A havurah (derived from the word for friend, connection, company) is a group bound together by a common interest. It is a grassroots, non-hierarchical model of Jewish community. There are many, many Jewish communities in the US that function as havurot. Check out the National Havurah Committee for more.
Most often, though, a havurah is a group of individuals that are part of a Jewish community (e.g. TBS).
Havurot are a very important means by which friendships can develop within the greater community of TBS which is absolutely essential for the vitality of the community as a whole. Another way you can create friendships is by volunteering to serve on one of TBS’ committees. Please see your newsletter for a list of committees and the contact information.
Please note: these havurot are for TBS members only. However, if you are not a member and want to participate in one of these groups, please contact Rabbi Eli.
Secular Shmecular meets every other Sunday at Panera to socialize and discuss topics of interest. The founders of SecShmec are secular Jews, i.e. Jews who do not identify as religious. That said, both religious and non-religious Jews participate regularly. Contact Sue Moss or Laura Dawson for more information and to join the fun!
Have you always wanted to learn how to play Mah Jongg? We gather monthly to play and keep this tradition alive in our community. If you are interested, please call or text Meredith Russell at 503-881-0770.
This is be a place for poets and poetry lovers to share and workshop original poems or introduce favorite works.
This group is for primarily people with some conversational proficiency already – not for beginners. However, beginners are welcome and the structure of the meetings may include material for beginners. Contact Francine Shetterly.
Families and Friends Havurah
This group is primarily for families with children between the ages of 0-18 but anyone is welcome! Contact Rabbi Eli We try to meet once or twice per month for havdalah and/or Shabbat lunch. Join the FB group.