Prayer Hebrew 1: Sh’ma and Its Blessings
May 16 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Instructor: Elizabeth Lacher
Time: Thursdays, February 7-May 30, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $110, Non-Members $154, free for Tamid students
Text: Hineni: Prayer Hebrew for Adults ($22.95)
Registration required. Click here to register.

The emphasis of these classes is on improving prayer fluency, the acquisition of basic prayer vocabulary, and understanding the structure of the prayer service. Each class will focus on one section of the prayer service, and may include additional prayers as desired by the students.

Prerequisites: Beginning Hebrew or equivalent. Knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet and basic pronunciation.

Biblical Hebrew 2
May 16 @ 11:15 pm - 12:15 am

For students who want to be able to read, understand, and translate selections from Torah. We will learn to recognize variety of verb forms and expand knowledge of Biblical vocabulary.

Prerequisites: Biblical Hebrew 1 or equivalent. Some familiarity with Hebrew grammar and vocabulary.

TextThe First Hebrew Primer, 3rd edition ($33.95) starting with Chapter 20

Speaker Series: Sandy Grimes
May 17 @ 12:00 am - 1:30 am

The NVHC Distinguished Speaker Series presents…

Sandy Grimes

“Circle of Treason – Uncovering Aldrich Ames”

Sandy Grimes is a former career CIA operative who was instrumental in the investigation and eventual arrest of one of America’s most notorious traitors, Aldrich Ames. Ames, a career employee of the CIA, revealed the identities of numerous American assets to the Soviets during the Cold War, resulting in a number of deaths. Grimes is the co-author of Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed, about this case.

Heschel on the Prophets
May 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

The Jewish Bible is divided into three parts, and the second part, the prophets, is the most misunderstood. This section describes the history of early Israel and the invention of a new method of leadership: the prophet. Abraham Joshua Heschel’s first major work analysed this section, and we will see the prophets through this masterwork: The Prophets (vols 1 and 2). Please purchase your copy of the books before class begins on October 19.

Preschool Family M’Sibat Shabbat
May 17 @ 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Erev Shabbat Worship Service – Kol Shirah
May 17 @ 11:00 pm - 12:30 am

Friday evening is your chance to disconnect from the outside world, join with family and friends, and welcome Shabbat!

Our prayer experience this Shabbat is expanded with Kol Shirah, our adult volunteer choir.

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

Shabbat Bachutz (Outdoors) Experience
May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Torah Corps Aleph
May 19 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Torah Corps is NVHC’s unique learning experience for Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation! See our Torah Corps page for more information.

Kehillat Limmud
May 19 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Kehillat Limmud is our Religious School for grades K-7. Using an innovative and fun elective-based program, we teach students everything they need to be productive, knowledgeable, and spiritually capable Jewish young people. For our 8th-12th grade program, please see information on Tamid.

For more information on Kehillat Limmud, please click here. To register for Kehillat Limmud for the 2018-2019 school year, please click here.

If you have any questions about religious education at NVHC, please contact our office at 703-437-7733, or email our Director of Congregational Learning Rabbi Jessica Wainer at

The History of the Jews in America, 1654 to the Present
May 19 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The year 2004 marked the 350th anniversary of the organized Jewish community in what would become the United States of America that began with the arrival of 23 refugees from Pernambuco, Brazil to New Amsterdam/New York. The course will chart the evolution of the Jews in America from the Colonial Era to the 21st century, breaking the chronology into 6 distinct periods. Subsequently we will explore a series of themes such as efforts to achieve civic equality and Jewish participation in American politics and the military, the history of immigration and ghetto life from the 19th century up to the latest waves of immigration from the former Soviet Union and Israel, American Jewish demographic trends, and the history of Judaism in American and the specific paths of Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Orthodox Judaism.