January – February 2019

Jan
19
Sat
Shabbat Sustenance: Great Texts of America – Letter from Birmingham Jail
Jan 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

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!

Jan
20
Sun
Food Packing
Jan 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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!

Jan
22
Tue
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
26
Sat
Shabbat Sustenance– For the Body, Soul, and Mind
Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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!

Feb
1
Fri
Erev Shabbat Worship Service
Feb 2 @ 12:00 am - 1:15 am

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)!

Feb
2
Sat
Shabbat Sustenance– For the Body, Soul, and Mind
Feb 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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!

Tot Shabbat
Feb 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Torah Talk (1)

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 truly experience the joys of Shabbat. Songs, stories, plenty of active participation, an Ark overflowing with plush stuffed Torahs, and a child-friendly d’var Torah (lesson). What could be better?

The atmosphere is warm and welcoming; there is no dress code, and there is no shushing if your little one can’t sit still (they are free to move around!) The service is followed by a delicious child-friendly, nut free oneg!

While Tot Shabbatot (plural for Shabbat) are designed for toddlers and preschoolers, the whole family is invited to attend. Personal snacks must be nut-free and we ask that no food is eaten during the service in the sanctuary.

Questions? Contact Cindi Drake at cindi@nvhcreston.org, or 703-437-7733.

 

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
8
Fri
Erev Shabbat Worship Service
Feb 9 @ 12:00 am - 1:15 am

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)!