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Let's make Cheshvan GREAT again!
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Today we celebrate Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan - the new month of Cheshvan - a month often called by its more distasteful name of MarCheshvan, meaning, the "Bitter Cheshvan."
Cheshvan has no holidays, and is purported to be the time when the flood-rains began in the times of Noach. A bitter time indeed.
Yet, the Chassidic masters sought to turn around the sadness of this month, and reach for something more positive. This to a tradition to reverse the letters of the month's nickname, and refer to it not as MarCheshvan, but rather as "RamCheshvan" - meaning, "Exalted Cheshvan!" In their minds, the month after a season of Chagim could be nothing other than super-charged with great energy and tremendous spiritual inertia!
Let us live up to the challenge and make Cheshvan GREAT again!
See you in shul!
- Rabbi Uri
Shabbat Rosh Chodesh - Parshat Noah:
6PM Friday Night Davening; 9AM Shacharit; 5:15PM Rabbi's Shiur; 6PM Mincha
6:04PM Candle Lighting; Shabbat Ends Not Before 7:02PM
8:15AM Sunday Shacharit


Oct 22 @ 9AM

THIS SUNDAY - Run or walk to promote healthy relationships and help end domestic and dating abuse.

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YIZKOR: An Evening to Remember Pregnancy Loss
Oct 22 @ 7:30PM

Our Annual Pregnancy Loss Remembrance Service will be held at our shul on Sunday night. Couples and individuals are invited for a sacred evening with community rabbis from all denominations to remember lost pregnancies.

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Nov 19 @ 9:30AM
Our annual Membership Meeting will include a presentation of logo concepts for our rebranding of Kehilat Pardes - The Rock Creek Synagogue, as well as approval of our 2018 budget. It's also Rosh Chodesh Kislev!

High Holiday Survey Coming...
Please keep an eye on your Inbox as we hope to get out a survey in the coming week about the holidays and other needed feedback. Thank you in advance for your participation!

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THIS SHABBAT: Oct 21 Luncheon
The entire community is invited to a luncheon after davening sponsored by Ruth and Sara Warren in honor of Mendel's Bar Mitzvah! 
Mazel Tov!

Oct 28 "LiHitraot" 
to Mel & Evy Getz
Join us for a special kiddush to say LiHitraot to Mel & Evy as they head to Baltimore for the next holy chapter of their life. We are accepting donations at any level for a community sponsored kiddush in their honor, and as Evy says, "to celebrate that every day is a blessing!" Please contact to be included and contribute online here.

We are now accepting kiddush sponsorships for the rest of the Fall/Winter months! Your support is needed!
Consider sponsoring for a special occasion to commemorate with our shul family, or just because you want to be a part of the fun! Contact Lily at to schedule your kiddush and 

Our growing community needs more Machzors for Yom Kippur!
If you would like to sponsor a Machzor for $36 in honor/memory of someone, please contact and make a donation here.

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Rabbi's Classes
Join Rabbi Uri every Shabbat afternoon 45 min before Mincha for his weekly Parsha Shiur, and on the second Monday night of the month at 8pm at rotating homes on contemporary topics. Upcoming dates
Nov 13, Dec 11, Jan 8, 
Feb 12, Mar 12. 

A Chassidut class with Akiva Landsman will also meet monthly. Next dates: 11/6, 12/20.

Rabbi Uri also teaches a year long course on Tuesday nights, on Jewish Ethics and History known as Melton. Register online here - discounts are available to our shul members with code "Member100".


A final thank you to our sponsors of the beautiful Kol HaNearim Tallit - thank you to the Burman, Cepler, Katz-Neumann, Landau, Moskowitz, and Zakar families, and a special thanks to the Gilbert family for their lead sponsorship. We plan to unfurl it again at the completion of Bereishit, and each subsequent book of the Torah. There will also be an opportunity to add children's names each year.

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