Small Groups

Small Groups

Our congregation has assured that building meaningful relationships among congregants is a top priority for our community. This year, we will create opportunities through “small groups” for our congregants to connect with others in welcoming and social environments. Initially, a small group meets 4 different times around a compelling topic over a two month period.

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) HOST instructions, Discussion materials, and other resources. The HOST can invite 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 Year’s Campaign: Unlocking Creativity to Live a Life of Purpose and Meaning
December 1- February 15, four meetings scheduled by each HOST

Session 1: God’s Ongoing Creative Process and the Invitation for Partnership

Session 2: The Power of Intention in the Creative Process

Session 3: Bringing our Personal Stories Into the Creative Process

Session 4: Discovering Holiness in Messiness: Recognizing unexpected creative opportunities

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

To participate as a HOST or join a Small Group, please contact Rabbi K’vod at 949-362-3999 x106.

Small Group Matching Event
Sunday, October 20 at 4pm

Will take place in a private home with refreshments (address with be shared upon RSVP)
If you are HOST who needs participants, or a participant that needs a group, please come to this matching event.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Rabbi K’vod at

Small Groups Resource Booklet

Small Group 2019-20 Booklet-Small


Click Here for Small Groups FAQ’s

Open-to-Join Special Interest Groups

Hiking Group
Select Sunday mornings, usually about three hours in duration

Are you passionate about hiking? Have you considered going on a hike, but don’t have anybody to go with or are hesitant to take that first step? We have a group for you! Explore the beautiful outdoors and connect with the wider Jewish community on our periodic beginner to low-intermediate level hikes around Orange County. Guided by Mansour Kohanteb, an experienced hiker, the Hiking Group is an ongoing, drop-in opportunity for all ages—and no prior experience is necessary. The trails vary in location, elevation and difficulty so you can pick and choose which hike to join. If you would like to be included in our email group or have any questions, please contact Mansour Kohanteb at or 949-500-5550.

Jewish Meditation Group
Saturdays, November 9, December 14, January 18, February 15
at 1:30pm

Following Shabbat morning services and Kiddush lunch. These meditation sessions are for beginning and experienced meditators and will be an afternoon of silence, learning and presence.

Chai Guys
TBESOC men who gather once or twice a month for drinks and conversation or more adventurous father/son Sunday programs like archery, climbing, woodworking, etc… Feel free to invite friends to events who are not members. To get on our email list, please contact Brad Shapero at



Tile Project
Create your very own tile to be permanently mounted between the Early Childhood Center entrance and the flagpole. Help raise funds to continue beautifying the grounds of Temple Beth El of South Orange County. The Tile Legacy Project is an outdoor wall mural installation featuring the artwork of our members, clergy and staff. The project is an exciting way to leave your legacy while supporting our temple community—and have fun doing it!

Families may purchase one or more ceramic tiles ($36 each with advance registration, while supplies last) to design and paint. The tiles will then be kiln fired and set, creating a lasting memory of your connection to TBESOC. Please reach out to Justine Moraes at for more information.

Click Here to download the tile template