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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

Acting in Atlanta's TV & Film Industry:  Laura Doman

Are you (or your child) interested in becoming an actor or voiceover talent in Atlanta’s rapidly expanding TV & film industry? Learn the basics of the business and how to get started, no matter your age or relative experience. We’ll discuss the difference between on-camera acting, background work, and voiceover, and provide valuable information about agents, professional training, the auditioning and casting process, current projects filming in Atlanta and around the southeast, the scams and pitfalls to avoid, and much more.

Adult Israel Trip Reunion 2015: 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.

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

Group Leader: Jessica Landisman Williams
The All Ages Hiking Group is for beginners, novices and experienced hikers of all ages and physical abilities 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 outdoors by connecting with others and nature simultaneously.

A Time for Us: A Meet Up for WidowsEydie Merwitzer

A time for Us is a MeetUp Widow's Group that focuses on the social aspects of being a widow in a couples-oriented culture. Therapy will not be an intention or goal of the group but hopefully, interacting in various social activities and settings would be therapeutic

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.

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

Ben Franklin Circle: Brookhaven/Lenox (Men's Group):   David Schmidt

Ben Franklin Circle: Buckhead/Sandy SpringsToby Holzer & Bunny Mitchell

Using the principles of the Ben Franklin Circles, our group will use his classic 13 principles to spark discussion about members goals and aspirations. Come join us as we take a break from the divisive issues if our day, and instead learn how our experiences have shaped our lives and the world around us.

Ben Franklin Circle: Dunwoody/Sandy SpringsStacey Lewinstein - FULL

Ben Franklin Circle: Dunwoody/Sandy Springs (Mens Group)Eric Vayle

We are men in our 40's and 50's, seeking to (re)ignite male friendships through socializing and the philosophical discussion of the Ben Franklin Circle

Ben Franklin Circle: Emory/DecaturSusan Carney

Ben Franklin Circle: Midtown/SouthScott Chalk

Ben Franklin Circle: Midtown/South (Men's Group)Steven Steindel

Looking for new Ben Franklin Circle friends to meet up on a weekday afternoon, once a month, in the midtown, Buckhead, or Brookhaven area. Our first meeting will be in October at The Temple and we’ll brainstorm about where else to meet from there.”

Ben Franklin Circle:  Northlake/Oakgrove/Decatur:  Jennifer Bush Otte

Parents of soon-to-be and current college students who meet monthly to discuss Ben Franklin/Pirket Avot topics. We will focus on how these values connect with this new stage of parenting and having more time to explore our own interests and passions. Will also include a few volunteer and social experiences along the way. Men and women, couples and single parents - all are welcome. 1st meeting will be December 2018 in conjunction with Chanukah. Plan to meet on Sunday evenings.


Ben Franklin Circle:  Northlake/Oakgrove (Men's Group):  Paul Rosenblatt

Ben Franklin Circle: South Buckhead (Youth Group)Hannah Pearl

Our Ben Franklin Circle will meet once a month and each time we will discuss one of Ben Franklin's thirteen virtues in conjunction with Pirkei Avot, a Jewish guide on how to live well. The group is for anyone in high school or beyond who is interested!

Ben Franklin Circle:  VA Highlands & Emory/Decatur:  Kaye Ginsberg & Caryn Hanrahan

Ben Franklin Circle Brookhaven:  Emily Sanders

Using the principles of the Ben Franklin Circles, as well as Pirke Avot (Jewish Ethics) our group will use Franklin’s classic 13 virtues (one each meeting) to spark insightful discussion about participants’ goals, values and aspirations. Come join us as we take a break from the divisive issues of our day, and instead learn how our experiences have shaped our perceptions and the world around us. We meet regularly on Sunday afternoons during the school year and only once during summer. This program was originated by the 92nd Street Y. Light refreshments and beverages served.

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.  For October 2018 we're reading This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared by Alan Lew - a recommendation from our own Rabbi Kate.  Then, for at least the last two months of 2018 and perhaps January 2019 as well, we'll be studying Program:  Kishinev and the Tilt of History, by the historian Steven J. Zipperstein.  For our first novel of 2019:  Philip Roth's American Pastoral, for which he won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

We meet monthly at The Temple on the first Wednesday, 3:00-4:30 PM.

Canasta for Fun:  Elaine Clear 

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.

Chinese Mah Jongg:  Arline Browder

Learn to play Chinese Mah Jongg.  Play with tiles, but without a card.  Rules are a little different from American Mah Jongg.  No experience necessary.  Every Tuesday at 1:30 in the Adult Media Center.


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.

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 Young Couples:    Alex Goralnik                                                                                                 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:  Marcy Victor

Join us as we support each other in a Jewish meditation practice—no experience required. All are welcome, whether new to meditation or seasoned. We will discuss Jewish meditation and Jewish concepts to better support our spiritual journeys and mediation practices. Also, weaved into our time together will be Jewish teachings, inspirations, and meditations. This group will also help us to create a community where we can cultivate a grounded and loving mediation practice while supporting and sustaining our Jewish lives and the fulfillment of our Jewish values.

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!

Krembo:  Orna Sha

Krembo, a chocolate-marshmallow treat and a symbol of winter for all Israelis. The Krembo group, will meet to learn and connect with the best of Israel through food-tech, bible-tech, repair the world tech, etc. We are going to see movies, read books, cook, meet with companies, and become masters of innovation.

Mah Jongg 1:  Elaine Clear

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:  Adrienne Boyer

Mah Jongg 4:  Arline Browder 

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.  Meets every Wednesday at 1:30 in the Adult Media Center.

Midtown Small Gems: Georgia Robinson


A group of Temple members coming together to explore the exploding neighborhood of Midtown - growing at 3 times the rate of the entire city of Atlanta! We seek out non-traditional cultural venues and explore the old, the repurposed and the new. We navigate from The Temple to the Fox Theater, from Ponce City Market and the Beltline through Atlantic Station to West Midtown. Along the way, get to know each other and hope to develop meaningful friendships as we become acquainted with this ever-changing neighborhood.

Temple Nurses Helping Jewish Atlanta:   Lois Kriner Millsap

A small group of nurses are exploring possible ways in which we may use our skills to further enrich our Jewish community through a connect group.  The group of nurses (working or retired) may also provide support to one another as well as to their Temple family with regard to information and mentoring.  If you are interested in forming such a group, please contact Lois Kriner Millsap.

Tech Circle:  Brett Pomerantz

The Temple Connect Coaching Team:  Rabbi Lydia Medwin

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@Mary Lynn 4th Grade:  Lauren Chekanow

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 Connect@TCS:  Sara Scalia 

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.” 

Temple Nurses Helping Jewish Atlanta:  Lois Kriner Millsap

A small group of nurses are exploring possible ways in which we may use our skills to further enrich our Jewish community through a connect group.  The group of nurses (working or retired) may also provide support to one another as well as to their Temple family with regard to information and mentoring.  If you are interested in forming such a group, please contact Lois Kriner Millsap at 678-983-4695 or

The Kids are Launched..Now What?:   Kelly 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

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    FULL
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.

Vegan Group: Rich Wilner

MEET & EAT (vegan): so many wonderful conversations happen around meals, here is a group where likeminded people can enjoy the conversation and the FOOD. We will gather around the table and discuss the many reasons why people live a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, as well as share wonderful dishes and friendship. Have I got a Thanksgiving menu for you!!!

Village:  Regina Martyanova

Women of the Well Arts and Crafts Group (Young Professionals) Danica Reuter

Young Professional women gathering bimonthly to create various craft projects, including jewelry making, painting, terrariums, and more!


WOW (Women of Wisdom): Young Professional Group  Cindy Zeldin

Yoga:  Benita Kornberg

Sun, October 21 2018 12 Cheshvan 5779