Chavurah (plural Chavurot) comes from the Hebrew word “chaver” meaning friend or fellowship. Each Chavurah is a small group of Temple members with common interests who come together to socialize, learn, and/or celebrate Jewish life. The purpose is to create a smaller community within the larger Temple.
Each Chavurah defines its own focus and plans its own activities, but many groups have social and educational get-togethers and outings (such as dinners, picnics, sporting events, theater performances), holiday and Shabbat celebrations, and social action initiatives. Many Chavurot attend Temple events, religious services or social action programs together.
A Chavurah meets regularly, typically every 4-6 weeks. The group may meet in members’ homes or go somewhere for an event.
The sizes of the groups vary but groups are generally between 8 and 20. There is no hard and fast rule.
Any Temple member is welcome to join a chavurah. If you are interested, just fill out the application (below) and return it to the Temple office. As soon as we have enough congregants with similar interests, we will form a new chavurah. (Or if space is available, we may place you in an existing group.) A member of the Chavurah Committee will contact you when your chavurah has been formed.