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'Welcome' Groups


All our social groups welcome new members. 

if you have any questions about these groups, please contact the office at

Host a new member.

The Welcome Committee seeks to create a warm and stress-free introduction to our community. In order to achieve this, we are seeking volunteers to host new members and potential members for a meal. We will send you a short questionnaire in order to try to find compatible hosts who can then be mentors/friends and introduce the new person into the wider community in a supportive way.


Apart from age, children’s ages, where you live, if you keep Kosher etc., the questionnaire will ask about your interests, politics, cultural tastes, etc. You can fill in as much or as little as you want to.


We hope to get a good response across the broad spectrum of our members so the Shidduk aspect of this endeavour will be maximized. If you wish to volunteer please and put re: Hosting” in the subject line.


* Book Club

The Welcome Committee's Book Club is convened by Karen Tatz. Karen will send you some detailed information if you express an interest in this group.

To register interest in joining the Book Club and be included in emails, please, email: and put “re: Book Club” in the subject line.

Meetings start at 7.00pm and finish between 8.30 and 9.00 pm. We welcome anyone who is interested - the only proviso is that you have to have read the book!

Next meeting: Monday 28 October. BOOK: Fleishman is in Trouble byTaffy Brodesser-Akner.
see (also available from the ACT Library).

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "Just the sort of thing that Philip Roth or John Updike might have produced in their prime (except, of course, that the author understands women)."- Elizabeth Gilbert 

"This is a remarkable debut from one of the most distinctive writers around."- Tom Perrotta

A finely observed, timely exploration of marriage, divorce, and the bewildering dynamics of ambition from one of the most exciting writers working today Toby Fleishman thought he knew what to expect when he and his wife of almost fifteen years separated: weekends and every other holiday with the kids, some residual bitterness, the occasional moment of tension in their co-parenting negotiations. He could not have predicted that one day, in the middle of his summer of sexual emancipation, Rachel would just drop their two children off at his place and simply not return. He had been working so hard to find equilibrium in his single life. The winds of his optimism, long dormant, had finally begun to pick up. Now this. As Toby tries to figure out where Rachel went, all while juggling his patients at the hospital, his never-ending parental duties, and his new app-assisted sexual popularity, his tidy narrative of the spurned husband with the too-ambitious wife is his sole consolation. But if Toby ever wants to truly understand what happened to Rachel and what happened to his marriage, he is going to have to consider that he might not have seen things all that clearly in the first place. A searing, utterly unvarnished debut, Fleishman Is in Trouble is an insightful, unsettling, often hilarious exploration of a culture trying to navigate the fault lines of an institution that has proven to be worthy of our great wariness and our great hope. Praise for Fleishman Is in Trouble

"Blisteringly funny, feverishly smart, heart-breaking, and true, Fleishman Is in Trouble is an essential read for anyone who's wondered how to navigate loving (and hating) the people we choose."--Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest "From its opening pages, Fleishman Is in Trouble is shrewdly observed, brimming with wisdom, and utterly of this moment. Not until its explosive final pages are you fully aware of its cunning ferocity. Taffy Brodesser-Akner's debut is that rare and delicious treat: a page-turner with heft."- Maria Semple.


The following meeting will be 'The Weight of Ink' by Rachel Kadish

* Dog Walking

To register interest and be included in emails, please contact Fiona by email: and put “re: Dog Walking” in the subject line.

* Grumps R Us

G.R.U.M.P.S. can be described as -  Gregarious, Romantics, United, Meshuganas, Pedantic, Socialites.


We welcome new male members from the ACT Jewish Community to our group for a coffee, a snack, possibly cake, and socialising.

We meet every Thursday at 2pm at the National Jewish Memorial Centre to discuss world affairs, the community and Judaism in the widest sense.

We also play table tennis at the Centre during our meeting.

On the first Thursday of the month the Grumps have lunch at a nearby restaurant.

You are welcome to join us on any Thursday - there is no need to register interest in this group.


Ladies Who Lunch

We are a friendly and welcoming group of women within the ACT Jewish Community. We welcome your attendance at an informal lunch gathering on the first Wednesday of the month.

The current venue is the Mawson Guru Café Bakehouse, 15 Mawson Place, Southlands Shopping Centre, Mawson. We meet at 11:30am.

Any changes in the arrangement will be notified in our weekly newsletter, Grapevine.

If you have any questions, please email and put "re: Ladies Who Lunch" in the subject line.

Mon, 9 December 2019 11 Kislev 5780