Chavurot are groups of people within the congregation who get together regularly (usually monthly) to study, celebrate, and socialize. Chavurot organize around a variety of different interests, and some are for adults only, while others welcome children. We can help you find a chavurah that meets your interests, or can assist in creating a new chavurah. To help us find a chavurah for you, or to create a new chavurah, contact Geri Gregory, our Member Services Coordinator at [email protected] or (210) 733-9135, ext. 120 for questions or further information.

Currently Existing Chavurot

Shabbat Lunch Chavurah

This is a group of adults who meet the first Saturday of each month after Shabbat Morning Worship (approximately 11:45 am) for a hot catered lunch and interesting program. This is free to all those over 65 and only $5 for those under 65. It is subsidized by a generous grant from San Antonio Jewish Senior Services. Contact Geri Gregory at (210) 733-9135, ext. 120 or by email for further information.

Dinner & A Movie Chavurah

This is group of individuals who get together for no-host movies and dinner.
Contact Clarance Dickinson at (210) 885-2136 or email for further information and to be put on the notification list.
You may also ask to join the Facebook Group.

Recovery from Addiction/Alcoholism Chavurah

Temple Beth El is looking to start a confidential chavurah around the issue of addiction and alcoholism. If you are struggling or have a family member, co-worker or friend who is struggling, then join us at our inaugural meetings, starting in October, 2017. Join us on Sunday, October 15, from 9:30 to 11:00 am or Tuesday, October 17, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Temple Beth-El to learn more and share about recovery from addiction/alcoholism. We will create a confidential, safe and non-judgmental environment in which to share, learn and grow with other Temple members who have achieved long-term sobriety. Whether you are struggling or know someone who is, all are welcome. For further information, call Geri Gregory at (210) 733-9135, ext. 120 or email.

Poetry & Writing Workshop Chavurah

This is a group of individuals who want to write poetry or prose, and it is facilitated by Temple member Harold Rodinsky. They meet the first Thursday of every month for an in-person workshop, but communicate often through their Facebook Group.
Contact Harold Rodinsky at (210) 323-5424 or email or Geri Gregory at (210) 733-9135, ext. 120 or email for further information or to be put on the email list.

Temple Cooking Project

This is a group, primarily made up of members of Temple Beth-El, San Antonio, Texas (but not exclusively), who are interested in pursuing cooking projects. Some of the projects are social action, reaching out and serving the wider San Antonio community, and some of the projects are for serving our Temple community.
Contact Kay Stein (email), Amy Strickland (email), or Fran Cohen (email) to be included in this Chavurah for email notifications, or ask to join the Facebook Group.

Shabbat Torah Study

This is a group that meets every Saturday morning at 9:00 am for Torah study with one of our clergy in the Block Conference Room of the Temple. Just show up to be a part of this dynamic group!

Kol Simcha - Volunteer Choir

The Volunteer choir of Temple Beth-El, Kol Simcha, is an integral part of Temple Beth-El’s worship services.  Kol Simcha rehearses weekly on Tuesday evenings.  If you are interested in joining Kol Simcha please contact Cantor Julie Berlin at (210) 733-9135, ext. 102 or by email or check out their page on the Temple website. It is not necessary that you have any prior musical training or know how to read music.  The main qualification is that you like to sing!


This is Temple Beth-El’s group for people in their 20s and 30s, is dedicated to creating Jewish community by connecting to Judaism, arts and culture, spirituality, tradition, the city of San Antonio, and to each other! 
In order to be able to have active participation, programming YOU want, and new members, we need to hear from you! Feel free to contact @TBE20s30s by email or Rabbi Marina Yergin.  You may also check out their Facebook page to see upcoming events or look at their page on our website.


Many people in their 30s & 40s (and beyond) at Temple Beth-El get together with each other to become closer, build Jewish community for themselves and their families and, of course, have fun! See their page on our website for further information and a list of future dates for gatherings or check out their Facebook page.


This is a group over 50 that gathers monthly for food, camraderie, and entertainment. Contact Mindi Silver-Weiss (email) or Nancy Gerson (email) for additional information.

TBE60s+ Singles

The mission of TBE60s+ Singles is to renew old friendships, make new friends, and enrich our synagogue life, while adhering to the “3 Es” of Entertainment, Education, and Eating. You need not be a Temple member to participate! For further information and/or to place your name on the mailing list, contact Geri Gregory at (210) 733-9135, ext. 120, or email. Take a look at upcoming events on their webpage. This is a fun and active social group that is supported, in part, by San Antonio Jewish Senior Services.


Can you knit or crochet a shawl, blanket, baby cap, or ?? Everything you knit will be distributed by the Temple's Chesed Committee to those in need. Would you like to learn to crochet a kipa? For more information, contact Ruth.

Oneg Treats Bakers

Home-made cookies, bars, cakes, and other sweets are provided for Friday night Onegs. Sometimes, cooks get together and bake as a group, and some people like to bake, but prefer to do so at home. Recipes and ingredients will be provided when we get together to cook. Please call Iris Lieberman at 210-699-8661 or email to let her know you would like to help, either baking with the group or at home. She will even make arrangements to pick up your goodies if you bake at home!

Bagels & Books Book Group

This Book Group usually meets on Sunday mornings several times during the year. See the Bendiner Library page on our website for further information or contact our librarian, Miranda Sutin.