May
26
Fri
Lag b’Omer Shabbat Celebration – at Lake Fairfax Park @ Lake Fairfax Amphitheater
May 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Lag B’Omer celebrates the 33rd day of the Omer. Centuries ago, the Romans outlawed the study of Torah at this time of the year, so the Jewish people went into the forests to study and gather. Also, during that time, a plague struck the Jewish people, but abated on the 33rd day of the Omer. For this reason, we celebrate (close to) this day by having our Shabbat services outside in nature.

Menu

Hot dogs
Hamburgers
Veggie Burger
Potato Chips
Watermelon and Cookies

 

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Jun
2
Fri
Atid Erev Shabbat Worship Service, plus Shireinu
Jun 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Please join us this Shabbat as we honor our teachers, high school graduates, and the recipient of our Sam Selden Youth Leadership Award. Our youth choir, Shireinu, will also be participating in the service.

Jun
3
Sat
Book Club @ library
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am

Book selections are made by club participants.  Discussion is open to all; there is no fee to participate. For more information about Book Club, contact Marjina Kaplan at Marjina2@yahoo.com.

 

September 10 (one week later because of Labor Day).  The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu. 352 pp. Fiction. This is the story of three girls coming of age – if you can call it that – in the Israeli Defense Forces.  More than that, the 25-year-old author, drawing on her own years with the IDF, tells the story of a people’s resignation to living in a world that’s been strange for so long, they can no longer remember how strange it is.

October 1The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family by Roger Cohen.  Illustrated Memoir.  304 pp.  In the years around the turn of the 20th century, Roger Cohen’s family joined the mass exodus of Jews out of their long, mostly dismal residency in the Pale of Settlement. Like thousands of their Lithuanian landsmen, Cohen’s relatives headed for the sunny, still-undeveloped, resource-rich country of South Africa. In this new world they began with nothing, worked hard and achieved much. As is often true of successful immigrant families, their grandchildren could live as though the old world had never been. Cohen’s father became a doctor, his mother was college educated. Both were raised with the comforts that only numerous servants can provide: Being a Jew in South Africa was not unlike being a Jew in the American South: anti-Semitism was not absent, but it was greatly mitigated by a segregated black underclass all but legally enslaved.

November 5.  The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron, translated by Steven Cohen.  Fiction.  This novel, which won the 2013 Bernstein Prize (one of the most prestigious for an Israeli novel), tells the story of an Israeli hilltop settlement, Ma’aleh Hermesh C., on the West Bank. The tale is told through the relationship of two brothers: Gabi, the ascetic follower of Nachman of Breslov, and Roni, the outgoing, worldly older brother, who thinks religion is “an interesting social attempt to deal with the fact that all men are addicted to sex and violence.”

 

December 3.  The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century by David Laskin.  Memoir. In tracing the roots of his family,    Laskin captures the epic sweep of the twentieth century.  A century and a half ago, a Torah scribe and his wife raised six children in a yeshiva town at the western fringe of the Russian empire. But history took the family down three very different roads. One branch emigrated to America and founded the fabulously successful Maidenform Bra Company; another went to Palestine as pioneers and participated in the contentious birth of the state of Israel; the third branch remained in Europe and suffered the onslaught of the Nazi occupation.

Jun
6
Tue
The Past and Future of American Judaism @ MultiPurpose Room
Jun 6 @ 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, June 6

Jun
7
Wed
Chaverim training
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Come to a training for NVHC’s Chaverim­ network – our volunteer corps of NVHC members who are available to make ‘friendly visits’ to other NVHC members in need of companionship and friendship – perhaps following loss, during illness or in other difficult moments of life.

Jun
9
Fri
Mussar with Cantor Caro: Jewish wisdom and values in practice
Jun 9 @ 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!

 

Jun
14
Wed
Jewish Yoga @ Social Hall
Jun 14 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am

Yoga classes at NVHC welcome a path of spiritual connection to Judaism through movement, breath work, and meditation. Along the way, you will enjoy increased strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and energy.

Each class will Honor and Respect each student’s level of Experience, Fitness and phase of their own personal Mind, Body and Spiritual Connection.  ALL ages and abilities are welcome.

Rhonda Joy Rubin, a long-time temple member, has been an active yoga practitioner for decades and completed her Flow Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training at Beloved Yoga Reston in 2015(200RYT). Additionally, she holds certification in Yin Yoga. Her lifelong journey of yoga has been a wonderful path of self-discovery.

Her classes will focus on stability and alignment, self-acceptance, and consciously connecting breath to movement while offering a challenging yet accessible and safe practice for all.  The intention she brings to class is to share the inner strength and peace found through the practice of yoga.

 

Contact Sara Moore to register.

  • Set of 10 classes: $100 for members; $136 for non-members
  • Drop-in rate per class: $12 for members; $15 for non-members
Speaker Dan Arbell @ Sanctuary
Jun 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The NVHC Distinguished Speaker Series Presents

“The Fifty Year Legacy of the Six Day War”

Dan Arbell

Dan Arbell

Dan Arbell is a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings, and a scholar-in-residence with the department of history in the College of Arts & Sciences at American University.

Help sustain the NVHC Speaker Series.  To make your tax-deductible contribution, please click on http://www.nvhcreston.org/give.  Scroll down to “Adult Learning” and select NVHC’s “Distinguished Speaker Series.“

The NVHC Distinguished Speaker Series is free and open to the public.

Jun
20
Tue
Learn to chant Torah!
Jun 20 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Why is the Torah chanted?   Does it take special skill?   Do I need a good voice? (No!)   Could I possibly ever learn to chant from the Torah?

If you have ever wondered about any of the above, welcome to Torah Cantillation, the special code system that anyone can learn to chant from the Torah. This monthly class will teach you the not-so-secret system of Torah chanting, with guidance and time for practice both in class and in between. Chanting Torah here at NVHC is not reserved for B’nai Mitzvah students and clergy; come add your voice to bring life and sound to our sacred text.

Prerequisites: Beginning Hebrew or equivalent (ability to read Hebrew phonetically).

Fee:                 Members and Tamid students – Free; Non-Members – $36

Text:                The Art of Torah Cantillation, $28.95 (comes with CD)

 

 

Jun
21
Wed
Jewish Yoga @ Social Hall
Jun 21 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am

Yoga classes at NVHC welcome a path of spiritual connection to Judaism through movement, breath work, and meditation. Along the way, you will enjoy increased strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and energy.

Each class will Honor and Respect each student’s level of Experience, Fitness and phase of their own personal Mind, Body and Spiritual Connection.  ALL ages and abilities are welcome.

Rhonda Joy Rubin, a long-time temple member, has been an active yoga practitioner for decades and completed her Flow Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training at Beloved Yoga Reston in 2015(200RYT). Additionally, she holds certification in Yin Yoga. Her lifelong journey of yoga has been a wonderful path of self-discovery.

Her classes will focus on stability and alignment, self-acceptance, and consciously connecting breath to movement while offering a challenging yet accessible and safe practice for all.  The intention she brings to class is to share the inner strength and peace found through the practice of yoga.

 

Contact Sara Moore to register.

  • Set of 10 classes: $100 for members; $136 for non-members
  • Drop-in rate per class: $12 for members; $15 for non-members