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Havurah Initiative: How Do You Want to Gather?

Havurah: An Experiment in Jewish Gathering” 
The Havurah Initiative encourages and provides funding for the formation of ongoing, intimate, peer-led groups that share and explore a Jewish focus of their own choosing. Havurot bring a richness of Jewish experience, personal meaning and interpersonal connection to their members. Havurot are groups of 10-15 people who gather monthly.

Fill out the interest form below and let us know how you want to gather. From there you will be connected to  our Havurah Coordinator, Amy Stein, to learn more. 

Current havurot open to new members

Jewish Veg Pod Havurah
For veg-oriented adults to connect for fun and friendship, enjoy delicious vegan food, share recipes, and discuss topics related to compassionate eating and taking care of the earth. The meals we share in the havurah will be vegan, but the group is open to anyone interested in learning about compassionate cooking especially for Jewish holiday celebrations.

Hilltowns Havurah
All hilltown adults and friends are invited to join a monthly outdoor gathering on Saturday evenings for havdalah, bonfire, discussion, food and drinks.


Caregivers Havurah
A group of people who take care of loved ones who are ill or differently abled to connect through the challenges and sweetness of being a caregiver. 1-2 openings available.

Hearing Our Voices, Knowing Our Stories
Interested in learning about the stories of women in Jewish texts? Wondering what their relevance is to us today? Join for a monthly discussion of Jewish women in text. We'll read, learn, and explore the stories of these powerful ancestors.

Israeli Politics and Culture
This havurah will engage its members in discussions about the politics and culture of Israel and will discuss how these issues affect American Jews. This havurah is committed to being a safe place for everyone to share their opinions. 

Healing Circle Havurah
The Healing Circle Havurah is a spiritual support group for people living with illness. It is based on the belief that illness can deepen our spiritual journeys, and provide an opportunity to connect more deeply with ourselves, with the sacred, and with those that we care about. 

Mah Jongg Havurah
The Mah Jongg havurah  brings players together for playing, conversation, and learning, including exploring the history of Jewish women playing Mah Jongg. All levels are welcome including those new to the game who  can learn from experienced players in the group.


New Havurot
 

We are excited to develop several new Havurot this year to create more spaces for connection and gathering in the CBI community. We're interested to find out how you'd like to gather in these coming months and years.

Jewish Holiday Celebration Havurah (connector needed*)
This havurah will welcome people of all ages to gather for Jewish holidays and/or Shabbat. Gatherings will be outdoors in the summer, spring, and fall, and will likely be on Zoom in the winter as a Covid precaution. Havurah members share leadership and this group invites the richness of varied Jewish knowledge among its members. This Havurah is projected to be multigenerational, everyone from babies to elders included, LGBTQ inclusive and to focus on sharing holidays in unique ways that meet the needs of the members.


Family Havdalah Havurah (connector needed*)
Potluck havdalah gatherings with other families one Saturday per month.


Please indicate below any and all Havurot that you would like to see at CBI. Your expressed interest does not assume your participation, it helps us to understand which Havurot have the most interest from the community. 

*Connectors: Connectors are people who support the formation of the Havurah by reaching out to individuals who are looking for connection; listening to the community's interests and ideas; helping the group develop expectations around scheduling, communication, and decision-making; and facilitating the members of the group in taking full ownership of all aspects of the havurah. If you are interested in this stipended role, please indicate below. 

Sun, November 27 2022 3 Kislev 5783