About Us
About Us

Challenged by Rabbi Holzman in his 5779 Kol Nidre sermon (click here to view), 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. 

Click the buttons below to read Rabbi Holzman’s medium.com articles on the intersections of faith and politics:

We are extremely proud and honored to announce that NVHC has been awarded the prestigious national Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom. Every year the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah challenges Jewish leaders and organizations to develop and demonstrate novel ways to address universal human questions via the application of Jewish wisdom and practice. This year’s challenge focused on democracy and civic engagement, and the award recognizes NVHC for innovative leadership in this area.

On January 23rd, 2019, we were featured in the Washington Post:

Project Components

Community Organizing

  • Building relationships

  • Teaching what is “politics”

  • Taking democratic action

Teaching and Learning

  • Connecting Jewish wisdom to democracy’s fundamentals

  • Addressing bewilderment with Jewish experience in the wilderness

  • Elevating cynicism and despair as spiritual issues

Congregational Conversation

  • Putting chesed above party

  • Hearing ideas fully (shamati)

  • Experiencing viewpoint diversity (eilu v’eilu)

Great Texts of America

  • Experiencing diversity in community (kehillah)

  • Sanctifying the process with blessing

  • Teaching mahloket l’shem shamayim

  • Using parshanut to address complex narratives

  • Connecting personal aspiration to the text through midrashic process

September 14, 9:00 am

Great Texts of America

September 18, 7:00 pm

Conversations on Race in Our Commonwealth

October 12, 9:00 am

Great Texts of America

November 9, 9:00 am

Great Texts of America

December 21, 9:00 am

Great Texts of America

Upcoming Events

We Were Strangers in the Land of Egypt

This series is a deep dive on the topic of immigration in the United States using the methodology of the Rebuilding Democracy Project. Emphasis is placed on seeking different and varying perspectives on the topic, from ICE agents to school counselors who work with undocumented children.

Citizenship Chevrutah

In this new initiative to engage people person-to-person, we will connect participants in pairs or small groups for individual study on a book about American Democracy. This is then followed by a communal conversation on the subject of the book.

The Pulpit and the Pew

On select Friday nights, at Erev Shabbat services, the clergy will addresses issues that are important to the general public, then invite congregants to stay for conversation about the issues after our oneg.

Get Out the Vote

With our VOICE Team, we participate in Get Out the Vote canvassing to encourage people to participate in their democracy regardless of their political party.

Previous Events

May 19, 3:30 pm:

VOICE May Action

Spread the word about the Board of Supervisors election on June 11!

May 4, 9:00 am:

 Shabbat Sustenance: Great Texts of America – Women’s Roles in the American Narrative

April 13, 7:00 pm: 

Shabbat Sustenance: Great Texts of America- Ronald Regan’s “Tear Down This Wall” Speech

April 8, 7:00 pm: 

Congregational Conversation on College

March 19, 8:00 pm: 

NVHC Designated Speaker Series: Sherrilyn Ifill. Sherrilyn Ifill is the President and Director-Council of the NAACP

Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She will speak with us on her work with the LDF and her work analyzing race in American public life.

March 2, 9:00 am: 

Great Texts of America: Women’s Roles in the American Narrative

February 24, 1:30 pm:

 Rabbi Dr Andrea Weiss spoke on her project American Values Religious Voices: 100 Days, 100 Letters.

February 12, 7:00 pm:

 Congregational Conversation about Race and Virginia.

February 9, 9:00 am: 

Shabbat Sustenance: Great Texts of America- Manifest Destiny

February 6, 6:30 am: 

JCRC Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day

January 25:

 NVHC VOICE Presence in Richmond

January 22, 7:00 pm:

 Congregational Conversation: Stewardship of the Earth’s Climate

January 20, 9:30 am:

Kehilat Limmud Yom Tzedek.

January 19, 9:00 am:

Great Texts of America: Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18, 7:00 pm: 

Social Justice/Folk Song Erev Shabbat Service

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