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CROSSWALK ART: next two site specific Justin Desilva public art

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Justin Desilva’s 20 part work of art is titled, Every Picture Tells A Story. His crosswalk art enlarges and interprets HarborWalk story moment content through a combination of digital paintings that he’s printed and combined with long stretches of color field painted sky.

Here’s one by the Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free library for the Samuel Sawyer story moment #31, an abstraction of the exterior and trees.

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Acting Director Freyja Sanger with artist Justin Desilva

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This one leads to the HarborWalk story post # for Temple Ahavat Achim across the street by the YMCA.

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The dory is on Main Street. The Harborwalk story moment #24 is over on Harbor Loop.

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Café Shalom Coffeehouse Spring Concert on May 4th

Cafe Shalom

Sunday, May 4th at 7 pm (Doors open at 6:45 pm)
Tickests $10/per person at the door

With Julie Dougherty, Bob Kramer, and special guests Gay Shelton and Al Foucault

Café Shalom Coffeehouse, Temple Ahavat Achim, 86 Middle St., Gloucester, presents a special coffeehouse performance from well-known Salem recording artist, Julie Dougherty, Sunday evening, May 4.  Julie has been performing regularly in the Boston area and beyond for many years, since the 1970’s playing her style of folk and country rock covers and originals.

Opening for Julie is the local recording artist group the Bob Kramer Trio playing a mix ranging from Delta and Piedmont blues to classic traditional songs along with their own tasty originals.  The Bob Kramer Trio performs at festivals and clubs throughout the Boston area.

Doors open at 6:45 PM and the music starts at 7:00 PM.  Make your own $2 ice-cream sundaes, as well as other refreshments for sale.   Bring your family and friends! Everyone is welcome!

Questions about the event can be directed to Natalia at TAA, 978-281-0739

Temple Ahavat Achim honor Mark and Amy Farber

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Sunday March 23rd, “Pharaoh’s Daughter”, the acclaimed World Music ensemble, played at 4 pm at the breathtaking Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. This benefit concert for Gloucester’s Temple Ahavat Achim honored Mark and Amy Farber. After the performance guest enjoyed a meal catered by  Passports restaurant.  Debbie Coltin and Ruth Budelmann, Co-Chairs Eve and Phil Cutter, Honorary Co-Chairs of last nights event.

Guitarists Mark Small & Raymond Gonzalez at Cafe Shalom next Saturday, Jan 11

This just in from Natalia Carollo …

Cafe Shalom at Temple Ahavat Achim
Saturday, January 11th at 7PM
Tickets $10/per person

Raymond Gonzalez

Raymond Gonzalez

Mark Small

Mark Small

Enjoy music performances by Mark Small, a classical guitarist-composer-arranger who has penned classical, jazz, pop, and sacred music for chorus, wind ensemble, orchestra, piano, and guitar, and Raymond Gonzalez, a guitarist and composer who combines classical, jazz, Celtic and Latin influences into his songs and solo guitar compositions. His topics range from ethereal to- well, songs about pigs and mermen and most things in between.

Lecture series at Temple Ahavat Achim

Last weekend, Temple Ahavat Achim offered a weekend of talks by Rabbi Arthur Green about his book, “Radical Judaism”, which addresses questions like, “Is there only one God or is there only God? How do we articulate a religious vision that embraces evolution as sacred and that approaches Scripture with historical honesty?”

The event was open to the public, so I signed up, and found it very interesting. Here are a few photos:

Temple Ahavat Achim’s Rabbi Steven Lewis (right) introduces Rabbi Arthur Green (left)

Rabbi Green during the lecture to a nearly full house

Questions and answers after the last lecture

From the Temple’s newsletter: “Professor and Rabbi Arthur Green is the Rector of the Hebrew College Rabbinical School. He is one of the preeminent scholars of Kabbalah and Hasidism, and one of the most important Jewish theologians of our day. He is both a spiritual seeker and a critical scholar.

In his book Radical Judaism he argues that a neo-mystical perspective can help us to rethink such concepts as God, the origins and meaning of existence, human nature and revelation to construct a new Judaism for the 21st century.”

The Temple is planning to continue inviting high-calibre speakers to foment education and dialog on current topics of cultural and religious significance to the Jewish community and to the Gloucester community as a whole.

- Matthew Green

Black Fire above White Fire

The lecture “Torah: Black Fire over White Fire” was given by Rabbi Salazar at Temple Ahavat Achim last Tuesday. Rabbi Salazar is the scribe who is writing the new Torah scroll to replace the one lost in the fire that destroyed the previous temple building. The talk was fascinating!

Before the lecture, Rabbi Salazar was had the Torah-in-progress spread out on the table.

Rabbi Steven Lewis gave an introduction:

 

 

Rabbi Salazar spoke off the cuff with erudition and fervor, but very clearly and accessibly, even for folks like me who don’t know much about Jewish theology.  Christians and Jews have a lot in common in some ways – judging from this lecture, at least some schools of Jewish thought have more in common with Christian mysticism than I expected – but there are also very significant differences, of course. Christianity had its origin in Judaism two thousand years ago, and a lot has happened historically, philosophically, and theologically in the interim!

 

 

You can see a couple more photos here.

- Fr. Matthew Green

Purim Celebration at Temple Ahavat Achim

Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, a story recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther (Megillat Esther).” – Wikipedia

Here on GMG, I saw an invitation to Temple Ahavat Achim’s Purim celebration, and decided to attend! I’ve already been to their Hanukkah celebration and two of the Cafe Shalom events, and it’s always been interesting and enjoyable. This was no different!

If you want to make sense of these photos, I recommend you read about Purim on Wikipedia or some other source. In brief, they read and partially reenact the book of Esther (using noisemakers to blot out the name of Haman), accompanied by alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) beverages, traditional pastries called hamanashen, and the wearing of costumes.  It’s a fun mixture of ritual and lighthearted fun. Cape Ann Brewery contributed some delicious pomegranate beer!  Here are some shots I took.

Click here for a complete full-size slideshow:

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and/or scroll down for a few highlights:

 

 

- Fr. Matthew Green

Cafe Shalom at Temple Ahavat Achim

On Saturday night, Temple Ahavat Achim offered a Cafe Shalom event, with Henry Allen and the New Swingset as the opener and the Judith Murray Trio as the headliner.  It was an evening of beautiful jazz! Here are a few photos. The next Cafe Shalom is on February 9th at 7PM, with “The Blackwood Ramblers” and Daisy Nell.

David Wesson is the MC and organizer of Cafe Shalom

Henry Allen and the New Swingset

Judith Murray Trio

Judith Murray Trio

Click here for a slideshow of this and past Cafe Shalom events

- Fr. Matthew Green

New Torah for Temple Ahavat Achim

On December 17, 2007, when Temple Ahavat Achim burned to the ground, all religious objects, including the Temple’s torah scrolls, were lost. The Temple, having now been rebuilt, has begun the process of having a new torah hand printed in the ancient tradition.

Rabbi Yochanan Salazar is a master sofer, or scribe, who today oversaw the  Hebrew inscription of a  portion of the new torah by members of the congregation. Participation in the  process is a moral deed performed as a religious duty.

Summer residents of Gloucester (and year round visitors) Jane Paznik-Bondarin and Andrew Karlin added a letter under the watchful eye and guidance of Rabbi Salazar, starting with a ritual hand washing and ending with the award of a certificate commemorating the event.

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Hanukkah Party; St. Ann School Concert

Last Saturday was the final day of Hanukkah, and our Jewish community gathered to celebrate at the Temple!  As a Roman Catholic priest, I am not Jewish of course, but I was invited to come along and had a great time (as well as learning a lot – but they will have to forgive me if I am inacurate in my terminology or description of the event…).

It started with some music by a band of members of the congregation, including traditional songs, dancing, and even some rap in Yiddish by David Wesson!  Then some children (students of Henry Allen) presented a short play on “The Miracle of Hanukkah”.

Things got more serious with a commemoration of the fire that destroyed the previous temple building. However, the focus was positive.  Carole Sharoff and Lou Goldish told how an elaborate and historic hanukiah (given by leaders of the state of Israel to the American embassador in the 1960’s), was saved from the fire by being kept an extra day or two in the Unitarian Universalist church to which it had been lent.  Wendy Betts, a very talented performer, then sang a selection from the work “Voices”.

Rabbi Steven Lewis gave a brief and very interesting “D’var Torah” – a commentary on the festival, based on the Torah and commentaries.  (I used some of what he said in my homily at Mass the next day, giving due credit to the Rabbi, of course).  The ceremonies ended with the lighting of everyone’s hanukiot (a.k.a. menorah) that they had brought from home, starting with the aforementioned historic one. Then we all ate latkes, jelly donuts, and other finger food!

A few photo highlights are included below. For more photos, click on the thumbnails below.

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Here are some highlights:

And although Hanukkah is over, here is a great Hanukkah song:

And don’t forget:

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Urban Voices: A Choral Music Initiative from the Metropolitan Opera Guild
This program is made possible by a generous gift from the Popplestone Foundation.

- Fr. Matthew Green

Lighting the Menorahs

On the last day of Hanukkah, I had the privilege of participating in a Hanukkah party at the Temple Ahavat Achim.  I haven’t had time to get all the photos ready yet, but here’s one to give you a taste of the evening.  More will be forthcoming.  Here, the members of the congregation are lighting the candles of the menorahs they brought from home.

- Fr. Matthew Green

 

Café Shalom at the Temple Ahavat Achim

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Klezwoods, Gloucester, MA November 2012

I made it to the Temple Ahavat Achim (just around the block from where I live) on Saturday for their “Café Shalom”.  I am so glad I did – I kept saying “wow!” to myself for about half an hour after the music was over!

The first band was “The Blueberries”, consisting of Fozzie Hill, Dave Brown, and Wolf Giandes. Great folk/blues vocals and guitar!

Then came Klezwoods, a Boston klezmer band (whose leader, Joseph Kessler, is a Gloucester local).  They play a sort of fusion of traditional klezmer with jazz and other middle-eastern music.  I had no idea what this would be like. Although I expected it to be good, I was still blown away!  They play with fantastic energy and skill.  I bought their CD without hesitation about half-way through their set.

For more photos of both bands, click on the block of thumbnail images below:

Another Café Shalom is scheduled for January 12, 2013. I don’t have the name of the band(s) that will play, but there will be an announcement on GMG before the event.

-Fr. Matthew Green

Main Street, circa 1880

Main Street, Gloucester, circa 1880 Alice M. Curtis/©Fredrik D. Bodin
Here’s another very old photograph, of similar vintage to the City Hall image I posted two months ago. The camera angle is from the Bradford Building on Main Street. In the distance is Beacon Hill and Governor’s Hill. The steeple on the left is today’s Universalist Unitarian Church, and the one on the right became Temple Ahavat Achim in 1950, sans steeple. Main Street is still without trolley tracks, which arrived in 1884. The small street in the middle left is Center Street, bordered now by Gabrielle’s Antiques and  Passports Restaurant. In the lower right is Hancock Street, passing between a pharmacy (note the mortar and pestle on the building’s exterior) and Ellery’s Furniture. Those shops are now Menage Gallery and The Curtain Shop respectively. To my eye, Main Street looks pretty much the same. Lucky for us.
Printed archivally from the original 4×5 inch glass negative in my darkroom. Image #A8845-068.
By the way,  I’m waiting for our first significant snowfall to post something special from the collection. Mayor Kirk and Duckworth’s will like this one.
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Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Up On The Roof- Temple Ahavat Achim Views Of Gloucester and Construction Video

To celebrate this Sunday’s move back to Temple Ahavat Achim I present these videos from atop the Temple as it was being Re-Constructed May 27, 2010 and September 7th.

Sunday, there will be a procession from the temporary building at 33 Commercial St. to our the new building at 86 Middle St celebrating the move back to Cape Ann’s Jewish Community’s home.

Congratulations To Temple Ahavat Achim and Cape Ann’s Jewish Community

What a testament to faith and community to see the Temple erected so proudly and in such a short period of time after the devastating fire. 

Also thank you for staying in Downtown Gloucester and breathing such positive energy into our community!

Sunday, there will be a procession from the temporary building at 33 Commercial St. to our the new building at 86 Middle St celebrating the move back to Cape Ann’s Jewish Community’s home.

Here are some photos of the construction and videos-

Temple Ahavat Achim Construction Update From the Roof Sept 7, 2010

Click Here For The Slide Show

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