January – February 2019

Jan
22
Tue
Tamid
Jan 22 @ 11:15 pm - 1:00 am

Tamid is NVHC’s 8th – 12th grade program. Meeting on Tuesday nights, Tamid focuses on building dynamic Jewish community through ongoing text study, social action projects, social time, and teen leadership initiatives.

For more information please click here. To register your child for Tamid for the 2018-2019 school year, please click here.

If you have questions, please contact our office at 703-437-7733, or email our Director of Congregational Learning Rabbi Jessica Wainer at rabbiwainer@nvhcreston.org.

Congregational Conversation: Stewardship of the Earth’s Climate
Jan 23 @ 12:00 am - 1:30 am

One of the most important issues we face today is humanity’s stewardship of the Earth.  Our tradition teaches us to use the resources of the planet, but also to respect and maintain them.  There are many facets to these responsibilities, but in recent decades the problem of Climate Change has emerged as, perhaps, the most pressing.  An overwhelming number of scientists say we face a crisis, a smaller number are skeptics, some states pass laws to prevent further climate change, while others instead pass laws preempting local communities from addressing the problem. The country is polarized and, at times, paralyzed.

In honor of Tu B’shvat (the Jewish birthday of the Trees), we will be having a Congregational Conversation about our stewardship of the Earth’s climate.  If this issue has affected you personally, or you feel passionately that you have a story to share, please contact Rabbi Holzman (rabbiholzman@nvhcreston.org) as soon as possible to help in the planning for that evening.

Even if the environment is not your most important issue, we hope everyone will join us on January 22, to cultivate our citizenship skills and hear voices in the community.

Jan
25
Fri
NVHC with VOICE at the General Assembly
Jan 25 @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Time subject to change. We will be back in time for Shabbat services.

To be a continuous reminder though out the General Assembly’s session regarding VOICE’s values and demands, VOICE is ensuring that there is a visible presence in Richmond every day of the 45-day General Assembly. Our focus is support of the Governor’s budget that includes additional funding for schools to address mental health issues, and more affordable housing for all Virginians. NVHC is responsible for sending a contingent to Richmond on January 25. We will be going in carpools. If you are interested or for more information, contact Stu Williger for more information.

Jan
29
Tue
Tamid
Jan 29 @ 11:15 pm - 1:00 am

Tamid is NVHC’s 8th – 12th grade program. Meeting on Tuesday nights, Tamid focuses on building dynamic Jewish community through ongoing text study, social action projects, social time, and teen leadership initiatives.

For more information please click here. To register your child for Tamid for the 2018-2019 school year, please click here.

If you have questions, please contact our office at 703-437-7733, or email our Director of Congregational Learning Rabbi Jessica Wainer at rabbiwainer@nvhcreston.org.

Feb
2
Sat
NVHC Shabbaton: Spirituality and the World Around Us
Feb 2 @ 2:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Mark your calendars for the annual NVHC Shabbaton!

This year’s Shabbaton will be a day of prayer, study, and making delicious food together as a community. Our theme this year is the environment: what impact do we have on the world around us? How are we, as Jews, supposed to interact with the environment? What can we do to keep our planet happy and healthy?

We will begin with making challah and vegetarian chili (to be eaten at lunch, of course). Then we will come together in a meditative Shabbat morning service, before we enjoy our chili with a side of text study in the afternoon.

We hope you can join us for this incredible morning in community.

Feb
3
Sun
Israel Movie Series
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Explore Israel though the movies! We will watch a different movie each week, exploring different themes of Israel and Judaism, all the while experiencing various genres of movies.

This class will meet Sundays February 3, March 10, April 7, and May 5.

Feb
5
Tue
Tamid
Feb 5 @ 11:15 pm - 1:00 am

Tamid is NVHC’s 8th – 12th grade program. Meeting on Tuesday nights, Tamid focuses on building dynamic Jewish community through ongoing text study, social action projects, social time, and teen leadership initiatives.

For more information please click here. To register your child for Tamid for the 2018-2019 school year, please click here.

If you have questions, please contact our office at 703-437-7733, or email our Director of Congregational Learning Rabbi Jessica Wainer at rabbiwainer@nvhcreston.org.

Speaker Series: Tilar Mazzeo
Feb 6 @ 1:00 am - 2:15 am

“Saving the Children from the Warsaw Ghetto”

Tilar Mazzeo

Tilar Mazzeo is the author of Irena’s Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto. Dr. Mazzeo is a Professor of English at Colby College.

Feb
6
Wed
JCRC Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day
Feb 6 @ 2:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Every year the JCRC of Greater Washington participates in Jewish Advocacy Day in Richmond, where Jewish organizations from around the state send advocates to speak with legislators during the General Assembly. The JCRC will be sponsoring a bus from the JCCNV to Richmond, which will leave at 6:30 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m. Both the Governor and Lt. Governor are scheduled to speak to the group. Orientation to the JCRC advocacy positions is provided during the NoVA Insider Briefing on January 30th (see below). Contact NVHC VA JCRC Commission representative Andy Lacher for more information. The registration deadline is February 2. For more information and to register please follow this link.

NoVA Insider Briefing
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
JCC of Northern Virginia, 8900 Litttle River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA

Policy experts will brief attendees on the key issues facing our community in the 2019 Virginia General Assembly. All are welcome whether or not they will be joining us in Richmond on February 6.  For more information and to register please follow this link.

Feb
7
Thu
Prayer Hebrew 1: Sh’ma and Its Blessings
Feb 7 @ 11:00 pm - 12:00 am

Instructor: Elizabeth Lacher
Time: Thursdays, February 7-May 30, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $110, Non-Members $154, free for Tamid students
Text: Hineni: Prayer Hebrew for Adults ($22.95)
Registration required. Click here to register.

The emphasis of these classes is on improving prayer fluency, the acquisition of basic prayer vocabulary, and understanding the structure of the prayer service. Each class will focus on one section of the prayer service, and may include additional prayers as desired by the students.

Prerequisites: Beginning Hebrew or equivalent. Knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet and basic pronunciation.