Alternative Spellings

havura, chavurah, chavura


  • 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 Movable Minyan, an over twenty-year-old chavura-size, independent congregation." (http://www.virtualjerusalem.com/blogs.php?Itemid=4778)

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


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

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