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Shabbat Shalom from Aspen Hill!
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Parshat Ki Tetzei

6:56PM Candle Lighting

7:00PM Friday Davening 

9:00AM Shabbat Shacharit

Kiddush is sponsored by the Pereira-Touvian family in honor of Michael and Naomi's Anniversary! Mazel Tov!

6:10PM Rabbi's Shiur

6:55PM Shabbat Mincha

7:53PM Shabbat Ends

8:15AM Sunday Shacharit

Upcoming Events:

SUNDAY, Sept 18, 2PM

A Wider Circle Visit:

Volunteers will help with sorting donating items, and/or assist in other needs.

See Jackie Burman or Jackie Krisch for details.

Sept 24 @ 10PM

Selichot Under the Stars

Bonfire, Desserts and Music in the front garden, by the main school entrance. 11PM Selichot davening in the same location. (Rain plan: indoors.)

Sign up for High Holiday Childcare by Sept 25 to get the early bird rate here.

High Holiday Info

A mailing with all your high holiday service times and information will be sent out on Monday.

Oct 20 @ 7:45PM

Corks n Canvas in the Sukkah. $15 p/p. RSVP to

Oct 24 @ 5PM

Simchat Torah Honorees Dinner followed by Mincha, "Torah Heroes Guessing Game," Maariv, and Hakafot. The entire congregation is encouraged to sponsor this year's dinner in recognition of our shul honorees:

Dave Herschander and Marcia Abrookin

(Chatan Torah)

Jackie and Elan Burman

(Chatan Bereishit)

Miles and Sara Logan

(Kol Nearim)
Nina Zimm
(Kallah Torah) 

Sponsorship levels:
$36 Simcha Dancers
$54 Flag Bearers
$72 Torah Holders
RSVP to and pay here.

Nov 1 @ 7:30PM

YIZKOR: An Evening to Remember Pregnancy Loss held at Har Shalom in Potomac.

Nov 13

Congregational Meeting

Childcare will be provided.

Shop Amazon Smile to support our shul here!

A Taste of being God-Fearing for Shabbat

Dear Friends,

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What does it mean to be a God-Fearing Person? 


This week's parsha tells us who is NOT God-Fearing. The Amalekites. We are told that they attacked our people from the rear, preying on the weak and vulnerable. For their evil ways, the Torah describes them by saying, “Viloh Yareh Elohim” – “And they did not fear God.” (Devarim 25:18)


Nechama Leibowitz, the great 20th c. Torah teacher, points out that the Amalek nation is one of 4 groups of non-Jews in the Torah who are characterized by their “God-Fearing” or “Non-God-Fearing” ways.


Avimelech and his Kingdom, are assumed to be non-God-Fearing by Avraham, which is why he isn’t fully honest when saying that Sarah is his sister (rather than his wife) to protect his life. (Bereishit 20:11)


Yosef, who is thought to be an Egyptian Prince by his brothers, assures them that he is a God-Fearing individual, and that he will not harm them. (Bereishit 42:18)


Finally, the midwifes who protected baby boys from being thrown in the Nile by order of the Pharoah, are thought by some commentators to be Egyptian. In praise of their bravery, the Torah describes them as God-Fearing. (Shemot 1:21)


The common thread in all four cases is that a God-Fearing person is someone who cares for the most vulnerable members of society – for the weak and elderly, for the stranger in your midst, for the hungry, and for the newborn babies and slaves. In noting these four examples of “Yirah Shamayim,” Nechama underscores the idea that our Torah assumes anyone can be God-Fearing. This is not a Jewish quality, or a religious trait, but simply a matter of caring for those in our society who need our support.

Shabbat Shalom!

See you in shul,

Rabbi Uri

Join me in Selma over JAN 13-15

Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend

Registration and program details are available here.


Melton Adult Learning 

Tuesday Nights Nov 15 - April 4 at Tikvat Israel. Co-taught by Rabbis Shull & Topolosky.

Join us for this comprehensive, text-based Jewish studies course developed by Hebrew University. Designed for all ages and religious backgrounds. 

Register online here. Special $100 Early bird discount by Oct 31 with code: Core100.


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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
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