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Havurah's mission is to provide a vibrant, diverse, participatory Jewish community steeped in Jewish values promoting spirituality, learning, and acts of social responsibility.

5780 Theme - Hineinu

Our theme for the coming year, 5780, is Hineinu: We Are Here.


Our ancestors responded to calls at pivotal moments in Torah with Hineini, “Here I am.” Hineinu is how we answer the call to be present as we are needed in this moment, as individuals and as a community. We can say Hineinu by comforting each other amidst hardship and loss; by rejoicing together however possible; by listening and communicating honestly as we navigate discomfort; by finding each other amidst vulnerability; and by cultivating resilience and compassion in response to injustice, oppression, and despair. This is how we say Hineinu: We are here.

5779 Theme – Panim el Panim

Our theme for 5779 is Panim el Panim: Encountering One Another.

פָּנִים אֶל־פָּנִים

Panim el panim, literally “face to face,” directs us to recognize and honor how we live in relation to one another. From the intimate, one-on-one connections that exist within Havurah, to the broader partnerships and networks of which we are a part, this relationality is at the heart of who we are. To live panim el panim is to genuinely encounter one another, sometimes to affirm and sometimes to challenge.

When we build relationships with people from whom we differ as well as those like us, striving to know the other for who they are, we grow as individuals and enhance our potential as a community. Through meeting one another in this way, we make room for connection and holiness. And amidst tensions in the world, the notion of panim el panim challenges us to perceive our interdependence and build bridges however possible.

5779 Community Brochure

Our community brochure describes the coming year's activities at  Havurah. You can open a PDF file of the brochure here: side one and side two.

How We Are Organized

Havurah Shalom has six different organizational bodies called "clusters":

Kehillah (Community)

Avodah (Spiritual Life)

Hadracha (Governance)

Makom (Place)

Limud (Education)

Tikkun Olam (Social Action)

Each of these clusters is home to many committees. Committees meet and progress in their desired area of focus. These focuses could range greatly, from transparency and inclusivity to climate action, to gardening, or even welcoming new members. Every committee has its own mission and goals, and that's what makes the Havurah community so rich and engaging. Members can be involved in as many committees as they want!

Sun, September 22 2019 22 Elul 5779