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Shabbat Shalom from Aspen Hill!
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Shabbat Chol HaMoed

6:02PM Candle Lighting

6:05PM Friday Davening 

9:00AM Shabbat Shacharit with Kohelet. (No lulav.)

5:15PM Rabbi's Shiur

5:55PM Shabbat Mincha

7:00PM Shabbat Ends


8:00PM Melave Malka in the Topolosky Sukkah

8:15AM Sunday Shacharit. Hoshanot will be provided. Breakfast will follow in the Sukkah. NFL in London will be shown on the Sukkah widescreen at the same time (Giants-Rams) .


Sunday 10/23

Erev Shemeni Atzeret

5:59PM Candle Lighting

6:00PM Mincha

Monday 10/24

Shemeni Atzeret

9:00AM Shacharit

Kiddush in the Sukkah sponsored by the Soloveichik family.

Erev Simchat Torah

5:00PM Honorees Dinner

6:00PM Mincha

6:20PM Torah Heroes Guessing Game

6:55PM Maariv & Hakafot

Candle lighting and 2nd day preparations after 6:58PM.

The entire congregation is encouraged to sponsor this year's dinner in recognition of our shul honorees. Click here.

Dave Herschander and Marcia Abrookin

(Chatan Torah)

Jackie and Elan Burman

(Chatan Bereishit)

Miles and Sara Logan

(Kol Nearim)
Nina Zimm
(Kallah Torah) 

Simcha Dancers ($36):
Jamie & Michal Cepler
Rabbi Jeffrey & Cindy Frances
Alan & Shahnaz Friedman
Yosef & Kathy Gonzales
Max & Ann Rose Greenberg
Dave Herschander & Marcia Abrookin
Zev & Shana Katz
Bob & Janet Kreitman
Jon & Jackie Krisch
Carlos & Lily Landau
Akiva & Alana Landsman
Ken & Erica Pelman
Yosef & Anna Tirat-Gefen
Rabbi Uri & Dahlia Topolosky
Michael & Carmiya Weinraub
Sammy & Jenna Wloszczowski

Flag Bearers ($54):
Ida Perelmutor

Hakafot Hoppers ($72):
Ari & Aliza Libman Baronofsky
Mel & Evy Getz
Lori & Jeff Moskowitz
Ari & Miki Moskowitz
Benjy & Ellie Katz Neumann
David & Debbie Zakar
Nina Zimm

And special thanks to the Logan family as our lead sponsor!

Oct 25

Simchat Torah Day

9AM Shacharit

9:45AM Hakafot

10:30AM Women's Torah Reading in the MS Beit Midrash

Kiddush sponsored by the Charnov family.

6:00PM Mincha & Shiur

6:56PM Yom Tov Ends

Oct 30 @ 10AM

Family Minyan

Nov 1 @ 7:30PM

YIZKOR: An Evening to Remember Pregnancy Loss held at Har Shalom in Potomac.

Nov 2 @ 8PM

Aura Chadasha Women's Rosh Chodesh Group

Nov 13 @ 9AM

Congregational Meeting 

RSVP here by 11/6 for Free Childcare. 

Shop Amazon Smile to support our shul here!

A Taste of Ushpizin for Shabbat

Dear Friends,

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On the holiday of Sukkot, there is a special tradition to welcome guests, and specifically, the seven shepherds of Israel - Avraham, Yitzchak, Yaakov, Yosef, Moshe, Aharon, and King David. This custom is sourced in the Zohar: "When a person sits in the Sukkah, the Divine Presence spreads its wings over it from above and then Avraham, together with the other five righteous ones, dwell together with him. Rabbi Abba said... ‘and King David with them.’”

The implication of the Zohar is that the Sukkah itself is an invitation to these holy guests to join in the holiday. However, the Zohar continues, and mentions the custom of Rav Hamnuna the Elder: “When he entered a sukkah, he used to stand at the door inside and say, “Let us invite the guests ... And he used to greet them, saying, “…Sit, most exalted guests, sit..."

A friend and colleague, Rabbi Ben Greenberg, suggests in article for Jewish Women International, that Rabbi Hamnuna’s practice “teaches us a powerful lesson by transforming a passive event into an active one.” Rav Hamnuna was not content to have an open Sukkah suitable for guests. Instead, he wanted to roll out the red carpet. It’s the difference between an open door, and one with a sign that reads, “Come on in!”

This teaching cuts to the core of many personal and spiritual practices, and the challenge of bringing intentionality and warmth into all of our actions. Like the saying goes, “A smile can go a long way.”

Shabbat Shalom & Chag Sameach!

See you in shul,

Rabbi Uri

***Donate here to our MACHZOR FUND to add more holy books for our growing congregation!

Join me in Selma over JAN 13-15

Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend

Registration and program details are available here.

Melton Adult Learning 

Tuesday Nights Nov 15 - April 4 at Tikvat Israel. Co-taught by Rabbis Shull & Topolosky.

Join us for this comprehensive, text-based Jewish studies course developed by Hebrew University. Designed for all ages and religious backgrounds. 

Register online here. Special $100 Early bird discount by Oct 31 with code: Core100.


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NFL on the Sukkah Wide-Screen
All the children are invited on Sunday morning for Hoshanah Rabbah davening at 8:15am. Hoshanot will be beaten on the floor at the conclusion of davening. Breakfast will be available in the Sukkah following minyan, and there will be a viewing of the Giants-Rams NFL game in London which begins at 9:30AM.
Simchat Torah Hakafot
All the children are invited to help lead the Hakafot dancing which begins at 7PM on Monday night, after the Torah Heroes Guessing Game. Hakafot will happen again on Simchat Torah morning, Tuesday, at approximately 9:50AM. A special present will be given out to all the children!

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.
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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