselor.


Selections from “Moses and Monotheism” to read in preparation for this selection are available for download or at the TAA office from Natalia, 978.281.0739


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The Gordons Charlotte Gordon

 I am a convert to Judaism and so when I first started coming to TAA, I worried that people would not accept me. I could not read one word of Hebrew and I had no idea how to follow the Shabbat service. My son was an infant who wiggled around and seemed to cry during every Amidah. I did not know the difference between Shavuot and Sukkot. Now, I feel like TAA is my home away from home; I have gone to Israel with a group from the congregation. My son has been bar-mitzvahed and is a helper in the Hebrew School; I am learning how to chant from Torah. Sometimes, I think all of this could only have happened at TAA.

In my first year at TAA, people I did not know (then) helped me when I was lost during services. Our rabbi taught me Hebrew. Gradually, I came to know people’s names. I met their children, their parents. Older members of the congregation took me under their wing and taught me their traditions. I went to bar and bat mitzvahs. I went to the community Passover Seders. When my father died, it seemed like the entire temple came to my house and sat shiva. Never before had I felt such a strong sense of community.

I am typical of many Americans – a half-breed; my dad was Jewish; my mom is not – and I did not know where I belonged. But at TAA, I have learned how to bake a challah and how to sing Torah trope, how to follow traditions and how to change those traditions. Being a member of TAA is like joining a huge inter-generational family. After services, my son munches on bagels and hangs out with his friends while I talk to all the people I have come to know and love. TAA is a place we are proud of, a place that has helped me accept my Jewish heritage, a place that has helped me raise my son and a place that has taught me where I belong – right here, at Temple Achavat Achim.