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!


Adult Torah Study with Rabbi Lewis

Thursdays at 11 am

Neighborhood Shabbat

Click here for details.


Wednesdays, May 22nd and 29th from 7-8 pm

Free and open to all!


Jewish Art for Little Hands

Friday, May 24th at 5:30 pm


Come celebrate Shavuot with us! 

Evening Shavout Service with cheesecake

Saturday, June 8th at 9 pm


Morning Shavuot Service

Sunday, June 9th at 9 am 

Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Stage Fort Park (Gloucester, MA)

Friday, June 21st from 5:30-7:30 pm

Potluck dinner! Bring your favorite vegetarian or dairy entree/side dish or salad! Beverages and desserts will be provided. Bring picnic supplies (i.e., blankets, chairs, and your favorite outside activities - Frisbee, balls, etc.)


This is a free event!


Please join us on the Temple's balcony on Wednesday night,  July 10th at 6:30 pm.

Wine, cheese and desserts will be served. Artisanal items will be available for sale. ALL ARE WELCOME! 


This event is generously sponsored by the Paulson Foundation.


wine-bottles.jpegTAA WINE RAFFLE!

We are raffling off wine cellars valued at over $500 each! TICKETS are $20/each OR 6 for $100. Drawing will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2019.

You do not need to be present to win.

Here is how to participate:

  1. Donate at least 1 bottle of wine valued over $20 or send in $20 or more and we will do the shopping for you. (We do request the bottle of wine donation meets the value requested as these are given to the winners.)
  2. Sell or buy at least 12 raffle tickets.

CLICK HERE to buy raffle tickets online OR send us a check (86 Middle St, Gloucester, MA 01930) OR call us with your credit card number at (978) 281-0739.

SUMMER AT TAA! Please save the dates!

>> Friday, June 21st at 5:30 pm

Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Stage Fort Park

Potluck dinner & desserts will be provided

>> Wednesday, July 10th at 6:30 pm

Artists & Crafters on the Balcony at Twilight

Artisanal items will be available for sale!

>> Friday, July 19th at 5:30 pm

Dinner & Friday Night Shabbat Service on Good Harbor Beach

Pizza and drinks will be provided; potluck dessert

>> Saturday, August 3rd at 9 am

Please join us for our Shabbat morning service and a festive lunch as a group of TAA women celebrate their b'not mitzvot as adults!

>> Saturday, August 24th at 7:30 pm

Eat, Pray, Sing! A light supper, Havdallah and a special evening of music with Rabbi Deborah Zecher

$18/per person - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

If you're paying with a credit card, please CLICK HERE only.

Rabbi Myron and Eileen Geller Endowment Campaign Updates








Donations & Dues

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Hebrew Calendar

Weekly Torah Portion


Eric and Cynthia Kaplan

Cynthia and I came to TAA 12 years ago when we moved part-time to Gloucester.  TAA is a "Hamish" place and the Rabbi is a big part of why we enjoy it. 

I am a retired pediatrician having practiced for 40 years in Lowell and Westford. We lived in Chelmsford and raised our two daughters there.  My wife Cynthia loves plants and has worked at Cavicchio Greenhouses for many years.  One of our daughters is a lawyer in Massachusetts and the other owns a scene design shop for off Broadway shows in Brooklyn, NY. 

I enjoy the many opportunities to engage and help out at TAA.  I have joined the kitchen "crew", the Torah study class, and am a regular at Shabbat services and Sunday minyan. Having been a board member at my previous shuls for 25 years, I hope to have something to offer the TAA board of directors.