Core Team/2021 Theme

Theme for 2021!

 Online Institute – July 25–August 8

אֵיזֶהוּ חָכָם, הַלּוֹמֵד מִכָּל אָדָם

“Who is wise? One who learns from every person”

Reaffirming NHC’s egalitarian principle that every attendee is both teacher and student, the Core Team has chosen “Who is wise? One who learns from every person” as the theme for 2021. This well-known quote from Pirkei Avot 4:1 expresses the hope that this year’s online institute will be an opportunity to learn with an even larger and more diverse Jewish community.  Come share your wisdom and learn from others as we immerse ourselves in Jewish learning, laughter, questions, dialogue, music, and friendship.

B’havurah,

Amy, Bobbi, and Glenda

(see bios below)

The 2021 Summer Institute Core Planning Team

Glenda S. McKinney

Glenda is grateful to be able to give back to this supportive community again. She first came to NHC SI in 2016 at the recommendation of her beloved son, David Wilensky, but it has quickly become one of the high points of her year. In 2019, they worked together to revamp the program guide. Serving on the Core Team last year was a thrilling project with unanticipated benefits. She looks forward to continuing to improve communications, especially in hopes that newcomers will feel at home at Institute for many years to come.

Based in Austin, Texas, Glenda is using the free time that retirement brings to camp in a travel trailer throughout the US with her cockatoo, Calah. A long time activist, she continues to find new ways to make the world a better place in ways big and small, from speaking at state and local hearings to witnessing for migrants along the border.

 

Bobbi Teva

Bobbi‌ ‌considers‌ ‌NHC‌ ‌her‌ ‌Jewish‌ ‌home,‌ ‌and‌ ‌misses‌ ‌the‌ ‌camaraderie,‌ connections‌ ‌and‌ ‌learning‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌years‌ ‌that‌ ‌she’s‌ ‌not‌ ‌attended‌ ‌Summer‌ ‌Institute.‌ ‌She‌ ‌served‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌member‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌2019‌ ‌core‌ ‌team‌ ‌-‌ ‌an‌ ‌experience‌ ‌that‌ ‌helped‌ ‌her‌ ‌re-emerge‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌community‌ ‌organizer,‌ ‌and‌ ‌gave‌ ‌her‌ ‌the‌ ‌confidence‌ ‌to‌ ‌reconnect‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌professional‌ ‌life‌ ‌after‌ ‌her‌ ‌many‌ ‌years‌ ‌spent‌ ‌(joyfully)‌ ‌focused‌ ‌on‌ ‌raising,‌ ‌and‌ ‌often‌ ‌homeschooling,‌ ‌her‌ ‌3‌ ‌children.‌ ‌Bobbi’s‌ ‌passion,‌ ‌as‌ ‌an‌ ‌early‌ ‌childhood‌ ‌educator,‌ ‌is‌ ‌providing‌ ‌a‌ ‌safe,‌ ‌loving,‌ ‌stimulating‌ ‌environment‌ ‌for‌ ‌young‌ ‌children‌ ‌to‌ ‌grow‌ ‌into‌ ‌their‌ ‌own‌ ‌authentic‌ ‌selves‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌embrace‌ ‌of‌ ‌a‌ ‌caring‌ ‌community.‌ ‌Outside‌ ‌of‌ ‌school,‌ ‌she‌ ‌enjoys‌ ‌walking/hiking,‌ ‌singing,‌ ‌cooking‌ ‌(especially‌ ‌with‌ ‌her‌ ‌children),‌ ‌family‌ ‌time,‌ ‌the‌ ‌occasional‌ ‌date‌ ‌with‌ ‌her‌ ‌husband,‌ ‌David,‌ ‌and,‌ ‌in‌ ‌different‌ ‌times,‌ ‌travel.

 

Amy Loewenthal (aka Rabbi Ahuvah)

R. Ahuvah is excited for this opportunity to serve the NHC community in a Core way! Attending Summer and Winter Institute for several years, she has come to feel she has really found her people. In particular, she lives for the NHC singing circles and zemirot tables. She loves the  multiplicity of davenning options, the passionate learning and teaching, and connecting with new people at Institute.

A Reconstructionist-ordained rabbi, now living in Worcester, MA (a hotbed of Havurahniks), R. Ahuvah served a congregation in New Hampshire for eight years. Making the most of the current Zoom reality, she has been teaching, leading services, and singing all over the US and Canada, including participating in the wonderful NHC Rosh Hodesh Virtual Hallel. She enjoys biking, running, word games, and local craft beer.

 

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