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Or Shalom has re-igniting our Chavurah program this past year. A Chavurah is a group of eight to twelve participants (singles or couples) that get together on a regular basis to participate in activities around shared interests and celebrate Jewish life.


Sign up to join us and you'll:

  • Build meaningful friendships and connections with other adults
  • Grow your personal interests and learn about how they intersect with your Jewish identity
  • Develop your sense of belonging and your feeling of "home" at Or Shalom

We launched 8 groups in 2021 and we're accepting applicants for new groups starting this fall! All  Chavurah groups will kick-off the year at our big fall gathering on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 6:30 pm.  Please apply by Sunday, October 9, 2022 for priority placement. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis.


Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below for FAQs about our Chavurah program:


What is a Chavurah?

  • A group of eight to twelve singles or couples with a max of twenty individuals. ​

  • They get together on a regular basis to participate in activities around shared interests and celebrate Jewish life. ​

  • Chavurah members must make a commitment to the group to meet regularly (we suggest once a month, but some groups may meet less frequently). ​

  • Each chavurah chooses their own activities within their selected interest area. They are responsible for planning and funding these activities as a group.​

  • Other events can also include celebrating Jewish holidays, hosting speakers and discussions on Jewish topics, or joining together to participate in social action activities.​

  • Chavurot can become like extended family especially during life cycle events.


Who can participate?

Any adult member of Congregation Or Shalom who is interested in joining a smaller group within the synagogue​.


How many sessions are there and how long are they?

  • Each chavurah meets approximately one time per month (every 4-6 weeks) throughout the year for a program or a planning session.​

  • Each session should last approximately two to four hours each. ​

  • Each group is responsible for setting the cadence of their meetings and there is no requirement for them to meet monthly if they prefer to meet less frequently.​

Is there a fee to participate?

  • There is no separate fee for becoming a member of a chavurah at Or Shalom.​

  • Some chavurot choose to have each family pay a small amount ($5 or $10 per month) for a collective fund to pay for entrance fees, speakers’ honoraria, special presents, donations to honor a member, charitable functions, or to save toward a chavurah weekend. ​

  • This is up to each chavurah, and no member is excluded for not being able to pay this nominal fee.​

Are there ever opportunities to meet up with other Chavurot?

  • Yes! Once a quarter, chavurot convene at the synagogue for a special session planned by the Chavurah Committee. ​

  • This provides chavurot members the opportunity to connect and share ideas across groups, and to provide opportunities for celebrating, learning, and providing support.​

  • The first big gathering will be Tuesday, February 22 at 7 pm.​

What if I'm interested in being a part of the Chavurah Steering Committee?

Send an email to and our committee chair will reach out to you!

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