• This year’s theme of עִיר מִקְלָט “Ir Miklat: City of Refuge” can be found in a small corner of parshat Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2 - 36:13). It epitomizes how we want this year’s institute to feel: a space where both the individual and the community at the heart of the Havurah ethos can come together in a safe space to create something meaningful, where our connections are welcoming and inclusive, fun and exciting, relaxing and energizing, and insightful and spiritually significant for our diverse community of participants.

    The Core Team envisions Institute as our City of Refuge--a place that’s safe--this year more than ever. What is it YOU need refuge from? We welcome you to join us at Pearlstone Center for sanctuary and refuge, to renew and refresh, and to play, rest, create and learn with us! Summer Institute will take place july 29-August 4, 2024.

2024 Liturgist-in-Residence Call for Proposals

NHC Summer Institute 2024 Liturgist-in-Residence Call for Proposals

Submit a Proposal

The National Havurah Committee is seeking applicants who wish to be considered for the position of Liturgist-in-Residence at the 2024 Summer Institute, to be held at Pearlstone Retreat Center from July 29th-August 4th in Maryland.  

The Liturgist-in-Residence will offer a series of special programs open to the community related to creating liturgy, liturgical poetry or new rituals. The Liturgist-in-Residence will present at least three independent workshops, and also may lead or participate in innovative prayer experiences, an evening or Shabbat program, an activity specifically for kids or teens, or community programs. These programs will be open to the entire community and will be equivalent to teacher-level service (approximately 8 hours of programming throughout the week).

We especially welcome applications that share your process of creating new prayers, reinterpreting prayers,  or designing new rituals through example.  Please offer at least one session on “how you do what you do” so that others may learn from you. We are not looking for programs that teach traditional liturgical skills, nusach or service leading methods. While teaching, learning, singing, or matching original, or alternative melodies for prayers is appropriate, that should not be the sole focus of the Liturgist-in-Residence workshops and activities. 

We encourage Jews of Color and marginalized communities whose original liturgy reflects their challenges, dreams, interpretations, and variations of Jewish prayers to apply.  The Liturgist-in-Residence will be a catalyst to create and share contemporary prayer experiences and/or rituals that embrace, reflect, and celebrate the NHC community’s racial, religious, and social diversity. 

The Liturgist in Residence will receive full tuition and housing to attend the NHC Institute, but is responsible for their own travel arrangements and NHC membership dues of $60 per adult or $120 per family.  If multiple individuals are on the same application and are chosen, they will share the tuition credit. There is no stipend with this position. 

The Liturgist-in-Residence position is sponsored by a donation from the editors of L’chu N’ran’nah: An Egalitarian Traditional Bencher with an Alternative Edge with gratitude to the NHC Community. For more information about the L’chu N’ran’nah bencher, see http://birkat.org 

Past NHC Liturgists in Residence include*:


  • 2023 – Sarah Chandler
  • 2022 – Eliana Light
  • 2021– Devon Spier
  • 2020– Rachel Barenblat
  • 2019 — Ellen Dreskin
  • 2018 – Linda Hirschhorn
  • 2017 – Mitch Chefitz
  • 2016 – Malkah Binah Klein and Aliza Arzt
  • 2015 – Alden Solovy
  • 2014 – Trisha Arlin
  • 2013 – Adam  Lavitt and Adina Allen
  • 2011 – Miriam Margles

*Prior Liturgists-in-Residence are ineligible to apply.

Please contact liturgist@havurah.org if you have questions or ideas to discuss for your proposal before submitting.  

You may submit at most two different proposals. Please complete a separate copy of this form for each Liturgist-in-Residence application you are submitting, and email completed forms to liturgist@havurah.org..  Please use this form, or, if your word processing program does not let you edit it easily, you may create a document of your own that contains this information.   Applications are due by February 16th. We will notify you regarding the status of your application by Monday Feb 26, 2024.

The Torah portion for our week together will be Matot-Masei, so we are particularly interested in proposals based on Numbers 30:2-36:13 or on Tribes and Travels—however you define those terms.


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