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What Is It? 

gatherings are small group conversations and experiences to build relationships and deepen connections within our congregation.

gatherings provide opportunities for ST-KA members to create, engage in, and explore new relationships by participating in small group conversations and experiences around common interests.

Topics may include architecture, Jewish biographies, sports, Jewish thought, global warming and movies with a Jewish theme to list a few.

Please email Rochelle with registration questions.

Who Can Participate & What Will It Look Like?

gatherings are available for adults in groups of 5-15 members. There may be some offerings available for families/kids.

A group member will facilitate the conversation or experience.

Meetings may be either in-person or over Zoom.


The first pilot gatherings were created by congregants Elissa Katz & Lori Rosenberg along with ST-KA’s J.B. Davis and with input from Temple members. We also spoke to other synagogues across the U.S. doing similar programming.  Today, gatherings is co-chaired by Susan Gordon Merdler and Ellyn Ross.

Upcoming gatherings:


Hike & Kibitz 

Our community is filled with beautiful parks, easy trails and walking paths. We’ll visit both fan favorite locations and explore some lesser-known areas. Of course, the conversation and connections will be amazing as well. 

 RSVP for time and location to meet by the Thursday prior to each date

 June 23 Brandywine Falls Time, location TBD

 June 29  11:30a.m. at Mayfield Library (S.O.M. Center) for a walk to and around North Chagrin Reservation

 July 14 Kendall Lake Time, location TBD

 Aug 11 Jackson Field Time, location TBD

          FACILITATOR: Ellyn Ross 

Foodies Unite! 

Join us as we enjoy restaurants across northeast Ohio. Some new, and some faves! 

Tuesday, June 25, Gigi’s on Fairmount - SOLD OUT!  Please email Rochelle to be put on a waitlist.

3477 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland Heights

6pm Patio hopefully

Registration deadline: June 20; RSVP to Rochelle.


Saturday, July 27 B-Rox Grill & Swill - Lunch

5604 Wilson Mills Rd, Highland Heights


Registration Deadline July 20; RSVP to Rochelle.


Wednesday, August 14 The Fairmount

2448 Fairmount Blvd. Cleveland Hts.

6pm Patio hopefully

Registration deadline: August 7; RSVP to Rochelle


FACILITATOR: TBD! Let us know if you would be interested in leading this gathering; it's really easy and we'll give you all the support you need! 

Game Day/Night

Are you "board"? 3 bam 2 crack! Are you puzzled? You won't be Sorry! It is no Trouble for you to come! Do you need something to Monopolize your Saturday night? Let's Play Games!

Saturday, June 22

Pic, Play & Pray


Picnic-Bring a side (lettuce, onion, tomato, (dare I suggest cheese?) for burgers, potato chips, coleslaw, baked beans, etc.… or nosh (pretzels, popcorn, hummus & veggies, fruit salad, sweets to share with others

Play - Bring a game or two

Pray- Join in a Havdalah Service 

Hamburgers and hot dogs, beverages, s’mores fixings will be provided.  

Please specify your preference (burger or hot dog) and how many servings upon registration.


 Hosted by Susan and Lyle Merdler

Address shared upon registration.

Registration deadline June 18; RSVP to Rochelle



For couples or families who want to join a group together, each should sign up individually.   

Please email Rochelle with registration questions.

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If you have any difficulty registering, please contact Rochelle Arian or Brett Shankman via e-mail.  Thank you.


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