Tot Shabbat
Apr 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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.


Shabbat Morning Service
Apr 6 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us after Shabbat Sustenance as we celebrate with the Bar or Bat Mitzvah and their family at our Shabbat morning service!

Kehillat Limmud
Apr 7 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Kehillat Limmud is our Religious School for grades K-7. Using an innovative and fun elective-based program, we teach students everything they need to be productive, knowledgeable, and spiritually capable Jewish young people. For our 8th-12th grade program, please see information on Tamid.

For more information on Kehillat Limmud, please click here. To register for Kehillat Limmud for the 2018-2019 school year, please click here.

If you have any questions about religious education at NVHC, please contact our office at 703-437-7733, or email our Director of Congregational Learning Rabbi Jessica Wainer at rabbiwainer@nvhcreston.org.

The History of the Jews in America, 1654 to the Present
Apr 7 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The year 2004 marked the 350th anniversary of the organized Jewish community in what would become the United States of America that began with the arrival of 23 refugees from Pernambuco, Brazil to New Amsterdam/New York. The course will chart the evolution of the Jews in America from the Colonial Era to the 21st century, breaking the chronology into 6 distinct periods. Subsequently we will explore a series of themes such as efforts to achieve civic equality and Jewish participation in American politics and the military, the history of immigration and ghetto life from the 19th century up to the latest waves of immigration from the former Soviet Union and Israel, American Jewish demographic trends, and the history of Judaism in American and the specific paths of Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Orthodox Judaism.

Tamid Dinner
Apr 9 @ 9:45 pm - 10:15 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.

Apr 9 @ 10:15 pm - 12:00 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.

Congregational Conversation: College
Apr 9 @ 11:00 pm - 12:30 am

The recent college acceptance scandal reminds us of the longstanding anxiety caused by the college application process in the United States.  This single moment in a child’s life is loaded with fear for future social and economic acceptance.  For parents (and their children) this is often the single biggest economic decision of a lifetime.  And unfortunately, college pressure hugely distorts the culture of High School, Middle School, youth activities, and peer relationships.  Even when parents and teens know the college pressure is exaggerated or unhealthy, the cultural gravity of this life stage is impossible to resist.  And we have not even mentioned the way that college spending affects the larger United States economy and politics.

The topic is complicated and has major implications for the daily lives of families in our congregation.  As we have with controversial issues in the past, we will be hosting a Congregational Conversation about College Pressure this Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 7:00 PM.  This format has been a useful way to air difficult topics, hear divergent points of view, and offer ideas about how we can react both individually and as a community.  We do not have a pending policy or programmatic decision to make, but we do need to address the way this topic affects our families.

If you have a story to share about how College pressure has adversely affected your family in a significant way, please contact us this week. Has this pressure led to mental health struggles, substance abuse, relational stress, or more difficult situations?  Alternatively have you found creative ways to adjust to the college pressure, work around it and find alternative paths to a bright future for you or your teen? As in prior Congregational Conversations, we will be inviting a handful of members to courageously share stories that illustrate the topic.  So please do contact rabbiholzman@nvhcreston.org.

Mussar in Practice: The Path of the Soul
Apr 10 @ 12:45 pm - 1:15 pm

Jewish life and practice can help us to see what really is and what really can be. We explore Jewish wisdom together about how to navigate through our lives and find fulfillment and well-being.

In our sanctuary, join me for a weekly drop-in where we will explore contemplative practices and exercises framed by a mussar (character) trait. The weekly trait will be noted in the weekly synagogue email. We will use the teachings of Mussar with mindfulness practices to create a weekly space for open approaching the multiple spiritual dimensions of Jewish tradition and Jewish living.

Prayer Hebrew 1: Sh’ma and Its Blessings
Apr 11 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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.

Shabbat Morning Service
Apr 13 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us after Shabbat Sustenance as we celebrate with the Bar or Bat Mitzvah and their family at our Shabbat morning service!