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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: Caki and Larry Mendel, Susie 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. 


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 

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. Up in the first half of 2018 are The Aleppo Codex by Matti Friedman, The Exodus: How It Happened and Why It Matters by Richard Elliott Friedman, and The Race Beat by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff. We meet monthly at The Temple on the first Wednesday, 3:00-4:30 PM.

Chai With 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 - FULL                                                                                                    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.

Get Crafty:  Young Professional Group:  Danica Reuter

Gourmet 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: Young Professional 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 simiply 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 Families:  Our Supportive Moms

Interfaith Young Couples:  Could Be You!                                                                                                      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 lifetime.

Intermediate Bridge:  Jackie Metzel
We meet at The Temple on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for bridge, conversation,  and fun. Please join us, off site, for lunch, a friendly game and good conversation. We meet every other Tuesday at 12 noon--3:30 p.m.

Israel Conversations: 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. 

Jewish Meditations

Knitting Group - Young Professionals: Leah Davis

Do you love to knit or crochet? Do you want to learn? Join me to create cozy items that we can donate to our community’s new babies and those going through chemotherapy. We will learn together with some of our older congregants, hang out with new friends, and do a mitzvah at the same time!

Latin Families

Mah Jongg 1

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 4

Mah Jongg 5 - For Beginners

Midtown Small Gems: Jill Slavin
Let's make merry in Midtown.  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.

Photography Group:  Young Professional Group:  David Greenky

Sunday RunDay:  David Serwitz                                                                                                     

Sunday morning mil 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.

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 Chai Group:  Buckhead/Sandy Springs

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 Backyard Guy's Group:  Young Professional GroupMax Grass & Jeff Gordon

The Kids are Launched..Now What?                                                                                              

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

The Librarians: Dan Friedman                                                                                                                     The Librarians is a group of upwards of a dozen Temple members and guests, who meet in Room 30 from 10:30am until noon each Shabbat after Torah study. For the last seven 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, politics, domestic issues, and the arts in free wheeling, stimulating and open discussions.

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.

WOW:  Women of the Well:  Young Professional Group - Summer Jacobs

Tue, August 14 2018 3 Elul 5778