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Shabbat Shalom from Aspen Hill!
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Shabbat Vayikra/Zachor

7:00PM Friday Davening

7:01PM Candle Lighting

9:00AM Shacharit followed by Kiddush sponsored by the Senior Class Shabbaton.

Click here for a list of all our sponsorship opportunities.

6:00PM Rabbi's Shiur

6:55PM Shabbat Mincha

8:00PM Shabbat ends not before this time.

8:15AM Sunday Shacharit

9:00AM Board Meeting

8:30PM Women's Mishlei Chaburah meets at the Topolosky home.

Mazel Tov to Dodie and Jeffrey Katz, one of our Family Minyan regulars, on the birth of baby girl!


Matanot La'evyonim & Machatzit HaShekel will be collected by the Rabbi to be donated to Yad Yehuda. Pledges and donations before 3PM on March 24 are promised to be distributed to needy families on Purim day.

March 23 @ 4:15PM

Costume Gathering & Parade from the Levin home to the shul, following by Megillah story-telling with Rabbi Uri.

March 23 @ 7PM

Mincha & Magic Show followed by Megillah Reading at 8PM. Light break-fast will follow. (There will be a second reading at 9:15PM.)

March 24 @ 7AM

Shacharit & Megillah 

March 24 @ 10AM

Delivering Mishloach Manot to our elders.

March 24 @ 4PM 

Family-Friendly Megillah Reading

March 24 @ 5PM 

Joint Seudah with Berman - Register here

March 24 @ 7:30PM

Shushan Purim Seudah at the Topolosky home.


March 27

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

April 3 @ 9:30AM

Pre-Pesach Speed Torah

Beltway Vaad Yom Iyun at Magen David Synagogue

April 10

Good Deeds Day

Beth Joshua is partnering with Bikur Cholim. You can register here

April 12 @ 7:30PM

Pregnancy Loss Remembrance Service


April 17 from 9:30-4:30PM

Kids Free Cleaning Day!

Childcare program to help adults clean for Pesach.

April 19 @ 8PM

Kosher for Pesach Matzah Baking Night for Beth Joshua members at Ohev Sholom -The National Synagogue.

April 22

First Night Community Seder

A Taste of Radical Gratitude for Shabbat

Dear Friends,

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This past week, my wife posted a picture on Facebook that captured her winning ping pong game on our date night. She captioned it: “One sport I could play competitively with my husband!” It garnered a lot of “Likes!”

Aside from realizing that we need to get out a little more often, we enjoyed some alone time, and a little reading at the Politics and Prose Bookstore. Browsing through the titles, I came across a table of staff picks, including a little book that was a collection of four articles by Oliver Sacks entitled “Gratitude.” It was published posthumously by his admirers just after his death this past Fall. The word “Gratitude” jumped out at me.

I was celebrating a night out with my wife. Grateful for her. Grateful for her presence, wisdom, love, and talents. (Including ping pong apparently!) Over dinner, we had spent some time thinking about words of gratitude that we hope to share next Sunday at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School’s Gala Dinner. As honorees, we feel blessed to have this opportunity to express our deep hakarat hatov, our gratitude, to the rabbinical school and to the entire Chovevei family.

This week, we celebrate Purim, and recognize that our Sages forever changed the calendar by instituting a new, non-Biblical holiday out of a sense of gratitude for our salvation. But it is important to note that Purim is about more than just feeling appreciation; we are expected to translate our gratitude into action.

The Talmud in Shabbat 34a, notes that after Yaakov survived a wrestling match with an Angel, the Torah writes that “he came away whole to the city of Shechem” and “camped in front of the city” (Genesis 33:18). By means of a word play (Va-Yichen), this is interpreted to mean that “he was gracious to the city” and helped to build their economy, complete with market places and bathhouses. In the words of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, Yaakov seemed to exclaim, “Behold, a miracle has happened to me!  I will now go and fix (make a tikkun) for something!” 

A colleague and friend, Rabbi Dan Smokler describes Yaakov’s response as an example of what he calls “Radical Gratitude” and connects it to the mitzvot of Purim. He writes, “Jacob fully realizes God’s providence in his life when he takes responsibility for the well being of others. To commemorate the great miracle of Purim, Mordechai and Esther instituted several practices, including the reading of the Megillah.  But they also followed Yaakov’s lead and insisted that Purim be celebrated by giving gifts of money and food to the poor (Esther 9:21).  The full recognition of Gods care for us comes when we care for others.”

I bless us to honor life with Radical Gratitude, creating space in our hearts (and our calendars!) to appreciate our partners, families, communities, and the One. But doing so in a way that also translates that gratitude into service of the other.

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.


Children 5th grade and upThere will be supervised gym time available for you from 10:20-11 this week thanks to the Senior Class Shabbaton! The next early gym time will be on April 2nd.

Youth snacks are sponsored this week by the Burman family in honor of Ariel's birthday!

Sunday, April 17: "Kids Free" Cleaning Day
To ease your preparations for Pesach, we are offering a "Kids Free" Cleaning Day, where you are invited to drop off your children for a Sunday of childcare offered from 9:30AM-4:30PM which will include sports activities, bounce houses, and more! 
Questions? Contact Carmiya:

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13300 Arctic Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
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