May – June 2017
A worship service offered by our 10th graders, a culminating event in their formal Jewish education. Their words of Torah are inspiring and for many the highlight of the liturgical year. Their words of Torah are inspiring, one of the highlights of our year.
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.
Watermelon and Cookies
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!
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.
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!
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.
Book selections are made by club participants. Discussion is open to all; there is no fee to participate. For more information about Book Club, contact Marjina Kaplan at Marjina2@yahoo.com.
September 10 (one week later because of Labor Day). The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu. 352 pp. Fiction. This is the story of three girls coming of age – if you can call it that – in the Israeli Defense Forces. More than that, the 25-year-old author, drawing on her own years with the IDF, tells the story of a people’s resignation to living in a world that’s been strange for so long, they can no longer remember how strange it is.
October 1. The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family by Roger Cohen. Illustrated Memoir. 304 pp. In the years around the turn of the 20th century, Roger Cohen’s family joined the mass exodus of Jews out of their long, mostly dismal residency in the Pale of Settlement. Like thousands of their Lithuanian landsmen, Cohen’s relatives headed for the sunny, still-undeveloped, resource-rich country of South Africa. In this new world they began with nothing, worked hard and achieved much. As is often true of successful immigrant families, their grandchildren could live as though the old world had never been. Cohen’s father became a doctor, his mother was college educated. Both were raised with the comforts that only numerous servants can provide: Being a Jew in South Africa was not unlike being a Jew in the American South: anti-Semitism was not absent, but it was greatly mitigated by a segregated black underclass all but legally enslaved.
November 5. The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron, translated by Steven Cohen. Fiction. This novel, which won the 2013 Bernstein Prize (one of the most prestigious for an Israeli novel), tells the story of an Israeli hilltop settlement, Ma’aleh Hermesh C., on the West Bank. The tale is told through the relationship of two brothers: Gabi, the ascetic follower of Nachman of Breslov, and Roni, the outgoing, worldly older brother, who thinks religion is “an interesting social attempt to deal with the fact that all men are addicted to sex and violence.”
December 3. The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century by David Laskin. Memoir. In tracing the roots of his family, Laskin captures the epic sweep of the twentieth century. A century and a half ago, a Torah scribe and his wife raised six children in a yeshiva town at the western fringe of the Russian empire. But history took the family down three very different roads. One branch emigrated to America and founded the fabulously successful Maidenform Bra Company; another went to Palestine as pioneers and participated in the contentious birth of the state of Israel; the third branch remained in Europe and suffered the onslaught of the Nazi occupation.
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 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 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.