February – March 2017

The Past and Future of American Judaism @ Multi-purpose Room
Feb 28 @ 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

Erev Shabbat Worship Service @ Sanctary
Mar 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Shabbat and holidays are times of joy and reflection. We come together to deepen our connection to each other and express our responsibility for community. We celebrate with song, prayer, intellectual challenge and, of course, good food! Services at NVHC are open to the public, join us.

Tot Shabbat @ Sanctuary
Mar 4 @ 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 Cindi@nvhcreston.org or phone (703) 435-8829.

Shabbat Worship Service @ Sanctuary
Mar 4 @ 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.

Exploring the Prophets @ NVHC Library
Mar 5 @ 9:50 am – 11:00 am

Abraham Joshua Heschel describes the biblical prophets as some of the most disturbing people who have ever lived.  In voices an octave too high for our ears, the prophets demand that Israel live according to God’s ethical commandments.  Israelite prophecy was unique in the ancient Near East because it is rooted in God’s authority, rather than that of temporal rulers.  It is concerned with social justice, abuse of power, and worship that is disingenuous. The prophets remind us that individual acts of immorality threaten the whole nation.  In this class, we will explore selections from the prophets, learn about the world in which they prophesied, and discuss the timeless nature of the prophets’ call to conscience. We will explore Amos, Micah, Jonah, Hosea and others as time permits.

Prerequisites:  None

Fee: Members $100, Non-member $140, Tamid Students Free

Sundays beginning Sept 18

Click here for register.



Brotherhood Meeting @ Classroom 201
Mar 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Interested in joining NVHC Brotherhood?  Contact Bruce Johnson at BrotherhoodPresident@nvhcreston.org or phone the temple office at (703) 437-7733

Mussar with Cantor Caro: Jewish wisdom and values in practice
Mar 10 @ 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
Mar 10 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Torah Talk @ Sanctuary
Mar 11 @ 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 @ Sanctuary
Mar 11 @ 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.