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

4:51PM Candle Lighting

4:55PM Friday Davening

9:00AM Shacharit followed by Kiddush sponsored by Jay & Vicki Pollack in honor of all of our children, including a visit this Shabbat from those in St. Louis. The kiddush is also in honor of the wedding anniversary of Jay and Ida.

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4:00PM Rabbi's Shiur

4:50PM Shabbat Mincha

5:54PM Shabbat Ends not before this time.

8:15AM Sunday Shacharit


Jan 15

Friday night dvar torah by Rabbi Jeffrey Frances.

Jan 16

Shabbat Derasha Topic: "Aleinu LishaBeach & the Jews of 18th c. Konigsburg."

Rabbi Uri Topolosky

Jan 17 @ 9:00AM

"Water Fountains and Shabbat"

Breakfast presentation with engineer, Pesy Hollander. Sponsored by the Logan Family. Other sponsors are welcome!

Jan 18 @ 8PM

Men's Mussar Chaburah 

at the home of Melech Avraham Gilbert, 14654 Bauer Dr.

Jan 22 @ 5:15PM

Women's Kabbalat Shabbat

Following Friday Mincha, this special women's tefillah will occur simultaneously with the regular Kabbalat Shabbat davening, but will meet in the MS Beit Midrash.

Jan 23

Shabbat Guest Speaker

Nechama Porat

"The Eternity Dance of Miriam" (ריקוד הנצח של מרים)

Jan 23 @ 8:30PM

Saturday Night Women's Shiur with visiting scholar, Bracha Rutner, Yoetzet Halacha at the home of Jackie Krisch, 5004 Baltic Ave. "Intimacy Issues in Marriage: What Isn't Discussed but Needs to Be!"  For more information about Bracha, her role in our community, and about the Yoetzet Halacha, see"

Jan 24 @ 10AM

Family Minyan at the Berman Preschool Family Fun Day

Jan 24 @ 8PM

Tu BiShevat Seder

at the Topolosky home

Feb 7 @ 9AM

A Bagel for Your Thoughts

Community Survey Results discussion and process groups led by Orlee Turitz.



Feb 26-27

Aspen Hill Prospective Families Shabbaton


TLC Through Torah Sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings with Tova Bonnett LCSW-C

A Taste of our Prophets for Shabbat

Dear Friends,

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The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once thought of himself as a modern day Moses, at least in regards to the closing moments of Moshe’s life. In the now famous 1968 speech delivered in Memphis, TN, hours before he was assassinated, Dr. King preached, “Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land!”

(The text just doesn’t do it justice. You can listen to his speech here. I wish we also had some audio files on Moshe - Charlton Heston just doesn't do it justice!) 

Dr. King hoped to inspire his followers with the story of Moshe’s life.  It is in this week’s Torah portion, that Moshe leads the Israelite nation out of Egypt on the way to the Promised Land. While we know that people reach their destination, Moshe himself is stopped short, and that is the point where our Torah ends. It is a literal cliffhanger, and it serves as a powerful spiritual and literary device, inviting the reader – the peoples of all generations, to pick up where the pen left off, and to fulfill our destiny.

Much in the same way, Dr. King wished for others to keep on marching on to fulfill a vision for a “Promised Land” that included freedom, justice, and equal rights for all.

This weekend, we celebrate our teacher Moshe, the greatest of all prophets, as well as Dr. King, a modern day prophet. As we cherish their teachings, we must wonder: Who are the prophets of today? What is the cliff that we still stand upon? What is the vision that remains unfulfilled? And what is our role in that promise?

As we read this week’s parsha, and Moshe’s final words to a stubborn Pharoah, we might also think of the immortal words of Dr. King, who wrote in his letter from the Birmingham jail in 1963, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

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 back of cafeteria.
9:30AM - Tot room opens for supervised play 
10:15AM - Groups begin for Tots, K-2nd grade, and 3rd-4th grade.

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