THIS WEEK'S TORAH PORTION
Parashat Nitzavim
3rd Triennial Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20
Read the Portion on Sefaria.org - you can click a verse for commentary
 
REB CARL WOOLF
will once again join us and share the bima with Rabbi Kudan.

Carl received his Rabbinic ordination in 2021 by ALEPH, a progressive, spiritually focused stream of Judaism. He has been chanting Torah and leading services since his Bar Mitzvah. He works at Harvard Medical School as a software engineer and he performs in symphonic, liturgical, kirtan and klezmer groups.
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
HIGH HOLIDAYS 5783 AT TAA

We are very excited that our High Holiday services will be in-person and on Zoom this year!

Find the full schedule of services and events HERE

Please REGISTER HERE for each service that you plan to attend in person.
Please REGISTER HERE for the Zoom link, which will work for all High Holiday Services.
Please REGISTER HERE for all other holiday events.

Registrations are due by September 18.


We look forward to seeing you!
NATURE WALK AND REFLECTION IN RAVENSWOOD PARK
ROSH HASHANA DAY 2
Tuesday, September 27, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Join Rabbi Kudan and TAA friends for a nature walk and reflection at Ravenswood Park. We will meet in the TAA rear parking lot at 2:00 pm to caravan (and perhaps carpool) to Ravenswood, or go directly to meet there at 2:15 pm. Bring your own water bottles and snacks. We will put our walk in a Jewish context with selected readings and will have opportunities for participants to meet one another. Most of the paths we will be on are wide and easy to walk. Wear hiking boots or sneakers. All ages welcome! Contact Sam Silverman (617-780-7503) with questions.

CONGREGATIONAL MEMORIAL SERVICE AT MT. JACOB CEMETERY
Sunday, October 2, 10:00-11:00 am

Please join with Rabbi Kudan and members of the TAA family as we remember our dear ones and departed leaders of our congregation at our Temple Cemetery. Visiting the graves of loved ones during the High Holiday season helps connect us to the holidays’ themes of renewal, repentance, reflection and growth through honoring the memories of our loved ones and of those who have helped sustain our community through the generations.

Enjoy these pictures from TAA's first Reverse Tashlich this past Sunday at Pavilion Beach!
HIGH HOLIDAYS PRAYER BOOKS

For those planning to join out High Holiday services virtually this year, the experience will be more meaningful if you can follow along with Rabbi Kudan and Reb Carl. Here are two options for getting a High Holiday prayer book ("Mahzor").

●     If you would like to PURCHASE the High Holy Days prayer book, you may buy a new copy from the Rabbinical Assembly ($49)
●     If you would like to BORROW a copy from the Temple, Email Jasmine or call (978) 281-0739 to arrange a pick up.
TAA BOOK CLUB SELECTION FOR OCTOBER:
THE LEMON TREE BY SANDY TOLAN
Thursday, October 19. Time and place TBA

All are welcome. Contact Barbara Kaplan with questions.
WHAT'S YOUR SOUL CURRICULUM? A CLASS IN MUSSAR WITH LAILA GOODMAN

Mussar is a Jewish practice that focuses on character. For this course we will explore the concept of finding balance in a series of character traits such as patience, kindness, humility and more. Each month we will learn short Jewish texts together and come up with specific practices to take small steps towards being our best selves.
The course is taught by Laila Goodman who has been teaching Mussar for over a decade. Click on the flyer to learn more.
ISRAELI FOLK DANCING for BEGINNERS CONTINUES ON WEDNESDAYS

Join our growing dance circle!
NEW START TIME: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
UPCOMING DATES: 9/14, 9/21
(No dancing on 9/28 & 10/5 during High Holidays)

TAA Social Hall, Temple Ahavat Achim, 86 Middle St, Gloucester, MA 01930

Beginners and Newcomers Welcome! Dances will be low-impact.
Participants must be fully vaccinated, Social distancing observed.
Balcony doors open for fresh air. Masks optional, Sneakers or dance shoes required! Led by TAA Member Beth Gordon. Email Beth to be added to the group list for last minute updates. Questions Welcome!

And, our session will now be hybrid, both in-person and on Zoom! Email Beth to get the permanent Zoom Link.

Check out our awesome playlist!
Interested in advertising a community event in the TAA newsletter?

Please submit the information with any links, images, and pdf files to Jasmine two weeks ahead of the Tuesday you would like it to appear in the TAA newsletter to ensure inclusion. Thank you!
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TAA KIDS AND FAMILIES
SECOND SATURDAYS: APPLE PRINTS FOR SUKKOT
October 8, 11:30 AM, Cape Ann Museum

Join Rabbi Kudan and members of TAA  for "Second Saturdays: Apple Prints for Sukkot”. TAA will take the lead on PJ Library stories, and offer songs of the season and explanations of the symbols of Sukkot; 
the sukkah, lulav, & etrog. A sweet way to spend Shabbat with your family!
CLICK ON THE POSTER TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

SUPPORTERS OF TAA
Janet's Cookies is gearing up for a sweet New Year with tasty new items like:

+Apple Strudel(pictured below)
+Lemon cake (pictured below)
+Apple, honey, almond and/or raisin challah
(apple pictured below)
+Honey cake
Enhanced website coming soon... Click on the logo to visit Janet's Cookies
REGISTER FOR OUR WEEKLY EVENTS
Torah Study, Thursdays, 11 am REGISTER TO JOIN ON ZOOM
Shabbat Service (In-Person and Zoom)
Saturdays, 9 am REGISTER TO JOIN ON ZOOM
Sunday Morning Minyan (Zoom only through the summer)
Sundays, 9 am REGISTER TO JOIN ON ZOOM
GET INVOLVED WITH TAA
The TAA Membership Committee is looking for a
couple new members with good ideas and a welcoming spirit.
If you'd like to join, please contact Rich Huttner or Elaine Bryne.
The Mt. Jacob Cemetery Committee is looking for volunteers to lovingly assist in laying to rest community members who leave our midst. Because this mitzvah necessarily must be performed on short notice, we need a large reserve of potential helpers who can assist on any given day. Qualifications include having a relatively flexible schedule and being minimally able-bodied. For more information, please email Mark Farber or call him at 508-566-6654.
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
Know Someone Interested in Joining our Community?
Refer prospective members to Richard Huttner and Elaine Byrne
"Chesed" is loving care in Hebrew, and the Chesed Committee provides support to families in our community. To join the Chesed Committee or find out more, email Audrey Fraser or Elaine Byrne
Join the Caregivers Support Group for their Tuesday 10:30 am meetings
EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
PEACE PLACE: A HALF HOUR TO BE AT EASE AND COME TO A SPIRIT OF PEACE
Thursday, September 22, 5:30 pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St, Gloucester

Quiet music, brief inspirational readings, silence, and prayers for peace within ourselves and in the world.
INTERFAITH CLIMATE JUSTICE RETREAT:
Befriending Earth, Befriending Each Other
Wednesday, September 28th 10 am - 5 pm 
Eastern Point Retreat House, Gloucester, MA

Come together for a day of spiritual practice and sharing and to commit to the greater care and healing of Cape Ann, ourselves and the world. Cost is $60 per person (includes lunch). REGISTER HERE by 9/20/22
SPREADING AN URGENT APPEAL FOR A KIDNEY DONATION CHAMPION

A member of the TAA community, Edith Jacobs, needs a kidney. A living donor is her best option. She is currently on the Mass General Transplant list, but the wait for a cadaver organ is long (5-7 years).

If you or someone you know might consider a kidney donation, details on kidney donation are on the MGH website. A compatible match is not required! Donation screening eligibility begins at mghlivingdonors.org. Also, please remember to register as an organ donor on your driver's license for the many people who are waiting in need. Organ donations save lives. Thank you.
We are excited to announce the full year of ScholarStream learning in 5783! Beginning next week and spanning all the way up to Shavuot, the Conservative Movement seminaries and institutions are partnering to offer seven series that will bring your community face-to-face with the brightest and most engaging scholars our movement has to offer.

Click on each poster to expand it and learn more about these events TAA Co-Sponsored events!
INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM 2022-23

Introduction to Judaism is a free program sponsored by the Lappin Foundation in partnership with The North Shore Rabbis and Cantors Association. Classes will be held on Thursdays, from 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Zoom beginning September 8. Click on the flyer to learn more and find a link to register.
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86 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 281-0739 
Rabbi Myron Geller, Rabbi Emeritus
Richard Quateman, President
Phoebe Potts, Director of the Sylvia Cohen Family Learning Project
Laurie Williamson, Bookkeeper 
Jasmine Epstein, Office Coordinator
In-Office hours: Monday - Wednesday 9 am - 3 pm; Thursday & Friday 9 am - 2 pm