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THE HAVURAH INITIATIVE at CBI: Tell Us How You Want to Gather!

We are currently gathering information through our How Would You Like to Gather? Survey to help us develop 3-5 new Havurot this year.

Let us know how you would like to gather by filling out this Interest Survey and telling us your thoughts!

This survey will be open until January 31, 2021.


"I feel proud to be part of a group of people working together to create a space to gather intentionally, build friendships, and celebrate our Judaism in our own living rooms."

- Havurah member


Want to learn more about the Havurah Initiative?

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How to Get Involved

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!

Want to start your own Havurah?

We are currently looking for potential “Havurot Coordinators.”  Each havurah will have a coordinator who will serve as a lead organizer.  While the havurot are intended to be non-hierarchical and peer-led, the coordinator will play a critical role in helping to recruit, market and administer the group.  Coordinators will be 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

Current and Planned Havurot at CBI

Older Women’s Support Group

If you are living on your own, consider yourself an elder, and if you are concerned about winter isolation, this group aspires to provide support. The vision is to offer each other opportunities for socializing in safe spaces, phone calls, and a once a month zoom meeting, and more. We will begin by gathering on Zoom and getting to know one another through brief oral histories, including what needs you anticipate having this winter.

We will explore possible ways of meetings those needs. In addition, you might like to share your work with the group or develop programming. Leadership will be shared. Lesbians, people of color and others, in addition to participating in the larger group, may want to form break out groups.If interested, please contact Elise Young at


The CBI Outdoor Adventure Havurah

Introductory event on New Year's Day at 2pm 

 Hosted by Bonnie Diamond and Dan Price.

We'll gather in front of Sage Hall at Smith College. We'll get to meet each other and take a walk along Paradise Pond. We’ll be following CBI COVID protocols. Family members and furry creatures are welcome. Please join us. You can check out the group and see if you're interested in becoming a member.   Due to Covid we're limiting the number of people attending to 10. So if you're interested, do RSVP as soon as you can. To RSVP, send an email to with the number of people attending.


Hearing Our Voices, Knowing Our Stories

is open for new members as we begin our study this Winter!


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. Contact Tierzta-Leah at to learn more about the group.

Mon, July 26 2021 17 Av 5781