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Personal and spiritual growth through new and lasting friendships

The Chavurah Program at Beth El Hebrew Congregation provides a wonderful shared Jewish experience for everyone who participates. It is one of the many ways to enhance your experience as a temple member.

What is a Chavurah?

Chavurah (plural is "chavurot") comes from the Hebrew word, CHAVER, meaning friend, or fellowship. Each chavurah is a small group of Beth El members who come together to learn, to socialize and enjoy Jewish living with their families. They may socialize together, worship together, celebrate Jewish holidays together, eat together, and study together. Think of chavurah as your extended family.

What does a chavurah do?

The chavurah celebrates Jewish life. Through programs of study, observances of holidays and festivals, socializing and sharing of simchas, members personalize and vitalize their Jewish experience. They also participate together in Temple life and in community concerns.

When and where does a chavurah meet?

A chavurah usually meets once a month in the homes of the members, in rotation. Each group decides on the most convenient dates and times for themselves.

How large is a typical chavurah?

Each group may vary in size. We recommend a minimum of 12 people, however, there are no hard and fast rules about the size. Chavurot exist for families and for individuals.

Who may join a chavurah at Beth El?

Membership in a Beth El chavurah is limited to temple members.

How do I join a chavurah?

Complete the Beth El Chavurah Application and mail it directly to Linda Vogel at 10355 Fitzpatrick Lane, Oakton, VA 22124.

Linda will  contact you soon afterwards. New chavurot are formed on the basis of age, children, spheres of interest, etc. You will be placed in a chavurah just as soon as enough applications are received to form a new group, or if there is an opening in an existing chavurah that fits your needs.I  you have any questions or desire additional information, feel free to call or e-mail Linda or Larry. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you in person.


Still have questions? Please contact:

Linda and Larry Vogel, Chavurah Program Co-Chairs
10355 Fitzpatrick Lane
Oakton, VA 22124
Phone: (703) 242-1880

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