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Shabbat Shalom from Aspen Hill!
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Shabbat Vayakhel-Pekudei & Shabbat HaChodesh


7:00PM Candle Lighting

7:07PM Friday Davening with a Dvar Torah by Shmuli Soloveichik


9:00AM Shabbat Shacharit with Derasha by Matthew Peterson


No Rabbi's Shiur this week.


7:00PM Shabbat Mincha


8:06PM Shabbat Ends 


Sunday Shacharit 8:15am 


Announcements:


March 27 @ 8PM
Aura Chadasha Women's Rosh Chodesh Group at the home of Alana Landsman.
 
March 29 @ 7:00PM
Focus on Fertility event
at Beth Sholom Cong.

April 1
Freshman Shabbaton

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?

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


This coming week begins the Hebrew month of Nissan, and with it arrives the opportunity to say a once-a-year blessing on a blossoming fruit tree! One may say: “Blessed are You, G-d, King of the universe, for nothing is missing in His universe, and He created in it good creatures and good trees, for mankind to enjoy.”


בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’ אֱלֹ-הינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁלֹּא חִסַּר בְּעוֹלָמוֹ כְּלוּם, וּבָרָא בוֹ בְּרִיּוֹת טוֹבוֹת וְאִילָנוֹת טוֹבִים לְהַנּוֹת בָּהֶם בְּנֵי אָדָם


This beracha is the rabbinic version of stopping to smell the flowers! In this simple ritual, our tradition beckons us to emerge from our wintry cocoons; awakening our childish curiosity to marvel in the great outdoors.


The arrival of Spring, signals the coming of Chag HaAviv, the holiday of Pesach, a time we especially take note of the children at our Seder. Rabbi Marc Angel, in The Sefardic Haggadah notes that there is only one child in our tradition who is portrayed as not curious at all… the child who doesn’t know how to ask! He writes: Children are naturally curious and are always asking questions. To find a child who is unable to ask is shocking. Such a child may exist because of the domineering nature of the parent or teacher. A parent who is constantly criticizing the child, always silencing him/her – such a parent deprives the child of self-esteem. The child suppresses questions because he is afraid. The Haggadah invites parents to reevaluate their own roles in relationship to their children and to open channels of communication.


This week is a wonderful time to engage with the children, and/or the child within, and open up the world of imagination, possibility, and wonder.


Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Uri


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

Please mark your calendars for the Friends of Beth Joshua Shabbat on May 12th-13th. (It coincides with Berman Academy's Grandparents Day on May 12th.) We are planning a special Shabbat and would like to extend an invitation to siblings, Grandparents, and other family members and close friends.  We will have a deluxe kiddush in your honor, a special afternoon event, and we'll show some real Aspen Hill hospitality!

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.

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 office@bethjoshua.org

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13300 Arctic Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
301.962.9400 x5247
www.BethJoshua.org
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