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    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.

Liturgist-In-Residence 2019: Introducing Ellen Dreskin!


Ellen Dreskin is an innovative worship leader, as well as a synagogue consultant and clergy coach in the areas of liturgical innovation, personal prayer practice, and communal worship skills.

Ellen has worked for over 20 years as a scholar-in-residence and worship-leader at dozens of congregations across the country and regularly serves on the Faculty of National Institutes, Camps, and Conferences.

Ellen was ordained as a cantor by HUC-JIR in 1986 and has a Master’s Degree in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University. She is married to Rabbi Billy Dreskin and is extremely proud of their joint projects: Katie, Jonah (z”l), and Aiden.


Ellen will be teaching four programs throughout the week:

  • Glamour in the Grammar: Deepening Your Understanding of Liturgy
  • Illuminating the Word we Speak and Sing
  • Music as Midrash
  • Know Before Whom You Stand: How To Customize a Prayer Experience for your Community
She will also participate in a community event during the week.

About the Role

The Liturgist-in-Residence offers a series of special programs open to the community related to creating liturgy or ritual. The Liturgist-in-Residence presents 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 are open to the entire community and will be equivalent to teacher-level service (approximately 8 hours of programming throughout the week).

We especially welcome applicants that share the process of creating or reinterpreting liturgy or designing new rituals through example. We do not look for programs that teach traditional liturgical skills, nusach or service leading methods.  The Liturgist-in-Residence receives one complimentary registration to attend at the NHC Summer Institute. If multiple individuals are on the same application and are chosen, they will share the tuition credit. There is no stipend with this position.

Please contact liturgist@havurah.org if you have questions.

The NHC Liturgist in Residence is funded from the proceeds of L’chu N’ran’nah, an egalitarian traditional Bencher with an alternative edge, edited by  Barry Walfish, Mark Frydenberg, Aviva Richman, and Ben Dreyfus.
We thank the NHC community for supporting our work.

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