Hearth Groups Fall 2021

We are excited to offer 10 new Hearth Group experiences for our members this fall. Below are descriptions of  these groups, which range from Anti-racism and Introspection to Jewish Parenting to Virtual Board Games! 

Before you sign up, please be sure to check the scheduled meeting dates and confirm that you will be available to meet on those days and times. As group space is limited, you can participate in only one group at a time. You’ll be asked to indicate up to three groups that you would like to participate in. We will let you know by e-mail which group you’ve been placed in. Click on any image or the sign-up button at the bottom of this page to begin the sign-up process. 

For more information about Hearth Groups, check out our FAQ page

Soul: Bet Tefillah, House of Prayer

Only twice a year do we hold our High Holiday prayer books (machzorim) in our hands. Yet our Reform prayer books are full of interesting, informative and inspiring words. They contain thought-provoking essays, teaching texts and footnotes that augment our prayers. This hearth group will read and discuss selected readings from these books. Our goal is to extend the transformative power of this year’s High Holidays, heighten the experience of next year’s services, and learn more about Judaism. How do we keep promises made during the holidays? How do we deal with problematic prayers? Why were these prayers chosen? Let’s learn what our machzorim have to teach us by drawing on the materials that the editors have provided.

Weekly on Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 on Zoom.  Meeting dates:  11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30 and 12/7. 

Be welcomed into a space of learning and sharing, to discuss and be supported in your Jewish parenting journey. The first two sessions will open the door to conversations of ways to bring Judaism into daily routines with children and beginning to think about Jewish seasonal celebrations. Other sessions will be open to topics chosen and led by group members, all centered around how to bring Judaism into your home and family.

Thursdays from 9:30-10:45 AM on Zoom.  Meeting dates:  11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/16, 1/6, 1/20.

Come share your experience, strength & hope with others who are in recovery within the Beth Am community.

Weekly on Mondays from 6:00-7:15 PM on Zoom. Meeting dates:  11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20.

Heart: Bet Kehillah, House of Community

The community that knits together, fits together. Bring your own project. Meet new friends and connect with those you already know. Whether you are a beginner or advanced knitter, this is for you. We can share knitting techniques and learn from each other. The purpose of this group will be to enjoy our time together and have fun.

Thursdays from 1:30-3:30 PM at Temple Beth Am. Meeting dates: 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16.

The Talmud teaches that “80 is the age of strength.” Join other Beth Am seniors for an exercise experience catered to you! We’ll connect with each other as we do exercises appropriate to abilities of students, including upright, sitting, and floor work, meditation and have some Jewish content to boot. As we say, ad meah v’esrim, may we live to 120 like Moses!

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-2:30 PM at Temple Beth Am.  Meeting dates:  10/26, 10/28, 11/2, 11/4, 11/16, 11/18, 11/23, 11/30.

This Hearth group hearkens to a time when women would sit around the Hearth, for warmth and conversation. A group for mothers of young kids (newborn through elementary school age), who are looking for a fun distraction where we can talk about everything but the kids! Parenting war stories are also welcome!

Every Wednesday from 7:30-8:45 PM  on Zoom.   Meeting dates: 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8.

Facilitators will teach and provide all tools to play new games and old favorites. No experience necessary - just a desire to learn, chat with people, and have a good time. This will be 100% virtual, some of the games we’ll be playing will be best if you are using a computer (not only a tablet/phone). 

Tuesdays from 7:30-8:45 on Zoom. Meeting dates:  11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30.

Judaism teaches that from the first moment of Creation, words create worlds. It’s not a surprise, then, that so many of us at TBA love the written word. Interested in seeing what it takes to get a novel drafted? Looking to polish your short stories? Ready to get to work on your memoir? Need some D&D campaign worldbuilding support? This any-genre writing group will be crafted to suit the needs of the attendees with the goal of fostering community among literary-based creatives at Temple Beth Am.

Mondays from 7:00-8:30 PM on Zoom. Meeting dates:  10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13.   

Mind: Bet Midrash, House of Study

Our purpose in this group is to commit to being anti-racist in a way that reflects our Judaism so that we will show up for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). Guided by Layla Saad’s powerful Me and White Supremacy, we will begin the inner work required to achieve a deeper understanding of structural racism. In a safe space participants will be encouraged to share courageous conversations on a wide range of uncomfortable topics. 

Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 PM on Zoom.  Meeting dates:  11/18, 12/16, 1/6, 1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/3.

Let’s explore Jewish twentieth-century musical composers and lyricists together…. We will consider what prompted/drove/allowed them to excel and be such an outsized success on the Broadway stage.  What was it about their collaborations that hit such a nerve and highlighted the issues of their days?  (and still in ours too).  How did their own Jewish experience impact their work? Connect with the melodies, lyrics and people that shaped musical theater. 

Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30 PM on Zoom. Meeting dates:  11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21.