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Get Connected: Join a Chavurah! 


What is a Chavurah?

A Chavurah is a small community of TBT congregants who meet on a regular basis in each other’s homes and elsewhere to socialize, study, and celebrate Jewish life together. 

People in a Chavurah share common interests and the desire to develop deeper friendships and build an extended family within our larger congregational family.

What does Chavurah mean?

Chavurah comes from the Hebrew word “chaver,” which means friend. Chavurot is the plural. A Chavurah is a group of friends who share common bond.

What are the benefits of being in a Chavurah?

  • Feeling rooted in a small group that you know well.
  • Creating your own extended family for the fun times and the rough times.
  • Providing another fun and meaningful way to participate in Temple life.
  • Celebrating Jewish holidays together.
  • Strengthening your connection to the Jewish community.

How do I join?

All Temple B’nai Torah members can join. Just fill in the form below. When we get your application, we’ll do our best to match you with people with similar ages, life stages, or interests.

How are Chavurot formed?

The Chavurah Committee will form new groups or add people to existing groups who want more members.  Grouping is based on the info you put on your application form. The Committee may contact you if we need additional information to help place you in the right Chavurah.

How does my Chavurah get started?

Someone from the Chavurah Committee will contact you and inform you of the potential Chavurah. We’re happy to structure a “getting to know each other” and planning meeting at TBT to get you started.

When does my Chavurah get together?

Chavurot generally meet monthly in members' homes or at outside events. Typically you’ll have an annual or quarterly planning meeting to set dates and plan activities. Some Chavurot choose one leader per year, some per event.

What does it cost?

As are so many of the best things in life 
– it’s free! 

Ideas for gatherings

  • Host a potluck dinner
  • Set up a game night
  • Attend a TBT event together
  • Attend a TBT service together
  • Participate in a social action event
  • Go for a hike
  • Meet at a park for a kids play date
  • Enjoy a movie together
  • Celebrate a holiday together

“In the beginning, it was so nice to know other people so that I had people to sit with when I came to services, people to share the experience of raising similar-aged children, and people to share Jewish holidays with. We got to be good friends, and when hard times happened and my family needed support, people in my Chavurah were there for us which I really appreciated.”

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