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    Registration deadline: June 18th

    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.

Core Team & Theme

Summer Offerings Theme

v’Yacheid L’vaveinu
Unite our hearts
וְיַחֵד לְבָבֵנוּ
לְאַהֲבָה וּלְיִרְאָה אֶת שְׁמֶךָ.

Meet the Core Team


Ahuvah (Amy) Loewenthal
Ahuvah served on the NHC Core Team in 2021. She’s excited for this opportunity to continuing serving 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.

Jacob Sommer


Jacob Sommer
Jacob Sommer first started attended NHC Summer Institute at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire over a decade ago, and Cheshire Hall was a special place for his family. He enjoyed his time there, and returned as often as time and work allowed. Jacob is a lifelong Massachusetts resident. He grew up near Worcester, MA, lived over a decade in the Pioneer Valley, and settled with his family outside Boston.

Besides being a creative problem solver, he enjoys composing songs and poems, performing, writing, singing, and cooking. He is pleased to help plan 2022 Summer Offerings.

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