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 COVID safety and preference, these groups will meet in person or online.
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!
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
Build your comfort conversing in Hebrew as you get to know other CBE Hebrew speakers. This conversational group is not a class, but a chance for those fluent enough to carry on conversations to talk about travel, culture, and other topics of shared interest.
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.
Prepare dishes with other members who love to cook, bake, and eat Jewish foods, especially around the holiday times.
Join CBEKnits for conversation, camaraderie, and skill sharing, as well as “knit for good” projects.
Join with fellow members to share techniques, stories, and explore challah baking as a spiritual practice or hobby.
Join member Joy London for Jewish-themed cultural events throughout NYC—art, plays, music, dance, lectures, walking tours, etc. Venture beyond Garfield Place and enjoy our city’s best offerings as a group!
Get to know fellow CBE Hebrew speakers and build your comfort conversing B’Ivrit — in Hebrew!
Share your love, knowledge, questions, or interest in gardening with other community gardeners.
We gather to share our stories and explore how our connections to the Holocaust hold meaning in our lives, using a particular text or theme as a springboard for discussion or action.
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.
Our Musicians Circle will be a space for fellow musicians in the community to play together, get to know one another, and occasionally explore the place of music in Jewish life and practices.
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.
Enhance your circle of Prospect Heights families as we join together in the neighborhood to informally connect and celebrate Jewish holidays together.
Enhance your circle of LGBTQ+ families, by joining the Queer Parents group.
Join CBE seniors for discussions that examine timely and timeless ideas in cultural, political, and religious life.
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.
Get connected to occasionally share Shabbat dinners with members who live in your neighborhood or share your life stage.
Bagels, coffee, and reflective conversations with other Yachad parents on select Shabbat mornings following family services.