Temple Adat Elohim: Engaging with Each Other
When scientists began tracking the health of 268 Harvard sophomores in 1938 during the Great Depression, they hoped the longitudinal study would reveal clues to leading healthy and happy lives. The study, has proved that: embracing community helps us live longer and be happier.
The “TAEngage” program fosters meaningful connections among our TAE members who share similar interests and are open to engaging with one another.
Close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives, a Harvard study revealed.Those ties protect people from life’s discontents, help to delay mental and physical decline, and are better predictors of long and happy lives than social class, IQ, or even genes.
What does TAEngage do? TAEngage creates lay-led small groups of congregants with shared interests that meet for a limited period of time (weeks or months). The short-term nature of TAEngage groups allows relationships to grow and one’s circle of friends to expand organically and at one’s own pace.
How does TAEngage work? It is two-fold. The first phase is called a “Listening Campaign.”
Phase 1: Listening Campaign
Our listening campaign brings together members for one-time in small groups for 1-2 hours. These guided conversations, led by trained facilitators, enable us to identify common themes and interests which will be used to form groups organically by matching people with similar interests.
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Phase 2: Interest Groups
The interest groups that are created following the listening campaign will likely include individuals from beyond your listening campaign group.
Is this a Havurah? No. A Havurah is often a group of families who come together to socialize and to celebrate. Havurot (plural of Havurah) often meet together for years or decades.
How is TAEngage different? TAEngage interest groups may choose to meet together for weeks or months at a time. At the end of their time together, participants may choose to continue, if they wish, or select another group. By creating groups that meet for a shorter time, people can join a TAEngage group without feeling that it is a life-long commitment. If a group wishes to continue, they are welcome to do so.
Who can participate? TAEngage is open to any TAE congregant or ECC household interested in meeting more congregants with similar interests, learning about interesting topics…the opportunities are endless; groups are going to be formed and created by members for members!
Why Now? Our congregants have long talked about their desire to connect with other members in meaningful ways. Over the past few years, congregations have been successfully using listening campaigns and programs like TAEngage develop relationships and form friendships.
What role can I play? Our skilled coaches will help interested members to facilitate a group or take notes for our initial Listening Campaign. Some people may be willing to host in their home and others may simply wish to attend.
In a brief amount of time YOU can help the temple greatly just by talking and sharing ideas in an informal situation!
Do I have to be part of any group to participate in the Listening Campaign and later in the TAEngage interest groups? TAEnage, including the Listening Campaign, is open to all members of TAE including anyone who sends their children to our ECC program.