The Empty Nesters group gives an opportunity to socialize to those whose children have grown and left home or those who never had children. We meet most months, usually for a Sunday brunch, dairy pot luck, schmoozing, and to discuss a topic of choice. Topics have included discussing a guest speaker at the shul such as Rabbi Stone talking about Mussar, favorite books recently read, the Jewish film festival, memories of the high holidays, Medicare supplements, and we have also seen films of Jewish interest and read short plays aloud. Singles as well as couples are warmly invited. Contact the Empty Nesters Chair.
This group for young adults in their 20s and 30s, provides religious and social network opportunities for graduate students and young professionals. Many members of our group become active members of our community who attend, and lead, Shabbat morning services. Programs include: film showings, Shabbat dinners, Food and Friends Groups, Drinks in the Rabbis Sukkah and more. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Rachel Wachtel.
Food & Friends
Over the last few years, over 100 people have participated in “Food and Friends for the Body and Soul.” It has been a tremendous success and those involved provide very positive feedback. We enjoyed the company of families and individuals in our homes and we hope that even more of you will take part in the fourth round coming up this fall.
The program consists of five (5) monthly potluck meetings. Most groups meet for dinner, some meet for brunch, or some choose to meet for a mix of brunch and dinner times. Meetings are hosted in a rotating fashion at participants’ homes. Participants study a variety of topics using texts provided by the organizers, as a foundation for conversation while sharing a meal. Groups are formed with a goal of individuals and families getting to know other congregants better and building bonds across neighborhoods within our CBS community. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the Program Director.
This year’s curriculum topic is Healing and Holiness:
We are often taught that Judaism places a premium on preserving life (which is true), but the Jewish tradition’s take on healing, medicine, and healthcare is actually much more complicated than that. Together, we’ll learn about how rabbis and scholars across Jewish history thought about healing, and bound it up with theological questions, vision of a just society, and concerns about self-differentiation. We’ll also explore how their approaches can inform our own takes on the current healthcare discussions.
How it works:
You’ll let us know if you’re interested, and we’ll match you with others to form a group that meets 5 times during the year for a vegetarian potluck meal. We will provide the curriculum for you to study in your groups.
- Adults Only groups consist of about 10 people per group.
- Family Groups consist of about 5 families per group (we will do our best to match families with kids of similar ages.)
- This year’s dates: 10/29, 11/19, 12/17, 1/28, 3/11
- Please note that there is a curriculum fee of $18 per household to cover materials
*Don’t let your concerns about hosting, fee, or teaching stop you from signing up. Contact Carol Benedick or list any special needs on the sign-up form.
Reviews from previous participants include:
“…the community building aspect was the best for us. We met, ate, and conversed with people we didn’t know other than by sight for some of them and others I hadn’t even seen…”
“We truly enjoyed the experience and certainly developed great friendships…”
“Our group was wonderful! Great food, people, and conversation.”
“My Shabbat table conversation will be enriched by this experience. I am motivated to include more study to deepen our conversation.”