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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.

2024: Meet the Core Team

Meet the 2024 Core Team

Do you have ideas? Would you like to be involved? You can reach the Core Team at CoreTeam@havurah.org


Beth Schreiber is a Jew-by-choice who has attended NHC three times (once virtually) and Midwinter at Camp Ramah three times–you might have seen as a counselor at Kid’s Camp, running tech for the late night dance party, or attending art workshops at NHC.

A career librarian for the last 25 years, she’s now teaching Early Music Education to preschoolers through Apple Tree Arts, a Community Music School in Grafton MA, which means she gets paid to sing silly songs and play her ukulele. She is a voracious and fast reader and reviews mostly romance (especially by Jewish writers or about Jewish characters!) at www.hiplibrariansbookblog.com – ask her what she’s reading!

Beth is trained in Torah Godly play, connects deeply with Psalms, and is reading the parsha every week even if she doesn’t make it to regular davening at Havurat Shalom in Somerville, MA. She loves LEGO, video gaming, and historical drama series like Outlander and The Crown. She lives in Newton with her husband don’t-call-him-Rabbi Josh Shalem Schreiber and their blended family of Noam 13) and Josie (11) in Newton MA.


Josh Shalem Schreiber has been an active member of Havurat Shalom in Somerville, MA for over twenty years, and a frequent attendee and occasional teacher at NHC Summer Institute for nearly as long. Having recognized that resistance was futile, he spent the last few years studying at Hebrew College, where he was ordained last Spring. But transformative as the experience was, he remains a Havurahnick at heart, and prefers to teach, study, and pray in spaces where people know his first name isn’t “Rabbi.”
When not immersed in things Jewish, Josh can be found playing 17th Century pop music on viola da gamba with his band Seven Times Salt, or teaching the Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education. He is also a fan of graphic novels and folk singing.
Josh currently lives in Newton, MA with his wife (and co-core-team member) Beth, and their kids Noam and Josie.


Josh Soref is excited to return to the Institute Core team, having grown up attending Institute since his pre-teen years.  For Josh, NHC is a place of joyful connection and supporting each other, and a place to have fun!  Josh has supported NHC’s accessibility efforts by providing real-time transcription for community-wide programs.  He has also helped with other technology needs.  

Josh does IT for a small company and contributes to various Open Source projects. This past December, Josh finally became a Canadian citizen. Josh enjoys cooking, cycling, listening to podcasts, and swimming. Josh is also a dedicated volunteer in Toronto – for Jewish Community events such as Limmud, and the Ashkenaz Festival, as well as Out of the Cold – an interfaith program that provides food aid to the needy.  Josh has a pet cat named Caterina.

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