Author Archives: Joy Breslauer

KOSHER FOOD ORDER: AN OFFER FROM BOZEMAN

Dear Friends,

We’ll be making our next food order soon as we’d like it to arrive in late December or so. Please see the list below and send in your order’s by Tuesday, November 26th, at noon. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Order List

Thanks much!

Rabbi Chaim Bruk
Director/Spiritual Leader

Chabad Lubavitch of Montana
8755 Huffman Lane
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: 406-585-8770

SHABBAT PROJECT

Dear Friends

It is my pleasure to share with you some reflections on this week’s Torah portion. Feel free to print it before Shabbat and share it in your shuls and at your Shabbat tables. Forward it to friends and colleagues – as the world gears up for another Shabbat of Jewish unity and celebration.
Download and print here
Stars and sand
“I will surely bless you, and I will make your descendants numerous like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore.”

In this week’s parsha, Vayeira, we read this famous blessing that G-d gives to Abraham.

There’s an obvious question here. According to current estimates, there are around 7.7 billion people in the world, of whom approximately only 14.6 million are Jews – children of Abraham. We make up roughly only 0.2% of the world’s population. How, then, do we understand this blessing of being great in number – numerous like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore – when clearly, we are not, and never have been? And even G-d Himself, later in the Torah, tells us that He did not choose the Jewish people “because you are the most numerous of the nations… since you are [indeed] the fewest”.

Rav Yaakov Zvi Mecklenberg, a 19th-century German commentator, finds a clue in an unusual rendering of a very similar blessing found in last week’s Torah portion, Lech Lecha. The verse says: “I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, then your offspring too can be counted.”

He explains that the Hebrew word used here for “to count” – limnot, actually means “to ascribe importance to”. G-d blesses Abraham’s descendants not that they will be as numerous as the dust of the earth, but rather that they will be important to the world in the same way that the earth is important. He blesses them that their contribution to the world should be significant and tangible.

Rav Naphtali Tzvi Berlin, dean of the great Yeshiva of Volozhin, takes a similar approach. He explains that, like the stars, Abraham’s descendants will have a special power to illuminate the world, their contribution radiating across history and pointing the way forward for human progress.

The Kli Yakar takes a different approach. He says the blessing that we will be like “the sand of the seashore” is a reference not to the future impact of the Jewish people, but to our endurance as a nation.

The sand on the seashore is constantly subjected to the waves that come crashing down on it, threatening to wash it away – and yet, while its grains shift, the seashore remains, unmoved, unmovable. The analogy is clear. Throughout history, the Jewish people have faced enemy after enemy – Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Crusades, Cossacks, Communists, Nazis – yet we remain steadfastly in place, holding the line, not washed away.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (Germany, 1808-1888) discusses how Jewish history has always defied the laws of nature, how our very origins are enveloped in miracles. Take the birth of Isaac, mentioned in this week’s parsha. Abraham was 100 years old, Sarah was 90, and they had an only son. What were the chances of this little family becoming a great nation? Yet, from these rickety beginnings, the Jewish people emerged, thereby expressing so clearly the Divine blessing and plan for our nation. Isaac’s name comes from the Hebrew word for ‘laughter’, which reflects how, through G-d’s eternal blessings given to Abraham and his descendants, Jewish destiny has laughed at the laws of history and transcended the usual trajectory of nations and defied the odds, time and again.

In 2011, I attended the Conference of European Rabbis in Warsaw, the largest gathering of rabbis in Poland since the Second World War. It stirred something deep within me. To witness such a huge gathering of Jewish leaders from all over Europe in a city that had literally caged its Jewish population and then shipped them off to death was to understand the miracle of Jewish endurance. It was a loud declaration that we Jews, thanks to Divine providence, are still here.

The miraculous enduring vibrancy of the Jewish people is a key theme of this year’s Shabbat Project, which will see Jews of all backgrounds uniting in more than 1 600 cities and 105 countries around the world to keep and celebrate Shabbat.

The call to sign up and jump together is a call to define our Jewish identity by inspiration rather than force of circumstance, uniting in joy and celebration around our Divine values, rather than pain and persecution. It is a call to embrace Shabbat, which is the vibrant source of our connection to G-d, family, community and even to ourselves. It is a call to unify as Jews, as brothers and sisters who love each other, and who are bonded together by our shared Divine destiny.

Let’s jump together, shake the dust of the earth and live the miracle of our ongoing vitality. Let’s shine our light to the world.
Let’s not just endure, let’s flourish.

Listen to the recording

Here’s to keeping it together.
Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein
theshabbosproject.com

The Shabbat Project. Me, you and Jews all over the world experiencing one complete Shabbat together. Join in on 15/16 November 2019. Let’s keep it together!

CHRISTMAS AT THE MERCY HOME

The holidays are just around the corner, which means we need to start thinking about staffing the Mercy Home for Christmas. If you are interested in helping out, let me know. We may have to combine shifts this year if we don’t have enough volunteers, so let me know if you are able to help and what day and I will figure out what shifts we can do for them.

For those who don’t know what this is, our Jewish community runs the Mercy Home – the domestic violence shelter for women – on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so that their staff can spend time with their families. If you are new to volunteering, you will take a quick training – either I can do it or a Mercy Home staff member can do it. Volunteering is easy and a great use of your Christmas Eve/Day. The shelter has been full for the last few years, and it is great to be able to help out these women in crisis on their very special holiday.

Hope to hear back from you! E-mail me at wendy@weissman.com or text or call me at 868-5712. I hope to get both days filled!

Wendy Weissman

JEWISH FOODS IN YOUR AIR FRYER

Air Fryer Latkes
Ten Deep-fried Jewish Foods You Need To Try
Healthy Kosher recipes you can make with an air fryer
Fifty Best Kosher Air Fryer Recipes

YAHRZEITS — NOVEMBER, 2019

RAM’S HORN POLICY FOR LISTING YAHRZEIT MEMORIALS:!
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 may we be a comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Deceased
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Congregant
Heidi Jan Berger Jul 29, 2019 26 Tamuz, 5779 Ex-wife of Tom Berger, Wife of William Franklin Raley, Mother of Polly Lorien and Jake Berger
Blanche Stoll Gulko Jul 12, 2019 9 Tamuz, 5779 Mother of Rabbi Ruz Gulko
Bill Hinton Apr 9, 2019 4 Nisan, 5779 Husband of Susan Hinton
Roger Reichert Feb 16, 2019 11 Adar I, 5779 Son of Arlyne Reichert
Ethel M. Shapiro Nov 1, 2016 30 Tishrei, 5777 Aunt of terry Thal
Leonard Weissman Nov 10, 2007 29 Cheshvan, 5768 Grandfather of David Weissman, father of Jeff Weissman, Patricia Philipps, Ted Weissman, Sally Weissman and Gale Rietmann.
Martin Renne Nov 14, 2000 16 Cheshvan, 5761 Father of Michael Renne
Dr. Daniel Foxman Nov 19, 2001 4 Kislev, 5762 Father of Marty Foxman
Norman Handler Nov 20, 2000 22 Cheshvan, 5761 Father of Wendy Weissman

YAHRZEITS, CHESHVAN 5780

RAM’S HORN POLICY FOR LISTING YAHRZEIT MEMORIALS:!
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 may we be a comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Deceased
Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Congregant
Heidi Jan Berger 26 Tamuz, 5779 Ex-wife of Tom Berger, Wife of William Franklin Raley, Mother of Polly Lorien and Jake Berger
Blanche Stoll Gulko 9 Tamuz, 5779 Mother of Rabbi Ruz Gulko
Bill Hinton 4 Nisan, 5779 Husband of Susan Hinton
Roger Reichert 11 Adar I, 5779 Son of Arlyne Reichert
Queenie Crombie 3 Cheshvan, 5753 Mother of Arleen Heintzelman
Nathan Rapaport 9 Cheshvan, 5686 Grandfather of Nadyne Weissman
Vicki Sherick Hawkesworth 9 Cheshvan, 5774 Daughter of Jack and Diane Sherick
Martin Renne 16 Cheshvan, 5761 Father of Michael Renne
Celia Ross 22 Cheshvan, 5733 Great-grandmother of Cece Drew
Norman Handler 22 Cheshvan, 5761 Father of Wendy Weissman
Marvin Langsam 23 Cheshvan, 5774 Brother of Helen Cherry
Leonard Weissman 29 Cheshvan, 5768 Grandfather of David Weissman, father of Jeff Weissman, Patricia Philipps, Ted Weissman, Sally Weissman and Gale Rietmann

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THIS UPCOMING EVENT

This is a reminder about the lay services led by Devorah Werner the first Friday of the month, November 1, at 6:00 P.M. at the Bethel, with a milchig (dairy) potluck to follow.

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

Hope to see as many of you there as possible.

THE IMPJ WISHES ALL OUR FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD A JOYOUS SIMCHAT TORAH!

Chag Simchat Torah Sameach from the IMPJ!

20 October 2019
21 Tishrei 5780

Dear Friends,

Moadim l’Simcha – I hope that you all are enjoying a festive Sukkot! All throughout Israel, our 52 IMPJ congregations and regional initiatives have been engaging in Sukkot services and activities, such as group meals in the sukkah and nights of learning. 65 of the IMPJ’s congregations and regional initiatives held Yom Kippur services in their areas. Meaningful services of Kol Nidrei and Neilah were attended by thousands of Israeli Reform Jews from throughout all parts of the country. Additionally, we hosted our Young Adult (Tlamim) retreat at Neve Shalom for the 5th time, in which over 200 of our Young Adult Leaders participated. During those two days, we prayed together, learned, talked and created a true sense of community.

This evening, we will begin Simchat Torah. Many of our congregations will be hosting egalitarian hakafot shniot in public places. Hosting public hakafot shniot is important for several reasons. We are bringing the faces of Reform Judaism into the public sphere, in many cases introducing to people and engaging them with an open, accepting stream of Judaism. This enhances the visibility and growth of the Reform Movemment in Israel, leading in turn to expansion and exposure to more and more Israelis. We will bring the joy of Simchat Torah to all who wish to share in it with us. Additionally, Orthodox celebrations of the holiday are typically gender-segregated – we will be providing many women, young and old alike, their first chance to truly participate in the festivities of the holiday.

The IMPJ kehillot that will be hosting public hakafot shniot include the following:

North: Kehillat Emet V’Shalom, Nahariya; Kehillat Yedid Nefesh, Carmiel; Kehillat “B’Rosh Pluralisti”, Rosh Pina; Kehillat Ohel Avraham/Leo Baeck Education Center, Haifa; Kehillat Ma’alot Tivon, Kiryat Tivon; Kehillat Sulam Ya’akov, Zichron Ya’akov; Kehillat Or Hadash, Haifa; Kehillat Shirat HaYam Karmel, Haifa

Center/HaSharon: Kehillat Ra’anan, Ra’anana; Kehillat Bavat Ayin, Rosh Ha’Ayin; Kehillat Shoham; Kehillat Achvat Yisrael, Rishon L’Tzion; Kehillat Birkat Shalom, Kibbutz Gezer; Kehillat Tefillat Ha’Adam, Caesarea; Kehillat Darchei Noam, Ramat HaSharon; Kehillat Brit Olam, Kiryat Ono

Tel-Aviv: Beit Daniel, Tel-Aviv; Kehillat Tefillat HaYam, Bat Yam; Kehillat Shirat HaGan, Ramat Gan

Jerusalem (and surrounding area): Kehillat Yozma, Modi’in; Kehillat Kamatz, Mevaseret Zion; Kehillat Har-El, Jerusalem; Kehillat Shir Hadash, Tzur Hadassah; Kehillat HaDror, Jerusalem; Kehillat Kol HaNeshma, Jerusalem; Kehillat Merchav Yerushalayim, Jerusalem

South: Kibbutz Lotan

Click Here for more information on specific kehillot (in Hebrew).

While rejoicing in the new year that has been brought upon us and with it, the conclusion of the reading of 54 Torah portions, we do not forget about the dangers around us. We must not forget that just days ago there was a horrific shooting attack outside of a synagogue in Halle, Germany. This Simchat Torah, the tying together of the Hakafot and singing with the “El Maleh Rachamim” memorial prayer, which we will recite tomorrow morning, has an added special meaning. As we dance, we will sing: “and the main thing to recall, is to have no fear at all” and “Am Yisrael Hai”; but also “He who makes peace in heaven, He shall bring peace upon us…” and “Od Yavoh Shalom Alyenu” – “may peace soon be upon us.”

To all of those blessings: amen.

As we continue in full force through 5780, we look forward to our goals: the continued development and strengthening of new Reform congregations, such as the ones in Kiryat Shmona and Givatayim; the powerful and impactful work being done on the ground by Keren b’Kavod, the Reform Center for Community-Based Social Activism; the continued development of meaningful Israel-Diaspora partnerships through the “Domim” project, and so much more.

On Simchat Torah, it is traditional to recite the first prayer for rain, in light of the changes of seasons and the hope for showers that are soon to come. As part of this prayer, we read the words from the Book of Ezekiel: “and I will cause the shower to come down in its season; there shall be showers of blessing… and they shall be safe in their land” (Ezekiel 34; 26). We pray that this year we will truly be granted showers of blessing and that peace be upon us and upon all who dwell on earth.

I wish you all a festive and meaningful Simchat Torah!

Sincerely,

Rabbi Gilad Kariv
IMPJ President and CEO

Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism
13 King David Street,
Jerusalem, Israel
94101
avrohom@reform.org.il

YAHRZEITS, TISHREI, 5780

RAM’S HORN POLICY FOR LISTING YAHRZEIT MEMORIALS:!
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 may we be a comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Deceased
Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Congregant
Heidi Jan Berger 26 Tamuz, 5779 Ex-wife of Tom Berger, Wife of William Franklin Raley, Mother of Polly Lorien and Jake Berger
Blanche Stoll Gulko 9 Tamuz, 5779 Mother of Rabbi Ruz Gulko
Bill Hinton 4 Nisan, 5779 Husband of Susan Hinton
Roger Reichert 11 Adar I, 5779 Son of Arlyne Reichert
Alfred Maleson 6 Tishrei, 5770 Uncle of Wendy Weissman
Frances Langsam 9 Tishrei, 5757 Mother of Helen Cherry
Paralee Poplack Shapiro 10 Tishrei, 5760 Mother of Jeff Shapiro
Ann Cohn 11 Tishrei, 5748 Mother of Arlyne Reichert
Irving Fineman 14 Tishrei, 5742 Father of Robert Fineman
Pauline Nagel 17 Tishrei, 5761 Mother of Meriam Nagel
Roberto Naduris 20 Tishrei, 5756 Husband of Susan Weissman
Rose Gran 20 Tishrei, 5775
William Semple 21 Tishrei, 5771 Father of Doug Semple
Leila Rapaport Green 23 Tishrei, 5728 Grandmother of Nadyne Weissman
Robert Klotzman 23 Tishrei, 5756
Hattye Oppenhemer Meyer 24 Tishrei, 5729 Grandmother of Diane Sherick
Alex Barrett 29 Tishrei, 5751 Father of Nadyne Weissman
Carl Kotler 30 Tishrei, 5754

CALL-IN INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAJCO MEETING 10/20/2019

A MAJCo meeting has been planned for Sunday morning, October 20, during the upcoming Missoula Shabbaton.

It will begin sharply at 8:30 AM and last approximately 1 to 2 hours.

For those unable to attend in person but wishing to participate, they may join in online: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/bchessin4
or by calling: (605) 313-6069
Access code: 857836
meeting ID: bchessin4

Anticipated agenda:

1. Introduction. Bert and Brian take a few minutes to bring people up to date on MAJCo. (5 min)

2. Congregational and Montana Jewish organizations (MAOR, Hadassah, other) summaries. (30 min)

3. CHANUKAH Menorah lighting plans. (5 min)

4. Financial summary (5 min)

5. Ideas on what communities and individuals want from MAJCo. BY-LAWS, annual gatherings, elections, dealing with political/social/security issues that directly affect congregations, minorities, etc. (30 min)

6. Other issues and announcements (10 min)

Submitted by Brian Schnitzer