NVHC - Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation

1441 Wiehle Avenue Reston Virginia 20190 703/437-7733

Mission: NVHC is our Spiritual Home where we Connect Through Community to Judaism That Matters.

Last week we celebrated Shavuot, delighting in the gift of Torah and the value of communal learning and study. To keep our love of learning rolling, this Mitzvah Monday, we want to know: What are you learning? What are you studying?
Sharing and discussing your knowledge or thoughts is one of the most powerful ways you can make a change in the world. Whether you're reading a book, an article, listening to a podcast, just finished a documentary - we want to hear about how you are broadening your horizons and learning something new!

If you need a place to start, this Tuesday's Lifelong Learning discussion at 7:30pm will be a reboot of NVHC's conversation about race in Virginia and America. We will follow that on Thursday at 8:00pm with a discussion on three articles about how we can support Jews of Color, during current times and beyond (click here to read the articles: https://www.nvhcreston.org/calendars/lifelong-learning-standing-with-jews-of-color/). These discussions are sure to be eye-opening and powerful, so we hope you can join us.

We can't wait to learn with you and from you!

Don't forget to scroll through the pictures on this post for this week's schedule.

Shavuot begins this coming Thursday, and in honor of the custom to eat dairy foods this holiday, this week's Mitzvah Monday "challenge" is to share your favorite dairy-based recipe with us!

Cheesecake is a particular favorite on Shavuot, but any dairy food will do! Why do we eat dairy on Shavuot? There are many explanations, but the most common is that dairy foods are a reminder of the sweetness of Torah, and that Torah calls the land of Israel a land "flowing with milk and honey" (Exodus 3:8).

Click here to read all about our congregational Shavuot offerings, including our Confirmation service! https://www.nvhcreston.org/shavuot-5780/ We can't wait to try all of your delicious recipes.

The words above are an excerpt from a poem by our very own Rabbi Holzman. The full poem can be found in tonight's Shabbat service handout in your daily email. Join us tonight for Erev Shabbat services at 7pm in one of three ways: on Zoom (link in your daily email), on YouTube (http://ow.ly/Skyv50zHJI9), or over on our private Facebook Group (http://ow.ly/y9vD50zHJI7).

Then tomorrow, join us to greet a beautiful Shabbat morning with Shabbat Sustenance at 9:00am and then bring Shabbat to a close at 8:30pm with Havdalah (please note this new time will continue throughout the summer). Both of these will take place on Zoom and the links can be found in your daily email.

Shabbat shalom everyone! May you find space this Shabbat for reflection, change, and growth.

This week’s Mitzvah Monday Challenge is to Move Your Body – whatever that means to you! You could go for a walk, ride your bike, or even do some stretches while you’re sitting on the couch.

Do you have a favorite yoga video or workout routine you’ve been following? How do you keep your body moving?
Share it in the comments! You never know, you might just inspire someone to try something new.

Join us in one of three ways for Shabbat at 7pm this evening - on Zoom (link in your daily email), on YouTube (http://ow.ly/Skyv50zHJI9), or over on our private Facebook Group (http://ow.ly/y9vD50zHJI7).

Then tomorrow morning, join us for Shabbat Sustenance: Great Texts of America at 9:00am. This month, we will apply the skills and methods we use to study Torah to Herbert Hoover's 1928 speech on "Rugged Individualism," the foundation for much of modern Conservatism.

Tomorrow night at 7:30pm, we come together to mark the closing of Shabbat with Havdalah. The link can be found in your daily email.

We wish you a peaceful, joyous, and sweet Shabbat! Shabbat Shalom

This Mitzvah Monday, we challenge you to call someone who helped you get where you are today, who helped you grow into who you are. If you'd like, tell us about them in the comments!

Be sure to scroll through the pictures on this post for this week's program schedule.

A little behind the scenes look as we move into Shabbat - how many of you have seen the "Torah Cam" in action? It's amazing what technology and our clergy can do!

Join us in one of three ways for Shabbat at 7pm this evening - on Zoom (link in your daily email), on YouTube (http://ow.ly/n9PW50zuD7t), or over on our private Facebook Group (http://ow.ly/ywtW50zuD7s).

Then tomorrow morning, join us for Shabbat Sustenance at 9am, then to celebrate at 11am as one of our students becomes Bar Mitzvah! (links in your daily email)

And finally, tomorrow night at 7:30pm, we come together for a special Mother's Day Havdalah, to celebrate and remember all of the people in our lives who have helped us or are helping us become the who we are today.

We wish you a peaceful, joyous, and sweet Shabbat! Shabbat Shalom

This Mitzvah Monday, we’re challenging you to do something kind for your local delivery driver – UPS drivers, postal workers, pizza delivery people. Many of us now more than ever are relying on delivery services to bring us the things we need, and drivers are working tirelessly to make sure we get them.

You could leave set out a basket or box, if you’re able, with bottles of water, hand sanitizer, and grab-and-go snacks. Or leave a kind note on your door or in your mailbox letting them know how much you appreciate their hard work.

We also have another way you can fulfill a mitzvah: by helping the NVHC Social Action Committee make masks for our local community. The team is currently making masks for Cornerstones and is working to anticipate other needs in our community, including members of NVHC.

How can you help?
If you can sew, please contact the SAC ([email protected]) and we will put you in contact with the team leader and provide instructions and materials if needed.
If you cannot sew, please contact the SAC as well! We may need people to pick up masks from sewers (contactless) and collect them for donation and/or delivery to shelters and other places. We may also need help researching other needs in the community.

Be sure to scroll through the images on this post to see this week's schedule.

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Shabbat shalom everyone!

We have three ways you can participate in our service tonight: you can join us on Zoom (link in your daily email), on YouTube (http://ow.ly/n9PW50zuD7t), or over on our private Facebook Group (http://ow.ly/ywtW50zuD7s).

This Shabbat, the first of the month, we're celebrating anyone who has a birthday or anniversary in May. If you do, let us know so that we can celebrate with you!

Then tomorrow, join us for Shabbat Sustenance at 9:00am and then for Havdalah at 7:30pm.

We wish you a peaceful, joyful, and sweet Shabbat.

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This week's Mitzvah Monday challenge is to donate (if you are able and feel comfortable doing so) food, clothes, or other needed goods to a local food pantry, homeless shelter, or other organization that supports vulnerable people in our area. Many people are relying on these organizations now more than ever, and your donations will directly help them support families in need!

NVHC has a long standing partnership with Cornerstones (the list above is their list of most-needed items), but feel free to donate anywhere. Please be sure to check with the recipient organization for guidelines on what, how, and when to donate.

Also be sure to scroll through this post to see this week's schedule.

Thursday night began Ramadan in the Muslim community, when we normally have thousands of All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) members coming to the NVHC building for prayer.

Like us, they are observing their holy days at home, by video. Imam Magid asked Rabbi Holzman to prepare a message of greeting from NVHC, and we’ve added a few other voices. Click the link to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM699pevpLA

We wish all of our friends at ADAMS Ramadan Mubarak and we wish all our friends at NVHC Shabbat Shalom!

Join us tonight on Zoom, YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/northernvirginiahebrewcongregation), or on our Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/nvhcreston) for Shabbat services at 7pm. If you're joining us on Zoom, be sure to hang out afterwards for our virtual oneg!

This week's Mitzvah Monday post comes from our Green Team, NVHC's very own environmental group, just in time for Earth Day this Wednesday, April 22.

With everyone stuck at home, you’re probably looking for things to do. Below is a link to a series of short videos on things to do at home to save energy, from choosing energy efficient lightbulbs to to insulating your power outlets (it's easier than it sounds!) Do you have any tips on how to be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly? Share them with us!

http://ow.ly/o1dI50zinOw

Be sure to scroll through this post to see this week's schedule.

Bring your Shabbat candles and a glass of wine and join us tonight at 7:00pm for Erev Shabbat services on Zoom (see the daily email), YouTube (http://ow.ly/1xLi50zbdJH), or our Facebook Group (http://ow.ly/4F4p50zbdJI). Afterwards, we'll continue the sweetness of Shabbat with a virtual oneg on Zoom!

Then be sure to join us tomorrow for Shabbat Sustenance: Great Texts of America at 9:00am and Havdalah at 7:30pm. (links in the daily email) This Great Texts of America, we're studying Franklin Roosevelt's 1st Inaugural Address: “The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself.”

Shabbat Shalom!

As we near the end of Pesach, we’re looking for some innovative ways to use up all this matzah we have left. So this week’s Matzah Monday challenge is: Share your favorite matzah-based recipe with us! Matzah brei, matzah pizza, or maybe you’ve gotten the hang of making your own matzah. We’d love to hear about it and maybe even give it a try.

Also be sure to look through the pictures on this post for this week’s program schedule!

Our online interactions have been a lifeline during these times, and Shabbat services add an element of the holy to our screens and our lives.

Join us tonight at 7:00pm for Erev Shabbat services and then, for the first time ever, join us right afterwards for a virtual oneg! Bring your Shabbat candles, Pesach sweets, matzah, and a glass of wine and celebrate the joy of Shabbat with us.
Please note that while you can attend the service on Zoom (see the daily email), YouTube (http://ow.ly/qrGX50zbdJJ), or our Facebook Group (http://ow.ly/ipzF50zbdJK), the oneg will ONLY take place on Zoom.

Then be sure to join us again tomorrow for Shabbat Sustenance at 9:00am and Havdalah at 7:30pm! (links in the daily email)

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!

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Chag (Virtual) Pesach Sameach - NVHC

For this week's MATZAH Monday, we want to know what you're doing to prepare for Pesach! Tags us in a picture of your seder plate, share your grandma's best matzah ball soup recipe, or post a video of your favorite Pesach song. Who knows, maybe you'll inspire someone else to try out your tradition at their seder!

Need some more resources or information? Click here to check out our Pesach resources page, where you'll find advice on how to host a digital seder, creative projects and ideas for Pesach, and more: http://ow.ly/xsIK50z4Xkn

Be sure to scroll through the pictures on this post for this week's programming schedule. It's spring break and the week of Pesach, so it might look a little different, but don't worry, our new programs aren't going anywhere!

nvhcreston.org Scroll down to sign up to join a digital seder, learn more about hosting your own, access further resources on celebrating Pesach this year, learn more about Yizkor observance, and information on how we’re counting the Omer as a community.

In order to help do our part to flatten the curve and follow the directives of Virginia and the CDC, our clergy will now lead Shabbat services from their homes. While we must adjust and innovate, familiar faces, ritual gathering, and the wisdom of tradition remain our source of strength. Reach out to those who might not be connecting with us. Invite your friends, neighbors, and family to join us online, so they can share in the spiritual strength of NVHC.

Here are the three ways you can join us for Shabbat going forward:
1. On Zoom - the link to the Zoom meeting can be found in your daily email; email us if you're not receiving the email, [email protected].
2. On YouTube - we will be live streaming the service as usual straight from Zoom to our YouTube channel: http://ow.ly/jqkn50z4SuU.
3. On Facebook - we will also live stream the service straight to our private Facebook Group: http://ow.ly/GfTI50z4SuV

Erev Shabbat service will be tonight at 7pm, and then we will gather for Shabbat Sustenance and Book Club tomorrow at 9am and Havdalah at 7:30pm on Zoom.

Shabbat is our time to come together, share our strength, and connect.

Shabbat shalom everyone!

Did you know we have a whole new schedule of digital programming? Check out this week's, attached to this post! You can get the Zoom link to any of these classes or meetings in your daily email. If you're not receiving the daily email, email [email protected] to sign up!

This week's Mitzvah Monday challenge encourages you to connect again, this time with a friend from NVHC! Maybe there's someone you took a class with once, or someone you always sit next to at services, or the parent of your child's friend in religious school.

Whoever it is, reach out to them and catch up a little. You can check out the NVHC directory on ShulCloud for contact information, OR we are very pleased to announce that we've started a Facebook group just for NVHC members called NVHC Community Corner!

While this page will still be your home for updates, the Facebook group is a private, members-only space where you can connect, share photos, share stories, and check in with each other. Click here to access it: http://ow.ly/4sFt50yZ4rb

Let us know how it goes in the comments!

On Shabbat, we are reminded that our covenant provides us with a network of support, strength, obligation, and joy that follows us everywhere. (paraphrased from Rabbi Holzman's Shabbat message today) Reach out to that network - to your family, to your neighbor, to NVHC, to God. We are all here for each other.
We wish you a peaceful and restful Shabbat. Shabbat shalom!

Tonight, we're live on YouTube streaming our Erev Shabbat service at 7:00pm (http://ow.ly/1W0i50yY46M)! Click here to view and download the prayer sheet we will use tonight in place of our siddurim: http://ow.ly/fKZl50yY46O.

Then tomorrow morning, we gather for Shabbat Sustenance at 9am, looking at the Book of Leviticus and studying how we pray. (http://ow.ly/BuQO50yY4oC) Then we connect for Hadvalah to close out this beautiful Shabbat at 7:30pm (http://ow.ly/bX4350yY46H).

Every Monday, NVHC is going to issue you a little challenge we're calling Mitzvah Monday to help keep you connected to the world around you and bring a little joy to our current situation.

This Mitzvah Monday, we are challenging you to FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, etc someone you've never video chatted with. Your grandmother, your uncle, your best friend - whoever it is! We want you to reach out to them, to check in on them, and see how they're doing.

Let us know how you did! Comment down below, or even share a screenshot - we'd love to see how you're making meaningful connections to the people who matter most in your life.

After a week of learning and adjusting and planning and do-ing, Shabbat is here to guide us back to be-ing - being in community, being with each other, being here for each other.

We come together tonight at 7pm for Erev Shabbat services livestreamed on YouTube (http://ow.ly/4Sq550yRu3E). Click here to view and download the prayer sheet we will use tonight in place of our siddurim: http://ow.ly/x0lT50yRu3H.

Then tomorrow morning, we gather for Shabbat Sustenance at 9am (bring your own bagel!) (http://ow.ly/9vcG50yRu3I), and then Hadvalah to close out this beautiful Shabbat at 7:30pm (http://ow.ly/WNvK50yRu3J).

We wish each and every one of you a peaceful, restful Shabbat. Shabbat Shalom!

As you've probably seen in your inbox (and if you haven't, click here to find all the latest updates about how we're responding to CoVID-19: http://ow.ly/O4WC50yLqj5), we have decided to cancel all in-person gatherings at NVHC.

Does that mean we're cancelling Shabbat?!?

No! We are very fortunate that we live in a time that allows us to gather together online! Our clergy will be leading us in a live streamed service tonight starting at 7pm. Click here to participate in the stream and be part of our online congregation: http://ow.ly/BkTk50yLqj2

We know that things are pretty scary right now, but we also know that we have a lot to be grateful for and a lot of good news to share too. Let us know in the comments what YOU'RE grateful for this week, and you might just hear us mention it tonight during the service!

Shabbat Sustenance will also be a modified online gathering, but this time over Zoom, so we can talk and nosh (bring your own bagel) together as always. At 9am, we'll have Shabbat Sustenance: Great Texts of America, where we'll be studying Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. The Zoom link can be found on our CoVID-19 update page.

We might be socially distancing ourselves, but that doesn't mean we have to be socially isolated. Shabbat has always been the center of Jewish community. We hope you'll join us tonight and tomorrow morning to celebrate Shabbat together. Shabbat Shalom!

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We are welcoming, curious, funny, intellectually demanding, musical, inclusive, open minded and committed to living a Jewish life. We have decided to focus on how we engage youth and young adults and ensure the Jewish future (atid), how we build Community (kehilah), and how we act to make the world a more just, peaceful and compassionate place (tzedek). Find your entryway, your niche, and join us in creating a flourishing Jewish life. NVHC is a dynamic, inclusive, Reform Jewish synagogue. We welcome everyone, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual identity, whether single or in a relationship, Jewish or non-Jewish. We celebrate our diversity and are open to all who wish to join us in us in our community of Jewish spiritual, educational, and cultural life. NVHC is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism.
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