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Rabbi's Update 1/3/2024

Dear Friends:

As I am writing this on Wednesday morning, we are looking at a strong possibility of a severe winter storm this weekend. One of the good things to come out of the “Zoomification” of many of our activities is that we can continue with all of our services, classes, and meetings regardless of the weather. Please watch your emails from the shul to see whether or not services Saturday morning will be both in person and on Zoom or only on Zoom. We will make a decision closer to Shabbat when we have a better handle on what the weather is likely to be.

Tomorrow night I’ll resume my Thursday night adult education sessions after minyan. It will be another “Ask the Rabbi” session. You are welcome to come with any of your questions about Jewish thought and practice, current events as they impact the Jewish community, and anything else which might be on your mind. You don’t need to be a “regular” at my classes to participate. These sessions are usually a lot of fun so please consider joining.

As a reminder, I am having drop-in hours on Thursday afternoons from 2 to 4 at the shul. You do not need to make an appointment -- that would negate the whole point of drop-in hours -- but I’d urge you to check and make sure I am there regardless as sometimes there are unavoidable pastoral or other emergencies which might take me away from the building.

As always, if I can do anything for you or you need to talk, please contact me at or 301-977-0768 rather than through the synagogue office. I am happy to meet you at the synagogue by appointment. I have been spending more time in the synagogue recently but if you want to speak with me it’s best to make an appointment rather than assuming I will be there when you stop by. 


Rabbi Charles L. Arian

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