What is Summer Institute?


Steps for Registration:

  1. Fill out the above form and follow the directions that bring you to step 2
  2. Pay
  3. Receive invite to pick your schedule!

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Institute is Going Online July 19- August 2, 2020!

For some 40 years, 300 plus people have gathered for a week every summer to learn, teach, daven, sing, and be in Jewish community together.

This year, as with so many institutions since Covid-19, we will not be meeting in person.

We will be meeting virtually and invite you to join friends and friends-to-be of all ages and backgrounds to come to the ​National Havurah Committee ​Summer Online Institute, where every teacher is a student and every student is a teacher. Our theme this year is ”El na refa na lah” or “Please G!d, heal her.”

To offer flexibility given these strange times, the Institute will be spread out over two weeks. Four-session classes will be offered twice a week, with both morning and evening options. Daily workshops will be available as well as all kinds of other programming including daily davening, community-wide learning, singing, and other options. We will have opportunities to share meals and hangout spaces together online as well.

The second week will have a higher concentration of non-course programming, including Tisha B’Av and Friday afternoon/evening Shabbat programming and davenning both before and during the time of chag.

Because these times are unprecedented, we are still finalizing the structure of the two-week program, but a sample day will look like this- Sample day schedule.

Go HERE to see all the courses being offered this year, and register HERE. Once you register, you’ll be able to select your classes. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Eliana, Glenda, & Rebecca

Online Institute Core Team

Registration for Online Summer Institute is Open


Thank you for joining us online this year: July 19- August 2

Moving Summer Institute online was a tough decision, but the Core Team and many volunteers have been creating an exciting program with fantastic courses, spiritual life offerings, davening, and time to hang out with friends!

To register, fill out the registration form and then follow the directions.

NOTE:  Course selection is not on the registration form but will be done afterwards on a different site. Please check out the updated 2020 Course Schedule on our website.Please contact office@havurah.org if you have any questions.

Fee, Sliding Scale, and Grant Information

This year’s registration form allows you to sign up as an individual or for your household and provides a total ticket cost.

Our sticker price for adults (ages 12+) is $360. It enables NHC to pay our staff and stay financially viable. If you are able to pay the sticker price or above, it will make a huge difference for supporting the NHC. Any amount above the sticker price is considered a donation and we will send a receipt. We are committed to financial accessibility and provide a sliding scale for payment options. Our sliding scale for adult participants goes from $72-$720.

Financial assistance beyond the sliding scale is available. After completing the registration form, complete the grant application form.  The Grants Committee will follow up within 48-72 hours.  More information about grants.

Our sticker price for children is $36. Children are invited to davening, community programming, and any workshops either designated specifically for children or marked as child-appropriate. Our sliding scale for children is $0-$72. Please pay what makes sense for you and your family.



At the NHC Summer Institute, every teacher is also a student and every student is a teacher. One way in which we share our knowledge with each other is through hour-long workshops that occur throughout the week. Workshops at the NHC are offered by any participants who are excited to share their skills, knowledge, or ideas – they range from text study, to group discussions about a topic of interest, to sessions on how to crochet kippot or tie tzitzit, to song swaps, to mini-lectures. What workshop would you like to offer?  We are accepting proposals for workshops that are appropriate for adults, children or both!

Please submit workshop proposals via this form, by July 5.

We can’t wait to learn with you!

Online Institute Pre-Registration Announcement

These unprecedented times require creativity, flexibility, and inspiration. We are grateful to everyone who joined the Kehilla community gathering in May to provide input for online Institute. Your input was invaluable.

The Core Team, with the support of many Havurahniks, has prepared an online Institute to run over two weeks, from Sunday, July 19, 2020 through Saturday night, August 1, 2020. We aim to have registration open by June 21, 2020.

Programming is designed taking into account varying work schedules and multiple time zones. Most courses will meet twice a week, either in the morning or in the evening. Courses and their specific schedules will be listed on registration so that participants can select up to two classes that fit their schedule.

There will be workshops plus social and community programming throughout. The second week will have a higher concentration  of non-course programming, including Tisha B’Av and Friday afternoon/evening, with Shabbat programming and davenning both before and during the time of chag.

This year’s sticker price of $360 is, like always, based on a projection of estimated attendees and the amount it takes to both cover direct Institute costs and to keep the NHC running year round, including compensating our amazing staff and maintaining fiscal viability. We understand that we are living in a time of economic uncertainty, and are offering a sliding scale of $72 – $720. Grant assistance for those who need to pay less than $72 will be available.

If you are able, we ask that you consider registering for the sticker price of $360, or higher. We encourage everyone to choose the financial option that works for them, and we hope that the lower prices made possible by being online may make attending this year’s Institute more feasible for both newcomers and those returning . We are committed as ever to minimizing financial barriers to participation.

Online Kidstitute is still a work in progress. We are surveying parents about their interests. If you are a parent and have not yet filled out the survey, please do by June 19: survey link. We expect to have some programming specifically for children, but the scope and costs are yet to be determined. At a minimum, children will be invited and welcome for community programs and davening.

We will be using sched.com for our event platform, and it is very user friendly. You will be able to interact with other attendees, choose courses, plan your schedule, and learn more about the presenters.

Institute always runs on volunteerism and community co-creation. Your participation is vital. More information will be forthcoming, but if you already have an area of interest you are excited to work on – such as a program or social idea; leading davening; working on behind-the-scenes information processing, organization, or tech support, please contact volunteer@havurah.org.

It is also time to start thinking about what kind of online workshop(s) you may want to share!


Rosh Hodesh Tammuz

Hallel for Rosh Hodesh Tammuz

Monday June 22, 2020 at 10 AM EDT
Fabrangen and the NHC are hosting an online participatory Hallel for Rosh Hodesh Tammuz.  We invite you arrive a few minutes early to get settled.  Once registered, your confirmation email will provide you with the Zoom link for the service as well as the password.  The service will start at 11 AM EDT.
You are also warmly welcome to a study session by Joe Rosenstein “What is Hallel All About?”  This session will start at 10:15 AM and wrap up at 10:45 AM.