2018 Fees and Financial Accessibility

Dear Havurah-niks,

Due to some staff and administrative changes this year, online registration is not quite yet available, but we wanted to share some information in the meantime to help you as you hopefully make plans to join us this summer.

Institute will be Monday, July 23rd to Sunday July, 29th this year, once again at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

The NHC Board and community continue to be committed to many forms of accessibility, including financial. We have heard from a few sources that many people don’t realize that we designate grant funding every year to help people come to Institute. We hope that everybody will participate in an Institute in a way that is meaningful and sustainable for them and their families. We have developed and strongly encourage people to use the sliding scale system for registration and, if more assistance is needed, want everyone to feel empowered to apply for additional grants beyond the sliding scale and/or for work-study positions.

In order to make this model sustainable, we also strongly encourage those who can afford to do so to please consider paying at the high end of (or donating beyond) the sliding scale. NHC has been operating at a deficit in recent years and we will need to both increase fundraising and cut other costs in order to meet our commitments to financial accessibility and responsible employment practices now and in the future.

One change we are making this year is to be more transparent about the costs of Kids Camp, which, due to the need for good ratios of adults to kids, constitutes a very significant portion of Institute’s budget. We estimate that running Kids’ Camp has been costing about $600 per child in addition to site charges for children’s room and board.

We believe that Kids Camp, just like adult courses, is absolutely central to the NHC experience and plan to continue offering subsidies as needed to ensure that families with children are able to afford to attend NHC, but we realized that we should be more transparent about the investment that our community is making in Kids Camp. We hope that whether or not you have children at Kids Camp this year, you will help support Kids’ Camp by donating money, volunteering your time and creativity, and/or supporting the Kids’ Camp Director and staff during the week of Institute.

–The NHC Executive Committee: Tara, Darius, Joline and Saul


Here are our expected registration costs and fees for Institute 2018:

Starting and ending times should be the same as last year, and there will be shuttles from the train station ($5) and the airport ($10). Parking for the week at University of Hartford will be $20 per car.


Adult full week registration will be $1,000, with a sliding scale of $700-$1,300

Adult full week commuter: $900, with a sliding scale of $630-$1200

Adult Shabbat only: $600, with a sliding scale of $420-$800

Child full week resident: $700, sliding scale $490-$1000

Child full week commuter: $650, sliding scale $455-$950

Child Shabbat only: $375, sliding scale $260-$600

(The amount of registration paid above the sticker cost, i.e., on the high side of the sliding scale, counts as a donation and receipts will be provided)


Dues remain $40 for an individual or $80 for a family.


Other financial information:

Almost all work study positions will be a 40% subsidy for registration costs.

Single room supplement for the week: $200, for shabbat only: $75

Early arrival: $65

Fridge in room: $125

Optional linens: $36

Cot added to room: $25

Room cleaning/rearranging fee (if necessary): $25

Room or facility damage fee: cost + 20%

Lost room key fee: $150

Evening childcare full week: $100, Shabbat only $40

Personal accessibility motor scooter: $800 (there will be shared accessibility carts for everyone)

Cancellation insurance for full week adult or child: $50, for Shabbat adult or child: $25

Late registration fee: $50


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