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Shabbat Shalom from Aspen Hill!
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Parshat Ki Tavo

6:44PM Candle Lighting

6:45PM Friday Davening 

9:00AM Shabbat Shacharit

Youth Snacks are sponsored in honor of Eli Levin's birthday!

Kiddush is sponsored by Irene Wertheimer, a local realtor, who has helped some of our members purchase their new homes.

We also welcome several visiting prospective families this Shabbat - the Petersons, Suchoffs, and Charltons. 

6:00PM Rabbi's Shiur

6:40PM Shabbat Mincha

7:41PM Shabbat Ends

8:15AM Sunday Shacharit

Upcoming Events:

Sept 24 @ 10PM

Selichot Under the Stars

Bonfire, Desserts and Music in the front garden, by the main school entrance. 11PM Selichot davening in the same location. (Rain plan: indoors.)

Sign up for High Holiday Childcare by Sept 25 to get the early bird rate here.

RH Davening Schedule:

Sunday evening, 10/2

Candle Lighting 6:30PM

Mincha/Maariv 6:35PM

Mon, 10/3 & Tues, 10/4

Times listed for both days.

Shacharit 8:30AM

Rabbi's Derasha 10AM

Shofar not before 10:30AM

Mincha & Shiur 6:25PM

Oct 3 @ 5PM
Rosh Hashanah, Day 1
Family Tashlich Program
Meet at Oriental Ave entrance to Rock Creek. Children are invited to bring Shofarot for a blowing contest!
(Rain plan: Go on Day 2!)

Oct 5

Tzom Gedaliah

Fast begins at 5:57AM and ends at 7:17PM

Oct 9 @ 8:30AM
JCADA 5K Event
Begins on the Berman track. Register to run/walk or volunteer:

Oct 9 @ 6PM

Sephardic Liturgy Concert  at Magen David.



Mikveh will be open to men Erev YK from 2:30-3:30PM. We will be collecting tzedakah for Kapparot at Mincha on Erev Yom Kippur, and before Kol Nidrei.

Early Mincha at 3:30 PM

Candle Lighting at 6:16 PM

Fast Begins at 6:35 PM


Weds. 10/12

Shacharit 8:30 AM

Yizkor not before 10:45 AM

Rabbi's Shiur 4:00 PM

Mincha 4:40 PM

Neilah 5:50 PM

Shofar at 7:14 PM

Oct 16 @ 9AM

Sukkah Decorating

Adults and Kids needed! 

Oct 20 @ 7:45PM

Corks n Canvas in the Sukkah. $15 p/p. RSVP to

Oct 24 @ 5PM

Simchat Torah Honorees Dinner followed by Mincha, "Torah Heroes Guessing Game," Maariv, and Hakafot. The entire congregation is encouraged to sponsor this year's dinner in recognition of our shul honorees:

Dave Herschander and Marcia Abrookin

(Chatan Torah)

Jackie and Elan Burman

(Chatan Bereishit)

Miles and Sara Logan

(Kol Nearim)
Nina Zimm
(Kallah Torah) 

Sponsorship levels:
$36 Simcha Dancers
$54 Flag Bearers
$72 Torah Holders
RSVP to the office and pay here.

Oct 25

Simchat Torah Day

9AM Shacharit

9:45AM Hakafot

Nov 1 @ 7:30PM

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

Nov 13 @ 9AM

Congregational Meeting

Childcare will be provided.

Shop Amazon Smile to support our shul here!

A Taste of a Bomb Threat for Shabbat

**This week, Friday davening begins at 6:45PM.**

Dear Friends,

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On Sunday night, I was returning from a wedding I officiated in New York on a southbound Amtrak train at 10PM. Just north of Elisabeth, NJ, our train was stopped due to “service work on the tracks.” More than two hours later, after an “emergency” was announced, and we were asked to depart the train, we discovered that a backpack filled with homemade pipe bombs had been discovered by the train tracks.

The next couple of hours were filled with confusion, as hundreds of passengers unloaded off trains, and given little to no direction. Finally, around 2AM, I had a bus ticket booked for the morning, and I found a hotel with vacancies. When the hotel clerk handed me a complimentary toothbrush and toothpaste, I must have mumbled something about it being so late, because he said, “Hey man, your life is worth more than your convenience.” Indeed.

The police have now arrested and charged a man for planting the bomb (and several other explosives in NJ & NY). As it turns out, he allegedly placed the backpack with explosives in a garbage can outside a restaurant in Elisabeth, NJ. Shortly after, two men found the backpack, and took it thinking it would be valuable to them. As they walked on, they discovered wires coming out of it, and ditched it by a train station trestle out of fear. To their credit, they called the police, who arrived just 50 minutes before my train was to reach that station. During the police attempt to inspect the backpack, their remote operated robot accidentally set off the bomb. Thankfully, no one was hurt. (The same cannot be said for the one of the devices that detonated in Manhattan, injuring over 25 people.)

The contrast of dancing at a wedding, where different families join together to celebrate new life, and a bomb threat that forced people to scatter in different directions in fear of their life, was quite stark. 

Yet, at the wedding itself, we bring these contrasting experiences together when a glass is broken under the chuppah, followed by the exclamation of “Mazel Tov!” In the very moment that we cherish the joy of marriage, we acknowledge that there still exist threats to the total happiness we seek. As the symbol of that happiness, the groom stomps on the broken shards, as if in a prayer of affirmation, that he and his beloved can stomp out threatening darkness with their joyous light.

With gratitude to Hashem, to a terrific couple who made the trip worthwhile, and to a hotel clerk’s perspective, I feel blessed for the holy reminders to cherish the joys of life.

Shabbat Shalom!

See you in shul,

Rabbi Uri

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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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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13300 Arctic Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
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