The Shabbaton will be held in Missoula hosted by Har Shalom – October 4-6, 2013.
Please reserve your hotel room(s) by Yom Kippur, as the Valu-Inn will release the rooms this week end. The Shabbaton is being held the same week end as the Griz Homecoming week end, so it will be hard to find accommodations the longer you wait. We also hope to house some visitors in our homes.

Please note that Rabbi David Fine, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Small Congregations Network Rabinic Director — and thus the adviser for the URJ congregations in Montana — will be at the Shabbaton and available during Saturday for informal consultations. He’ll be leaving at the crack of dawn on Sunday.

Here is the updated schedule:
Parashat Noach
Friday Oct 4

  • 4 to 6:30 pm: Meet, greet, register, preneg (refreshments)
  • 6:30 pm: Musical Kabbalat Shabbat
  • 7:45 pm: Community Shabbat kosher style potluck dinner and Tisch; (participatory singing and storytelling)
  • Saturday Oct 5

  • 8:30 am: coffee, light breakfast, and Parshat Hashavua with Rabbi David fine
  • 9:30 am: Shabbat Shacharit, Seder Kriat HaTorah/parallel small children activity
  • 11:30 am: Oneg/Lunch
  • 12:45 pm: Session A

  • Option 1 Contemporary Israel discussion: Bruce Barrett, AIPAC
  • Option 2 Jewish meditation practice, text study, and practicum
  • Option 3 Craft works, suitable for all levels
  • 2:30 pm: Session B

  • Option 1: Rabbi David Fine: Reframing Congregational Growth
  • Option 2: Craft works, continued
  • 4 pm: FREE Time, nap or explore

  • Hike option: Blue Mountain, Pattee Canyon or Rattlesnake trailhead
  • Museum option: Explore the Missoula Art Museum and downtown
  • Nap option: zzzzzzzzzzzz
  • 7:30 pm: Catered kosher style community dinner at the home of Bert and Carol Chessin.
  • Post-dinner program: havdallah and Klez dance (baby sitting options for parents with small children).
  • Teen get-together for movie, popcorn, cider.
  • Sunday Oct 6

  • 8:00 am: Meditation
  • 9:00 am: coffee, teas, light breakfast
  • 10 am Israeli Journalist and Author Yossi Klein Halevi interactive Skype session
  • 11 am: MAJCO meeting
  • 11 am: Craft projects, finish up
  • 11 am: Israel in this week’s news; NY Times, Times of Israel, JPost, Ynet news, Haaretz, Forward (Bring a lap top or internet device or just show up!)
  • 12 pm: Pizza lunch.
  • 12:30 PM: Camp Calsman Presentation.
  • Sarah Moody, Assistant Director for URJ Camp Kalsman, is coming to the MAJCO Shabbaton. She will provide a free pizza lunch for everyone at noon and make a formal presentation about Camp Kalsman, beginning at 12:30 pm on Sunday October 6.

    This will be a wonderful opportunity for families to learn about Camp Kalsman’s programs, ask questions, and talk with someone who is actively involved in running the camp. Find out about their program for summer 2014.

    LODGING: Val-U Inn group rate, Please reserve by 9/13 (ask for Har Shalom or Shabbaton)—10 min walk to Har Shalom—see
    and Home Hospitality
    Special guests: Chutzpah! Klezmer Ensemble, Montana Hadassah
    NEWS FLASH: NOW Confirmed Israeli Journalist & Author Yossi Klein HaLevi (by Skype)
    Confirmed Rabbi David Fine, URJ Small Congregations Network Rabinic Director

    Registration: Individual $36 for the Weekend All-inclusive, Student and Elders $18
    Donations welcome.
    Please make checks payable to Har Shalom and mail to Har Shalom/PO Box 3715/ Missoula, MT,59806 or make a secure online payment at

    For more information, please visit

    Registration Form:

    Posted on September 5, 2013, in 2013, MAJCO, October, Ram's Horn. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

    1. Sounds like a great Shabbaton. Unfortunately, Jerry & I will be in California and will not be able to attend.

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