Every time we say the Shema, at the central moment of the service, we have a prayer just before and another just after that speak of the value of learning. Before the Shema is the Ahava Raba in the morning, and the Ahavat Olam in the evening, both of which describe how God manifests love for us through the gift of Torah (which in this case means teaching writ large). And after the Shema we continue with the V’ahavta which reminds us of all the ways that we express our love for God by repeating the words of Torah twice daily, everywhere we go and in every place we enter.
Every time we study a text, hear a lecture, watch a movie, discuss an idea, listen to a sermon, share an idea, react to a lesson, or especially ask a question we are engaged in the business of learning: la-asok b’divrei Torah. This institution and our Lifelong Learning program (wonderfully led by the tireless Elizabeth Lacher) exist to provide as many opportunities as possible for people to engage in that business.
Just as the liturgy shows us learning is a two-way street (God loves us, and we have to love God back), so too is learning in community a two-way street. We can provide as many opportunities as possible, but you have to take us up on the offer. So please, put aside whatever may be obstructing your path to learning and sign up. Whether it is a busy schedule, a feeling of inferiority, a sense of confusion about where to start, or a concern about being lonely or left out, we can do our best address any of these things. But you have to take the first step. If you do not know where to begin, contact Rabbi Wainer, the Cantor, Elizabeth, or any member of the staff, and tell us and we will help you find your way to a life enriched by the power of Torah. Join us and enjoy the fruits of learning.
“It is a tree of life to them that hold fast to it, and all its supporters are happy.” (from the Torah Service, adapted from Proverbs 3:18)
Check back in early August for Fall 2018 course and registration information!
Participation Open: Members, Non-Members, Jews, Non-Jews
All of our Lifelong Learning programs are open to anyone who is interested. We strive to offer a variety of learning experiences which will meet the needs and interests of our members. All programs are free for students registered in our TAMID program.
Fees and Registration
Many of our Lifelong Learning programs are free and require no registration. Any applicable fees for members and non-members are indicated in the program description. For programs that require registration we ask that you register early; we will cancel classes with insufficient enrollment.
Lifelong Learning at NVHC is supported by donations to the Seldon and Ruth Kruger Fund for Adult Learning and registration fees. Your continued donations to the Seldon and Ruth Kruger Fund for Adult Learning are appreciated.