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Shabbat Shalom from Beth Joshua Cong. of Aspen Hill!
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Parshat Re'eh & Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Elul

7:00PM Friday Davening

7:47PM Candle Lighting

9:00AM Shacharit followed by a Community Luncheon

6:50PM Rabbi's Shiur

7:40PM Shabbat Mincha

8:47PM Shabbat Ends

8:15AM Sunday Shacharit

Tuesday Tanya 8:00PM

Aug 12, 19, 26 @ 8PM
Keys to Jewish Spirituality
A mini-series with Elul in mind. Led by Rabbi Uri at his home, 4909 Baltic Ave

August 15
Community Luncheon
& Guest Speaker
Ilan Sztulman, of the Israeli Embassy, will speak during tefillah on the US-Israel relationship, and then at lunch about the Iran deal. No RSVP needed. 
There will be childcare and a short kids program during the lunch speech. The lunch is sponsored by Mel & Evy Getz. Moshe Bear Prigal is also a co-sponsor, celebrating a siyum Mishnayot.


Aug 16 @ 8PM
Aura Chadasha Rosh Chodesh Elul Women's Event at the home of Morgan Duren, 13526 Oriental St.

August 28 @ 6:30PM
Kids' Kabbalat

August 30 @ 9:30AM
New Year, New You
An Elul Yom Iyun program of the Beltway Vaad at Ohev Shalom. Click here for more info.

August 30 @ Noon
Grand Slam Jewish Community Day at the Nationals

August 30 @ 7:30PM
Religious Committee Meeting (all are welcome!)

Sept 5 @ 10:00PM
Selichot Kumzitz 

Sept 7 @ 8:15AM
Labor Day Minyan

We have a wonderful opportunity for you to enhance your sukkah and support your shul at the same time. A local artist has begun printing some of her beautiful illuminated manuscript art on durable outdoor vinyl to be enjoyed in the sukkah. Here is a link to her website:   

A significant percentage of the purchase price will be donated to Beth Joshua. Just enter the code BETHJOSHUA in the comments box when you order.   
A Taste of San Antonio this Shabbat
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Dear Friends,

This past Wednesday morning, an orthodox synagogue in San Antonio, Congregation Rodfei Sholom, became the target of racial and religious hatred, as the 300 family synagogue was spray-painted and vandalized with anti-Semitic and racist graffiti, which included swastikas.

The irony of a hate crime perpetrated against a shul called, “Rodfei Sholom” – Pursuers of Peace,” was obviously lost on the attackers.

The shul’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Scheinberg, is a well-known leader in the orthodox community, and has mentored dozens of young rabbis, including some of my close colleagues. The shul’s former executive director, and a current board member, is a dear friend, and someone who offered me invaluable personal and professional guidance in his capacity on the National Federation’s Emergency Committee in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I know this shul to be proudly an eclectic gathering place for many different kinds of people. Their stated mission is, “To Provide Orthodox Judaism in a Spirit of Tolerance and Tradition.” This attack felt like an ugly, pathetic slap on all peaceful, loving, tolerant peoples.

I have reached out to these community leaders in San Antonio and I urge everyone to express your solidarity with the members of Rodfei Sholom as well. It wasn’t but a few months ago that a shul in our town, in Gaithersburg, was also the victim of a similar graffiti attack. I was so moved while attending a vigil there, by the outpouring of widespread support that seemed to literally embrace the congregation. It really meant a lot to their Rabbi and leaders.

I was also touched by the immediate support expressed by the strong evangelical community in San Antonio. Pastor John Hagee, of San Antonio’s Cornerstone Church, and the spiritual leader of Christians United for Israel, said, “An attack on the Jewish community should be considered an attack on the Christian community. I came immediately to the rabbi’s office to stand with him, expressing my solidarity with his congregation and the Jewish community of San Antonio.” You can watch a special video message of their meeting here.

Pastor Hagee and Rabbi Scheinberg are old friends. Years ago, their relationship produced “The Night to Honor Israel” – now, an annual event, raising millions of dollars to support the State of Israel. Today, they are simply standing arm in arm like brothers – religiously worlds apart, but soulfully united. Their friendship is a model for all of our communities how we must continue to build relationships across racial, religious and denominational lines, embracing our differences, and celebrating our common values. May this Shabbat further inspire us all to be “rodfei sholom” – pursuers of peace, each in our own unique ways.

Shabbat Shalom! See you in shul,
Rabbi Uri

P.S. We welcome a new family this Shabbat, Devorah Malka and Erick (Melech Avraham) Gilbert, and their children, Gabriella, Ariella Faiga, and Shmuel Reuven, for their first Shabbat as residents of Aspen Hill!


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Our youth department is seeking donations of certain books, toys, crafts, and other supplies. Click here to view a detailed list.

8/22 Shabbat morning groups change: 
Groups are from 10:30-11:30AM for free play in the little gym, big gym, and kindergym. There will be no Tot Shabbat or other groups before then. The playroom and nursing room are available from 9:00am until after kiddush. Thank you to Jackie Krisch for overseeing groups on 8/22!

New fall groups begin August 29th Thanks to countless volunteers for signing up to lead classes, oversee gym time, and babysit the kids!

Shabbat Morning Schedule
Groups meet weekly on Shabbat. Yom Tov schedules vary.
All groups include time in the main sanctuary in age-appropriate ways. Groups include a snack at 10:30.
Grade 5-6: Dunk n’ Daven
Meets in Cafeteria, and includes davening in the main sanctuary.
11:00-11:35 Free play in big gym
Babies – PreSchoolers: Tot Shabbat
**Children must always be supervised by an adult.**
9:30am-10:15am Playroom is open in Bandroom 1
10:15am - 11:00am Tot Shabbat Program in Bandroom 1.
11:00am - apx 11:45am Freeplay in Kindergym or Playground
Kindergarten – 2nd grade
10:15am - 11:00am in Bandroom 2
11:00am - apx 11:35am (end of Musaf) Freeplay in Little Gym (ages 5-8)
3rd – 4th grade
10:15am - 11:00am in Library
11:00am – apx 11:35am (end of Musaf) Free play in Little Gym (ages 5-8)
11:00am – apx 11:35 (end of Musaf) Free play in Big Gym (ages 9+)

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13300 Arctic Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
301.962.9400 x5247

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