2016 Additional Information

Sunday Arrival

We recognize that some participants will need to arrive in the area on Sunday, pilule July 31st, page 2016. We have accommodation options available on campus for that evening at a cost of $75 per adult or $50 for children or anyone who is helping with set-up. Please note that there are no meals offered on Sunday as the dining hall will not be open.

If you have registered to arrive on Sunday, treatment you will receive an email about arrival procedures. If you are interested in adding the Sunday arrival option, please email office@main.havurah.org or call 215-248-1335 by July 14th.


Cancellation Policy and Cancellation Insurance

Cancellation insurance enables you to receive a partial refund of Institute fees if you must cancel due to unforeseen circumstances.

  • Register by May 18, 2016 for free cancellation Insurance.
  • Register after May 18 and optionally purchase cancellation Insurance, priced as follows:
    • $42 for an adult
    • $32 for a commuter adult
    • $15 for a Shabbat-only adult
    • $11 for a child
    • $6 for a Shabbat-only child.

If you do need to cancel, please inform the office as soon as you know. If you have cancellation insurance and need to cancel, refunds will be allocated as follows:

For Full Week Adult Residents:

    • Cancel by July 5th at 5:00pm EDT, to receive a refund of your Institute fees minus a $35 administrative fee per person.
    • Cancel by July 14th at 5:00pm EDT to receive a refund of your Institute fees minus $100 per person.
    • Cancel by July 31st at 5:00pm EDT to receive a refund of your Institute fees minus $300 per person
    • If you cancel after the start of Institute, no refund

If you do not purchase cancellation insurance at the time that you register, and need to cancel, refunds will be allocated as follows:

    • Cancel by June 9th at 5:00pm EDT, to receive a refund of your Institute fees minus a $75 administrative fee per person.
    • Cancel by July 5th at 5:00pm EDT, to receive a refund of your Institute fees minus a $150 administrative fee per person.
    • Cancel by July 14th at 5:00pm EDT to receive a refund of your Institute fees minus $250 per person.
    • Cancel by July 31st at 5:00pm EDT to receive a refund of your Institute fees minus $650 per person
    • If you cancel after the start of Institute, no refund

For information on children and Shabbat-only cancellation fees, please contact the office. Supplemental fees for services arranged by the NHC (housing, golf cart, and evening childcare) will be refunded in full only if the NHC can cancel them without incurring a penalty.



Any outstanding bills from previous Summer Institutes and regional retreats must be paid in full before you may register for this year’s Institute.



Membership dues are non-refundable and tax-deductible. Administrative fees retained by the NHC may be considered a tax-deductible contribution.


Email Communication

As an Institute participant, you agree to be subscribed to the NHC’s email list to receive occasional email updates from the NHC office. You may opt out from receiving this information by contacting the NHC office.


Photography Policy

In submitting your registration form, you grant permission for your image and/or the images of your child(ren), captured at the Institute through video, photo, and digital camera, to be used in official NHC promotional material, including but not limited to news releases, publications, videos, and the NHC website, and waive rights of compensation or ownership. You may contact the NHC office to opt out and rescind that permission.



Each day features three delicious, kosher, vegetarian meals and plenty of evening snacks. There are always vegan/parve options and an abundance of healthy choices. The kitchen and dining hall are under the strict supervision of a mashgiach (supervisor), who also participates in the Institute.

If you have special food needs,allergies, or sensitivities, please help us meet your needs by letting us know on the registration form and providing a detailed explanation by June 16. All adult housing include refrigerators and kitchens (although no cookware, silverware, dishes, or glasses are provided). You may bring food from home or outside into your room, but not into the dining hall. There is a grocery store less than 1 mile from Franklin Pierce.

Housing at FPU

Four comfortable, modern housing options are available. All accommodations have parking, washing machines, and dryers nearby. Please indicate your housing preference when you register.   All housing is double occupancy (unless you pay for a single supplement).

  • Suites: The suites in the center of campus are air-conditioned and accessible to those with special mobility needs. Each suite has six bedrooms with two twin beds per room, one bathroom with three showers and sinks, a living room, and a kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave oven. Suites are generally designated for families with children under the age of 10 (to facilitate evening child care) and people with special mobility needs. Washing machines and dryers are free.
  • Apartments: The apartments are located near the suites. Each apartment has two bedrooms with two twin beds per room, 1.5 baths, a living room, and a kitchen with refrigerator, stove, and dining area. The apartments do not have air conditioning; however, the mountain climate usually makes air conditioning unnecessary at night.
  • Townhouses: The townhouses are next to the lake, a 7 to 10 minute walk to the dining hall and classrooms. There is a wheelchair-accessible studio apartment on the first floor, while the second and third floors each contain three bedrooms with two twin beds each, three full bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room area. The townhouses are air-conditioned. The basement of each townhouse contains a coin-operated washer and dryer.
  • Dormitories: Young adults and teens are housed in traditional dormitories with two beds per room and a communal bathroom. Typical dormitory rooms do not have air conditioning. Most Zeitler Fellows will be housed here.

Commuters and Camping

Anyone who lives or is staying near the campus can participate at a reduced cost by registering as a commuter. Commuter registration includes all meals and full participation in all programs. There will also be designated camping grounds on site, available at the commuters’ rate.



A little about workshops…

  • Workshops are one-time, hour-long spaces for … almost anything you can think of. Past topics have ranged from kippah crocheting (a perennial favorite) to “Jews and Abe Lincoln.”
  • There are two workshop slots per day, morning and afternoon, and many options in each slot.
  • Any Institute participant can propose a workshop, and it’s a great place to try out a new idea or experiment with teaching and leading. This is a great way to share something with our community. If you are a newcomer or would just like a little help, we are happy to match you with a mentor.
  • Workshops can be presented in any format, from discussion to hevruta/paired learning to lecture to… interpretive dance! Whichever format the teacher/facilitator can imagine.
  • Finally, workshops are volunteer run; we would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all of the amazing workshop leaders for sharing their expertise, knowledge, and resources with our community!

For more information, to submit a workshop, or to give feedback, please contact the planning team at workshops@havurah.org.



Suggested Packing List

Please clearly label your belongings with your name.

  1. comfortable clothes that can be layered based on temperature
  2. sweater or sweatshirt (some classrooms & facilities are heavily air-conditioned)
  3. rain gear
  4. sun hat/rain hat
  5. swimming suits & gear
  6. helmet (required by FPU for anyone riding a bicycle or scooter)
  7. bicycle or scooter (must also bring helmet)
  8. sports equipment
  9. board games
  10. alarm clock
  11. hangers
  12. sunscreen and insect repellent
  13. any medications you or your family might need
  14. camera
  15. portable fan
  16. facial tissue (bath tissue provided)
  17. laundry supplies, such as detergent (laundry available on-site)
  18. A bottle of hechshered/kosher wine to drink with dinner on Friday night (grape juice is provided)


FPU will provide 1 set of sheets, 1 pillow, 1 pillowcase, a blanket, and 2 small bath towels per person. Some people like to bring supplemental bedding:

  1. extra blankets (esp if you will be in Cheshire suites/family housing)
  2. extra/larger towels
  3. washcloths/hand towels
  4. bathmat


Kitchen supplies (to supplement the dining hall if desired, some housing options have kitchens)

  1. napkins
  2. containers, bowls
  3. cups
  4. utensils
  5. cookware (if desired)
  6. dishtowels
  7. sponge
  8. dish soap


For Classes & Activities

  1. Notebook, pen, or laptop
  2. Tanakh or Bible (Five Books of Moses, Prophets, and Writings)
  3. Siddur Kippah, tallit and tefillin, if you use them (Please bring extras to share if you can)
  4. Musical instruments
  5. Words to songs or songbooks (especially Rise Up Singing)
  6. Tote bag for shlepping (carrying) some of the above
  7. Stories to tell, poems to read, and niggunim to share


Hike On Mt. Monadnock:
If you are interested in participating in the optional hike on Thursday morning, we strongly recommend that you bring the following additional items:

  1. hiking shoes or sturdy sneakers
  2. day pack
  3. sunglasses

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