October – November 2017

Oct
20
Fri
Prayer Lab Erev Shabbat Service
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Texts, prayers and practices are the tools of our Jewish life. Like any toolbox, we might sometimes need some guidance or a refresher how to best use a particularly unusual tool.

Praying can be challenging.  Many of us come to services for a variety of reasons, perhaps with the hope or expectation that we will receive a lightning bolt of transformation – which, if we are truthful, is not how it often unfolds.  The changes we note in ourselves may often be more subtle, happening over a longer period of time.  We do know that there is no single, proven way to make prayer come alive for any of us; having an open mind and an open heart is going to get us much of the way along, so then both the comfortable and the experimental have the potential to inspire and excite us.

Our idea of creating a Prayer Lab experience here at NVHC comes from our desire to create a safe space for experimentation, in order to broaden and deepen our prayer experiences.  We have already done this occasionally, inspired by various times of year or communal events.  We know that some experiments have worked better than others; the challenge of learning can also be its own inspiration.  In the coming year, three Shabbat services will be designated as Prayer Labs– October 20th, February 2nd and April 27th. We invite our community to join us in exploring different experiences of music and text, adjustments with our physical space and with what we create in that space, all in service of opening more ways into prayer.

 

Oct
21
Sat
Torah Talk @ Sanctuary
Oct 21 @ 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 21 @ 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.

Oct
24
Tue
‘Singing for Shabbes’
Oct 24 @ 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm

Do you love to sing, but never before thought about singing with a group, in a choir?  I invite you to come to a most un-intimidating setting, to try out singing together, with an approach that is a bit different for our community.  Join us monthly, on a Tuesday evening, from 6:45-8:00 p.m. for an open rehearsal.  Anyone who is up for singing together, joined by many of our Kol Shirah regulars, exploring how we can make music together for worship and beyond.  No music-reading ability necessary, just a courageous love for singing.  For further information, please contact Cantor Susan Caro at cantorcaro@nvhcreston.org .

Oct
27
Fri
Erev Shabbat Worship Service with Kol Shirah
Oct 27 @ 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 with Kol Shirah!  Following our worship service we have a delicious oneg (cookies, fruit and sweets to bring in Shabbes joy)!
Oct
28
Sat
Torah Talk @ Sanctuary
Oct 28 @ 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 28 @ 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.

Nov
1
Wed
Introduction to Jewish Holidays with Rabbi Wainer
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

How do I make a challah for Shabbat? What is the proper way to light candles for Hanukkah? How do I celebrate Purim at home? If you have ever asked these questions, or others like them, Introduction to Jewish Holidays is the right place for you to come and ask those questions. Throughout the year, we will explore and create a better understanding of these Jewish Holidays. We will also spend time learning about customs that are affiliated with these holidays. These classes will involve discussions about how to celebrate the holidays at home, foods that are customary to cook for the holidays and fun projects that families of any ages can complete together!

August 30: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot

November 1: Shabbat and Hanukkah

February 28: Purim and Passover

Registration required. Please click [here].

Nov
3
Fri
Erev Shabbat Worship Service
Nov 3 @ 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)!

 

Nov
4
Sat
Tot Shabbat
Nov 4 @ 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.