The word Chavurah comes from the Hebrew word "chaver", meaning friend. A Chavurah is a group of BJBE members who gather regularly throughout the year to enrich their lives by socializing, learning and celebrating Jewish life together. Participating in a Chavurah is one way to meet other temple members in a smaller, more personal setting, in which new relationships and friendships can be developed from within the congregation.
What does a Chavurah do?
Chavurah members plan activities of their own choosing. It could be a pot-luck dinner, building a Sukkah, attending a BJBE Shabbat service together, studying a text, going apple picking, attending a concert or play, whatever...it's your choice! Among the joys of Chavurah are sharing Shabbat, life cycle events, and the Jewish holidays.
How large is a Chavurah, how often does it meet?
A BJBE Chavurah is usually made up of 6-8 families, or 15-20 individuals. The number, frequency, and day and time of meetings is entirely decided by the members of the Chavurah. Most groups meet monthly or semi-monthly, in homes of their members or wherever they choose for an activity.
How do I join a Chavurah?
The process of joining a Chavurah at BJBE is very simple. Just send in the application form to BJBE. You will be contacted by a member of the Chavurah Program Committee, who will use this information to make the best possible placement for you by matching interests, age groups, etc.
Joining a Chavurah gives you a more intimate sense of community, within the larger BJBE community. Building and maintaining community is an integral part of the vision for our future as BJBE grows. The Chavurah experience gives you the feeling of an "extended family" within our congregation.
Feel free to contact the Chavurah Program Chair, Robbie Schreiber at (847) 562-8580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.