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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!


The following meeting will be 'The Weight of Ink' by Rachel Kadish on Monday, 10 February, 7pm at the Centre

The Weight of Ink” by Rachel Kadish -  Link to website
An Amazon Best Book of the Year

Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.

When Helen is summoned by a former student to view a cache of newly discovered seventeenth-century Jewish documents, she enlists the help of Aaron Levy, an American graduate student as impatient as he is charming, and embarks on one last project: to determine the identity of the documents’ scribe, the elusive “Aleph”.

The Weight of Ink is about women separated by centuries–and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order to reconcile the life of the heart and mind.

Rachel Kadish is the award-winning author of the novels From a Sealed Room, Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story and The Weight of Ink, as well as the novella I Was Here. Her work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times, Ploughshares, and Tin House, and has been anthologised in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and elsewhere. She lives outside Boston and teaches in Lesley University's MFA Program in Creative Writing.

* 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.

Sun, 26 January 2020 29 Tevet 5780