What’s a TBE Village?

TBE members who want to meet and get together in small groups with other members who have a common interest. Villages have a facilitator/member and are self directed and time limited.  

Meet new people! Learn new skills! Get engaged in TBE!  Anyone with an interest can pull together a TBE Village. Do you have an interest that you’d like to share with others? Let us know what it is and we’ll help you set up a Village.

Reach out to Esther Schuster at estherschuster1951@gmail.com or Margaret Norman at mnorman@templebeth-el.net.

We are also assessing interest in a Mahjong Village, as well as a series of neighborhood Villages.

Winter/Spring 2022 Villages

Walk This Way: Walking with Intention (Sheri Krell and Ellen Itaaliander)

Our plan is to meet once a month at Beth El on Saturday mornings. We will meet in the upper parking lot at 9 am. We will have a 40-45 minute walk / share.
The walks will be fun and thought provoking and not too hard 🙂 When we finish walking, you can join services at Beth El that will be in progress, or you can choose to get coffee, or head home.

Below are the dates and Torah discussions for winter/spring 2022:

February 12, 2022 Tetzaveh
March 12, 2022 Vayikra
April 9, 2022 Metzova
May 14, 2022 Emor

Food, Family and Memory (Esther Schuster)

Learn new cooking skills and recipes, either in person or virtually, as we cook together and share the stories and experiences that led us to our passion for preparing food and feeding the people in our lives.

Birmingham Walks: Historic Walking Tours (Michael Sznajderman)

This Village will participate in a series of walking tours led by local experts! It is okay if you can not make every tour. Dates for winter/spring 2022 include:

Sunday February 27th 2:00PM: Vulcan Trail with James Lowery – Learn about Birmingham’s mining history and enjoy the winter views.

Sunday March 20th 2:00PM: Tannehill State Park –   A walk at historic Tannehill Ironworks and state park, including old stage roads, historic cemetery, remnants of slave cabins and Tannehill’s massive stone furnace.  

Sunday April 3rd 2:00PM and Sunday May 1 (TBD): Brookside – A two-part adventure. One Sunday we will take a walking tour of this historic mining town in Jefferson County, which includes a historic cemetery, scenic trail along Five Mile Creek and the only Russian Orthodox Church in the region. For Part Two, on a second Sunday we are planning a canoe float down Five Mile Creek, which is gentle enough for all ages. Canoes and all related equipment will be provided. A modest fee may be required to help cover costs.