Chaver Pair Program

Posted: April 18, 2016

Dear Chaverim (Friends),

In an effort to integrate all members as well as newcomers into the fabric of Etz Hayim, we’re launching the Chaver Pair Program.

The Jewish value of hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests) is a mitzvah modeled in the Book of Genesis by Abraham and Sarah when they welcomed visitors. This warmth is something we want all members (as well as guests) to feel each time they participate in an event with the Etz Hayim community.

The Chaver Pair Program is designed to provide that “personal touch” and remain in contact with you, so you know that we’re thinking of you and want you to feel connected to the Etz Hayim community.

An Inreach Committee[1] representing different constituencies within the congregation – long-time members, religious school families, preschool families, and others – has created a framework for the program. Roughly one-third of our membership has been identified as our “Mensches,” who will host our Chaverim.

Expect a phone call from your Mensch in the next couple of weeks to introduce him/herself.

We hope that you are as excited as we are about this opportunity to strengthen ties between our valued friends and members.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of us or Rabbi Bass.


Susan Hamm, Michael Jacobs, and Stacey Viera

CEH Chaver Pair Program Co-Founders

  • [1] Rabbi Lia Bass, Susan Hamm, Michael Jacobs, Sonya Okin, Natalie Roisman, Elisa Rosman, and Stacey Viera.  Alexis Joyce is our liaison to the CEH preschool community.