Because B’nai Jeshurun is such a large and bustling congregation, with very many things going on at once, perhaps the best way to make a place for oneself is to get involved with one of the several community groups.
We have some groups that are organized around age brackets—Tze’irim is for young people in their 20s and 30s and the very popular Connections gatherings are for the adult community while also including some inter-generational programming. Others provide opportunities for groups with common interests to gather for prayer, study, socializing or all three, such as the Women’s Group and New Members. Parents with young children, Hebrew School families, and teens, too, have events geared to their interests.
Two of the most important groups at BJ are those that have coalesced around gemilut hasadim (acts of lovingkindness), the Bikkur Holim (Visiting the Sick) Committee and the Hevra Kadisha (Comforting Mourners) Committee. Other affinity groups focused on books, employment support, new parenthood, and similar areas of interest come into being from time to time directly from the community.