5776 | 2015 High Holiday Schedule is Now Available!
Please join us for the 5776 High Holy Days!
As always, our services are open to all, and we welcome guests and newcomers to be with us.
Please extend this invitation to anyone you know who may be interested to share the High Holiday season with our congregation.
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.