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Committees and Groups

Our committees and groups are how we connect.

It can take a little time to feel at home in a new community. Getting involved can ease the way. Whether you have a couple of hours a year or an hour a week, there are meaningful ways to connect with members who are involved with the religious school, adult learning, social action ( tikkun olam), ritual and spiritual life, planning social events, music, development, keeping our house beautiful, and more. Click the committee's name to get in touch. Or, contact the Membership Engagement Team. They can help you figure out what activities match your interests and schedule. 

Adult Learning

Do you think you know enough? The Adult Learning Committee thinks not. Every year the committee organizes classes and workshops that challenge our assumptions, deepen our understanding, and surprise or intrigue us—ranging from examining the Jewish graphic novel to interpreting controversial and provocative Torah passages through a contemporary lens. The committee hires top-notch educators and specialists, including our own Rabbi Cari. Best of all, classes are free. Learn more.

Adult Social

The Adult Social Committee plans social activities for adult members, such as food and wine tastings, bike trips, theater outings, concerts, cooking lessons, and dining out. Interested in skydiving? Bring it up at the next meeting.

Saturday Morning Torah Study

This lay-led group discusses Torah over bagels in the library, each Saturday morning at 10:30 am. Click here to read some of the group's ongoing thoughts on the books of the Torah.

Book Groups

Too many books, too little time? Make the commitment to read one and join a temple book group. Get in touch with the Sunday Morning Book Group, the Sunday Evening Book Group, or the TST Women's Books and Coffee Group (which focuses exclusively on books written by women) to find out about the next read.


The Israel Committee sponsors events and discussions to help us, as American Jews, learn about the complexities of Israeli society and its politics, the diversity of perspectives and opinions, and the areas that indelibly bind us together. The committee hosts community forums, Israeli film nights, discussion groups, and religious school activities.


The real measure of a community is how its members take care of each other during difficult times. Caring Committee members are our first responders when a family needs a helping hand—during a serious and ongoing illness, after a loss, or when a little TLC is needed when a new baby arrives. Volunteer coordinators and committee members organize meals, rides, errands, and visits on a case-by-case basis, and work with religious school students to introduce them to this meaningful work. 

Aging Well in Community

This group offers speaker events, films, and discussions about the joys and challenges of getting older. To learn more, contact Paula Solomon.

Connections: Women of Shir Tikvah

Connections brings the women of Shir Tikvah together to build relationships and community. We aim to learn from and inspire one another; to forge new bonds and deepen old ones; to take strength from being immersed in a community of Jewish women; and always, to simply enjoy each other’s company. The Connections Committee schedules a range of programs and activities that can include social events, excursions, speakers, films, discussions, retreats, workshops, and religious services.

Men's Softball

Shir Chutzpah is our men’s softball team that plays in the Men’s Shul Softball League. Help them win the Kiddush Cup! No kidding. The league is a great way to get a little exercise and enjoy some male bonding. (It's men-only due to the Orthodox synagogues in the league.) Shir Tikvah members get a sporty team yarmulke to wear in the lineup—or—at services. Interested? Contact the office for more information.

Shir Chadash: Temple Singers

Like to sing in a group?  Shir Tikvah’s member choir is named after their signature song, Shiru L’adonai Shir Chadash, “Sing a New Song to God.” The choir sings at High Holidays and special Shabbat services, as well as those opportune times when choir members happen to be sitting next to each other. Open to teens and adults. Beth Levin, our cantor, is the music maestro.

Shir Joy: Temple Band

Shir Joy is a group of fun-loving musicians—with day jobs—who play an eclectic mix of instruments and musical styles. They perform at holiday celebrations, havdalah services, Israeli dances, and other temple gigs. If you play an instrument, read music, and have always wanted to be in a band, get in touch. Beth Levin, our cantor, is their roadie and manager. Listen to Shir Joy, perform during our 5776 Simchat Torah Service and Celebration:  Click here!

Summer Camping

Our annual midsummer camping trip is held at a state park in New Hampshire with families of all ages participating. Activities include swimming, biking, hiking, singing, relaxing and a Shabbat campfire and havdalah service held under the stars (hopefully!). Like to camp? Get in touch with the committee to help organize.

Tikkun Olam and Shir Tzedek Committees

Click to see Tikkun Olam volunteer opportunities and Shir Tzedek ("Song of Justice") social justice and advocacy projects.

Gesher: Temple Resource Network 

Gesher, the Hebrew word for bridge, is the Shir Tikvah version of a combined Angie’s List and Craigslist for members. Need a recommendation for a plumber, real estate lawyer, or someone to help you write a resume? Have a swing set, bicycle, or tuxedo to sell or give away?  If you are a member, login to the Member Resources page for instructions on how to join the online forum.

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