January – February 2019

Jan
5
Sat
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!

Tot Shabbat
Jan 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Torah Talk (1)

Nothing is more heartwarming than the sight of the youngest members of our community running to the Sanctuary for Shabbat! Tot Shabbat affords our children and their families the time and space to truly experience the joys of Shabbat. Songs, stories, plenty of active participation, an Ark overflowing with plush stuffed Torahs, and a child-friendly d’var Torah (lesson). What could be better?

The atmosphere is warm and welcoming; there is no dress code, and there is no shushing if your little one can’t sit still (they are free to move around!) The service is followed by a delicious child-friendly, nut free oneg!

While Tot Shabbatot (plural for Shabbat) are designed for toddlers and preschoolers, the whole family is invited to attend. Personal snacks must be nut-free and we ask that no food is eaten during the service in the sanctuary.

Questions? Contact Cindi Drake at cindi@nvhcreston.org, or 703-437-7733.

 

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.)
Jan
20
Sun
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
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
26
Sat
Shabbat Sustenance– For the Body, Soul, and Mind
Jan 26 @ 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!

Feb
1
Fri
Erev Shabbat Worship Service
Feb 2 @ 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!  Following our worship service we have a delicious oneg (cookies, fruit and sweets to bring in Shabbes joy)!

Feb
2
Sat
Tot Shabbat
Feb 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Torah Talk (1)

Nothing is more heartwarming than the sight of the youngest members of our community running to the Sanctuary for Shabbat! Tot Shabbat affords our children and their families the time and space to truly experience the joys of Shabbat. Songs, stories, plenty of active participation, an Ark overflowing with plush stuffed Torahs, and a child-friendly d’var Torah (lesson). What could be better?

The atmosphere is warm and welcoming; there is no dress code, and there is no shushing if your little one can’t sit still (they are free to move around!) The service is followed by a delicious child-friendly, nut free oneg!

While Tot Shabbatot (plural for Shabbat) are designed for toddlers and preschoolers, the whole family is invited to attend. Personal snacks must be nut-free and we ask that no food is eaten during the service in the sanctuary.

Questions? Contact Cindi Drake at cindi@nvhcreston.org, or 703-437-7733.

 

Feb
8
Fri
Erev Shabbat Worship Service
Feb 9 @ 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!  Following our worship service we have a delicious oneg (cookies, fruit and sweets to bring in Shabbes joy)!