CBE Small Groups are an exciting way for community members to build connections and be a part of each other’s lives.

In these member-led groups, participants come together on a regular basis to find deeper meaning and joy in shared interests, identities, and life stages.

Small groups, which generally consist of a dozen people or less, might engage in activities, discussions, or other shared experiences. You could meet every month, twice a month, seasonally, or whatever the group decides is best. Depending on preference, groups meet in person, online, or a hybrid.

Each group is different, and it’s more art than science, but your group might:

  • Begin with snacks and drinks
  • Get to know each other through story sharing, check-ins, or a shared activity
  • Frame your gathering with a Jewish text

Listed below are the first batch of CBE Small Groups. See one that sparks your interest? Join now! Fill out the Small Groups signup form to get connected with the group leaders and with Rabbi Jason Gitlin, our Small Groups Specialist.

Have an idea for a different small group? Use the same form to let us know, and we’ll help you make it happen!

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We’re here to guide you through the process.  All new group leaders will be offered training, one-on-one support, and (if relevant) Jewish resources. Have questions? Just reach out!

CBE Small Groups

Board Gamers

Play and socialize with others who love a good game. Our Board Gamers Group is for you if you are in your twenties or older, single or a couple, a casual player or gaming geek.

CBE Book Group

Join us for a discussion of a book or books determined by this lay-led group. All are welcome! If you have any questions or would like a Zoom link, please email cbebookgroup@cbebk.org.

The CBE Book Group has been privileged to welcome several acclaimed authors to speak about their works. To view recordings of some of these talks, including conversations with Jamie Bernstein, Matti Friedman, Yousef Bashir, David Maraniss, Helen Fremont, Julie Metz, Jeremy Eichler, Lauren Young, and Sherry Turkle, click here.

 

Next meeting:

Monday April 29: Palace of Desire by Naguib Mahfouz (in-person)

Palace of Desire is the second novel (The CBE Book Group read the first novel Palace Walk a few years ago.) Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz’s magnificent Cairo Trilogy, an epic family saga of colonial Egypt that is considered his masterwork.  The novels of the Cairo Trilogy trace three generations of the family of tyrannical patriarch al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, who rules his household with a strict hand while living a secret life of self-indulgence. In Palace of Desire, his rebellious children struggle to move beyond his domination, as the world around them opens to the currents of modernity and political and domestic turmoil brought by the 1920s.  “All the magic, mystery, and suffering of Egypt in the 1920s are conveyed on a human scale.” —The New York Times Book Review Naguib Mahfouz was born in Cairo in 1911 and began writing when he was seventeen. His nearly forty novels and hundreds of short stories range from re-imaginings of ancient myths to subtle commentaries on contemporary Egyptian politics and culture. Of his many works, most famous is The Cairo Trilogy, consisting of Palace Walk (1956), Palace of Desire (1957), and Sugar Street (1957), which focuses on a Cairo family through three generations, from 1917 until 1952. In 1988, he was the first writer in Arabic to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He died in August 2006.

The CBE Book Group will meet in-person at the home of a CBE member to discuss Palace of Desire by Naguib Mahfouz.  Please contact linda.quigley298@gmail.com for the address.

 

Upcoming:

Tuesday May 28: One Hundred Saturdays by Michael Frank (on Zoom)Tuesday June 25: Judgement and Mercy by Martin J. Siegel (in-person, with a pot luck)

Tuesday July 30: The Big Green Tent by Lyudmila (on Zoom)

Tuesday August 27: The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe (on Zoom)

Tuesday September 24: The Lock-Up by John Banville (in-person with a pot luck)

Cook Bake Eat

Prepare dishes with other members who love to cook, bake, and eat Jewish foods, especially around the holiday times.

CBEKnits

Join CBEKnits for conversation, camaraderie, and skill sharing, as well as “knit for good” projects.

Challah Baking

Join with fellow members to share techniques, stories, and explore challah baking as a spiritual practice or hobby.

City Outings

>Venture beyond Garfield Place and enjoy our city’s best Jewish-themed cultural offerings — art, plays, music, dance, lectures, walking tours, etc. — as a group!

Gardening

Share your love, knowledge, questions, or interest in gardening with other community gardeners.

Empty Nesters

Connect and reflect together with other CBE members who are in this new life stage.

French Speakers

Connect with other members who are from France, Québec, other French-speaking countries, or just fluent in French.

High Holy Days Sermon Discussion

Dig deeper into the messages, themes, and words of Torah that clergy preach in their sermons this year by participating in a High Holy Days Sermon Discussion Small Group. Groups will be provided with a three-meeting guide that will include a sermon for each meeting, some of the traditional and contemporary sources that inform them, and questions for further reflection and discussion. 

Holocaust Descendants

Join us to share family stories and explore how our connections to the Holocaust hold meaning in our lives.

Infertility Support

A supportive space, led by a social worker from the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, to connect with other community members struggling with infertility.

Mah Jongg

Whether you’re a seasoned player or want to learn from experienced gamers, Mah Jongg is a great way to connect with friends while having fun.

Mizrachi and Sephardi Background

Come together with Members of Mizrachi and Sephardi Background to share your histories and cultures with one another; as well as explore ways to further celebrate and integrate these cultures into the life and practices of CBE.

Musicians Circle

A space for fellow musicians to play together, get to know one another, and occasionally explore the place of music in Jewish life and practices.

Nature Chug

Commune with the trees, and other CBE nature lovers, in a group that regularly explores Prospect Park and other Brooklyn green spaces through walks and contemplative practices.

Navigating Professional and Personal Spaces During and After the Israel-Hamas War

Many Jews who are active in progressive spaces, including some CBE members, have shared feeling shaken, challenged, or isolated by friends, colleagues, and classmates during this difficult time. Others have articulated a feeling of alienation in conservative spaces. Join members to participate in a safe, supportive and intimate setting to talk about how to navigate the complexity of these relationships.

Pregnancy Loss Small Group

It’s time to break the silence around pregnancy loss and support each other with loving kindness. If you’ve experienced a miscarriage at any age and at any stage of pregnancy (including a failed fertility treatment, early miscarriage, or medical termination), come join us to find support, camaraderie, and a safe space to reflect together.

Prospect Heights Young Families

Enhance your circle of Prospect Heights families as we join together in the neighborhood to informally connect and celebrate Jewish holidays together.

Queer Parents Group

Enhance your circle of LGBTQ+ families, by joining the Queer Parents group.

Sacred Art

Share ideas, techniques, and inspiration with others who craft ritual items or create art that incorporates Jewish themes.

Sage Discussions: Wise Aging

Join CBE seniors for discussions that examine timely and timeless ideas in cultural, political, and religious life.

Season of Teshuvah

Engage with others in the reflection and accounting that helps us fully experience the High Holy Days.

Separated, Divorced, Widowed and Single/Solo Parents

Whether you’re separated, divorced, widowed, or a single/sole parent, find support, camaraderie, and fun with other CBE community members in this phase of life.

Shabbat Tables

Get connected to occasionally share Shabbat dinners with members who live in your neighborhood or share your life stage.

Stretch and Yoga Group

Nicole Colbert, a long time yoga practitioner and dance educator, will guide the group through asanas (yoga postures) and stretching to connect body, mind, and spirit.

Writers Circle Small Group

Connect with others interested in creative writing (whether in the form of essay, short story, memoir of novel) in order to share and critique our own work in a safe and supportive environment.

Yachad Groups: Kindergarten Parents

Bagels, coffee, and reflective conversations with other Yachad parents on select Shabbat mornings following family services.

Yiddish Conversation and Culture

Whether you’re fluent or just learning, join with others to practice Yiddish and celebrate Yiddish culture.