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Shabbat Shalom from Aspen Hill!
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Parshat Shelach

7:00PM Friday Davening 

8:20PM Candle Lighting

9:00AM Shacharit followed by a special Kiddush.

7:30PM Rabbi's Shiur 

8:15PM Shabbat Mincha 

9:27PM Shabbat ends not before this time.


8:15AM Shacharit


Next Shabbat, July 8-9, we will welcome Chaplain Michael Bloom, to honor America's birthday. There will be a community Shabbat luncheon. 

Chaplain Bloom will speak Friday night, Shabbat morning, and again over lunch, with special childcare available for this time.

We thank the Gonzales family as our lead sponsors for the luncheon, however RSVPs are needed to the office and we are asking for a $25 contribution from each participating family to cover our costs.

Chaplain Bloom serves as National Deputy Chaplain of the Jewish War Veterans, chaplain of the NMAJMH and chairman of the General Wingate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. He is the author of books on national security, law enforcement, Judaism and humor and has lectured widely at area JCCs and synagogues.
A Taste of Yondr for Shabbat

Dear Friends,

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The Washington Post recently carried a story about Yondr, a new accessory for the smart phone. However, this new tech gadget wasn’t designed to enhance our phones. Instead, it was created to help us be without them. Even for just a little while.

Yondr is a specialized pouch that is being increasingly used at music concert venues. Instead of bouncers, concert goers are welcomed at the door by hired Yondr agents who place people’s phones in the pouch and lock them. You get to keep your phone, but you can’t access it. If you need to make a call, or text the babysitter, just head to one of the gates, where an agent can unlock the pouch for you to make a call outside.

Driving the technology were the frustrations by artists who watched as their full, heartfelt performances were downgraded into 30 second YouTube clips, and as their fans seem more interested in posting, snapchatting, and tweeting their selfies, rather than simply being engaged in the moment. A less focused crowd was leading to less inspiring performances. Additionally, artists were uncomfortable testing out new music when they knew that hundreds of iPhones were capturing every experimental chord.

Yondr is another reminder that we need time for more unplugging. We miss greetings and goodbyes, glued to our phones. We watch performances through our screens, instead of our eyes. Sometimes, our first instinct is to capture the moment, rather than live the moment. There are many pluses to the high-tech computers that can now fit into the palm of our hand, but it needs to be balanced out with some time turned off and plugged back into the world, out yonder...

TGIF! Thank God it’s Friday, and time for the ultimate unplugging of Shabbat!

You can read the whole story of Yondr here.

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.

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13300 Arctic Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
301.962.9400 x5247

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