Programs for 2021 - 2022

Chaverim / Amigos / Friends – Open Hearts, Open Homes and Open Minds – A Modern Jewish Discussion Group

Turn Your Home into a House of Study!  The purpose of Chaverim is to bring friends together in an informal setting (outside of Temple Beth-El) to discuss topics involving Jewish ideas and lifestyles.  A member of our clergy will come to your home and lead any of numerous discussions, including:

Handling imminent loss in the family (death, divorce, empty nest, etc.)

Our children dating members of other faiths

Questioning our own faith

Hebrew School or soccer

Wrestling with Jewish prayer

Taking a position on how we view the State of Israel

How we handle political disagreements in the home

Seeing our current reality for its blessings, not its challenges

Going through divorce personally or going through it with a loved one

Understanding Judaism’s relationship with the LGBTQ community

Ethical dilemmas in the workplace

Law, traditions, customs, or old wives tales. Which one is it?

Keeping kosher in a gluten free / vegetarian world

What does it mean to be Jewish in America today?

Interfaith families

Considering Judaism?

How am I viewed in the community?

How do you answer the question “What are you?” (Italian, German, Irish, etc.)

Event Hosts are Asked to:

  • Contact Merri Sedgwick at (845) 229-5536 or at least three weeks in advance to schedule your event
  • Choose a topic that interests you
  • Host a minimum of five people
  • Select a time and date
  • Determine the number of people that you can host (five minimum)
  • Provide Kosher refreshments


Guests are Invited to:

  • Provide your own transportation
  • Register at least two weeks in advance with Merri Sedgwick
  • Inform Merri Sedgwick of any food allergies that you may have


Note: All opinions are welcome and accepted.  Civil discourse is a must.


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