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Shabbat Shalom from Aspen Hill!
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Shabbat Shemini/Parah

7:00PM Friday Davening

7:14PM Candle Lighting

9:00AM Shacharit followed by Kiddush.

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No Rabbi's Shiur this week, as the Rabbi and his family are away, visiting in Potomac this Shabbat.

7:10PM Shabbat Mincha

8:14PM Shabbat ends not before this time.

Sunday, April 3

8:15AM Shacharit

8:30PM Women's Mishlei Chaburah meets at the Topolosky home.

April 5 @ 8-9PM

Pre-Pesach SPEED Torah

with the Beltway Vaad at Beth Sholom Congregation. 5 Torah Sessions in 1 Hour!

More info here.

April 6 @ 8:30PM

Men's Mussar Chavurah

at the home of Ken Pelman

April 10

Good Deeds Day

Beth Joshua is partnering with Bikur Cholim. You can register here

April 12 @ 7:30PM

Pregnancy Loss Remembrance Service

at JCCGW. 

April 17 from 9:30-4:30PM

Kids Free Cleaning Day!

Childcare program to help adults clean for Pesach. Register here.

April 19 @ 8PM

Kosher for Pesach Matzah Baking Night for Beth Joshua members at Ohev Sholom -The National Synagogue.

April 22 @ 7AM

Shacharit & Siyum for First Born

April 22 @ 11AM

Chametz Burning at the Topolosky home

April 22

First Night Community Seder. 18 p/p with a family max of $72. Children 3 and under are welcome free of charge.

Sign up here.

Sale of Chametz Form is available here.

A Taste of Infertility for Shabbat

Dear Friends,

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This Shabbat we read about the deafening silence that follows the sudden loss of Aharon’s two sons. “VaYidom Aharon.”

Whenever I read about the loss that Aharon and his wife, Elisheva, shared, I can’t help but think of the loss my wife and I also shared, when our third child, our son, stopped breathing in utero after 22 weeks gestation. He never had a name. But the nurse did give us a picture taken after Dahlia had delivered him in a darkened, sad, birthing room. There was a lot of silence that night. “Vayidom.”

Our loss introduced us to a world where 1 out of every 6 couples struggle with some sort of infertility, whether it be pregnancy loss, infant death, difficulties conceiving, genetic complications, or other issues that make it challenging to bring life into the world. The support we found among so many, who we were surprised also had struggled, helped us cut through the silence, even as the pain lingered.

I always thought that our Torah was uniquely sensitive to the challenges of infertility. In Genesis, the mandate to be fruitful and multiply (1:28) is not described as a “mitzvah” (commandment), but rather as a “beracha” (a blessing). Indeed, the Torah is filled with examples of families that struggle to bring a child into the world.

Yet, my colleague and friend, Maharat Friedman wrote a beautiful article this week noting that sometimes those Biblical stories are hard to hear for those that don’t seem to get the miracle response from God that our Matriarchs were blessed to receive (Washington Post: When you’re facing infertility a synagogue can be the most painful place to go – lets change that). Another recent article noted how challenging lifecycle celebrations at shul can be for couples struggling to have children (JTA Op-Ed: At Passover time, remember those struggling with infertility).

Over the next couple of weeks, as we mark Rosh Chodesh Nissan, 100 synagogue communities have pledged to raise awareness and heightened sensitivity about issues of infertility. This is an effort coordinated by Yesh Tikva (, an organization whose name literally means, “There is Hope.”

On Tuesday, April 12, at 7:30PM, I will be co-leading with other Rabbis in the larger community, a “Pregnancy Loss Remembrance Service” at the JCCGW. This is now an annual service and has been quite meaningful in the past. All are welcome.

While infertility struggles are different than the loss Aharon and Elisheva endured, and so many others in our communities, there is a shared silence. This Pesach, some might wonder about a “fifth child” at their seder – represented by an empty seat, or a wordless question from the child that is no longer here, or who never made it to the Seder at all. Let us open our hearts and embrace that silence with love.

Shabbat Shalom! See you in shul,

Rabbi Uri


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Shabbat Children's Programs

9:15AM - 5th and 6th graders (and 7th graders who wish to) meet in the cafeteria.
9:30AM - Tot room opens for supervised play 
10:15AM - Groups begin for Tots, K-2nd grade, and 3rd-4th grade.
10:20AM - Gym time for 5th graders and up
11:00AM - Gym time for K-4th grade
All children return to the main sanctuary to help lead tefilot at the end of Musaf.

Sunday, April 17: "Kids Free" Cleaning Day

To ease your preparations for Pesach, we are offering a "Kids Free" Cleaning Day, where you are invited to drop off your children for a Sunday of childcare offered from 9:30AM-4:30PM which will include sports activities, bounce houses, and more! 
Questions? Contact Carmiya:

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13300 Arctic Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
301.962.9400 x5247

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