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Shabbat Shalom from Beth Joshua Cong. of Aspen Hill!
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Shabbat Terumah

5:23PM Candle Lighting

5:25PM Friday Davening

9:00AM Shacharit followed by Kiddush sponsored by 

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4:30PM Rabbi's Shiur

5:20PM Shabbat Mincha

6:24PM Shabbat Ends not before this time.

8:15AM Sunday Shacharit


Feb 13 @ 8PM

Women's Open Mic Night

Siena's Restaurant. $5 fee.

Just come watch or sign up for a 4 min slot and perform your talent! Performers must be 16+.

Feb 15 @ 8PM

Men's Mussar Chaburah at the Gilbert home, 14654 Bauer Drive.

Feb 19 @ 5:45PM

Women's Kabbalat Shabbat

led by Rebbetzin Dahlia in the MS Beit Midrash concurrent with the regular Kabbalat Shabbat minyan.

Feb 20

Nechama Porat, Visiting Scholar for Shabbat

Feb 20 

Esther Tirat Gefen's Bat Mitzvah celebration

Feb 21 @ 8PM

Women's Mishlei Chabura

at the home of Rebbetzin Dahlia, 4909 Baltic Ave.

Click here for more info.

Feb 26-27

Aspen Hill Prospective Families Shabbaton

Feb 28 @ 10AM

Family Minyan 

Feb 28 @ 10:30AM

Sunday Fun Day, ages 6+

Fair Trade Chocolate and Eco Kashrut

***NEW CLASS SERIES: "Struggles of the Modern State of Israel"

3 Mon evenings at 8:00PM

Feb 29, Mar 7, Mar 14

This is a joint program with our neighbor synagogue, Tikvat Israel, and the first and third sessions will be held there, at 2200 Baltimore Rd. Rabbis Ben Shull and Uri Topolosky will co-teach the class.

March 5 @ 6PM

Seudah Shlishit/Havdalah:

Update on the Joint / JDC

with guest, Will Recant, Assis. Exec VP of the JDC.

March 8 @ 6:30PM

Aliyah Event with Nefesh B’Nefesh at the Jewish Federation of GW

A Taste of Mission for Shabbat

Dear Friends,

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When Dahlia and I were married, nearly 14 years ago, we chose a verse from the Torah to capture our spiritual hopes for our new home together. It is a well known verse from this week’s Torah reading, which reads, “V’Asu Li Mikdash ViShachanti Bitocham” – “Build for me a sanctuary, and I will dwell among you.” We included these words on our wedding invitation, and have subsequently received many gifts with this phrase embroidered, engraved, printed, and paper-cutted into them!

This verse represents for us a mission of building holy community. We saw these words hung on the front of the destroyed synagogue in New Orleans, as if beckoning us there in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. And each year I read them with a renewed sense of purpose, as we now work to build a community in Aspen Hill, MD.

In the Torah, these words are followed by a description of the holy Aron to be built for the Mishkan Tabernacle. Curiously, the dimensions of the Aron, which would hold the Torah, are listed in HALF-measurements. “They shall make an ark of acacia wood, two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.” It is the only part of the Tabernacle listed fully in half-measurements. As a representation of our Torah, of our mission in the world to be a “Mamlechet Kohanim V’Goy Kadosh” – “A Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation,” it is fitting that the dimensions are in half-measurements, as if inviting humanity to be an equal partner with God. In our minds, Dahlia and I view the work of building holy community as a perfect example of this partnership.

This past Sunday, our shul held a community forum to talk about the future of the congregation. Listening to different voices in the room, there was great excitement, a sense of mission, and an overall desire to create a special community in which we could be proud, and in which, God’s presence could dwell. There has been a buzz about it all week and it is further excited by the upcoming Prospective Families Shabbaton at the end of the month.

Just as the ancient Israelites were mission driven, it is an honor to be a part of a modern Jewish community that is similarly driven, and filled with positive energy about the holy sanctuary we are building in Aspen Hill.

Shabbat Shalom! See you in shul,

Rabbi Uri


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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.

Sunday Feb 28 10:30-12:00PM
Sunday Fun Day, ages 6+
Fair Trade Chocolate and Eco Kashrut
Learn about Eco Kashrut while making your own hot cocoa. Go home with a mug from Equal Exchange, Inc, a recipe for making your own chocolate bars and a better understanding of what fair-trade means. This activity is designed for children ages 6+ with a parent. No younger siblings please. For more on buying fair trade as a Jewish value, see this link: We are looking for $18 sponsorships for this program.

Feb 28 @ 10:00AM

Family Minyan
Ages 0-5.

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