December 2018 – January 2019

Dec
29
Sat
Shabbat Sustenance– For the Body, Soul, and Mind
Dec 29 @ 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!

Jan
3
Thu
Beginning Hebrew
Jan 3 @ 11:00 pm - 12:15 am

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.

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

Jan
5
Sat
Book Club @ library
Jan 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Book Club is a group of diverse individuals that meets the first Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m. to discuss their latest fascinating read. Join them every month, or only once in a while– all that we ask is that you love to read and are willing to have a good conversation! Click here to view the book selection for 2019.
For more information, contact Marjina Kaplan.
Shabbat Sustenance– For the Body, Soul, and Mind
Jan 5 @ 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!

Jan
8
Tue
Tamid Dinner
Jan 8 @ 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 8 @ 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.

Jan
9
Wed
Pirkei Avot: A Dive Into the Ethics of Our Ancestors
Jan 9 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Pirkei Avot is often seen as a how-to guide for how we can live out best Jewish lives. Experience an in-depth study of the texts of Pirkei Avot, along with modern commentary for helping us determine how these ancient texts apply to us in the 21st century.

Jan
10
Thu
Beginning Hebrew
Jan 10 @ 11:00 pm - 12:15 am

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.

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

Jan
11
Fri
Board Installation at Erev Shabbat Service with Kol Shirah
Jan 12 @ 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 with Kol Shirah!  Following our worship service we have a delicious oneg (cookies, fruit and sweets to bring in Shabbes joy)!

Join us this Friday as we express our deepest gratitude to Andy Cohen, Miriam Wolman, and our retiring board members Ken Laskey, Al Groff, and Jessica Peristere for their service to NVHC, and welcome our new officers and trustees!

Jan
12
Sat
Carrying Torah and Healing: Service of Healing Shabbat Sustenance
Jan 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Carrying the Torah is one of the most powerful Jewish experiences, whether it happens once in a lifetime or every week on Shabbat. The scroll represents our history, wisdom and hope, and physically holding it energizes the soul. Unfortunately, it can be physically difficult, especially when stairs are involved.

 

Recently, one of our members was traveling at a different synagogue and while carrying the Torah, she fell. The Torah fell too, as our congregant broke her foot. She has been physically healing well, and the host synagogue was very gracious and caring about the accident, but she still feels a spiritual hurt.

 

When a Torah falls to the floor, tradition is to fast for 40 days as a sign of repentance. But since nobody can do that, the tradition has become to recruit 39 people to help by each fasting for 1 day. But we know this fall was not a sin, but simply an accident. Repentance is the wrong lens. Rather, we seek repair and healing.

 

Therefore, on January 12, 2019, Saturday morning, we will have a service of healing. As part of that service, we will read 40 verses of Torah, symbolic of the 40 day fast, and we will offer prayers of healing.

 

If you would like to help read or chant any number of verses (even 1 verse is a mitzvah), please click here to sign up.

 

If you are in need of healing and would like a special blessing (in addition to the names on our existing Mi Shebarach list), please email Mozelle.  Even if you had a broken bone 6 months ago and you are medically all better, a little prayer of gratitude can’t hurt.

 

Rabbi Holzman will also be making a donation in a multiples of $40 to the host congregation where this fall happened, and if you would like to contribute toward that (even $1 is a mitzvah), please send a donation to his discretionary fund. (This is not a big Campaign, rather a symbolic donation.)