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RUZ GULKO

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

RUZ GULKO

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 ruzgulko@comcast.net 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,

Aaron

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

ROSH HASHANAH WISHES

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

Love
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!!
Ingredients:
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.

MEET OUR STUDENT RABBI FOR 5774

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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.

L’shalom,
Bes

KRTV Reports on our Tashlich service

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

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING 2011

EDITOR’S NOTE: These are not the full minutes.  They can be requested from any board member or from Nadyne.

ELECTIONS: Board members whose terms are up are Helen, Steve & Laura.  They have each agreed to stand for re-election.   During Rosh Hashanah, an announcement will be made asking if there is anyone else interested in running for the Board.  Ballots will be made and distributed on Rosh Hashanah.  Only GFHA members will get ballots.  Voting will continue through Yom Kippur, at which time all ballots will be collected and tabulated by Nadyne. If a member needs a ballot, please contact Nadyne by email  or through the web site.

CEMETERY POLICY:  Laura sent around some ideas of what is acceptable for Reform policies for the Jewish section of the Mount Olivet cemetery:  She will send it around again so that we can review the suggested policy and add to it if necessary.  Laura signed and sent the agreement to Mount Olivet officials, so we have a fully signed agreement with them for our portion of the cemetery. Laura will get a copy for our files.

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The Concept of Time, by Hazzan Magalnick

blowing the shofar (by Alphonse Lévy)
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Dear Congregation;

Judaically or scientifically we have a concept of time. The passing of time may be viewed in at least two ways: spiral time or linear time. In spiral time we look at events at a higher level. We experience an event or we read about it, and then, as time passes, we re-enact it to bring us back emotionally to the event, and to discover or rediscover the significance of the event in our current everyday lives. In linear time, after the event happens, time passes, and passes, and passes … and as we get farther and farther away from the event, we lose our focus and our interest, and we lose the significance that the event had in our lives.

In Judaism, one way that we maintain our focus and our interest in past events of significance in our heritage and in our lives is by re-enacting our holidays.  In the spiral time concept, we move in time lines that resemble elliptical circles. We keep in touch with events from our history by celebrating a Passover Seder, building and inhabiting a Succah, or engaging in repentance on Yom Kippur. It is this elliptical movement of thought in relation to events in our collective history that makes those events continue to be pertinent in our lives. Since the time line in Judaism curves backward, we do not forget- nor do we minimize the importance of our ancestors and what their deeds and their lives mean to us today.

In this season of solemnity, we reflect not only upon our recent personal history, but also upon our long Jewish history. We set goals to take more responsibility for our individual actions and those of our community — not just for our immediate benefit, but also for the benefit of those future generations who will follow after us and look back at our deeds and our lives as Jews and remember our influence in their own lives.  May we remain strong and vibrant in this coming year.

Last year on Rosh Hashanah I wished that we all would come back together this year,, happy, healthy, and even more fulfilled in our Jewish lives. My wish and my blessing for this year is that we all continue to meet and pray together, that we all continue to be well, and that we all come back together again for next year.

May our children and grandchildren grow older and smarter. may we keep our health, our hair, our teeth, our sight, our hearing and our love of each other.

‘L’SHONA TOVA TIKVATENU’

Cantor Elliott

Aitz Chaim High Holy Days 5772 Schedule

High Holy Days Schedule 2011

All services are led by Cantor Elliott Magalnick

Wednesday Sept 28

Thursday Sept 29

September 9: Apples and honey

Image by gwen via Flickr

  • Rosh Hashanah services are 10:00 A.M. at the Bethel, 1009 18th Ave SW, Great Falls
  • Tashlich immediately follows morning services at about 12:30pm at Giant Springs State Park
  • No host community lunch immediately follows Tashlich at Maple Gardens

Friday October 7

  • Kol Nidre services are 7:00 P.M. at the Bethel, 1009 18th Ave SW, Great Falls

Saturday October 8

  • Yom Kippur services begin on Saturday morning, October 8 at 10:00 A.M. at the Bethel, 1009 18th Ave SW, Great Falls.
    • 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Morning Services
    • 2 hour break:  12:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M.
    • 2:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. Adult Discussion, STORAHtelling on Jonah by Cantor Elliot Magalnick
    • 1 hour break:  4:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.
    • 5:00 P.M.-5:45 P.M. Yizkor
    • 5:45 P.M.-6:15 P.M. Minhah
    • 6:15 P.M.-7:00 P.M. Neilah
    • Break the fast milchig (dairy) pot luck immediately follows evening services.
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