Summer Offerings 2022

Coming Together in New Ways

The NHC’s flagship program, the week-long Summer Institute, has been a unique opportunity for serious study, moving prayer, spirited conversation, late-night jam sessions, singing, dancing, swimming, meditation, and hiking — all in the company of more than 300 people from a wide range of backgrounds.

However, due to COVID, our intergenerational group is hesitant to reunite in a large group setting, so we are drawing on the best features of Institute this summer and offering alternative ways to gather.  

We are excited to offer the opportunity to come together for a Summer Retreat at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in the Berkshires of Connecticut from August 14-18, 2022.  Stay tuned for more details to be delivered to your inbox!

Online Summer Study

(2 weeks of courses)

We will be offering some outstanding classes online this summer.
Mark your calendars for the
Monday-Thursday evenings of

July 18-28
Sunday afternoon July 24


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Courses are a central part of the Institute experience, which is why we want to offer courses online this summer. Courses will cover a wide-range topics, including history, Bible, rabbinics, literature, contemporary issues, arts, music, and many more.

The board has approved online courses for those looking to learn with us at home, but the format will be different than what we now know to be ‘Online Summer Institute.’  Mark your calendars for the Monday-Thursday evenings of July 18-28 & Sunday afternoon July 24.


In-Person Opportunities

We also invite you to join friends and friends-to-be of all ages and backgrounds to think of new and safe ways to gather this summer.  This could be in whatever form you are comfortable with; a group outing in the park, shabbat dinner, or a camping trip.  Let the office know if you would like support.

We encourage you to keep our theme for this year in mind when coming together:

v’Yacheid L’vaveinu
Unite our hearts
for a theme of UNITY:
 *וְיַחֵד לְבָבֵנוּ*
לְאַהֲבָה וּלְיִרְאָה אֶת שְׁמֶךָ.

Other things to keep in mind to maintain what the NHC has worked so hard to nurture:

Intergenerational: Typically, at Summer Institute, participant ages have ranged from a month and a half old to over 80 years. Children between 6 months and 12 years old can spend the week at Kidstitute. Participants from all age groups shared meals, stories, teachings, songs, and talents all week long.

Pluralistic and Inclusive: The NHC Summer Institute includes people committed to various forms of traditional and non-traditional Jewish practice, Jews from birth, Jews by choice, Jews with multiple religious heritages, non-Jews, and people exploring Judaism.

Diverse backgrounds and lives: NHC Summer Institute participants hold a variety of identities including LGBTQ and straight; people of color, Sephardi, Mizrachi and Ashkenazi; urban, rural, and suburban; Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, Renewal, secular, and Jewish without labels.

Learning for Everyone: NHC Summer Institute participants also have a variety of Jewish learning backgrounds, from those with no formal Jewish education to those with Ph.D.s in Talmud.

The dynamic process of exploring together what Judaism and Jewishness means in our lives is a highlight of the Summer Institute.

And whatever else you want to make happen! 

Looking to make contact with folks from your home geography? Want to explore the themes of Harry Potter through a Jewish lens? We are the ones who build our community! We are the ones who decide what this summer looks like!

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