What is Summer Institute (2020)?


For some 40 years, 300 plus people have gathered for a week every summer to learn, teach, daven, sing, and be in Jewish community together.

This year, as with so many institutions since Covid-19, we will not be meeting in person.

We will be meeting virtually and invite you to join friends and friends-to-be of all ages and backgrounds to come to the ​National Havurah Committee ​Summer Online Institute, where every teacher is a student and every student is a teacher. Our theme this year is ”El na refa na lah” or “Please G!d, heal her.”

To offer flexibility given these strange times, the Institute will be spread out over two weeks. Four-session classes will be offered twice a week, with both morning and evening options. Daily workshops will be available as well as all kinds of other programming including daily davening, community-wide learning, singing, and other options. We will have opportunities to share meals and hangout spaces together online as well.  

The second week will have a higher concentration of non-course programming, including Tisha B’Av and Friday afternoon/evening Shabbat programming and davenning both before and during the time of chag.

Because these times are unprecedented, we are still finalizing the structure of the two-week program, but a sample day will look like this- Sample day schedule.

Go HERE to see all the courses being offered this year, and register HERE. Once you register, you’ll be able to select your classes. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Eliana, Glenda, & Rebecca

Online Institute Core Team


Steps for Registration:

  1. Fill out the above form and follow the directions that bring you to step 2
  2. Pay
  3. Receive invite to pick your schedule!

Registration FAQs

Review Courses HERE

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