iStock_000010027538Medium“Music can name the un-nameable and communicate the unknowable.” – Leonard Bernstein

Music has the ability to crack open our souls and to touch our very essence, bypassing the intellectual and reaching directly for the heart.Through it, we can experience and bring to our consciousness what we feel and think most intensely.



There are many opportunities to avail yourself further in the creation of and collaboration around the music here at NVHC. Please contact Cantor Susan Caro for further information about:

Music as Worship: In The Insecurity of Freedom, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote: “All we have are words in the liturgy and reverence in our hearts. But even these two are often apart from each other. It is the task of music to bring them together.”

Music has always held a sacred purpose throughout history.  The meaning of the text is expanded through the interaction of the words and song.  We take embody our rich Jewish musical heritage; music is at the center of our worship, and we encourage engagement through both singing and listening. We weave together many threads, many intentions, recognizing that each person relates to prayer differently and that different melodies serve many people in different ways. Led by Cantor Caro and Rabbi Holzman, supported with a variety of additional instrumentalists, choirs, special musical programs and guest artists, our music and our worship weave a tapestry of joy and celebration, awe and wonder, comfort, support and rest, all to create spiritually nourishing worship.

Music as Building Sacred Community: Rabbi Pinchas of Koretz (disciple of the Baal Shem Tov, 18th C.) wrote: “When a man (person) is singing and cannot lift his voice, and another comes and sings with him, another who can lift his voice, then the first will be able to lift his voice too. That is the secret of the bond between spirit and spirit.”

Throughout the history of the world, music has functioned to bring people together, and to bind them in a common idea, cause, or mission. Music cuts through cultural dividers and goes beyond borders and boundaries; throughout history and in our own lives, we know of genuine spiritual experiences when people sing together.  At NVHC, music brings us together in worship, in celebration, in times of grief and mourning, in acts of kindness and of justice,all in the midst of our flourishing Jewish community.

Music as Healing: “Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory,” writes renowned Irish author and poet Oscar Wilde. From the sanctuary to the hospital room, we know that the sounds of music can promote healing and strength for those in need.  Even singing the beautiful healing prayer Mi Shebeirach over the phone to someone who is ill can bring a comforting ability to just breathe deeply. Music relaxes our bodies and minds, and enters the soul in a way words just cannot explain.

Fear and loneliness experienced during serious illness generate spiritual crises that require spiritual care. Music has a significant role in this, transcending words, carrying an emotional value and a comfort beyond conversation. Music in prayer brings empathy and understanding to persons in distress. It is our deep aspiration that the music at NVHC continues to bring healing and catharsis to those who are ill, and to those who are caring for them.

Music as Inspiration: Ludwig van Beethoven wrote: “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.”

Music has the power to reach what otherwise is inaccessible.  May the music of NVHC bring a deeper understanding of the work of our souls; let us be transported, elevated and inspired by our music.



cantorcaro@nvhcreston.org  703-437-7733 ext 106


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)!


Shabbat Bachutz @ Bull Run Regional Park
May 26 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Shabbat Bachutz @ Bull Run Regional Park  | Centreville | Virginia | United States

We will meet at Picnic Shelter #8. We will provide drinks and dessert.

Come experience a beautiful spring Shabbat morning outdoors! We will join together in a light trail walk in nature, and share the music and rhythms of our Shabbat prayers together amid the world of nature around us. Bring your own favorite picnic meal to savor, stay as long as you like….RSVP to Susan Trivers . We’ll see you there.

(NOTE: This will be our ONLY Shabbat morning experience on this day).

Singing for Shabbes – open rehearsal with Kol Shirah
May 29 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

Do you love to sing, but never before thought about singing with a group, in a choir?  I invite you to come to a most un-intimidating setting, to try out singing in a group in with an approach that is a bit different for us.  Monthly, on a Tuesday evening, from 6:45-8:00 p.m., we will sing together, with whoever comes: anyone who is up for singing together, joined by many of our Kol Shirah regulars, exploring how we can make music together for worship and beyond.  No music-reading ability necessary, just a courageous love for singing.  For further information, please contact Cantor Susan Caro at cantorcaro@nvhcreston.org .

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)!


Tot Shabbat
Jun 2 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Nothing is more heartwarming than the sight of the youngest members of our community running to the Sanctuary for Shabbat!  Tot Shabbat affords our children and their families the time and space to Torah Talk (1)truly experience the joys of Shabbat led by clergy.  Songs, stories, plenty of active participation and an Ark overflowing with plush stuffed Torahs for the children to dance with.  What could be better?  Well, maybe the Oneg!

Then we join Cindi Drake, Director of Early Childhood Education, as she guides the children through some really fun activities.

Questions?  Contact Cindi Drake at Cindi@nvhcreston.org or phone (703) 435-8829.

Shabbat Worship Service
Jun 2 @ 10:15 am - 12:00 pm

Shabbat morning services at NVHC are open to the public. In community, we pray, we read Torah, we sing…and celebrate important lifecycle events such as baby namings, b’nai mitzvah and auf rufs.

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!

Torah Talk @ Sanctuary
Jun 9 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am

The Torah is a vast collection of stories, commandments, ritual practices, and ethical standards. It is meant to be studied and understood not only to connect us to our ancestors and traditions, but to guide us toward an ethical and spiritual life. Torah means learning. For many of us, understanding Torah is not easy. We may find the language confusing and the meaning difficult to grasp. Yet when we learn together, we are thrilled by the insights we glean and share. Update your calendar now and join us. Participants are encouraged to voice their thoughts, insights and interpretations. Dress is casual. Previous Torah study or Hebrew fluency is not required. Questions or for more information, contact Susan Trivers, Worship Committee Chair at worship@nvhcreston.org.

Shabbat Worship Service
Jun 9 @ 10:15 am - 12:00 pm

Shabbat morning services at NVHC are open to the public. In community, we pray, we read Torah, we sing…and celebrate important lifecycle events such as baby namings, b’nai mitzvah and auf rufs.




Avinu Malkeinu



Mii Chamocha