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Shabbat Shalom from Aspen Hill!
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Shabbat Mishpatim &

Parshat Shekalim

Erev Rosh Chodesh Adar

5:37PM Candle Lighting

5:40PM Friday Davening

9:00AM Shabbat Shacharit with Kiddush sponsored by Ida Perelmutor, and her sister Gina, marking the second yartzheit of their mother, Betya Lerman z"l 

4:50PM Rabbi's Shiur

5:35PM Shabbat Mincha

Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by Benjy & Ellie Katz Neumann, marking the shloshim of Ellie's mom, Ilene Katz z"l. 

6:37PM Shabbat Ends 


Family Learning Night for 

3-6th graders and parents.

Sunday Shacharit 8:15am with Hallel!


Mazel Tov to Anna & Yosef Tirat-Gefen on the birth of a baby boy! The Brit Milah will be held at Magen David Sephardic Congregation on Tues, Feb 28 at 8AM.

Mazel Tov to Erica and Ken Pelman on the birth of a baby girl! The Simchat Bat will be on Sun, March 5 at 11AM.

Mazel Tov to Ethan Wheelock on his upcoming Bar Mitzvah!

Feb 26 @ 9AM
Mishloach manot packing at Berman. Please RSVP here if you can make it, or you can help deliver baskets.

Feb 26 @ 8PM
Aura Chadasha Women's Rosh Chodesh Group at the home of Shana Greenfeld Katz.

March 3-4
Berman Junior Shabbaton

March 5 @ noon
A Wider Circle volunteering

March 5
YCT Dinner honoring Laura Shaw Frank & Rabbi Aaron Frank and dedicating the Sharon & Steven Lieberman Chair in Pastoral Counseling.

March 11 @ 7:30PM
Erev Purim Megillah Reading "in voices!"

March 12
Purim Day
8:15AM Shacharit with Megillah Reading followed by Mishloach manot making and deliveries to elderly members of the community.
2PM Costume Parade from the Levin home to shul followed by a Puppet Show led by Aharon Charnov!
3PM Family Megillah Reading
4PM Beth Joshua-PTO Glow in the Dark Seudah
7PM Topolosky Shushan Purim Seudah begins... 

March 15 - KABOOM Playground Volunteer Day 

March 21 @ 8PM
Beltway Vaad Pre-Pesach Speed Learning at Beth Sholom

March 29 @ 7:30PM
Focus on Fertility event
at Beth Sholom Cong.

April 9
Annual Pre-Pesach Childcare Funday
Need a child free day of cleaning before Pesach? Register here.

April 23-24
Yom HaShoah in Whitwell

April 28-29
Aspen Hill Prospective Families Shabbaton

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A Taste of Tattoos for Shabbat

Rabbi Uri picture

Dear Friends,

Yesterday’s Washington Post featured an article about a local tattoo parlor offering free cover-ups for racist or gang-related tattoos. The shop’s owner, Dave Cutlip, calls it his Random Acts of Tattoo Project. He has pledged a “no questions asked” policy for his charitable work, which is attracting many customers looking to cover-up tattoos they acquired in their teens. In a Facebook post, he explained, “Sometimes people make bad choices. And sometimes people change. We, at Southside Tattoo, would like to make a difference.”

I find this article particularly inspiring as we celebrate the new month of Adar this weekend. The Rabbis teach that one of the central themes of the month, and the holiday of Purim, is linked to the phrase “vinahafoch hoo” - “it is turned around,” taken from the Book of Esther, where it is recorded: “On the day that the Jews' enemies looked forward to ruling over them, it was turned around, that the Jews should rule over their enemies” (Esther 9:1).

May this be our holy kavannah for the month ahead - to be empowered to turn the things around that need redirection in our lives. To make change, where change is warranted. And to give ourselves the gift of perspective - “vinahafoch hoo,” and see with fresh eyes. Many traits we wish to alter are only “skin deep,” and Adar comes to remind us that we can turn it all around, and allow our holier, deeper selves to emerge. (Don't forget to join our Shushan Purim Seudah at our home, beginning after everyone else is done, at 7pm on Sunday, March 12!)

See you in shul! Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Uri

Click here to learn more details about our Yom HaShoah trip to Whitwell, TN!


Support Aspen Hill's growth as a "Friend of Beth Joshua!"

Please mark your calendars for the Friends of Beth Joshua Shabbat on May 12th-13th. (It coincides with Berman Academy's Grandparents Day on May 12th.) We are planning a special Shabbat and would like to extend an invitation to siblings, Grandparents, and other family members and close friends.  We will have a deluxe kiddush in your honor, a special afternoon event, and we'll show some real Aspen Hill hospitality!


This Saturday night, Feb 25, after Havdalah:

Family Learning Night 

for 3-6th graders and parents.

Regular Shabbat Children's Programs

9:15AM - 5/6th grade+ meets in 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.

Carmiya is on maternity leave
Carmiya Weinraub is on maternity leave, and in her absence, Lily Landau has taken over many of the youth director roles. You can reach Lily at

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