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Shabbat Shalom from Beth Joshua Cong. of Aspen Hill!
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Shabbat Mishpatim

5:15PM Candle Lighting

5:20PM Friday Davening

9:00AM Shacharit followed by Kiddush sponsored by "Scout Shabbat" and co-sponsored by Ida Perelmutor marking the first yartzheit of her mother, Betya Lerman z"l. We are also celebrating Yosef Frances 20th birthday!

Click here for a list of all our sponsorship opportunities.

4:30PM Rabbi's Shiur

5:10PM Shabbat Mincha

6:16PM Shabbat Ends not before this time.

8:15AM Sunday Shacharit


We welcome all our guests this Shabbat for Scout Shabbat!

Feb 7 @ 9AM

A Bagel for Your Thoughts

Community Survey Results discussion and process groups led by Orlee Turitz. Breakfast will be served. Childcare is available.

Feb 7 @ 1PM

DC Interfaith Young Leadership Summitt at Howard University. Join Rabbi Uri and other young adult lay and professional faith leaders! Click here for info.

Feb 9 @ 8PM

Aura Chadasha Women's Rosh Chodesh Group at the home of Barbara Chalom, 13313 Magellan Ave.

Feb 9 @ 8PM

Rabbi Raz Hartman of Nachlaot, Jerusalem, visits Beth Sholom in Potomac to lead an evening of music and Torah.

Feb 10 @ 8:45PM @ KMS

Shiur w/Rav David Bigman, Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshivat Maale Gilboa: “Did God Really Command Us: Reflections on History and Halachah (Reflections on the Sugya Heichan Zivanu).”

Feb 13 @ 8PM

Women's Open Mic Night

Siena's Restaurant. $5 fee.

Just come watch or sign up for a 4 min slot and perform your talent! Performers must be 16+. Contact Rebbetzin Dahlia at

Feb 15 @ 8PM

Men's Mussar Chaburah at the Gilbert home, 14654 Bauer Drive.

Feb 19 @ 5:45PM

Women's Kabbalat Shabbat

led by Rebbetzin Dahlia in the MS Beit Midrash concurrent with the regular Kabbalat Shabbat minyan.

Feb 20

Nechama Porat, Visiting Scholar for Shabbat

Feb 20 

Esther Tirat Gefen's Bat Mitzvah celebration

Feb 21 @ 10:30AM

Sunday Fun Day, ages 6+

Feb 21 @ 8PM

Women's Mishlei Chabura

at the home of Rebbetzin Dahlia, 4909 Baltic Ave.

Click here for more info.

Feb 26-27

Aspen Hill Prospective Families Shabbaton

Feb 28 @ 10AM

Family Minyan & "Reuseum Project" with Berman Preschool.

***NEW CLASS SERIES: "Struggles of the Modern State of Israel"

3 Mon evenings at 8:00PM

Feb 29, Mar 7, Mar 14

This is a joint program with our neighbor synagogue, Tikvat Israel, and the first and third sessions will be held there, at 2200 Baltimore Rd. Rabbis Ben Shull and Uri Topolosky will co-teach the class.

March 5 @ 6PM

Seudah Shlishit/Havdalah:

Update on the Joint / JDC

with guest, Will Recant, Assis. Exec VP of the JDC.

A Taste of Inclusion for Shabbat

Dear Friends,


This Shabbat marks the beginning Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM).  

Among the many virtuous organizations being highlighted this February, and the wide spectrum of needs being pointed to, I was also invited to add my name to a certain JDAIM pledge. Matan, an organization based out of New Jersey, seeking to better enable the larger Jewish community to be more inclusive of children with special needs and their families, issued the following challenge:

“I acknowledge that ability, disability and humanity coexist, and I pledge to see my students as they are without downplaying either. I will not look past their disabilities; I will instead seek to understand how their disabilities affect their life, learning and social experiences. I will not overlook their abilities; I will look instead to actively seek out their abilities and learn to teach them effectively. I will not overlook the humanity of my students; I will remember that they have individual interests and a perspective of their own and that they were each created b'tzelem Elohim - in the image of God.” (You can view the pledge here:

This pledge reminds me of Ben Azzai’s teaching in Pirkei Avot 4:3: “Do not disdain any person; do not underrate the importance of anything - for there is no person who does not have their hour and there is no thing without its place under the sun.”

As a parent of a child with a learning disability, as a family member with relatives who have disabilities, as a teacher of many students with special needs, and as a Rabbi in a congregation and community with many who struggle with these challenges, the topic of inclusion is close to my heart.

Judaism is a religion of law, with many strictures and guidelines. As a result, it is easy for communities to slip into a regimented religious lifestyle that expects cookie-cutter practices and observance from all of its constituents. Yet, Judaism is primarily a religion of love, and we are reminded to also embrace that which is out-of-the-box, and recognize that an inclusive community is a stronger community.

In that spirit, I am honored to be a part of an inspiring team of clergy that will be submitting Divrei Torah on the subject of "inclusion" for every parsha in the Torah. These teachings are already being posted on the Matan website at

Shabbat Shalom! See you in shul,

Rabbi Uri

P.S. A number of meaningful programs are happening around the area to raise awareness of disabilities in our community, some of which can be viewed here.


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Shabbat Children's Programs

9:15AM - 5th and 6th graders (and 7th graders who wish to) meet in back of cafeteria.
9:30AM - Tot room opens for supervised play 
10:15AM - Groups begin for Tots, K-2nd grade, and 3rd-4th grade.

Feb 21 @ 10:30AM

Sunday Fun Day, ages 6+

Feb 28 @ 10:00AM

Family Minyan & "Reuseum Project" with Berman Preschool.

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