Havurah Program


Dear Friends,

We invite you join an Adat Ari El Havurah and make a new connection.

What is a Havurah?
Havurot (plural of Havurah) are small groups of Adat Ari El members, which meet regularly, usually in each other’s homes, to create bonds of friendship. Members decide how often they meet and where.

They are a way for members to create a small community of friends by socializing, learning, doing Mitzvot and celebrating Jewish life together. Havurot may act as extended family with the sharing of lifecycle events and holidays and may create the beginnings of lifelong friendships.

A Havurah can take the “alone feeling” out of being a new congregation member, inject “new life” into being an established member and it can put “this is where I belong” in every member’s heart.

What do they do?
Havurot activities varies with each group’s desires and could include sharing holiday celebrations and life cycle events, socializing and attending synagogue functions together.

Your group can enjoy Shabbat dinner together, have a Hanukkah party, do community service projects. A Havurah can go out to dinner followed by a speaker in the host home, have a pot luck supper, attend a concert, go on a hike or even spend a weekend out of town.

A Havurah is a work in progress. As time goes on, some groups will change their emphasis, others will expand their scope. It is the group’s decision which way the Havurah goes.

Responsibility for activities rests with the Havurah, as each Havurah is self-directed.

How is a Havurah formed?
A Havurah may be based on the interests and similarities of congregants, including family orientation, age groups or geography.

As our Havurah Coordinator, I will help organize each new Havurah and be available for ongoing advice.

How do I get started?
Please click here to fill out our online Havurah Form. I will keep in contact with you as we gather the names of other potential Adat Ari El Havurah members.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you create new connections with our community.


Laurie Jaffe Bernhard
Havurah Coordinator

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