Click to view this email in a browser

Shabbat Shalom from Beth Joshua Cong. of Aspen Hill!
BJ Logo Final 3

Parshat Haazinu

6:42PM Candle Lighting

6:45PM Friday Davening

9:00AM Shacharit

5:45PM Rabbi's Shiur

6:35PM Shabbat Mincha

7:39 PM Shabbat Ends not before this time.


Sunday, 9/27

8:15AM Shacharit

9:00AM Sukkah Decorating! 

- Adults needed to hang lights and schach. 

- Special programming for kids of all ages:

9AM: Foam chain assembly

9:30AM: Ages 4-7 with Carmiya; Ages 8+ with Rabbi Uri.

6:39PM Candle Lighting

6:40PM Mincha/Maariv

7:38PM Kiddush in the Sukkah after this time.

Monday, 9/28

9:00AM Shacharit

3:30PM Sukkah Hop beginning at the Weinraub home, 13809 Sloan St. (If it is raining, the hop will be moved to the second day.) Route maps are available at shul.

6:40PM Mincha

7:36PM Second day preparations after this time.

Tuesday, 9/29

9:00AM Shacharit

6:40PM Mincha

7:35PM Yom Tov ends not before this time.


For the full schedule of programming over Sukkot, including our popular Corks n' Canvas event for Women, click here.


A Taste of Mishpachtology for Shabbat

DAVENING UPDATE: Minyan tonight is at 6:45PM.

Dear Friends,

Rabbi Uri picture

*A grandson decides it’s time to visit his grandmother for the first time in a very long time. He calls her, and asks for directions to her apartment.


She gives him the address, and says, “My apartment is 15K. When you get to the front door, use your elbow to press the buzzer that says 15K; I’ll buzz you in. When you get to the elevator, push the button for the elevator with your elbow, and once you’re inside the elevator press ‘15’ with your elbow. When you get out at the 15th floor, go to apartment 15K and, using your elbow, press the doorbell, and I’ll come to answer.”


The grandson is dumbfounded. He says, “Bubbe, thank you for the very specific directions, but why should I use my elbow to press all of the buttons?” To which his grandmother responds, “Don’t tell me you’re coming empty-handed!?!”

We are together growing a community here in Aspen Hill. Nine families have moved into homes since last Sukkot!


But for this kind of growth to happen, you can’t show up empty-handed. 

Jackie Krisch, who has done an amazing job as our meal coordinator for new families, new mothers, and those recovering from illness, sent Dahlia and I this email:


I am super proud of our community, we are totally stepping it up with the meals! Nina's meals filled up right away [after she broke her foot], meals for the Burmans also filled up right away [when they moved into their new home], on top of that, the Charnov’s meal are also now booked [for their arrival in Aspen Hill]. Plus [another family needing meals for a week because of illness was also taken care of at the same time!]  

That’s awesome!          

- Jackie

Some people say that the strength of a community can be found in its membership numbers. Or in a robust bank account. 


But I believe that the strength of a community can best be measured in how it shows up for its most vulnerable members. 

The late Rabbi David Hartman would often speak about this as a reflection of “Mishpachtology,” the idea that the Jewish people are connected in a way that is more like a family than a nation. 

May this coming Sukkot be a time we move beyond our walls, into our open Sukkot, welcoming all, and furthering our commitment to each other.

Shabbat Shalom! See you in shul,

Rabbi Uri

*These words were part of the opening of my Kol Nidrei derasha this year. To allow some further reflection, I would like to share with you the other derashot I delivered over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur:

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 - "The Tale of Two Brains"

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 - "The Busy Trap"

Yom Kippur - "How Do I Want to be Remembered?"

P.S. Check out all our exciting Sukkot happenings here, including our popular Corks n' Canvas program and a hot omellete bar for our Hoshanah Rabbah Football in the Hut!

youth handprint

Shabbat Children's Programs

9:15AM - 5th and 6th graders (and 7th graders who wish to) meet in Rabbi Uri's office.
9:30AM - Tot room opens for supervised play 
10:15AM - Groups begin for Tots, K-2nd grade, and 3rd-4th grade.

Sukkot Children's Programs

Sunday Sept 27

9:00am Sukkah chain making and decorating, all ages

9:30-10:00am Special program for ages 4-7 w/ Carmiya and ages 8+ w/Rabbi Uri


Monday-Tuesday, Sept 28-29


Babies – Pre-K

9:45-10:30 Babysitting in Bandroom 1

10:30-11:00 Tot Sukkot in the Sukkah 

11:00-11:30 Freeplay time


Grades K-2

9:45-10:00 Games in Small Library

10:00-10:40 Special Program 

10:40-11:30 Freeplay time in playground (weather permitting)


Grades 3-4

9:40 (apx) Join in main sanctuary for Hallel

10:00-10:30 Special Program

10:30-11:30 Freeplay time in Big Gym


Grades 5-6

9:40 (apx) Join in main sanctuary for Hallel

10:00-10:30 Special program in the Sukkah 

10:30-11:30 Freeplay time in Big Gym


>>All Groups join the main sanctuary for Hoshanot at 11:30


Sukkah Hop for All Ages on the First Day of Sukkot

Begins at 3:30PM at the home of Carmiya & Michael Weinraub - 13809 Sloan St. Continues around town!

Your feedback is appreciated! RSVP to this email.
Beth Joshua Congregation of Aspen Hill
13300 Arctic Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
301.962.9400 x5247

If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please reply to this message with "Unsubscribe" in the subject line or simply click on the following link: Unsubscribe

Beth Joshua Congregation
13300 Arctic Ave
Rockville, Maryland 20853

Read the VerticalResponse marketing policy.

Non-Profits Email Free with VerticalResponse!