havurah (chah-voo-RAH) listen
havurah (cha-VOO-rah) listen


  • n. A group of friends, frequently a social or religious group, either within a synagogue or apart from one.

Example Sentences

  • "My Havurah meets monthly for Shabbat dinner and to socialize. The Havurah meets at Moshe's house this week for Shabbat services."

  • "The Havura began with a group of Jews who were interested in developing an inclusive and egalitarian community with programs and the services to accommodate different approaches to Judaism." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Aramaic
  • Modern Hebrew


  • Heb חבורה

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      havura, chavurah, chavura

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