Many Chavurot (friendship circles) were formed (and more are being formed) through the auspices of the Shaare Tefila Membership Committee. While many Chavurot members are empty nesters, a typical Chavurah has approximately 7 couples, all of similar age and geographic locations.
A Chavurah decides independently how often to meet, where and what programs to have. Activities have included: serious topics of discussion, theater parties, eating out, eating in, a day at the races, a tour of the newly renovated DC Historic Synagogue at Sixth and I Street. Chavurot are unified in that there are no officers, no dues and no minutes. Chavurah is purely a social construct created to foster closer relationships within the greater Shaare Tefila community.
Chavurah members attend and sit together at many regular Shaare Tefila Congregation activities, e.g. Friday night dinners, holiday celebrations, social functions. A Chavurah acts as an extended family, being there in good times as well as bad. Solid friendships are forged that last a lifetime.