• Click Here to Register for NHC's Summer Institute 2024

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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.

Timbrel Artists-in-Residence of the Past


Hillel Smith- The history of writing and the Hebrew alphabet, following it through exiles and explorations

Yavni Bar-Yam- Create visual stories for the holiday of Sukkot through shadow puppetry and lighting techniques


Sarah Zell Young- Seeing Torah: The Making of Visual Midrash

Bill Aron-Visual Literacy and the Art of Photography


Sara Felder-Amusing the Muse – From Radical Creativity to Sacred Theater

Sabrina Sojourner-Midrashist-in-Residence –Engaging the White Fire: Sanctified Imagination and Creating Midrash


Eli Kaplan-Wildmann-Creativity In Jewish Ritual: The People Of  The Visual, Unbound Book

Tikva Hecht-Talmudic Form: An Experiment in Non-linear and Collaborative Storytelling


Marcela Sulak- Eating the Bible, Writing the Table

Rena Branson- Breathing New Life: Chassidish & Original Nigunim for Transformation



We express our deepest appreciation to the funder who makes this programs possible: The Timbrel Fund for supporting the Timbrel Artists-in-Residence.

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