Consecration and Erev Shabbat Worship Service @ Sanctuary
Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm


Bring your own dinners for an indoor picnic at 6:00 p.m.

Services, 7:00 p.m.

AT this multi – generational event, we celebrate concluding and beginning the Torah reading cycle. We also celebrate the Consecration of our newest young learners. This services will include the Torah Hakafah (parade), the unrolling, reading, and re-rolling of the Torah scroll. This is a highlight every year!

Tot Shabbat
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Nothing is more heartwarming than the sight of the youngest members of our community running to the Sanctuary for Shabbat!  Tot Shabbat affords our children and their families the time and space to Torah Talk (1)truly experience the joys of Shabbat led by clergy.  Songs, stories, plenty of active participation and an Ark overflowing with plush stuffed Torahs for the children to dance with.  What could be better?  Well, maybe the Oneg!

Then we join Cindi Drake, Director of Early Childhood Education, as she guides the children through some really fun activities.

Questions?  Contact Cindi Drake at Cindi@nvhcreston.org or phone (703) 435-8829.

Shabbat Worship Service
Oct 7 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Shabbat morning services at NVHC are open to the public. In community, we pray, we read Torah, we sing…and celebrate important lifecycle events such as baby namings, b’nai mitzvah and auf rufs.

Yizkor service
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Our service of remembrance, honoring the memories of our loved ones.

Simchat Torah Study & Wine Tasting
Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening of text study and wine tasting as we celebrate the completion Deuteronomy and begin anew in Genesis, once again.

The evening will include a Torah reading, as well as study and wine tasting.

Erev Shabbat Worship Service
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Friday evening is your chance to disconnect from the outside world, join with family and friends, and welcome Shabbat!  Following our worship service we have a delicious oneg (cookies, fruit and sweets to bring in Shabbes joy)!

Torah Talk @ Sanctuary
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am

The Torah is a vast collection of stories, commandments, ritual practices, and ethical standards. It is meant to be studied and understood not only to connect us to our ancestors and traditions, but to guide us toward an ethical and spiritual life. Torah means learning. For many of us, understanding Torah is not easy. We may find the language confusing and the meaning difficult to grasp. Yet when we learn together, we are thrilled by the insights we glean and share. Update your calendar now and join us. Participants are encouraged to voice their thoughts, insights and interpretations. Dress is casual. Previous Torah study or Hebrew fluency is not required. Questions or for more information, contact Susan Trivers, Worship Committee Chair at worship@nvhcreston.org.

Shabbat Worship Service
Oct 14 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Shabbat morning services at NVHC are open to the public. In community, we pray, we read Torah, we sing…and celebrate important lifecycle events such as baby namings, b’nai mitzvah and auf rufs.

VOICE – Save the Date (afternoon TBD)
Oct 15 all-day

SAVE THE DATE:  October 15, 2017 Afternoon

We have an opportunity to do something wonderful for our community, and the larger world.  In a time of deep divisiveness and polarization, NVHC acts to unite people and build bridges.  We do much of this work through VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) which this year is working to build relationships with BOTH Gubernatorial candidates.  With these relationships we can advocate in the future on the issues that motivate the majority of our members. Right now those issues are affordable housing, the quality of our schools, curbing hate crimes, criminal justice reform, and saving our regional transportation system.

On October 15, 2017 a number of things will happen:


  • We have invited BOTH candidates to meet with us and a large group of our members to talk about these issues.  Tentatively the gathering will be at Patriot High School in Prince William County.


  • We will be organizing buses to go to the High School, and the best part is that this will be an interfaith bus journey.  We hope to have buses departing from NVHC, the ADAMS Center, Trinity Presbyterian, Floris United Methodist, and local area schools, to take anyone who registers and shows up, for the ride to Patriot.  We want all of our members, Jewish, Christian, Muslim and every other faith, to sit together on the bus, talk and build relationships.


  • We are calling upon literally hundreds of volunteers to learn about how to promote democracy by encouraging voting in key districts in Northern Virginia.  These are Delegate districts where the elections have been as close as 1500 votes in the past, and if we can demonstrate that we got 2000 or 5000 or 10,000 people to commit to vote (FOR EITHER PARTY) we are demonstrating our ability to swing elections.  And that is something we can get the future Governor to pay attention to.   We will do this by asking people to sign a Commitment to Vote form and telling them where their polling place is.  Please email Meryl Paskow (mpaskow@gmail.com) of our VOICE team if you are interested in being a part of this effort.