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Project to preserve Montana cemeteries gets $25K grant
Posted: Aug 23, 2017 4:44 PM MDT
Updated: Aug 23, 2017 4:44 PM MDT
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.




Dear Friends,

With immense Gratitude to Almighty G-d we are pleased to announce the arrival of our baby Chana Laya!
Chana Laya has a registry at babylist and in Bozeman at Baby Logic at the mall or online
We are very excited to welcome this new addition to our family and look forward to raising her to Torah, Chupah and good deeds.
May we collectively share in happy occasions together.
Rabbi Chaim, Chavie, Shoshana, Chaya, Zeesy and Menny


Isaiah Envisions a Museum!
By Rabbi Chaim
I guess you can call it good planning on my part; hiking the M for the very first time on Sunday, meeting amazing trekkers along the way. It allowed me to see how wonderful humanity truly is, despite the horrifying news that we received from Charlottesville after Shabbos. It’s hard to believe the word Nazi is still associated with living beings, it’s even harder to accept that there are those who hate others based on their skin color, religion, lifestyle or philosophical outlook. It is no coincidence that, although Chavie has been meticulously planning this launch since January, it was the week of August 14 that was chosen to announce the campaign to build The Holocaust Museum of Montana. Never Again, means Never Again; is that so hard to comprehend?

Tonight, is Shabbos Mevarchim, in which we bless the upcoming month of Elul. It is during this month, during the weeks leading up to the High Holy Days, that we take stock of our past year, we seek to return to our Creator with healthy introspection, small positive changes and unbridled enthusiasm to rock on into the New Year. In the Haftorah that we’ll read in Shul from our Prophet Isaiah, we are consoled “O poor tempestuous one, who was not consoled, behold I will set your stones with carbuncle, and I will lay your foundations with sapphires. And I will make your windows of jasper and your gates of carbuncle stones, and all your border of precious stones. And all your children shall be disciples of the Lord, and your children’s peace shall increase. With righteousness shall you be established, go far away from oppression, for you shall not fear, and from ruin, for it will not come near you. Behold, the one with whom I am not, shall fear, whoever mobilizes against you shall defect to you”.

We, the Jewish community, must not fall into the trap of fighting hatred with even more hatred. We must do everything in our power to uproot Nazism from these United States, but at the same time, we must ask ourselves, privately, am I REALLY helping America? Am I contributing love and peace to our country or am I, perhaps, doing the exact opposite? Elul, is days away, and it’s time to converse with our souls. I’m not a constitutional lawyer and I don’t understand exactly what free speech is and what it isn’t, but I do know how Chaim Bruk could choose to speak, I do know how Chaim Bruk can choose to see things, I do know how Chaim Bruk can be a better person. If I shine light, you shine light and everyone else shines light, the darkness will have a rough time and that is the goal.

Think it’s impossible? Daryl David disagrees!


Dear friends,

We, together with friends and partners around the world, were shocked to learn about the horrendous acts of antisemitism, racism, bigotry and violence which took place in Charlottesville last weekend. On behalf of the entire staff, lay leadership and congregational members of the Israel Reform Movement, we sent our friends in Charlottesville the following message.

On behalf of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), we want to express our deep sorrow and distress by the events which took place in Charlottesville over the past weekend. Together with you, we are shocked and horrified by the rise of antisemitism, racism and bigotry in America. We are committed to working with you and all of our Jewish sisters and brothers all across the United States in ridding this horrendous acts of hatred from our midst. Know that we stand with you in solidarity and are here to lend a helping hand.

In these times of distress, we pray that we will know how to channel our anger not in the way of Amalek, but rather follow the ways of some of our greatest teachers and rabbis. In the spirit of Tisha b’Av, which we marked just two weeks ago, and further in the spirit of love of Tu b’Av, may we internalize the words of Rabbi Kook: “and if we were destroyed and our world was destroyed over blind hatred, may we rebuild and may our world be rebuilt by blind love.”

The IMPJ deputy-chair for Financial Affairs, Adv. Yair Lootsteen, spent time with his family in Charlottesville almost 20 years ago. Therefore, when he heard what had happened, it hit close to home. Yair sent a most moving
letter to members of the Charlottesville. In it, he shared these moving words: “”כל ישראל ערבים זה לזה”. “All of Israel is responsible for one another”. Easier said than done when we are thousands of miles apart. But please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your congregants during these difficult times, as they are with all good people of Charlottesville. We pray for your safety and for a speedy return of calm and tranquility. “יְהִי שָׁלוֹם בְּחֵילֵךְ שַׁלְוָה בְּאַרְמְנוֹתָיִך”ְ. ” Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces”.

Yours in solidarity,

Rabbi Gilad Kariv- President and CEO of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism

Reuven Marko- Chairperson of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism

Click here to support the IMPJ


Now that there has been a break in the extremely hot weather, please come to the cemetery on Sunday, August 13, 2017, starting at 10:00 A.M., ready to clean and mow.

Please bring mowers, weed whackers, yard and leaf bags, cans of gasoline, and fleshig finger food and drinks for fellowship.

The best address for the cemetery is 81 Highland Road.  To get there (from the Benefis East hospital), drive Southbound on 26th Street past the hospital for 1.5 miles and follow the road when it turns to the left.  At that point the road will become Highland Road.  Continue straight for a mile until you reach the cemetery.

Thank you.
Joy Breslauer, Ram’s Horn Editor
Aitz Chaim, Great falls Hebrew Association


The family of Beverly Gertrude Zoot Tatz is to hold the unveiling of her headstone the morning of Sunday, August 13.

It will take place at 11:00 AM at Home of Peace Cemetery
located on Alexander Street between Brady Street and Custer Avenue in Helena.

A brunch and social gathering on the second floor at Touchmark, 915 Saddle Drive, will follow the unveiling.

All are welcome to attend the unveiling and the activities at Touchmark, but are asked to rsvp, if affirmative, to:


Great Falls Inter-Faith Association
July 27th, 2017
Those present:
Pastor Ray Larson, Benefis Healthcare Stephen Boyd, GF Hebrew Association
Rick Allison, Big Sky Baptist Jim McCormick, Rescue Mission
Beth McKinney, GF Food Banks Leesha Ford, Toby’s House
Jodi Niemeier, Toby’s House Mike Whitney, Calvary Chapel
Kathy Schendel, Echoz Pregnancy Care Matt Firkel, GF Rescue Mission Thrift Store
Mark Davis, Foot of the Cross Christian Book Store

Focus: Great Falls Community Resources & Supporting Services

Pastor Ray opened with a reading from Romans and a prayer.

The following letter was inserted from our first presenter, Mark Davis.
The Foot of the Cross Christian Store.
A non-profit Christian retail store being developed to provide the necessary materials and gifts to enhance the walk of a believer and give understanding to those that are lost.
Fellow followers of Christ,
My name is Mark Davis and I have served as the general manager of the Family Christian Store in Great Falls up to its closing on April 15, 2017.
Before the final days of business, God placed it on my heart to develop another Christian store here in Great Falls which would benefit the community and the Christian charities of our city. To meet this goal, I have been working on gathering the necessary information to determine the initial cost of opening a store of this nature.
Preliminary figures have come in at a little over $189,000.00 and to build in a creditable allotment for increased cost during renovation and stocking, I feel a loan of $200,000.00 would be necessary. Even though I have over 42 years of retail experience, the banks would consider this as a startup project and require a 25% down payment. This means we would have to come up with an investment of $50,000.00 from those interested in seeing a new source of Christian products maintained locally.
The one thing that God made clear to me was that this was not to be for my benefit and all the net profits generated would need to be distributed fairly among those Christian charities in need here in Great Falls. To this end, I am hoping to develop a non-profit board of directors that would be responsible for accepting the applications and determining the appropriate amount of funding to be given to those charities who have applied.
I have already talked with an attorney and accounting firm that would be willing to assist in establishing our corporate structure and by laws.
So I guess the question you will all have is why am I touching base with you? The answer has many facets, but really comes down to three major areas.
1. I would like to get your input on not only what you would like to see carried in the store, but if you really feel as I do, that the need for a tangible source of Christian products is necessary to maintain here in the Great Falls community.
2. I would like to have several of you serve on the board of directors, so that a just and fair assessment can be made on who the funding developed by the store will go to and to make sure that those applying are truly using these funds for the Kingdom of God.
3. I would also ask that you might allow me to present this idea to your churches, so that we would be able to raise the necessary funds to make this store come to fruition.
If any of you have further questions, comments and/or ideas that you would like to pass by me, please feel free to contact me directly.
Mark Davis
406-453-1883 home
406-868-6832 cell
PS: We have already created an online donation platform with if you need more information.
Thank You and be blessed,
Mark Davis

Leesha Ford – Toby’s Crisis House Nursery – Huge Needs in Small Packages
Similar to facilities such as Jeremiah’s Place in Pittsburgh PA, Leesha is trying to open Toby’s Crisis House Nursery in Great Falls. It is a crisis nursery for children 0-6, it reduces the number of children being removed from homes and being placed in Foster Care. Montana is higher than most other states in cases of child abuse, double the amount of shaken baby syndrome per capita. In a community need assessment for a crisis nursery in 2016, only 6 of over 100 parents said they would not use a crisis nursery for anything from destressing to job interviews.
Crisis care would be available 356 days, 24 hours a day. They are hoping to open a temporary shelter in the next 6 months that could house around 6 children at a time, but eventually opening a larger center with 14-16 beds. The staff will consist of both paid employees and volunteers.
This is not a duplication of the children’s receiving home as it is more preventative versus reactive. i.e. children who have already been removed from a home. This nursery would provide help for families in crisis to hopefully avoid the abuse from ever occurring. Most cases when CPS has been called, parents are calling with providers to avoid a crisis situation.
“Mind the Gap” This is a gap in our community that this nursery is hoping to fill. They have many other services on their board of directors and are connected to many community partnerships.
What they are looking for right now is a temporary home, maybe a church basement, or an old Day Care center.
For more info, questions, or to help, visit

Pastor Ray adjourned the meeting.

Contributed by Stephen Boyd


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
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
Sarah Lewin Mar 11, 2017 13 Adar, 5777 Mother of Rachel Michele Lewin Costaneda
Lydia (Leah) Bailey Mar 31, 2017 3 Nissan, 5777 Mother of Karen (Chaya) Semple
Elsie Cook Mother of Helen Auch
Sidney Dunaeff Aug 7, 1976 25 Av, 5736 Uncle of Meriam Nagel
Walter Greenspan Aug 13, 2012 23 Av, 5772
Anne Nagel-Harris Aug 19, 1995 23 Av, 5755 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
Harriet Marion Barrett Aug 21, 2005 16 Av, 5765 Mother of Nadyne Weissman

TISHA B/AV 2017 5777

What is the saddest day of your life? For most of us, it’s the day when someone close to us passes away. For the Jewish people as a nation, the saddest day is the 9th of the Hebrew month of Av — the day when our Temple in the heart of Jerusalem was destroyed. That is what our tradition teaches us. However, it is hard to relate to the loss of something 2,000 years ago — especially since we never experienced having the Temple in our lifetime.

July 31st, Monday evening through Tuesday night, is Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the Jewish month of Av. It is the saddest day in the Jewish year. What should a person do if he has no feeling for Tisha B’Av? If a person is Jewish and identifies with being Jewish, then it behooves him to find out why we as a people mourn on this day — what have we lost? What did it mean to us? What should we be doing to regain that which we have lost? At the very minimum, we should mourn that we don’t feel the pain.

In 1967, Israeli paratroopers captured the Old City and made their way to the Wall. Many of the religious soldiers were overcome with emotion and leaned against the Wall praying and crying. Far back from the Wall stood a non-religious soldier who was also crying. His friends asked him, “Why are you crying? What does the Wall mean to you?” The soldier responded, “I am crying because I don’t know why I should be crying.”

Tisha B’Av is observed to mourn the loss of the Temples in Jerusalem. What was the great loss from the destruction of the Temples? It is the loss of feeling God’s presence. The Temple was a place of prayer, spirituality, holiness, open miracles. It was the center for the Jewish people, the focal point of our Jewish identity. Three times a year (Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot) every Jew would ascend to the Temple. Its presence pervaded every aspect of Jewish life — planning the year, where one faced while praying, where one would go for justice or to learn Torah, where one would bring certain tithes.

On the 9th of Av throughout history many tragedies befell the Jewish people, including:
1. The incident of the spies slandering the land of Israel with the subsequent decree to wander the desert for 40 years.
2. The destruction of the first Temple in Jerusalem by Nevuchadnetzar, King of Babylon in 423 BCE.
3. The destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 CE.
4. The fall of Betar and the end of the Bar Kochba revolt against the Romans 65 years later, 135 CE.
5. Pope Urban II declared the First Crusade. Tens of thousands of Jews were killed, and many Jewish communities obliterated.
6. The Jews of England were expelled in 1290.
7. The Jews of Spain were expelled in 1492.
8. World War One broke out on Tisha B’Av in 1914 when Russia declared war on Germany. German resentment of the Treaty of Versailles set the stage for World War II and the Holocaust.
9. On Tisha B’Av, deportation began of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto.

Submitted by Jerry Weissman

Cry no more Yerushalayim!
By Rabbi Chaim

I would love to ignore the horrible news, but I can’t. I’d rather talk about much happier things, there are plenty, but I can’t. I can’t ignore the Savta (grandma) who watched her husband, son and daughter slaughtered before her eyes as she barely survived her injuries. I can’t ignore the mother holding the door knob tightly as she protected her five young kids, while listening to her husband scream before he breathed his last breath. I can’t ignore the arab world claiming victimhood over metal-detectors, after two of their very own cold bloodedly murdered two Druze police officers. I’d like to go back to my Bozeman bubble and say “we just need peace”, I’d like to think I can solve this issue by placing a “Coexist” bumper sticker on the back of my Subaru, but in truth, what we really need is our arab neighbors to love and teach life as much as we do.

In Israel, Mickey Mouse hangs out with Donald Duck and Minnie,
in Gaza he sings about using his AK-47 .
For close to two thousand years, since being tortured, humiliated and exiled by the Romans, we’ve never stopped yearning. The Jews in Israel and abroad have been praying thrice daily “May our eyes see Your merciful return to Tzion.”, every Shabbos we pray, sometimes in heartwarming song, “From your place, our King, may You appear, and reign over us, for we are waiting for You….May You be exalted and sanctified within Your city Jerusalem, generation after generation, and for all eternity” and we always pray towards our holy Jerusalem, no matter where we are in the world, while Muslims pray towards Mecca, their holiest site, even when they’re kneeling on the Temple Mount.

Tuesday is Tisha B’Av, our national day of mourning, and in addition to fasting, we must have a collective moment of honesty. Jews are peaceful, we don’t want any person in the world to suffer, including Jews. We need to say the truth – even if a friend or two will disown you – that the Holy Land of Eretz Yisroel was, and will always be, our home. Whether Canaan, Israel, Palestine or Palestina, we’ve lived on its holy soil since Abraham’s days and that will never change. My paternal grandparents were Palestinian, as they lived under Ottoman and British rule in Palestine way before 1948 and our people will continue living there way past 2048! Political persuasions aside, we can, and should, have healthy debates about Israeli government policy, but we can’t, and should never, debate our right to be home.
Cry no more Yerushalayim!
May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Moshiach speedily. May He protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L’Chaim!!!


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
Sarah Lewin 13 Adar, 5777 Mother of Rachel Michele Lewin Costaneda
Lydia (Leah) Bailey 3 Nisan, 5777 Mother of Karen (Chaya) Semple
Natalee Holly Kelman 3 Av, 5773 Daughter of Evelyn Kelman
Miriam Fischer 8 Av, 5713 Mother of Robert Fischer
Harriet Marion Barrett 16 Av, 5765 Mother of Nadyne Weissman
Anne Nagel-Harris 23 Av, 5755 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
Walter Greenspan 23 Av, 5772
Sidney Dunaeff 25 Av, 5736 Uncle of Meriam Nagel