Belonging to a Havurah

At B’nai Havurah, membership in a havurah is suggested and welcomed, but not required.  Members of the havurah must be current members of B’nai Havurah.  Havurah activities can be separate from, or in addition to, community-wide programs and observances offered by B’nai Havurah.

Please contact us at  office@bnaihavurah.org, 303-388-4441 or Elaine Selsberg (chair) at rechtfam@aol.com if you are interested in learning how you might participate in a havurah.

Havurot

At B’nai Havurah, the havurah is one of the building blocks of our community.  The word “havurah” (Hebrew for fellowship group) is singular; the plural is “havurot.”  A havurah usually consists of between 5 and 15 households who meet on a regular basis for Jewish-oriented activities.  They come together to study, commune, celebrate Shabbat, holidays, and lifecycle events and do “Jewish” things in the context of a supportive community which exists beyond the conventional congregation. Each havurah meets on its own schedule for programs established in advance by its members.  These events are prepared or led by havurah members or with community resources.  Each havurah is an independent group, determining policy which affects its own membership.  Additionally, each Havurah may elect to participate in the governance of the larger B’nai Havurah community through our Federation Council.

History

Historically, the founder of Reconstructionist thought, Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, suggested the havurah concept.  In the 1960s, as a reaction to the large size, formality, emotional distance, and passive experience perceived and felt in many congregational settings, the havurah movement arose in the United States.  In different communities, havurot exist in different models – freestanding and unaffiliated with a synagogue or community center, or as a sub-group of a Jewish institution. (Vahavi-enu Leshalom: Bring Us Together in Peace, Rabbi Robert Gluck, Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot, 1992)

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