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Personal and spiritual growth through new and lasting friendships

The Havurah 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 Havurah?

Havurah (plural is "Havurot") comes from the Hebrew word, HAVER, meaning friend, or fellowship. Each Havurah 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 Havurah as your extended family.

What does a Havurah do?

The Havurah 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 Havurah meet?

A Havurah 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 Havurah?

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

Who may join a Havurah at Beth El?

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

How do I join a Havurah?

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

Linda will  contact you soon afterwards. New Havurot are formed on the basis of age, children, spheres of interest, etc. You will be placed in a Havurah just as soon as enough applications are received to form a new group, or if there is an opening in an existing Havurah that fits your needs.If 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, Havurah Co-Chairs
10355 Fitzpatrick Lane
Oakton, VA 22124
Phone: (703) 242-1880

Thu, October 29 2020 11 Cheshvan 5781