The word “Havurah” comes from the Hebrew word “haver” meaning “friend.” B’nai Vail has several Havurot that meet on a monthly basis. A Havurah provides a social atmosphere for interested members to broaden their knowledge of Judaism, their Jewish skills and their social acquaintances within the congregation. Gatherings are typically held at members’ homes and the topic is selected by the host. There’s often a potluck meal and plenty of time for socializing!
The meetings are open to members and will be posted in the B’nai Vail newsletters. Non-members may attend on a space available basis. All Havurot activities are open to all B’nai Vail members on a “first reserve” basis. Under certain circumstances, space is limited so reservations are requested.
Please refer to the current newsletter to learn about upcoming events. For more information or to get involved, please send an email to
Learn and discuss a variety of ideas from historical to current Jewish topics of interest. Sessions include pot-luck, dinner style noshing and are sponsored and held in a B’nai Vail member’s home.
Join in monthly activities according to the season. This is geared for active adults and older teen participation. Activities include beginning to moderate level hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, and professional presentations about outdoor topics.
Jewish Studies with Rabbi Newman
Meet monthly to engage in learning and discussion focusing on Jewish texts from the Talmud, Mishnah and Torah. All are welcome from beginners to scholars.
B’nai Vail’s own book club selects a Jewish-themed book each month to and gain insight and appreciation through shared discussion. This group meets at participants’ homes with volunteer leaders and group participation in the selection of new books at each session.
Young Family Havurah with Cantor Michelle
Monthly Shabbat or Havdalah services with Cantor Michelle bring young families together in the Western part of the Vail Valley. Meet for a potluck style dinner and a short, child-centered service on either Friday or Saturday evening. Check the recent newsletter or calendar for upcoming events.