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HEAConnect FAQs

HOW BIG OR SMALL SHOULD A TRIBE BE?
There is no one size fits all. HEA Connect groups can be smaller or larger ranging from 5-15. The ideal size for a small group is 10-12 people. This size fosters deep connections and robust discussions between members in which everyone’s voice can be heard. If you have a few people who are interested in doing this together, but would like to have a larger HEAConnect group, HEA is here to help connect your idea to the community members who will make your group flourish.

WHEN AND WHERE DO WE MEET?
Aside from communal experiences in which all HEAConnect groups come together at HEA, your HEAConnect Group will meet in members’ homes, offices, virtually, or any other comfortable space outside of the synagogue. Each group will determine their schedule as a group. We recommend picking the same day and time, but we leave those details to the group.

IS THIS OPEN TO NON-MEMBERS?
Our intent is that this will serve to deepen connections between our members, and with the broader congregation. We are happy to grant non-members one-year inclusion into a HEAConnect group before formal membership.

WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE ALL OF THE DATES?
Your experience will be determined by your commitment. What you put in will impact what you get out of this. We strongly encourage you to fully commit to your HEAConnect Group. If you are unable to make one or two of the dates, we recommend that you sign up, and let your group know that you will be unable to attend those dates in advance.

WILL A STAFF MEMBER JOIN OUR MEETINGS?
These are lay-led groups, which means that there will not be a staff member present at your meetings. However, our Director of Engagement, Shira Teed, will be available to support you and answer any questions you might have. 

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