Beth El Interest Groups
WHAT IS A BETH EL INTEREST GROUP?
An Interest Group consists of five or more Beth El members who share a particular interest. The interest can be a lifelong or recently acquired passion, a Jewish topic of study, a tzedakah project, a hobby or sport, a weekly discussion group, an achievable synagogue improvement project, or other shared interest.


WHY CREATE AN INTEREST GROUP?
Simple. The Strategic Vision that resulted from Journey includes the objective: listening to, and designing around, the needs and aspirations of Beth El’s sub-communities, and investing in relationships that connect people to each other, and sub-communities to one another. An Interest Group is essentially a sub-community of the Beth El family, one with a common pursuit, pastime or passion. We are ready to help connect you to like-minded friends (both old ones and those you haven’t yet met!), especially if you do not currently feel connected to the synagogue

HOW DO I GO ABOUT CREATING AN INTEREST GROUP?
1. Complete the questions below.
2. If you cannot identify a minimum of 5 interested parties, we’ll try to help you find them by advertising your Interest Group in the Bulletin (more than once if necessary). We will identify YOU as the Interest Group Contact, and those interested in joining will contact you.
3. Once you have a minimum of five Interest Group members, email us at interestgroups@bethelnr.org. Following review and approval, Beth El will contact you with brief instruction on how to maneuver through Beth El’s communication system so you can announce group meetings, advertise for new members, etc. We will also provide refreshment reimbursement for your first meeting of up to $50.

Please also note that…
• A Beth El Representative will check in with you every couple of months to see how the group is faring.
• A list of Beth El Interest Groups, with each Group Contact Person identified, will be posted on Beth El's website so that current, brand new, or potential congregants can inquire about joining.
• Beth El reserves the discretionary right to refuse recognition of a proposed Interest Group.
• This initiative is brought to you by Pillar 1 of the Vision Action Team, A Community of Connected Communities: Marcia Assor, Lauren Freeman-Bosworth, Elissa Glickman, Bekkah Gold, and Allison Kellman.
• This initiative has been adapted from the Affinity Fellow Program to build relationships and networks sponsored by UJA’s Engage Jewish Services Corp.

If you have any questions, email them to interestgroups@bethelnr.org.
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Your Name (Group Contact): *
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Phone:
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The Beth El Interest Group you’d like to create: *
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The purpose of the Interest Group or what you hope to achieve with the Group: *
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Other Beth El members interested in this Group:
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Proposed first Interest Group meeting date. *
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