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!

Book Club @ library
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am

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.

This is the current schedule of books:

September 8- Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel by Dan Ephron.  History.  290 pp.  The murder of Rabin shocked the world, shook Israel to its core and was stunningly successful in that it achieved precisely what the assassin, Yigal Amir, had in mind.  By killing Rabin, Amir believed he would deal the peace process a mortal blow.  This book traces the trajectory of the crime to the present day.  By providng a picture of the political and religious forces that encouraged the demonization of Rabin for his perceived “treachery,” a climate that made it acceptable for Amir and his friends to speak openly about Talmudic justifications for assassination.

October 7- City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan.  Literary Fiction.  208 pp.  Post-World War II Jerusalem is the provocative setting for this thriller that centers on a 1946 hotel bombing considered one of the most heinous terror attacks of its time.  Blending historical accuracy with a richly-imagined story, the book is informed by the British mandate that limited to 75,000 the number of Jewish refugees who could immigrate to Palestine over a five-year period beginning in 1939.  Jossi Brand, a Latvian Jew, is one of thousands of illegal refugees hiding in plain sight in Jerusalem in 1945. With help from a resistance group, he is working as a cab driver. A concentration camp survivor, Brand joins resistance fighters and conspires with them to carry out a series of attacks on British government property.

November 4- Groucho Marx: The Comedy of Existence by Lee Siegel.  Biog.  162 pp.  If you find the Marx Brothers unfailingly funny, Siegel is not your man.  In fact, he argues that the brothers often seemed to aim at something other than laughs, serving up not wit or slapstick but repudiations of authority, convention and common sense.  He links Groucho’s performing style with his upbringing in a lower-class neighborhood of new Americans speaking amalgams of English and their mother tongues, an invironment in which language-play came naturally.  Julius was the third and least-favored son: less “Aryan”-looking than his brothers at a time when that mattered, and he was born with a “walleye.”

December 2- The Last Flight of Poxl West by Daniel Torday.  Fiction.  291 pp.  It’s 1986, and Poxl (ne Leopold Weisberg) has just published an acclaimed and best-selling memoir, Skylock, about his time as a Jewish bomber pilot in the British Royal Air Force.  The story is rendered in unobtrusively lyrical prose, superb sentences that glide over the page as smoothly as a Spitfire across a cloudless sky.  The novel flies through Poxl’s adventures at the speed of sound.

Jan, 6, Feb. 3, Mar. 3, Apr. 14, May 5, June 2- Books TBD




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.

Executive Committee Meeting
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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.