Concert at TAA on June 5th at 5 pm
Join us for this extraordinary evening of music and celebration! Invite your family and friends!
Reception with Joshua Nelson following the concert for Platinum, Gold, and Silver Sponsors at the Trident Gallery on Main Street
All proceeds from this Benefit Concert will support Temple Ahavat Achim’s religious services, celebrations, programs and education for all ages in our beautiful building!
Adult Torah Study with Rabbi Lewis
Thursdays at 11 am
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Please Join Us At Sunday Morning Minyan!
Besides the traffic, one of the challenges of summer is getting a minyan for our Sunday morning service. We have members who are in mourning and saying kaddish, and so would like to have some idea who is planning on coming to morning minyan. Please CLICK HERE if you plan to join us on the following dates so we can have some idea (recognizing that plans can change).
Sylvia Cohen Religious School Graduation 5776
Click here to view the slide show that our Sylvia Cohen Religious School Director Phoebe Potts put together! Mazel Tov to our students!
Solar Panels Information Session
Tuesday, June 7th, 7-8:30 pm
Help save our planet and save money at the same time! Consider the possibility of producing your own electric power from solar panels on your roof or in your yard.
The non-profit Gloucester Solar Challenge group, together with Direct Energy, their preferred supplier chosen through a rigorous competitive process, will present information and answer your questions about State and Federal financial incentives and the current state of solar power systems for our homes.
There are special discounts available for Cape Ann residents expressing interest in solar power for their homes any time before June 30th of this year. So far, about 60 Cape Ann families have signed up to have systems installed.
Massachusetts and the Federal government still have extraordinary incentives to create sustainable energy and to save lots of money on your electric bills. TAA's own Willy Greenbaum, who helped arrange this information session, installed a system in August of 2014 and hasn't paid any National Grid bills since. He expects to pay no electric bills for many years to come. Feel free to call Willy with questions at (508) 284-7036.
This session is FREE and we welcome everyone interested in attending!
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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.