Get to Know Your Community
Temple Emanuel’s havurah program is an incredible opportunity to connect with other congregants with similar interests to form an extended Temple Emanuel family. Through the havurah, members get to know each other outside of the synagogue while building lasting relationships within the synagogue.
What is a havurah?
The word havurah is the Hebrew word for fellowship or friendship. A havurah is a small group of temple members—singles, couples, and families—who gather to learn, socialize, and enjoy Jewish life together. We help you launch the havurah and then it is self-directed.
What does a havurah do?
Each havurah decides as a group together on its goals for Jewish learning through programs of study, observance, socializing, and sharing of simchas. Members of the havurah personalize and vitalize their Jewish experience and participate together in temple life and community concerns.
Why should I belong to a havurah?
The havurah program is designed to bring together groups of congregants with similar interests who might otherwise not have an opportunity to meet. It is a chance for members to get to know each other outside the synagogue, while building lasting relationships within the synagogue. It is a way to make our large congregation feel smaller.
Join a Havurah
Complete the contact form below to get started. New havurot are formed on the basis of age, children, areas of interest, and other meaningful factors. You will be placed in a havurah as soon as there is an opening in one that matches your needs or there are enough similarly-minded members interested in creating a new one.