Adult Torah Study with Rabbi Lewis
Thursdays at 11 am
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Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Friday, December 4th at 7 pm
Community Lobster Trap Hanukkiah Lighting
Tuesday, December 8th at 6 pm
Please join us as we light our world famous Lobster Trap Hanukkiah! There will be dancing, singing, and latkes. Everyone is welcome. This event is free of charge.
TAA Hanukkah Party
Saturday, December 12th at 6 pm
Join us for candle lighting, dairy supper cooked by Abe Baron and crew, and enjoy the music of the Temple band! Bring your menorah – we will light the candles together. This event is open to TAA members of all ages, including kids!
Suggested donation - $5/person $10/family
PLEASE REGISTER HERE
Support Our Delicious Fundraiser!
THE PERFECT GIFT for family, friends, hostess and teacher gifts... or keep them for yourself!
*** COCONUT MACAROONS (6 plain and 6 milk chocolate) - $15 for 12 cookies ***
100% all-natural kosher ingredients. Made in the TAA kosher kitchen!
MACAROONS CAN BE
- PICKED UP (ready at the Temple beginning Wednesday, December 9th)
- DELIVERED (local Cape Ann towns only)
- OR SHIPPED ($6/per package, continental US only)
PLEASE PLACE YOUR ORDER AND PAYMENT NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2nd!! We accept cash, checks (payable to "TAA") or credit cards (call Natalia at (978) 281-0739 with your credit card information)!
CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER YOUR MACAROONS.
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.