THIS WEEK'S TORAH PORTION
Parashat Lech Lecha
3rd Triennial Genesis 16:1-17:27
Read the Portion on Sefaria.org you can click a verse for commentary

UPCOMING SHABBAT SERVICES
OCT 16 SERVICE WILL BE ZOOM ONLY AND PARTICIPANT-LED

Rabbi Lewis is on vacation for the next Shabbat, Lech Lecha (October 16th).

So, we will be lay-led/coordinated and on Zoom only. Here is the link to sign up to lead portions of the service. While I know we miss Rabbi Lewis, I enjoy hearing so many of you leading us in prayer.

PRESIDENT'S CORNER
The Warmth of Community as the Autumn Chill Arrives!

In celebration of our synagogue family we will gather at Camp Spindrift in Gloucester on Sunday, October 17, 9:30 to noon, rain or shine, barring a nor’easter!

We will introduce our new Music Director, Abigale Reisman! Abigale will lead us in familiar songs and new tunes AND she will make music with all of you who play an instrument...whether you play accordion, violin, a horn instrument, or drums, bring it and your sheet music and stand too so you can show Abigale your favorite songs!

We will enjoy brunch by Janet Cline and the kitchen crew who are so excited to be creating their first meal for us in two years!  

We will play games...bring your favorite sports equipment...frisbees, bats and gloves, soccer balls.  

We will create a “Kehillah” (Community) mural to hang at the temple.

And, we will enjoy one another’s company outdoors just sitting around and schmoozing….bring yard chairs.

As we acclimate to Rabbi Lewis’ decision to step down as our Spiritual Leader, we look ahead to the next stage in TAA’s history. Plans are underway to begin a search for our new Spiritual Leader. As we begin to take our first steps, let us recognize and honor the caring group that we are and the joy we find in coming together!

See you there!!!
With warmth and gratitude,
Please register now!
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
TAA WELCOMES ABIGALE REISMAN AS OUR NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR!!!

The TAA music committee is thrilled to announce that Abigale Reisman, a professional violinist residing in Lanesville, will join us as our new Music Director. Abigale has a robust Jewish background and brings a wealth of performance and education experience to her new role. She is a member of the International Jewish Music Festival award winning band, Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band and is a recent recipient of a Club Passim Iguana Music Fund grant. Abigale will be leading the TAA band and chorus as well as teaching in the Sylvia Cohen Family Learning Project. She will also work with the music and programming committees to bring musical programs to TAA. We are thrilled to welcome Abigale to our community!
MEET ABIGALE REISMAN
AT THE FIRST EVER
TAA AUTUMN SOCIAL!
Sunday, October 17, 9:30 am-12 pm
Brunch, Music, Fun at YMCA Camp Spindrift (57 Atlantic St., West Gloucester). Bring your instruments, music and stands!
SCFLP families: this is what we are doing that day!

MT. JACOB CEMETERY UPDATE

Read this update from Peggy Cullen Matlow about the development of land to expand the Cemetery. The Cemetery Committee has scheduled a zoom conversation on Monday, October 25th at 7:30 pm to hear your thoughts, feelings and questions regarding any of the issues touched upon here.

MUSSAR FOR A MEANINFUL LIFE:
A CLASS WITH LAILA GOODMAN

One Sunday per month starting Oct. 31, 10-11:30 am on Zoom

  We will study short Jewish texts on character traits such as patience, humility and respect and come up with practices to increase awareness and small action steps to get more balance. 

TAA BOOK CLUB OCTOBER SELECTION:
Apeirogon by Colum McCann
Tuesday, October 19

All are welcome to join us for one or many book group meetings! The next TAA book group will meet Tuesday, 10/19, place and time to be determined. Book: Apeirogon, by Colum McCann. RSVP to Barbara Kaplan.
NEFESH MOUNTAIN HANUKKAH CONCERT
Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport,
Co-Sponsored by TAA
Saturday, November 27, 8 pm 

A five-piece acoustic band that merges old time Appalachia and bluegrass with Jewish spirituality, Nefesh Mountain has created their own unique and dazzling version of Americana. They make their Rockport debut with a festive Hanukkah-themed concert that will also include tunes from their acclaimed album, Songs for the Sparrows, featuring bluegrass icons Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush.

OPPORTUNITY FOR AN INCREDIBLE MITZVAH

Gary Glick, of Concord, MA, a beloved father and grandfather and donor to Jewish philanthropies, has been diagnosed with with Stage 5 kidney failure. He is reaching out to Massachusetts synagogues in search of the donor he urgently needs. Click the image of the flyer to learn more about Gary and how to contact him.
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TAA KIDS AND FAMILIES
REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE SYLVIA COHEN FAMILY LEARNING PROJECT

REGISTER YOUR CHILD(REN) FOR SCFLP
(Lots of pictures of this fall's three Festive Gatherings of the Tribe!)
REGISTER FOR OUR WEEKLY EVENTS
Thursdays, 11 am
Sundays, 9:00 am
Saturdays, 9:00 am
with Richard Huttner Mondays, 11 am
ACCESS ELECTRONIC SIDDURIM / Contact Jasmine for hard copies
GET INVOLVED WITH TAA
The TAA Kitchen Crew is looking for community members to join our terrific team. You choose when, how often and the amount of time in the kitchen. If you have any questions or ideas please email Janet.
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
TAA’s new Community Corner offers unique opportunities to connect with fellow members while doing activities you love. Include your contact info when you post an activity: interested folks will contact you directly!

"Chesed" is loving care in Hebrew, and the Chesed Committee provides support to families in our community.
Join the Caregivers Support Group for their Tuesday 10:30 am meetings
Know Someone Interested in Joining our Community?
Refer prospective members to Richard Huttner and Elaine Byrne
EVENTS NEAR AND FAR
GLOUCESTER RESIDENTS: FILL OUT THIS COMMUNITY HEALTH SURVEY
Beverly Hospital, Addison Gilbert Hospital and Beth Israel Lahey Health are conducting our triennial Community Health Needs Assessment. We are asking community organizations and residents to complete our needs assessment survey. The information from this survey, as well as focus groups, interviews, and other data, will allow us to prioritize the health needs of the community and develop programs and policies to address these needs. The surveys will be confidential and respondents will have the opportunity to enter into a drawing for a $100 gift card.

RECORDING OF ISRAELI MANDOLINIST AVI AVITAL
Recorded July 12, 2019 at the Shalin Liu Performance Center at Rockport Music, available from WGBH.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY FOR CHILDREN
AGES 9-12
Children, ages 9-12, are invited to design Caring Cards for homebound older adults, who are clients of Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS).
After your child decorates the cover of the card and signs their name, you simply return the 4-pack in the enclosed stamped envelope.

27TH ANNUAL JCCNS JEWISH BOOK MONTH SPEAKER SERIES
October 5 – November 16

GATHERING AT FISHERMAN'S WIVES MEMORIAL IN HONOR OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS & PREVENTION MONTH
Tuesday, October 12, 5 pm / Rain date Thursday, October 14, 5 pm
Gloucester Fisherman's Wives Memorial, Stacey Blvd.

Tha Gloucester Coalition for the Prevention of Domestic Abuse invites our community to gather for a healing event honoring the voices of survivors. Join us at high tide for music, ritual, and to stand in solidarity as we REFLECT, RELEASE, and RESTORE. Contact Shaina Doberman (978-270-0428).
ANTISEMITISM SYMPOSIUM FOR TEENS
Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, October 12, 19 and 26 on Zoom
Sponsored by Lappin Foundation’s Teen Antisemitism Task Force and the Jewish Teen Initiative

High school students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in interactive sessions designed to: deepen teens’ knowledge of Antisemitism; develop skills and build confidence to respond to Antisemitism; and identify resources to support students if they experience Antisemitism. The symposium will be facilitated by Dr. Noam Weissman and will be free to all high school students.


THE GOOD FIGHT: A FORUM ON CONFRONTING ANTISEMITISM TODAY AND TOMORROW
October 14th, 21st, and 28th, 12 pm

  • Holding Elected Officials Accountable: 5 Things You Can Do When Elected Officials Cross the Line, Thursday, October 14
  • Understanding Antisemitism, Anti-Zionism, Anti-Israel: 5 Tips and Examples, Thursday, October 21
  • Interrupting Antisemitism and Hate:5 Strategies to Implement for Everyday Conversations, Thursday, October 28

JARTS: STUDIO ISRAEL WITH RAIDA ADON
Thursday, October 14, 12:00 pm

The Studio Israel conversation series invites audiences to join leading artists, academics, and community leaders for a panoramic journey through the landscape of Israeli art. The season launches with actress Raida Adon, best known for her role on the Israeli hit TV series Fauda on Netflix. She is also the first Israeli-born Palestinian artist to have a solo exhibit at the Israel Museum. Join her in conversation with Gannit Ankori, the Henry and Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator of the Rose Art Museum, as they discuss her critically acclaimed exhibition Strangeness, what it’s like to be a Palestinian artist in Israel, and more.

JLIVE WITH ALISON JUDD
Friday, October 15, 12:00 pm

In 2019, Boston-based painter, printmaker, and curator Alison Judd founded Gallery Tempo, a pop-up gallery that vitalizes vacant retail spaces by transforming them into temporary art galleries, showcasing the work of contemporary artists at all stages of their careers. JLive is our series of virtual cultural experiences. Meet some of the best Boston area talent, telling their Jewish story through art.

SHABBAT SHALOM CIRCLE
Friday, October 15, 5:30 pm
Chelsea Jewish Lifecare campus, Peabody

Families with young children are invited to celebrate Shabbat together! Shabbat Shalom Circle is free and everyone is welcome. If you have any questions, contact Sue Callum at 978-471-5520.

BOLD CONVERSATIONS WITH DR. DEBORAH LIPSTADT AND RABBI MARK BAKER
Monday, October 25, 7:00 pm

This fall, CJP invites you to join us for “Bold Conversations,” a series of free, virtual community events featuring diverse perspectives. Our first conversation will be with Dr. Deborah Lipstadt and Rabbi Marc Baker, who will discuss confronting antisemitism in our community and beyond.

CREATIVITY CONNECTS SHABBAT
Friday, October 29, 6:00 pm

Creativity Connects Shabbat is now in its 4th year, bringing Jewish communities together across Massachusetts in celebration of the arts. This arts celebration and arts advocacy event will feature the work of the CJP and JArts inaugural Community Creative Fellowship, with artists Yoni Battat and Adriana Katzew.

HAVDALAH ON THE BEACH
October 30, 6:30 pm
Fisherman’s Beach, Humphrey Street, Swampscott

We’ll gather around the bonfire for songs, stories, s’mores and a treasure hunt with Rabbi Samantha Safran, Epstein Hillel School’s new Director of Jewish Life and Learning! Bring your ruach (spirit) and bug spray! Havdalah on the Beach is free and open to all. Registration is required in the event of inclement weather.

HEBREW COLLEGE ONLINE LECTURE SERIES
Monthly on Thursdays, 7 pm, beginning October 21

"The Old Made New and the New Made Holy: Leading Scholars & Thinkers​​​ Reflect on a Century of Jewish Experience and Explore the Challenges That Lie Ahead." Lectures will take place on Zoom. The cost is $350; generous financial aid is available.

CONTEMPORARY JEWISH CONVERSATIONS
LOOK WHO'S TALKING SPEAKER SERIES
Temple Beth Am, Framingham, MA

Dr. Shayna Weiss, "Shtisel: Its Impact on Israeli TV, Pop Culture, and Society" Wednesday, October 20, 7:00 pm
Dr. Jonathan D. Sarna, "White Supremacy and Antisemitism: Lessons from the Insurrection" Sunday, November 7, 7:00 pm
Jordan Rich, "ON AIR, My 50-Year Love Affair with Radio" Wednesday, December 15, 7:00 pm

Beginning in October and spanning all the way up to Shavuot,
Scholarstream 5782 features three distinct arcs of learning that stand alone or flow into each other. Cultivating Our Relationships (series 1 & 2), Defining Our Sacred Spaces (series 3, 4, and 5), and Renewing Our Resilience (series 6, 7, and 8) will offer an exploration of who we are, where we are in relation to others, and how we move forward in this complicated world.

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Myron Geller, Rabbi Emeritus
Amy Farber, President
Phoebe Potts, Director of the Sylvia Cohen Family Learning Project
Laurie Williamson, Bookkeeper 
Jasmine Epstein, Office Coordinator
In-Office hours: Monday 9 am - 3 pm; Tuesday 9 am - 4 pm; Wednesday 9 am - 3 pm; Thursday & Friday 9 am - 2 pm