THIS WEEK'S TORAH PORTION
Parashat Devarim Shabbat Hazon
Erev Tisha B'Av
2nd Triennial Deuteronomy 2:2-2:30
Read the Portion on Sefaria.org you can click a verse for commentary

IN-PERSON SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE!
After 15 months of virtual services, we are having our first IN-PERSON Shabbat service this Saturday, July 17th at 9 am. We hope you will join us to worship together safely in our beloved Temple.

If you prefer, you can still join us virtually.
RABBI'S CORNER
TISHA B'AV: FROM DESPAIR TO REPAIR

Return us YHVH to You, and we will return. Renew our days as of old. 
הֲשִׁיבֵנוּ יְהוָה אֵלֶיךָ ונשוב [וְנָשׁוּבָה] חַדֵּשׁ יָמֵינוּ כְּקֶדֶם׃
Lamentations 5:21

This Shabbat morning we will gather for the first time in fifteen long months for Shabbat morning services. For many, this will feel like the end of a mini-exile and a return to our Jewish community’s sacred center. Then, twelve hours later, at 9PM we will gather again to observe Tisha b’Av (the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av) the day we mourn the loss of our people’s sacred center and the beginning of exile.  

The Ninth of Av is a commemoration of dramatic, unimaginable destruction. On Tisha b’Av we mourn the destruction of the first (586 BCE) and second (70 CE) Temples in Jerusalem - as well as a long painful list of subsequent destructions and exiles in Jewish history. The day is a receptacle to contain the worst of our collective memories, and the longest fast-day of the year.* 

The evening and morning of Tisha b’Av are given over to mourning and brokenness. This deep despair gives way to hope the following afternoon. Our tradition offers visions of the hope and healing that can come after calamity. This sense of possibility is elegantly expressed in a midrash that teaches the messiah will be born on the afternoon of the 9th of Av.   
As last year, we will gather again in the afternoon (Sunday, July 18th at 4 PM) to share the hope of reconnecting and rebuilding with contributions from Dale Rosen and Fern Miller.  [REGISTER FOR ZOOM LINK for Sunday afternoon]

The last line of Lamentations (quoted above) affirms that we can work to repair our mistakes and help heal our lives and the world. Indeed, the Ninth of Av begins the seven-week period of reflection and renewal leading to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This year we can connect all the more deeply with the possibility, in the shadow of destruction, of return, teshuvah and healing. 

*Tisha b’Av is a full fast, like Yom Kippur, where all food and beverages are prohibited from twilight until evening the following day. If you are not planning on taking on this practice fully, I do encourage you to take a bit off your plate, or refrain from some part of your normal consumption in recognition of the fast to feel your hunger and thirst more acutely on that day.  

TISHA B'AV IN-PERSON SERVICES
EREV TISHA B'AV SERVICE Saturday, July 17, 9 pm (In-person only)

SUNDAY MINYAN Sunday, July 18, 9 am REGISTER FOR ZOOM LINK

SUNDAY AFTERNOON SERVICE Sunday, July 18, 4 pm REGISTER FOR ZOOM LINK
RABBI LEWIS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS AT TAA
In honor of his ten years of service, the Jewish Journal published a wonderful profile of Rabbi Lewis entitled, "In Gloucester, Rabbi Lewis leads another new beginning for Temple Ahavat Achim."

More than 60 TAA families contributed to a Tribute Video in honor of the Rabbi's 10 years at TAA. WATCH THE TRIBUTE TO RABBI LEWIS
RE-OPENING THE BUILDING
The building is now open! We will hold Shabbat services upstairs this Saturday, July 17, at 9:00 am. We will observe Tisha B’Av this Saturday at 9:00 pm and Sunday, July 18th, at 9 am and 4 pm.


If you have any questions, contact Ruth Budelmann or Ron Newman.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
KABBALAT SHABBAT ON THE BEACH
July 23, 5:30 at Good Harbor Beach
We are excited to be welcoming Shabbat as a community. Join us for a light supper, songs and prayer as we joyously welcome a Summer Shabbat together. Thanks to a generous donor we will be serving pizza, watermelon and Janet Cline’s cookies. Please bring your own drinks, blankets and chairs. The public restrooms will be open.
Parking is available for all in the Good Harbor Beach parking lot starting by 5 if you say you are with TAA. Walk to the beach down the boardwalk from the main concession stand. We intend to set up close to the main path to the left of the concession stand as you enter the beach.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, June 20 stating the number of people attending so we can prepare appropriately.

There will NOT be a rain date for this event. We will send an update to those who RVSP 24 hours prior to the event for inclement weather.
As respectful members of the community, we ask that all participants follow the Good Harbor Beach rules:
Good Harbor is a carry-in, carry-out beach in regards to trash please help us ensure we leave the beach litter-free.
No alcohol is permitted
No dogs are allowed on the beach from April – September.
TAA BOOK CLUB SELECTION:
IT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING BY GILDA RADNER
Wednesday, August 18, 5:30 pm at Good Harbor Beach
Bring dinner and/or a snack and a beach chair
Contact Barbara Kaplan to sign up
Thank you to Cynthia Kaplan and Miriam Pett for organizing Sunday's amazing Garden Tour! Thank you to everyone who opened their gardens and to all the amazing volunteers.
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REGISTER FOR OUR WEEKLY EVENTS
Thursdays, 11 am
Sundays, 8:45 am
Saturdays, 9:30 am
with Richard Huttner Mondays, 11 am
ACCESS ELECTRONIC SIDDURIM / Contact Jasmine for hard copies
GET INVOLVED WITH TAA
The Programming Committee would love your help!!!
We are looking for amazing Programming ideas for Zoom and live events.
Join our monthly meetings, work on a program, or just share some awesome ideas. Contact Ruth Budelmann or Susan Federspiel
TAA’s new Community Corner offers unique opportunities to connect with fellow members while doing activities you love. For questions or to submit an activity, contact communitycorner@taagloucester.org. Include your contact info when you post an activity: interested folks will contact you directly!

Join the Caregivers Support Group for their Tuesday 10:30 am meetings
TAA’s Everyone Eats! Team provides lunch supplies each Sunday at Gloucester's Action Shelter. To join the team or find out more, email Martha
Know Someone Interested in Joining our Community?
Refer prospective members to Richard Huttner and Elaine Byrne
EVENTS NEAR AND FAR
SINGING OUR STORIES WITH YONI BATTAT
Tuesday, July 13, 7:30-9 pm
Sponsored by the Lappin Foundation
In this workshop you will connect with our ancestors, tell stories, reflect, and sing together in a safe, empowering space.
JLIVE WITH EUGENE ZELENY
Friday, July 16, 12:00 pm
Expedition Maker contestant Eugene Zeleny will talk about his artistic journey from teaching Judaica workshops as a Moishe House resident to balancing his love of mechanical engineering, woodworking, and making.
MUSIC AND CONVERSATION
Joey Weisenberg and Rabbi Josh Feigelson
 Tuesday, July 20, 8:00 pm
Join IJS Executive Director, Rabbi Josh Feigelson, for a conversation with Joey Weisenberg about his soon-to-be-released album, The L'eila Recording Project.

  • PJ LIBRARY CELEBRATES ISRAELI CULTURE RESCHEDULED to Tuesday, July 13, 6 pm at the Andover Town Common. Contact Sharon Wyner (978-565-4450) for more information.
  • PJ LIBRARY SHABBAT BY THE SEA with Marcy Yellin and Rabbi Alison Adler. Friday, July 16 and Friday, August 13, 6 pm, Lynch Park, 55 Ober Street, Beverly. LEARN MORE
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Amy Farber, President
Phoebe Potts, Director of the Sylvia Cohen Family Learning Project
Jasmine Epstein, Office Coordinator
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