Small Groups logoOur Small Groups initiative has formed to allow members who share common interests in our community to gather and connect. These groups encourage involvement and strengthen social bonds in our congregation.

If you are interested in joining any of the Small Groups listed below or you’re a Temple member and have a desire to start a group, please contact the coordinator of the Small Groups by using the Small Groups contact form.

 

Art of Creativity

Art of Creativity logoTemple Israel’s Art of Creativity has monthly creative workshops hosted by Sheryl Aronson & Nicki Embly. You can view example projects each month in the Temple Gift Shop prior to the class. Check the Temple calendar for the time and location of the monthly workshop. For more information about Art of Creativity, please contact the Small Groups coordinator (Small Groups contact form).

B’nei Sarah

B’nei Sarah, led by Audrey Baker & Linda Barr, meets to discuss issues relating to grandparents and parents of adult-aged children. Conversations focus on continuing traditions and living a fulfilling Jewish life. Meetings are listed in the Temple calendar. For more information about the B’nei Sarah group, please contact the Small Groups coordinator (Small Groups contact form).

Book Club

Book Club logoTemple Israel Book Club, led by Lois Reaven, meets each month to discuss a book of the group’s choosing. Check The Window for information about upcoming books and meeting schedules. Meetings are also listed in the Temple calendar. For more information about the Book Club, please contact the Small Groups coordinator (Small Groups contact form).

Bubbe Stories

Bubbe Stories, led by Carol Friedman, aims to connect Temple Israel members with the matriarchs in their families and in their community. Activities vary and include cooking, baking and reading stories to children during Temple services. Meetings are listed in the Temple calendar. For more information about the Bubbe Stories group, please contact the Small Groups coordinator (Small Groups contact form).

Games Group

Temple Israel’s Games Group, meets each month to play different board, dice & card games — as well as ping-pong & cornhole. The group communicates available activities by email. Contact the Small Groups coordinator (Small Groups contact form) to be put on the Games Group communication list.

Gesher Interfaith Group

Gesher Group, led by Lauren Trexler & Nathan Gottlieb, meets to discuss issues pertaining to young interfaith families. With more than 50% of the Temple Israel congregation part of or from an interfaith family, the Gesher Group is an important social network for our congregation and concentrates on things like navigating holidays and ensuring Judaism has an important part in your life. Meetings are listed in the Temple calendar. For more information about the Gesher Interfaith Group, please contact the Small Groups coordinator (Small Groups contact form).

Mah Jongg

Mah Jongg logoThis group plays Mah Jong monthly on Monday mornings at Temple Israel. Meetings are listed in the Temple calendar. For more information about the Mah Jongg group, please contact the Small Groups coordinator (Small Groups contact form).

Men’s Group

Men’s Group, led by Larry Kaye, creates a forum in which men are able to discuss topical issues framed by Jewish thought based upon Torah, Jewish writings & Jewish speakers. Any man who is interested in learning more about Jewish thought is welcome. Meetings are listed in the Temple calendar. For more information about the Men’s Group, please contact the Small Groups coordinator (Small Groups contact form).

Millennial Kiddush Club

Millennial Kiddush Club, led by Sophie Goldenberg & Kristin Leuchtag, is for Millennial-aged Temple Israel members to gather, relax and get to know one another a little bit better over a glass of wine. This group gathers to engage in tzedakah, cook, go out to eat and explore the outdoors. Meetings are listed in the Temple calendar. For more information about the Millennial Kiddush Club, please contact the Small Groups coordinator (Small Groups contact form).

News for Jews

News for Jews, led by Linda Barr, meets each month to explore trending articles in the media with a Jewish take on the issues of the day. Contact the Small Groups coordinator (Small Groups contact form) to be put on the News for Jews communication list to receive information about the discussion topic. Meetings are listed in the Temple calendar. For more information about News for Jews, please contact the Small Groups coordinator (Small Groups contact form).

The Photography Club

Photography Club logoThe Photography Club, led by Harvey Krieger, leads Temple members to scenic areas around the Akron/Cleveland area. The group learns about photography & technique while photographing interesting things in their surroundings. Contact the Small Groups coordinator (Small Groups contact form) to be put on the Photography communication list for meeting times and locations.

The Procrastinators’ Group

The Procrastinators’ Group, led by Joyce Butlien, is for those of you who want to get things done! This group meets each month and encourages members to work on crafts, passion projects and things they’ve been putting off — all while spending time with other procrastinators. Contact the Small Groups coordinator (Small Groups contact form) to be put on the Procrastinator’s Group communication list for meeting times and locations.

Temple Israel Keshet

Temple Israel Keshet, led by Trisha Sheridan, is for our LGBTQIA+ members and allies. We want Temple to be a place where everyone in our community can feel safe, supported, included and loved for who they are. This group works on ways to continue making Temple Israel a safe and welcoming community and hosts events intended to promote acceptance within our community. Meetings are listed in the Temple calendar. For more information about Temple Israel Keshet, please contact the Small Groups coordinator (Small Groups contact form).

Z’man Roshan

Z’man Roshan (Tadpole Time), led by Joelle Zellman and other parents, formed to enhance Temple programming geared towards our little ones and for families with children. The group works to provide more opportunities for our children to gather among their Jewish peers in an environment that is fun and engaging. Contact the Small Groups coordinator (Small Groups contact form) to be put on the Z’man Roshan communication list for meeting times and locations or to help plan an event for our little ones. Meetings and events are listed in the Temple calendar.