THIS WEEK'S TORAH PORTION
Parashat Vayelech
2nd Triennial Deuteronomy 31:1-30
Read the Portion on Sefaria.org you can click a verse for commentary

TAA HIGH HOLIDAY SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
HIGH HOLIDAY SCHEDULE OF SERVICES 2021/5782
(All Services are Zoom only; In-person events are noted)

Register here for all Rosh Hashanah services
Register here for Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur services.

Monday, September 6 – Erev Rosh Hashanah
7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Tuesday, September 7 – Rosh Hashanah Day 1
A highly streamlined service focusing on the unique Musaf Amidah of Rosh Hashanah.
9:00 AM – 10:45 AM
9:30 AM Shofar Service*
9:50 AM Start of Musaf*

Wednesday, September 8 – Rosh Hashanah Day 2
A more traditional service with an in-person gathering afterwards for Tashlich
(Stones provided; please do not bring bread) and Shofar Blowing
9:00 AM – 11:15 AM Service
12:00 PM at Pavilion Beach, 33 Commercial Street, Gloucester

Sunday, September 12 – In Person Gatherings for Tashlich and Shofar Blowing
Stones provided; please do not bring bread!
12 PM – With the Sylvia Cohen Family Learning Project
Meet at TAA at 11:30 to walk with the children and families or meet at 12:00 at Pavilion Beach, 33 Commercial Street, Gloucester
3 PM -Lynch Park (Woodbury Beach on the right), Beverly 

Wednesday, September 15 – Kol Nidre
7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Thursday, September 16 – Yom Kippur
9 AM – 11:30 PM Morning Service
6:00 PM Discussion about Jonah
6:30 PM Neilah/Closing Service
6:35 PM End of Fast

Sunday, September 19
Festive Gathering of the Tribe to Celebrate Sukkot
11:30 Join the children and families of the Sylvia Cohen Family Learning Project for a Vegan BBQ Sukkah Hoedown in TAA’s very own Sukkah!

Sunday, September 26
Festive Gathering of the Tribe to Celebrate Simchat Torah
10:30 AM Join the Sylvia Cohen Family Learning Project for a Simchat Torah “mini service.” We’ll unroll a Torah scroll in the parking lot and visit the highlights!
ROSH HASHANAH POEM
Always Beginning: 
Reflections on Life After a New Year 
by Martine Rossum 
Rosh Hashanah, 5767
 
Life after, awaking from a dream into the dream, the drama of You, calling out to You 
after falling out with You. 
Are You still there? Or are You here? 
Are things as they seem to You?  
Or are You as things seem to me? 
I know this place, this loom of woven thought, 
cobweb draped, the room You once escaped 
before I even noted You were sought. 
A store for tomes unbought, an antiquarian preserve of memoirs and  vignettes,  
triumphs and regrets, 
arcana of the self 
successively arrayed but unarranged. 
On one low shelf, there rests the book I penned,  
the paper, parchment-like with age, yet half each page remains 
unprinted yet. 
I know too well how it begins but nothing of the end. 
On its half-title page, I strain to read a two-line title halved:  on one line, Life; 
on one line, After. 
After what, I ask myself. After that, I answer. 
The book is signed, a dedicated brief:  
 To Me, 
 I hope you find anticipated peace. 
 From Me, forever yours. 
This slim collection, a juried selection, 
the only extant copy of a first edition— 
What is its worth, this soul-bearing history? 
What would it bring if sold, what if abandoned to the earth? A mystery. 
Already text is blurred and ink is smudged 
from readings yet unheard, 
unviewed but judged, 
marked up by marginalia and riddled with redaction, as if the reader—or the writer— 
still struggled to sort out the story’s action. 
True. 
But truth evolves.

Some beginnings are lost, others revised at some cost until  unrecognized,  
forgotten but memorized as told and retold to the end. Then. 
Do we rise awake or fall for Time asleep? 
Are we tossed like refuse bulldozed 
into stinking heaps, 
transfer-station limbos, 
before becoming landfills 
piled to the sky? 
Are we more? Is there more? 
And why? 
From the first place I read first words: 
In the beginning, it states. 
The folio is numbered third, but here bound first, a quirk, as is a custom of the trade, even in self-published work. 
Who remembers their beginning stage, earliest years:  the screams, the scramble,  
laughing terror, sudden tears,  
discovery, recovery, 
the climb to be at cause, 
to rise and walk without a tumble? 
Up the stairs? 
To where?
Recalled or not, beginnings still survive, arrive, 
starting over and again: 
reiteration, reprise without repeat, 
always beginning, another beginning for as long as we feel we reach to be real, to be alive. 
Beginnings. Plural. 
But in the end. Singular. 
The end: a singularity. 
Along the spiral path we lead, we plead for clarity:  
renewal, a seed, the offer of redemption that heeds the Head  of each new year— 
if only we can summon true intention, resuming self-invention that we be rewritten here  
once more into The Book. 
Another turn, another day, we look into another chance,  another rightful choosing, 
until that one and single end. 
Until that then, until that loosing, 
we advance: 
Always beginning. 

© 2020. Reprinted with permission from Imagined Poets – Silent Songs:  Collected Poems and Lyrics (Gesher Press, 2020, ISBN 978-1-7326091-5-0)
ROSH HASHANAH DAY 2 READING
Learning together again on Rosh Hashanah second day

Before last year, on the second day of Rosh Hashanah after the Torah reading we would have a discussion based on a texts I shared at the service. We will do that again this year, but I am sharing the texts now. The topic will be the Shmita Year.  

This coming year, 5782, is a Shmita Year which occurs every seven years (also called a “Sabbatical Year” or “Year of Release [of debts])”. During a Shmita Year, there are specific requirements for treatment of the land (only applying to the Land of Israel), and remission of debts. It is doubtful that these rules were followed, even in the ancient world. However, Shmita still offers a provocative perspective on ownership (particularly of land), relationship to natural systems, and debt. 
 
Please read the sources carefully and write down any thoughts or questions for our discussion. Even if you are not joining us for the second day of Rosh Hashanah, encourage you to read the texts and share your insights and questions with me.


HIGH HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS AND FAQS
The High Holidays are a time of intense activity for us as individuals and collectively as a congregation. Two excellent resources for keeping track of all the amazing activities and resources TAA and the Sylvia Cohen Family Learning Project are offering this year are our dedicated High Holiday Website and our High Holiday Essentials (and FAQs) page, where you will find links to zoom services, answers to questions about technology, and reminders about all the details that go into celebrating the High Holidays any year.
Consider this essential reading ahead of the New Year!


TAA KIDS AND FAMILIES
CHAGGIM IN-PERSON FESTIVE GATHERINGS OF THE TRIBE

Open to TAA members and other families from our community!
Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect at each event.

Sunday 9/12 10AM-12:30PM
10AM High Holiday Family Service* and SCFLP Opening Day
11:30 TAA MEMBERS JOIN IN for Tashlich walk to Pavillion Beach 
and ICE CREAM!
*This is the only HHD service for children this year

Sunday 9/19 10AM-12:30PM
10AM SCFLP families Sukkot building, decorating, learning 
11:30 AM TAA MEMBERS JOIN IN for Vegan BBQ Sukkah Hoedown

Sunday 9/26 10AM-12PM
10AM Learner's Minyan/ Parent learning with Rabbi Lewis
10:30 AM TAA MEMBERS JOIN IN Simchat Torah mini service, unrolling the Torah in the parking lot
REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE SYLVIA COHEN FAMILY LEARNING PROJECT

Shalom Mishpachot!

Baruchim Habaim! Welcome back! Welcome in! Our beginning theme this year is "Mah La'asot?" or "What to do?" because Jews are do-ers. We celebrate, study, light candles, seek justice, ask questions, listen to others, repair the world, think out loud and comfort each other to name a few actions we take regularly.

To begin our do-ing as families, please join us for "The Gathering of the Tribes" three Sundays of Jewish celebration and learning. These three events are family focused, open to the entire TAA community and will be in person and outside. 



The Morim (teachers) and I are so looking forward to seeing you very soon!

Todah,
Phoebe
CALENDARS FOR THE NEW YEAR
Beautiful Jewish Calendars from Torf Funeral Service and Stanetsky Memorial Chapel are available at TAA. We will include them with top by the Temple to pick some up!
TAA HHD PRAYER BOOKS
HIGH HOLIDAY PRAYER BOOKS

Our virtual High Holiday services will be more meaningful if you can follow along with Rabbi Lewis and Reb Carl. Here are three options for getting a High Holiday prayer book ("Mahzor").

TAA HHD GREETINGS BOOK
Enjoy our 5782 High Holidays Greeting Book Online!

HIGH HOLIDAYS TZEDAKAH OPPORTUNITIES
OPERATION ISAIAH
 
 
What sort of fast does G-d require of us on Yom Kippur?  The Prophet Isaiah’s answer is startling and clear:
 
Is such the fast I desire,
A day for men to starve their bodies?
[Is it bowing the head like a bulrush
And lying in sackcloth and ashes?]
Do you call that a fast…?
 
No, this is the fast I desire:
To unlock the fetters of wickedness,
And untie the cords of the yoke
To let the oppressed go free;
To break off every yoke.
 It is to share your bread with the hungry….
 
To honor Isaiah’s words, our congregation’s custom on the eve of Kol Nidre was to bring donations of food for the Cape Ann Food Pantry. Last year, when we could not enter the Temple we sent money contributions to The Open Door. This year, 1 in 6 people on Cape Ann needs food. Please send a contribution to help feed our neighbors.
ISRAEL BONDS
A note from TAA member Steve Cohen:

Israel is often in the news, whether because of its COVID leadership, domestic politics, or issues with its non-Jewish citizens or subjects. It is a mixed bag, like many other countries. We have big hopes – and perhaps big concerns. But, as the bumper stickers used to say, “Israel is real.” Our investments in Israel Bonds help us keep Israel real. Please click on the image to the left to access the virtual tab card to mark your ongoing commitment to our people.
HIGH HOLIDAYS CALENDAR
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
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.
MUSSAR FOR A MEANINFUL LIFE:
A CLASS WITH LAILA GOODMAN
Part of Open Circle Learning sponsored by CJP and Hebrew College
One Sunday per month starting Oct. 31, 10-11:30 am on Zoom

 What is your soul curriculum? Are you too patient? Too humble? Or too impatient and take up too much space? Mussar is the ancient Jewish practice of Character Development.  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. Laila Goodman is a longtime member of TAA and she is also the Madricha Ruchanit (Spiritual Advisor) at Gann Academy. She has facilitated Mussar groups for over a decade.

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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.
The Programming Committee would love your help!!!
We are looking for amazing Programming ideas for Zoom and live events.
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!

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
MENEMSHA OFFERS LINKS TO TWO ED ASNER FILMS

It is with great sorrow that we mourn the loss of Ed Asner. Menemsha currently handles two of his films: "The Tattooed Torah" and "Tiger Within". His legacy is well portrayed by his performances in these films. Please let us know if you would like a link to either or both films.
MY JEWISH LEARNING NEW YEAR CLASSES

Atonement: An Interplay Between the Individual and the Community
A program from the Jewish Theological Seminary
Monday, September 13, 2:00 pm

Yom Kippur as Dress Rehearsal for Death:
Lessons From the Pandemic
A class from Shomer Collective
Tuesday, September 14, 12:00 pm
HILLEL HIGHER HOLIDAYS FESTIVAL

Join Hillel students from college campuses all over the country as they celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with interactive art, music, Teshuva, Tashlich and Hebrew Calligraphy events.

JLIVE WITH NATHANIEL SEELEN
Friday, September 10, 12:00 pm

Nathaniel (Nat) Seelen was awarded first prize at the 2020 Kletzival Bubbe Awards for best original klezmer tune and helped put Cambridge on the musical map when he founded the internationally recognized Ezekiel’s Wheels klezmer band. He will share his story and his music.

PJ LIBRARY CELEBRATES THE JEWISH NEW YEAR AT CIDER HILL FARM
Sunday, September 12, 10 am
Rosh Hashanah story, Apples and honey, Hear the shofar blown, Hayride and apple picking

PJ LIBRARY STORY TIME
Celebrate the Jewish Harvest Festival of Sukkot
Friday, September 17, 11 am on Zoom

Children ages five and younger are invited to learn about the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot with a story and songs lead by Cantor Idan Irelander of Temple Emanuel of Andover. This program is free and open to all. 

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Myron Geller, Rabbi Emeritus
Amy Farber, President
Phoebe Potts, Director of the Sylvia Cohen Family Learning Project
Jasmine Epstein, Office Coordinator
Laurie Williamson, Bookkeeper