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

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SUMMER EVENTS 2017

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Saturday, July 8th
Shabbat Service and Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Natan Margalit
As a follow-up to the Nature Walk, Rabbi Margalit will participate in Services and lead a text study

Friday, August 4th at 5 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat on Good Harbor Beach!
A multigenerational event with pizza, drinks and a potluck dessert!

Friday-Saturday, August 18-19
Musical Shabbat Weekend with Rabbi Jessica Meyer

Rabbi Jessica Meyer will be joining us for Shabbat! She will participate in our Friday night service at 7:30 pm and Saturday morning service at 9 am with a lunch following. We will end the weekend with a musical Seudah Shlishit (third meal) at 7:30 pm and conclude with Havdallah.

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These are FREE events generously sponsored by the Paulson Foundation.

News

Shabbat Service and Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Natan Margalit

Saturday, July 8th: Services at 9 am; Lunch & Learn to follow
As a follow-up to the Nature Walk, Rabbi Margalit will participate in Services and lead a text study

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

This is a FREE event generously sponsored by the Paulson Foundation

Connect

THIS WEEK'S NEWSLETTER: CLICK HERE

 

Donations & Dues

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Hebrew Calendar

Weekly Torah Portion

 

Adam Farber and Sara Roizen

“Wasn’t four hours of services enough?”
“I’m soooo hungry.”
“I’d rather be in school!”

Those were just a few of the thoughts going through my head early afternoons standing outside TAA with my sisters three days every fall.  At precisely 1:00PM - just as Rabbi Geller promised - mom and dad would be catching up with what seemed like every single member of the congregation on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.  At least we knew exactly what to expect.  After all, we had been doing it for as long as I could remember.

Before I was born, mom and dad came to Gloucester to open our store.  Little did they know, just one block away they would find a community uniquely qualified to become their spiritual, religious, cultural and social home.  As kids, we were dragged along - as kids are to anything their parents find important.  And slowly TAA became ingrained in us, too.  Not only that, but my parents brought along both sets of grandparents, and so three generations of Farbers and Rosenblatts were joining together to practice our Judaism at TAA.

For decades, Rabbi Geller lead us.  As a kid, his presence, knowledge and kindness were as close as I could imagine to someone like Moses. (Although, Moses it seems was not known for his punctuality like our dear Rabbi - 40 years of wandering and all...)  My favorite part of that tiresome shmoozing after High Holiday services was the moment I always had with the Rabbi - shaking his hand and him not just knowing my name, but knowing my story.  He knew everyone’s story.  In fact, everyone visiting outside the synagogue those days knew everyone else’s story.  It was truly a community that gathered people.

And that is what has brought me back - with my wife and boys - to rejoin this community I grew up in.  We’ve been gone for a long time.  I’m not particularly observant or even interested in all the rituals at this point in my religious experience.  But somehow it feels like just the right place for us.  Just as my family traveled from the Swampscott/Marblehead Jewish mecca (with five congregations within a mile of our home) to attend TAA, so too will Sara and I bring Rohin and Kai to be a part of this very unique community.

And for us, the TAA of today feels even more perfect.  With Rabbi Lewis leading us, it is a welcoming place, meeting everyone just where they are.  The diversity of the extended Cape Ann Jewish community has never been greater, and the religious and social offerings at TAA reflect that.  “Come as you are” seems to be the mantra, and that is just right for us.