Judaism that Matters

NVHC is committed to social dialogue, to Judaism with a purpose: Judaism that matters. Below are some of the programs that have recently taken place at NVHC that highlight NVHC’s commitment to strengthening our community while nurturing enduring Jewish values.

Rebuilding Democracy

Challenged by Rabbi Holzman in his 5779 Kol Nidre sermon (right), NVHC is embarking on a variety of projects that seek to help us rebuild our democracy, from creating a space for open and honest conversation, to inviting engaging and relevant speakers, to action. We do this in covenant with one another – by asking questions, by sharing viewpoints, and by saying “shamati” – I have heard you. We will do this both as individuals and as a community. Together, as a Jewish community, we work to demonstrate that we can begin to overcome the polarization that has taken hold of our country.

Scroll down to view the latest events in our Rebuilding Democracy Project.

Click the links below to read articles about the Project:

The Pulpit and the Pew

Fridays, October 18, Nov 15, Dec 13, 7:00 pm
One of the goals of Rebuilding Democracy has been the promotion of viewpoint diversity. At the same time, sermons from the pulpit have long advanced moral causes in our democracy. This format, the sermon from the pulpit, can also be polarizing and divisive due to its mono-directional nature. Pulpit and the Pew is an experiment that encourages sermonic leadership while inviting congregational response. Our clergy will teach during services on how Jewish texts and tradition apply to public issues and congregants will be invited after the oneg to return to the sanctuary for a conversation.

We Were Strangers in the Land of Egypt: How We Face Immigration

Tuesdays, September 24, October 22, November 19, December 10, January 14, February 11, March 10, April 21, 6:00 pm
As Jews, we are no strangers to the concept of immigration. Our families were all immigrants from somewhere, facing difficult choices along the way. In today’s world, we are hearing about various issues surrounding immigration on a daily basis. Join us on a year-long series to explore a 360° view of immigration, helping us to gain a more nuanced understanding of the state of immigration in America today. Every month, we will have a speaker join us to share their point of view on immigration – from attorneys and judges to those in the process of immigration, from government employees to school counselors – each providing a unique look at immigration today. Check the calendar and the weekly email to view the speaker for each session. Following their presentation to our lifelong learners, our speakers will spend an hour with our teens covering these same issues.

Upcoming Events

13 December

Erev Shabbat Service – The Pulpit and the Pew

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
21 December

Great Texts of America Shabbat Sustenance

December 21 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
11 January

Great Texts of America Shabbat Sustenance

Jan 11, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
22 February

Great Texts of America Shabbat Sustenance

Feb 22, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am