• Click Here to Register for NHC's Summer Institute 2024

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    Registration deadline: June 18th

    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.

Pre-Institute Checklist

First of all, don’t forget…

  • Your printed parking permit
  • A check for your Key Deposit(s) (cash and credit will NOT be accepted)
  • To settle up your balance with Alyse

Suggested Packing List:

Please clearly label your belongings with your name.

  • Comfortable clothes that can be layered based on temperature
  • Sweater or sweatshirt (all of campus is air-conditioned)
  • Flashlights (for walking at night)
  • Rain gear
  • Sun hat
  • Tote bag or backpack
  • Swimming suits & gear (pool open 4-6pm Tues-Fri)
  • Bicycle or scooter (must also bring/wear a helmet)
  • Sports equipment
  • Board games
  • Alarm clock
  • Hangers
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Any medications you or your family might need
  • Camera
  • Portable fan
  • Facial tissue
  • Laundry supplies, such as detergent

For Classes & Activities

  • Notebook, pen, or laptop
  • Tanakh or Bible (Five Books of Moses, Prophets, and Writings)
  • Siddur, kippah, tallit and tefillin, if you use them (Please bring extras to share if you can)
  • Musical instruments
  • Words to songs or songbooks (especially Rise Up Singing)
  • Stories to tell, poems to read, and niggunim to share


The University of Hartford has prepared pillows and bedding only for those who pre-ordered them during registration. The bedding package includes one pillow, one fitted sheet, one top sheet, and one thin summer blanket. NHC will be providing bath towels for all participants. Please bring appropriate bedding if you did not order it in your registration (note – beds are twin extra-long, which is the same length as a queen).

Some people like to bring supplemental linens/bedding:

  • Extra blankets (all dorms are air-conditioned)
  • Extra/larger towels
  • Washcloths/hand towels
  • Bathmat

Thursday Morning Hike

If you are interested in participating in the optional hike on Thursday morning, we strongly recommend that you bring the following additional items:

  • Hiking shoes or sturdy sneakers
  • Day pack
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle

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