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Shabbat Shalom from Aspen Hill!
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Shabbat Vayigash

Welcome to Jacob & Adina Konikoff, who are spending their first Shabbat as residents of Aspen Hill!

4:43PM Candle Lighting

4:45PM Friday Davening 

Youth Kabbalat Shabbat

There will be a Shalom Zachar for Weinraub baby at shul on Friday night following davening.

9:00AM Shabbat Shacharit 

4:00PM Rabbi's shiur

4:40PM Shabbat Mincha

Seudah Shlishit & Nosh n Drash with Jackie for grades 7+

5:46PM Shabbat Ends 

Sunday Shacharit for Asarah BiTevet 8:15am

Fast begins at 6:16AM.

Fast ends at 5:39PM. 

A special THANK YOU to the Logan family for doing kitchen cleanup duty for the past 6 months! Regular volunteers are expected to now resume the normal dish washing duties after kiddush.


Mazel Tov to the Weinraub family on the birth of a baby boy! There will be a short Shalom Zachar this Friday night at shul following davening, and the Brit Milah is scheduled for Wednesday at 11AM at their home, 13802 Sloan St.

Condolences to Stacy Lang (and Rabbi Ben Shull) on the loss of her father. Stacy will be returning to sit a final evening of shiva at her home this Saturday night from 7-9pm with minyan at 7:30pm at their home: 4520 Morgal St. 

Jan 7 @ 7:30PM

Women's Kumzitz

Rebbetzin Dahlia will be leading a kumsitz at the home of Stephanie Frumkin, 701 Hyde Rd in Kemp Mill. 

Jan 8 @ 10:30AM

Sunday Funday at Target for grades K-4.

Jan 15 @ 7:30PM

Pizza & Movie Night for 5th graders+

Jan 16 @ 8PM

Chassidut Chaburah

at the Landsman home

5 Iris Ct

Jan 20-21

Berman High School Shabbaton

Feb 4 @ 8PM
Women's Open Mic Night
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Kosher Food Pantry Collection Box

As you join us for special programming during the Chanukah season, please consider making a food contribution to the Capital Kosher Pantry of Yad Yehuda. The CKP welcomes donations of kosher, non-perishable food items (well within the use-by date) in factory sealed, non-breakable containers. A collection box is situated in the main lobby of the Berman school.

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A Taste of Tohar HaNeshek for Shabbat

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Dear Friends,

In Israel yesterday, a young, 19 year old Elor Azaria, was convicted of manslaughter. From the perspective of the videographer who captured the scene, the incident was fairly straightforward. This past March, two palestinian terrorists with knives attacked a group of IDF soldiers in Hebron, injuring one of them. One terrorist was killed and the other injured. The latter, Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif, a 21-year-old Palestinian, lay wounded on the ground for about 15 minutes until IDF combat medic, Azaria, arrived on the scene. Azaria observed the situation and, without being commanded to do so, shot the terrorist once in the head, killing him. He is guilty.

But this story has intensely divided the Israeli public.

Many see Elor as their own son, who they imagine one day might be faced with a similar encounter with a terrorist that has just killed or injured their comrade. They empathize with Azaria’s actions, even if they don’t fully condone the result. “This is war,” they argue, implying that there is justification when the enemy dies.

Others say that yesterday’s ruling emerges properly out of the principle of Tohar HaNeshek - “Purity of Arms.” This is part of the IDF’s ethical doctrine, that requires respect for human dignity, and restraint of force. Lt. Col. Nadav Weissman, a military prosecutor, said this was “not a happy day for Israel,” but he asserted that justice needed to be served for the severe offense that was committed.

Now, the sentencing and appeals phase will begin, but in the meantime, we can appreciate that we have an army in our homeland which has systems for self-evaluation in place. No doubt that many will be unhappy with whatever verdict is ultimately reached, but we must also shudder to imagine what country we could become if there was no process for holy introspection.

Shabbat Shalom.

See you in shul,

Rabbi Uri

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Jan 6 - Youth Kabbalat Shabbat

Jan 7 - Nosh n Drash with Jackie for grades 7+

Jan 8 - Sunday Funday
We are connecting our Sunday Funday event, for grades K-4 with a parent, to our synagogue’s year-long relationship with A Wider Circle. On Sunday January 8, at 10:30am, meet at the first floor of Target (5700 Bou Avenue in Montrose Crossing shopping center) by the front registers. We will pair up into teams and go on a scavenger hunt. You will need to bring: camera w/ phone and $18 IN CASH per family to purchase items for A Wider Circle.

Carmiya is on maternity leave
Carmiya Weinraub is on maternity leave, and in her absence, Lily Landau has taken over many of the youth director roles. You can reach Lily at

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.

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13300 Arctic Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
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