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!


Adult Torah Study with Rabbi Lewis

Thursdays at 11 am

Neighborhood Shabbat

Click here for details.

Shabbat on Good Harbor Beach 

Friday, July 19th at 5:30 pm

5:30 PM - Arrive at the beach 

6 PM - Pizza

6:30 PM - Service & Potluck Desserts (bring your favorite!)

Don't wait for the weather report! If you're interested in participating - please RSVP BY MONDAY, JULY 15th. We need an accurate head count for pizza. If the weather is bad, we'll let you know that we're calling off the event because of rain.

Please park in the Good Harbor Beach lot (there will be no cost at 5:30 pm) and follow wood path near the snack bar to the beach. We will be in the middle of the beach! Please bring blankets and beach chairs.. Please let Natalia know if you will need parking! Pizza and drinks will be provided - just bring a favorite dessert to share!


This is a free event!

TAA Book Group: "Beneath a Scarlet Sky" by Mark Sullivan 

Thursday, August 8th at 7 pm


SoulCollage Workshop with Beverly Bookin!

Sunday, September 8th at 1 pm at TAA

Join us for an afternoon of SoulCollageĀ® to explore your heart, relationships and community! Through the use of images, imaginations and intuition, we will create collaged cards and then journal with them to learn what the images are saying to us. No artistic ability is required. If you can use scissors and glue, you can SoulCollageĀ®.


This is a FREE event.  Donations are welcome. 



>> Friday, July 19th at 5:30 pm

Dinner & Friday Night Shabbat Service on Good Harbor Beach

Pizza and drinks will be provided; potluck dessert

>> Saturday, August 3rd at 9 am

Please join us for our Shabbat morning service and a festive lunch as a group of TAA women celebrate their b'not mitzvot as adults!

>> Saturday, August 24th at 7:30 pm

Eat, Pray, Sing! A light supper, Havdallah and a special evening of music with Rabbi Deborah Zecher

$18/per person - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

If you're paying with a credit card, please CLICK HERE only.

Rabbi Myron and Eileen Geller Endowment Campaign Updates









Donations & Dues

Make a donation or pay your dues online.

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.