February – March 2017

Feb
26
Sun
Prayer Hebrew 1 @ Classroom 112
Feb 26 @ 9:15 am – 10:10 am

The emphasis of Prayer Hebrew 1 is on improving prayer fluency, the acquisition of basic prayer vocabulary, and understanding the structure of the prayer service. The course will begin with a review of basic reading rules and include a mix of “simple” and more complex prayers.  Each class will focus on one section of the prayer service and may also include additional prayers as desired by the students.  Students may repeat as often as needed to gain confidence in the prayers.   Shema & Its Blessings: Shema, V’ahavta , Barchu, Ma’ariv Aravim, Yotzer Or, Mi Chamocha, Hashkiveinu

Prerequisites: Ability to read Hebrew phonetically (Beginning Hebrew or equivalent)

Fee:    $140 for members; $196 for non-members; free for TAMID students

Text: Hineni: Prayerbook Hebrew for Adults, $22.50

Optional Text: Mishkan Tefilah: Shabbat (no-transliteration) $34.00

Instructor: Yehudit Shem-Tov

Sundays: 9:15-10:10 a.m.  Beginning 1/8/2017 for 14 weeks, no class (2/19, 3/12, 4/9, 4/16), click here to register or phone the temple office at (703) 437-7733.

 

B’nai Mitzvah Parents Class @ Classroom 109
Feb 26 @ 9:25 am – 10:25 am

This class is for parents of students who will become B’nai Mitzvah in the near future.  In five sessions, the class discusses the meaning of this life cycle event and the mitzvah of celebrating Shabbat, provides information about your responsibilities and the sequence of your child’s preparation, explains the structure of the worship service using Mishkan Tefilah, the Reform siddur (prayerbook), and provides an opportunity to prepare a D’var Torah. The class blends structured teaching, practical advice, and shared experiences. The goal is to make the Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation process a deeply meaningful experience for the whole family and to perpetuate the spirit of Jewish community and tradition. Parents generally take the class from 6 to 18 months before the Bar/Bat Mitzvah event. Parents with children in the same Torah Corps group are encouraged to take the class together. Past participants in the class, both Jewish and non-Jewish parents, report that the sessions helped them to feel better prepared, gave them an opportunity to talk with other pre-B’nai Mitzvah parents, and taught them numerous aspects of the tradition and liturgy involved in this life cycle event.

      • Class held Sundays:  2/12, 2/26, 3/19, 3/26 and 4/2 from 9:25 to 10:25 a.m. in classroom 109

There is no cost to this class series but registration is required, simply send an email to Elaine at Elaine@nvhcreston.org.

Exploring the Prophets @ NVHC Library
Feb 26 @ 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.

 

 

Modern Hebrew 2.
Feb 26 @ 10:15 am – 11:10 am

Improve conversational Hebrew skills, knowledge of Hebrew grammar, and ability to read and write Modern Hebrew. Students will practice conversational skills, translate texts from a range of Hebrew literature, and compose short paragraphs.

Prerequisites:  Modern Hebrew 2 or equivalent.  At least 2 years previous instruction with conversational Hebrew; ability to write in script, familiarity with participle form.

Fee:    $140 for members; $196 for non-members; free for TAMID students

Text:  Brandeis Modern Hebrew, $72.00

Instructor:  Yehudit Shem-Tov

Sundays: 10:15-11:10 p.m.   Beginning 1/8/2017 for 14 weeks, no class (2/19, 3/12, 4/9, 4/16), please click here to register or phone the temple office at (703) 437-7733.

Tanakh Chevruta @ NVHC Library
Feb 26 @ 11:05 am – 12:15 pm

Tanakh is Torah + Neviim (Prophets) +  Ketuvim (Writings).  The Hebrew Bible!  Chevruta is a study 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 determined by the group as we progress.  (Last year we covered Samuel I & II, and Kings I & II).

There are no prerequisites.  Everyone has something to offer and something to learn!

Fee:  Members $18, Non-Members $36

Text:  Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures (The New JPS translation according to the traditional Hebrew text).  Copies available in the NVHC Library or bring your own.

Sundays beginning Sept 18, click here to register.

Modern Hebrew 3. @ Classroom 112
Feb 26 @ 11:15 am – 12:25 pm

Improve conversational Hebrew skills, knowledge of Hebrew grammar, and ability to read and write Modern Hebrew. Students will practice conversational skills, translate texts from a range of Hebrew literature, and compose short paragraphs.

Prerequisites:  Modern Hebrew 2 or equivalent.  At least 2 years previous instruction with conversational Hebrew; ability to write in script, familiarity with participle form.

Fee:    $140 for members; $196 for non-members; free for TAMID students

Text: Brandeis Modern Hebrew, $72.00

Instructor:  Yehudit Shem-Tov

Sundays: 11:15 a.m.  – 12:25 p.m.   Beginning 1/8/2017 for 14 weeks, no class (2/19, 3/12, 4/9, 4/16), click here to register or phone the temple office at (703) 437-7733.

 

Feb
28
Tue
Advanced Modern Hebrew @ Classroom 112
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:10 pm

Expand the student’s ability to read, write, speak, and comprehend Modern Hebrew. This course will introduce students to the future tense. Students will practice conversational skills, translate texts from a range of Hebrew literature, and compose short paragraphs. Exercises will focus on conversational skills, and will reinforce vocabulary and use of proper Hebrew grammar.

Prerequisites:  At least four years previous instruction with conversational Hebrew.  Familiarity with conversational Hebrew, grammar, and conjugation of present and past tense.

Fee:   $140 for members; $196 for non-members; free for TAMID students

Text:  Hebrew from Scratch: Part 2, $40.00

Instructor:  Yehudit Shem-Tov

Tuesdays:  6:00-7:10 p.m.   Beginning 1/3/2017 for 14 weeks, click here to register or phone the temple office at (703) 437-7733.

Modern Hebrew 1. @ Classroom 112
Feb 28 @ 7:15 pm – 8:25 pm

Learn conversational Hebrew, basic Hebrew grammar, and to read and write in script.  Introduces simple verb forms.

Prerequisite: Beginning Hebrew or equivalent.  Ability to read Hebrew phonetically, familiarity with basic Hebrew vocabulary, and ability to write in block.

Fee:    $140 for members; $196 for non-members; free for TAMID students

Text:  Ivrit Alfon: A Hebrew Primer for Adults, $15.95

Instructor: Yehudit Shem-Tov

Tuesdays:  7:15-8:25 p.m.   Beginning 1/3/2017 for 14 weeks, click here to register or phone the temple office at (703) 437-7733.

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

Mar
1
Wed
Beginning Hebrew @ Classroom 112
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:10 pm

Learn to read Hebrew – No previous experience required.  This class introduces the student to Hebrew letters and vowels, and broadens the student’s understanding of the use of Hebrew in Jewish life, ritual, study, and tradition.  The student will learn to read Hebrew phonetically, to recognize common Hebrew roots used in prayer, and to write block letters.  This course provides a foundation for the rest of our Hebrew classes.

No prerequisites.

Fee:    $110 for members; $154 for non-members; free for TAMID students

Text:     Aleph Isn’t Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults, $18.95

Instructor: Yehudit Shem-Tov

Wednesdays: 7:00-8:10 p.m.   Beginning 2/1/2017* (*this is a date change) for 11 weeks, click here to register or call the temple office at (703) 437-7733.