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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.

Call for 2022 Timbrel Artists-in-Residence

Apply to be a Timbrel Artist-in-Residence!

The Timbrel Artist-in-Residence Program seeks artists with talent and passion to share at the 2022 Havurah Institute. Artists from all disciplines are welcome. Past artists have represented the disciplines of music, theater, storytelling, puppetry, poetry, visual arts, and dance, among others. Artists-in-Residence will receive admission to the Institute for themselves and their families, an honorarium of $1,500, and a budget for materials and travel.

This year’s Summer Institute is planned for July 25–31, 2022 at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, with the theme of: 

וְיַחֵד לְבָבֵנוּ / Unite Our Hearts / v’Yacheid L’vaveinu.




Sara Fedler TAIR 2018


Jews of Color are especially encouraged to apply. The National Havurah Committee has begun an ongoing effort towards increasing diversity and equity in our community. This includes community education addressing the reality of the community’s history as one predominantly comprising white Jews, proactively inviting Jews of Color into the community — particularly into prominent roles like the Artist in Residence, establishing systems of support for Jews of Color who attend, and hiring consultants who are Jews of Color to guide us in this process.



Please direct any questions to air@havurah.org. See a list of past Artists in Residence here.

Apply Here!

Applications are due by January 23, 2022. We will notify you regarding the status of your application by mid-March.

Tips for Applicants


  • Be focused—if you are a practitioner of many different artforms, that is wonderful, but you do not need to include them all in one 4-session course! We appreciate applications with an achievable goal and a clear sense of timing.
  • The course outline is important—show us that you have thought through the class carefully and you know how to lesson plan. You can block out how long each activity will take per session, for example.
  • It is nice if participants can come away with some finished piece that they’ve collaborated on, presented to the community, and/or can take home.
  • Proposals should have some Jewish connection, and ideally some connection to the theme.
  • Courses should have participants actively self-expressing through an art form. Incorporating text is great, but a class focused primarily on text or on discussing art should probably be a course proposal, rather than an artist-in-residence proposal. Some time scheduled for discussion and processing is welcome.
  • We would like to get a sense of your own artistic practice in your bio and extra materials.

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