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

4:29PM Candle Lighting

4:30PM Friday Davening

9:00AM Shacharit followed by a light Kiddush. 

Weekly sponsors are welcome! Click here for a list of all our sponsorship opportunities.

3:45PM Rabbi's Shiur

4:25PM Shabbat Mincha

5:33PM Shabbat Ends not before this time.

8:15AM Sunday Shacharit

Fast of 10 Tevet, Dec 22

6:12AM Fast Begins

5:26PM Fast Ends


Dec 20 @ 10AM

Sunday Funday for ages 6+

The Challah Hootenanny

Register here.

Dec 22 @ 8:15PM

Shiur at KMS by Rav Moshe Taragin entitled “Redemption and The "Long Way Home.”

Dec 26

Shabbat Guest Speaker

Jackie Krisch

Jan 9

Shabbat Guest Speaker 

"Moshe's Difficult Speech"

with David Shrank, Lcsw-C, founder and CEO of Empowerment Behavioral Therapeutic Services.

Jan 10 @ 9AM

The Halacha of Water Fountains

Breakfast presentation with Pessy Hollender

A Taste of Two Hours for Shabbat

Dear Friends,

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This past Sunday, I was with our two girls for the afternoon, and had to drop one of them at a birthday party in downtown Silver Spring. I parked the car in a lot, walked her over to the party, and walked out the door with my four-year-old Liat. We had two hours until pickup.

Instead of filling the time with errands or the 50 minute drive home and back, I turned to Liat and cautiously asked, “what do you want to do?”

She got all wide-eyed and replied, “I can do ANYTHING?!”

You know how there are those moments where it feels like the whole world freezes and you begin playing out in your mind a zillion possible scenarios of what might happen next, and by the time you think you’ve thought it through, only two and half second have ticked off the clock?! 

Well, the amazing conclusion in that two and a half seconds was, “what could possible wrong?! After all, she’s only four." So I said, “Yes. ANYTHING you want to do.”

When I said those words, her face lit up like a chanukah menorah! Whatever would happen next, it was such a special feeling to give my daughter the gift of that moment. She was so excited, and promptly grabbed me by the hand and marched me into the first store next door. That was awkward, because it was a “Chik-Fil-A” fast food joint. But thankfully, she was just as uninterested as I was, and spun her heels, heading off to the next adventure.

We checked out the movie theater (the movies are all too scary, so we weren’t going to watch any, but the escalators, elevators, snack counters, and movie posters were amazing!), a few shops, a few homeless people, some policewomen, the parking garage, a Christmas tree sculpture made out of silverware and dishes, Ben & Jerry’s, and the outdoor ice skating rink. (After the third trip there on our loop, she decided she actually wanted to skate - her first time, which was a blast for about 15 back aching minutes and one terribly awkward Abba tumble.)

Liat didn’t ask for much (except ice cream of course). She was basically content just being the boss and was deeply enjoying the wonderment of her unfamiliar surroundings.  

I realized that while we often give our kids free play time, it is actually fairly well controlled, in known places, and enclosed by fences/walls. (In their rooms, in the playroom, in the backyard, at the park, at the pool, etc.) But here, I was giving Liat free reign (at least in her mind), to explore a new space without any inhibitions.

While I felt good about the gift of time and space I gave to Liat, mostly I was inspired by the gift I received in turn - to remember to create space for wonder in our world, even in the mundane landscape of downtown. It was Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel who said, “To be spiritual is to be amazed.”

Thank you Liat for a special two hours.

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.

December Sunday Funday is THIS Sunday 
Sunday December 20 from 10am-12noon
We will be joining a local PJ Library & JFW event - The Challah Hootenanny - at the Jewish Federation on Executive Boulevard. Tickets to the event are $10 per family before 12/18 and $15 at the door. This event is aimed at 9 and under, but others are welcome! This is not a drop off event. For more information and to register:

Update about NEXT Week's Groups:
12/26 Shabbat Groups

Due to lower attendance expected for this Shabbat, and Carmiya's absence, groups will be amended. There will be no tefilot or parsha lesson groups for older children this Shabbat.
9:30-10:15 Parents supervise their children playing in Bandroom 1
10:15-11:00 Michal Cepler leads Tot Shabbat
10:30-11:30 Carlos Landau oversees freeplay in the gym
11:00-11:45 Parents supervise children playing in Kindergym
Lily Landau has the necessary keys and will provide access to the kindergym and the gym equipment.

Questions? Contact Carmiya:

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