Accommodations 2020

The 2020 NHC Summer Institute will be at the University of Hartford. Here is some background on our accommodations while we are there.


Housing is dorm-style double rooms (two single extra long beds per room). Most floors have: 1 common area, 8-25 bedrooms, and shared restrooms (including multiple toilet and shower stalls). Laundry machines are available in each building. Larger community wide common spaces are also easily accessible from all housing options. They are all air-conditioned.

NHC will have three types of housing available during the Summer Institute:

Hawk Hall Dorms

  • Centrally-located, ideal for children and families
  • Elevator
  • Electronic key card access, with option to leave individual rooms unlocked throughout the week
    • On Shabbat, someone will be stationed to open the outer door
  • Women’s, Men’s, and All-Gender options will be available for communal bathrooms

B Complex Dorms

  • Centrally-located
  • No elevator, first floor rooms available.
  • Hard-key access for individual rooms, electronic key card for the outer door (will be propped open on Shabbat)
  • Shared bathrooms

Park River Suites

  • Slightly farther from central community space, accessible by golf cart paths
  • Elevator (suites are on the 4th floor)
  • Hard-key access for individual rooms, electronic key card for the outer door (will be propped open on Shabbat)
  • 1 bathroom per-suite
  • With limited availability, these apartments will be assigned first to those for whom this style of housing addresses their accessibility needs, and then will be first come, first served.



Housing is accessible by one of the following: ramp or stairs, stairs or elevator, a few stairs, or a flight of stairs.  Many (but not all) restrooms are ADA compliant, so please indicate your specific accessibility needs in your registration.

Each room is equipped with a dresser, desk, chair, and bed for each occupant. We will be renting towels for each participant. Sheets, blankets, and pillows are available only if pre-ordered in your registration. Single rooms are available at an added cost if chosen in your registration. Small refrigerator/microwave combinations are available to rent in advance for your room or hall.

You will have an opportunity to request who you would like to room with/near and to tell us about factors we should keep in mind if matching you with others. Children who will not be using a bed (because of sharing a bed or a pack and play type setup) are asked to indicate this in their registration.  There are cots available, as well.  We ask for 2 room choices on registration and we will do our best to accommodate them.

Many doors are opened with electronic swipe cards. Provisions will be made for people for whom the use of these cards will violate their Shabbat observance. Please make sure the appropriate information is given in your registration.

All housing options are very close to each other, the dining hall and spaces where late night programming will happen. Golf carts (available for rent) are not allowed the footpath between classes/workshops/Kidstitute/evening programs and dorms but can still access all programming via an alternate path. All housing is accessible via nearby parking lots. There are no major hills near the housing.

Housing will be assigned taking all requests into account and making great effort to accommodate all needs brought to our attention in advance. Please help us by providing information in your registration (including about accessibility needs, roommate preferences and Shabbat observances).


Each day features three delicious, kosher, vegetarian meals and plenty of evening snacks, with special arrangements for those who will be fasting for Tisha B’Av. There are always vegan/parve options and an abundance of healthy choices. The kitchen and dining hall are under the strict supervision of a mashgiach (supervisor), who also participates in the Institute.

If you have special food needs, allergies, or sensitivities, please help us meet your needs by letting us know on the registration form and providing a detailed explanation by July 2nd.


Local Alternative Accommodations (Hotels)

We realize the accommodations at the University of Hartford are physically challenging for some members of our community. In light of that, we are offering a discounted commuter rate of $850 to support those who may have a better experience staying off campus.  This includes dinner on Monday night and 2 meals a day Tuesday through Saturday, as well as all of our programming.
Here are 3 hotels in the area that provide breakfast-
Here is a general list of local hotels.

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