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Isaiah Together

Isaiah Together is about connecting congregants through small groups around shared interests, hobbies, and/or demographic.  These groups are led by trained Temple Isaiah members and meet as often as the members of the group wish, usually once a month. We hope that the conversations and activities that happen within the groups will enrich congregants’ lives in meaningful ways and also strengthen their ties to each other and to the Isaiah community.

Below are our current small groups based on interests and needs/stages of life. If you are interested in joining a group, contact the Group Guide at the email provided, or Rabbi Jill Perlman at or Matt Emmer at Don’t see a group that fits you? Start one! Contact Rabbi Perlman or Matt Emmer to learn more and get started.

Omer Groups, April 2 - May 14, 2018 - Rabbi Jill Perlman & Matt Emmer
The Omer is the seven-week period from Passover to Shavuot when we reflect on the transition from Egypt to Revelation at Sinai, when we make the journey along with our ancestors from our physical redemption to our spiritual redemption. Omer groups will meet together in small groups to learn and grow, share our reflections, and make new friends and deepen existing relationships. Omer Groups will be peer-led by trained facilitators.  Register now for Omer Groups 2018! 

Achim - George Foote
Achim (meaning 'brothers') is a men's discussion group. It was started with a recognition that, in our culture, men are often reluctant to publically share their innermost fears and feelings which are historically carried in silence. The discussion offers a format where the participants share their personal stories and experiences which relate to a particular topic. It is open to all men in the general Jewish community.  We have 4 events/meetings a year.

Art Potpourri – Joan Lester and Judy Palmer
Artists, Sunday painters, museum goers–let’s get together! Our group is  interested in "meet, draw and share." We are looking for folks who would enjoy sketching in good company, indoors or outdoors, depending on the season.

Biking – David Lees
We always start from the Temple, and unless otherwise noted, at 9:00 am, and aim to finish before Noon.  We often have two groups: one doing a slower, shorter (~6 mile) ride and a the second group doing a faster (~11 mph), longer (~25 mile) ride.  Both groups share the start of route together and the longer ride stops for a snack/coffee. No signup required, just be ready to ride at 9 AM. Our tentative dates for the 2018 season are 5/13, 5/27, 6/3, 6/17, 7/8, 7/22, 8/5, 8/19, 9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/11, 12/2, 12/9. 

Community Quilting - Evy Megerman
Quilters work together on a project for the Temple or as a fundraiser.

Daytime Book Group [SISTERHOOD] - Carole Goldberg
Mondays monthly; 10:00 am to noon. All are welcome.  We choose our books and meeting times as we go along.

Discussions After Dinner [BROTHERHOOD] - Lester Gardner
Discussion after Dinner is an interactive conversation on a topic that shapes our lives (e.g., The loss of privacy in American Society, How to develop friends and community as an adult, What rules do you live by?) There will be no religious spin to these topics or discussions. Your opinions is welcome or simply listen to others. We meet every other Monday at 7-9pm with refreshments.

Evening Book Group [SISTERHOOD] - Carol Sacerdote
Mondays monthly; coffee 7:30 pm , discussion 8-9:30 pm. Open to all Sisterhood members. 

Games [SISTERHOOD] - Abbe Smerling
Every other Friday at 12:30 pm. Please join Sisterhood members in the Temple library for about an hour and half of games. We play Taboo, Scattergories, Trivial Pursuit, Apples to Apples, Encore, Celebrity, Set, Speed Scrabble, Boggle, to name a few. New members are encouraged and we will teach newcomers. It is lots of laughs and is good to stretch the mind as well!

Gardening – George Foote and Suzanne Harris
Folks interested in gardening who would meet occasionally to view each others’ gardens, trade plants and tips about planting, garden pests, what works and what doesn’t, etc.

Knitzvah - Harriet Silverman
Knitting shawls and lap throws for congregants in need of care and support. There is a Monday group and a Sunday group. For more information, see the description here.

Mah Jongg [Beginners and Advanced Beginners, SISTERHOOD] - Randi Levine
Interested in learning to play mahjongg? Know the basics but would like to learn more and play regularly? We have options for this circle, depending on the interest level. We can do a new beginners class, meeting for 3 consecutive weeks to learn the basics and then continuing to practice together for as long as desired. We can also do a review class and then organize a regular game of those interested.

Meaningful Conversations - Ruth Budd
Conversations about Judaism without a belief in God and other topics.

Meditation and Mindfulness – Larry Fuhrman
This group will introduce Temple Isaiah members to a variety of mindfulness and meditative techniques within our Jewish tradition. We have planned an 8 session class, designed to help us achieve a greater sense of calmness, clarity of thought, spirituality, and ability to be more fully present in our daily lives. The meetings will last 90 minutes and will combine experiential learning with plenty of time for discussion. Meetings will be bi-weekly on Monday evenings beginning Oct. 31st at 7:30 in the chapel.

Movie-Goers – Susan Foote
Let’s go to the movies together! We will watch movies that are selected to meet the interests of the group with discussion to follow.

Playing Music Together – Rob Jacob
A get together of people who enjoy playing music together, more of a jam session than an organized band. If you play an instrument (even at a very modest level), you're invited to join us.

Mussar – Sue Tafler – FULL
The current group is closed to new members; if you are interested in joining a Mussar group for the fall, contact Rabbi Amy Hertz

Photography - Scott Wolk
Get to meet and know people who enjoy photography, take photo-shoot walks, learn techniques.

Pot Luck Partiers [SISTERHOOD] - Sally Huebscher
Take part in pot luck suppers from the Jerusalem Cookbook and other Jewish themed books.

Pre-Retirement – Evelyn Silber and Suzanne Harris
Group for people thinking about retirement.

Shabbopic - A group of temple members and guests who will host and participate in pot-luck dinners and discussions every two months. The next Shabbopic dinner will be announced soon.  

Single Parents in Their 40s and 50s - David Fleischer
A social group for members who are actively parenting and are not part of a couple. Join with other single parents in our Temple community to build community and have fun!

Walking Group [SISTERHOOD] - Carol Sacerdote
By arrangement
We enjoy exercise and each other’s conversation, plus scenery and gardens on residential streets, conservation land and the bike path.  This group meets at Peet’s in Lexington center and walks for about an hour, weather permitting, year round.  Walk with us whenever you’re available.

Writing Workshop - Kathryn Prager
A supportive group to share ongoing (new) work and help us hone our craft.

Yiddish Anyone? [SISTERHOOD] - Elly Edelstein
Our Yiddish group meets once a month on various afternoons at 1 pm at members' houses. We share Yiddish stories and try to speak in Yiddish as much as possible. We do not meet during January/February/March.  Exact meeting times will be arranged according to participants’ schedules.

Fri, June 22 2018 9 Tammuz 5778