Havurot Congregation B’nai B’rith

Posted By on November 27, 2017

What is a Havurah?

Havurah (plural:havurot) comes from the Hebrew word haver, whichmeansfriend or fellowship. When people talk about my Havurah, being in a Havurah, the word refers toa small group that gathers together to socialize, celebrate holidays, or learn more about Jewish topics. They may study, worship, celebrate, and eat together. The focus is entirely up to the group itself. For many, the Havurah is an extended family.

Why join a Havurah?

CBBis a large and vibrant community of more than800 households. Our congregation includes manyages, stages, viewpoints, and interests. Belonging to a Havurah helpsmembers connect withothers who have similar interests, to explore a connection to Judaism in a group, and to develop a community for sharing life cycle events.

What does a Havurah do?

Each Havurah creates theirown experience based on its members interests and priorities. The most successful Havurot start each year with a planning meeting to set up dates and event ideas for the entire year. Activities can include holiday or personal milestoneobservances, Jewish educational programs, Temple activities, and also social outings, community service, and whatever else your group wants to do together. Volunteering as a group is another great way to establish closeness and practice Jewish values.

What if the dynamics of the group change or we are not getting along?

Imagine that, ten Jews and eleven opinions! Although this rarely happens, it does. The best thing to do is stick with it and work it out, just as a caring family would. Reviewing the groups goals and expectations on a regular basis to make sure everyones needs are being met should help prevent this. Being effective communicators, practicing cooperation, tolerance, flexibility, and conflict resolution all lead to a more cohesive group in the long run. If there are still issues the Havurah Coordinators can also help.

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