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Shabbat Shalom from Aspen Hill!
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Parshat Re'eh 

& Rosh Chodesh Elul

7:00PM Friday Davening 

7:19PM Candle Lighting

9:00AM Shabbat Shacharit with Hallel followed by  Kiddush sponsored in honor of Leo Randall's birthday. 

Religious Committee Meeting follows after kiddush.

No Rabbi's shiur this Shabbat because the Rebbetzin is away!

7:15PM Shabbat Mincha

8:16PM Shabbat Ends

8:15AM Sunday Shacharit for Rosh Chodesh and first Shofar blasts of Elul!


Special welcome to...

Alana & Akiva Landsman who moved in this past Sunday to their new home on Iris Ct!

Baruchim Haba'im!


Sept 11 

Bat Mitzvah celebration of Ruti Soloveichik

Sept 14

Sheva Berachot at shul for Giddy & Tamar. For details and to RSVP, contact Ellie Katz Neumann or Nina Zimm.

Sept 24 @ 10PM

Selichot Under the Stars

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A Taste of a Hurricane for Shabbat

Dear Friends,

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My wife and daughter traveled today to Jacksonville, FL, to celebrate the Bat Mitzvah of a dear friend's daughter this Shabbat. 

During my Mincha davening this afternoon, I prayed that Hurricane Hermine, which was heading straight at Jacksonville at the time, would simply take a left turn and miss my family there. It didn't take long for me to consider how awkward my prayers had been. In effect, I was davening that folks in Atlanta would get slammed instead! 

Of course, this is not what I intended -- better for the storm to weaken, do an about-face, and head out to sea all-together! But for an instant, I found myself caught in an uncomfortable prayer, searching for a more appropriate tefillah to say.

In our tradition, a similar issue is presented in the Mishna Berachot 9:3 as the question of a "Tefillat Shav" - "A Prayer in Vain." Our sages discuss how one is not supposed to daven for a particular sex of a baby already in utero; or, upon seeing a burning house on your block, or hearing children screaming, pray that the tragedy is not located in your own home. 

To some degree, the rabbis accept that not every outcome is in our hands, and that one purpose of tefillah is simply to learn to embrace the die that has been cast. But our system of tefillah is also designed to expand our horizons and consider not just our own dreams and desires, but the needs of the larger community as well. This is why so many of the tefillot are found in the plural, and why some Biblical verses are even changed to the plural for their inclusion in the siddur.

Perhaps then, my Mincha today was an expression of the natural process of prayer. I began reflecting on my own family, hoping for their safety. But in the context of a communal minyan, my tefillot were pushed wider to consider the well-being of the thousands of people also in the path of the hurricane. I pray that they too know comfort and security this weekend.

Shabbat Shalom!

See you in shul,

Rabbi Uri

Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend in Selma, AL, JAN 13-15

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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