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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.

Timbrel Artists-in-Residence 2019

Eli Kaplan-Wildmann and Tikva Hecht


Eli Kaplan-Wildmann lives in Jerusalem and loves creating and designing in the ancient city. His favorite projects there include designing for the Jerusalem Opera, Psik, and the Jerusalem Light Festival. He directed several musicals including Hairspray, Singin’ In The Rain and an original musical, Solika, based on the Moroccan tale. In New York, where he studied, taught and worked, he designed off-Broadway. He is a gabbi at Jerusalem’s traditional egal community Sod Siach, and is a former chair of “Havruta – Religious Gay Men.” Eli created Unbound – The Recreated Haggadah and Shabbat Unbound, visual books that infuse familiar Jewish moments with excitement and creativity.

Eli’s course at this Summer’s Institute is called Creativity In Jewish Ritual: The People Of  The Visual, Unbound Book.  As society becomes more visual, and we are all artists curating our feeds and designing our stories, we need to ask how our Judaism fits into this changing world. In this class, we will become familiar with the Unbound Books that designer Eli Kaplan-Wildmann has developed, both looking at examples and creating our own. These books take the traditional physical forms of Jewish text – leafs of paper sewn together in order – and turn them into colorful and inspiring creations. We will do a series of exercises in using paper and other simple materials to express specific Jewish ideas and ceremonies. There will be general craft elements available that we will work with, and participants are free to bring their own as well. The final project will give each participant the chance to create a new ritual object for a Jewish tradition that doesn’t yet have such an object, that the participants will get to use every year starting soon after Institute finishes.



Tikva Hecht is a poet and fiction writer based in Toronto, Canada. Her work has appeared in CV2, Canadian Literature, Ghost Town, The Broken Plate, HuffingtonPost Canada and other online and print publications.

Tikva’s course at Institute is Talmudic Form: An Experiment in Non-linear and Collaborative Storytelling. In this course, we will be using Talmudic form to explore and experiment with non-linear and collaborative storytelling. Since the 16th century, the Talmud has been published with the central text embraced by two columns of medieval commentary, Rashi and Tosefot. This structure makes the conversational nature of the Talmud and its study visually immediate and present. Instead of one voice, we are faced with many. Instead of one path mapped out from Start to Finish, we can—and must—take our pick. How does this form impact, enhance, inhibit, complicate and contribute to its content? What possibilities and experiences does it open up for those who approach it as readers? What about as writers? We’ll be finding out together as we co-write and construct our own Tractate NHC Institute 2019.

About the Timbral Artist-in-Residence

The Timbrel Artist-in-Residence teaches a four-session course during the Summer Institute, in addition to leading community-wide programming. Artists-in-Residence will receive credit for free tuition, room, and board, program admissions to the Institute, a stipend, and a small budget. Artists from all disciplines are welcome; Jews of Color and Jews with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Past artists have represented the disciplines of music (vocal and instrumental), theater and storytelling, puppetry, poetry, visual arts, and dance.

Direct any questions to office@havurah.org


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