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    • Avatarkenwilsker
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      Hello out there,

      As the AHC coordinators we are curious about what you think stops people from starting Havurah groups? Over the years we have been asked many times about groups in different areas and we have offered to help them get them started. But we have found that to be a daunting task for most. Would you think that starting an online Havurah might be easier than starting one in person? And if so we would be willing to help get that off the ground and help develop leaders for groups. Your thoughts and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Shalom, Ken and Flora

    • AvatarBrother Gilbert Joseph
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      People are too self-involved and don’t want to commit to anything, We are seeing this today in all kinds of groups and charities that people want others to provide services for them but they don’t want to volunteer or do it themselves. They love to give advice to others about what they should do but not do anything themselves. Look how you have provided this forum but most people can’t even be bothered to get off facebook and join the group or post anything here. Very disappointing but not unexpected.

    • AvatarAngela Costley
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      Hi Ken and Flora,

      Sorry, wanted to reply to this sooner but had an issue logging in.

      I think the major problem for me is that there are no Jews in the area. Setting up a Havurah becomes really hard to do because in some areas, there is also a bit of anti-Semitism with which to contend, or at the least, people don’t understand the point of having a group discussing the Jewish roots of the faith. I think a way forward might be to start up localised Zoom versions in these instances, or to start “fellowship” type groups or bible studies with a Jewish slant.

      All best,

      Angela

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        Dear Angela,

        You might be surprised with who has Jewish ancestry. I didn’t think I would find many Catholics of Jewish ancestry in Tasmania. I have since met a number of them that probably wouldn’t have revealed their Jewish origins if I hadn’t been visible about being a Hebrew Catholic. When I was visiting Cavan in Ireland one of the librarians at the Cavan Library who was a Protestant told me in a whisper that his grandmother had been Jewish and was thrilled when I gave him my Siddur as a gift. When I was at Waterville at the Ring of Kerry two ladies hopped off a bus and approached me who were Jewish and we had a marvellous chat.

        cheers Br Gilbert Joseph

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    • AvatarAngela Costley
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      That’s partly true. However, I still think it’s a bit hard where I live.

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