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!

Events

Adult Torah Study with Rabbi Lewis

Thursdays at 11 am

Neighborhood Shabbat

Click here for details.

 

Temple Ahavat Achim is pleased to host a presentation by Alan O'Hashi, Board member, Rocky Mountain Region, Cohousing Association of the US

Shinshinim Shabbat:

Meet our Israeli "ambassadors" Michal and Sapir!

 

Saturday, October 27th at 9 am

Kiddish following services. Intros and Q&A.

Please CLICK HERE to sign up!

As young ambassadors, Michal and Sapir are living with host families on the North Shore.  They are assigned to several synagogues in the area and TAA is lucky to have Michal assigned to us, with Sapir joining her on special occasions. They will be with our kids and a part of our synagogue family to share what it is like to grow up in Israel in the 21st century and to bring some Israeli culture and Hebrew to our community.

 

MICHAL:

1. She has been volunteering for the Israeli Scouts since she was nine

2. She loves cooking, hiking, and traveling the world

3. Her favorite place in Israel is the Negev desert

 

SAPIR:

1. She is passionate about art and loves to be creative

2. She lives in a city but went to school on a kibbutz

3. She was a fashion reporter in a popular teen publication called "Frogi"

 

Aging Gratefully: Senior Cohousing and Caregiving

Sunday, October 28th from 1-3 PM 

Participants will:

- Recognize how cohousing differs from communal living;

- Learn about cohousing and how it can be a housing choice that facilitates caregiving among neighbors;

- Learn some exercises that will help them unwind their previously learned behaviors and better equip themselves to deal with diverse people and their personalities;

- Grasp the fundamentals of economics and funding.

This is a FREE event.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

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Please join us for the first

Musical Kabbalat Shabbat of 5779 with TAA's own Alle Brieder Band!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd
Wine and snacks at 5:30 pm, service at 6:15 pm with oneg Shabbat to follow. This is a FREE event!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

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EREV SHABBAT FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16th AT 6:30 PM

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A LIGHT SUPPER, SINGING, PRAYERS AND TORAH STUDY!

Rabbi Lev Friedman founded B’nai Or Religious Fellowship of Boston in 1982. He was ordained as a rabbi by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in 2018. Lev is a seasoned service leader who brings life experience, knowledge and wisdom along with beautiful music and the teachings of his teachers, Rabbis Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Arthur Green and Ebn Leader to the Jewish community.  He is also a singer-songwriter and skilled finger-style guitarist.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

PLEASE RSVP BY NOVEMBER 9TH!

This event is generously sponsored by the Paulson Foundation.

*A Tish (literally "table" in Yiddish) comes from Hasidic Judaism and refers to any joyous public celebration or gathering or meal by Hasidim at a "table" with their Rabbi. The joyous meal is accompanied by singing and words of Torah.

 

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*The Yiddish word “glik” means “happiness, luck, a joyful occasion” per the Raphael Yiddish dictionary from the University of Kentucky.

TEMPLE AHAVAT ACHIM COMMUNITY HANUKKAH PARTY

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8th

5:45 pm   Lobsta Trap Menorah Lighting

6:00 pm    Family Menorah Lighting

6:15 pm   Kids Meal and Adult Buffet

6:45 pm   KLEZPERANTO Music and Dancing

 

GREAT GELT GIVEAWAY RAFFLE DRAWING! Cookie Decorating and Dreidel Games! Slivovitz Tasting!

$15/PERSON | $40/FAMILY (Children under 5 free)

RSVP BY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30th

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

News

2018-2019 FALL-SPRING EVENTS

Friday, November 2nd

Musical Shabbat  with a pre-neg and an oneg

Friday,  November 16th

A “Musical Tish” with Rabbi Lev Friedman

Saturday, December 8th

Hanukkah Celebration

Monday, December 24th

Movies and Chinese Food    

Friday, January 4th, 2019

Musical Kabbalat Shabbat    

Sundays, January 27th, February 3rd & 10th

Sunday afternoon movie series

Friday, March 1st

Dinner and Musical Shabbat

Friday, May 3rd

Dinner and Musical Shabbat

2019 TAA Israel Tour

February 18-26, 2019

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Click here for tour details

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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.