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AFFINITY GROUPS

ART FOR ART'S SAKE

973.731.3822 or Email Carole Schlitt

April showers bring May flowers; and May showers bring trips to see art among June flowers!!  Hopefully, we are all getting out to see art despite the rain!  

Our very own, Betty Murphy is Co-chairing today's luncheon at the exhibit of Art in Bloom at the Montclair Art Museum.  The exhibit of Floral Designs in Art runs from May 16-20 at MAM.  Check it out!   

May in Montclair is so busy what with the film festival and fun BK activities such as the wonderful BK Prom and BK Retreat!  So, we are planning our next Art Outings of the Affinity Group to take place in June and July:  

Please mark your summer calendars for two chances to see Art in amazing outdoor setting with your friends from BK:

1.  Sunday, June 10th - Storm King Art Center (1 Museum Rd., New Windsor, NY 12553) - Venture to a glorious monumental sculpture garden for the day with BK friends and family.  We can carpool or meet there.  Pack a picnic lunch and eat among the artwork!  Plan to leave from BK at 10am and return before dark.    

2. Sunday, July 15th - Grounds for Sculpture (80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619) - Join us, and roaming peacocks, for a day walking among beautiful gardens and discovering art hidden in unusual places.  There is a cafe and a restaurant on the grounds for lunch.   We can carpool or meet there.  Plan to leave from BK at 10am and return before dark.

We hope you can join us!  If interested in one or both of these art trips, please contact Carol Schlitt.  Spread the word and Thank you!     
 

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BOOK CLUB

Email Laura Wald to find out what we're reading now and when we're meeting next
 

MAY 21st at 7:00pm

Leader of Monthly Meeting: Joan Reynolds

Location: Le Souk, 51 Watchung Plaza, Montclair
Book: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.

24th JUNE 3:00pm
Leader of Monthly Meeting: TBD
Book: TBD
Location:Kwik Coffee Healthy Food, 22 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair

(Bnai Keshet Book Club) is a social group for the intellectually and culturally curious who love the art of words on the page. We will endeavor to explore people, places BKBCand experiences beyond our own personal worlds and, in doing so, increase empathy, support diverse authors, and expand our understanding of humanity through inclusive literature.

 


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GOTTA DANCE: stay tuned for our next dance outing

917-612-9673 or Email Jenny Solomon

This group was started for those who love to dance but don't get enough opportunities to do it. Join us as we once again dance to our heart's content at the Manor in West Orange. If you missed the last one, we had a blast. Consider joining us this time! What a great way to let off steam at the end of a long week. This is a chance to dance to some great tunes (the DJ is great about taking requests), spend time with friends, meet new people, and help us as we forge ahead and make new connections in this amazing community. Please invite your non-BK contacts who might want to join this group. See you on the dance floor! 

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PARENTS OF CHALLENGING KIDS: Sunday, April 29 at 7:30pm

 

Email Melody Kimmel

No parenting journey is easy, but some kids bring extra bumps in the road. If your middle school, HS or older kid was adopted or has mental illness behavioral issues or other challenges that at times makes you feel overwhelmed, we hope you’ll join us. I envision that we will gather quarterly to offer support and ideas and share resources in confidence.Topics may include siblings, social isolation, finding the line between engagement and helicoptering and helping to launch your child. The group will determine together at day to meet, frequency and discussion topics.  

 

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NEEDLEWORK / CRAFTING: Tuesdays evenings at 7:00 - 8:30pm

 

Email Mia Schober King

 

To build a Jewish community in which those who are interested in the needlework arts can learn from and create positive relationships with one another. Additional related areas of crafting may be introduced.

 

We meet every Tuesday (except when Rosh Chodesh group meets) in the BK Smartboard Room. 

Pack up your needlework project and join us for some schmoozing.

Beginners crochet instruction is currently underway. Knitting instruction may be offered in the future.

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PERSONAL GROWTH (HEALTH)

 

Email Faye Lederman or call 917.930.2762

 

Do you have a personal health goal, large or small, on your agenda but have yet to get started on it? Have you already started along a new path but wonder how to make your meaningful changes really stick? (Ex. improving your nutrition; starting a meditation or yoga practice; incorporating a new approach for an existing health condition; increasing your exercise; juicing; limiting your EMF exposure; visiting an infrared sauna… We aim to be an open-minded group in terms of individual goals!) Join fellow BK members and health-seekers to share resources, wisdom, and that key, magical element for creating sustained change in one’s life — peer support. At our first meeting we’ll discuss how to best organize our group in terms of content, approach, meeting frequency.

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TENNIS


Email Matt Sitkoff 
Email Michael Solomon 

 

Hi All, With April Weather 20th at 10:00 AM on the Nishuane Courts in Montclair. These courts are first Gloom comes May BK Tennis Boom. Our next event will be on Sunday, May come first served so if you can get out there ahead of our 10 AM start and claim a court, that would be helpful.

It's not too late to be part of this group, just fill out this short form and join the fun.

   

    

 

TAKE A HIKE

 

Email Betsy Tessler

 

The next hike will be on Sunday, June 3. We are considering three options:
 
We are considering three options:
1. Duke Farms, about 45 minutes from BK, has 18 miles of manicured trails, some steep but short hills, outdoor sculpture, greenhouses, and seven lakes. http://dukefarms.org/
2. Watchung Reservation, 25 minutes from BK, has easy but lovely trails and has the "Deserted Village" that sounds interesting. https://www.njhiking.com/nj-hikes-watchung-reservation/
 
3. Dunnfield Creek Trail, Delaware Water Gap, is one hour from BK. A "moderate" trail, seven miles round trip with 966 feet in elevation gain, it follows a stream through a mature hemlock and mixed hardwood ravine. Numerous small cascades are seen along the creek. Be prepared for numerous stream crossing. The trail ends at Sunfish Pond, a natural glacial lake. https://www.nps.gov/…/planyourvis…/dunnfield-creek-trail.htm
 
Please let me know if you can make it on Sunday, June 3, and which hike you would prefer. I will tally up votes, and that's where we'll go!

 

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BABY CENTRIC GROUP

 

 

The mission of the group will be to create a space for members of our community with children ages 0-2 to make new connections, strengthen existing connections, and expand our awareness of raising Jewish children in an inclusive way. Group members may invite those who are not members of the BK community so that we may continue to forge connections outside of our normal social groups, as long as they are open to the Reconstructionist Jewish perspective of child-rearing in a non-judgmental environment.

Group will meet during a weekday, if that works for most members, since this will be geared as a social group that isn't intended to cut into weekend family time. I'd love to hear ideas about where we could hold group (at BK sometimes, at other locations so the kids can play in various environments, etc.), and the sorts of topics you'd like to discuss as adults. 

If you're interested in being part of the group, please send a fb message to Natanya Elka confirming that, along with your e-mail address, and I'll send out a follow up e-mail once I've heard from everyone so that we can decide on a date/time for our first meeting. 


 

In the long run, we hope there will be more of these groups and if you are interested in forming and leading a new one, please email farrell@bnaikeshet.org for next steps. 

Thu, May 24 2018 10 Sivan 5778