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.


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.

Kehillat Limmud
Oct 22 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Kehilat Limmud is designed to engage students in a learning experience that challenges critical thinking through total engagement. Students learn through the arts, experientially, using cooperative learning, project-based methodology, and inquisitive learning methods. Our program is based on the belief that students learn best in a synagogue community environment when they work together and both teach and learn from one another. Interested in enrolling your Kindergartener – 7th Grader in Kehillat Limmud? Contact the temple office or email Rabbi Wainer at rabbiwainer@nvhcreston.org

Forest Edge Food Pack
Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Every school year, the congregation packs over 250 backpacks full of food for students at Forest Edge Elementary to have over the weekend, when they have no access to school-provided meals. Please join us in this wonderful act of Tzedakah for kids who really need it!

Mid-Week Hebrew
Oct 24 @ 4:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Mid-Week Hebrew is offered to all fifth and sixth grade Religious School students to improve their Hebrew fluency in preparation for their B’nei Mitzvah!

Classes on Tuesdays are from 4:45-5:45, 5:45-6:45, or 6:45-7:45.

Oct 24 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm

Tamid is NVHC’s 8th – 12th grade program. Meeting on Tuesday nights, Tamid focuses on building Jewish community through ongoing text study, social action projects, social time and teen leadership initiatives. Want to sign up your 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grader for classes at NVHC? Contact the temple office or email Rabbi Wainer at rabbiwainer@nvhcreston.org.

‘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 .

Mid-Week Hebrew
Oct 25 @ 5:45 pm – 6:00 pm

Mid-Week Hebrew is offered to all fifth and sixth grade Religious School students to improve their Hebrew fluency in preparation for their B’nei Mitzvah!

Classes on Wednesdays are held from 5:45-6:45.

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)!