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.
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 Rabbi Borodin’s sukkah, cooking for Shabbos chefs, and more. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Rachel Wachtel.
Food & Friends
An annual CBS program with over 100 participants, Food and Friends consists of five monthly potluck meetings on Sundays. 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 using provided texts, 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.
How it works:
You’ll let us know if you’re interested and send in your registration form no later than October 16. We’ll match you with others to form a group that meets five times during the year for a vegetarian potluck meal. We will provide the curriculum for you to study in your groups (this year’s topic will be announced soon!)
- 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 cycle’s dates: November 17, 2019, December 15, 2019, January 26, 2020, February 23, 2020, March 15, 2020
- Please note that there is a curriculum fee of $18 per household to cover materials
*Don’t let your concerns about hosting, cost, or leading stop you from signing up. Contact Melani Baker or list any special needs on the sign-up form below.
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 have developed a wonderful connection with these people which has helped us feel more at home at CBS.”
“Excellent background material led to consistently engaging conversations”
“My Shabbat table conversation will be enriched by this experience. I am motivated to include more study to deepen our conversation.”
Shabbat Chaverim is an opportunity to build relationships and celebrate Shabbat dinner with a small, consistent group of Beth Shalom members. We will assign you to a group of approximately 8-12 people, based on your preferences below, and members of your group will take turns hosting Shabbat dinners on the dates listed below. Dinners should be dairy/pescatarian, and potlucks are encouraged. We hope that participating and regularly sharing Shabbat dinner with the same group will give you a stronger sense of community and connection, and an exciting way to make your Shabbat joyous!
The deadline to register for Shabbat Chaverim is Wednesday, October 16.
Shabbat Chaverim will meet:
- December 6, 2019
- January 10, 2020
- February 7, 2020
- March 6, 2020
- April 3, 2020
If you have any questions, please contact Melani Baker. We cannot make any promises but will do our best to accommodate your preferences.
*Don’t let your concerns about hosting stop you from signing up. Contact Melani Baker, or list any special needs in the sign-up form below.
A previous participant says: “It helped make a big congregation feel more personable and welcoming. Now when I come to services, I usually recognize someone with whom I can sit at the service or lunch. That encourages me to attend more often.”