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What is the Havurah Initiative?

Havurah: An Experiment in Jewish Gathering” is an initiative hosted by Congregation B’nai Israel which provides support to individuals and families who are interested in gathering and building community with others. We want to support you in developing homegrown, peer-led, Jewish gatherings.  The goal of this initiative is to provide a platform for people to fill in gaps they experience in current Jewish programming and offerings.

There are many ways for us to gather with others to find meaning at the intersection of our Jewish identities – as parents, young adults, spiritual seekers,  members of the queer community, etc. Each of our havurot will be organized around different themes, such as: Young Adults, Jewish Mindfulness and Meditation, Rosh Chodesh (New Moon Ritual), Interfaith/Blended Families, Young Families, LGBT Folks.

Want to learn more about the Havurah Initiative?

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Join a Havurah

Interested in joining a Havurah?

Fill out this Interest Form here to let us know what on-going Havurot you're interested in joining, and/or which new ones you are interested in!

Current Havurot include the following:

First Friday: Sadie Gold Shapiro,

First Friday Havurah is an egalitarian minyan that comes together once a month for a Shabbat service and meal together. First Friday celebrates all leadership abilities and styles and encourages active participation of young-adults.

Caregivers Havurah: Naomi Tannen,

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.

Hearing Our Voices Havurah: Tiertza Leah,

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.

Shabbat Dinner Havurah: Bonnie Diamond, & Dan Price,

A group that gathers monthly to enjoy a potluck Shabbat dinner together

South Street Havurah: Amy Meltzer,

Neighborhood based Havurah gathering for Shabbat and holidays


Start a New Havurah

Want to start your own Havurah?

We are currently accepting applications for new Havurot.  Each havurah needs to have a "havurah coordinator" who who serves as a lead organizer.  While the havurot are intended to be non-hierarchical and peer-led, the coordinator plays a critical role in helping to recruit, market and administer the group.  The coordinators are paid a $1000 stipend for their work. Rolling deadline for applying, one year commitment to the project.

To learn more and to apply to start a Havurah, click here

Thu, October 21 2021 15 Cheshvan 5782