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Historical and Contemporary Havurot: A Comparison

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Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Muriel Mayman

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 52:4

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Prayer Communities; Community Formation; Jewish Organizations

Type: Other

Coverage: United States


This article explores the similarities and differences between the contemporary and ancient havurah. According to the author, the original havurah was formed around 1 B.C.E. and was composed of two sects: those who emphasized the study of the Torah and those who focused on the neglected details of Jewish law. The contemporary havurah emerges as a more tolerated group, each functioning independently from each other and from a central administration.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 52:4