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Todah Robah to the following Congregation members who have offered their hospitality to Cantor ruz gulko and to provide the oneg:

  • Wednesday, 09/24/2014: Airport pickup for Ruz Gulko: Aaron Weissman
  • Wednesday evening, 09/24/2014: Dinner hosts for Ruz Guilko: Don and Helen Cherry
  • Oneg after Erev Rosh Hashanah Services. Challah will be provided by Meriam Nagel. Will need apples, honey, cookies, and drinks.

Please contact Helen at 727:2572 or to volunteer for the oneg.


Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Wednesday evening, 09/24/2014, 7:00 P.M.: Arev Rosh Hashanah Services, led by Ruz Gulko, at The Bethel. Oneg to follow.
  • Thursday morning, 09/25/2014, 10:00 A.M.: Rosh Hashanah Morning Services, led by Ruz Gulko, at The Bethel.
  • Tashlich at Giant Springs to follow.
  • Congregation no-host lunch to follow, at Maple Gardens, 5401 9th Ave. S.

The address of the Bethel is 1009 18th Avenue Southwest. click here for map and directions.


Meriam Nagel has New Year’s cards for sale. She can be reached at 454-1123.


EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the bio sent to us by Ruz Gulko, who will lead our upcoming High Holy Day services.


Ruz grew up in eastern Canada where she attended private Jewish day schools and universities in Toronto and Montreal. She has worked with most of the Jewish educational and religious institutions in the greater Seattle area since 1984, teaching Judaic Studies and Hebrew and leading prayer services, particularly at the Jewish Day School in Bellevue and at Herzl – Ner Tamid Congregation.
Ruz also trains teachers, writes curriculum, and lectures in the general community. She has led Rosh Hodesh (Jewish New Month) and Special Seder programs for women. Ruz’ passion is for exploring and sharing Torah’s radically humanistic teachings.
She started her free-lance teaching career in the fall of 2007, beginning a small school in her home –- GAN ARGAMAN (Purple Garden) – teaching all ages in all matters Jewish. Ruz is also a “chazzan-for-hire” on the local circuit, leading Shabbat services throughout the community. She has served as the creator, organizer and Hazzanit for the participatory High Holiday services at Herzl-Ner Tamid Congregation since 1991.
Ruz loves to work with people of all ages, and believes that learning Torah and eating chocolate together could save the world.

Torah Readers for High Holy Days?

How is it already the month of Elul?  The year is really flying by, and before you know it Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will be upon us!

I had the opportunity for a lovely conversation with our service leader and Cantorial Soloist for our High Holy Day services this year, Ruz Gulko.  Ruz comes to us on Rabbi Fine’s recommendation, and has been leading services in the Seattle area for the past 25 years.  

Ruz is putting her plans together for our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, and would like to know if anyone would like the honor of reading from the Torah on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur mornings.  She plans on using the High Holy Day trope for the services, and will be glad to send a written copy of the text and an mp3 of the trope to any volunteers.  If you are interested, please send her an email at or place a comment on this post.

If there is anything specific you would like to see done at these services, please send me and Ruz a note, or just comment below.

L’Shana Tova,



Dip your apple in the honey, and carry the sweetnesss with you all through the year. May this new year be a good year for all of you! from Bruce and Joy


I got this from the Hadassah web site. Hope you enjoy the recipe and have a wonderful year to come.

Jerry & Nadyne

Rosh Hashanah: More Than Just a Happy New Year
As we wish everyone a “sweet New Year” and snack on delicious apples dipped in honey, we might be tempted to believe that Rosh Hashanah is strictly a holiday of happiness and celebration. But in truth, the Jewish New Year, observed on the first and second days of Tishrei, is actually a dual-natured holiday – at once joyous and solemn, celebratory and introspective. Indeed, while the community certainly rejoices at the beginning of a new calendar, the holiday is rife with customs encouraging more serious introspection and personal change. Rosh Hashanah ushers in the Ten Days of Repentance, culminating in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. According to tradition, it is during these days that God considers our actions and judges us. Throughout this period, we are encouraged to conduct a heshbon hanefesh, or to take personal stock, by honestly evaluating the choices we have made over the past year and making resolutions for improvement. Rosh Hashanah is about giving ourselves the time and opportunity to think about our actions and improve ourselves through acts of repentance, prayer, and good deeds. Ultimately, we can strive to renew ourselves along with the renewal of the yearly cycle.
Taiglach – for a Sweet New Year!!
4 eggs
2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup sugar
4 ½ lbs. honey
Dash of ginger
Marachino cherries cut up
Ground walnuts
Mix eggs, flour, baking powder.
Roll out on floured board – like small tubes
Cut into small pieces
Boil all honey, all sugar, and ginger in a large pot on low heat. Be careful it does not boil over the top.
Bring to a brisk boil, throw in cut pieces – judge the right amount at one time, don’t throw all in at once.
Take out pieces with a slotted spoon (drain off honey) once they are like small balls and a medium tan color.
Put balls onto an aluminum foil pie plate, making a mound of the balls, sprinkling nuts and cherries in between each level.

Aiming Higher for Rosh Hashanah

Most of us just dip our apples in honey for the Jewish New Year. At the Techion in Israel, they are aiming higher! Watch them shoot an apple with a crossbow through a balloon filled with honey!

Why? Apparently because they can.



EDITOR’S NOTE: Adapted from an e-mail.

I am thrilled to be serving as the student rabbi in Great Falls next year. I want to introduce myself to the Great Falls Hebrew Association community.

Immediately below you will find a brief introductory paragraph.

Bess Wohlner, a rabbinic education student in the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at Hebrew Union College on the Los Angeles campus, is currently in pursuit of her Masters in Jewish Education and will be ordained as a rabbi in May 2015. She grew up in Shawnee, Kansas and earned her BA in Judaic Studies from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Before beginning her studies at HUC, Bess worked as the Assistant Educator and Youth Director at Temple B’nai Shalom in Fairfax Station, Virginia. Since being at HUC she has served as a student rabbi at Congregation Havurim in Temecula, California (2010 – 2012), an education intern at University Synagogue in Los Angeles (2012 – 2013). Next year, in addition to the time she’ll spend in Great Falls, she is also the rabbinic intern at Temple Akiba in Culver City, California. When not studying or working, Bess can be found playing her guitar, traveling, and video chatting with her six-year-old niece.

I am very excited to be joining your community next year. Looking forward to meeting you in person in September.


KRTV Reports on our Tashlich service


Image via Wikipedia

KRTV news came to our Tashlich service this afternoon at Giant Springs.


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