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

Click here to read this sermon.

Click the buttons below to read Rabbi Holzman’s articles on the intersections of faith and politics.

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.

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, a leading neoconservative political analyst and founder and editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard. Click here for more information.


December 12, 7:30 a.m.: JCRC Lox & Legislators Breakfast. The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Washing, DC is hosting a Legislative Breakfast, where members of the Jewish community in Northern Virginia can literally sit down with federal, state, and local representatives to discuss issues important to them. Click here for more information. To reserve your seat, please email Andy Lacher, and bring a check into the NVHC office made out to “NVHC,” with “JCRC Breakfast” in the memo.


TBA: At our NEW third Congregational Conversation, we will discuss climate change in conjunction with a local action. More information TBA.

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