Temple Sinai is currently working to get new Chavurah groups started!! As a member of Temple Sinai, we hope that you will consider joining a Chavurah and being part of our Sinai community in a new and wonderful way!
What is a Chavurah?
Chavurot (plural of Chavurah) are small groups of congregation members, which meet regularly, usually in each other’s homes, to create bonds of friendship. Members decide how often they meet and where. Chavurot are a way for members to create a small community of friends by socializing, learning, doing Mitzvot and celebrating Jewish life together. Chavurot may act as extended family with the sharing of lifecycle events and holidays and may create the beginnings of lifelong friendships.
A Chavurah can take the “alone feeling” out of being a new congregation member. It can inject “new life” into being an established member. And it can put “this is where I belong” in every member’s heart.
How is a Chavurah formed?
A Chavurah may be based on the interests and similarities of congregants, including family orientation, age groups or geography. With information provided by prospective Chavurah members, the Chavurah congregational liaison puts groups together, helps organize each new Chavurah and is available for on-going advice and consultation if desired.[/toggle]
Who runs the Chavurah and plans events?
The group runs itself. A Chavurah has no chairperson, no secretary, and no administration. Successful groups choose a coordinator who ensures that member information is current and that events are being planned and attended, usually monthly or every other month. Members usually take turns planning events, and the coordinator is usually rotated annually.
Why join a Chavurah?
Chavurot offer a way for newcomers and members of long standing to be part of an intimate group setting within the larger congregational family. In a small group you really come to know others and become known. Chavurah members celebrate each other’s joys and comfort each other during difficult times.
What kinds of things does a Chavurah do?
It varies with each group’s desires and could include sharing holiday celebrations and life cycle events, socializing and attending synagogue functions together. Your group can enjoy Shabbat dinner together, have a Hanukkah party, do community service projects. A Chavurah can go out to dinner followed by a speaker in the host home, have a pot luck supper, attend a concert, go on a hike or even spend a weekend out of town. An idea manual and starter kit is given to each Chavurah to get it started.
A good Chavurah is a work in progress. As time goes on, some groups will change their emphasis, others will expand their scope. It is the group’s decision which way the Chavurah goes.
Responsibility for activities rests with the Chavurah, as each Chavurah is self-directed.
As a member of a Chavurah, what do I need to do?
Be committed to the group and have fun! Each member should make attending Chavurah events a priority as the success of the group is only as strong as its members!
How can I start the process of joining a Chavurah?
Chavurah groups will be formed for congregation members of all ages and interests. Some will involve children–others will not. We can help you form a new group and will continue to match people with Chavurot that have space available.