Who are we?
Havurat Shalom is a community of families committed to providing a Jewish identity and education for its members, in a manner that is relevant to our contemporary lives.
How can you reach us?
You can contact us by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 978-494-2042
What do we offer?
An open and inclusive community regardless of marital status, race, national origin, gender, economic condition, disability or sexual orientation.
An environment that welcomes families of mixed heritage.
Families who have been, or are members of any other Jewish congregation, or have not recently or, in fact, ever, practiced Judaism in a structured way are also welcome.
Ours is a diverse and vibrant congregation focused on the spiritual and cultural development of its members.
Since the group functions on a cooperative basis, the active participation of every member is necessary. A wide variety of activities is offered, reflecting the varied interests of the members of the group. These include monthly shabbat services, discussions (havurah), tzedakah activities, social get-togethers, excursions to cultural events and children's workshops.
A Cooperative – Members are key - [read about us in more detail and download a membership packet here]
Every member is asked to contribute their individual perspectives and background, creating a constantly evolving expression of Judaism. This rich diversity is manifested in the composition of holiday services and celebrations, some of which are written by members. Traditional Jewish practices are observed with modern interpretations and forms of expression. We have a Board of Directors which meets four times per year. ALL meetings are open.
Music is an important part of our Havurat Shalom traditions. Elliott Jacobowitz, director and pianist, leads an ensemble, "Eliahu and the Minor Prophets", including vocalist Zoe Vasconcellos Hastings, flautists Esther Taylor and Steve Samler, acoustic guitarist, Jonathan Weiss, pianist Christopher Desjardins, and Chazzan David Hastings on percussion. They offer accompaniment at Shabbat and High Holy Day services. Cellist Cameron Sawzin provides the deeply spiritual, "Kol Nidre" on solo cello accompanied by pianist Miles Goldberg at our Yom Kippur service.
Our Shabbat and holiday observances are led by Rabbi Karen Landy, a Reconstructionist Rabbi. On the High Holy Days Rabbi Karen is joined by Chazzan, David Hastings, in leading our services. Beginning in 2012, our congregation adopted the siddur, Mishkan Tefilah, a wonderful prayerbook including Hebrew, English and transliteration of all prayers, in addition to thoughtful and inspirational additional readings. For the High Holy Days, we use a text that has been developed by the congregation over forty years, including some original contributions by our religious school children, some of whom now have children of their own.
The Hebrew School of Havurat Shalom provides a curriculum which includes Hebrew language training, cultural and ethnic education and holiday celebrations. Classes are taught once each week for 90 minutes by experienced teachers with small groups of children. Our early-entry program, for children in Grades K-2, “Jumping Into Judaism”, meets once per month. For information on the Hebrew school program, please follow this link.
Looking for the Havurat Shalom congregation in Somerville, please visit http://thehav.org/
SITE UPDATED January 17, 2017