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Small Groups- Fall 2021

Jewish Technologies for Resilience
December 2021-February 2022


Meeting Session Topics

1.  Shabbat: Personal and Communal Renewal
2.  Family and Community: Cultivating Relationships of Love and Support 
3.  L’Chaim (Affirming Life): Our Constant Commitment To Embrace the Moment 
4.  Rededication: Coming Home To Ourselves and Where We Belong 

The deadline to register is November 19th.

Our community prioritizes building meaningful relationships. Our Small Groups program is an opportunity to connect with others socially and make stronger connections in an informal, welcoming environment. Initially, a small group meets four different times around a compelling topic over a three month period. Each group will have the choice to meet online or in person as decided by the group.

This winter we look forward to reconnecting with our friends and community for our sixth year of Small Groups programming. As a Jewish people, we have technologies—methods and tools that have carried us through difficult times in the past, have helped us in the present, and will deepen our own resilience for the future.

Our small group initiative this year will focus on four Jewish technologies for resilience. We have the opportunity, through small group sharing, to draw on Jewish tradition and each other for strength and support as we navigate this new phase in our lives.

How Does A Small Group Get Formed?
You click on the registration link above and choose to be a HOST or a PARTICIPANT. A HOST receives a program kit which includes links to clergy videos, 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. However, these are just recommendations.

The HOST finds four times during the three month period to host the group at their home or on Zoom. 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.

If you register as a participant, you will be placed in an appropriate group connected to the information you provide when you register. When the group is formed, the HOST will reach out to you by email or by phone to organize the first gathering.

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. 

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

Small Groups Resource Booklet (Coming Soon!)

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 949-500-5550.

Mon, August 15 2022 18 Av 5782