The word "havurah" (pronounced hav-oo-rah
) comes from the Hebrew word meaning friend, and Park offers an extensive havurot (plural of havurah) program. Most of the groups are formed by the age of participants (and their children), while others are mixed age groups. Each havurah is small--usually 15-20 people, which meets on a monthly basis and engages in Jewish learning, socializing, and developing a deeper feeling of friendship and community within the Park Synagogue.
Each havurah defines its own goals, and plans and carries out its own programs, with help from the Rabbis and Park staff as needed. Some of the groups emphasize social, family and holiday activities, while others are more study oriented. Most havurot prefer a combination of all of the above, and plan a wide variety of activities according to the needs and interests of the havurah members. Joining a havurah is a wonderful way to meet other Park members on a small group level and to become involved in the activities of the Synagogue at the same time.