(above: The Shalom Havurah, first Gates Havurah, established 30 years ago)


The word Havurah comes from the word Haver, meaning friend. Havurot are informal fellowship groups without officers or formal rules who gather together for a variety of reasons: to socialize, celebrate Jewish holidays, learn more about Judaism, participate in social action projects. Some Havurot plan their activities as family functions, while others perfer adults only. Recent activities have included Shabbat dinners, picnics, hiking, group discussions, Jewish holiday celebration, attending Services together, and a cruise


    • Your Havurah becomes your extended family
    • Havurot create secure and constant ties to the wider Jewish community
    • Havurot help Judaism remain a constant source of joy


Every Havurah plans its own activities. The group usually meets once a year to plan activities, creat a calendar and assign responsibilities/hosts. In some Havurot each member/family hosts at least one program per year. Refreshments are usually handled in a pot luck style. The temple is available for special gatherings such as Passover Seder.

Join a Havurah

Whether you are single or married, under 36 or over 54, a family with young children, teenagers, or an empty nester we will get you started on the path to building new lasting friendships. There are curently three active Havurot in our congregation and new groups are formed as congregant interest develops.  For more information, please contact Sue Litynski at slitynski@cgoh.org or call the temple office at 518-374-8173.