ḥavurah

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Ḥavurah or ḥaburah. Mutual benefit society in Judaism. A ḥavurah is an association devoted to visiting the sick and burying the dead, or it may be simply a society for informal worship and fellowship. In the period during the 1960s and 1970s when there was a massive increase in new religious movements, especially in the USA, ḥavurot were often the equivalent of communes.