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Temple Israel & JCC

Temple Israel & JCC

Two Congregations, One Community

Temple Israel & JCC


What is B’yachad?

B’yachad (Hebrew for “Together”) is a havurah (fellowship) group for the younger families, members, and prospective members of the Temple Israel community.

What kinds of things does B’yachad do?

Our activities are a mix of causal gatherings at each other’s homes, family-friendly day trips, and adult nights out. Examples from the past year include apple picking, going out for karaoke, day hikes, Sunday brunch, wine tasting, Shabbat pot lucks, and a good amount of drinking and dancing. We don’t have formal membership; we plan and announce events — if it sounds fun, show up!

Why B’yachad?

B’yachad provides regular social interaction among those of us who are well past writing our own college essays but haven’t started to worry about writing them for our kids. By getting together for purely social events, we move beyond just recognizing faces at Tot Shabbat or the High Holidays, and always have people we’re eager to catch up with at Oneg and Kiddush. We extend the sense of a young, vibrant Jewish community beyond the synagogue building and form quick connections with newcomers to welcome them into the Temple Israel family.

Am I one of you?

We are singles and couples both with and without kids of various ages. If you thought Ferris Bueller was cool, or ever watched the same John Hughes movie more than once, you’re one of us. If you’ve ever received a “children of the 80’s” email, you’re one of us. If you’re somewhere between just barely remembering the eruption of Mount St. Helens and just barely remembering a time before the Web, you’re one of us. If you were born after 1970, and your parents didn’t drive you here, you’re one of us. (And don’t worry — you’re not disqualified just because you’ve celebrated a couple of anniversaries of your 39th birthday.)

I’m not a member of Temple Israel. Can I join you?

Of course! We’re here to build community and have a good time. While we hope the fun we have together will entice you to join our Synagogue, everyone is welcome at B’yachad events regardless of shul membership status. (A taste for vodka isn’t required, but it doesn’t hurt!)

How Can I find out about the next event?

To get complete details on events, join our email list! Just send an email our office to ask questions or to sign up for the list. You’ll get times and directions a week or two before each event.

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