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Chavurah (Friendship Group) Program

Chavurot (plural for chavurah) are friendship groups designed to build a community that desires a relationship with Judaism that is personal, social and creative. The Jewish focus in these groups is spiritual and interactive, providing an inviting and welcoming experience for those curious about but NOT necessarily experienced with Jewish ritual.

Email Grace Oedel for more info.

Tot Chavurah (for families with children under 3)

This group is a welcoming place for new families trying to get used to sleep deprivation, first steps and all the other joys of new children and creating Jewish family ritual. We host monthly Tot Shabbat religious services that alternate between Friday night and Saturday mornings, on the first weekend of the month. For each month’s date, check our online calendar.

We also host frequent havdallah potlucks for young families in homes and get together for social outings like hiking with babies on backs and eating bagels. We have a Facebook Group through which people can informally connect that you are welcome to join.

If you have any questions at all about this group, or how you can get on the Young Families mailing list, please reach out to our Executive Director (and mama + general baby enthusiast) Grace.

Young Professionals (Yo Pros) Chavurah

This group is a welcoming place for young professional to meet each other and build community in Burlington. We have havdallah bonfires, share shabbat dinners, go hiking together, celebrate the holidays with parties and community. We have an active Facebook Group through which folks can meet each other and share other events that we would love for you to join.

If you would like to be added to this chavurah mailing list, please contact Grace.

Arts and Culture Chavurah

This Chavurah’s programming will focus on community building and exploring different topics of interest related to Jewish arts and culture. Participants plan field trips to local and regional locations and create programs designed to connect to Judaism and to each other through creative outlets.

If you are interested in getting involved in this Chavurah, please contact Wayne Senville.


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Chavurah FAQs

What is a Chavurah?

Chavurah, from the Hebrew meaning “Friendship.” A Chavurah is a small Jewish friendship group which consists of individuals (singles, couples, families, etc.) who want to share, learn, celebrate and enjoy their Judaism in an informal, friendly setting.

Why do people join a Chavurah?

People join for many reasons – the most important is the desire for community. People want to be with others to share experiences, explore values and develop friendships. Chavurah is a way to experience the synagogue and to develop a sense of intimacy with the entire congregation by breaking down the total size of the congregation into smaller groups.

How does a Chavurah work?

Chavurot (plural for chavurah) range in membership from about 6 to 24 people. They meet regularly, at least once a month, usually in the homes of the members on a rotating basis, but often go to different venues (plays, movies, concerts, etc.). Attending these meetings on a regular basis will insure the success of the group.

What will a Chavurah do for me?

Chavurah is an experience shaped by its members to reflect their own particular needs and interests. A spirit of togetherness is its distinctive beauty. The program is for those who like people and want to deepen their own Jewish identities by developing creative activities and events and learning together.

Who can join a Chavurah?

Chavurot are open to both Ohavi Zedek members and nonmembers on a donation basis. Interfaith couples, families and any person with an interest in Jewish life and ritual are all welcome.

What are the expectations of joining a Chavurah?

Chavurah members are encouraged to attend events as much as possible in order to build a solid community of friends. Most members take responsibilitiy for planning or hosting an event once a year and helping to support hosts in cleaning up and preparing for events as needed . Chavurot have access to visits from clergy at the synagogue and help with event planning and ideas from the Chavurah Director.

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