American Judaism, Spirituality and Democracy

Tuesdays, November 8*, 29, December 13, January 17*, 31, February 28, March 7, 28, April 18, 30*, 6:30-8:00pm

On Zoom, except classes with a * which indicates in person

A huge majority of Americans are concerned about the future of our democracy, and at NVHC, we have discovered through the Rebuilding Democracy Project (RDP) that spirituality and religious ideas can restore hope, build resilience, and transform the way we approach deliberation and politics. These ten sessions will explore the principles of spirituality that undergird norms of healthy citizenship and how religious behavior transforms those rituals into practice. (Note: in the near future, NVHC may undertake an expansion of the RDP to neighboring houses of worship; this course will prepare laypeople to mentor peers in this work).

Register at the link below

Lifelong Learning Registration 5783 – Form – Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation (shulcloud.com)

Great Texts of America

Saturday, October 8, November 12, December 10, January 21, February 25, March 25, April 29, May 20, June 17, 9:00am

REGISTRATION FOR GREAT TEXTS OF AMERICA IS NOT REQUIRED

Great Texts of America inserts into our Shabbat morning once/month a foundational text addressing the American experience. Relying upon the sacred setting we create every week with Torah study and prayer, we look at our American narratives through a spiritual lens. This year’s texts will include an exploration of indigenous voices, texts on freedom of religion, and the creation of the “Lost Cause” narrative in the South.

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.”