NVHC Awarded Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom

We are extremely proud and honored to announce that NVHC has been awarded the prestigious national Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom. The prize includes a $15,000 contribution to the congregation.

Every year the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah challenges Jewish leaders and organizations to develop and demonstrate novel ways to address universal human questions via the application of Jewish wisdom and practice. This year’s challenge focus is on democracy and civic engagement, and the award recognizes NVHC for innovative leadership in this area.

Our Rebuilding Democracy Project, with its two core programs-Congregational Conversations, and The Great Texts of America-has been a source of learning, insight, growth and engagement for many members of NVHC.

At a time of rising acrimony, cynicism, and despair over our current politics, we have developed authentically Jewish ways of responding by creating environments that use Jewish concepts and wisdom like hesedbritmitzvoteilu v’eilu, and parshanut to teach healthy political norms.

The application of these Jewish concepts and practices to our discourse about political matters reveals our fellow citizens as human before partisan, articulates a shared national purpose, respects dissent, creates safe environments for interrogating conflicting narratives, and upholds the primacy of institutions over agendas. Not only do these programs allow us to be better citizens, but they strengthen NVHC’s core governance, leadership, and sense of community.

Thank you to everyone who has participated and helped develop this program. We look forward to sharing more news about the award and related activities in the coming days and weeks.

L’shalom,

Rabbi Michael G. Holzman          Eric Eisenstadt, President