2020 Ma’avir* Fellowship

College Students in their first three years and others in this 18-21 year old age group are invited to apply to become NHC Ma’avir* Fellows at the 2020 National Havurah Committee Summer Institute, to be held July 27-Aug 2 at the University of Hartford in Hartford, CT.

Be part of a transforming and transformative multigenerational, pluralistic, and egalitarian Jewish community.

Experience intense Jewish learning and joyful grassroots Judaism from diverse traditional and alternative perspectives.

Learn tools to bring to your home and school communities, and draw support from your cohort and the NHC community.

The Summer Institute presents a unique opportunity for six days of Jewish study in an astonishing variety of areas, creative and traditional prayer, spirited conversation, singing, dancing, swimming, meditation, as well as for late-night jam sessions (folk songs, sea shanties (ARRRH!) , story slams, drumming), and hiking.  Each year, participants leave the Institute invigorated and excited to return to their home communities to share new ideas, skills, and community-building experiences.

Ma’avir (*=crossing over, transitions) Fellowship

  • Ma’avir Fellows will participate in daily sessions with other fellows to discuss the role and expression of Judaism in their communities and/or college setting.
  • Fellows will have the opportunity to cultivate and share their own ideas while learning about the Havurah movement, past and present.
  • The Ma’avir Fellowship reduces tuition and fees for eligible participants to $100. We expect that your campus or other local Jewish organization will contribute $200 as well. The Fellowship can support you in connecting with and reaching out to campus or local organization(s). A grant to assist with travel expenses may be sought if travel presents a financial difficulty
  • The NHC is a non-denominational organization with a commitment to lay-led, egalitarian, community centered Judaism.  For more information about the NHC and the Summer Institute, click here
  • The NHC Summer Institute creates open, diverse, and exciting community, welcoming Jews of all genders and sexualities, Jews by birth and Jews by choice, practitioners of traditional and nontraditional Judaism, non-Jews.  A gathering of over 300 people from a wide variety of backgrounds, the summer institute is especially age diverse – young children through nonagenarians.
  • At the NHC Summer Institute, each participant enrolls in two courses (course listings will be available in March!), each spanning four days and exploring a topic in depth. Topics vary widely – courses range from advanced text study (Talmud and Bible), to those exploring the arts, philosophy, literature, mysticism, spirituality, and Jewish/popular culture, as well as skills-based topics.
  • Dozens of shorter workshops explore serious, funny, timely, political, and sometimes weird or very esoteric topics. Workshops also may be dedicated to singing, dancing (Israeli folk dance and other), and group or individual art projects.
  • Meals are delicious kosher vegetarian, accommodating a variety of dietary needs (and ice cream at every meal!). Participants stay in the Hartford University dormitories.

For further information e-mail maavirfellows@havurah.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Fellows contribute $100 toward the cost of the week, and are asked to raise $200 from their Hillel or Jewish student organization to support them. Financial support may be available for those for whom these costs represent a true financial barrier.

The NHC Ma’avir Fellowship is sponsored by Jeremy Golding and Michele Roberts and the NHC.

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