Our History

The Havurah started as an informal group for social get-togethers in 1986. First known as the Jewish Study Group, the group quickly prospered. The idea of a Vashon Havurah was based on the general havurah movement that emerged in the United States during the social changes and counterculture of the 1960s.  

The Vashon Havurah’s current building was built in 1926 by members of the Golgatha Norwegian Lutheran Church.   The building changed hands throughout the years and was purchased from the Bethel Church in 2001.  Today, our building hosts weekly Torah Study, High Holiday celebrations, other holiday and festival days; and periodically has Friday evening service once a month.  Our building is often rented out for interfaith activities, musical performances, private parties and is available for rent to the greater Vashon community.