Kehilat Limmud

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Kehilat Limmud is designed to engage students in a learning experience that challenges critical thinking through total engagement.  Students learn through the arts, experientially, using cooperative learning, project-based methodology, and inquisitive learning methods.  Our program is based on the belief that students learn best in a synagogue community environment when they work together and both teach and learn from one another.  We have eliminated standard classroom teaching in favor of group learning that depends more upon a variety of learning materials and methodology than a total textbook emphasis.  Teachers have been trained to create a classroom environment that embraces a social-emotional learning atmosphere.

Kindergarten through 7 Grade Program

Sundays 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 20140112_104412

This program includes Judaics, Hebrew, Tefilah (prayer), Chuggim (art-based workshops), and project-based programming.

Kindergarten – Basic Hebrew Introduction, Shabbat and the festivals, Mitzvot, How We Treat Each Other, family education, and a new student Consecration service.

1st Grade – Torah, Aleph Bet Studies, Introduction to the Chaggim (festivals), Mitzvot, Our Commandments, and Hebrew.

2nd Grade – Students learn through a curriculum designed to integrate Hebrew learning, Jewish values, Torah and Chaggim, Jewish festivals, in way that is meaningful and fun. In addition, we offer a field trip.

3rd Grade– Basic Hebrew Introduction, Shabbat and the festivals, Mitzvot, How We Treat Each Other, family education, and a new student Consecration service.

3rd through 6th Grade – will take part in our original curriculum,  Livnot Kehila (building community). Each year is thematically based; this coming year we will spend time on a Project-Based Learning program for the festival of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. We will celebrate this day towards the end of the school year with a school-wide program which students design throughout the year.  Following the educational method of Evidence Based Learning, students will delve deeply into Israeli history, culture, and all that fulfills the middah or value of Ahavat Yisrael, love of Israel.

Hebrew Chevruta 3rd through 6th Grade – Hebrew Chevruta 3rd through 6th Grade – Understanding that mid-week students are stressed, tired, and have a full day in the classroom, we created a one-hour Hebrew program that is geared to only Hebrew teaching. Each class is grade contained and consists of no more than eight students. With these small classes, teachers are able to maximally engage with students, creating pairings that enable students to learn at their own pace while making a strong connection with classmates. We have six time slots available so we can meet the needs of our families. Parents will choose from the following options: Tuesdays or Wednesdays for a one-hour Hebrew Chevruta class for 3rd – 6th graders at 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., or 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Class placement is based upon a first come, first served basis. Our adult lounge for parents is open while they wait for their children.

Z’Man Kehila (Community Time) Program for Kindergarten through 6th Grade –Each Sunday, all K-2nd grade students take part in our Chuggim, or art-based workshops, which are an integral educational component of our program.  They include Jewish themed art and music, and new this year, Rikudei Am – Israeli Folk Dancing.  Twice a month, in addition to Chuggim, 3-6th grade spends time creating a project through our SEL (Social Emotional Learning) program. This year the theme is Israel.

Tefila – Prayer – We value spending time learning and participating as a youth community in weekly prayer. K-2nd grade families join one of our education faculty at the beginning of each session. 3-6th grade students participate weekly in tefilah with our clergy.



May 22 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

Tamid is NVHC’s 8th – 12th grade program. Meeting on Tuesday nights, Tamid focuses on building Jewish community through ongoing text study, social action projects, social time and teen leadership initiatives. Want to sign up your 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grader for classes at NVHC? Contact the temple office or email Rabbi Wainer at rabbiwainer@nvhcreston.org.

Confirmation Service
May 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

A worship service offered by our 10th graders, a culminating event in their formal Jewish education. Their words of Torah are inspiring and, for many, the highlight of the liturgical year.

Erev Shabbat Worship Service
May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

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)!


Forest Edge Food Pack
May 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Every school year, the congregation packs over 250 backpacks full of food for students at Forest Edge Elementary to have over the weekend, when they have no access to school-provided meals. Please join us in this wonderful act of Tzedakah for kids who really need it!

Erev Shabbat Worship Service
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

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)!


Summer Torah Corps – Rishon
Jun 5 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Summer Torah Corps – Sheini
Jun 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Summer Torah Corps – Shlishi
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bring Your Own Shabbat Dinner (BYOSHD)
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
BYO Shabbat Dinner!

Join with NVHC friends to Connect on Shabbat

Do you ever feel too busy to cook some nights, let alone invite friends over? We hear you! Starting this fall, we are encouraging families to join together for an informal dairy Shabbat dinner at NVHC.   Bring your own dinner (takeout, homemade, whatever!) and come to the Social Hall to relax and connect with friends before Friday night services.

All are welcome!  Families with children are encouraged to attend.  We love having children help open the ark and participate in services but if you can’t stay that’s ok!  Join us for lighting the candles or whatever works for you.  The idea is to come together and connect on Shabbat.  Mark your calendar now! 

BYO Shabbat Dinner dates:

June 8        (coincides with Atid Shabbat)

*BYOSHD starts at 6:00pm, followed by candle lighting and services at 7pm*

Please bring a dairy or parve meal (no pork, shell fish, meat or chicken).  Challah, paper products and water will be provided.  Any questions, please contact Hilary Wilkenfeld, 703-835-2938, or hmwilkenfeld@gmail.com.

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Atid Shabbat with Shireinu- Honoring our teachers
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Shireinu will help us honor our teachers during our Shabbat prayers and celebration!




K-12th Grade Parent Handbook

Posted 2014-2015