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Rabbi's Update 5/2/2022

Dear Friends:

This coming Shabbat we will celebrate “Sisterhood Shabbat” with some special activities. Friday night’s service will be on Zoom at our regular time of 6:30 pm with the service lead by Hazzan Komrad and members of Sisterhood. Saturday morning services will be ledIn by Gail Lieberman and followed by a special Kiddush luncheon sponsored by Sisterhood.

In order to make sure that there is enough food at the Kiddush without being wasteful, it is very important that you sign up to attend Saturday morning’s service at

On Sunday afternoon and evening May 15, the eighth annual JTS Evening of Learning will take place at Kol Shalom in Rockville. The topic is “Expanding the Canon: Transforming Judaism in the 21st Century.” The program will feature a keynote address by JTS’ new Chancellor Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz and study sessions led by JTS faculty, fellows, and board members. For more information and to register go to this link.

Please note that this is an in-person only event. The keynote and closing sessions will be video recorded and made available after the program but there will be no opportunity to join the program by Zoom or other video program in real time. The decision to offer the program only in person was made by JTS and not the co-sponsoring synagogues.

As of last night, evening minyan will include both Minchah and Ma’ariv. Please plan on minyan lasting until about 8:10 rather than 8 pm.

As a reminder, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has established a Ukraine Emergency Fund to meet emergency humanitarian needs. You can find out more and donate here.

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. Although I am working primarily from home, I am happy to meet you at the synagogue by appointment.


Rabbi Charles L. Arian

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