The Baby Boomer – With both of his children out of the house, Bill now has time for his own pursuits. He’s not really interested in his synagogue’s adult education program. He wants to start a book club with a few of his friends to read some of the Jewish classics and to learn about Israeli politics.
The single professional – Meredith is a 30 year-old, working professional who is looking for activities that are intellectually stimulating and that are convenient for her fully-scheduled life. She loves to cook, and wants to start a cooking group that gets together to make shared meals.
The recent college graduate – Ezra is a sociable, recent college graduate who enjoys meeting new people in settings that are comfortable. One of his friends from AEPi decided to start a virtual Gather group that discusses movies and tv shows (with a Jewish bent). Ezra and his fraternity brothers enjoy having a monthly excuse to “hang out.”
The interfaith dad – Jeremy is a dad of primary aged kids, and he recently realized that he wants to be more proactive about the role of Judaism in his interfaith family. He asked his the director at his kids’ former Jewish preschool to send out an invitation to the community, and 10 dads showed up the first meeting.
The new mom – Lindsay is a new mom who is looking to connect with other Jewish moms. The local Federation starts community “new mommy” Gather groups, and her local book club has seven members. They started off by reading “the Blessing of a Skinned Knee” and they are looking forward to learning and growing together.
The empty nester – Now that Sandra’s kids are older and don’t need as much hands-on attention, she is looking for my ways to carve out time for herself. Since Sandra views her support of liberal causes a core part of her Judaism, she decided to join a Gather group that reads books with Jewish and social justice themes. Her group meets on every sixth Thursday evening, and the women enjoy their vibrant discussions over a few bottles of wine.
The vibrant congregation – A vibrant midwestern synagogue is renovating their building, so most congregational activities are now occurring in alternate locations. The congregation has empowered its members to start Gather groups in their homes in order to strengthen social bonds in the congregation during this period of uncertainty. Synagogue leadership believes these groups will leave Gather members with a deeper connection to the community.
Alumni Engagement – A Jewish summer camp is looking for new and innovative ways to engage with their alumni. The development director has asked a few key people to start Gather groups in cities with large alumni groups. Each group is engaging with different content, but the members are rediscovering how much they love spending time with, and learning with their fellow “campers.”
Affinity Groups – A Federation in a big city is looking to engage the lawyers in their community. They started a Gathering for this affinity group and worked with Gather to curate a list of books. The group meets over lunch on a bi-monthly basis at different law firms around the city.