THE WORLD STANDS UPON THREE THINGS:
STUDY, PRAYER, AND ACTS OF KINDNESS
– Shimon the Righteous // Mishnah Avot 1:2
A chavurah is a community formed with the specific intention of striving to live a life of greater meaning and purpose. Three of the most important aspects of such a life are Study, Prayer, and Acts of Kindness, and each of these three aspects will be the focus of chavurot within our congregation.
There will only be one chavurah in our congregation that is focused on Prayer, and that chavurah is the congregation itself. Every member of the congregation is a member of this chavurah, which meets every day of the week.
There will be several chavurot focused on Study. To join one, simply click on the link below, fill out the form, return it to the office by October 15, and you will receive an email introducing you to the other members of your chavurah. Your chavurah will then determine when it would like to meet – which might be anywhere from once a month, to once a week – as well as where it would like to meet – which might be at a member’s home, at the library, or even at Moriah. Your chavurah will then determine what it would like to study. Your chavurah might choose to study a particular book, like the Torah or the Talmud; or a particular subject, like Jewish History or Jewish Literature; or a particular issue like Shabbat or Kashrut. If you would like, Rabbi Kramer would be more than happy to meet with your chavurah to help you determine what to study and to help you get organized with the appropriate materials.
ACTS OF KINDNESS
There will be several chavurot focused on Acts of Kindness. To join one, simply click on the link below, fill out the form, return it to the office by October 15, and you will receive an email introducing you to the other members of your chavurah. Your chavurah will then determine what Acts of Kindness it would like to perform. There are, of course, many possibilities. Your chavurah may decide to focus on a particular issue, such as poverty or the environment; a particular geographical area such as Chicago or Jerusalem; or a particular type of action such as volunteering or fundraising. This decision will then help your chavurah determine when and where it will meet. If you would like, Rabbi Kramer would be more than happy to meet with your chavurah to provide you with some guidance and direction.
Every member of the congregation is encouraged to join a chavurah. If you are already in a chavurah, you are encouraged to focus the work of your chavurah on Study or Acts of Kindness. Additionally, all chavurot are encouraged to find ways to share the meaning and purpose they discover in their chavurot with the rest of the congregation. For more on how your chavurah can do this, please speak with Rabbi Kramer.
Only together is it possible for us to live the lives of meaning and purpose that we all desire.