Greetings from the Chair

Welcome to the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center Summer Institute. For almost 30 years, the Summer Institute has been a center of intellectual life on the island; a forum for informed discussion and debate. Each summer, for six consecutive weeks, we invite thought leaders from a variety of fields including politics, government, the arts, journalism, and science to speak and engage in spirited question and answer sessions over two days. The Summer Institute also hosts a Jewish Film series.  

At the conclusion of this Summer 2023 season, I would like to thank the more than 130 generous sponsors who make the Summer Institute possible as well as those members of our community who host our speakers’ brunches at their homes. Of course, thanks to our administrative staff who keep everything functioning smoothly and to the Rabbi and leadership of the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center.

We are already working on the program for next summer. As has been the practice for the past few years, the Thursday evening speaker’s talks will be streamed on Zoom for those sponsors who cannot attend in person at the Hebrew Center. We are also very excited to announce that the Jewish Film Series will be returning live and in-person at the Hebrew Center on Sunday evenings.

I look forward to seeing you all next summer.

Keith Heller, Chair