Lag b’Omer Shabbat Celebration – at Lake Fairfax Park @ Lake Fairfax Amphitheater
May 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Lag B’Omer celebrates the 33rd day of the Omer. Centuries ago, the Romans outlawed the study of Torah at this time of the year, so the Jewish people went into the forests to study and gather. Also, during that time, a plague struck the Jewish people, but abated on the 33rd day of the Omer. For this reason, we celebrate (close to) this day by having our Shabbat services outside in nature.


Hot dogs
Veggie Burger
Potato Chips
Watermelon and Cookies


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Tikun Leil Shavuot – with guest speaker Joan Nathan
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Our year of Jubilee festivities concludes with Shavuot, the holiday celebrating the gift of Torah received at Mount Sinai with a special Torah reading. We affirm the importance of studying Torah, remember loved ones with Yizkor, recognize the learners in our congregation, continue learning late into the evening and, according to custom, eat dairy sweets to connect spiritually to the land of milk and honey! As a special treat, Joan Nathan, award-winning cookbook author and journalist, will join us to speak about her latest book Join us for all or part of the evening celebration!

Yizkor Service
May 30 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Join us for a memorial service which is open to the public.  If you have questions, please call the temple office at (703) 437-7733.

Sof Shavua Nosh
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

A “pre-Oneg” (Sof Shavua Nosh) prior to services, that encourages people to eat and enjoy a sip of wine and snack and socialize.  Come straight from work, have a snack, pray, and then go home, or out to a relaxing dinner!

Atid Erev Shabbat Worship Service, plus Shireinu
Jun 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Please join us this Shabbat as we honor our teachers, high school graduates, and the recipient of our Sam Selden Youth Leadership Award. Our youth choir, Shireinu, will also be participating in the service.

Tot Shabbat @ Sanctuary
Jun 3 @ 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 or phone (703) 435-8829.

Shabbat Worship Service @ Sanctuary
Jun 3 @ 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.

Erev Shabbat Worship Service, Guest- Mark Hetfield, CEO and President of HIAS
Jun 9 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Join us in welcoming Mark Hetfield, CEO and President of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), who will be our guest speaker during Shabbat services.

Mark Hetfield will speak on: Remembering the St. Louis: A Jewish Response to Today’s Refugee Crisis
In early June 1939, the U.S. turned away S.S. St. Louis, a boat populated by nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust. What does this mean for us today? Join Mark Hetfield, president and CEO at HIAS, to learn more about the global refugee crisis and to explore how Jewish values and history call on us to respond – both here in the U.S., and internationally. HIAS is the world’s oldest, and only Jewish, global refugee agency.

Mark Hetfield was appointed President and CEO of HIAS after a 25-year career, much of it served at HIAS, most recently as the agency’s senior vice president of policy and programs. An expert in refugee and immigration law, policy, and programs, Mark has led HIAS’ transformation from an organization focused on Jewish immigrants to a global agency assisting refugees of all faiths and ethnicities. Mark began his career as a HIAS caseworker in Rome, Italy assisting Jewish refugee applicants from the Soviet Union. He later rejoined the agency as its Washington, D.C. representative, and again as its director of international operations. Between his roles at HIAS, Mark served as senior advisor on refugee issues at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, where he directed a congressionally-authorized study on the treatment of asylum seekers. He graduated cum laude with a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University, from which he also holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service.

Torah Talk @ Sanctuary
Jun 10 @ 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