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Shabbat Shalom from Beth Joshua of Aspen Hill!
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Parshat Acharei Mot- Kedoshim

7:00PM Friday Davening

7:43PM Candle Lighting

9:00AM Shacharit 

7:00PM Rabbi's Shiur

7:40PM Shabbat Mincha

8:46PM Shabbat ends not before this time.

Sunday Shacharit 8:15AM

Tanya Tuesdays 8PM

at Rabbi Raskin's home


May 3 @ 9:30AM
LimmudTorahMD invites you to a shiur at KMS with Rav Binny Freedman of Yeshivat Orayta on the topic, "What Makes a Leader?"

May 7 @ 5:30PM
Lag BaOmer Concert, BBQ, and Carnival at Berman with the Panorama Jazz Band and special 5PM Preschool Sports program.

May 10 @ 12:30PM
Single Jewish Moms support group Mother's Day celebration in Wheaton Park, 2000 Shorefield Rd.

May 13 @ 7:30PM
Aspen Hill Civic Association General Members Meeting
at Aspen Hill Library

May 15-16
Berman Upper School Shabbaton in Aspen Hill

May 17 @ 9:00AM
"Minyan on the Mayim" in honor of Yom Yerushalyim at Lake Needwood. Minyan with Hallel led by Rav Uri, followed by breakfast, games, and hiking options. Co-sponsored with Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim.

May 17 @ 9:30AM
OU Legislative Breakfast
Silver Spring Center at Veterans Plaza

May 17 @ 12:00PM
Simchat Bat
for Talia Emunah Logan. Mazel Tov!
A Taste of Baltimore for Shabbat

Dear Friends,

I was in Baltimore this morning with Rabbinic colleagues and friends, to see and to hear, and to offer words of solidarity and prayer at the end of a week of unrest following the death of Freddie Gray.

Members of The Beltway Vaad gathered at the historic, downtown Lloyd Street Synagogue - B'nai Israel, to stand with Rabbi Etan Mintz, whose congregation is just blocks from the chaos. (Today, he helped organize a rally for peace with interfaith leaders from around the community.) We walked to the CVS that was burned in the riots at the corner of Penn and North, and stood among hundreds of protesters, police in riot gear, and faith leaders.

At first, I was concerned that a half-dozen Rabbis were simply contributing to the gathering masses at the intersection, only making the police more wary. But shortly, individuals, pastors, police, and aid workers all approached us to share their story. To be heard. To be listened to. We shook hands, received hugs, and showed respect.

Driving back to the shul after the intense encounters of this morning, I thought about the importance of healthy conversation. How many of the petty fights in our own homes could be averted with better communication? How many of the political conflicts in our region could be softened by gentler rhetoric and honest listening? Certainly, this alone will not solve the problems in Baltimore or anywhere else, but for a few hours at least, it was amazing to see Love do its miracle bridgework.

As I turned to leave the rally, I asked Kelly Little, of the local Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, what he hoped for this weekend. He responded: "Rabbi, we could all use a little peace, calm, and understanding." 

Simple, but powerful words that can guide all of us this Shabbat, wherever we are, and with whatever struggles we encounter.

Shabbat Shalom from Aspen Hill! 

See you in shul,

Rabbi Uri

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