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Welcome!  This is where you find your people.  Select any category of interest to you and find the tribe for you!  Click on the group leaders name and email them with your interest. 



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. 
Hiking:  Jessica Williams
The Hiking Group is for all ages, 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.
Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism: Alex Doman
The group will delve into all aspects of Jewish mysticism within the framework of Rabbi David Aaron who has written extensively on the subject in clear and straightforward way in a number of books. The first book used as a framework will be “The Secret of God”. We will meet monthly.
The Templers: Mark Arnold
United through readings of interest, relevance and topical connections to Judaism and our world. Meetings each 8-10 weeks between live and Zoom settings. For the High Holidays, we visit "This is real and you are completely unprepared" by Rabbi Alan Lew, inspiring our insights to spiritual life and enlightenment with the New Year. The session to follow visits "The Provincials" by recently deceased and esteemed historial Eli N. Evans, who carries us into the history of Jewish life here in the Bible Belt. 
Theatre Group:  Hank Kimmel
This group reads and discusses new, contemporary Jewish plays that have been vetted by the Jewish New Play Project and the Alliance for Jewish Theatre and attends cultural events. 
Classical Music In Atlanta:  Elliott Goldstein
There is so much wonderful classical music in Atlanta - let’s go enjoy it together, in the company of other Temple friends. Whether it’s a concert, opera, or chamber music performance, we can take in the show and then talk about it afterwards over a meal.

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:  Buckhead/Sandy Springs:  Toby Holzer & Bunny Mitchell
Ben Franklin Circle: Northlake/Oakgrove (Men's Group)Paul Rosenblatt
Ben Franklin Circle:  Women's/Empty Nester's:  Caryn Hanrahan & Ellen Schwartz
Dads, Delis & Donuts: Greg Kaufmann
This group is for dads with young children. We will meet occasionally with and without our kids to make some new connections, have some fun, and eat delicious food developed by our ancestors.  
Dads and Grads:  Colby Schwart
Israeli Conversation: Doug and Christine Wolf
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. 
New Parents: Dana Wollin
This group is for new parents and their little ones to make connections, socialize, meet in Zoom for convenience and get out in nature together for noshing and music jams.
Oregon Trail Temple Gen X: David Shpigler
Are you too young to be a Baby Boomer but too old to be a Millennial?  If so, come check out the Gen X group! This group is for Temple Gen Xers looking to get together, meet new people, and participate in fun activities together. Our focus will be on social events throughout metro Atlanta and at the Temple.
South Side Schmoozers: Stephanie Singer
This group connects individuals and families in Atlanta's southern suburbs around Jewish traditions and celebrations! 
The Librarians: Dan Friedman                                                                                                                   
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.
Gourmet Cooking: Ron Lipp
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.
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 fare.
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.
Whiskey Group:  Ron Lipp
Vegan Group: Rich Wilner 
MEET & EAT (vegan): So many wonderful conversations happen around meals, here is a group where like-minded 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. 
Canasta for Fun:   Elaine Clear
Canasta for Fun 2:  Jo Ann Rau
Mah Jongg 1:  Elaine Clear
Mah Jongg 2: Wendy Ludwig
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 

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.

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School Connect Groups seek to build a mini community among the greater Temple school communities that is one of friendship, support and connection.
Temple Connect @Cliff Valley:  Laura Baldwin
Temple Connect @Howard MS:  
Temple Connect @Mary Lin 4th Grade:  Lauren Chekanow
Temple Connect @Mary Lin:  Jennifer Gailey
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 ones.
Counting the Omer:  Rabbi Lydia Medwin
Men's Group
Wed, February 1 2023 10 Sh'vat 5783