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Bubble Up

About Bubble Up

Welcome to LBT’s Bubble Up small group webpage! For those seeking new or deeper connections, enhanced sense of community and engaging conversation about the world and what is on our hearts, Bubble Up is for you. This webpage offers resources for those already participating in small groups or for those hoping to start their own program. If you’d like to sign up to receive monthly update emails, please send a message noting your interest to Rabbinic Intern Scott Goldberg at

Last year, over 200 LBTers participated in Bubble Up, gathering in small groups of 7-8 people. The feedback was extremely positive: 96% would recommend Bubble Up to a friend and 85% of participants appreciated connecting with LBT friends, new and old through their Bubble Up meetings.

A couple nuggets of wisdom from last year’s participants about Bubble Up:  

“Having a place that allows us to go beyond conventional conversation to a deeper level of social, emotional and intellectual engagement.”

“I looked forward to connecting and sharing each week. I made new friends and have enjoyed spending time with them along with my longtime LBT friends.” 

“Allowed me to make new connections in the LBT community, also seeing our own journeys reflected in others helped with the default sense of isolation.”

“The mix of loosely focused conversation and Torah starters that brought learning in company enjoyable and enriching yet left room for spontaneous conversation that reflected what someone needed at the time, intellectually, emotionally or spiritually.”

Bubble Up Curriculum

This year’s Bubble Up curriculum is created by Elizabeth Levy and Rabbi Benjamin Ross. It is entitled Heart and Soul: A playful exploration pairing the insight of the podcast Dolly Parton’s America with selections from Songs Ascending: The Book of Psalms in a New Translation by Rabbi Richard N. Levy. It is fun, provocative and deep. There is something for everyone. Each session will be paired with a 40 minute podcast from the Dolly Parton’s America series. Of course, if you skip the podcast there will still be lots to engage.

*Description of new curriculum Heart and Soul:

“In this intensely divided moment [in America], one of the few things everyone still seems to agree on is Dolly Parton—but why? That simple question leads to a deeply personal, historical, and musical rethinking of one of America’s great icons.”  Through the lens of Dolly Parton’s life and songs, the podcast explores an understanding of America today, specifically through what binds us and tears us apart.

This program will explore themes within the Dolly podcast paired with short selections and commentary from Songs Ascending: The Book of Psalms in a New Translation by Rabbi Richard N. Levy, z”l.  In this translation, “Levy brings in Jewish history and tradition, as well as the choices facing us in the 21st century.”

The Book of Psalms are understood to be songs, many of which explore themes of redemption, suffering, gratitude, home, and strife (personal and political) — just like the music of Dolly Parton.  How can we make sense of these elements of the human experience, both through the lyrical Psalms liturgy, as well as the music of an iconic American country singer?


Program Description
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Monthly Curriculum – February 2022
Monthly Curriculum – January 2022
Monthly Curriculum – December 2021
Monthly Curriculum – November 2021
Monthly Curriculum – October 2021
Guidance for Facilitators
How to Train Facilitators and Organizers – Central Synagogue