February – March 2017

Advanced Modern Hebrew @ Classroom 112
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:10 pm

Expand the student’s ability to read, write, speak, and comprehend Modern Hebrew. This course will introduce students to the future tense. Students will practice conversational skills, translate texts from a range of Hebrew literature, and compose short paragraphs. Exercises will focus on conversational skills, and will reinforce vocabulary and use of proper Hebrew grammar.

Prerequisites:  At least four years previous instruction with conversational Hebrew.  Familiarity with conversational Hebrew, grammar, and conjugation of present and past tense.

Fee:   $140 for members; $196 for non-members; free for TAMID students

Text:  Hebrew from Scratch: Part 2, $40.00

Instructor:  Yehudit Shem-Tov

Tuesdays:  6:00-7:10 p.m.   Beginning 1/3/2017 for 14 weeks, click here to register or phone the temple office at (703) 437-7733.

Modern Hebrew 1. @ Classroom 112
Feb 28 @ 7:15 pm – 8:25 pm

Learn conversational Hebrew, basic Hebrew grammar, and to read and write in script.  Introduces simple verb forms.

Prerequisite: Beginning Hebrew or equivalent.  Ability to read Hebrew phonetically, familiarity with basic Hebrew vocabulary, and ability to write in block.

Fee:    $140 for members; $196 for non-members; free for TAMID students

Text:  Ivrit Alfon: A Hebrew Primer for Adults, $15.95

Instructor: Yehudit Shem-Tov

Tuesdays:  7:15-8:25 p.m.   Beginning 1/3/2017 for 14 weeks, click here to register or phone the temple office at (703) 437-7733.

The Past and Future of American Judaism @ Multi-purpose Room
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The American Jewish community as we know it was shaped primarily by waves of Eastern European immigration over a century ago. As each generation gains distance from those waves, the
ideas, themes, cultures and practices of American Judaism will be different from those of the past.  This class will cover the origins of American Judaism and the trends shaping our future.

Led by Rabbi Michael G. Holzman.  Tuesday Nov. 29, Jan. 24, Feb. 28, Mar. 28, Apr. 25

Beginning Hebrew @ Classroom 112
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:10 pm

Learn to read Hebrew – No previous experience required.  This class introduces the student to Hebrew letters and vowels, and broadens the student’s understanding of the use of Hebrew in Jewish life, ritual, study, and tradition.  The student will learn to read Hebrew phonetically, to recognize common Hebrew roots used in prayer, and to write block letters.  This course provides a foundation for the rest of our Hebrew classes.

No prerequisites.

Fee:    $110 for members; $154 for non-members; free for TAMID students

Text:     Aleph Isn’t Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults, $18.95

Instructor: Yehudit Shem-Tov

Wednesdays: 7:00-8:10 p.m.   Beginning 2/1/2017* (*this is a date change) for 11 weeks, click here to register or call the temple office at (703) 437-7733.

Bereavement Support Group @ NVHC Conference Room
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

“When You’ve Lost a Loved One” a Bereavement Support Group and extension of our caring community at NVHC.  Held most Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.  Linda Rubinstein Perlstein, experienced counselor in grief therapy in both secular and Jewish settings, will facilitate this group.  It is our hope that NVHC members and friends from the wider community find comfort and care as they mourn losses among their family and immediate circle of community.  We hope that attendees will meet on an ongoing basis to draw support and insights in a group setting.  Contact Rabbi Michael Holzman at 703-471-6046, ext. 102 or send an email to Linda Rubinstein Perlstein at Imlistening@verizon.net if you are interested, or simply attend.

Biblical Hebrew 2 @ Classroom 112
Mar 2 @ 7:15 pm – 8:25 pm

For students who want to be able to read, understand, and translate selections from Torah. We will learn to recognize variety of verb forms and expand knowledge of Biblical vocabulary.  This is a continuation from the fall session, we will begin in chapter 5.

Prerequisites:  Biblical Hebrew 1 or equivalent.  Some familiarity with Hebrew grammar and vocabulary.

Fee:    $110 for members; $154 for non-members; free for TAMID students

Text: Tav is for Torah,, $18.95

Instructor: Elizabeth Lacher

Thursdays:  7:15-8:25 p.m.  Beginning 1/5/2017 for 11 weeks, click here to register or phone the temple office at (703) 437-7733.

Sof Shavua Nosh
Mar 3 @ 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!

Erev Shabbat Worship Service @ Sanctary
Mar 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Shabbat and holidays are times of joy and reflection. We come together to deepen our connection to each other and express our responsibility for community. We celebrate with song, prayer, intellectual challenge and, of course, good food! Services at NVHC are open to the public, join us.

Book Club @ library
Mar 4 @ 9:00 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 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 1The 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.

Tot Shabbat @ Sanctuary
Mar 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.