New Chavurah Groups Forming

  • Have you been looking for a way to become more connected to Temple Israel?
  • Interested in finding more families with similar interests to yours?
  • Joining a Chavurah is the answer you have been looking for!
  • New Chavurah for young families now forming! See below for more info... 

What is a Chavurah?


A Chavurah is a group of people who gather to form a community. The word "chavurah" comes from the Hebrew word "chaver" which means friend. The formation of a Chavurah is an opportunity to develop life-long friendships with congregants who have similar interests. Chavurah members form lasting bonds by creating extended families.

For some, getting to know people in a large congregation can be intimidating. A Chavurah is a wonderful way to get connected with your Temple community, essentially creating a small community within the larger one. If you have been unsure how to create a connection with Temple Israel, joining a Chavurah is a great first step.

What do Chavurahs do?

What a Chavurah does is entirely up to its members. Each group can determine what types of things they are interested in, and what they would like to get out of their group. Some celebrate Jewish holidays together. Some attend Temple events together. Others prefer social gatherings, either for the entire family or just the adults. And some like to organize educational opportunities for their members. Most Chavurahs will do some combination of all of these things.

How often does a Chavurah meet?

The frequency that a Chavurah meets is also up to each group. Once formed, the Chavurah is welcome to structure things however the members want. Some groups set a regular monthly or semi-monthly get-together. Others just get together periodically as a family decides to organize an event. Meetings can be in members' homes, at outside locations, at Temple events, or wherever the group would like to meet. And aside from scheduled events, it is always nice to have a group of friends that you may run into during Temple events!

How do I join?

If you are interested in joining a Chavurah, please complete the application form and return it to the Temple office c/o Adult/Family Education committee. Feel free to contact Jen Zinno at with any questions or if you need additional information. We look forward to hearing from you!

TI Young Families Chavurah Group is now forming

The TI Young Families Chavurah Group (TIYF) will gather together once a month for fun, social activities with a Jewish twist, holiday gatherings, to attend a Temple event and more! Young Families with preschool and early elementary aged children will make up the majority of this group. Activities will be geared towards the entire family, focusing on ages 2-8 years of age. Siblings younger and older are of course welcome to join us as well. Activities will be planned during the hours of the day that work well with nap time and early bedtimes. We expect all members to be hands-on and work together to implement these monthly events. Please be willing to commit to joining us and pitching in as much as your time allows. If you are interested in being a part of this group, please complete this form and the organizer (Lisa Einstein) will then be in touch with more information on our first event September 2015!