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
Kehillat Limmud
Jan 20 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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.

For more information on Kehillat Limmud, please click here. To register for Kehillat Limmud for the 2018-2019 school year, please click here.

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 rabbiwainer@nvhcreston.org.

The History of the Jews in America, 1654 to the Present
Jan 20 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The year 2004 marked the 350th anniversary of the organized Jewish community in what would become the United States of America that began with the arrival of 23 refugees from Pernambuco, Brazil to New Amsterdam/New York. The course will chart the evolution of the Jews in America from the Colonial Era to the 21st century, breaking the chronology into 6 distinct periods. Subsequently we will explore a series of themes such as efforts to achieve civic equality and Jewish participation in American politics and the military, the history of immigration and ghetto life from the 19th century up to the latest waves of immigration from the former Soviet Union and Israel, American Jewish demographic trends, and the history of Judaism in American and the specific paths of Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Orthodox Judaism.

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
Written Law Becomes Oral Law
Jan 22 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Ever wondered how the words of the Torah became Halacha (Jewish Law)? We will look at Torah passages and follow them through the Mishnah and into the Talmud. You will be amazed at the complex and fascinating processes involved to turn written law into oral law. Click here to register.

Tamid Dinner
Jan 22 @ 10:45 pm - 11:15 pm

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
Jan 22 @ 11:15 pm - 1:00 am

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.

For more information please click here. To register your child for Tamid for the 2018-2019 school year, please click here.

If you have questions, please contact our office at 703-437-7733, or email our Director of Congregational Learning Rabbi Jessica Wainer at rabbiwainer@nvhcreston.org.

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
23
Wed
Mussar in Practice: The Path of the Soul
Jan 23 @ 1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Jewish life and practice can help us to see what really is and what really can be. We explore Jewish wisdom together about how to navigate through our lives and find fulfillment and well-being.

In our sanctuary, join me for a weekly drop-in where we will explore contemplative practices and exercises framed by a mussar (character) trait. The weekly trait will be noted in the weekly synagogue email. We will use the teachings of Mussar with mindfulness practices to create a weekly space for open approaching the multiple spiritual dimensions of Jewish tradition and Jewish living.

Hebrew Class for Adult B’nai Mitzvah
Jan 23 @ 11:30 pm - 1:00 am

A Hebrew class only for those who are participating in the Adult B’nai Mitzvah experience. This will be dedicated to both learning to decode Hebrew reading and learning Hebrew prayer.