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Roots: Small Group Initiative

Have you heard about Roots, Etz Chaim’s new interest-based small groups initiative? Below are current Roots groups. Do you have an interest-based group in mind for Etz Chaim? Let’s make it happen! Once we have a volunteer leader and five committed members, a group can be formed. You decide when and where. Have questions or want to form a new Roots group? Please contact Heather Blake, Director of Engagement.
Artists Collective
Are you an artist? An art roots group is forming at Etz Chaim! This is an opportunity for all artists to meet, explore Jewish art connections, discuss art topics, support each other in our projects, and contribute to our community. All mediums welcome. Whether it is a hobby or profession, please come to share your art interests and skills as we create this exciting new group! Meetings are usually held on Wednesday evenings at 8:00 p.m. on Zoom. For more information and to be part of this group, please contact Rob Foster.
Wednesday Golf Roots Group
Do you have a flexible weekday work schedule? Retired?  Looking for some camaraderie?  Our Roots golf group typically meets on Wednesdays throughout the calendar year. Our outings are at the Fox Creek Golf Course in Smyrna in the afternoon typically between 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. To join our list, email Alan Silverman.    
T’shuvah Group organized by JF&CS and HAMSA
In Hebrew, T’Shuvah means to repent or return. Led by Rabbi Mark Borowitz, founder at Beit T’Shuvah, the Atlanta T’Shuvah group believes everyone has a right to redeem themselves, and through doing this work, to create new pathways and choices to live well.  Whether you are living with addiction or in recovery, toxicity in relationships, facing challenges to your sense of self, experiencing life changes, or simply want to self-reflect and create more meaning in your life – all are welcome. To learn more about T’Shuvah group, please contact HAMSA or call at 833-HAMSA-HELPS.
*Beit T’Shuvah is a Jewish residential addiction treatment center in Los Angeles. Learn more at
Schmooze on Zoom
Join us for an informal schmooze/chat on Zoom every Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Our only request is to avoid the topic of politics. All are welcome.  Facilitated by Esther Shultz. To be added to the email reminder list, please contact Esther. See you on Zoom
Meeting ID: 844 2620 2608
Due to COVID-19, the following Roots Groups listed below are on hiatus. We look forward to continuing these groups once the CDC gives the “all clear” to congregate safely with one another.
Roots Movie Group
Etz Chaim now has a monthly Sunday matinee movie group! Join Etz Chaim friends to see family-friendly (PG/PG13) movies once a month at Merchants Walk. We can see the movie together and discuss afterward.  If you would like to be added to the email list, please email Tamar England.
Roots Hiking Group
Explore local beauty by joining us on a hike once a month on a Sunday afternoon. This small group is open to all ages and abilities. Please reach out to Dani Oren to be added to the email list. Information will also be shared in the Etz Chaim Virtual Kiddush Facebook Group.
Birthday Club
The Etz Chaim Birthday Club is a social club enjoying lunch once a month and helping celebrate our congregants’ birthdays. We choose a local spot for a 1-2 hour lunch on a Friday afternoon, get together and learn a little bit about each other. If you would like to be added to this group, please contact Laurie Lavinsky or Malka Riesenberg.
Walking/Running Group
Start your Sunday off right by joining us for a morning walk/run with your Etz Chaim friends and family. We meet in the mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the Etz Chaim parking lot. If you are available, we ask that you please join us for morning minyan at 9:00 a.m. too. If you have any questions or want to participate in the Sunday morning walking/running group, please contact Amir Oren.
Woodworkers of Etz Chaim
If you enjoy woodworking of all types and are interested in participating in an interest group, please contact Hank Needle or text him at 678-520-8635 indicating your interest in this group.  We will begin with an organizational meeting followed by a tour of shops. This way, we can meet one another and see what each of us does individually and then take it from there. Look forward to hearing from interested parties.
Wed, October 27 2021 21 Cheshvan 5782