Welcome to NVHC

NVHC is a Reform Jewish synagogue community in Reston, Virginia.  We are welcoming, curious, funny, intellectually demanding, musical, inclusive, open minded and committed to living a Jewish life.  We have decided to focus on how we engage youth and young adults and ensure the Jewish future (atid), how we build Community (kehilah), and how we act to make the world a more just, peaceful and compassionate place (tzedek).  Find your entryway, your niche, and join us in creating a flourishing Jewish life.

Upcoming Events

Future

"And the old shall dream dreams as the youth shall see visions" (Joel 3:1). We learn from tradition and honor our past, but our priority is to build for the next generation. That begins with our infants, in our preschool and at Tot Shabbat. It continues in our youth learning programs from Kehillat Limmud for younger kids to Tamid for teens. And we do not overlook our students when they leave for college or return to join us as independent young adults. Find your gateway below.

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    The Punims

    We’d like to invite all of our punims (ages 0 to 4) to join us on select Sundays! Our next Punims meeting is October 26th. This group of our sweetest faces (along with Mom and/or Dad) will gather together for a little recreation, a light nosh, some music…and a lot of “get-to-know-you” time!

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    Kallah Hosts Needed

    NVHC is hosting a teen Kallah the weekend of November 21-23. We are looking for families to host visiting teens in their homes for the weekend.

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    Preschool

    NVHC Preschool offers a warm and loving environment for the youngest members of our community.Our program allows children to learn by exploring, experimenting, and observing, while building a strong foundation in their Jewish identity through blessings, music, activities, and stories.

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    Tot Shabbat

    Join us for stories and songs at our Tot Shabbat October 11th

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    Kehilat Limmud

    NVHC's youth and education program provides a vibrant education for children in K-6th grades, in an innovative and unique format that enhances Reform teachings. Our well-rounded curriculum includes Hebrew, Judaics, holiday traditions, music, Jewish culture and values.

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    NoVTY

    NoVTY provides opportunities for high-school aged youth to socialize with other Jewish youth and to deepen their connection to the Jewish community through worship, social action, leadership development and personal growth.

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    TAMID

    TAMID (always) is NVHC's 7th - 12th grade teen engagement program, combining youth group programming and educational opportunities in an environment where teens have a variety of choices.

Community

"All of Israel is responsible one for another" (Babylonian Talmud, Shevuot 39a). A community is a place where people come together. At NVHC, we come together through laughter and tears, in work and in play, while learning and praying, in times of celebration and times of mourning. We strive to be a community where you will find support, joy, comfort, friendship, knowledge, acceptance, and opportunities for personal growth. Welcome to together. We are so glad you are here.

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    Cooking Series

    Back by popular demand … our Jewish Cooking series. This year we will focus on familiar comfort foods made from scratch! This Thursday, October 30 Nina Kwartin will teach us how to make babka & rugelah.

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    Cantor Caro Installation

    Join us for the Installation of Cantor Susan Caro at Erev Shabbat Worship Services on Friday, November 7th at 6:45 p.m. At the Cantor’s request, we will be celebrating the theme of “community” by gathering at 6:00 p.m. to pack food bags for needy children at Forest Edge Elementary School.

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    Israeli Art Festival

    On November 15th & 16th NVHC is pleased to welcome back Israeli artists from Safed and beyond whose livelihoods were impacted by the Gaza conflict this summer. Come join us as we transform NVHC into an Israeli artists' colony—meet some of the artists, treat yourself to beautiful artwork, and support Israel. There will be Israeli food, dancing, Havdalah, arts & crafts and so much more!

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    Speaker Series

    Author, historian and journalist Marc Leepson speaks about his book Saving Monticello: The Levy Family’s Epic Quest to Rescue the House that Jefferson Built on November 13th at 8:00 PM

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    Holocaust Cantata

    A special performance by The Reston Chorale, Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps, will feature our very own Cantor Caro! Join us for the performance on November 2nd at Washington Hebrew Congregation.

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    Hebrew Classes Registration

    Whether you have no previous exposure to Hebrew, want to feel more comfortable with Hebrew during services, become adept at Biblical translation, or learn to speak conversational Hebrew: we have a class for you!

Justice

"Justice, Justice, Shall you pursue" (Deuteronomy 16:20). We believe our Judaism exists as a vehicle through which we leave our own unique footprint in the quest for justice and equality for all people, everywhere. We draw our inspiration from Torah, from our prayers, and from our brothers and sisters across the globe who work tirelessly to make the world a better and more peaceful place. NVHC offers many opportunities to make a difference right here in our own community. Choose an area below and learn how you can be an agent of change at NVHC, in Reston, and beyond.

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    ADAMS Center Event

    Rabbi Holzman and Imam Magid will be teaching the Jewish and Muslim views of Tzedekah on November 10 at 7:15 pm at the ADAMS center

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    Social Action

    What inspires you to be so moved by a cause that you feel compelled to take action? Click here to find out how your fellow congregants are affecting change in the name of social justice.

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    Tikkun Olam

    The only tools we need to begin to repair the world are courage and compassion. How fortunate that we carry these with us every day in our hearts.

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    Interfaith Initiatives

    Biogtry only exists where there is ignorance and fear. Click here to learn about how NVHC is working to replace ignorance with understanding; and fear with respect.