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Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Friday evening, 10/03/2014: Erev Yom Kippur services led by Ruz Yulko, 7:00 P.M. at the Bethel.
  • Yom Kippur day schedule:

    • Saturday, 10/04/2014, 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.: Yom Kippur Morning services led by Ruz Yulko at the Bethel.
    • Saturday afternoon, 10/04/2014, 12:00-3:00 P.M.: Break
    • Saturday afternoon, 10/04/2014, 3:00-4:00 P.M.: Discussion.
    • Saturday afternoon, 10/04/2014, 4:30-5:30 P.M.: Yitzkor
    • Saturday afternoon, 10/04/2014, 5:30-6:15 P.M.: Neilah
    • Saturday evening, 10/04/2014, 6:30 P.M.: Break the Fast Potluck, traditionally dairy (milchig.)

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


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    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,



    May You Have an Easy Fast!

    Aitz Chaim Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur Schedule

    As we draw to an end of the Days of Awe, we prepare for Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur. We hope to see you at our services, which will all be at the Bethel, 1009 18th Ave SW, led by Student Rabbi Bess Wohlner

    Kol Nidre services will begin at 7pm on 9/13/13 at the Bethel, 1009 18th Ave SW, led by Student Rabbi Bess Wohlner. Sarah Weissman will be our cantorial soloist for the Kol Nidre.

    • Yom Kippur morning services will begin at 10 am on 9/14/13 at the Bethel, 1009 18th Ave SW, led by Student Rabbi Bess Wohlner.
    • A discussion on Yom Kippur will be held at 3pm.
    • Yizkor service will begin at 4:30pm
    • Ne’ila service will begin at 5:30 pm
    • A community potluck (milchig) break the fast meal will follow the conclusion of Ne’ila services. Please contact Helen Cherry to sign up for the potluck.

    Mark your Calendars for Upcoming Services and Events…

    • MAJCO Shabbaton, October 4-6 at Congregation Har Shalom in Missoula

    • Aitz Chaim Services for October, 2013: Weekend of October 11-13, led by Student Rabbi Bess Wohlner

    • Chanukah: 11/27 – 12/5. Watch your email and for more information!

    • Bar Mitzvah of Max Weissman, Saturday, December 28. Contact Aaron and Wendy Weissman for more information.


    Have an easy fast.


    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


    Todah Robah to the following Congregation members who have offered their hospitality to Student Rabbi Bess Wohlner during Yom Kippur.

    Airport Pickup: Marty Foxman
    Dinner host for Erev Yom Kippur: Don and Helen Cherry


  • Friday evening, 09/13/13, 7:00 P.M.: Kol Nidre Services led by Student Rabbi Bess Wohlner at The Bethel. Cantorial Soloist: Sarah Weissman.
  • Saturday morning, 09/14/2013, 10:00 A.M. — 12:00 P.M.: Yom Kippur Morning Services, led by Student Rabbi Bess Wohlner at The Bethel
  • 12:00 P.M. — 3:00 P.M.: 3 hour break
  • 3:00 P.M. — 4:00 P.M.: Discussion about Yom Kippur, led by Student Rabbi Bess Wohlner
  • 4:00 P.M. — 4:30 P.M.: 1/2 hour break
  • 4:30 P.M. — 5:30 P.M.: Yiskor
  • 5:30 P.M. — 6:15 P.M.: Ne’ila
  • 6:30 P.M.: Break The Fast milchig (dairy) Community Potluck
  • The address of the Bethel is 1009 18th Avenue southwest. Click here for map and directions.



    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.


    Yom Kippur Food Donation Results

    Helen Cherry led us in a great program this Yom Kippur; to make a donation of the food we did not eat while fasting.

    Well, the results are in.  Over Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur, our congregants donated 65 pounds of food, which was all delivered to the Great Falls Food Bank.

    Todah Robah to all for your generosity!


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