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Shabbat Shalom from Beth Joshua Cong. of Aspen Hill!
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Shabbat Ki Tissa

5:39PM Candle Lighting

5:40PM Friday Davening

9:00AM Shacharit followed by Kiddush welcoming our Prospective Families!

Click here for a list of all our sponsorship opportunities.

4:30PM Rabbi's Shiur

Shiur will meet this week at the Rabbi's home.

5:35PM Shabbat Mincha

6:39PM Shabbat Ends not before this time.

6:45PM Musical havadalah at the Rabbi's home.

8:15AM Sunday Shacharit


Condolences to Erica Pelman on the loss of her aunt, Sharon Dorfman z"l.

Welcome to all our visitors for the Aspen Hill Prospective Families Shabbaton!

Feb 28 @ 10:30AM

Sunday Fun Day, ages 6+

Fair Trade Chocolate and Eco Kashrut. Meets in the library at shul.

March 6 @ 10AM

Family Minyan with special planting project to prepare for Good Deeds Day!

***NEW CLASS SERIES: "Struggles of the Modern State of Israel"

3 Mon evenings at 8:00PM

Feb 29, Mar 7, Mar 14

This is a joint program with our neighbor synagogue, Tikvat Israel, and the first and third sessions will be held there, at 2200 Baltimore Rd. Rabbis Ben Shull and Uri Topolosky will co-teach the class. Click here for more info.

March 5 @ 6PM

Seudah Shlishit/Havdalah:

Update on the Joint / JDC

with guest, Will Recant, Assis. Exec VP of the JDC.

Click here for more info.

March 8 @ 6:30PM

Aliyah Event with Nefesh B’Nefesh at the Jewish Federation of GW

March 23 @ 6PM

Mincha & Magic Show followed by Megillah Reading.

March 24 

Purim Day activities, including a 3:30PM Family-Friendly Megillah Reading, our joint 4:30PM Seudah with Berman - Register here, and a 7PM Shushan Purim Seudah at the Topolosky home.

March 27

YCT Rabbinical School Dinner in NY honoring Rabbi Uri & Dahlia.

April 10

Good Deeds Day

Beth Joshua is partnering with Bikur Cholim. You can register here. We will be planting seedlings created by the children at the March Family Minyan, and older children and adults can sign up for the landscape project at the new Bikur Cholim House on this day. 

A Taste of Numbers for Shabbat

Dear Friends,

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It is said that we Jews have been “not counting” ourselves for millennia. 

This is an idea rooted in this week’s Torah reading, where, instead of counting off, we are counted with coins. It is also a practice that is still commonly observable when a minyan for davening is sometimes counted out with words and not numbers. [Such as "Hoshia (1) et (2) Amecha (3) uVareich (4) et (5) Nachalatecha (6) oo’Raim (7) veNas'aim (8) ad (9) HaOlam (10)." (Psalms 28:9) Or, first timers can try, Baruch (1) Atah (2) Hashem (3) Elohaynu (4) Melech (5) HaOlam (6) HaMotzi (7) Lechem (8) Min (9) HaAretz (10)!]

We Jews have long been ambivalent to number ourselves. Long ago, King David was punished for taking an unwarranted census of the nation (I Chronicles 21), and this century has seen our people stripped of dignity, reduced to numbered tattoos during the Shoah. 

Sensitive to numbering, the fourth Chasidic Rebbe of Biala, Rabbi Yitzhak Yaakov Rabinowitz (d.1905), found metaphoric inspiration in the notion of counting people instead via a coin, as in this week's parsha. He is quoted saying: “Every coin has a stamped imprint on it, like a face. Don't lose your own face, doing things that blend you into a group perfectly so you become a number and lose your distinction your personality your face. Integrate your personality into holiness by giving something away, but not your own face. Let your face be separate.” 

This Shabbat, our community in Aspen Hill welcomes 8 families (even more are coming next month) visiting for our annual Prospective Families Shabbaton. We hope our community will be a good fit to call home! Part of our pitch is that as a smaller community in Aspen Hill, you are not just another number in a crowd. Your presence really matters. Your face is easily recognized. Your individuality more readily emerges. And you tend to be counted in a much deeper way. There is an inherent spirituality in living this way, and we look forward to sharing that opportunity with others.

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.

Sunday Feb 28 10:30-12:00PM in the Library
Sunday Fun Day, ages 6+
Fair Trade Chocolate and Eco Kashrut
Learn about Eco Kashrut while making your own hot cocoa. Go home with a mug from Equal Exchange, Inc, a recipe for making your own chocolate bars and a better understanding of what fair-trade means. This activity is designed for children ages 6+ with a parent. No younger siblings please. For more on buying fair trade as a Jewish value, see this link: We are looking for $18 sponsorships for this program.

March 6 @ 10:00AM

Family Minyan
Family Minyan is where mommies and daddies (or grandparents!) can join with their little ones (geared to ages 0-5) in shul with Rabbi Uri and Rebbetzin Dahlia. The Family minyan is a monthly, 40-minute, musical, engaging prayer service geared to children. A bagel brunch and kid activity planting seedlings for our Good Deeds Day Bikur Cholim Project will follow. Save the next dates for Family Minyan.

Sponsors are welcome - celebrate a family simcha with us!

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13300 Arctic Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
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