• 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.

Chesapeake Retreat 2020


Friday, February 28, 2020 – Sunday, March 1, 2020
Pearlstone Retreat Center, 5425 Mount Gilead Rd, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136

כָּל־אִישׁ֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר יִדְּבֶ֣נּוּ לִבּ֔וֹ תִּקְח֖וּ אֶת־תְּרוּמָתִֽי׃


“ From everyone who gives it willingly with their heart you shall take My offering” (Exodus 25:1)

Join the National Havurah Committee, havurot, and minyanim from across the Mid-Atlantic for the NHC Chesapeake Retreat, a gathering of individuals and families of all ages and backgrounds.

At this year’s retreat, we will be reading from Parshat Terumah. Parshat Terumah begins with God telling Moses that for the building of the Tabernacle everyone is to give a gift towards its construction based on their own desire to give. Yet at other points in the building of the Tabernacle all are required to contribute a minimum amount to finance its dedication and are only allowed to bring certain types of gifts. These impulses raise the question of how do and how should individuals act when encountering the structures we are all embedded in? How do we remain autonomous and bring a full sense of ourselves to those times where we are mandated to support communal structures? How do we maintain a full sense of self in the face of structural challenges?

Come join us February 28- March 1, 2020 as we grapple with these questions and contribute to our own ‘structures’.

If you are interested in volunteering, leading a workshop or service, or taking on a work-study role—or if you have questions—please contact the 2020 co-chairs Sherri Vishner Glazer and Jonathan Dine at chesapeake-retreat@havurah.org. We are looking forward to spending this retreat with you!

Registration opens December 24, 2019. Register by January 19, 2020 to avoid the late fee. Registration closes January 27, 2020 (or when spots fill up). Sign up for email updates: http://eepurl.com/dgReE1


Hope to see you there!

Sherri Vishner Glazer and Jonathan Dine

Co-chairs NHC Chesapeake Retreat 2020


About the Retreat

The National Havurah Committee (NHC) Chesapeake Retreat is a weekend-long gathering of individuals and families from the Mid-Atlantic region and elsewhere who come together to build community, study, pray, sing, dance, work on an organic farm, relax in a beautiful rural setting, make new friends, and otherwise have fun. Held at the Pearlstone Retreat Center outside Baltimore, Maryland, the annual gathering draws people of all ages, Jewish identities and practices, and interests. For some attendees, this is an opportunity to catch up with their NHC friends living in other cities. For others, this is a first introduction to the NHC community. The Chesapeake Retreat prides itself on being welcoming and accessible to newcomers, individuals with disabilities, individuals with all types of Jewish education and practice, individuals of all ages, and all others. This is a space to be ourselves, to learn from each other, to explore an annual theme, and to recharge our spirits within a warm and welcoming community.

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