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Our congregation has identified that building meaningful relationships among congregants is a top priority for our community. This year, we will create opportunities through “small groups” for congregants to connect with others in an intentional and structured way. Initially, a small group meets for 4 different times around a compelling topic over a two month period. This year’s program is entitled:

Finding Peace Through Embracing Uncertainty
Each group will pick its own weekly time to meet during the period of November 15, 2017 – January 15, 2017. Each weekly session will have a topic with a teaching from one of the rabbis accompanied by discussion questions.

After the two month period has ended, the members of each small group will decide if they want to continue meeting. They can pick study materials and topics from a recommended list, or plan to attend synagogue services together, or engage in a social action project. Group members can also decide to form or join another group or take a break from meeting with the group.

How Does A Small Group Get Formed?
During the High Holy Days, every member of the congregation will be invited to be a HOST. A HOST picks up a Program kit (distributed right outside the sanctuary and chapel on Yom Kippur) which includes: A copy of The Wisdom of Not Knowing by Estelle Frankel, HOST instructions, Discussion materials, and other resources. The HOST can invite 1 or more people of their choice to form a “small group.” The people can be Temple members or not. The minimum size of the group is 2 and the recommended maximum is 8.

The HOST finds four times during the two month period to host the group at their home. When the HOST gets agreement from its members, they will go to the synagogue website and report who is in their group, as well as the dates and times they are meeting.

Each small group will also be assigned to a COMMUNITY LEADER – a congregant who has had leadership training in small group facilitation. This COMMUNITY LEADER will contact the small group HOST at one point during the two months to check in about how the group is going. The HOST can also reach out to the COMMUNITY LEADER for advice.

What Happens During the “Small Group”?
For the initial two months of the life of the small group, there is a “curriculum” or series of topics and materials to provoke meaningful conversation and reflections. This fall, our program is:

Finding Peace Through Embracing Uncertainty

Session 1: Embracing The Journey
Session 2: Finding God in the Darkness
Session 3: Curiosity and Openmindedness 
Session 4: The Unknown as the Key to Love and Relationship 

Each session will include a 4-5 minute YouTube video followed by discussion questions that engage people in exploring the material and sharing personal experiences. There will be DVD’s available upon request. The material will also be supplemented by The Wisdom of Not Knowing by Estelle Frankel, Shambala 2017

The role of the HOST is to:
H- Have a heart for people
O – Open your home
S – Serve a snack
T – Turn on a DVD or YouTube video

At the end of the two month period, groups will be invited to share their experiences at a Shabbat dinner with the congregation as a whole on Friday, January 26, 2018


Click Here to either register to be a Host or a Participant

Click here to register



Click Here or on the Youtube icon to view all videos on the Small Groups Channel







Click on the links below to view to videos for each session
Host Introduction
Session 1—Embracing the Journey
Lechi Lach (music link)
T’filatHaderech (music Link)

Session 2—Finding God in the Darkness
Holy, Holy, Holy (music link)
Poppy’s Niggun (music link)

Session 3—Curiosity and Open‐Mindedness
Wings Span (music link)

Session 4—The Unknown as a Key to Love and Relationship
Olam Chesed (music link)
Ani Li, Mi Li (music link)

Click Here or in the icon below to download the Small Groups Booklet











Additional Music Resources

L'chi Lach_1

Olam Chesed

Spring Forward Niggun by Beth Schafer_1

T'filat HaDerech_1

ImEin Ani Li, Mi Li



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