Challenged by Rabbi Holzman in his Kol Nidre sermon (right), 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.

Rebuilding Democracy Project Components

  • Building relationships
  • Teaching what is “politics”
  • Taking democratic action
  • Connecting Jewish wisdom to democracy’s fundamentals
  • Addressing bewilderment with Jewish experience in the wilderness
  • Elevating cynicism and despair as spiritual issues
  • Putting chesed above party
  • Hearing ideas fully (shamati)
  • Experiencing viewpoint diversity (eilu v’eilu)
  • Experiencing diversity in community (kehillah)
  • Sanctifying the process with blessing
  • Teaching mahloket l’shem shamayim
  • Using parshanut to address complex narratives
  • Connecting personal aspiration to the text through midrashic process

We invite you to participate in the following ways to help us in Rebuilding Democracy.

February 12, 7:00 p.m.: Congregational Conversation about Race and Virginia. Join us for an open discussion under the auspices of the covenant of this community about the recent news about Governor Northam and Attorney General Herring wearing blackface while in college. We need to find a way to discuss this difficult topic and to address the racial intolerance in our history and in the world today.

February 24, 1:30 p.m.: Rabbi Dr Andrea Weiss, Provost at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will speak at NVHC on her innovative response to the current emerging political landscape, titled American Values Religious Voices: 100 Days, 100 Letters.

March 12, 7:00 p.m.: NVHC Designated Speaker Series: Sherrilyn Ifill. Sherrilyn Ifill is the President and Director-Council of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She will speak with us on her work with the LDF and her work analyzing race in American public life.

Previous events in this series:

October 9, 7:00 p.m.: Congregational Conversation on Mental Health

October 21, 4:00 p.m.: VOICE 1,200 Person Assembly

November 2, 7:00 p.m.: Solidarity Shabbat in response to the tragedy in Pittsburgh. Click here to read Rabbi Holzman’s sermon, and listen to the sermon below.

November 3, 9:00 a.m.: Shabbat Sustenance: Great Texts of America, The Declaration of Independence

November 3-6: VOICE non-partisan Get Out the Vote canvassing

November 10, 9:00 a.m.: Weekend of Muslim-Jewish Twinning Shabbat Sustenance

November 13, 7:00 p.m.: Congregational Conversation on Our Politics

November 19, 7:00 p.m.: Weekend of Muslim-Jewish Twinning, Rabbi Holzman teaches at the ADAMS Center

December 8, 9:oo a.m.– Great Texts of America: Federalist No. 10

December 11, 8:00 p.m.: The NVHC Distinguished Speaker Series presents: William Kristol

December 12, 7:30 a.m.: JCRC Lox & Legislators Breakfast

January 18, 7:00 p.m.: Social Justice/Folk Song Erev Shabbat Service

January 19, 9:00 a.m.: Great Texts of America: Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 20, 9:30 a.m.: Kehilat Limmud Yom Tzedek.

January 22, 7:00 p.m.: Congregational Conversation: Stewardship of the Earth’s Climate

January 25: NVHC VOICE Presence in Richmond

February 6, 6:30 a.m.: JCRC Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day

February 9, 9:00 a.m.: Shabbat Sustenance: Great Texts of America- Manifest Destiny