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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

Click here for details.

TAA Book Club: "The Man in The White Sharkskin Suit"


Thursday, December 12th at 7 pm

This is a free event. Please RSVP to Barbara Kaplan.

Lobster Trap Hanukkiah Lighting Ceremony

Sunday, December 22nd at 5:30 pm


Please join us on the first night of Hanukkah as we light our Lobster Trap Hanukkiah. Latkes will be served and songs will be sung! Everyone is welcome. This is a free event.


CHanukkah CHappening!


5:30 pm Kids interactive klezmer concert

6:30 pm  Dinner for everyone

7:30 pm  Klezmer concert with Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh's Klezmer Band!


(Click here for the music & videos!)

8:45 pm  Great Gelt Giveaway Raffle!

Prizes, games and more!


$18/PERSON or $45/FAMILY

A part of our  CHanukkah CHappening on Saturday, December 14, 2019

A bright celebration of the Festival of Lights with live music, food, family activities, lights and GELT!

50/50 raffle tickets are $25/each or 5 for $100

Half of the money raised will go toward keeping TAA’s lights on all year, the other half will go to three lucky winners: a third prize of 5%, a second prize of 10% and a GRAND PRIZE of 35% of those proceeds. Winners need not be present at the drawing.

The Great Gelt Giveaway is our major Winter fundraiser. With your help, we can close our deficit and have some fun.

For more information and raffle tickets, please call (978) 281-0739

Anne Frank Parallel Stories

Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7 pm at the Shalin Liu Performance Center

AnneFrank Parallel Stories is a powerful retelling of Anne Frank’s life through the pages of her extraordinary diary guided by the Academy-Award winning actress Helen Mirren, and through the lives of five women who, as young girls, were also deported to concentration camps but survived the Holocaust.

As a dedication to what would have been her 90th anniversary –and in cooperation with the Anne Frank Foundation — the documentary takes audiences into Anne’s room within the secret annex of her family’s hiding place before being deported, and through read excerpts of her diary intertwined with the experiences of the survivors who lived to tell their own parallel stories.

Tickets: $15 Adults; $12 Seniors/Students; $5 Youth

Rabbi Myron and Eileen Geller Endowment Campaign Updates




To pay your Membership Commitment online, please Click Here.

To make a donation online, please Click Here.






Click Here for the Photo Gallery

TAA photo

See images from recent events, and a record of our past

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.