October – November 2017

Oct
21
Sat
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.

Oct
27
Fri
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)!
Oct
28
Sat
Torah Talk @ Sanctuary
Oct 28 @ 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 28 @ 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.

Oct
29
Sun
Silver Line/Marshall House Tour
Oct 29 @ 3:45 pm – 6:00 pm

 

The Silver Line 55+ Group will be treated to a special tour and presentation at the George C. Marshall House (formerly Dodona Manor) in Leesburg VA.  This site, a National Historic Landmark, was the residence of General Marshall from 1941 to 1959.  Marshall’s career as a military officer spanned 44 years, including distinguished service in two world wars. He was the architect of the European Recovery plan, the Marshall Plan, and received a Nobel Peace Prize in 1953.  The presentation will be given by Marshall Historian, Rachel Thompson.

The tour is $10/person, paid in advance. Unfortunately we must limit the group to 35 people. Dinner at Lightfoot Restaurant, Leesburg afterwards is optional. Contact Laura Zelman, zeltalk@aol.com, 703-404-4769 for information. See the Silver Line website for the reservation form.

 

The cost is $10 per person paid by check made out to Laura Zelman, 20816 Noble Terrace #318, Potomac Falls VA 20165. Reservation form with check must be received by October 21, 2017. Separate checks will be given for dinner.

 

 Name(s)                                                          Number of People        l     Total Amount

I (We) will come to the Marshall Tour        ________________________________

I (We) will come to dinner at Lightfoot     _______________

Important Note: The house has a steep staircase & there is no elevator.

Parking is at 310-312 E. Market St, Leesburg in the Shops at Marshall House lot.

The Marshall Center address is 217 Edwards Ferry Rd., Leesburg VA 20176

 

Nov
2
Thu
Social Action Committee Meeting
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Nov
3
Fri
Erev Shabbat Worship Service
Nov 3 @ 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!  Following our worship service we have a delicious oneg (cookies, fruit and sweets to bring in Shabbes joy)!

 

Nov
4
Sat
Book Club @ library
Nov 4 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 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.

This is the current schedule of books:

September 8- Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel by Dan Ephron.  History.  290 pp.  The murder of Rabin shocked the world, shook Israel to its core and was stunningly successful in that it achieved precisely what the assassin, Yigal Amir, had in mind.  By killing Rabin, Amir believed he would deal the peace process a mortal blow.  This book traces the trajectory of the crime to the present day.  By providng a picture of the political and religious forces that encouraged the demonization of Rabin for his perceived “treachery,” a climate that made it acceptable for Amir and his friends to speak openly about Talmudic justifications for assassination.

October 7- City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan.  Literary Fiction.  208 pp.  Post-World War II Jerusalem is the provocative setting for this thriller that centers on a 1946 hotel bombing considered one of the most heinous terror attacks of its time.  Blending historical accuracy with a richly-imagined story, the book is informed by the British mandate that limited to 75,000 the number of Jewish refugees who could immigrate to Palestine over a five-year period beginning in 1939.  Jossi Brand, a Latvian Jew, is one of thousands of illegal refugees hiding in plain sight in Jerusalem in 1945. With help from a resistance group, he is working as a cab driver. A concentration camp survivor, Brand joins resistance fighters and conspires with them to carry out a series of attacks on British government property.

November 4- Groucho Marx: The Comedy of Existence by Lee Siegel.  Biog.  162 pp.  If you find the Marx Brothers unfailingly funny, Siegel is not your man.  In fact, he argues that the brothers often seemed to aim at something other than laughs, serving up not wit or slapstick but repudiations of authority, convention and common sense.  He links Groucho’s performing style with his upbringing in a lower-class neighborhood of new Americans speaking amalgams of English and their mother tongues, an invironment in which language-play came naturally.  Julius was the third and least-favored son: less “Aryan”-looking than his brothers at a time when that mattered, and he was born with a “walleye.”

December 2- The Last Flight of Poxl West by Daniel Torday.  Fiction.  291 pp.  It’s 1986, and Poxl (ne Leopold Weisberg) has just published an acclaimed and best-selling memoir, Skylock, about his time as a Jewish bomber pilot in the British Royal Air Force.  The story is rendered in unobtrusively lyrical prose, superb sentences that glide over the page as smoothly as a Spitfire across a cloudless sky.  The novel flies through Poxl’s adventures at the speed of sound.

Jan, 6, Feb. 3, Mar. 3, Apr. 14, May 5, June 2- Books TBD