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Ruth Abusch-M Eleni Zatz Litt Goldie Milgram

Martha Ackelsberg m Minkoff
Daniel Aronson Bobby & Miria

Solomon Mowshowitz

Vanessa Ochs
Samuel Barth
Dana Bogatz Aviva Orenstein

I will
Barry Bub
Moshe Budmor Debra Orenstein
Marsha Cohen
Edward Feld
Sue Fend

lift my
hbhg Alicia Ostrike

Nehemia Pole
Judith Plaskow

Judy Sirota R
Dawn Robinso
n Rose

Richard Fried Falk

eyes to
Mark Frydenberg

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kt Laurie Raccuia
David Seidenberg

Joel H

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the mountains… ohrvv David Silverman

Jim Sinclair
Abby W
Chava Weissler

Franklin Pierce College • Rindge, New Hampshire • August 14-20, 2000

Esa Einai El He’harim
I will lift my eyes to the mountains

oin the National Havurah Committee at its 22nd annual Summer Institute for a week of
spiritual renewal. Expand your Jewish learning in classes, workshops and informal study.
Experience art and dance in a Jewish context. Join in creative and traditional egalitarian
worship. Make new friends and renew old friendships. Eat fresh and healthful kosher vegetarian
communal meals. Enjoy music, recreation, and conversation in a picturesque setting.

WHAT IS THE NHC? We hold egalitarianism as a funda- except for extended format courses, and special interests within the havurah
The National Havurah Committee mental principle for renewing Jewish which meet for 2 1/2 hours). community. Workshops are led by
(NHC) is a diverse network of indivi- values in our Jewish communities and At the NHC Summer Institute, Institute participants who wish to share
duals and havurah communities dedi- in the larger culture. every learner is also a teacher, and skills and explore issues. To discuss
cated to Jewish learning and renewal, The National Havurah Committee every teacher is also a student. Our your ideas about a workshop proposal,
community building, and tikkun olam organizes the annual Summer Institute artists-in-residence and our teachers please contact the NHC office.
(repairing the world). Havurah is the and holds regional weekend retreats in are themselves Institute participants. Workshops offered in recent years
Hebrew word for fellowship. In a New England, Canada, and California. They present material they love in an include:
havurah, a group of Jews meets reg- The NHC provides resources to indi- inclusive havurah style that encourages • Torah and Haftarah Chanting
ularly to share Jewish experiences. viduals, havurot, and the Jewish com- participation by all. Texts are available • African-American and Jewish
Havurot are egalitarian, welcoming munity at large, including the newslet- in translation; no knowledge of Hebrew Relations
all Jews and accommodating differences ter Havurah! and the Internet discussion is necessary unless specified. • Tallit and Kippah Making
in backgrounds, learning, and obser- forum Mail-Havurah. Courses are filled on a first-come, • Song Swap: Zemirot (Shabbat songs)
vance. Havurot can be independent or first-served basis: the earlier you register, and Niggunim (wordless tunes)
organized within the framework of a COURSES the more likely it is that you will be • Jewish Bioethics
synagogue. Typical activities include At the center of the Institute experience enrolled in your first choice of courses. • Tools for Building your Havurah
study, participatory prayer services, are courses of study that each partici- In mid-July you will be notified of the • Feminist Midrash
social action, and life-cycle rituals. pant selects from among the offerings classes in which you are enrolled and, • Kashrut and Anthropology
For example, an independent havurah described on pages 6-12. Each partici- where appropriate, you will receive read- • Jewish Meditation
may study Jewish texts in the homes of pant takes one morning and one after- ing lists prepared by your instructors. • Features and Quirks of the Jewish
its members every week, or a havurah noon class. Courses are small (generally Calendar
within a congregation may organize no more than 20 participants in each) WORKSHOPS • Sacred Dance
participatory prayer services and and intensive (meeting on four con- The Institute includes informal learning • How to Give a D’var Torah
develop life-cycle rituals. secutive days for 1 1/2-hour sessions, on basic Jewish skills, social concerns,

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• Joining the family segments of chil- CHILDREN’S PROGRAM TEEN PROGRAM
CREATING COMMUNITY dren’s programming
Approximately 250 adults and 70 The NHC children’s program is guided Every year teenagers at the Institute
• Morning class by a staff of educators who create Jewish build a teen community. Its purpose is
children attend the NHC Summer
• Morning workshop experiences on the havurah model — to complement the adult activities and
Institute. Singles and couples, children,
• Lunch participatory, diverse, and age-appropri- classes in which the teens participate.
teenagers, and seniors join together to
• Afternoon class ate. The program also makes full use The community provides a home base
create an inclusive community to cele-
• Afternoon workshop of the adult teaching aculty, artists-in- and an inclusive and spirited group
brate the multiplicity of Jewish experi-
• Free time residence, and other members of the of friends for all NHC teen participants,
ence. While many participants are
• Dinner Institute community. It operates during some of whom attend with their
members of independent havurot in
• Concert, performance or discussion scheduled program times, offering chil- families. The teen community strives
their home communities, others are
(baby-sitting provided) dren the opportunity to create their own to make the NHC experience even rich-
members of synagogues or are unaffili-
• Snacks havurah community at the Institute. er both spiritually and socially.
ated. About one-third of the partici-
• Late-night conversation, singing, • Jewish-oriented playtime for babies Adult advisors, themselves Institute
pants each year are first-time attendees,
Israeli dancing, games... and toddlers attendees, are available to teenagers for
for whom mentors will be available
upon request. • Creative, developmentally checking-in and trouble-shooting. If you
The NHC is committed to creating MINYANIM appropriate Jewish learning for have any questions call the NHC office
a community that welcomes Jewish (PRAYER SERVICES) preschool children for assistance or to be connected with a
women and men of every age, stage, Each weekday morning, optional • Community-building with fun current NHC teen.
and orientation. Whatever your Jewish minyanim are offered. On any given and Judaic content for children of Teens may work in the Children’s
education or denominational affiliation, morning there is a choice of prayer elementary-school age Program or the Institute office for a
whether you are Sephardi or Ashkenazi, styles; some examples are traditional • Short, meaningful prayer services reduction in attendance fee. See
whether you were born Jewish or egalitarian (before breakfast), havurah- each morning the section on work-study on page 14
became Jewish, you will be a valued style, family, feminist, four-worlds, • Field trips around campus or call the NHC office for more
thread in the Institute tapestry. meditative, and chanting. A “learner’s • Creative Shabbat service developed information.
We are also committed to providing minyan” enables those who are not and led by the young people
access to all NHC programs for those at yet familiar with the structure of the • The Great Outdoors — supervised SPECIAL PROGRAMS
various levels of financial ability. Please morning service to learn and pray recreation in a safe environment Evening and Shabbat programs bring the
see the Scholarship/Work Study section together. Some services are led mostly The Children’s Program is designed for community together for friendship,
of the registration form for more infor- in Hebrew; others use a mixture of children from six months to twelve learning, prayer, music, dance and family
mation. Hebrew and English. Most have lots years old who can participate in an fun. The week starts with a community
of singing. Prayer books provide trans- all-day creative program. We do our gathering and ends with a closing circle.
best to accommodate all children. During the week, we have presentations
A DAY AT THE INSTITUTE lation and some transliteration of the
Hebrew. Please contact the office if your child by our Poretsky Artists-in-Residence
Your typical weekday schedule may
A study session during minyan time receives special assistance in school and their students, an annual auction to
may be available for those who would during the year, so we can help you raise scholarship funds, an evening of
• Movement, yoga or silent meditation
like to use this time for learning together. plan for your child’s needs in the con- learning, concerts, a gala dance fest,
• Breakfast
Mincha (afternoon) and Ma’ariv text of the children’s community as a Klezmer and other music, and many
• Traditional or alternative morning
(evening) services are also scheduled whole. other special treats.
minyan (prayer service) or study
daily. Free baby-sitting is available during
evening programs.

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SHABBAT EVERETT FELLOWS Everett Fellowships provide full Institute. To subscribe, send e-mail
The Institute week culminates with PROGRAM scholarships to first-time Fellows, and to listproc @shamash.org with a blank
Shabbat. The intense experience in A generous grant from Edith and Henry half-scholarships for a limited number subject line, and the message
Jewish living, the sense of community, Everett underwrites the Everett Fellows of returning Fellows. Please call the “subscribe mail-havurah” plus your
the intellectual and spiritual excitement Program for young adults who have Institute Office for an application form name (your first and last name).
of the courses and workshops, and demonstrated their potential for leader- or for more information. To send a message to the list, use the
friendships made during the week ship in the Jewish community and as address mail-havurah@shamash.org.
come together as we welcome Shabbat advocates for Jewish causes. The Everett NHC ON LINE
with a Kabbalat Shabbat service and Fellowships support individuals in their The NHC sponsors a moderated e- THANK YOU
festive Friday evening meal. Singing, twenties who are willing to immerse mail list on the Internet called Mail- The Institute 2000 Planning and
story-telling, and socializing round out themselves in a week of study, discus- Havurah. This is an electronic forum Course Committee members are
the evening. sion, and spiritual reflection. Fellows for discussing issues related to pro- grateful to all those whose time and
Our Shabbat morning schedule come from varied walks of life, and grams, activities, and concerns of energy make the NHC Summer
includes morning services in various may or may not have experienced NHC members and interested friends. Institute possible. We always receive
styles, followed by lunch, more singing, havurah-style Judaism. Fellows partici- Mail-Havurah is a good source for more wonderful proposals for
and special presentations throughout pate in the full Institute program, and early information regarding programs courses, workshops, and programs
the afternoon — or you can simply in activities designed for them. More at the 2000 Institute. You can get to than we can accommodate. The
relax and just enjoy the lovely natural than 100 Fellows have attended and know some of the people who will be participation and generosity of so
setting. Following Seudah Shlishit (the enlivened the Institute since the pro- attending. Afterward you can keep in many different individuals demon-
third Shabbat meal), we end Shabbat gram was initiated. Many have touch by continuing the learning and strates the breadth of havurah Judaism
with a joyful Havdalah ceremony. returned to attend and to teach. conversations that started at the in North America.

About the site Mt. Monadnock and the White

Franklin Pierce College is situated Mountains overlook a beautiful campus
amid forests, lakes and mountains in with numerous hiking trails and a lake,
southern New Hampshire. The with canoeing, sailing, fishing and
modern campus, just 90 minutes from a swimming beach with lifeguard.
Boston and 4 hours from New York Recreational facilities include tennis,
City, has two small theaters, large soccer, baseball, a fitness center and
meeting areas, a computer lab, well-lit an indoor sports dome. Housing options
classrooms and dining rooms with include apartments and dormitory Photo: Courtesy Fra
nklin Pierce Colleg
terraces and views. suites.

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Prayer and Poetry with Havurah-Style

Richard Nagler
Marcia Falk Song Swaps!
Marcia Falk, poet, translator, and Judaic scholar, will Bob Freedman will lead music
share her insights in a variety of programs during workshops that are for people
the Institute. She will offer a special workshop on who like to sing, for those who
the relationship between liturgy and poetry and on want to learn new melodies to
ways to lead services using poetic texts (including take home, for those who want
some suggestions for—and practice in—reading to bring their favorites to
poetry aloud). Her workshop will be guided by the share—for anyone who wants
question, “What constitutes a prayerful moment or a to lift their hearts, and the
spiritual experience for us as individuals and as hearts of their friends, with
members of a community?” Also as part of her ses- song.
sions, she will look at voices and modes of expres-
sion not previously present in the liturgical canon, Sessions will include:
with an emphasis on poetry by Hebrew and Yiddish
A Pretty Prayer is Like a Melody, nigunim and melodies for
women writers. The focus will be on examining the relationship between spirituali-
Shabbat and festivals;
ty and sensuality.
I’ll Get a Round to It, once more around with great old rounds and
Marcia Falk studied philosophy at Brandeis University, English and comparative liter- great new ones;
ature at Stanford, and Bible and Hebrew literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Enchantment, chanting chants, with a discussion of how and when to use them;
Her poetry and translations have been published widely and earned her numerous awards.
Awesome!, niggunim and melodies for the High Holy days.
Her translation with commentary of The Song of Songs was acclaimed by Isaac Bashevis
Singer and poet Adrienne Rich. Her most recent publication is The Book of Blessings:
New Jewish Prayers for Daily Life, the Sabbath, and the New Moon Festival, which Bring a tape recorder and blank tapes, a guitar and sheet music (25 copies
is now available in paperback. It is the first of several projected volumes recreating Hebrew please) if you like; but the only essential to bring is your love of singing. Each day
and English liturgy from a contemporary, gender-inclusive perspective. Marcia Falk will we’ll choose a “best of workshop” song or two to present at a Shabbat program
lead a Shabbat morning service using The Book of Blessings. Please bring your copy if where the whole Institute can sing together!
you have one, or you can buy one at the Institute.
Bob Freedman has had many years of experience as a professional singer and song
leader in both Jewish and secular contexts. For 14 years he was cantor of the Jewish Center
of Princeton, NJ, where he encouraged participatory singing in every possible context.
Ordained by the Academy for Jewish Religion this past spring, Bob is now rabbi of Israel
Congregation in Manchester, VT.

“My knowledge of Judaism has increased by

leaps and bounds.” Quotes are from first-time attendees.

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A R T I S T S - I N - R E S I D E N C E

The Artists-in-Residence program is made possible through the continued generosity of the Rita Poretsky Foundation.

J.P. Ostriker



Eva Rosenthal

Playing with the


White Fire. The External Mountain

and the Internal Mountain.

he role of midrash in
Jewish tradition is both communal and

e will examine how and what the
personal,” Ostriker says. “When we create new midrash in response to theme ‘I will lift up my eyes to
our own spiritual and psychic needs, we are simultaneously adding to and trans- the mountains’ means to each per-
forming the tradition, growing new twigs on the Tree of Life, and helping to create son’,” Sirota Rosenthal says. “In doing so, we will
the future of Judaism, as midrashic interpretation discovers new meaning in our deepen our experience of the Mountain, touching
ancient texts.” In her course, participants will write midrashim based on the stories our senses of longing and Presence, to discover and express what we feel.” To
of four “women of valor”: Rebecca, Miriam, Deborah and Esther. For Shabbat, achieve this, Sirota Rosenthal uses Experimental Jewish Art, an approach that may
Ostriker adds, “we will create a booklet of our own and perform selections for the include music, movement, visual arts, writing, and drama. “The work is done indi-
community.” vidually and in small groups,” she says. “Each participant will create and take
All are welcome. home a physical marker of the experience.”
Prerequisite: Willingness to experiment in a variety of artistic media.
Alicia Ostriker is a prize-winning poet whose two most recent books, The Crack in
Everything (1996) and The Little Space (1998), were both finalists for the National Book Multi-media artist Judy Sirota Rosenthal has led innovative workshops for the Jewish
Award in Poetry. Her book of midrashic meditations, The Nakedness of the Fathers: Healing Center of New England, Jewish Women’s Conference at Yale University, and vari-
Biblical Visions and Revisions (1994) combines commentary, fantasy, autobiography and ous family education programs. As an artist, she likes to use materials from the natural
poetry in a remarkable re-reading of the Bible from the perspective of a modern Jewish environment, altering and assembling them to create pieces that combine beauty and sur-
woman; she has performed portions of this work at numerous universities and Jewish and prise. These works include small items such as bamboo mezuzot and a pomegranate
other cultural centers. As a critic, Ostriker is the author of Vision and Verse in William Miriam’s Cup, and larger works such as prayer flags, healing trees and wrapped sticks. Her
Blake and editor of Blake’s Complete Poems (1997). Her writing on women poets exhibitions include “Nature in Abstraction, Abstraction in Nature” at the Chesterwood
includes Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America Museum in Stockbridge, MA (1998), “Reading Between the Lines” at the Starr Gallery,
(1986) and Feminist Revision and the Bible (1993). A resident of Princeton, NJ, she Newton, MA (1997), and “Sticks, Stones and Prayer Flags” at Yeshiva University
teaches English and creative writing at Rutgers University. Museum (1996). In 1998-99 her Havdalah Spice Container was featured in the Spertus
Judaica Prize Exhibition.

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COURSE M1 COURSE M5 How does a prayer book define a Goldie Milgram’s web site “Reclaiming
Playing With the White Fire “Simu levavchem lechol community? What is the purpose of a Judaism as a Spiritual Practice” speaks to her
ALICIA OSTRIKER, ha-devarim”: Jewish Ethical new siddur? We will study the develop- passion and joy as an innovative teacher and
PORETSKY ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Wills from Moses to Modernity ment of the siddur and draw conclusions empowering guide to Jewish tradition. She is a
DANIEL ARONSON about Jewish life and liturgy based on rabbi and serves as Dean of Admissions and
See course description on page 6.
both classic and recently published prayer Professional Development at The Academy for
For centuries Jewish men and women
COURSE M3 books. We will examine differences in litur- Jewish Religion and director of its Center for
have sought to pass on to their children
The Jewish Home Beautiful: guidelines for ethical living through the
gical texts and translations as they appear Jewish Meditation and Spiritual Practice. She
An Historical Approach unique genre of literature known as the
in various prayer books. Participants will and Barry Bub maintain a private counseling
also have the opportunity to compose their practice for people in transition. As a couple,
RUTH ABUSCH-MAGDER ethical will. Their ethical wills have
own prayers based on traditional prayer they delight in five children from previous
The home is a starting place from which offered important insight into the authors’
patterns. marriages and two grandchildren.
people venture into the world. As our first lives and times and have prompted us to
Some familiarity with prayer book
community, it nurtures and shapes us. Yet re-assess our own value systems. We will COURSE M11
Hebrew and themes of the Shabbat
beyond the platitudes about the Jewish study an assortment of ethical wills begin-
evening or morning service may be help-
Soul Food: Sacred Dance,
home in general, we know little about ning with Moses’ parting words to the
ful, but not required. P SS
Music, & Stories
Jewish home life in times gone by. This Israelites and ending with ethical wills
class will appeal to anyone who wants to that each participant will write over the Mark Frydenberg is a member of the
course of the Institute. Texts will be avail- Progressive Havurah of Boston and Temple Participants will learn to lead and create
understand his or her own Jewish home
able in Hebrew and English. CI IT S Beth Israel of Waltham, MA. He is the editor in sacred dance. They will practice simple
in the larger historical context. We will
chief of Siddur Chaverim Kol Yisraeil, a rhythm patterns that can be used to build
examine the domestic culture of Jews in Daniel Aronson is the Dean of Admissions at
New Prayer Book for Shabbat and Festival community. They will sing soulful songs,
Germany and America, and we will read the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College,
Evenings. Mark was co-chair of the Summer and craft and tell stories that transmit the
memoirs, cookbooks, prayer books, and where he received an MHL and rabbinic ordi-
Institute ‘98 and is the Secretary of the NHC, culture, spirit, and values of our tradition.
other sources as we try to understand nation. He has extensive experience teaching
and moderator of Mail-Havurah. Participants will take turns leading group
how Jews have coped with the complexi- adults in a variety of settings. dances and rhythms, and telling stories.
ties of living as Jews. As we attend to the
COURSE M9 We will share the dances and stories we
themes of observance, class, gender, and COURSE M7
Whence Cometh My Help: create with the larger havurah
family, we will seek to understand the 1000 Years of Liturgy: Reclaiming Meaning for the community. MU
background for our own life choices. This Prayers and Prayer Books of Sacrificial System
class is appropriate for both those with the Jewish People Miriam Minkoff has taught Sacred Circle
and those without knowledge of modern GOLDIE MILGRAM AND BARRY BUB Dances at the local, regional, and national
Jewish history. SS No more snoozing through Torah portions level for over 20 years. She is currently
The prayer book is an evolving guide for about the sacrificial system. For too long, the program director and a teacher in the
Ruth Abusch-Magder is a graduate student Jewish expression. From Saadia Gaons’s cynicism and criticism about these parshiot Multicultural Drum and Dance Program
of modern Jewish history at Yale, currently siddur compiled in the 10th century to (Torah readings) and the Cohanim (priests) in the Buffalo Public Schools.
working on a dissertation entitled “Home contemporary siddurim published in the have blinded us to opportunities for Bobby Minkoff is a professor of psycholo-
Made Judaism: Domestic Jewish Life in 20th century, the structure of Jewish growth and close study of these texts and gy, a therapist in private practice, and a story-
Germany and the United States, 1850-1914.” prayer has largely stayed the same, while related commentaries. Using hevruta study teller. He is a member of the National
the language and content of prayer books and bibliodrama, we will open up these Storytelling Association.
have come to reflect social and spiritual powerful passages with participants. No
aspirations of the community. blood will be shed. IT
Key: AL = Arts and Literature • AR = Rita Poretsky Artists-in-Residence • AT = Advanced Text • CI = Contemporary Issues • CF = Extended Format • GF = Gender and Feminism • IT = Intermediate Text
MG = Multigenerationa • MU = Music • KM = Kabbalah and Mysticism • P = Prayer • SS = Survey and Skills • S = Spirituality • TE = Text for Everyone • TH = Institute Theme

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“ I grew in ways I had not expected and gained some much needed Sex in Judaism:
The Individual, The Family
faith in humanity’s ability to heal the world.” and The Community
Sex has many purposes and interpreta-
COURSE M13 last day, we will discuss the ethics of meditation and spirituality. A popular speaker tions in the life of an individual in the
Funky Talmud: negotiation and try to glean lessons from on Jewish spirituality and gender studies, she context of a family and community. Some
of these purposes, such as reproduction,
The Poetics of Talmud the various contracts we analyzed. TE is a frequent scholar-in-residence at syna-
gogues and universities. seem timeless; others, such as the use of
VANESSA OCHS Aviva Orenstein teaches law at Indiana sex for power, change, fluctuate, or evolve
University in Bloomington. She loves study- COURSE M19 with the growth of the community, the
The Talmud is filled with astonishing
ing Torah. She is the mother of three sons,
passages. They may be poetic, brilliant, The Priestly Storyteller and development of wisdom, and the ebb and
David, Mike, and Ben. flow of politics. What is the relationship
absurd, bizarre, inspirational — whatever Scripture’s Pivot
— they make your eyes pop, and you between the private sex life of individuals
wonder why everyone isn’t reading NEHEMIA POLEN and community in Judaism? How can we
Feminism as a Paradigm and At the very center of the Humash, we communicate our evolving Jewish sexual
Talmud too. In this course we will study
(in English translation) an assortment of Pathway: Plumbing the find the story of the dedication of the ethics to our children? What about the
wondrous passages of Talmud, and if we Meaning in Ritual and Torah Tabernacle and the extraordinary events sexual ethics being articulated from
are so inspired, we might write contem- of the day, including the appearance of Jewish lesbian and gay communities?
porary take-offs on the ancient texts. TE the Kavod (divine Glory) and the sudden These are the beginning of the questions
We will examine how feminist approaches deaths of Nadav and Avihu. An under- this class will explore, using texts both
Vanessa Ochs teaches in the Department of to lifecycle ritual and the Torah text can ancient and modern. GF CI
standing of these events is a key to
Religious Studies at the University of Virginia illuminate the way we do ritual and read grasping the structure of many of Torah’s
in Charlottesville. Torah in our own lives, day-to-day. The Dawn Robinson Rose is director of the Center
most striking narratives, including
class will include text study, group and for Jewish Ethics, and assistant professor at
the enigmatic Bridegroom of Blood
individual exercises, and discussion, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. A
(Ex. 4:18-26), the Golden Calf (Ex. 32),
Let’s Make a Deal: devoting two sessions to ritual and two and the sack of Shekhem (Gen. 34). Our
popular teacher and lecturer, she has published
Biblical Contracts sessions to midrash. Our main goal is for widely in the fields of ethics and feminism.
exploration of Torah’s narrative logic will
each person to emerge with tools and illuminate such central biblical themes as
insights that yield a richer and more sacrifice, national identity, covenant,
This class will examine various contracts meaningful experience of Jewish obser- Ecology and Kabbalah:
prophecy and priesthood, and the rivalry
in the Bible, some with God, some with vance and Torah study. This course is and reconciliation of brothers. Please
New Theology from Ancient
neighbors, some with other Jews. After a not restricted to women or feminists. It’s bring a Bible to all sessions (while bilin- Sources
very brief introduction to some legal theo- really a class on spirituality that uses gual editions are preferable, English DAVID SEIDENBERG
ries of contract, we will analyze the text of feminism as a way in. GF S TE Tanakhs are fine). IT
some famous Biblical deals and look to Can we find a connection between deep
traditional midrash and commentaries. Debra Orenstein is editor of Lifecycles 1: Nehemia Polen is Associate Professor of eco-theology and the ancient texts?
The course will focus primarily on narra- Jewish Women on Life Passages and Jewish Thought at Boston Hebrew College. Traditional Jewish wisdom teaches that
tive texts, concerning, for example, Personal Milestones and Lifecycles 2: He is author of a study of Rabbi Kalonymos humans are uniquely made in God’s
exchange of a birthright for porridge, or Jewish Women on Biblical Themes in Shapira, the Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto. His image — the pinnacle and purpose of
of money for a burial spot. The goal is Contemporary Life. She is a spiritual leader new work, a translation of the memoir of the creation. Yet there are threads that weave
close reading and personal interaction of Makom Ohr Shalom, a synagogue in daughter of a Hasidic master, is soon to be a different picture, seeing a divine image
with the text and commentators. On our Tarzana, CA, celebrating traditions of Jewish published by Jewish Publication Society. manifest at every level of creation, seeking

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wholeness and blessing for all creatures. readings will be selections from own home communities more accessible
We will look at some of the puzzle pieces Nachmanides, Gersonides, Crescas and and welcoming to disabled people.
in the early and late kabbalah for con- Abravanel. Echoes of this controversy can Suitable for all adults and teens. CI
structing a radically affirming eco-theol- be traced and heard today. AT
Jim Sinclair has been coordinator of Autism
ogy. An ability to work with Hebrew is
David Silverman is a rabbi and an adjunct Network International since its founding in
helpful but not necessary. We will use
professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought 1992. In the disability community, he is a
original texts and translations, so that
at Monmouth University, and a bioethicist at writer, an editor, and a consultant on autism
people of different levels can participate
Jersey Shore Medical Center. He has held and other developmental disabilities. In the aca-
and be challenged. CI KM TH
several academic and administrative posts in demic world, Jim is a graduate student in reha-
David Seidenberg is a long-time participant in Jewish education, and has written, edited and bilitation counseling at Syracuse University.
NHC retreats and Institutes, and has taught translated numerous Jewish publications. Bridging these two worlds, he has completed an
courses on Kabbalah at the University of internship working with students with autism Jewish history, and share personal issues
Judaism and the Esalen Institute. A founder COURSE M27 and other developmental disabilities in the about making a living and maintaining
of Hasidic Egalitarian Minyanim in New York Judaism, Disability and Syracuse City School District, and is currently our souls and our sense of self-worth. CI TE
and Los Angeles, David is completing his Community an intern at the Center on Human Policy at
Ph. D. in ecology and Kabbalah at JTS, and Syracuse University. Abigail Weinberg is currently the TZEDEC
has published from his work in the recent JIM SINCLAIR Organizer at The Shefa Fund, where she helps
Trees, Earth, and Torah: A Tu Bish’vat This course will consider issues of disabil- COURSE M29 Jewish institutions nationwide invest money in
Anthology. ity and of disabled persons within the From Where Does My Help low-income community development. In 1998,
Jewish community. Participants will be Come? Money, Materialism she organized the first “Gathering of the Next
COURSE M25 challenged to examine their concepts of Generation of Tikkun Olam Activists,” which
and Mishigas
Maimonides: Defenders and what it means to have a disability, and to brought together young Jewish organizers,
Detractors learn about experiences of disability from ABIGAIL WEINBERG rabbis, and educators under the auspices of The
disability activism and disability studies The good news is that the Jewish commu- Shalom Center. Weinberg has taught at
DAVID SILVERMAN perspectives. We will explore common Philadelphia-area Jewish day schools. She is the
nity has a lot of money. The bad news is
For two hundred years, the Rambam’s responses of religious thinkers to the the Jewish community has a lot of money. treasurer of Minyan Dorshei Derekh at the
insistence that the study of philosophy issues raised by disability. Participants This course will look closely at Jewish Germantown Jewish Center and leads a Jewish
was a religious duty was a matter of will come out of this course with an issues and realities relating to wealth, identity support group. While at Barnard
furious controversy. We shall read selec- increased awareness and understanding poverty, class, American materialism, and College, she co-authored A Jewish Woman’s
tions from Jewish thinkers who praised of disability issues, and will be encour- spirituality. We will study texts, examine Awareness Guide (1992) and organized a
and condemned him. Included in the aged to think about ways to make their university-based havurah.

“The experience of being with diverse but like-minded and progressive Jews has helped
me to realize what I value in a community — as well as where to find it!”

Key: AL = Arts and Literature • AR = Rita Poretsky Artists-in-Residence • AT = Advanced Text • CI = Contemporary Issues • CF = Extended Format • GF = Gender and Feminism • IT = Intermediate Text
MG = Multigenerationa • MU = Music • KM = Kabbalah and Mysticism • P = Prayer • SS = Survey and Skills • S = Spirituality • TE = Text for Everyone • TH = Institute Theme

2000 National Havurah Institute August 14-20, 2000 9


COURSE A2 COURSE A6 Jewish tradition and contemporary COURSE A12

The External Mountain and Who Should Descend in Front models of parenting. CI SS The Strings and The Wood:
the Internal Mountain. of the Ark? In her capacity as rabbi and principal of the Talmud According to
SAMUEL BARTH religious school of Temple Beth Sholom in Emmanuel Levinas
PORETSKY ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Stratford, CT, Dana helps parents clarify their
See course description on page 6. A study of the halachic texts that address MARSHA B. COHEN
values and strengthen their skill levels
the qualities expected in the shaliach tzib- From the perspective of Emmanuel
through programs such as Family Shabbat
COURSE A4 bur (leader of prayers) and how this indi- Levinas, one of the greatest Jewish thinkers
Looking In, Looking Out: vidual should be chosen. Beginning with
Laurie Raccuia is a parent educator at of the twentieth century, the Talmud is “a
the Talmud/Midrash, we will look at vari-
Expanding the Jewish Stratford Parents’ Place, a family resource text stretched over a tradition like strings
ous layers of commentary until the writ- on the wood of a violin.” Two-thousand-
Feminist Agenda ings of contemporary authorities. This
center in Stratford, CT. She coordinates the
“Parents as Teachers” program, and also year-old rabbinic commentaries and argu-
JUDITH PLASKOW AND will also be an introduction to the study ments are brought to bear on present day
conducts parent education classes on a variety
MARTHA ACKELSBERG of halachic literature — Codes and moral issues and ethical dilemmas. All
of topics including communication, positive
Responsa. Ability to read unvocalized texts will be studied in translation. AT
The course will explore possible future discipline, and homework issues. Laurie and
Hebrew is expected, and some familiarity
directions for Jewish feminism, looking her family are members of Temple Beth Sholom Marsha B. Cohen ponders and teaches about
with rabbinic terminology. EF IT
beyond issues of internal religious transfor- in Stratford, where she is a teacher in the world problems in the International Relations
mation to connect the creation of a more Samuel Barth is the dean of the Academy for Hebrew School. Department at Florida International University,
just Judaism with the larger task of Jewish Religion, a pluralistic seminary. He and teaches Jewish Ethics for the Florence
creating a more just world. The work of teaches liturgy and codes and has served for COURSE A10
Melton Adult Mini-School. She served as
contemporary and turn-of-the century many years as a congregational rabbi. He Words Shape Music — Assistant Director of Havurah of South
secular feminists, who have addressed a runs, cooks, and occasionally practices martial Music Shapes Words Florida for five years before returning to acade-
host of social and political issues, will arts. He is thinking of publishing a “Good mia and has taught at four previous NHC
serve as a foundation for theological Shul/Havurah Guide to the USA!” MOSHE BUDMOR
Summer Institutes.
reflection. How do we bring together We will give musical expression to Psalm
from the religious side the up-until-now COURSE A8 121 by paying close attention to the rhyth- COURSE A14
separated agendas of religious and secular “V’Shinantam Livanecha”: mical, musical and emotional properties Reading Psalms
feminists? GF You Shall Teach Them to Your of words. This class will use games and
improvisations to engage people with or EDWARD FELD
Judith Plaskow is a professor of Religious Children
without musical background, as long as The Psalms have been a source of consola-
Studies at Manhattan College; Martha DANA BOGATZ AND LAURIE RACCUIA they have a love for music and a sense of tion, prayer, and blessing through genera-
Ackelsberg is a professor of Government and
Judaism places great emphasis on the adventure. Knowledge of musical nota- tions, yet for many it is a closed book.
Women’s Studies at Smith College. Long-time
importance of children. In our role as tion is not a prerequisite. MU TE EF Examining the literary structure of these
Jewish-feminist activists, they are members of
Jewish parents living in a bi-cultural poems and understanding some of the
Su Kasha Havurah in New York and of Moshe Budmor is a composer and retired
society, we struggle to achieve a balance theological themes they emphasize, we
Havurat Ha-Emek in Northampton/Amherst, music professor, currently director of
between our religious and secular worlds, will try to recover meaning for these texts.
MA. LASHIR, the Jewish community choir of
within the limitations of our time and The course is recommended for the novice
Princeton, NJ. One of his specialties is to
resources. How can we reduce that ten- and the advanced student alike. TE
enable people of different musical backgrounds
sion we experience, improve our decision- to create and perform music together. Edward Feld is the chaplain at Smith and
making, strengthen our parenting skills, Amherst Colleges, the author of The Spirit of
and increase the Judaic content of our Renewal: Faith After the Holocaust (Jewish
children’s lives? We will explore the Lights) and is at work on a new introduction
to Psalms.

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COURSE A16 ferent understandings of how people pant will learn some Jewish historical their works? What does it feel like to read
From Text to Life: The Jewish accepted the Torah, and why they did so. male role models, define a model for a Holocaust poem deeply? We will read
Basis for Social Action We will read stories in bilingual texts. cooperative relationships, and have an poems by English-speaking writers
Reading knowledge of Hebrew is invalu- appreciation of being part of a circle of including: refugees, survivors, and mem-
SUE FENDRICK able, but not required. IT men. Everyone can benefit from learning bers of subsequent generations. This
We will study together a range of classical about masculine experiences. This course course will focus on psychological, social,
Richard Friedman, who has taught text classes
texts and contemporary writings that is open to all, including teens. CI G(F) EF gendered, and aesthetic issues of repre-
at several NHC Summer Institutes, also
shape Jewish perspectives on social action sentation. AL
teaches at the Jewish Study Center in Hanoch Guy is an associate professor of
and social justice. Our focus will be not so
Washington, DC, and at his shul. He is a Hebrew literature and coordinator of Hebrew Daniel Harris, the founder of Jewish Voices:
much on the fact that Jewish tradition sup-
lawyer with the federal government. studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. 200 Years of Poetry in English (an educa-
ports such work (which we can generally
He is a bilingual poet in Hebrew and English. tional outreach program), teaches in the Jewish
assume) but rather on the voices that COURSE A20 A veteran NHC teacher, he is looking forward Studies Program of the Center for the Study of
speak to how we should act, what our par-
Being Empowered Men in an to the adventure this summer in the White Jewish Life at Rutgers University, New
ticular obligations are, and why a religious
commitment to this work matters. We will Egalitarian Community Mountains. Brunswick, NJ. The recipient of grants from
Mordecai Jackson, co-founder and director the Guggenheim and Mellon Foundations, he
not simply look to support our current HANOCH GUY AND MORDECAI JACKSON of the Men’s International Peace Exchange, has been honored with Rutgers’ highest award
beliefs and practices, but will seek to chal-
Being a fully empowered man in a Jewish edits “The Peace Exchange.” He worked for for excellence in teaching. Having written
lenge and stretch ourselves as well.
egalitarian community requires under- the IBM Corporation for 35 years. He has for- three books on Victorian and modern poetry, he
Activists and other workers for social
standing, awareness and an ongoing mal leadership training in diversity issues and is now working on a book about 19th century
change and tikkun olam (repairing the
exploration of identity. Feminism and has lectured in colleges, performed in theatre Jewish poetry written in English.
world) are especially encouraged to
other cultural changes in the last fifty groups, and conducted workshops on issues
enroll. CI IT
years have confused and challenged men involving personal growth. He is also founder COURSE A24
Sue Fendrick is rabbi-in-residence at — their sense of self and role in the world. and director of Resolution Resources. Ritual Practice and
Jewish Family & Life!, where she edits This course will examine how our Jewish Mystical Experience in the
SocialAction.com (an online magazine devoted heritage and culture contributes to our COURSE A22
Kabbalah of the Zohar
to tikkun olam) and JFL Books. She hangs definition as males. We will explore what Reading the Holocaust: Poetry
out in Providence, RI, and the Boston area. we need to redefine and refine to be com- and Memory JOEL HECKER
fortable with maleness in an egalitarian While the Zohar offers descriptions of
COURSE A18 society. The course will provide the DANIEL HARRIS
mystical illumination afforded to its rab-
Exodus, Esther, Ezra: opportunity to define our “next steps” for How have poets written about the sup- binic elite, the practices employed to get
Stories of Israel’s Acceptance cooperative relationships. Each partici- posedly unspeakable? What strategies there rarely stray from traditional Jewish
have they devised to enter the imagined
of Torah ritual practices. In this course, we will
world of real atrocities without being false study the Zohar’s treatment of a number
RICHARD FRIEDMAN to history or poetic craft? In what ways of Jewish ritual practices including Torah
It wasn’t only at Mt. Sinai, after the have they figured victim and torturer, study, prayer, Sabbath observance, and
Exodus, that the Jewish people accepted women and men, individual and mass blessings surrounding meals, all of which
the Torah; according to tradition they suffering? What forms have they conjured were used for personal transformation
reaffirmed their choice at the time of the to “place” the Shoah within history, either and cosmic tikkun. KM S
return from exile under Ezra and in personal or public? In what ways have
they needed to revise existing forms of Joel Hecker holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies,
Esther’s time. We will read the biblical
expression to voice the Jewish genocide? specializing in kabbalah, from NYU, for which
stories and also rabbinic midrashim about
How do they manipulate the readers of he wrote a study entitled “Each Man Ate an
these events, and we will compare the dif-

Key: AL = Arts and Literature • AR = Rita Poretsky Artists-in-Residence • AT = Advanced Text • CI = Contemporary Issues • CF = Extended Format • GF = Gender and Feminism • IT = Intermediate Text
MG = Multigenerationa • MU = Music • KM = Kabbalah and Mysticism • P = Prayer • SS = Survey and Skills • S = Spirituality • TE = Text for Everyone • TH = Institute Theme

2000 National Havurah Institute August 14-20, 2000 11

“You folks sure know how to welcome a new participant.”
Angel’s Meal: Eating and Embodiment in the
Zohar.” Prior to graduate work, he received
a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology. She brings to
Jewish religious and spiritual questions an Volunteering
rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University. anthropological perspective that takes nothing avurah Judaism finds its truest expression when we cooper-


“The Whole World is

for granted. Over the years, she has taught
classes on Jewish rituals and customs and
on Jewish approaches to social issues. She
H ate to build communities based on liberal Jewish values.
Volunteers who give their time, energy and talents make a
world of difference, both before and during the Summer Institute.
Filled with God’s Glory”: moved to Princeton, NJ, this past year and
Since it takes a full year to organize the Institute, consider volun-
continues to work as an Associate Dean and
Jewish Views of Nature teering before the Institute if you live in or near Philadelphia. This
Academic Advisor at the University of
and the Environment Pennsylvania. She has just finished her first
“help wanted” list describes a few of the ways you can be involved
in creating the Institute Community.
ELENI ZATZ LITT book, The Stars Are My Children, the Sands
Is there a “Jewish” view of nature? Is the My Monument: A Midrashic Legacy.
Workshops: Leading a fees, distribute schedule materi- Small Group Facilitator:
concept of “nature” itself a construction?
COURSE A28 workshop is an excellent way to als. Helpers are needed on the Lead discussions with first-time
How is nature portrayed in the Bible;
what perspectives emerge throughout the Authority: Jewish Models of make a connection with the com- first day of the Institute, and to and long-time Institute partici-

Rabbinic period? What does it mean to con- Governance munity by offering your own tal- greet Shabbat arrivals on Friday. pants (may include text study or
ent as an artist, scholar, or spiri- Checkout helpers refund key discussions of Institute themes).
ceptualize the Torah as “the tree of life”? SOLOMON MOWSHOWITZ tual guide. It is an NHC tradition deposits, collect evaluations, and Lead or facilitate affinity/special
What relationship to nature can a people in
Four streams of authority diverged early that we all have something to wish our friends safe and happy interest groups (usually one-time
exile have; how do Jewish views of nature
in our history: the Royal, the Prophetic, teach. Include your workshop travel on Sunday. (2-hour shifts) meetings).
change as Jews settle in the land of Israel?
the Priestly, and the Judicial. By the end of proposal with your registration
Is environmentalism a Jewish issue?
the first century CE, all four streams had form. Workshops generally run Office support throughout Transportation: Pick up or
We will consider the category of
converged into a single one — the approximately one hour and may the week at the Institute drop off Institute participants at
“nature,” grounding our discussion in
Rabbinic. Where did rabbis come from, be one or two sessions. airport, bus or train stations.
Jewish texts (including the Tu B’Shvat
anyway? Do you have to listen to them Fund-raising: Coordinate or
Seder) as well as modern American ones
when they tell you what to do? Who else Office support in help with the auction, shuk (mar- Outreach: Give others a taste of
(Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman).
can order you around? What other models Philadelphia, before the ketplace) or sales table. the Summer Institute. We are
Drawing on insights from anthropology,
of governance are being created by our Institute: Help with mailings, looking for past Institute atten-
we’ll examine how this concept and the
own community? IT data entry, answering questions, Shabbat preparation: Help dees to teach mini-courses or
reality to which it points are related (or
not) to particular cultural identities, such and occasional special projects. construct an eruv (boundary), workshops at communities
Solomon Mowshowitz is chair of the National prepare davening (prayer ser- around the country.
as ours as Jews.
Havurah Committee. He is also a founding Registration and reception: vice) spaces, set tables with can-
We’ll take advantage of the beautiful
member of the Kotli Kanay Chevra Shas Greet Institute attendees. Help dles, wine, and challah, and
surroundings and start with a walking
(Talmud study group) in New York. connect people with others who make the Institute spaces ready
meditation (nature walk) around the
campus. TE TH can answer their questions. to welcome Shabbat.
Collect key deposits and Institute
Eleni Zatz Litt is an independent scholar with

Key: AL = Arts and Literature • AR = Rita Poretsky Artists-in-Residence • AT = Advanced Text • CI = Contemporary Issues • CF = Extended Format • GF = Gender and Feminism • IT = Intermediate Text
MG = Multigenerationa • MU = Music • KM = Kabbalah and Mysticism • P = Prayer • SS = Survey and Skills • S = Spirituality • TE = Text for Everyone • TH = Institute Theme

12 2000 National Havurah Institute August 14-20, 2000


Who Will Be Attending? Course Preferences Volunteering

PLEASE REGISTER EARLY. Registrations are due by July 1 and will be accepted in postmark order. Your registration List three course choices per session, in order of preference. List All adult and teen participants are asked to
implies that you have read and agree to the financial terms stated in this brochure. If you live in any other country each course by its number (e.g. M3, A2). Courses are filled in order volunteer a few hours during the Institute.
(except Canada), please obtain payment through a United States financial institution, payable in US dollars. of postmark; you are guaranteed your highest preference course that Please initial where each family member
Mail this form with your credit card information or check payable to “National Havurah Committee” to National is open. If there are additional adults or teens taking courses, please would like to serve.
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Workshops Davenning

All Institute participants are invited to offer workshops on subjects of their expertise for 1 or more If you have liturgical skills, please indicate what services you could help lead, and the style that you use
one-hour sessions. If you would like to lead a workshop, please indicate the subject here and enclose a (e.g. havurah, traditional-egalitarian, feminist, hasidic, four-worlds, meditation, movement, etc.)
description and biography similar to the course descriptions in this brochure. Daily Services (specify style) _________________________________________________________
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Would you chant Torah? _____________________ Would you chant Haftarah? ___________________
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Fee Schedule

Please note: Adults and teens are charged the same rate for room and board; a reduction has been made in tuition for teens, full-time students, and persons with limited income. Work-study and Everett Fellows fees include
room, board and tuition. NHC membership is required of all participants.
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2nd Child
Additional children (per child)
$ 100
$ 75
= $__________
= $__________
Scholarships and Work-Study

Tuition for full program he NHC provides a limited num- area, you can complete work-study
Adults $ 300 X_________ = $__________ ber of scholarships to those commitments before the Institute
Teens and Full-Time Students $ 150 X_________ = $__________ who need financial assistance by working in the NHC office. If you
Limited Income $ 150 X_________ = $__________ in order to attend the Institute. have questions about work-study
(If further assistance is required, please apply for scholarship assistance. See box for details) Grants range from $100 to $250 off positions, please contact the NHC
Children (Fees include full children’s program) the full adult tuition. If you are a full- Office.
1st Child (6 months to 12 years) $ 150 _________ = $__________ time student or are registering for the
• Individuals in their 20’s, please refer
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to the information about the Everett
Additional children (per child) $ 45 X_________ = $__________ tional assistance, you may apply for
Fellows program on page 4.
COMMUTERS Full program and meals, including Shabbat additional scholarship of up to $100.
Adults $ 450 X_________ = $__________ Scholarships are awarded on a first- • To apply for a scholarship or work-
Teens and Full-Time Students $ 250 X_________ = $__________ come, first-served basis. study position, please enclose a
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• A limited number of Work-Study
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positions are available. In ex-
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change for a week long commit-
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ment to work mornings or after-
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noons, participants can attend the
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Institute for $325 plus NHC mem-
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SHABBAT ONLY (Friday-Sunday) Room, meals, Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast.
study positions are in one of three 2000. Scholarship and Work-Study
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areas: the Institute office, the chil- recipients will be notified of
Shabbat only, child ( 6 mo to 12 years) $ 95 X_________ = $__________
dren’s program or kashrut supervi- their award within 2 weeks of
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Housing Meals York City; 90 minutes from Boston; and information on group memberships for
Two housing options are available on The NHC and Franklin Pierce College 25 minutes from Keene, NH. There are havurot.
airports in Manchester, NH, Keene, NH,
the Franklin Pierce campus: suites and have selected a vegetarian menu with
and Boston, MA. Information about
apartments. They are close to one anoth- a wide variety of options. All food will If you must cancel any part of your
er, and within minutes of the dining and be either dairy or pareve. Each meal shuttle arrangements will be sent after
reservation, please call the Institute
classroom facilities by an easy stroll. will have vegan options. Kashrut is registration.
office immediately.
Washers and dryers are available in each observed under the supervision of a Communications
building. Some apartments and all suites mashgiach who also participates in the If you cancel… You will forfeit
NHC Office:
are handicapped-accessible. Institute. Before July 15 $50 handling fee
7135 Germantown Avenue, second floor
Suites are located in an air-condi- If you require a special diet or have per person
Philadelphia, PA 19119
tioned building. Each suite has six bed- food allergies or sensitivities, please July 15-24 Nonrefundable deposits
Phone: 215-248-1335
rooms with two beds per room; one indicate this on the registration form ($100 per person)
Fax: 215-248-9760
bathroom containing three showers, and provide a detailed explanation of July 25 and later Full fees, unless you
E-mail: Institute@Havurah.org
sinks and stalls; and a living room and your needs by July 15th. Call the NHC have purchased
a kitchenette with a refrigerator and office for more information. Fees and deposits emergency cancellation
microwave oven. Suites work well for Fees for both residents and commuters insurance (see below)
families and other small groups that
Commuters are found on the registration form.
Anyone who lives near the campus can NHC memberships for the year 2000 NHC offers insurance against unfore-
would like to be housed together.
participate in the entire program at ($36 individual, $72 family), if not seen personal events that cause last-
A limited number of single-
reduced cost by registering as a com- already paid, and a deposit of $100 per minute cancellations. With this cover-
occupancy rooms are available on a
muter. Commuter registration includes person (including teens and children) age, your full registration fee will be
first-come, first-served basis. Space
all meals and full participation in the must accompany each registration. A credited to a future NHC Institute or
permitting, single-sex suites will be
program. Commuters who wish to stay $25 late fee will be charged for each regional retreat. The benefit remains in
made available. Separate bathrooms
at Franklin Pierce College for Shabbat registration postmarked after July 1. effect for 18 months after the Institute,
for men and women will be arranged
should contact the NHC office. All payments must be received by July and can be used for the New England,
in mixed-sex suites.
Apartments have two bedrooms, Shabbat Guests 15. Payments may be made by check, Can-Am, and West Coasts Retreats or
each with two beds, one and a half Shabbat at the Institute is open to full- Visa or MasterCard. Institute 2001. To chose this protection,
bathrooms, an open kitchen with a add 5% of the registration fee on the
refrigerator and stove, a dining area,
time participants, their immediate rela- NHC Connections line provided for Insurance.
tives and significant others, and any An incentive discount of 10% is offered
and a living room. These accommoda- member of the National Havurah to first-time attendees who belong to a
tions are ideal for couples, for families Committee. Places for Shabbat guests havurah that has a group membership
that would like to have their own units, must be reserved by July 15th. with the National Havurah Committee.
or for small groups of friends who
would like to be housed together. The Transportation The Summer Institute provides oppor-
Franklin Pierce College is located off tunities for havurah members to net-
apartments do not have air condition-
Route 119 in Rindge, NH, just north of work, problem-solve, and build fellow-
ing; however, the temperature in
the Massachusetts border. Approximate ship with other havurah members.
Rindge, NH, typically ranges between
driving time is 4.5 hours from New Please contact the NHC office for more
60 and 75 degrees in mid August.

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Board of Directors NHC Advisory David Teutsch
Executive Council Matthew Thomases
Committee Martha Ackelsberg Max Ticktin
Chair: Solomon Samuel Barth Moshe Waldoks
Mowshowitz Judith Baumann Arthur Waskow
Past Chair: Margrit Bernstein Shoshana Waskow
Leonard Gordon Dana Z. Bogatz Deborah Waxman
Vice Chair at Large: Mitchell Chefitz David Zerner
Susan Fendrick Rachel B. Cowan Lillian Zerner
Vice Chair for PR Sue Levi Elwell
and Recruitment: Marcia Falk Executive
Janet Hollander Merle Feld Director
Vice Chair for Ellen Frankel Eva Sari Schweber
Development: Larry Garber
Miriam May Robert Goldenberg 2000 Institute
Institute Planning and Robert Goldston Planning
Visioning Chair: Ruth Goldston Committee
Jeremy Golding Arthur Green Co-Chairs
Secretary: Kathy Hart Ron Schnur
Mark Frydenberg Patricia Cippi Harte Sandy Sussman
Treasurer: Sherry Israel Julie Hirsch
Barry Holtz Course
Members-At-Large Judith Kass Committee
Ceidlen Beller Ronnie Levin Michele Roberts
Jay Brodbar Steve Lewis (Chair)
Debra Cash Mordechai Liebling Mark Frydenberg
Wally Chefitz Frank Loeffler Bob Goldenberg
Joel Deitz Michael Masch Adele Reinhartz
Ruth Greenblatt Joseph Meth
Carol Grosman Victor Miller Brochure
Marga Hirsch Anne Mintz Brochure Design
Neil Zatz Litt Vanessa Ochs Marilyn Rose
Mitch Marcus Drorah O’Donnell Setel Institute Photographs
Adele Reinhartz Michael Paley Jay Brodbar
Michele Roberts Judith Plaskow Sarah Potvin
Joseph Rosenstein Bernard Reisman
Amy Shevitz Neil Reisner
Sandy Sussman Louis Reiser
Talya Weisbard Harry G. Rosenbluh
Frances Zeitler Saul Rubin
Carl Sheingold
David Shneyer
Harold Schulweis
Marlene Schwartz
Mel Silberman