April – May 2019
Join us after Shabbat Sustenance as we celebrate with the Bar or Bat Mitzvah and their family at our Shabbat morning service!
Two pianos. Two singers. And you. Bring your friends and make it a night to remember! Shout along to your favorite songs and sing loud and proud at this fun, up-beat, and energized night at NVHC!
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
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 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.
If you have questions, please contact our office at 703-437-7733, or email our Director of Congregational Learning Rabbi Jessica Wainer at email@example.com.
Mussar is a Jewish system for personal growth, specifically in the realm of character trait refinement, helping individuals to find balance and strength in key inner traits that are essential for leading a fulfilling life. Each month we will explore this system through these character traits, studying text sources and considering how to bring that into personal life and experience. No prior experience or knowledge needed; each month will be its own exploration.
Class will be held on October 23, November 27, December 18, April 30, and May 28.
The NVHC Distinguished Speaker Series Presents…
“Saving the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto”
Tilar Mazzeo is the author of Irena’s Children, the story of the woman who saved 2,500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto. Dr. Mazzeo is a cultural historian and author of several bestselling books. She is the Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English at Colby College in Maine.
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.