Yizkor Service
May 30 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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.

Atid Erev Shabbat Worship Service, plus Shireinu
Jun 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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 Club @ library
Jun 3 @ 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


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
Jun 3 @ 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 or phone (703) 435-8829.

Shabbat Worship Service @ Sanctuary
Jun 3 @ 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.

The Past and Future of American Judaism @ MultiPurpose Room
Jun 6 @ 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, June 6

Mussar with Cantor Caro: Jewish wisdom and values in practice
Jun 9 @ 8:00 am – 9:15 am

Mussar is a Jewish system for personal growth, specifically in the realm of character trait refinement, helping individuals to find balance and strength in key inner traits that are essential for leading a fulfilling life. Each monthly session will be an exploration of this system through these character traits, studying text sources and considering out how to bring that into personal life and experience. No prior experience of knowledge needed; each month will be its own exploration, so feel free to come when you can!


Erev Shabbat Worship Service, Guest- Mark Hetfield, CEO and President of HIAS
Jun 9 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Join us in welcoming Mark Hetfield, CEO and President of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), who will be our guest speaker during Shabbat services.

Mark Hetfield will speak on: Remembering the St. Louis: A Jewish Response to Today’s Refugee Crisis
In early June 1939, the U.S. turned away S.S. St. Louis, a boat populated by nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust. What does this mean for us today? Join Mark Hetfield, president and CEO at HIAS, to learn more about the global refugee crisis and to explore how Jewish values and history call on us to respond – both here in the U.S., and internationally. HIAS is the world’s oldest, and only Jewish, global refugee agency.

Mark Hetfield was appointed President and CEO of HIAS after a 25-year career, much of it served at HIAS, most recently as the agency’s senior vice president of policy and programs. An expert in refugee and immigration law, policy, and programs, Mark has led HIAS’ transformation from an organization focused on Jewish immigrants to a global agency assisting refugees of all faiths and ethnicities. Mark began his career as a HIAS caseworker in Rome, Italy assisting Jewish refugee applicants from the Soviet Union. He later rejoined the agency as its Washington, D.C. representative, and again as its director of international operations. Between his roles at HIAS, Mark served as senior advisor on refugee issues at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, where he directed a congressionally-authorized study on the treatment of asylum seekers. He graduated cum laude with a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University, from which he also holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service.

Torah Talk @ Sanctuary
Jun 10 @ 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

Shabbat Worship Service @ Sanctuary
Jun 10 @ 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.