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Shabbat Shalom from Aspen Hill!
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Shabbat Va'era

4:33PM Candle Lighting

4:35PM Friday Davening with our youth! 

Dvar Torah by Alana Landsman.

9:00AM Shabbat Shacharit with derasha by Avigail Charrnov.

Kiddush is sponsored by the Landsman and Gardner families in honor of Alana and Akiva!

No Rabbi's Shiur this week.

4:30PM Shabbat Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishit and Nosh and Drash program for 7th grade+.

5:34PM Shabbat Ends 

Sunday Shacharit 8:15am

Nov 20 @ 10AM

Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington Annual Gala at B'nai Israel Congregation

Nov 30 @ 8PM

Aura Chadasha

Dec 1 @ 7:30AM

JCRC - MD Legislative Breakfast. Register at:  

Dec 16 @ 4:45PM

Women's Kabbalat Shabbat

Dec 16 @ 8PM

Oneg Shabbat at the Logan home with the Torah Mitzion Kollel bachurim.

Dec 17 @ 6:00PM

PJ Havdalah with the Berman Preschool

Dec 18 @ 7:30PM

Pre-Chanukah Boutique

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A Taste of Bikur Cholim for Shabbat

Join us for a spirited davening tonight with our youth at 4:35PM.

Dear Friends,

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I was in the waiting room at the hospital this week, when I bumped into a familiar face from our Jewish community. "Who are you here visiting, Rabbi?" I was asked. 

"Me!" I replied, thinking to myself, "Truly, there is only the sick, and the not yet sick." 

This week, I was the sick, and now I'm recovering from a knee arthroscopy to repair a torn meniscus. I told my kids it was the natural result of too many years of stellar basketball and Thanksgiving family football games. The truth lies a little closer to an awkward slip on a wet driveway.

This Shabbat, we read the classic source text for the mitzvah of Bikur Cholim - of visiting the sick. The Talmud (Sotah 14a) teaches that we are commanded "to walk in the ways of the Lord" (Devarim 13:5), and one example of this is to visit the sick, just as we see God visiting Avraham after his circumcision (Bereishit 18).

This mitzvah has become a sobering, yet powerful part of my life as a rabbi. Last week, I had been visiting a couple at the hospital, splitting time between two floors as they were being treated for different, and very serious illnesses. Sadly, the husband succumbed to his condition, and I sat bedside with his sick spouse shortly after, as we "Facetimed" the funeral that was taking place 1,000 miles away. 

Then yesterday, I found myself on the receiving end, as I was greeted with phone calls and emails, and visitors at my home who brought food, plants, welcome home signs, music, and just a comforting presence as I sat a bit loopy on Percocet with ice wraps around my knee.

There is the sick, and the not yet sick. And this Shabbat, we are invited to consider the role we are currently filling, and the dual responsibilities of being a holy giver and/or a holy receiver.

Shabbat Shalom.

See you in shul,

Rabbi Uri

P.S. Consider joining me at the Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington Annual Gala on November 20, as we celebrate the important work of Bikur Cholim in our community. Register:

Join me in Selma over JAN 13-15

Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend

Registration and program details are available here.

This trip is almost SOLD OUT!


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Youth Kabbalat Shabbat

Nov 18 @ 4:45PM

Youth Leaders trip to UMD Game
Nov 20 @ 2PM

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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