Category Archives: Elul
Habima actors sing for all those in quarantine
The wonderful actors of Habima – Israel’s national Theater – can’t stand still and silent under quarantine during World Theater day and created this clip that will lift the spirits of all the people that are in self-isolation. Thank you Habima Theater!
Because of the covid pandemic, Aitz Chaim will not be holding indoor services for High Holy days this year. Our only in person gathering will be for Tashlich at Giant Springs, 5401 18th Ave. N., at 1:30pm Saturday, September 19. We will also have a zoom Yizkor service on Yom Kippur led by Rabbi Ruz at 5pm Monday, September 28. We are still trying to see if we can offer some online learning with Rabbi Ruz and will send an update if that is scheduled.
We encourage our members to take advantage of the online services at Congregation Beth Shalom in Bozeman. They will be streaming High Holy Day services this year from the Ellen Theater. Sign up here or e-mail me at email@example.com.
Links for Yom Kippur services will be sent a few days in advance for those services.
Services in Bozeman will be led by Rabbi Mark Kula, accompanied by a cantorial soloist and a pianist.
There will be a way to chat and comment. They use the same machzor we do: Mishkan Hanefesh: Machzor For The Days of Awe. They will have that visible on the screen so you can follow along. (If you want to use an actual book, contact Helen Cherry by phone at (406) 727-2572 or (406) 868-4385 to make arrangements to pick them up. We have a few available to check out).
The president of the Bozeman community wanted to emphasize that there is no charge for these online services. However, their community will incur additional expenses to provide them so donations will be welcome. You can donate here or by mailing a check to Congregation Beth Shalom, 2010 W.Koch St, Bozeman, MT, 59718.
Here is the schedule including both Bozeman and Great Falls offerings:
Rosh Hashanah Congregation Beth Shalom online services
Aitz Chaim Great Falls Hebrew Community Tashlich
Yom Kippur Congregation Beth Shalom online services
Aitz Chaim Great Falls Hebrew Community Yizkor (followed by a short concluding service) via zoom, led by Rabbi Ruz
We encourage our community to join our zoom Yizkor as we will be reciting our community’s list. Bozeman will be having their own zoom meeting for their community’s Yizkor also at 5pm. They will be back to the online service at 5:45 for Ne’ilah – probably a little more formal than ours, if you prefer that option.
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Submitted by Laura Weiss, President, Great Falls Hebrew Association
ROSH HASHANAH MACHZOR, YOM KIPPUR MACHZOR, AND MISHKAN HANEFESH Machzor For The Days Of Awe AVAILABLE FOR CHECKOUT
Congregation Beth Shalom will display the prayer book passages online during their High Holy Day services on Zoom. If Aitz Chaim congregants would like to check out a copy of the prayer and service books to read along during the High Holy Day services, they are available at Helen Cherry’s. Please call her at either (406) 727-2572 or (406) 868-4385 to make arrangements to sign them out, pick them up, and return them when you are finished with them. Thank you.
Submitted by Helen Cherry
This year, Rosh Hashanah will be Friday evening through Sunday evening, September 18-20, 1-2 Tishrei, 5781. Because of the COVID-19 virus, the Aitz Chaim Board has decided that the safest thing for our community to do is to regretfully not meet in person for the High Holidays.
One of the options we have is to join Beth Shalom congregation in Bozeman online. There is no charge, but a donation would be appreciated. In order to join the service, you must preregister by filling out the form at this link. Congregation Beth Shalom, Bozeman Then you will receive directions to join the service.
We plan to meet on Saturday, September 19, at 1:30 PM, for Tashlich at Giant Springs, 5401 18th Ave. N. This will be safer since it is outdoors.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.