Over the course of the next few months, NVHC will provide a variety of ways in which we can help in rebuilding our democracy, from entering into conversation with one another, to speakers, to action. We will do this in covenant with one another – by asking questions, by sharing viewpoints, and by saying “shamati” – I have heard you. We will do this both as individuals and as a community. Together, as a Jewish community, we will work to demonstrate that we can begin to overcome the polarization that has taken hold of our country.
We invite you to participate in the following ways to help us in Rebuilding Democracy.
October 9, 9:00 a.m.: Rabbi Holzman will be speaking at The Aspen Institute’s Society and Justice Program: Conscience, Community, & Citizenship: Religious Pluralism in an Age of Religious Nationalism. Click here to learn more and to live stream the event, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
October 9, 7:00 p.m.: Join us as we have a Congregational Conversation addressing issues of mental health, both within the home of NVHC and within our homes in Northern Virginia. We will address issues of inclusion and issues of school safety and criminal justice reform. As with out previous congregational conversation, this will be a time for engaging in conversation, sharing of viewpoints, asking questions, listening and seeking understanding.
October 16, 7:00 p.m.: The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, together with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, will host a Jewish Communal Conversation titled: The Moral, the Political, and the Partisan: Jewish Community and Jewish Values in an Era of Polarization, led by Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Click here for more information and to register, and please RSVP to Rabbi Holzman.
October 21, 4:00 p.m.: Over the past six months, the NVHC VOICE Core Team has been busy facilitating listening sessions with students and parents at schools, libraries, and even at NVHC. We have heard again and again about toxic learning environments and increasing levels of anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts among our youth beginning as early as fifth grade. Whether brought on by a culture of testing and competition, parental pressure, fear about school safety, high levels of trauma in immigrant communities, or bullying and discrimination, we know that OUR STUDENTS NEED TO BE LIFTED UP – NOT JUST LOCKED DOWN.
November 3, 9:00 a.m.: Our Shabbat Sustenance experience this morning will be led by Rabbi Holzman as we begin a series on studying Great Texts of America and how they speak to us as Americans and Jews. This Shabbat, we will be studying the Declaration of Independence.
November 13, 7:00 p.m.: In our second Congregation Conversation of the year, and in the run up to the Mid-term elections, we will discuss Our Politics together as a congregation. Look for more information as we get closer to the date.
December 11, 8:00 p.m.: The NVHC Distinguished Speaker Series presents: William Kristol, a leading neoconservative political analyst and founder and editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard. Click here for more information.
TBA: At our NEW third Congregational Conversation, we will discuss climate change in conjunction with a local action. More information TBA.