Author Archives: Aaron Weissman

You are Invited to Arlyne Reichert’s 90th Birthday Celebration


Preservation Cascade, Inc. is hosting a 90th Birthday celebration for Arlyne Reichert on August 20 from 2 – 4pm at the Black Eagle Community Center, 2332 Smelter Ave ne.  There will be a presentation to Arlyne from Preservation Cascade at 3pm.  Birthday cake and cookies will be served.

All members of Congregation Aitz Chaim are also invited to a special ceremony on the North Shore of the Historic 10th Street Bridge from 7-9pm on August 20, with an honoring ceremony at 8pm.  Parking will be limited, but there will be a free shuttle to and from the site at the Missouri River Diner on the South edge of the bridge.

Arlyne asks for no personal gifts, but donations to the Historic Bridge would be very appreciated.

Another Eagle Project at the GFHA Eaton Road Cemetery!

This Saturday, June 18, Boy Scout Troop 26 of Black Eagle will be performing the second Eagle Scout project in less than a year at the Great Falls Hebrew Association cemetery at Eaton Road.

Wyatt Tanner, a 16 year old Eagle candidate, met with GFHA during our last Shabbaton with Rabbi Ruz, and then received approval from the Lewis and Clark District BSA Eagle Board to re-erect and repair the Southern fence at the cemetery.  This fence was damaged about 30 years ago when the rural fire department had to drive over it to put out a fire.

Scouts and volunteers will be gathering at the cemetery at 10am on June 18 to pound stakes, straighten and re-attach bent wire and metal, and re-erect the fence.  Any volunteers from the congregation would be very welcome.  Wyatt is providing pizza and water for volunteers, who should bring a water bottle, work gloves and wear long sleeves and pants.

Wyatt, TODAH ROBAH (thank you) from congregation Aitz Chaim!

Seder Update

I know that many of you have been asking about details for the annual Aitz Chaim community Pesach seder. Well, we ARE going to have a Seder.  It will be the second night of Passover, on the evening of Saturday, April 23. As always, it will be in the banquet room at Clark and Lewies at the O’Haire Motor Inn.

Unfortunately, we haven’t received final word on pricing from our caterer yet.  We hope to be able to get you that information this week so that you can begin making reservations. Pricing should be slightly higher than last year. As always, we will do everything we can to keep it affordable.

Our small congregational size means that we can only have a limited number of activities per year. I look forward to seeing all of you at our Seder this year — it has been too long since our community has last gathered!

Our Cemetery Has an Entrance Road!!

Max Weissman and Boy Scout Troop 26 completed building an entrance road for the Eaton Road Jewish Cemetery this afternoon (10/10/15) as his Eagle Project.  The road should now be nice and level for those that want to visit the cemetery.

Tomorrow morning, October 11 at 10am, a number of us are going to gather at the cemetery to bury old prayer books.  The boys of the Troop prepared a nice area for the book burial.  If you would like to participate in the book burial, please make a point to arrive at the cemetery no later than 10am.

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Sipping and Dipping on the last day of Pesach

During our Seder, Marty taught us that many Jews Sip and Dip (their matzah) on the last day of Pesach. Apparently, those of us in Aitz Chaim are trendsetters, as we sip and dip at the Sip and Dip each year!

Todah Robah to everyone that joined us for a wonderful community Seder!


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,


Photos from GF Cemetery Cleanup in June, 2014

Kosher Turkeys at West Side Albertson’s


The Albertson’s on the West side of Great Falls has a few kosher turkeys for sale! Price is $3.99/lb and they seem to have 3-4 in stock.

Gobble Tov! Are you ready to celebrate Thanksgivukkah?

L’Shana Tova Tiketavu!

May Your New Year be as Sweet as Apples and Honey!