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
18
Fri
Social Justice/Folk Song Erev Shabbat Service
Jan 19 @ 12:00 am - 1:15 am

Shabbat is the singing holiday par excellence – and it comes each week!  Join us for a special Shabbat service that combines our Jewish neshama (soul) and our Jewish voice in our American folk song heritage for a unique and inspiring worship experience. We will sing familiar folk songs as an expression of the prayers and psalms of our regular Shabbat service. Join us as we welcome Shabbat with folk music and find meaning through this creative medium.

Jan
25
Fri
Finally Friday Shabbat
Jan 25 @ 11:00 pm - 1:00 am

Ahh, it’s finally Friday! Come celebrate the last Friday of every month with us! We will have a family-mindful service for the entire community, followed by oneg and dinner. Wine will be provided. Registration for dinner is required.

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
NVHC Shabbaton: Spirituality and the World Around Us
Feb 2 @ 2:00 pm - 8:30 pm
This year’s Shabbaton will be a day of prayer, study, and making delicious food together for adults in community. Our theme is the environment: What impact do we have on the world around us? What does our tradition teach us about how we should care for the Earth and its people?
 
Take a look at the schedule for the day below:
9:00 a.m.: Challah braiding** and veggie chili making for adults; Tot Shabbat for families with tots
 
9:30 a.m.: Tots will join in the challah braiding (with help from their parents!)
 
10:00 a.m.: Meditative prayer and learning
 
11:30 a.m.: Lunch
 
12:30 p.m.: Session 1 (one of these options)
  • A meditative walk
  • Text study on Jewish environmentalism
  • Part 1 of Tu B’shevat seder plate making*
1:30 p.m.: Break
 
1:45 p.m.: Session 2 (one of these options)
  • Israel and the environment
  • Going deeper on responding to climate change
  • Part 2 of Tu B’shevat seder plate making
2:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: S’udah shlisheet (light nosh), wrap up, and Havdalah
 
We hope you can join us for this incredible morning in community.
Registration is required; register below.
 
 
*Please note that the seder plate project includes both afternoon sessions and requires an additional materials fee.
 
**Want to help us make challah? Join us Friday, February 1 at 10:00 a.m! We’re going to make the dough for everyone to braid the morning of the Shabbaton. All ingredients will be provided, but we ask that if you have a stand mixer with a bread hook, measuring cups, and/or measuring spoons, please bring them! (and make sure they’re labeled with your name) No children under 5. RSVP to Rabbi Wainer.
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
7
Thu
Prayer Hebrew 1: Sh’ma and Its Blessings
Feb 7 @ 11:00 pm - 12:00 am

Instructor: Elizabeth Lacher
Time: Thursdays, February 7-May 30, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $110, Non-Members $154, free for Tamid students
Text: Hineni: Prayer Hebrew for Adults ($22.95)
Registration required. Click here to register.

The emphasis of these classes is on improving prayer fluency, the acquisition of basic prayer vocabulary, and understanding the structure of the prayer service. Each class will focus on one section of the prayer service, and may include additional prayers as desired by the students.

Prerequisites: Beginning Hebrew or equivalent. Knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet and basic pronunciation.

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)!