What is Haverim?

Haverim (hah-vehr-eem) is the Hebrew word for friends. This organization is made up of Eastern Mennonite University alumni who are Bible and religion department grads, as well as other persons who are interested in supporting the department students and faculty.

Haverim, translated from the Hebrew root havar, means to convey the fellowship, partnership and mutual respect between friends. Haverim gives alumni an opportunity to extend their hands of friendship by facilitating student internship and sponsoring conferences and lectureships; by providing for scholarship endowments and financing special department projects; and by recruiting new Haverim members and encouraging young people to major in one of the many programs within the Bible & religion department at EMU.

More than 700 persons have graduated from the Bible & Religion department. They have accepted God’s call to serve as teachers, pastors, counselors, mission-service workers and church administrators. Others have chosen vocations not directly related to their major, but apply their learning to serve the church in various ways. We rejoice to see how graduates have helped form and lead the church over the last eight decades.

Steering Committee
Abigail Spurrier Ewing
Jason Gerlach, Chair
Carl Kniss
Rachel Roth Sawatzky
Kathy Yoder
Tim Yoder
Peter Dula, chair, Bible & religion department
Jeff Shank, director, alumni & parent engagement