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
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 A Jew in the Street: What our tradition has to say about our responsibilities in this world
What do Jewish texts teach us about privilege and the responsibilities that come with it? What are our obligations to others? How do we balance the individual and the communal? How can we live out our commitments as Jews not just at home and in the synagogue, but in the public sphere
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: Nov 4, Dec 2 (Chanukah), Jan 6, Feb 10, Mar 3
- 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 Sarah Greenberg 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.”
**NEW THIS YEAR** Shabbat Chaverim
Shabbat Chaverim is a new 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!
Here are the dates that Shabbat Chaverim will meet:
- October 12th
- November 9th
- January 11th
- February 8th
- March 8th
If you have any questions, please contact Karin Madwed. We cannot make any promises, but will do our best to accommodate your preferences.