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The world stands upon three things:  Torah, Worship and Loving Deeds….Pirke Avot 1:2

Erev Shabbat Services

Friday evening is your chance to disconnect from the outside world, join with family and friends, and welcome Shabbat!  On the first Friday of each month, Erev Shabbat begins with a light nosh (nosh katan) at 6:00 p.m., followed by worship at at 6:30 p.m.  On the third Friday of the month, Erev Shabbat begins with a dinner at 5:30 p.m., a heavy nosh (nosh gadol) at 6:00 p.m. (for those not attending dinner) and worship at 6:30 p.m.  This is an especially good time for families with children to gather, enjoy shabbat dinner, light candles and practice “L’cha Dodi!”  On these earlier evenings, one of our youth choirs (Kol Tsa’ir and Shireinu) may take to the bimah to ramp up the ruach!

On the second and fourth, and fifth Fridays of the month, Erev Shabbat begins at 8:00 p.m.   These services are nicely timed to allow families to gather for dinner before attending services.  Kol Shirah, our wonderful adult choir, frequently enhances the worship experience with moving renditions of liturgical standards.

Following all of our worship services we have a delicious oneg (cookies, fruit and sweets to bring in Shabbes joy)!

Sponsoring a Nosh or Oneg

NVHC Sisterhood is promoting the sponsorship of a Nosh (gadol or katan) or an Oneg to honor someone or share your joy on a special occasion – birthday, anniversary, birth of a new baby, a son or daughter leaving for college, marriage, etc.  Please contact Carolyn Wesoky at oneg@nvhcreston.org if you are able to support the community in this way.

Torah Talk

Simchat Torah (audience) - 2015The 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 Rabbi Holzman for Torah Talk.  Except for the first Saturday of the month, Torah Talk is offered on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.  Rabbi Holzman leads a lively text study of the week’s parasha.  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.

Tot Shabbat Torah Talk (1)

Nothing will warm your heart faster than seeing our very smallest members running to the sanctuary for Shabbat!  Held on the first Saturday of each month, Tot Shabbat gives our children and their parents the space and time to truly experience the joy of Shabbat.  Nell Hirsch, our children’s music specialist, leads Tot Shabbat with the assistance of Rabbi Holzman or Cantor Caro.  Songs, stories, plenty of active participation and an ark overflowing with plush stuffed Torahs?  What could be better?  The oneg, of course!  Join Cindi Drake, our Early Childhood Education Director, for some fun arts-n-crafts time.  Paint your own mezuzah, build a sukkah of pretzels, or decorate a tzedakah box then grab some juice, some challah and a bite of something sweet before you head home!

Shabbat Morning Services

In community, we pray, we read Torah, we sing…and celebrate important lifecycle events such as baby namings, b’nai mitzvah and auf rufs.  (Please note:  during the summer months, the schedule for Shabbat morning services may change.  Please consult the website calendar for Casual Worship and Study Service, 9:00 a.m.