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Sh'ma Groups

(also known as Small Groups) are focused, peer/member-led groups, in which 8-15 people come together around a shared interest on a regular basis to create deeper relationships through meaningful, structured conversations in members’ homes. An open group listing of groups that are welcoming new members is now available online. Sh’ma Groups are about building face to face connections in a digital age, slowing down in a time of speeding up and discovering unique gifts in a world often defined by anonymity, conformity and disposability. Some Sh’ma Groups will be geographic in nature, others will connect around common interests, affinities and/or commitments to Jewish learning and living. All Sh'ma Groups will provide opportunities for Jewish growth and exploration, and will function on the principle that when we create meaningful relationships within the congregation, members can serve others and be served, celebrate and be celebrated in both the large and small gatherings of temple life.

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Sh'ma Groups will help Beth Am realize this future and will:

  • Form deeper relationships through a structured conversation process
  • Organize around shared interests, life stages and geographies
  • Create a space in which people feel safe to be who they truly are
  • Be self-led by trained lay facilitators

Sh'ma Groups offer a simple yet radical idea: to bring our members together to know and be known, learn and laugh, rest and rejuvenate, deepen connections with one another and Beth Am, and to experience the rhythms of Jewish life.

If you are interested in learning more about Sh'ma Groups or being part of Phase 2 of our rollout – whether as a participant, a group guide (leader/facilitator), or would like more information, please complete the form below.

Congregation Beth Am
  • 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
  • (650) 493-4661 Contact Us

We strive to live as a holy community whose study and practice of Judaism inspires and challenges us to "do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with our God" (Micah 6:8).