Small Groups logoMany of our members gather together to share common interests. Currently, we have a range of groups from a book discussion group to a group that plays games together. New small groups get formed regularly.

If you’re interested in something you don’t see listed here, reach out to coordinator of the Small Groups by using the Small Groups contact form, who might be able to put you in touch with others who share your interest. If you see an existing group of interest, you can also use the Small Groups contact form to communicate with that group’s leader.

NOTE: Check the Online Calendar or the current newsletter for scheduled meetings.

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 signing up for the class. Check the calendar for the location and to contact the correct person.

B’nei Sarah

Audrey Baker & Linda Barr lead this group. They welcome Temple members who are grandparents and parents of adult-aged children for discussions on continuing traditions and living a fulfilling Jewish life.

Book Club

Book Club logoThis group meets in the Temple Israel Library to discuss a book of the group’s choosing. See the online calendar for the next meeting. Read The Window for information about the book to discuss. For information contact Lois Reaven.

Bubbe Stories

This group aims to connect Temple Israel members with the matriarchs in their families and their community. Contact Carol Friedman to learn more.

Games Group

This group plays a variety of games that may include board games, dice games, card games, cornhole and pinball. Usually, this group meets at Temple, but sometimes it meets at other locations. Contact Jeff Lubash.

Gesher Interfaith Group

With more than 50% of the Temple Israel congregation part of or from an interfaith family, the Gesher Interfaith Group is an important social network for our congregation. This group is available to young families, if you have married someone who is not Jewish and still celebrate with family, have parents with shared holidays, or have converted to Judaism. Contact Nathan Gotlieb to learn more.

Mah Jongg

Mah Jongg logoThis group plays Mah Jongg on Monday mornings (generally the first Monday of the month) at Temple Israel.

Men’s Group

This group creates a forum in which men are able to discuss topical issues framed by Jewish thought based upon Torah, Jewish writings & speakers. Any man who is interested in learning more about Jewish thought is welcome. Contact Larry Kaye to learn more.

Millennial Kiddush Club

This group has formed for Millennial-aged Temple Israel members to gather, relax and get to know one another a little bit better over a glass of wine. We gather to engage in tzedakah, cook, go out to eat and explore the outdoors. Contact Sophie Goldenberg to learn more.

News for Jews

This group, led by Linda Barr, meets each month to explore trending articles in the media. Contact Linda to learn about the next month’s topic and meeting information.

The Photography Club

Photography Club logoThe Photography Club has been a thriving group since the start of the Small Groups initiative. 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.

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.

Temple Israel Keshet

Our LGBTQIA+ members and supporters participate in Temple Israel Keshet. We want Temple to be a place where everyone in our community can feel safe, supported, included and loved for who they are.

Z’man Roshan

Z’man Roshan (Tadpole Time) is a group formed to enhance Temple programming geared towards our little ones and families with kids of all ages. We also want to work on providing more opportunities for the kids to get together in a Jewish environment over the summer. Contact Joelle Zellman to learn more.