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Shabbat Shalom from Aspen Hill!
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Shabbat Parshat Tazriah &

Parshat HaChodesh

7:00PM Friday Davening

7:21PM Candle Lighting

9:00AM Shacharit followed by Kiddush sponsored by the Berman Freshman Class.

Click here for a list of all our sponsorship opportunities.

6:30PM Rabbi's Shiur

7:20PM Shabbat Mincha

8:22PM Shabbat ends not before this time.

8:15AM Sunday Shacharit

April 10

Good Deeds Day

Beth Joshua is partnering with Bikur Cholim. 

April 10 @ 8PM

Aura Chadasha at the home of Sara Logan

April 12 @ 7:30PM

Pregnancy Loss Remembrance Service

at JCCGW. 

April 17 from 9:30-4:30PM

Kids Free Cleaning Day!

Childcare program to help adults clean for Pesach. Register here.

April 19 @ 8PM

Matzah Baking Night for Beth Joshua members at Ohev Sholom -The National Synagogue.

April 22 @ 7AM

Shacharit & Siyum for First Born

April 22 @ 10AM

Chametz Burning at the Topolosky home.

April 22 @ 11AM

Chametz Burning at the Topolosky home

April 22

First Night Community Seder. 18 p/p with a family max of $72. Children 3 and under are welcome free of charge.

Sign up here.

Sale of Chametz Form is available here.

Click here to view the Beltway Vaad Pesach Cleaning & Kashering Guide.

A Taste of Pesach Cleaning for Shabbat

Dear Friends,

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This past Tuesday, I joined with colleagues from the Beltway Vaad to present an evening of “Pre-Pesach Speed Learning.” Each member of the Vaad was given 10 minutes to present an entire class about Pesach before the bell rang, and another session began! It was an exhilarating evening of learning, with over 150 people in attendance. We discussed issues related to the language and themes of the Haggadah, eating Kitniyot, how early the Seder can begin, and guidelines for cleaning, koshering, and purchasing for Pesach. Hopefully, we planted meaningful seeds for thought, and helped inspire some further learning as the Chag approaches.

One key takeaway from the evening was the presentation about Pre-Pesach cleaning. Our Vaad distributed a guide intended to free folks from unnecessary work before Pesach so that (1) more time can be spent preparing Torah for the Seder, and (2) so people do not have to experience slavery until the Seder actually begins!

The main reason we clean for Pesach is to get rid of chametz that if found on Pesach we would want to keep. Things like boxes of cookies and bottles of liquor fall into this category. These items can be referred to as “Important Chametz.”

Checking for “Important Chametz” is easy to do. We are not concerned with small pieces of chametz that we do not want. One must remember that there is no obligation to destroy chametz crumbs. The prohibition is eating them on Pesach. Therefore, we must be careful to clean away any chametz that may come into contact with food. Since the kitchen is the location where most of our food is prepared, we must be very careful when preparing this room for Pesach. Crumbs that cannot get into food do not have to be cleaned away, however, obvious crumbs should be removed.

We have to keep this in mind when cleaning for Pesach and make sure not to confuse Pesach cleaning with spring cleaning. Although it is a mitzvah to clean one’s house before every chag, it would be a shame to approach Pesach with a sense of fear and dread, wishing that you could go to a hotel instead of staying home and cleaning.

The guide was prepared so that one can do a 100% halachic job of cleaning for Pesach, without going overboard and destroying the joy that Pesach should bring. Click here to view the Beltway Vaad Pesach Cleaning & Kashering Guide.

One other service we are offering to help you prepare for Pesach is a “Kids Free Cleaning Day” next Sunday, April 17. There will be childcare and activities for children 4+ at the shul all day so you can have a few extra hands to prepare for Pesach. Registration is required here.

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.
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.

Sunday, April 17: "Kids Free" Cleaning Day for Kids 4+

To ease your preparations for Pesach, we are offering a "Kids Free" Cleaning Day, where you are invited to drop off your children for a Sunday of childcare offered from 9:30AM-4:30PM which will include sports activities, bounce houses, and more! 
Half day and full day options:
Half day - $15 p/child 9:30 am - 1:00 pm; or 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Full day - $25 p/child 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Questions? Contact Carmiya:

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13300 Arctic Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
301.962.9400 x5247

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