Every now and then, a congregation needs to step back and hit the “refresh” button. We need to improve how our Congregation serves its members, how our members serve each other, and how we help heal the world. So we have launched a program for Jewish Renewal Renewal—we’re calling it Operation Reconnect—through which we will reconnect ourselves with each other and with our origins as a vibrant, participatory community, and restore our roots in Jewish values and history. Through Operation Reconnect we will remember Havurah’s vivid beginning, rededicate ourselves to our community and to its role in the world, and reinvigorate and rejuvenate our ties to Jewish values, traditions, and practices.
Practically speaking, that means that volunteers will be reaching out to each family in Havurah to participate in this discussion and the actions that grow from it. We hope this effort: identifies ways for new and long-time members to find meaningful connections; orients our activities to meet the spiritual, social, and social-action needs of the community; and provides some fun and unexpected turns along the way. This is not just a program for some—it’s a process in which we all need to participate.
Why Renew and Reconnect Havurah Shalom? Because post-modern life in the 21st-century fragments and disconnects us from others, from ourselves, from our familial and cultural origins. Because to help heal the world effectively we must be whole ourselves and connected to our own community. Because real participation in a vivid, questioning, seeking havurat can provide solid connections with our fellow Jews and between us and our rich Jewish tradition. Such connection to each other and to Jewish tradition doesn’t give us easy answers to life’s challenging questions, but it does give us strength to confront them and to make and then live our own answers for our own time.
Upcoming EventsMar 11 Tue12:00 pm Talmud LiteTalmud LiteMar 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pmWe are studying the first chapter of Tractate Avoda Zara, which concerns interactions between Jews and practitioners of other religions, especially around the times of [...]Mar 12 Wed8:30 am Morning MinyanMorning MinyanMar 12 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 amA focused minyan, saying Kaddish or not. For people who want to incorporate a regular prayer practice.6:30 pm Havurah High SchoolHavurah High SchoolMar 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pmThe Havurah High School program (for teens in grades 9-12) provides an environment wherein students - with the guidance of Youth Educator, Nili Yosha - [...]Mar 13 ThuMar 14 FriMar 15 Satall-day Erev PurimErev PurimMar 15 all-dayPurim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar http://www.hebcal.com/holidays/purim?tag=icalall-day Shabbat ZachorShabbat ZachorMar 15 all-dayShabbat before Purim http://www.hebcal.com/holidays/shabbat-zachor?tag=ical4:30 pm Purim Celebration for FamilesPurim Celebration for FamilesMar 15 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pmBelieve it or not...spring is just around the corner, and that means Purim is coming our way! Time to get goofy and spoofy. (following Shabbat [...]7:30 pm Purim Celebration for AdultsPurim Celebration for AdultsMar 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pmPurim Brought to You By Vash-TV (on the I'des of March - I'd a should'a if I'd a could'a...) and Dance to Sixties Soul and [...]Mar 16 SunMar 17 Monall-day Hakol DeadlineHakol DeadlineMar 17 all-dayPlease submit anything you would like published in the April Hakol.all-day Shushan PurimShushan PurimMar 17 all-dayPurim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities http://www.hebcal.com/holidays/shushan-purim?tag=icalMar 18 Tue7:00 pm Drash Writing for B’nai/Bnot Mitzvah FamiliesDrash Writing for B’nai/Bnot Mit…Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pmWriting a drash is one of the most important parts of Bat/Bar Mitzvah preparation. In this workshop, you will study a passage of Torah, discover [...]Mar 19 Wed8:30 am Morning MinyanMorning MinyanMar 19 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 amA focused minyan, saying Kaddish or not. For people who want to incorporate a regular prayer practice.6:30 pm Havurah High SchoolHavurah High SchoolMar 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pmThe Havurah High School program (for teens in grades 9-12) provides an environment wherein students - with the guidance of Youth Educator, Nili Yosha - [...]