Feb
20
Wed
Mussar in Practice: The Path of the Soul
Feb 20 @ 1:45 pm - 2:15 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.

Feb
21
Thu
Prayer Hebrew 1: Sh’ma and Its Blessings
Feb 21 @ 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
22
Fri
Finally Friday Shabbat
Feb 22 @ 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.

Feb
23
Sat
Shabbat Sustenance– For the Body, Soul, and Mind
Feb 23 @ 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
24
Sun
Kehillat Limmud
Feb 24 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 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
Feb 24 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 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.

Sisterhood: Olive Oil Tasting @ Under the Olive Tree: Tyson's Corner Mall
Feb 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Food Packing
Feb 24 @ 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!

Provost Andrea Weiss: Values and Voices
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Rabbi Dr. Andrea Weiss is the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Dr. Weiss was ordained at HUC-JIR/New York and received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. She served as Associate Editor of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary (URJ Press, 2008). She has played a leadership role in major initiatives such as the Spirituality Initiative of the New York School, the Mandel Initiative in Building Capacity for Visionary Leadership, and the annual New York Kallah.

Most recently, she created a highly innovative response to the emerging political landscape known as American Values Religious Voices: 100 Days, 100 LettersAt NVHC, she will speak on the creation and impact of this incredible project.

Feb
26
Tue
Tamid Dinner
Feb 26 @ 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.