Category Archives: 2017


As the following article notes, the 3-day workshop this spring will allow for 50 attendees. I believe there are at least 3, if not 4, Jewish cemeteries in Montana.

It might be useful if one or two Jewish communities could attend. Those closest to Helena should find the workshop most convenient. For additional information, contact:


Aug 23, 2017

By: Melissa Jensen – MTN News

HELENA – The Montana History Foundation recently announced it is receiving a grant from the National Park Service – one of just 12 grants given nationwide and the only one in Montana.

The $25,000 grant will be used for a three-day workshop next spring on preserving Montana cemeteries through education and technology.

Montana History Foundation CEO Charlene Porsild says they expect to bring up to 50 people from across Montana to Helena for the workshop.

It will include experts on various types of technology that can aid in grave identification and location, along with traditional methods like archival research.

Porsild says there are hundreds of historic cemeteries across Montana that can benefit from the workshop.

“Our community histories are caught up in those burials, whether they stayed in the same place or moved, whether the marker is still there or not,” says Porsild. “So that’s part of what we want to help people recover is the history of who’s in those cemeteries, whose family’s connections are in those cemeteries and how to draw those out and to preserve them for future generations.”

Porsild says the workshop will be recorded and eventually placed on their website to help continue education efforts for those who are unable to attend in person.


The story of the November 29th, 1947 UN vote for the Partition of Palestine. A vote that lasted a mere three minutes changed the course of Jewish History and brought 20 centuries of Jewish homelessness to an end.

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Submitted by Rabbi Ruz Gulko


Dear friends

It is deeply moving to watch how The Shabbos Project has matured over the past five years. It has become part of the fabric of the international Jewish calendar, and touches so many people from so many diverse backgrounds in so many different ways.

The Shabbos Project experience has become deeper and more meaningful for Jewish communities worldwide. It has been so beautiful to see how keeping Shabbos has become accessible to all of us – how we are connecting more often and more deeply with the joy of Shabbos, which seems to be more needed with every passing day in our crazy, beautiful world.

Enjoy this global snapshot of The Shabbos Project 2017.

Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein

Around the world

This year’s fourth international Shabbos Project reached 1 416 cities and 97 countries around the world. More than one million people took part in celebrations on and around the Shabbos of 27 and 28 October.

In the US alone – from Teaneck to Thompsonville, Miami to Mableton, Baltimore to Bridgeport – there were a total of 586 participating cities, with an estimated 20 000 people taking part in locations such as LA and San Diego.

In Israel, President Reuven Rivlin officially endorsed the project – joining public figures as varied as Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, Ron Huldai, Yair Lapid, Aviv Alush, Natan Sharansky and Amir Ohana. There were 307 participating cities and 331 main events taking place across the country, not including countless Shabbat meals and Kiddush gatherings in streets, parks and apartment buildings.

Europe (48 participating cities in France, 31 in Russia and around 100 000 people taking part in the UK, where Prime Minister Theresa May commended the project); Latin America (138 cities); and Australia (Sydney and Melbourne each had more than 10 000 participants) all had record numbers celebrating this year’s Shabbos Project, while countries such as Mozambique, Cyprus, Paraguay and Venezuela hosted Shabbos Project festivities for the first time.
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From the field

To coordinate the initiative on this scale, the head office in Johannesburg worked with more than 8 000 partners worldwide – up from 6 000 partners in 2016.

Event reports and personal stories continue to stream in from all over the world, and while we work to consolidate all of the information, here is what people are saying:

“Two years ago, my family decided to join The Shabbos Project. We had never before kept Shabbat. After the 25 hours were over, I had such a great feeling. We participated again last year, and for some reason, I felt even better. This year everything just felt right. Tomorrow we will be moving to a new residence within the Plano eruv, and within walking distance of shul, so we can keep Shabbat. I would like to thank everyone who showed us what Shabbat is all about.”
– Ilana Panush, Plano, Texas

“I helped organise 17 Challah Bakes throughout Florida. Considering Florida had recently suffered from Hurricane Irma, it is amazing that any events actually materialised. Many people were without power and air conditioning for weeks after the storm. Then we went right into the Jewish holidays. We had an entire state of ‘exhausted’ people. But Floridians mustered their best efforts and pulled off 17 sold-out inspirational Challah Bakes, each with their own special flair.”
– Alyssa Baumgarten, Miami, USA

“We had an amazing, highly emotional Shabbat and people literally shed tears. Nearly 400 people took part in the event held on the main road of the yishuv. The participants were young and old. Elderly Holocaust survivors and senior citizens mixed with children of five. Observant Jews joined with non-observant Jews. Everyone sat in silence when the rabbi of the yishuv said Kiddush. Tears streamed from a group of women who, for nearly 30 years, had not heard Kiddush and had not experienced an atmosphere and a group of Jews like they did on this holy day. A Holocaust survivor was completely overcome with emotion. It was an extraordinary event that left no one untouched.”
– Etti Cohen, Bnei Ayish, Israel

“It’s an amazing project. A worldwide Shabbat that all of us keep together – observant, not observant, less connected, more connected. I think there’s something so beautiful and unifying in it. Personally, I first encountered The Shabbat Project three years ago and I remember telling my wife, ‘Yalla, let’s give it a shot, what do we have to lose?’. And it was just a magical experience – the family bonding, the quiet, the disconnecting. Just one Shabbat, together.”
– Aviv Alush, Israeli actor

“In Lima, we had 240 people attend a Challah Bake at a local school. After sifting 600 kilos of flour to make hundreds of loaves, we spontaneously broke out into Rikudim [Israeli folk dancing]. The best part was seeing all the photos afterwards – the joy on the faces of all the women doing this sacred Jewish rite. This was our fourth year participating and we have put together the proceeds of all four Challah Bakes to create a special app with Jewish classes to educate the community.”
– Fanny Levy, Lima, Peru

“We made Kiddush, we ate, danced, and sang at the Shabbat table, with 40 students from ages 16 to 25. We celebrated well into the night.”
– Lavi Olami, Budapest, Hungary

“I’ve kept the Shabbat for several years now, and, honestly, I don’t know how to put into words what this day means for me. I guess you could say Shabbat is my best friend. I wait for it starting Sunday, and I can’t survive without it. The Shabbat Project is an extra special Shabbat – a Shabbat we all keep together wherever we are in the world, whatever ‘group’ we belong to, wherever we are on our own personal journeys. One day to put everything aside, lay down our phones, and really be with ourselves, with our families, with our friends. A day of real blessing and comfort.”
– Natan Goshen, Israeli singer-songwriter

“A remarkable Shabbat in Camps Bay. Nine new families keeping Shabbat. One woman said, ‘This is great – I could do this every week.’ At our communal lunch, while we were singing, 96-year-old Holocaust survivor Ella Blumenthal got up on her chair and started dancing. There were two kids who walked five kilometres through to neighbouring Sea Point to attend a friend’s bar mitzvah. A few families made arrangements to stay close by, renting airbnb apartments or staying at friends, just so they could walk to shul.”
– Rabbi Yochi Ziegler, Cape Town, South Africa

“The women and girls from across the island arrived before candle lighting and we all lit together. Many had never lit before. The children had a special programme during Kabbalat Shabbat. Afterwards, we celebrated with an amazing meal made by a variety of women from our community – there were Moroccan, Ashkenazi, Tripoli foods. It was very colourful and tasty. We had 100 people for Friday night and many of them returned the next day.”
– Shaindel Raskin, Larnaca, Cyprus

“Spontaneous dancing at Kabbalat Shabbat, passionate singing at the Havdallah Concert. It was amazing to have so many people. An inspirational experience.”
– Ori Bergman, Buffalo, USA

“The feeling that was created when the community came together in celebration of Shabbat made you feel a deep sense of belonging, that you are a part of something bigger than yourself, your family or even your Sydney community.”
– Lauren Kavnat, Sydney, Australia

“I live in Nelson, New Zealand, a town of approximately 150 Jews, where we’ve tried to ‘Keep It Together’ over the past three years (sadly, we no longer have a shul – it was closed over 100 years ago). Last weekend, my family being away, I decided to do The Shabbat Project all by myself. It was a wonderfully peaceful and meaningful 25 hours. Given our geographic location, I guess, along with other New Zealanders, I would have been among the first people on the planet to usher in Shabbat. I’m very much looking forward to participating again next year, and I’m hoping to observe a few more full Shabbats over the year.”
– Richard Noar, Nelson, New Zealand

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At the hub

At The Shabbos Project headquarters, in Johannesburg, a team of designers, copywriters and campaign strategists worked around the clock, custom-designing marketing and educational materials for hundreds of cities.

Meanwhile, eight separate help desks at the international call centre in Tel Aviv fielded tens of thousands of calls and emails across 10 different languages.

That The Shabbos Project was able to spread to new cities and reach new people can be attributed in no small part to a Facebook campaign that reached more than five million people worldwide.

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In the media

The 2017 Shabbos Project garnered coverage in major mainstream publications such as the Chicago Tribune, the San Diego Tribune, the Huffington Post and the London Times; major Jewish media houses such as the Times of Israel, the Jerusalem Post, the Forward, Algemeiner and JTA; local Jewish newspapers across the US; and all of Israel’s main news sites.

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I can’t believe the winter holidays are just about upon us again! I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving.

In just a few short weeks, it will be time for us to volunteer at the Mercy Home during Christmas. This is an opportunity for us to allow the staff of the Mercy Home, the domestic violence shelter for women in Great Falls, to have the day off to spend with their families, while we as volunteers run the shelter for about 24 hours.

Here are the shifts that need to be filled:

  • Sunday 12/24 2-5 PM
  • Sunday 12/24 5-8 PM
  • Sunday 12/24 8-11 PM
  • Monday 12/25 8-11 AM
  • Monday 12/25 11 AM to 2 PM
  • Monday 12/25 2-5 PM

You do not need to have any experience to volunteer – you just need to either be a female or volunteer with a female due to the fact that this is a women’s shelter. If you are new, I will either personally give you an orientation or have the Mercy Home staff give you an orientation.

Please consider helping this year!

E-mail me at or text or call me at 868-5712 to help.

Thank you!

Wendy Weissman


What’s New at the IMPJ? – Chesvan 5778 Newsletter


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
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
Sarah Lewin 13 Adar, 5777 Mother of Rachel Michele Lewin Costaneda
Sylvia Goldman 27 Sch’vat, 5777 Grandmother of Cece Drew
Dr. Daniel Foxman 4 Kislev, 5762 Father of Marty Foxman
Henry Espelin 7 Kislev, 5745 Father of Dawn Schandelson
Irving Tatz 12 Kislev, 5769 Father of Janet Tatz
Joseph Magalnick 13 Kislev, 5731 Father of Elliot Magalnick
Richard Weiss 15 Kislev, 5761 Father of Laura Weiss
Diane Kaplan 16 Kislev, 5770 Mother of Kai Nealis
Mike Thorne 17 Kislev, 5777 Relative of Alan Thorne
Carl Weissman 20 Kislev, 5721 Grandfather of Jerry Weissman
Beverly Tatz 26 Kislev, 5776 Mother of Janet Tatz
Sarah Barrett 30 Kislev, 5728 Grandmother of Nadyne Weissman



Dear Friends,

As many of you know, Menemsha Films is the largest distributor of Jewish themed films in North America. Many of you recently licensed “The Women’s Balcony” from us for successful programming at your congregation. We have a vast catalogue of films for additional programming.

We specifically want to point out the film “Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not be Silent” for the upcoming MLK Day January 15, 2018. “Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent” is a documentary about the leading rabbi in 1930’s Berlin who emigrated to America. Rabbi Prinz became one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s closest confidantes and spoke just prior to Martin Luther King at the March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 . Rabbi Prinz’ address has been widely acclaimed throughout the history of the civil rights movement and is remembered for its contention that in the face of discrimination, “the most urgent, the most disgraceful, the most shameful and the most tragic problem is silence.”

In this time of racial tension, Rabbi Prinz is a leading example of empathy and taking action in the face of prejudice, standing up for those oppressed and living a righteous life.

Here is the link for the trailer for “Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent”.

For more information on Rabbi Prinz and to read the transcript of his speech, please see the website at

Please let me know if you would like a link to preview the film.


Menemsha Films
Heidi Bogin Oshin
2601 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 100
Santa Monica, California 90405
Tel 310.452.1775
Fax 310.452.3740


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