Youth Activities Forum
Our Youth Program for our teen age members will
feature non classroom activities such as field
trips, social activites, dramatic presentations
and guest speakers which will meet monthly. The
group will be lead by Shiri Gall, who teaches
in our Wednesday afternoon religious school and
her husband Robbie, both of whom have considerable
experience with high school youth group activities.
Our youth leaders are Ryan Greiss and Elizabeth
Part of this monthly program will include meeting
in the homes of our participating families. If
you wish to host one of these events for our young
people please let us know and if you are a High
School student who wishes to participate, please
Rabbi Nat Benjamin
The Spirit of
Chavurah Beth Shalom
A chaver or haver is a companion or friend
The early rabbis used the term to refer to one's
study partner. In the 1960's young Jewish adults
began to look for alternatives to the large urban
and suburban synagogues.
In time, Chavurot were organized within synagogues.
There are numerous varieties, but they are people
who can learn and celebrate together, and be with
one another in times of joy and sorrow.
New forms continue to develop, but in a time when
extended families are often distant and synagogues
are so large that people don't know each other,
theneed and benefits are clear.
Although Chavurah Beth Shalom is a congregation
of nearly 250 families, we are always striving
to maintain the character and spirit of our beginnings
fifteen years ago. This is clearly evident on
Shabbat morning at The Alpine Community House,
where we meet for our 9:30 AM minyan and 10:30
AM Judaic Studies Class. The Wednesday afternoon
religious School community can be seen as a chavurah
in that families build relationships built on
the friendship of their respective children. Also
our monthly Havdallah happenings held in diferent
homes combines, prayer, study and socialization
which has inspired many deep friendships.