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
22
Sun
Tanakh Chevruta
Oct 22 @ 10:40 am – 12:00 pm

Tanakh is Torah + Neviim (Prophets) + Ketuvim (Writings). The Hebrew Bible! Chevruta is a study and partnership. This study group is focused on reading and discussing the Hebrew Bible, weaving in our understanding of ancient, medieval, and modern Jewish History, Tanakh, and Derech HaShem. Specific topics covered will be determined by the group as we progress. Last year we covered the Books of Judges and Kings, as well as Daniel, Esther and Job. In the coming year, we will be using The Jewish Study Bible to study and discuss Torah portions from Numbers and Deuteronomy.

Everyone has something to offer and something to learn! No experience required.

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.

Oct
29
Sun
Tanakh Chevruta
Oct 29 @ 10:40 am – 12:00 pm

Tanakh is Torah + Neviim (Prophets) + Ketuvim (Writings). The Hebrew Bible! Chevruta is a study and partnership. This study group is focused on reading and discussing the Hebrew Bible, weaving in our understanding of ancient, medieval, and modern Jewish History, Tanakh, and Derech HaShem. Specific topics covered will be determined by the group as we progress. Last year we covered the Books of Judges and Kings, as well as Daniel, Esther and Job. In the coming year, we will be using The Jewish Study Bible to study and discuss Torah portions from Numbers and Deuteronomy.

Everyone has something to offer and something to learn! No experience required.

Silver Line/Marshall House Tour
Oct 29 @ 3:45 pm – 6:00 pm

 

The Silver Line 55+ Group will be treated to a special tour and presentation at the George C. Marshall House (formerly Dodona Manor) in Leesburg VA.  This site, a National Historic Landmark, was the residence of General Marshall from 1941 to 1959.  Marshall’s career as a military officer spanned 44 years, including distinguished service in two world wars. He was the architect of the European Recovery plan, the Marshall Plan, and received a Nobel Peace Prize in 1953.  The presentation will be given by Marshall Historian, Rachel Thompson.

The tour is $10/person, paid in advance. Unfortunately we must limit the group to 35 people. Dinner at Lightfoot Restaurant, Leesburg afterwards is optional. Contact Laura Zelman, zeltalk@aol.com, 703-404-4769 for information. See the Silver Line website for the reservation form.

 

The cost is $10 per person paid by check made out to Laura Zelman, 20816 Noble Terrace #318, Potomac Falls VA 20165. Reservation form with check must be received by October 21, 2017. Separate checks will be given for dinner.

 

 Name(s)                                                          Number of People        l     Total Amount

I (We) will come to the Marshall Tour        ________________________________

I (We) will come to dinner at Lightfoot     _______________

Important Note: The house has a steep staircase & there is no elevator.

Parking is at 310-312 E. Market St, Leesburg in the Shops at Marshall House lot.

The Marshall Center address is 217 Edwards Ferry Rd., Leesburg VA 20176