An Online Version of Summer Institute is being offered
July 25- August 8, 2021
What is Summer Institute?
The National Havurah Committee is a community of people of all ages dedicated to deeply rooted, vibrantly creative Jewish living and learning, community building, and tikkun olam (repairing the world). Our volunteer-led community is egalitarian, pluralistic, multi-generational, and highly participatory.
For some 40 years, 300 plus people have gathered for a week every summer to learn, teach, daven, sing, and be in Jewish community together. At these gatherings, we live our motto that “every student is a teacher and every teacher is a student” with a wide array of opportunities to learn from each other in different settings and different ways. Courses, which meet daily beginning on the first full day of the Summer Institute, are the backbone of the Institute schedule. Teachers can expect to engage with enthusiastic and passionate students in exploring their chosen subject matter, while also participating fully in all other online Institute programming.
This year, with so many uncertainties due to COVID-19, we are offering a two week online Institute to ensure the community can stay connected. Any possible in-person gatherings will require significant volunteer power. Check out our ‘Get Involved‘ page to see how you can help!
We know we will be meeting virtually and invite you to join friends and friends-to-be of all ages and backgrounds to come to the National Havurah Committee Summer Online Institute, where every teacher is a student and every student is a teacher. Our theme this year is:
אֵיזֶהוּ חָכָם, הַלּוֹמֵד מִכָּל אָדָם
“Who is wise? One who learns from every person”
To offer flexibility given these strange times, the Institute will be spread out over two weeks. Several classes will be offered throughout the two weeks, with both morning and evening options. Daily workshops will be available as well as all kinds of other programming including daily davening, community-wide learning, singing, and other options. We will have opportunities to share meals and hangout spaces together online as well.
Because these times are unprecedented, we are still finalizing the structure of the two-week program, but a sample day will look like this- Sample day schedule.