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.

Omer 17: Moderation in Pleasure (Mi’ut ta’anug)

Moderation means balance rather than limitation. Enjoy life’s delights, not for their own sake, but as part of living morally and generously.

Prayer: Love life, be kind, like God.

Character Matters: http://ow.ly/qbHw50u0O4Y
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Omer 16: Limiting One’s Involvement in Worldly Concerns (Mi’ut Derech Eretz)

We are called to be engaged citizens in the world; but again, not to excess or in a way that brings imbalance to our lives.

Prayer: Speak truth to power; equilibrium rocks.

Character Matters: http://ow.ly/yj7750tZgJ8
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Omer 15: Moderation in Business (Mi’ut s’chorah)

We are called to balance the work of earning a living, even loving what we work at, with expanding our horizons and opportunities for growing our minds and souls.

Prayer: Stable earnings, good work, growing mind.

Character Matters: http://ow.ly/l3by50tXrP6
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Omer 14 - Learning by Repetition (Mishnah)

We repeat deep and important words, ideas and texts in order to transmit wisdom and knowledge from generation to generation.

Prayer: Kindness, kindness, courage, courage, love, love.

Shabbat shalom everyone!

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Omer 13: Deliberation in learning (Yishuv b’Mikra)

A calm perspective encourages us to take the time for reflective learning, in order that we can bring greater meaning into our lives from what we learn and what we do.

Prayer: Multi-tasking is not an option.

Character Matters: http://ow.ly/FtKw50tVvAN
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Omer 12: Discussion Between Students (Pilpul Hatalmidim)

Debate with others, beyond close friends, is an important part of learning, for it sharpens one's mind and brings for wider understanding.

Prayer: Debate to sharpen, learn, and refine.

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Omer 11: Camaraderie of Friendships (Dikduk Chaverim)

In addition to great teachers, cultivate friends who will lovingly challenge your assumptions and help to finely tune your understandings.

Prayer: True friends challenge and lift us.

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Omer 10: Attending to the Sages (Shimush Chachamim)

Jewish tradition instructs us to turn to teachers more knowledgeable than ourselves in order to gain wisdom.

Prayer: Studying alone I am not rooted.

Character Matters: http://ow.ly/zYrZ50tcmBK
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Omer 9: Happiness and Purity (Simcha u’taharah)

The act of rejoicing on special occasions, experiencing happiness as a general state of being, appreciating small pleasures, and even the sense of well-being experienced through acts of righteousness and ethical living.

Prayer: Joyfully embrace each moment of today.

Character Matters: http://ow.ly/NmhW50sTbRR
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Omer 8: Humility (Anavah)

Discerning and taking up the appropriate amount of space in each situation, balancing of healthy self-esteem between self-abasement and arrogance.

Prayer: Using my talents responsibly and mindfully.

Character Matters: http://ow.ly/kAQZ50sGguF
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As we bring Pesach to a close tonight at our Festival of Chametz Finally Friday Shabbat (6pm), we also welcome the 7th day of the Omer. Our virtue and prayer for Omer 7 are particularly fitting for the end of Pesach.
What can you do to respond to injustice and evil in our world?

Omer 7: Fear and Awe (Eymah v’yir’ah)

The virtue in Eymah is not in our ability to incite fear or horror, but rather in our capacity to be horrified by conditions or circumstances in the world. Judaism demands that we respond to evil and injustice.

Prayer: Soften my heart, harden my resolve.

Shabbat shalom!

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Omer 6: A Perceptive Heart (Sichlut Halev)

The heart has the power to lead us in the direction of good judgment so that we might enjoy our lives.

Prayer: Where is common sense needed today?

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Omer 5: An Understanding Heart (Binat Halev)

In Judaism, our hearts are the vessels of both our feelings and our wisdom.

Prayer: Living today with my heart open.

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Omer 4: Orderly Speech (Arichat S’fatayim)

Words can be compared to arrows; once they are unsheathed, they are able to either cause good or harm in how they are directed. They cannot be retracted.

Prayer: Open my lips to speak praise.

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Omer 3: A Listening Ear (Sh’miat Ozen)

Regardless of whether one can physically hear or not, we are all capable of listening. One can hear things but still lack understanding. The act of attentive listening takes intention and work on the part of the listener.

Prayer: Paying attention to sounds and meanings.

Character Matters: http://ow.ly/Gcb150r05se
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Omer 2: Learning (Talmud Torah)

Because study leads to action, the value of learning is a prerequisite to other values.
Prayer: Engaging in learning, finding myself blessed.

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Omer 1: Journey

As we begin the journey of the Omer tonight, I offer us words from Tefilat Haderech - The Travelers’ Prayer, that our journey together be inspiring and fruitful. “May You, God send blessing in our handiwork, and grant us grace, kindness, and mercy in Your eyes and in the eyes of all who see us. May You hear the sound of our humble request because You are God Who hears prayer requests. We praise You, Holy One, who hears prayer.”

To learn more about Character Matters: NVHC's Journey from Pesach to Shavuot, click here: http://ow.ly/Gcb150r05se

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From your NVHC family, Chag Pesach Sameach and Shabbat Shalom!

(art by Sefira Ross)

Tonight, at 7:00 pm, Cantor Caro will be sharing reflections, insights, and stories from her sabbatical. Join us for an inspiring conversation and to welcome her back!

Then, tomorrow morning at 9:00 am, we will gather for Shabbat Sustenance to study Ronald Reagan's "Tear Down this Wall" speech as part of the Great Texts of America series. We hope you can join us for what is bound to be another fascinating discussion.

Following that, come celebrate as a great young gentleman becomes Bar Mitzvah at 10:30 am! Click here (http://ow.ly/AONz50q0pyq) to read this week's Torah portion so you can follow along with him!

Shabbat shalom everyone!

UVA just won their first ever NCAA basketball championship last night - just in time for our Congregational Conversation on College!

Join us tonight at 7:00 pm for an open and honest conversation about the stress, financial worry, and social ramifications that plague so many of our families in the lead up to college - even as early as preschool. It's time for a conversation about the effects of college pressure and what what we can do to ease that pressure to make a brighter future for our teens and families.

Come support the NVHC Sisterhood this morning at our Passover Boutique! Get everything you need for Pesach, from seder plates to hostess gifts, all while supporting NVHC.

Look who's back! Come to Shabbat services tonight at 7 pm to welcome Shabbat with Cantor Caro once again!

Next Shabbat (April 12), she will share insights and reflections with us from her Sabbatical. We can't wait to sing, pray, and learn with her again tonight!

Shabbat shalom!

(she was the special guest this morning at Preschool Shabbat and they were so excited to see her)

Shabbat Shalom, Cantor Caro!

Shabbat Shalom everyone! Remember, it's Finally Friday today, so services will start at 6:00 p.m.! Rabbi Holzman will be speaking on Israel - sharing his thoughts, ideas, and reflections on his recent trip to Israel, the upcoming Israeli elections, and the role of Israel in American politics. It's sure to be an interesting evening, and we can't wait to welcome Shabbat with all of you.

Tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m., we'll be focusing on the role of Shabbat in our lives and in our community. We think we've had a lot of fantastic Shabbat morning experiences this year and we want to hear what you think!

(and don't forget to read this week's Torah portion while you're at it!) https://reformjudaism.org/learning/torah-study/shmini

(photo of Masada taken by a congregant on NVHC's 2017 trip to Israel)

Join us tonight at 7:00 pm for Sermon in Song, Kol Shirah's Spring Concert! Kol Shirah is our incredible all-volunteer adult choir. They will be singing some of your favorite Shabbat classics, and the theme of their sermon is "Light, Love, and Redemption." (we've seen the song list and it looks pretty sweet!)

Tomorrow morning we have Shabbat Sustenance at 9:00 am and Shabbat morning service with a wonderful Bat Mitzvah student at 10:30 pm! Read up on this week's Torah portion here so you can follow along with her tomorrow: http://ow.ly/HDxO50nPORh.

Last but certainly not least, don't forget all of our Purim celebrations this weekend!! Tomorrow at 7:00 pm is our Adult Purim Comedy Night, and then Sunday morning at 9:30 am is our Kehilat Limmud Purim Carnival! It will be a weekend of laughter, fun, and hamantashen, and we can't wait to see you there! (or groggers are ready to make some noise!)

Shabbat shalom!

Purim begins tonight, but we've been celebrating all week long! Our Kehilat Limmud (religious school) students made masks showing off their favorite Jewish superheroes (everyone from moms and sisters to Wonder Woman and "Glitter Girl") and our Tamid teens made hundreds of hamantashen!

And of course, our temple-wide festivities begin this weekend with Adult Purim Comedy Night on Saturday and finish with our fabulous Purim Carnival on Sunday (where the teens will be selling their hamantashen as part of our baking competition to benefit Forest Edge Elementary School!) Buy your tickets for Comedy Night here: https://nvhc.shulcloud.com/form/adult-purim-comedy-night.

Chag Purim Sameach!!

We are extremely proud and honored to announce that NVHC has been awarded the prestigious national Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom in recognition of our Rebuilding Democracy Project and innovative leadership in the areas of democracy and civic engagement.

Thank you to all of you for supporting NVHC and the Rebuilding Democracy Project, whether you’ve participated from the beginning or only attended your first Congregation Conversation last month. We are so excited to share more news about the award in the coming weeks!

Click here to read the original announcement from March 18 (http://ht.ly/QVAc30o6Qif), and click here to read more about our entry for the Prize (http://ht.ly/hYb230o6M2F).

On Fridays, we greet our neighbors and friends from the ADAMS Center when they arrive for afternoon prayer at NVHC. Our relationship with them is so deep and so special.

We mourn with them and with the New Zealand and worldwide Muslim communities today. Houses of worship are safe spaces, in which people should be able to take comfort and feel at peace.

We pray for peace every Shabbat. But this Shabbat we do even more so. We pray that one day we will live in a truly peaceful world, where everyone is free to pray and be as they are.

Shabbat shalom everyone

Click here to sign up for this year's Hamantashen Bake-Off! http://ht.ly/P9In30o2ULm.

Need some inspiration? Click here for 15 awesome hamantashen recipes from The Nosher: http://ht.ly/ryYu30o2Uo9. Let us know in the comments what kind of hamantashen you'll be making this year!

This is a friendly reminder that tonight is Shared Shabbat Dinners, so there will be NO services at NVHC! If you didn't get a chance to sign up for Shared Shabbat dinners, we hope you have a wonderful Shabbat dinner with your friends and family!

Going to a Shabbat dinner and don't have anything to talk about? We've got you covered! This week's Torah portion is P'kudei (read all about it here: http://ht.ly/N8zb30nYCq4)
Fun fact, the next time we'll read this portion is in 2022! Why? Because this year is a leap year in the Hebrew calendar, which means the usual portion, Vayak'heil-P'kudei, was divided into two to account for an extra week. Pretty cool, right?

Shabbat shalom everyone!


Interfaith exchange is on the menu - Washington Jewish Week

NVHC made the news again! Thank you Washington Jewish Week for this wonderful article on our partnership with the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center and the Intro to Judaism/Intro to Islam classes we held last month. We are so thankful that we have the opportunity to have programs like this and to have such awesome interfaith partners!

Extra copies of this issue are available in the NVHC office if you'd like to pick one up!

washingtonjewishweek.com A month-long educational program that culminated in dinner at NVHC.

This week's Torah Portion is Vayak'heil: in it, the Israelites begin to build and decorate the Tabernacle. (read more here: http://ht.ly/8vuD30nTeiR)

They are led by Bezalel and Oholiab, two men chosen by God to have the "skill, ability, and knowledge [of] every kind of craft." But while Bezalel and Oholiab are great craftsmen and skilled leaders of the construction, the true value in and decorations of the Tabernacle come from the community: they bring gifts of jewelry, thread, fabrics, animal skins, spices, metals, and ALL kinds of other things.

All of these gifts make the Tabernacle beautiful. Without them, it would just be an empty building.

Last night, we had the joy of hosting members of NVHC and the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) for the final day of the Intro to Judaism and Intro to Islam classes. We ate together, studied our faiths together, and learned from one another not only about things we do differently, but all that we have in common. We ended the night by studying Torah and participating in evening prayers together.

These are the gifts we treasure most. The chance to come together and learn together, to share this space with our neighbors and be together in community. That makes our space beautiful and holy.

Shabbat shalom

Photos by Ed Byrne

Our own Rabbi Wainer and David Markovich took part in The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's Pitch Night last night!

What is Pitch Night? It's a chance for Jewish organizations throughout the DC metro area to directly pitch any innovative or impactful idea they might have to the stakeholders involved in the grant decision-making process!

Rabbi Wainer and David spoke about the large senior population in Fairfax County (the largest in Northern Virginia!) and how it is our responsibility to provide great programming for them. The idea they pitched will strengthen the inter-generational connections in our synagogue and we can't wait to share it with you. We wish them the best of luck and thank the Federation for the opportunity to present to them!

This week's Torah portion is Ki Tisa and it's a BIG one. In this portion, three critical things happen:

1) the Israelites are officially instructed to keep Shabbat as a sign of the covenant (come to services tonight at 6 and Shabbat Sustenance tomorrow morning at 9!)
2) Moses receives the 10 Commandments (twice...)
3) the Israelites are instructed to observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Ingathering. (Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot!)

Find out why Moses receives the Commandments twice, what exactly those holidays are about, and read the whole portion here: http://ht.ly/d2TC30nNMS7!

Shabbat shalom!

(painting by Sefira Ross)

Light has such an important place in Judaism- we light candles to open and close every Shabbat, we light candles for holidays (42 of them for Chanukah!), and we have an ever-glowing light in our sanctuary. Why do we do these things? Why is there a light over the Ark, and how did it come to be there? What does it mean?

This week's Torah portion, T'tzaveh, gives us the first instruction about the ner tamid, the eternal light over the Ark. Read the portion and find out so much more about the significance of light in Judaism:

And check out our own ner tamid at tonight's Shabbat service at 7:00 p.m.!

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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