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Shabbat Shalom from Aspen Hill!
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Shabbat Vayikra

We welcome the Berman Freshman Shabbaton!


7:00PM Candle Lighting

7:13PM Friday Davening 


9:00AM Shabbat Shacharit with kiddush sponsored by the Berman Freshman class.


6:30PM Rabbi's Shiur

7:10PM Shabbat Mincha

8:13PM Shabbat Ends with a musical Havdalah


Sunday Shacharit 8:15am 


Announcements:


April 1 @ 8:45pm 
Women's Clothing Swap 
at the Weinraub home, 13802 Sloan St. 

PESACH 5777

Designate Rabbi Uri to sell your chametz here. Download the Beltway Vaad Pesach Cleaning & Kashering Guide here.

April 2, 10-4PM
Pesach Car Wash
at Moti's Market. Organized by Berman Senior Class.

April 3 @ 7:45PM
Matza Baking at OSTT. RSVP to Rabbi Uri.

Apr 8 - Shabbat HaGadol
Community Luncheon
sponsored by Evy & Mel Getz in honor of their 60th Wedding Anniversary!

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

April 10 @ 7:30AM
Erev Chag Minyan & Siyum Bechorim. Would you like to sponsor coffee and donuts?

April 11
2nd Night Community Pesach Seder
$25 p/p; $90 family max.
RSVP here. Setup volunteers needed.

April 13 @ 7:30PM
Annual Freedom Concert at the Weinraub home.

April 22
Binyomin Logan Bar Mitzvah

April 28-29
Aspen Hill Prospective Families Shabbaton
A Taste of Infertility for Shabbat
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Dear Friends,


This Shabbat has been organized as Yesh Tikvah's Infertility Awareness Shabbat, an annual awareness campaign marking the beginning of our Spring month of Nissan. In our shul, we will pause and create space to acknowledge the medical, emotional, and spiritual challenges facing couples and individuals in the Jewish community who are struggling to have children.


To honor this initiative, this past Wednesday, I joined in a cross-community event entitled, “Focus on Fertility,” where Jewish clergy from across the interdenominational spectrum, as well as medical professionals, and various organizations specializing in the fertility/adoption journey, came together for support and guidance. I want to list these organizations here, just in case someone reading this note, looking for the right support, can be connected to the right place. It is also amazing to take note of all of the incredible resources right under our own noses. In addition to the various synagogues involved, the event sponsors were:

Barker Adoption Foundation

Shady Grove Fertility

Center for Adoption Support and Education

Covington & Hafkin and Associates

Metsuyan Wellness

Columbia Fertility Associates

JScreen

Hasidah

Nechama Comfort

ARTparenting & Meryl B. Rosenberg Esq.

Rock Creek Counseling

Jewish Social Services Agency, Adoption Services Center

Uprooted

The Spectrum Center for Natural Medicine

The Agam Center and Mikvah Chaim

The Red Stone

Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington

Montgomery County MD Foster and Adoptive Services


I am deeply grateful to all of these organizations that came out to meet families, learn from each other, and support our community.


In my remarks that evening, I spoke about the loss of our 22 week old son, whom Dahlia had to deliver knowing he would never take a breath beyond her womb. That horrific night connected us to a world of pain, love, and longing that touches 1 out of every 8 Americans.


The Lubavitcher Rebbe famously spoke about the fifth son of the Pesach Seder - the one who never made it to the table to join the four others (known as the wise, wicked, simple, and one who didn’t know how to ask). He was speaking about the child lost from their faith, whom we have a responsibility to reach out and touch. But at our Seder, the fifth child is also representative of the child still beyond the reach of fertility and adoption struggles.


May we be blessed to hold each other along these journeys.


Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Uri


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

YOUTH PROGRAM UPDATE:

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.

You can reach Carmiya, our Youth Director, at ckasse@yahoo.com

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Beth Joshua Congregation of Aspen Hill
13300 Arctic Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
301.962.9400 x5247
www.BethJoshua.org
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