Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Hebrew month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.

Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to editor@aitzchaim.com
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Dorothy Meyer 27 Av, 5777 Stepmother of Diane Sherick
Ann Belfert 20 Av, 5777 Mother of Gail Belfert
Lydia (Leah) Bailey 3 Nisan, 5777 Mother of Karen (Chaya) Semple
Elizabeth Orphal 3 Adar, 5769 Grandmother of Karen Semple
Benjamin Barrett 13 Adar, 5728 Grandfather of Nadyne Weissman
Sarah Lewin 13 Adar, 5777 Mother of Rachel Michele Lewin Costaneda
Judith Lenore Astrin 15 Adar, 5774
Fanny Drellich 17 Adar, 5690 Grandmother of Arlyne Reichert
Edith Semple 17 Adar, 5770 Mother of Doug Semple
Sylvia Fineman 18 Adar, 5769 Mother of Robert Fineman
Esther Nagel Lyndon 18 Adar, 5772 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
Allan B. Silverstein 22 Adar, 5772 Father of Errol Silverstein
Pauline Eichner 28 Adar, 5751 Mother of Jerry Eichner
Sophia Weissman 30 Adar, 5727 Grandmother of Jerry Weissman
Marcia Eisenberg 10 Adar II, 5752 Mother of Sharon Eisenberg
height=”14″>Harry Crombie 19 Adar II, 5727 Father of Arleen Heintzelman
Bernadette Nice 21 Adar II, 5774 Mother-in-law of Julie Nice
Sandra Albachari 24 Adar II, 5765 Mother of Julie Nice


Congregation Beth Aaron’s Special Events Committee was successful in lining up a presentation by Dr. Jonathan Adelman, one of today’s most sought after experts on the Middle East.

Dr. Adelman is Professor at the School of International Studies, the University of Denver, has worked for Silicon Valley companies and the Defense Department. He is a prolific author who has lectured in more than a dozen countries. (See the attachment for more detailed information.)

The title of Dr. Adelman’s presentation is: “The Middle East: Realignments and Elusive Peace.” The presentation is an hour long, followed by 30 minutes for Q&A.

As we realized that both the topic and the calibre of our speaker might appeal to the Billings community at large, we approached the Billings Public Library to see if the library would be willing to co-sponsor the event and provide the space for it. We are happy to inform you that Gavin Woltjer, Library Director, has agreed to both suggestions.

Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Adelman
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Billings Public Library, Community Room
Free Admission

Uri Barnea, Chair
CBA, Special Events Committee


This is an article from the Voyage Phoenix staff, featuring former Great Falls long-time resident and Aitz Chaim member and physician Mona Morstein.

FEBRUARY 1, 2018

Meet Mona Morstein of Arizona Integrative Medical Solutions in Tempe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mona Morstein.

Mona, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.

My story begins between the ages of 10-16 years old, when I suffered from odd seizures when physically active (looking back, due to low blood sugars), and obsessive compulsive disorder. Stopping my refined sugar intake when I was 16 years old cured me of both conditions within 2 months. My interest in nutrition began then. I wound up getting a Summa Cum Laude BS in Foods and Nutrition from Arizona State University in 1984. During my years there I also wound up with another annoying medical problem–recurrent bouts of diarrhea. I miraculously cured with a couple of herbs I bought from the old Gentle Strength Coop, and made into a recipe for tea I discovered in “The Herb Book” by John Lust. My interest in alternative medicine was growing. I had been discouraged with my nutrition education. I had not learned how to use nutrition to reverse medical conditions. By chance, in the ASU bookstore, I came across a book called “Holistic Health Handbook” put out by the USC Berkeley. In this book, nearly all alternative medical fields were discussed, from acupuncture, to chiropractic to massage, etc. I discovered naturopathic medicine in that book, visited a naturopathic physician in Scottsdale, and decided that was my next education step. There were only two post-graduate accredited naturopathic medical schools in the US, one in Portland and one in Seattle. My parents agreed and I went to National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland for 4 years, did a year residency there, and then bought a naturopathic practice in Great Falls, MT where I set up my first clinic.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?

Well, there are always struggles. We did not learn good business practices in medical school, and so learning how to set up a practice on my own was hard. I had a cash practice and learned to not to set up account receivables, as one day, adding those up, I discovered patients owed me over $17,000 (!). I was embezzled by a dishonest office manager. I was doing naturopathic medicine on my own, the only ND in Great Falls, MT, for 11 years mostly before computers, Google and email; I was a lone dog doctor doing my best. I worked hard reading journals, going to medical conferences and accumulating more knowledge to have better success with patients. I wound up buying a medical condo hoping to develop a large multifactorial clinic with many different practitioners, but that never really developed no matter the work and advertising I put into it. Overall, nonetheless, I loved Montana, and Great Falls, and discovered hiking, camping and environmental activism. I wound up developing a solid medical practice that treated patients from Great Falls and all the smaller towns within 1-2 hours of Great Falls. I really grew and matured there.

We’d love to hear more about your business.

I am a naturopathic physician. We are, essentially, the equivalent to medical GPs; we can write prescriptions, do blood work, imaging studies, and physical exams. However, our focus is on working with patients to remove all the obstacles to cure they may have that have led to the development of their medical condition(s), and then use–as much as possible–natural modalities to stimulate their body’s capacity to heal. So, for example, if you present with psoriasis to an MD, you’ll probably get hydrocortisone cream or a strong biologic drug to block the psoriasis from coming out. With me, I’m going to do a food sensitivity test, a diet diary where you record what you eat for 7 days to learn your nutrient intake, and how pro-inflammatory is your diet. In my 1.5 hour first office visit, we’ll discuss any stresses your life, and how well you may or may not be handling them. We’ll go over sleep, exercise, and investigate how healthy (or not) your gut functioning may be. All of these aspects of a person can cause a chronic dermatitis, for e.g. I’ll teach you how to remove any food sensitivities, how to eat to heal your skin, dose supplements specific to what you need, help strengthen your gut health, and so forth. There are many different tests an ND does outside the conventional world of MDs that can be very helpful in finding the reasons someone is unhealthy on a mental/emotional or physical level. I specialize in gastrointestinal conditions and all hormonal conditions (diabetes, thyroid, adrenals, reproductive); in fact, I recently had my book published: “Master Your Diabetes: A Comprehensive, Integrative Approach for Both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.” Someone told me it’s the best-selling book on diabetes on Amazon now. I am also the founder and Executive Director of the Low Carb Diabetes Association: http://www.lowcarbdiabetes.org an education non-profit designed to help educated patients about using integrative medicine to prevent or control their diabetes. I see both adults and children as patients.
But, I see many other conditions as well, such as skin, migraines, cardiovascular, auto-immune. In general I use these healing modalities: conventional and integrative testing, nutrition, nutraceutical supplementation, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, counseling/motivational support, vertebral manipulation, bio-identical hormonal therapy, medical prescriptions. You can check out our clinic at drmorstein.com

What were you like growing up?

I think I was a handful growing up! I had a lot of energy, was very athletic, and liked doing what I wanted to do. One of my earliest memories was when I was around 2-3 years old watching Saturday morning cartoons. There was a commercial where there was a STOP sign (I recognized that from being driven around by my parents and grandparents) and some words written beneath it. I remember thinking I couldn’t wait until I could read and know what those words were meaning. I have always been an avid reader. My first big person’s book I read was “The Martian Chronicles” by Ray Bradbury when I was 10 years old. I was fascinated by it! I have never stopped reading. I think I might have gone into the publishing world if I hadn’t gone into medicine.

I was good in school and always did well. I had a speech impediment though, the letter “r”. It took years of speech therapy before I overcame it. Thank G-d for speech therapists!

I’m lucky I always had a good feeling about myself, and was confident I was a good person. Not egomania, mind you, just a positive view of myself no matter if I was teased for my “r” impediment, or a teacher yelled at me, or I was bullied, or a friend snubbed me or some other, you know, childhood disappointment occurred. I simply liked myself and knew I was a worthwhile person. I was lucky to live in a functional household and I always knew I was loved by my parents.

We moved from New Jersey, and my grandparents, when I was 9 years old and that devastated me emotionally. I don’t particularly handle grief very well; it lingers and it hard to get over. That’s when my health went and I developed the seizures and OCD. When I was older, in college and med school, at every school break, several times a year I flew back to New Jersey to be with my grand-parents, and now and then visit my other grandmother up in Brooklyn. I loved being with my grand-parents.

I still am always reading a book. I love hiking every Sunday morning, and I believe there is no town as great as the Valley for those who hike alone. I love the McDowell/Sonoran Conservancy, the Superstitions, South Mountain, Thompson Peak, etc. I exercise at home the other days of the week. I am active in my religion, Judaism, at my shul in Chandler. And, I strive to be a great cat mommy; my neighbors regularly see me walking my little furry boy (morning and evening), and occasionally my little furry girl tags along, too.

Contact Info:
• Address: Arizona Integrative Medical Solutions
4657 S. Lakeshore Dr. Ste 1
Tempe, AZ 85282
• Website: http://www.azimsolutions.com or http://www.drmorstein.com
• Phone: 480-284:8155
• Email: goodhealth@azimsolutions.com
• Twitter: @drmonamorstein


Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Gregorian month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.

Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to editor@aitzchaim.com
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Dorothy Meyer Aug 19, 2017 27 Av, 5777 Stepmother of Diane Sherick
Ann Belfert Aug 12, 2017 20 Av, 5777 Mother of Gail Belfert
Sarah Lewin Mar 11, 5777 13 Adar, 5777 Mother of Rachel Michele Lewin Costaneda
Lydia (Leah) Bailey Mar 31, 2017 3 Nissan, 5777 Mother of Karen (Chaya) Semple
Kikki Schandelson Feb 1, 1979 4 Sh’vat, 5739 Stepmother of Arnold Schandelson
Joel Eisenberg Feb 3, 1982 10 Sh’vat, 5742 brother of Sharon Eisenberg
Diane Magalnick Feb 5, 2002 23 Sh’vat, 5762 wife of Elliot Magalnick
Jack Barrett Feb 6, 2006 8 Sh’vat, 5766 Uncle of Nadyne Weissman
Judith Lenore Astrin Feb 15, 2014 15 Adar I, 5774
Harold “Rick” Reichert Feb 22, 1968 23 Sh’vat, 5728 Husband of Arlyne Reichert
Sylvia Goldman Feb 23, 2017 27 Sch’vat, 5777 Grandmother of Cece Drew
Elizabeth Orphal Feb 27, 2009 3 Adar, 5769 Grandmother of Karen Semple


Unfortunately, due to illness, the festivities at The Cattlemen’s Cut this evening have been cancelled. We will let you know when or whether they will be rescheduled. Thanks for your understanding.


Interestingly, yesterday, Chavie started her new course “Pause & Affect – A Shabbat Outlook” and it got me thinking; there’s no better place to start a journey of more observance than the Shabbat experience.

In this week’s Torah portion, Bo, we read about the miraculous exodus from Egypt. On Shabbat, while sanctifying the day, Kiddush, over a cup of wine, we thank G-d who “has desired us, and has given us, in love and goodwill, His holy Shabbat as a heritage, in remembrance of the work of Creation; the first of the holy festivals, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt”. Shabbat is not only a weekly opportunity to remember the Creator and His amazing creation, but it’s a time to remember Egypt. To paraphrase Maimonides in his Guide to the Perplexed, slaves can’t choose when to work and when to rest, but a free person can. When a Jew celebrates Shabbat, they are celebrating their freedom from Egyptian – and all other – bondage.

All weeklong we are enslaved to the mundane. We’re trying to make a living, to care for our families, to shovel the snow, do the laundry and to enjoy a few hours of sleep. G-d recognized this reality and gave us a day to simply let go. G-d gives us the weekly opportunity to free ourselves from internal bondage, internal Egypt, and head to the promised land of spirit, soul and family. Shabbat is a freeing day to focus inwardly without being concerned with who likes us on Facebook, retweets us on Twitter and shares our pictures on Instagram. Enjoying Shabbat is not all or nothing; you do a little, then a little more, at your own pace.

TGI Shabbat – one weekend at a time!

Wishing you and yours a Shabbat Shalom!
Your friends @ Chabad Lubavitch,
Rabbi Chaim, Chavie, Shoshana, Chaya, Zeesy, Menny & Chana Laya


These are some of the most successful films in our library that would provide enriching viewing experiences for your community.

Body and Soul: An American Bridge explores the history of the most recorded song in jazz. Combining enlightening commentary with performances by John Coltrane, Dianne Schurr, Louis Armstrong and the New Cotton Club Orchestra, and more, this documentary uncovers the collaborations and conflicts between African Americans and Jews that lie within the roots of jazz – the music of America.

50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus follows the incredible journey of one couple navigating the realities of a 1939 Nazi policy that allowed Jews to leave Germany, but saw few countries granting them asylum. Yet in Philadelphia, a Jewish lawyer named Gilbert Kraus and his elegant wife Eleanor took on the daring task of getting 50 Jewish children out of Germany and into the United States. This tense and compelling story, narrated by Alan Alda, is brought to life by private journals and a trove of previously unseen home movies.

There Are Jews Here is an insightful, important documentary that travels to places in America in which once-thriving Jewish communities have since dwindled to just a few, following what those communities are now doing to keep their congregations active. It has played at festivals across the US and even sold out all its screenings at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. Read press releases from Tablet and The Forward!

A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt is the dramatic telling of the true, but little-known story of the love, bravery, and sacrifice of Otto Weidt. An Oscar Schindler-like figure, Otto saved the lives of all of the blind and deaf employees at his brush factory. The film also brings to life his tragic love of Alice Licht and his desperate journey to save her and her family from the gas chamber, despite being almost completely blind himself.

Breakfast at Ina’s is a compelling documentary about Chicago legend Ina Pinkney, locally known as the “Breakfast Queen.” Ina has been feeding Chicagoans for the past 33 years – most recently, from her beloved breakfast nook in the West Loop. She’s a community leader, a pioneer, a television personality, but most importantly, she’s the rare sort of person who’s found a way to transform her passion into a joy that extends to an entire city, and beyond.

The Sturgeon Queens is an examination of the immigrant experience in the United States and the delicious food that results from people adapting the flavors of the old country for a new home.
Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family created Russ and Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives to this day. Produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the store, this documentary features an extensive interview with two of the original daughters for whom the store was named, now 100 and 92 years old, and interviews with prominent enthusiasts of the store, including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and actress Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy looks at the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical and many of the songs that comprise “The American Songbook.” The film showcases the work of some of the nation’s preeminent creators of musical theater, including Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, and many more.

Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown questions why American critics and tastemakers have long viewed Jerry Lewis as nothing more than a clown, while their counterparts in France and Europe have recognized him as a true auteur. Is he just a brash, anything-for-a-yuk buffoon? Or is he a creative genius? Who is the man behind the clown? Lauded by esteemed film critic Leonard Maltin as a “first-rate documentary” at the Telluride Film Festival, this film finds answers in never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews with Martin Scorsese, Sean Hayes, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, and most importantly, the man himself, Jerry Lewis.

The Last Blintz chronicles the closing of the The Cafe Edison, otherwise known as The Polish Tea Room. This documentary is not just a story about another famous show business haunt shutting its doors, but also one about a multi-generational, big-hearted, mom-and-pop family business cultivated by the American Dream. It’s about the heart, soul, authenticity and distinctiveness of cities that are unfortunately ripped away for impersonal, cookie-cutter, corporate chains. It’s too late for The Cafe Edison… but, looking to the future, THE LAST BLINTZ is an impassioned plea for progress that honors the past, preserving the heart and culture of our great cities before there’s nothing left.

Time to Say Goodbye is a coming-of-age comedy about a boy at a particularly challenging moment in his life. As he becomes a teenager, he must also juggle personal conflicts driven by his relationship with his parents, who are struggling in their own ways with life, and his attempt to square religion with his feelings for the opposite sex. It is a laugh-out-loud tale of a young man navigating the awkwardness of growing up.

The Law is a riveting drama based on the inspiring true story of Simone Veil. Born in France in the 1920s, she studied politics at Paris’s prestigious Sciences Po until she and her family were deported to concentration camps during World War II. Veil survived both Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen to lead the fight for women’s rights for decades. As Chirac’s Minister of Health, she advocated for a woman’s right to choose, leading to important, but controversial legislation in 1974.

Please follow up if you would like to know more about any of these titles. We are always happy to send a digital screener if you would like to preview a film. Thanks, and I hope to hear from you soon!



Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Hebrew month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.

Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to editor@aitzchaim.com
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Dorothy Meyer 27 Av, 5777 Stepmother of Diane Sherick
Ann Belfert 20 Av, 5777 Mother of Gail Belfert
Sarah Lewin 13 Adar, 5777 Mother of Rachel Michele Lewin Costaneda
Lydia (Leah) Bailey 3 Nisan, 5777 Mother of Karen (Chaya) Semple
Alfred Breslauer 1 Sh’vat, 5731 Father of Bruce Breslauer
Dorothy Barer 1 Sh’vat, 5769 Mother of Michael Barer
Kikki Schandelson 4 Sh’vat, 5739 Stepmother of Arnold Schandelson
Jack Barrett 8 Sh’vat, 5766 Uncle of Nadyne Weissman
Joel Eisenberg 10 Sh’vat, 5742 Brother of Sharon Eisenberg
Fanny Litvin 15 Sh’vat, 5751 Aunt of Donald Nyman
Dr. Charles (Chuck) Astrin 17 Sh’vat, 5775
Edith Wasserman 19 Sh’vat, 5752 Mother of Miriam Wolf
Perle Weissman 19 Sh’vat, 5768 Mother of Jerry Weissman
Bess Cherry 22 Sh’vat, 5755 Mother of Don Cherry
Harold “Rick” Reichert 23 Sh’vat, 5728 Husband of Arlyne Reichert
Diane Magalnick 23 Sh’vat, 5762 Wife of Elliot Magalnick
Sylvia Goldman 27 Sch’vat, 5777 Grandmother of Cece Drew


Doron Kornbluth is a world-renowned Jewish educator. He speaks to all types of audiences in over 50 cities a year, is the author of five best-sellling books, and is much-in-demand inspirational (and licensed) tour guide in Israel. For more information, please visit http://www.doronkornbluth.com


Regarding the planned get-together for January 5, 2018, at the Cattlemen’s Cut

If you have paid any attention to the news lately, you know that winter is here with a vengeance. the weather in Great Falls is balmy compared to what it was on January 1, but the East Coast is currently experiencing a blizzard that is closing airports and wreaking havoc with many peoples’ travel plans. It is expected to get worse before it gets better. The Deep South is experiencing snow the like of which it has not seen for decades. There are many people coming from elsewhere that are not able to get to Great Falls because of the weather. So the planned get-together at the Cattlemen’s Cut has been postponed until January 19.

If you have any questions, please call Franz or Meriam at 406-217:6034 or 406-559:0015.