October – November 2017

Oct
19
Thu
Biblical Hebrew
Oct 19 @ 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm

For students who want to be able to read, understand, and translate selections from Torah. We will learn to recognize variety of verb forms and expand knowledge of Biblical vocabulary and grammar.

Prerequisites: Prayer Hebrew or equivalent. Some familiarity with Hebrew grammar and vocabulary.

Texts: The First Hebrew Primer: The Adult Beginner’s Path to Biblical Hebrew, Third Edition, $37.95

The First Hebrew Reader: Guided Selectiosn from the Hebrew Bible, $24.95

Oct
20
Fri
A Study of Abraham Joshua Heschel with Rabbi Holzman
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – 9:15 am

This year’s Friday morning Study Group will dive into the thinking of Abraham Joshua Heschel, a giant of Modern Jewish Theology and a prophet of social justice.  We will look at all of his major works and also explore the major themes in his writing.  No prior knowledge necessary.  All are welcome.

Registration required. Please click here.

Prayer Lab Erev Shabbat Service
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Texts, prayers and practices are the tools of our Jewish life. Like any toolbox, we might sometimes need some guidance or a refresher how to best use a particularly unusual tool.

Praying can be challenging.  Many of us come to services for a variety of reasons, perhaps with the hope or expectation that we will receive a lightning bolt of transformation – which, if we are truthful, is not how it often unfolds.  The changes we note in ourselves may often be more subtle, happening over a longer period of time.  We do know that there is no single, proven way to make prayer come alive for any of us; having an open mind and an open heart is going to get us much of the way along, so then both the comfortable and the experimental have the potential to inspire and excite us.

Our idea of creating a Prayer Lab experience here at NVHC comes from our desire to create a safe space for experimentation, in order to broaden and deepen our prayer experiences.  We have already done this occasionally, inspired by various times of year or communal events.  We know that some experiments have worked better than others; the challenge of learning can also be its own inspiration.  In the coming year, three Shabbat services will be designated as Prayer Labs– October 20th, February 2nd and April 27th. We invite our community to join us in exploring different experiences of music and text, adjustments with our physical space and with what we create in that space, all in service of opening more ways into prayer.

 

Oct
22
Sun
Tanakh Chevruta
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Tanakh is Torah + Neviim (Prophets) + Ketuvim (Writings). The Hebrew Bible! Chevruta is a study and partnership. This study group is focused on reading and discussing the Hebrew Bible, weaving in our understanding of ancient, medieval, and modern Jewish History, Tanakh, and Derech HaShem. Specific topics covered will be determined by the group as we progress. Last year we covered the Books of Judges and Kings, as well as Daniel, Esther and Job. In the coming year, we will be using The Jewish Study Bible to study and discuss Torah portions from Numbers and Deuteronomy.

Everyone has something to offer and something to learn! No experience required.

Oct
24
Tue
Tamid Dinner
Oct 24 @ 5:45 pm – 6:15 pm

Weekly dinner for our 8-12th graders, catered by a wide variety of companies. If you want to register your child for Tamid, please click here.

Oct
26
Thu
Biblical Hebrew
Oct 26 @ 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm

For students who want to be able to read, understand, and translate selections from Torah. We will learn to recognize variety of verb forms and expand knowledge of Biblical vocabulary and grammar.

Prerequisites: Prayer Hebrew or equivalent. Some familiarity with Hebrew grammar and vocabulary.

Texts: The First Hebrew Primer: The Adult Beginner’s Path to Biblical Hebrew, Third Edition, $37.95

The First Hebrew Reader: Guided Selectiosn from the Hebrew Bible, $24.95

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
29
Sun
Tanakh Chevruta
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Tanakh is Torah + Neviim (Prophets) + Ketuvim (Writings). The Hebrew Bible! Chevruta is a study and partnership. This study group is focused on reading and discussing the Hebrew Bible, weaving in our understanding of ancient, medieval, and modern Jewish History, Tanakh, and Derech HaShem. Specific topics covered will be determined by the group as we progress. Last year we covered the Books of Judges and Kings, as well as Daniel, Esther and Job. In the coming year, we will be using The Jewish Study Bible to study and discuss Torah portions from Numbers and Deuteronomy.

Everyone has something to offer and something to learn! No experience required.

Nov
1
Wed
Introduction to Jewish Holidays with Rabbi Wainer
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

How do I make a challah for Shabbat? What is the proper way to light candles for Hanukkah? How do I celebrate Purim at home? If you have ever asked these questions, or others like them, Introduction to Jewish Holidays is the right place for you to come and ask those questions. Throughout the year, we will explore and create a better understanding of these Jewish Holidays. We will also spend time learning about customs that are affiliated with these holidays. These classes will involve discussions about how to celebrate the holidays at home, foods that are customary to cook for the holidays and fun projects that families of any ages can complete together!

August 30: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot

November 1: Shabbat and Hanukkah

February 28: Purim and Passover

Registration required. Please click [here].

Mussar 101: Jewish Wisdom and Values with Cantor Caro
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

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 month we will explore this system through these character traits, studying text sources and considering how to bring that into personal life and experience. No prior experience or knowledge needed; each month will be its own exploration, so feel free to come when you can!

Registration required. Please click here.