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Shabbat Shalom from Aspen Hill!
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Parshat Shoftim

7:07PM Candle Lighting

7:10PM Friday Davening 

9:00AM Shabbat Shacharit

Kiddush is sponsored by Ari, Aliza, Rena and Rivka Baronofsky to thank the entire Beth Joshua community for welcoming us so enthusiastically to the community and for their ongoing help and hospitality.

6:20PM Rabbi's Shiur

7:05PM Shabbat Mincha

8:05PM Shabbat Ends

8:15AM Sunday Shacharit

9:00AM Board Meeting

In commemoration of 9/11, we will mark Moments of Silence at 8:46am and 9:03am - the moments when the airplanes hit the twin towers.

Mazel Tov to Dave Herschander & Marcia Abrookin on the marriage of their son Giddy to Tamar Berger!

Upcoming Events:

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 18, 2-2pm

A Wider Circle Partnership  Volunteers will help with sorting donating items, and/or assist in other needs.

See Jackie Burman or Jackie Krisch for details.

Sept 24 @ 10PM

Selichot Under the Stars

Nov 13

Congregational Meeting

Childcare will be provided.

New Shul directories will be coming out shortly. If you didn’t get an email checking your info, please contact Lily.

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A Taste of the Library of Congress for Shabbat

Dear Friends,

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This week, AIPAC held a symposium with hundreds of Rabbis from across the country, on topics related to Israel and the upcoming holidays. We studied with former Knesset member, Ruth Calderon, with scholar Rabbi J.J. Schachter, and with seasoned rabbis who offered words of wisdom and guided wonderful learning sessions.

The symposium was held in downtown DC, with a kickoff event at the Library of Congress. One of the organizers announced, “What better place to convene the spiritual leaders of the People of the Book, than here, in the largest library in the world!” We had exclusive views of the exhibits, the beautiful architecture and frescoes of the Library, and saw the Gutenberg Bible, likely the first major book printed using mass-produced movable type (c.1455).

One of my favorite exhibits was entitled, “America Reads,” and featured 40 books that the curators imagined had a profound impact on shaping the culture and values of this country. The titles dated back to Thomas Paine’s Common Sense in 1760, and included texts like Melville’s Moby-Dick, Thoreau’s Walden, Alcott’s Little Women, Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, and even Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat! (You can view all the selections here.)

As Shabbat draws near, I have wondering about this list of top 40 culture shaping books, and also considering what books have had the most impact on my own life. (In addition to the Torah of course!) Was it Jules Verne’s The Mysterious Island that excited in me as a youngster a sense of adventure and wonderment? Or was it Frankel’s Man’s Search for Meaning (my wife’s personal favorite) that helped me wrestle with certain existential questions? Or perhaps it was Sharansky’s Fear No Evil, Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto, Steinberg’s As A Driven Leaf, Silverstein’s The Missing Piece, or the writings of the Amshinover Rebbe? So many choices...

I’m curious what texts have shaped your own lives, or which ones you might recommend? Or which ones you might add to the exhibit’s top 40?

I find this question particularly fitting for a parsha that reminds us that the king of Israel was required to carry with him a copy of the Torah at all times... but I have often wondered... what else might have been on his bookshelf?

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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