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Interest Groups

What are Interest Groups?

At TBT, one of the ways that we help people connect to their community is through shared intrests. There are so many ways to get involved with fellow congregants, as you study Torah or Jewish History and culture, grow beautiful produce for Hopelink in our garden, play games in our Mah Jongg or “Chosen Meeple” groups, sing with the choir, or find another way to get people engaged with each other. If you’re interested in something – and you don’t see it here – feel free to get in touch below and we’ll help you get it going!

The mission of the Sisterhood of Temple B’nai Torah is to build connections between the women of Sisterhood to each other and, in turn, the Temple, our community and the world-at-large, as part of Women of Reform Judaism.  We achieve this goal by providing opportunities for spiritual, social and intellectual growth.  Contact: Sarah Rose at sarahshoshanarose@gmail.com

Meets at 9:00 a.m. in the youth room every Saturday year-round to discuss the Torah portion being read at services that day. The choice of a translation and commentary is up to each participant. Clergy from TBT and other synagogues near and far occasionally join us and are always welcome, but there is never a designated leader. The discussion emerges organically. For more information, contact tbtconnects@templebnaitorah.org 

The many layers of Biblical text are filled with stories and images both challenging and inspirational.  Join Rabbi Sydney on Shabbat mornings in the Library at TBT as he leads us on an exploration of the Books of the TaNaKh.  We are moving book by book through the pages of the Hebrew Bible in hopes of uncovering the deeper messages of a text we call our own. Contact: Rabbi Sydney at rabbisydney@templebnaitorah.org 

The History Chavurah is a self organized study group focusing on Jewish history and cultural aspects of our Jewish journey.  We examine education, economics, governance, women’s role, religious beliefs and rituals and culture throughout key historical events. We primarily use histories written around the time of an event we are studying and archeological texts, with the Tanach as a supplement. Each topic is self-contained so people joining now can jump right in. We try to make available selected overview material or potential sources to review prior to each discussion. While individuals do step forward and lead selected sessions, we ask that all participants prepare and bring their own perspectives to each study session. We generally meet on weekday evenings at 7:00 PM at TBT.  Contact: Jeannie Moskowitz at jwmoskowitz@yahoo.com

Mitzvah Corps of Temple B’nai Torah is an all volunteer group made up of fabulous folks from the Temple community! We help our fellow members and their families in all sorts of wonderful ways. We may visit a homebound senior or pick up groceries for an ailing member. We might call a member who is recovering from surgery or drive someone to services. We sometimes even provide a couple of hours of childcare for a family in need. Some of us have driven a TBT member to a medical appointment because they were not well enough to drive themselves. There are all kinds of ways to help out, and you can give a little or give a lot. It’s up to you. A little help can make a big difference in someone’s life. Furthermore, if you need help yourself, be sure to call us so we can connect you with the help you need. Contact the Temple  office, (425) 603-9677 for more information. 

Temple B’nai Torah has a strong tradition of social action and social justice work. We offer regular  programs and special initiatives selected each year by members of the Task Force.  These regular programs include Hunger and homelessness, TBT’s own Garden for Good, Hearts and Hammers Community-Wide Service Day, Together We Build: Interfaith with Habitat for Humanity and the monthly community dinner for those in need at the Salvation Army.  To learn about how you can get involved please contact tbtconnects@templebnaitorah.org

The mah jongg group usually meets every Monday from 1-3 pm at Crossroads.  The focus is on enjoying the game and each other’s company.  Players attend as available, and the group is coordinated by email.  To be placed on the elist (as dates may vary depending on people’s schedules), contact: Barby Cohen at Cohenhead1@mac.com 

At Temple B’nai Torah, we offer a variety of opportunities to engage with the community through guest speakers, classes, trips, movies, and books through Adult Education. Interested in “behind the scenes” of Adult Education programming?  Then join the Adult Education Committee! The Adult Education Committee is seeking additional members to help with generating ideas and designing the programs and classes, assisting with outreach and educational event logistics. For more information, click here to email Arnie Goldstein. 

Would you be interested in greeting congregants and guests at our Shabbat Services or other events? You can volunteer once, twice or as often as you like. For more information click here.

We are committed to Tikkun Olam (Repair the World) and join together throughout the year to improve our broader community. Learn more about our decades long involvement in social action and join TOWG – our Tikkun Olam Working Group.

Do you have a passion you’d like to share with others in our Temple community?  All it takes is a good idea and your willingness to coordinate.  Every group is different. Some meet in homes, some at the Temple, and some out and about.  They meet at times convenient to the coordinator and participants in the group.  Let us know your interest and we’ll be glad to help with initial organization and publicity. Call our office at (425) 603-9677.

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