Have you thought about trying a Chavurah? Did you try joining in the past, and want to try again? Do you know what a Chavurah is or what it might offer you? Read below for more information.

What is a Chavurah?

The word Chavurah comes from the Hebrew word “chaver”, meaning friend. A Chavurah is a group of Temple Emanuel 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 Temple Emanuel Shabbat service together, 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 Temple Emanuel Chavurah is usually made up of 6-8 families, or 15-20 individuals. The number, frequency, and day and time of meetings are entirely decided by the members of the Chavurah. Most groups meet monthly or semi-monthly, in the homes of their members or wherever they choose for an activity.

How do I join a Chavurah?

The process of joining a Chavurah at Temple Emanuel is very simple. Let us know of your interest, and you will be contacted by our Chavurah coordinator, Matthew Clash-Drexler, who will use information you provide to make the best possible placement for you by matching interests, age groups, etc.

Why NOW?

Joining a Chavurah gives you a more intimate sense of community, within the larger Temple Emanuel family. Members form lasting bonds of friendship that play an important role during times of joy and sadness. Building and maintaining community is an integral part of the vision for our future as Temple Emanuel grows. The Chavurah experience gives you the feeling of an “extended family” within our congregation.Currently, at Temple Emanuel, numbers of havurot have been established over the years, and they contribute in immeasurable ways to the health and vibrancy of our congregation.


Feel free to contact our Chavurah coordinator, Matthew Clash-Drexler, or let the Temple office, 301-942-2000, know of your interest.