Juneteenth all-nighter in NoVa explores racism

Article from Washington Jewish Week

“Creating an America without racial violence, oppression, exploitation, fear is an act of imagination,” Holzman said in an interview after the event. “It has not existed and it does not exist. We think differently when we’re engaged [for 10 hours] when we’re sleep-deprived, when the light is thin, and I think that’s what America needs — a different way of thinking about race.”

NoVa Congregation Cleans up Wiehle Avenue

Article from Washington Jewish Week

As the name implies, the Green Team’s purpose was really to support NVHC’s commitment and values toward a sustainable future,” Kranzberg said. “And its purpose was to identify and implement specific solutions to reduce NVHC’s carbon footprint.

How are Jews celebrating Juneteenth?

Article from The Forward

This year, American Jews are making the holiday an annual tradition, and observing it in a myriad of ways — from organizing Shabbat services, to hosting virtual panels to scheduling time for relaxation and reflection.

Interfaith exchange is on the menu

Washington Jewish Week Article  – It’s dinner time at Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation in Reston and the menu is a hit. As attendees dine on falafel sandwiches and hummus, the conversation turns to the two religions represented at the dinner table, and what those religions believe.

Studying the Declaration of Independence like it’s the Torah: One synagogue applies old methods to reflect on modern divisiveness

Washington Post Article  – The challah had been broken and the blessing for Torah study had been chanted when the rabbi posed a question: Which modern-day prophets have been ostracized for sharing a message that no one wanted to hear?

Addressing Guns by Moving Morality

In a public square fractured by debates on moral questions — how can we make space to address them and find common ground?

How Faith Makes Us Purple

Last year was a major opportunity for civic engagement in the Commonwealth of Virginia: we were the only state with a truly contested gubernatorial election, just one year into the Trump administration.