Chavura + Action
- Chavura: a small group that gathers for communal Jewish learning (from the word “chaver,” meaning friend)
- Action: not only a discussion group, each session offers opportunities to plug into specific racial justice efforts and to identify meaningful personal actions.
What are Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) Chavuraction Circles?
Small groups of CBI members who join together in anti-racist learning and action. The goal of the Chavruaction Circles is to build an anti-racist culture in our congregation by gathering in small groups (chavurah) for anti racist learning and action, rooted in our shared Jewish values. By creating consistent opportunities where CBI members can support each other in learning and unlearning, the Chavruaction Circles has a dual mission of forming networks of friends, and effecting culture change within the congregation.
What do we do in CBI Chavuraction Circles?
Each Chavuraction Circle cohort meets once a month to explore podcasts, videos, readings and other materials related to racism and undoing racism. In the monthly facilitated sessions, we support each other as together we unlearn old misinformation and learn about becoming more effective antiracists. Our discussions are rooted in our shared Jewish values and commitment to Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). With compassion, openness, and a willingness to face uncomfortable truths, we prepare ourselves for meaningful action for racial justice.