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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. 

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 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.

Adult Israel Trip Reunion 2019: Sarah Asher
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:  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.

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

Ben Franklin Circle: Buckhead/Sandy Springs:  Toby 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 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:  Northlake/Oakgrove (Men's Group):  Paul Rosenblatt

Ben Franklin Circle:  Women's/Empty Nester's:  Caryn Hanrahan & Ellen Schwartz

Our Ben Franklin group consists of women who are soon to be/newly empty nesters, or who are in life transitions and are looking to create a life of more meaning in the context of this change. We plan to use the discussion group to help guide us in our journey, as we make and deepen friendships, while having fun and interesting dialog.

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 Pogrom: 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

Canasta for Fun 2:  Jo Ann Rau

Every Thursday at 10:00 Starting October 31st!

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.

Compassionate Motherhood:  Lauren Chekanow

Using the foundations and materials from the Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics, (and specifically Compassion Training) along with current events and real life examples, we will look at parenting topics through the lens of compassion. Goal of the group is to cultivate more self-compassion and compassion for others. Meets monthly on a week night, Intown, with location and time TBD this fall.

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.

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.

Israeli Conversation: Don Thomas
 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 Meditation:  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!

Literary Enlightenment:  Mark Arnold

A new Temple Connect Group to align members through readings of strong interest, relevance and topical connections to Judaism and the world we live in today.  Meetings would convene about every 8-10 weeks in either a private home or on a Monday or Tuesday evening at The Temple.  Overview ideas and themes would be communicated to the participants in advance of the sessions, to encourage a strong level of advance thinking for more poignant and topical interchange among the group participants.

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.

Movies:  Linda Zatlin

Running:  Adam Abramson

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@Ashford Park:  Amanda Abrams

Temple Connect@Atlanta International:  Alla Tsitsior

Temple Connect@Clairemont:  Carrie Reyes & Tamara Miller

Temple Connect@Cliff Valley:  Laura Baldwin

Temple Connect@FAVE/TalleySt:  Danna Lipton & Susan Moody

Temple Connect@Galloway:  Brynn Travis & Cindy Lourie

Temple Connect:Kitteridge/Chamblee HS:  Suzanne Gilboa

Temple Connect@Lovett:  Amie Herbert

Temple Connect@Mary Lin 4th Grade:  Lauren Chekanow

Temple Connect@Mary Lin:  Jennifer Gailey

Temple Connect@Morningside:  Julie Poirier

Temple Connect@Morningside 2:  Bettina Drake

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@Paideia2:  Marla Ostroff

Temple Connect@SPARK:  Eden Kaye

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.”

Tech Group:  Brett Pomerantz 

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.

Whiskey Group:  Ron Lipp

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!!!

Wine Tasting: Zahava Bailey

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)   Cindy Zeldin

 A ladies group will focus on developing friendships, great conversation and fun. Agenda will be determined by the group.  Meetings will be once a month. Women of all ages invited to participate. Meetings will vary (evenings/daytime.)

Sun, October 20 2019 21 Tishrei 5780