The Jewish Bible is divided into three parts, and the second part, the prophets, is the most misunderstood. This section describes the history of early Israel and the invention of a new method of leadership: the prophet. Abraham Joshua Heschel’s first major work analysed this section, and we will see the prophets through this masterwork: The Prophets (vols 1 and 2). Please purchase your copy of the books before class begins on October 19.
As we remember and celebrate Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy, join us to study his revolutionary Letter from Birmingham Jail. In our ongoing project to rebuild the habits and skills of Democracy, we will apply the same Jewish questioning we use to address the Torah instead to some of the most important documents in our country’s history. The conversation will be lively and bagels are provided!
Kehillat Limmud is our Religious School for grades K-7. Using an innovative and fun elective-based program, we teach students everything they need to be productive, knowledgeable, and spiritually capable Jewish young people. For our 8th-12th grade program, please see information on Tamid.
If you have any questions about religious education at NVHC, please contact our office at 703-437-7733, or email our Director of Congregational Learning Rabbi Jessica Wainer at email@example.com.
Tanakh is Torah + Neviim (Prophets) + Ketuvim (Writings). The Hebrew Bible! Chevruta is a study and partnership. This study group explores Jewish spirituality by reading and discussing sacred tezts. We try to take a literary and historical view of Scripture and discern the lessons it offers to apply to contemporary life. The group decides which parts of the Tanakh to read together; last year we covered much of Deuteronomy and Numbers. Come explore the Tanakh with us; everyone has something to offer and something to learn!
Text: Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures (The New JPS translation according to the traditional Hebrew text). Copis available in the NVHC Library or bring your own.
Did you know that hundreds of kids in Fairfax County go home from school on Friday knowing that their next meal will not be until they return to school Monday morning? NVHC Change is helping to fight food insecurity and fill hungry tummies through the Weekend Snack Bag program for Forest Edge Elementary School and Clearview Elementary School. Once a month, NVHC Change volunteers donate food and pack 225 gallon sized bags with healthy snacks to send home with children in need, right here in Reston.
Come help us back the bags! Packing dates for the 2018-2019 school year are: September 23, October 28, November 11, December 16, January 20, February 24, March 24, April 28, and May 19.
For more information on this and other NVHC Cares/Social Action Committee initiatives, click here!
Tamid dinner is an optional catered meal before Tamid on Tuesdays. The meal is kosher style and food comes from a wide variety of restaurants. If you’re interested in registering your child for Tamid, please click here.
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.
If you have questions, please contact our office at 703-437-7733, or email our Director of Congregational Learning Rabbi Jessica Wainer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com) 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.
Ahh, it’s finally Friday! Come celebrate the last Friday of every month with us! We will have a family-mindful service for the entire community, followed by oneg and dinner. Wine will be provided. Registration for dinner is required.
We will begin our Shabbat morning experience with sustenance for the body – bagels and shmear, coffee and tea. From there, we will enter into soul-filled sustenance, that may vary some from week to week, including mindful experiences of prayer, music, meditation or yoga. The remainder of our time together with be sustenance for the mind, a time of conversation and insight. Come for the food, stay for the spirit – we hope you will join us on this nourishing Shabbat morning journey!