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

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6 pm: "Pre-neg" (Wine & Cheese for adults, snacks for kids) 

7 pm: Shabbat Service with the Alle Brider Band  

8 pm: "Oneg" (Delicious pastries and Fruit)


Caregiver Support Session

Caregiving is something we do for loved ones and friends as needed, whether it be emotional, physical, or conversational help. When the needs become more intense, then more help or outside support for the primary caregiver might be called for. Those  who are interested in learning more are invited to come to an informational "listening meeting" sponsored by TAA and SeniorCare services.
Temple and/or community members who are caregivers (or might be) are invited on Wednesday, June 6th from 10:30-11:30 am, to the meeting at the Temple. Light refreshments will be provided. Please contact Audrey Fraser or Susan Doughty SW at 978.281.1750 x520 with any questions.




Temple Ahavat Achim is raffling off 2 wine cellars valued at over $720 each! Tickets are $20/each OR 6 for $100. Drawing will be held on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 and winners will be contacted.

To purchase tickets, please click here. For more information, please contact Natalia, TAA Office Coordinator.




Donations & Dues

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TAA photo

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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.