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Shabbat Shalom from Beth Joshua of Aspen Hill!
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Parshat Behar-Bechukotai

7:00PM Friday Davening

7:56PM Candle Lighting

9:00AM Shacharit 

12:00PM Special Shiurim with Berman Faculty

(There will not be a shiur before Mincha this week.)

7:50PM Shabbat Mincha

9:01PM Shabbat ends not before this time.

Sunday Shacharit 8:15AM

Tanya Tuesdays 8PM

at Rabbi Raskin's home


We welcome the Berman Upper School in Aspen Hill this Shabbat!

Mazel Tov to Zach Neumann & Adina Goldwasser on their engagement!

This Sunday, May 17 9AM
"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. Click here for directions.

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

May 17 @ 12:00PM
Simchat Bat
for Talia Emunah at the Logan home, 13416 Bartlett St.

May 19 @ 8:00PM
Aura Chadasha Event
Beth Joshua's monthly women's program, invites women to celebrate Rosh Chodesh Sivan at the home of Jackie Burman, 5200 Drake Terrace.
A Taste of Shabbat remembering our Three Boys
Rabbi Uri picture


Dear Friends,

This morning, Rachel Frankel spoke to the Berman high school students. She is visiting different communities to carry forward the message of unity that was so strongly felt a year ago when her son Naftali, along with Gilad and Eyal, were kidnapped and murdered on their way home from school in Israel.

Among the powerful messages she left with the students about prayer, faith, family, parenting, song, and Jewish peoplehood, she also spoke about another lesson she believes the boys taught the world: to care.

She said, “My son caused a miracle to happen. In a world where thousands die each day and no one blinks an eye, last summer, three boys didn’t come from school, and the result was that millions around the world could not sleep at night.”

We learned to stop and pay attention. To pause, to notice, to feel, and to care.

Rachel Frankel’s messages will no doubt sit with the students as they join our community this Shabbat on their annual high school Shabbaton. I pray that all of us will be able to create space in our davening and in our Shabbat conversation to feel the world around us. Certainly we do. But the general reality of our busy lives means that our day-to-day concerns are extremely localized, sometimes only in our daled-amot, or just within our four walls. Shabbat is the gift in time to open our hearts and expand our sense of the joys and travails of the world around us. In this way, we are infinitely more aware of the Divine.


On that note, let us pause to remember the hundreds of lives altered in the Amtrak derailment this week, especially the families of the eight victims: Giuseppe Piras, Laura Finamore, Bob Gildersleeve, Abid Gilani, Derrick Griffith, Justin Zemser, Jim Gaines, and Rachel Jacobs. May their memory be for a blessing.

Rachel Frankel shared with me that this year, the yartzheit of the three boys will be observed on the second and third of Tammuz, the latter being the day the boys were buried. (The 3rd of Tammuz is Shabbat, so some aspects of the commemoration will take place on the day before.) In subsequent years, the family will mark the 15th of Sivan as the yartzheit, the day the boys were abducted. To observe the yartzheit in our community, we will be replanting the flower garden we created last year in their memory on Sunday morning, June 21.

Shabbat Shalom from Aspen Hill! 

See you in shul,

Rabbi Uri

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Shavuot Schedule 5775



7:30PM Mincha & Seudah Shlishit

8:30PM Pre-Shavuot Shiur

9:05PM Maariv


10:30PM Dessert Buffet and Shiurim at Topolosky home

with visiting scholar, Nechama Porat


SUNDAY, May 24


9:00AM Shacharit with Akdamot

9:45AM Reading of the 10 Commandments


12:00PM Baked Ziti & Fettuccine Alfredo Open Luncheon

Many thanks to Ida Perelmutor and family for sponsoring the lunch in memory of her parents.

12:30-1:30PM Special Adult Learning & Children’s Programming

6:30PM Mincha & Maariv with brief learning in between


MONDAY, May 25

9:00AM Shacharit with Yizkor and Megillat Ruth

4:00-6:00PM Women’s Afternoon of Learning 

at the shul facilitated by Jackie Krisch and Nechama Porat

8:10PM Mincha and Shiur

9:10PM Yom Tov ends

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13300 Arctic Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
301.962.9400 x5560

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