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Affinity Groups


Affinity Groups (AGs) are regular gatherings of 8-12 members in people’s homes, offices and other places that promote relationship building.  They are led by Group Leaders.  Some AGs connect around common interests and other groups gather to discuss topics of deep concern or importance to the lives of the participants.  
The idea to create the AGs developed directly out of listening to the needs of our members. Sometimes, we need the anonymity of our robust communal events.  Other times, we desire smaller settings in which to grow and share in the experience of being a Jew.  In truth, we need both the large and small gathering moments: to pray, celebrate and learn from our tradition AND to experience Jewish values in personal and relatable smaller settings, where we are seen for who we are, and where see others for who they are.
Small groups are not new to Shir Hadash: over the years we have had Havurot, Torah Study, Choir, Men’s Club, Sisterhood and much more.  What is new, however, is the structure and shared responsibility that we all shoulder in creating a more substantive web of relationships that make up our community and combine to create the Jewish world we hope to see for our future.  Therefore, the AGs become the intentional connections that we are making in order to inspire each other and transform ourselves and our world.

Basics of Affinity Groups

  • Topic-focused groups (gardening, cycling, crafts, hobbies, games, cooking, etc)
  • Meet once a month, for six months
  • Small groups of 12 or fewer people


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Board Together with Becky Jedel
Tired of being bored at home? Then join other board game players from Shir Hadash and let’s be Board Together! Join us to play old and new favorites with new friends. Have lots of experience playing games or none at all - this group is for you. All you need is an interest in having a good time together playing board games. Group members will decide on our procedures and types of games at our first meeting. 7:30-9pm at Shir Hadash, 11/1/21, 12/6/21, 1/3/22, 2/7/22, 3/7/22, 4/4/22

Bake Like Bubbie with Christy Altman
Looking for folks with a basic competency in baking who want to expand their repertoire. You can bake brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and banana bread in your sleep – now it’s time to up your game using the skills you already possess. Evenings at Shir Hadash, 11/8/21, 12/6/21,  1/10/22, 2/7/22, 3/7/22, 4/4/22

International Cooking Group with Cindy and Jonathan Weinberg
Join a group of like-minded foodies with an international flare. Once a month, we will meet for an international potluck from appetizers to dessert. Each participant will be responsible for making a part of the meal and recipes will be shared. Hosts will rotate each month and will choose the country/theme. Along the way we’ll share travel and cooking experiences, interesting facts and good company. All details will be discussed at our first meeting, an early Cocktail Hour outside at our home! Please bring an appetizer from a cuisine of your choice and we will provide the drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions). Weather permitting, all future meals can be eaten outside, otherwise we will meet in the Oneg Room at the temple. First group will be at the Weinberg’s home, 11/14/21, 3-5pm where additional dates will be scheduled.

Ahavat Cycling (אהבת סייקלינג) with Jeremy Shapiro 
Join fellow road cycling enthusiasts from Shir Hadash for a monthly ride followed by coffee. Route will vary each month but will generally be 30-45km (~20-30mi), will have a mix of flats and gentle climbs depending on the groups comfort level and experience, and will leave from the San Jose / Los Gatos area. These are "no drop" rides so nobody gets left behind. There will be regroup points along the way and you'll have access to the planned routes ahead of time. If you're ready to ride with your fellow congregants, strap on your helmet, clip in, and sign up today!                9am, 11/14/21, 12/12/21, 1/9/22, 2/13/22, 3/13/22, 4/10/22 

The Woman, the Mayhem and the Authentic Mom with Trista Bernstein
Join us as we make space for the whole woman - including the authentic mom - through conversation, connections and perhaps a cocktail or two. We will explore facets of ourselves and our lives that have been overlooked in the madness that is life with kids. 10am at the Bernstein’s home, 11/7/21, 12/5/21, 1/16/22, 2/6/22, 3/6/22, 3/27/22

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Thu, August 18 2022 21 Av 5782