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

4:37PM Candle Lighting

4:40PM Friday Davening


9:00AM Shacharit followed by Kiddush sponsored by Moshe Bear Prigal. 

Many thanks to Ruth and Sarah Warren, for their yummy generosity in making the weekly chulents!


3:45PM Rabbi's Shiur

4:30PM Shabbat Mincha

5:38PM Shabbat Ends not before this time.


8:15AM Sunday Shacharit

9:00AM Sunday Brit Milah for Krisch baby boy.


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 
Mazel Tov to Jackie and Jon Krisch on the birth of a baby boy! The Brit Milah will be held on Sunday  morning following minyan.


Nov 15 at 9:00AM

ROUTES at UMD HIllel

Community Day of Learning

Find out more here.


Nov 15 at 7:30PM

In Shifra's Arms Launch Event. More info here.


Nov 19 at 7:30PM

Annual Interfaith Concert at Washington Hebrew - DC

More info here.


Nov 22 @ 10:30AM

Family Fun Day Cooking Class for ages 6+ at the Topolosky home.


Nov 22 @ 8:00PM

Congregational Meeting


Nov 30 at 8:00PM

Men's Mussar Chavurah

at the Gilbert home, 14654 Bauer Dr. 


Dec 5

Community Luncheon in honor of Zach's aufruf


Dec 9 @ 7:30PM Chanukah Sheva Berachot for Zach and Adina!

All are invited to help "host" the Sheva Berachot with a contribution of $36 made out to the shul. Contact Lily atoffice@bethjoshua.org to be included!

A Taste of Infertility for Shabbat

Dear Friends,

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In a touching moment in this week’s Torah reading, we read how Yitzchak prays beside his wife for the blessing of fertility. They are the only monogamous couple among our holy Patriarchs/Matriarchs, and this scene is an intimate portrayal of their commitment to each other.


I have always appreciated the distinction made in the Torah about the notion of “Peru U’rvu” – “be fruitful and multiply.” While the Hebrew word “Mitzvah” is used in other places, such as to command Adam what he may and may not eat, God does not “command” Adam and Chava to have children. Instead, the Torah says that Hashem “blessed them” (“Vayivarech otam”) to have children. Perhaps this is a subtle, sensitive nod to infertility, and the Divine recognition that to command pregnancy is not appropriate.


The statistics in the United States are that 1 out of every 8 individuals struggle with some level of infertility. Maybe they can’t conceive right away. Maybe they can’t conceive at all. Maybe a couple that has several children also had several miscarriages or another pregnancy loss. Maybe his sperm count is low. Maybe genetic testing has led them towards the much longer road of adoption. Maybe there are emotional stresses or physical ailments.


Once barren, Rivkah and Yitzchak are ultimately blessed with children. I appreciate that their infertility ends with twins, much in the way many fertility treatments can produce twins. But I also recognize that not everyone’s journey ends in this way. For some prayer has indeed been the answer, but for others, extensive medical intervention is needed, or adoption is considered. Many of these processes are emotionally, physically, and financially exhausting. And not always fruitful. They also often unfold along a long, lonely, black hole.


Our Torah’s stories about the fertility struggles of our Avot and Imahot, open the door for normalcy, sensitizing us to the common reality of these struggles. These narratives invite us, on the one hand, to be sensitive, and on the other, to seek support from a wide community of people that have already walked this journey before us.


Shabbat Shalom. See you in shul,

Rabbi Uri


P.S. The practice where my wife works offers weekly support groups for those struggling with infertility or pregnancy loss. You can read more about it here.

In addition, I am part of a group of rabbis and practitioners who are planning a second annual Pregnancy Loss Service, which will be held at the JCCGW on April 12 at 7:30PM. 


P.P.S. Another whole side of this struggle are those dealing with unplanned pregnancies. Join me this Sunday night in Potomac for an event with "In Shifra's Arms," an organization dedicated to this cause. Learn more about the event here.


YOUTH PROGRAM UPDATE:

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Shabbat Children's Programs


9:15AM - 5th and 6th graders (and 7th graders who wish to) meet in back of cafeteria.
9:30AM - Tot room opens for supervised play 
10:15AM - Groups begin for Tots, K-2nd grade, and 3rd-4th grade.


NOVEMBER FAMILY FUN DAY

Got children ages 6 and up? Be sure to join us for November's Sunday Funday! This month's session continues the theme of kashrut with Kosher Thanksgiving Cooking at the Topolosky's! Join us to make a menu item that you can repeat a few days later for your Thanksgiving meal. In order to ensure enough ingredients and equipment, please RSVP by Nov. 15th to Carmiya Weinraub - ckasse@yahoo.com.

Save the Date for our December Family Fun Day on Dec 20.

Your feedback is appreciated! RSVP to this email.
Beth Joshua Congregation of Aspen Hill
13300 Arctic Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
301.962.9400 x5247
www.BethJoshua.org
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