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Shabbat Shalom from Aspen Hill!
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Parshat Kedoshim

7:00PM Friday Davening

7:55PM Candle Lighting

9:00AM Shacharit followed by Kiddush.

7:00PM Rabbi's Shiur


Eitan Cooper, Rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah.

7:50PM Shabbat Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishit

9:00PM Shabbat ends not before this time.

8:15AM Sunday Shacharit

Welcome to Ann Rose & Max Greenberg who are spending their first Shabbat as Aspen Hill residents! 

May 18

Pathways to Parenthood

 at the DCJCC.  An evening designed to support those who are struggling with infertility, exploring adoption, or otherwise looking to build a family through non-traditional paths.

Email with any questions.

May 21-22

BHA High School Shabbaton

May 22

General Membership meeting after Shacharit 

May 26 @ 5:00PM

Lag BaOmer Festival 

BBQ, Carnival, Games, Sports & Drum Circle!

June 12 (Sunday)

Shavuot Community Dairy Lunch - with Non-Diary Options! Sponsors needed!

$18 Go Dairy! Sponsors

$36 Cheesecake Sponsors

$54 Where's the Meat?! Sponsors

RSVP to Lily if you plan to attend and if you can sponsor! We'd love 100% participation.

A Taste of Hallel for Shabbat

Dear Friends,

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Last year, I got myself in an awkward situation. It was Yom Haatzmaut, and I had been asked to lead the davening on guitar for one of the minyanim in school. I was excited to share the joy of this relatively “new” Chag with the students, and I led them in a Yom Tov style davening, according to the guidance of the Chief Rabbinate in Israel. Then I opened up Hallel, praising God for the miracle of our modern State of Israel, by singing and playing a super-elongated beracha. “Oy… Bahahah-ahah-ruuuuccchhhh. Ahaaahaaahaahahtaaaahhh. Ehehloheieinuuuuuu…” My little 13-word beracha for Hallel, in which I was channeling so much joy - and hoping to share it with the students, lasted a solid 60 seconds!

But just then, the microphone was lifted out of its stand, and a distinguished person on our faculty reminded the students that the custom of our school was not to say Hallel with a beracha. And so, all of the students were invited to begin Hallel just after the beracha. Awkward!

The announcement was done respectfully and thoughtfully, but I was embarrassed at my mistake - having forgotten that the school relied on an opinion that leaned more conservatively, uncomfortable with a fuller expression of holiday joy for Israel’s Independence Day that ascribes religious significance to the founding of the State of Israel and the ability of our leaders to establish such a Chag.

But a year later, and after much healthy conversation, our school changed its policy to be more in line with its character as a religious zionist day school, and Hallel was said with a blessing in each of the minyanim yesterday.

It is a remarkable experience this time of year to be involved in making Jewish history as we shape modern holidays like Yom Hashoah, Yom HaZikaron, and Yom Haatzmaut. We are still in the process of setting precedent for how these chagim will be celebrated for years to come. What an awesome responsibility, and opportunity!

And so there I was yesterday, once again, leading on guitar for hundreds of students a joyous Hallel. And believe me, I dragged out that beracha with all the kevannah I could muster, inspired to be living in this time, in this generation.

Shabbat Shalom. See you in shul,

Rabbi Uri

Today is the 20th Day of the Omer!


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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.

Special Event for Youth Group Leaders:
Shadowland Laser Tag
THIS Sunday, May 15
 Please meet in the shul parking lot at 9:30am on Sunday morning. Snacks will be provided. Transportation and chaperoning will be provided by Carmiya and Dave Herschander. Please assume they will be home sometime between 1 and 2pm.

Questions? Contact Carmiya:

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13300 Arctic Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
301.962.9400 x5247

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