Adult Torah Study with Rabbi Lewis
Thursdays at 11 am
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Please join us for the Annual TAA Community Seder on the Second Night of Passover on TUESDAY, APRIL 11th at 6 pm!
Our chefs are offering a choice of chicken, fish, or vegetarian meals. The cost is $40 per adult and $18 dollars per child from age 4-13. This year we are offering an early bird special for adults! If you reserve a spot and pay for the Seder by Friday, March 31st, the price will be reduced to $36. All other reservations must be made and paid for in full by Wednesday, April 5th. Please register early for what is always a sold-out event, so our chefs can cook delicious food for the correct number of guests!
Grieving Loss in a Jewish Way
The Chesed Committee is pleased to offer an 8-week program with Care Dimensions called Grieving Loss in the Jewish Way, a bereavement support group developed specifically for the Jewish Community. The program will be held at TAA on Tuesdays, from March 7th to May 2nd from 6:30 - 8 pm.
The group will be facilitated by Nate Lamkin, Senior Director of Patient & Family Support at Care Dimensions. Rabbi Lewis will also be participating in some of the sessions.
Space is limited and advance registration is required by calling (978) 774-5100 or emailing [email protected]
or registering on the Care Dimensions' website.
Temple Ahavat Achim is preparing to launch an Endowment Campaign to enrich the programming of the Sylvia Cohen Religious School. Investing in the education of our children is the best way we can secure the future of our Jewish community.
As part of this effort, we are pleased to honor Rabbi Myron Geller and Eileen Geller. TAA's spiritual leader for almost 40 years, Rabbi Geller remains a beloved and admired figure throughout the North Shore and beyond for his talents at the pulpit and as a scholar. Eileen was a devoted and tireless leader in the religious school and Sisterhood/Hadassah, and she served as our school's primary teacher for many years.
The Gellers will be honored at a special TAA concert featuring acclaimed singer Neshama Carlebach at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Sunday, May 7, 2017. We will also honor the Gellers with a tribute book.
Mark your calendars and watch for more information about the concert and the campaign in the next few months. We hope you will become an active supporter of both efforts.
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.