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Small Groups

“The Power of Commitment for Transforming Ourselves and Community” November 2020 - January 2021

Our community prioritizes building meaningful relationships. Our Small Groups program is an opportunity to connect with others socially and make stronger connections in an informal, welcoming environment. Initially, a small group meets four different times around a compelling topic over a three month period. Each group will have the choice to meet online or in person with appropriate social distancing.

How Does A Small Group Get Formed?
You click on the registration link above and choose to be a HOST or a PARTICIPANT. A HOST receives a program kit which includes links to clergy videos, HOST instructions, discussion materials, and other resources. The HOST can invite people of their choice to form a “small group.” The people can be temple members or not. The minimum size of the group is 2 and the recommended maximum is 8. However, these are just recommendations.

The HOST finds four times during the three month period to host the group at their home or on Zoom. When the HOST gets agreement from its members, they will go to the synagogue website and report who is in their group, as well as the dates and times they are meeting.

If you register as a participant, you will be placed in an appropriate group connected to the information you provide when you register. When the group is formed, the HOST will reach out to you by email or by phone to organize the first gathering.

Each small group will also be assigned to a COMMUNITY LEADER – a congregant who has had leadership training in small group facilitation. This COMMUNITY LEADER will contact the small group HOST at one point during the two months to check in about how the group is going. The HOST can also reach out to the COMMUNITY LEADER for advice.

Meeting Session Topics

Session #1: Committing to Ourselves

Session #2: Committing to Our Family and Friends

Session #3: Committing to Our Synagogue Community

Session #4: Committing to Engaging in the Wide World

What Happens During the “Small Group”?
For the initial two months of the life of the small group, there is a “curriculum” or series of topics and materials to provoke meaningful conversation and reflections. 

The role of the HOST is to:
H - Have a big heart for people
O - Open your home
S - Serve snacks
T - Turn on a DVD or YouTube video

Small Groups Resource Booklet (Coming Soon!)

Click Here for Small Groups FAQ's

Open-to-Join Special Interest Groups

Hiking Group
Select Sunday mornings, usually about three hours in duration

Are you passionate about hiking? Have you considered going on a hike, but don’t have anybody to go with or are hesitant to take that first step? We have a group for you! Explore the beautiful outdoors and connect with the wider Jewish community on our periodic beginner to low-intermediate level hikes around Orange County. Guided by Mansour Kohanteb, an experienced hiker, the Hiking Group is an ongoing, drop-in opportunity for all ages—and no prior experience is necessary. The trails vary in location, elevation and difficulty so you can pick and choose which hike to join. If you would like to be included in our email group or have any questions, please contact Mansour Kohanteb at or 949-500-5550.

Chai Guys
TBESOC men who gather once or twice a month for drinks and conversation or more adventurous father/son Sunday programs like archery, climbing, woodworking, etc… Feel free to invite friends to events who are not members. To get on our email list, please contact Brad Shapero at


Thu, October 22 2020 4 Cheshvan 5781