The NHC’s flagship program, the week-long Summer Institute, August 4-10 in Rindge, New Hampshire, is a unique opportunity for serious study, moving prayer, spirited conversation, late-night jam sessions, singing, dancing, swimming, meditation, and hiking – all in the company of more than 300 people from a wide range of backgrounds. Each year, participants leave the Institute reinvigorated and excited to return to their home communities to share new ideas, skills, and experiences.
The 2014 theme is Od Evnech VeNivnet: Rebuild and Rejoice. As our journey takes us through the mournful tunes of Tisha B’Av and builds to the consolation and celebration of Shabbat Nachamu, this Institute centers around building, rebuilding, and a collaborative re-imagining. “Od Evnech VeNivnet,” or “I will rebuild you yet,” from Jeremiah 31, guides us to repair and renew our vision for ourselves, our home communities, and the NHC. Throughout the week, we will use art, texts, and every imaginable medium to build our collective transformation. All hands are needed to turn mourning into rejoicing.
About the NHC
The National Havurah Committee (NHC) is a network of diverse individuals and communities dedicated to Jewish living and learning, community building, and tikkun olam (repairing the world). Since the 1970s, the NHC Summer Institute has been bringing together Jews from across North America to envision a joyful grassroots Judaism and provide the tools to help them create empowered Jewish lives and communities. The NHC is a nondenominational, multigenerational, egalitarian, and volunteer-run organization.
The NHC Summer Institute celebrated Rosh Chodesh Elul with a community Hallel. Watch.