Temple Connect: Affinity

These are the originals, based on interests and needs/stages of life. Below, you can find a list of the groups you can join.  Just click on the group leaders name and email them with your interest. 

Acapella Singers: Karen Kerness

Adult Israel Trip Reunion 2015: Caki and Larry MendelSusie Collat, Jennifer Bush Otte  

Hey, people on our recent Israel trip – let’s get together!  We’ll meet up and then decide what we want to do. 

Adult Israel Trip Reunion 2017:  Jo Rau

 Hey, people on our recent Israel trip – let’s get together!  We’ll meet up and then decide what we want to do. 

All Ages Hiking Group: Duane Cox

The All Ages Hiking Group is for beginners, novices and experienced hikers of all ages and physical abillities wanting to hike local trails.  The pace will be varied for all participants to enjoy with basic techniques and gear presented.  My goals are for all participants to have fun in the great ourdoors by connecting with others and nature simultaneously.

Ayekah: Karen George   

Ayeka ("Where are you?") is what God asks Adam in the Garden of Eden.  Our group enjoys leaving the "noise" of our lives at the door so that we can explore where we are in our relationship with God.  The friendship and trust that grows within the group is just one of many ways that our text-based discussions will endow our daily lives, relationships, and routines with higher purpose. 


Books Worth Studying: Jan Rice    

We will take on books from which we’ll derive more if we divide them into manageable sections and study them together month by month.  Welcome to all who love reading and learning about Jewish ideas and ideas relating to Judaism. For May 2017 we're reading the novel The Mathematician's Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer -- our first selection of a work of fiction.  Then for summer and fall 2017 we're taking up James Carroll's Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews.  Meetings are usually on fourth Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 PM.

Bereavement Group: Barbara & Bob Greene

"Death ends a life not a relationship." We are so blessed that Temple members Dr. Robert Greene MD, a retired surgical oncologist and hospice director, and Dr. Barbara Greene PhD, a psychologist who specialized in grief groups, are offering a free, bimonthly bereavement group to help deal with the loss of a loved one and to honor the experiences of the bereaved.  Whether you have recently experienced a loss or there’s more distance in time from your loved ones passing; whether you need just one session or many; whether you want to schedule ahead of time or wake up that day discovering a need to talk about your experience – coming to this group will be an act of love for yourself and others, and way to honor of your loved one.  Second and Fourth Wednesdays of the month at 1:30 – 3:00 pm in the Adult Media Center.  For more information and to RSVP, contact Dr. Robert Greene at rjgbbg@yahoo.com

Chai on Life Moms: Stacy Hyken, Andie Scher

Come join other Temple moms on Sunday mornings as we get active while exploring the outdoors and take advantage of the beautiful scenery Atlanta has to offer.  We will exercise, de-stress and have fun out on the water, trails, and parks while the kids are in Sunday school.  

Dads and Donuts: Colby Schwartz

It’s a three-way win. You bring your kids to the playground on Sunday morning, rotate who brings the donuts and coffee, watch your kids go bananas together, get to hang out with fellow WELC dads, AND give your partner a couple of kid-free hours. I mean, can you beat this?

Eating Explorers:  Karen Shelton

This small group of empty nesters with adventurous palates will eat at different international restaurants. We will choose a new restaurant each month or so and share a variety of spicy and flavorful foods.

Empty Nester Interfaith Couples:  TBD

Gormet Cooking: Ron Lipp - FULL

This small intimate group of food lovers will participate in the planning and preparation of 5-6 gourmet meals and a field trip each calendar year.  Participants will rotate in hosting the "theme dinners" at their homes with the other members preparing one to two dishes.

Improv Group:  Nathan Smooha

This small group is focused on teaching and enhancing improvisational acting. Improv is a great way to better your public speaking and listening skills, as well as your personal confidence. Whether you are new to improv, or you simply desire to hone your techniques, then this group will allow you to improve your comedic ability, while also giving you the opportunity to connect with a great set of people!

Interfaith Couples with young kids (5 and under):  TBD

Interfaith Families:  Our Supportive Moms - Moms who did not grow up Jewish and are raising Jewish kids.  Madeline Krontiras

Interfaith Young Couples:  This is a group for young couples that do not have children.  We'll have a chance to figure out some of the big questions before kids are in the mix (if that's what we want) and create friendships that will last a liftime.

Intermediate Bridge:  Jackie Metzel

We meet at The Temple on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for bridge, conversation, fun and Ron Lipp's gourmet delights.

Israel Conversations: Tom Keating & Bob Wenger

An anonymous author once wrote, “Each person has one thing to say, and the rest is an exaggeration.” That person did not know members of the Temple Connect group on Israel. Join up to a dozen participants and discuss Israel in a conversational, not confrontational, way. Each Temple member may self-select a topic and facilitate an hour discussion with examples based on readings, art, popular culture,  and media coverage. 

Kickball for Grownups:  TBD

Latin Families:  Latin families unite!  Let's celebrate being Jewish with our own language, traditions and foods.  If your family is like mine - adding hot sauce to the matzo ball soup and having bilingual seders and pinatas during Hannukah - join this group!  Tanya Stein


Lean In Mom's Group I : Mariella VolioLesley Solomon   

Small group of working moms who meet once a month to learn and grow together. The goal of the group is to create peer support as we navigate the joys and struggles of being working moms. Topics of discussion will start with work-life balance, parenting and finding me-time, and will evolve based on the members' interests.

Lean in Mom's Group II:  Like the first iteration, this is a group for professional moms with young kids who are somehow making it all wor.  Sign up and we'll help this group get started!  Sharyn Mulqueen

Lunch Bunch - Cindy Zeldin

“Lunch Bunch” will be a group of men and women all ages who would like to have lunch about once a month at a different restaurant in Atlanta each time.  It will be a social time to get to know one another and also to participate in some lively discussion about a particular topic.

Mah Jongg: Elaine Clear 

Have you ever wanted to learn Mah Jongg?  Me too!  Let's meet on a week day at The Temple, learn how to play Mah Jongg, and have a ton of fun together.

Mah Jongg 2: Wendy Ludwig - FULL

Have you ever wanted to learn Mah Jongg?  Me too!  Let's meet on a week day at The Temple, learn how to play Mah Jongg, and have a ton of fun together.

Mah Jongg 3:  Cathy Herman

This game is played every other Monday evening at The Temple.

Mah Jongg 4:  Adrienne Boyer

If you've never played or want to help others learn, we will get together in the Temple coffee shop every Monday at 12:30. Beginners and experienced players are all welcome. It is a fun game, that makes you think and also a great way to connect to Temple members.  

Mental Health Professionals Group:  Cindy Zeldin

This group would be a place to explore and receive support, discuss the challenges in our fields, and use this opportunity to meet folks and create lasting friendships. Hopefully we could do things together socially or spiritually and have some great discussions on topics that are of interest to the group. All mental health practitioners are welcome, working full time, part time, or retired are invited to attend including marriage/family therapists, life coaches, psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, school psychologists.

Midtown Small Gems:  Jill Slavin

A group of Midtown residents coming together to explore the old, the re-purposed and the new in Midtown Atlanta. Neighbors from The Temple to the Fox Theater, from Ponce City Market and the Beltline through Atlantic Station to West Midtown will get to know each other while rambling around their ever-changing neighborhood.

Mitzvah Kids:  Joel Rubensohn

Shomer Tevah:  (PROTECT NATURE): Jackie Metzel

Shomer Tevah is an environmental group which sponsors lectures, films, and inter-active programs.  We welcome people who are conservationists, who care about protecting nature.  Please join us.

Singles Group: This group is for widows who are ready to meet new friends!  We'll go out to dinner, check out a movie and enjoy getting to know each other!  Eydie Merwitzer


Sunday RunDay:  David Serwitz

Sunday morning mile for time challenge. Meet at Piedmont Park track Sunday mornings to pace yourself at a mile run, track your progress throughout the weeks, and cheer on your new friends. Meeting times will be ideal for Sunday school parents.

Supportive Mom:  TBD

Temple Bakers: Civia Gerber

Do you love to bake? So do we! We'll meet at The Temple monthly and bake tasty treats to be provided after Shabbat services. A great mitzvah and a great way to make new friends.

Temple Clergy Group: Rabbi Lydia Medwin FULL

Yes – even your clergy are in a small group! We follow a brit, have relational time, and otherwise spend quality time together, teaching and learning from each other along the way.

Temple Connect @ Paideia:  Liz Sommerfeld

The purpose of our group is to make the Temple feel a little smaller, to celebrate and promote awareness of Jewish holidays at Paideia, and to share information on everything from babysitters to summer camp to colleges with a vibrant Jewish life. We are just getting started but hope to meet regularly during the school year both to socialize with each other and for Tikkun Olam.  

Temple Core Team: Rabbi Lydia Medwin

Temple Heads: Rabbi Micah Lapidus, Dan Medwin, Robert Simon

Shakedown: Are you a frustrated yet relentlessly optimistic Dead Head? When you’ve had a long day do you throw on a great version of “He’s Gone” and embrace the wisdom of the line, “Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile”? When meeting a new colleague, associate, or neighbor do you ask, as Uncle John’s Band did, “Are you kind?” If so, join fellow Temple Heads as we take our love of The Grateful Dead FURTHUR by finding opportunities to catch shows of all genres that we might otherwise be too busy to know about let alone attend. Let “inspiration move you brightly” as we join forces to “keep truckin’ on” thereby ensuring that everyone knows “our love won’t fade away.” 

The Kids are Launched…Now What? - Kelley Ellman

You’ve dedicated your entire adult life to raising your children. As they begin to leave the nest over the next couple of years, you are left wondering about your own life, what you want to do next, what brings you joy and purpose, and how to transition into that phase. Join this group of parents who will begin by taking the TAMID class about Jewish Mindfulness towards gaining wisdom and insight about your own direction, and then continue together as a group beyond the class, because none of us should have to take this journey alone. Sign up by registering for the class through TAMID or emailing Rabbi Lydia Medwin at lmedwin@the-temple.org.

The Librarians - The Librarians is a group of upwards of a dozen or so Temple members and guests, who meet in the library from 10:30am until noon each Shabbat after Torah study. For about the last five years, The Librarians have solved the problems of the world in their respectful, free-swinging discussions and have grown to care for each other. The Librarians have connected lessons from Torah, world events, a range of opinions, and follow-up actions in these stimulating and open gatherings.  Dan Friedman, dan3688@aol.com

Theatre Group: Hank Kimmel, Pamela Gold Alexander   

Come share a love of theatre with us -- as we explore the various ways theatre shapes and uplifts our Jewish souls in its capacity to tell compelling stories that touch and connect us to each other.  Be prepared to discuss, read (and maybe even get on your feet to act!), in a safe and non-judgmental setting meant to foster creativity and interaction. We will plan to take in a show or two of the group's choosing.  Come play with us -- no prior theatre knowledge or experience necessary!

What Are We Making For Dinner?...Reservations!  Jill Ferst & Joe Ferst

This group would be for those interested in exploring the interesting and diverse cuisine that is available in Atlanta’s restaurants. We are interested in discovering restaurants that are hidden gems in Atlanta’s culinary milieu. If you like good food and enjoy eating out with friends, we are the group for you.

With Strings and Pipes: Doug Pike 

For those who love to make (“classical” or “art”) music, this group will provide an opportunity to practice and play together.  As Olivier Messiaen wrote his Quartet for the End of Time for the four instruments available in the Stalag, we will select music that conforms to who is available.  While performances are not out of the question, differing skill levels are expected and welcome; the goal is to enjoy ourselves.  

Young Married Interfaith Couples (no kids):  TBD



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