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What does “Chavurah” mean?

The word “chavurah” (chavurot is plural) comes from the Hebrew word “Chaver”, meaning friend.

What is a Chavurah?

A Chavurah is a group of approximately 8-12 families or up to 24 individuals who get
together on a regular basis to celebrate Jewish life. The difference between a
Chavurah and any other social group is that all members must make a commitment to
the group to meet regularly, usually once a month.

What is the advantage of a Chavurah?

Getting to know people in a larger congregation can be intimidating for some. A
Chavurah is a terrific way to get connected with your Temple community, essentially
creating a small community within the larger one.

What kinds of things does a Chavurah do?

It’s up to you! Your group can enjoy Shabbat together, have a Chanukah party, build a
sukkah, participate in outdoor activities, go to movies, participate in Tikkun Olam
together, have guest speakers at your gatherings. You can be as creative as you’d like. 
Each Chavurah determines the types of activities it wants.

Do I need to be a member of Temple Sinai in order to join a Chavurah?

Yes, this is one of the benefits of membership.

Who do I contact if I am interested in getting more information about Chavurahs?

If you are interested in joining a Chavurah, you can contact the Temple or email Lynne Lober (Email Lynne)