Category Archives: Elul

AITZ CHAIM COMMUNITY ROSH HASHANAH SCHEDULE 2022, 5783

The following is the Aitz Chaim community Rosh Hashanah schedule 2022, 5783.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Please bring your reading glasses if you need them.

  • 9/25/2022, 29 Elul, 5782, 7:00PM: Erev Rosh Hashanah services, led by Wendy weissman and Devorah Werner at the Bethel. Oneg with apples and honey to follow (thanks Nadyne!)
  • 9/26/2022, 1 Tishrei, 5783, 10:00AM: Rosh Hashanah Morning Services led by Wendy Weissman and Devorah Werner at the Bethel. Tashlich to follow ON THE *WEISSMAN BRIDGE. (Note change in location).

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

    *The Weissman Bridge is part of the Rivers Edge trail connecting the 2 sides of the river next to Central Ave West. You may park at the Federal Courthouse, 125 Central Ave. West.

    Shana tovah u’metukah!

THE LITTLE NATION THAT COULD

From WSJ

BRETT SCHANDELSON IN THE NEWS

Congratulations, Brett! From the helena Independent Record

READY FOR ANOTHER JEW CREW HIKE? Devil’s Glen, Augusta

Our next north-central Montana hiking adventure will be Devil’s Glen. We will be caravanning from the Smith’s parking lot on September 10, meeting there at 8:00 AM and leaving there no later than 8:30 A.M. For anyone who wants to meet us at the trailhead, please make a point to be there by 10:00 A.M.

The Dearborn 206 trail, also called Devil’s Glen, is a spectacular hike at the headwaters of the Dearborn River and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The hike, which will total about six miles there and back, is considered to be easy, but features incredible views of limestone cliffs and waterfalls.

  • Please make a point to bring your own lunch, sunscreen, water, and bear spray.
  • dogs are welcome, but must be kept under the owner’s control at all times.
  • There are latrine facilities at the trailhead.
  • Aaron will prepare an appropriate adult discussion for Elul during lunch.
  • Those interested may also decide to gather for a beer after the hike in Augusta.

Please get in touch with Aaron at aaron@weissman.com or phone: (406) 868:8982, with any questions, or for directions to the trailhead.

Devil’s Glen, Dearborn 206, Guide, Montana

TO ACCOUNT FOR OUR ACTIONS, NURTURE OUR SOULS, AND SEEK HEALING, DR. ANDREW REHFELD, PH.D., PRESIDENT, HUC

Dear HUC Community,

The month of Elul is traditionally a time of reflection, preparing us for the Jewish New Year. It is a time to account for our actions, nurture our souls, seek healing, and prepare for the possibilities of the future. These days provide an opportunity for personal self-study, repair within ourselves and our communities, and reconciliation with others.

HUC-JIR is proud to be joining the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), American Conference of Cantors (ACC), Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE), and the Women’s Rabbinic Network (WRN) in presenting a meaningful learning program on the theme of teshuvah as we enter this season.

“On Repentance and Repair: A Reform Movement Program for the High Holy Days and Beyond,” available for free download, will explore our understanding of teshuvah, as we continue to grapple with the hard legacies of our past. This program includes a 45-minute video resource and discussion guide featuring Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, author of the forthcoming book, On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World, in conversation with Rabbi Jill Maderer, Senior Rabbi of Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Philadelphia. It is introduced by Rabbi Mary Zamore, WRN Executive Director; and includes closing reflections by Rabbi Rick Jacobs, URJ President, Rabbi Hara Person, CCAR Chief Executive, and me. I hope that you will find this program a source of support during this period of reflection and growth.

I also encourage you to explore the HUC Connect High Holy Days Playlist, comprised of College Commons podcasts and HUC Connect webinars, in which our faculty scholars and other experts illuminate significant contemporary themes and issues related to this season of study, introspection, and repentance. The programs range from discussing optimism in a time of uncertainty, gender and liturgy, and Jewish thought and reparations, to reflections on freedom and social justice, and guiding the emotional needs of children and one another. They will enrich your understanding and support your aspirations for the New Year.

May our learning together prepare us for the hard work of the weeks ahead. My wishes to you and your family for a New Year of blessing and peace.

Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D.
President

YAHRZEITS — ELUL, 5782

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
Don Cherry 25 KISLEV, 5782 HUSBAND OF HELEN CHERRY; FATHER OF STEVE, KAREN, AND DOUG CHERRY
Rae Lind 6 Cheshvan, 5782 Wife of Michael Renne
Bashe Fagenberg 10 Elul, 5685 Great-Grandmother of Nadyne Weissman
Diane Sherick 10 Elul, 5781 Wife of Jack Sherick, Mother of Michael Sherick and Heidi Sherick
Norman Nagel 11 Elul, 5736 Father of Meriam Nagel
William Meyer 21 Elul, 5726 Grandfather of Diane Sherick
Harriet Renne 22 Elul, 5769 Mother of Michael Renne
Dawn Schandelson 23 Elul, 5778 Wife of Arnold Schandelson, Mother of Brett and Scott Schandelson
Joe Barrett 28 Elul, 5753 Uncle of Nadyne Weissman and Joy Fedderson
Zel Lana Jennings 28 Elul, 5766 Niece of Diane Sherick

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THIS UPCOMING EVENT

This is a reminder of the Kabbalat Shabbat service led by Devorah Werner on the first Friday of the month, September 2, 2022, 6 Elul, 5782, at 6:00 P.M. at the Bethel.

As discussed and approved by the church council on June 8, 2021, all organizations that are using the facilities will be required to follow all the current use guidelines or any new guidelines adopted by the church council or as mandated by any federal, state or local government agency.

Current guidelines include but are not limited to:

  • Masks will be voluntary and are recommended if persons are or have been ill, or if people are more comfortable wearing them.
  • Social Distancing would still be appreciated.
  • Food or beverages will be allowed upon request. Council will review requests.
  • All contact surfaces must be wiped down with a sanitization product before leaving.
  • Any additional expense incurred due to requirements for additional sanitization of the facilities, or part of, shall be paid by the responsible parties involved.

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.

YAHRZEITS — AUGUST, 2022

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
Don Cherry NOV 29, 2021 25 KISLEV, 5782 HUSBAND OF HELEN CHERRY; FATHER OF STEVE, KAREN, AND DOUG CHERRY
Rae Lind Oct 12, 2021 6 Cheshvan, 5782 Wife of Michael Renne
Sidney Dunaeff Aug 7, 1976 25 Av, 5736 Uncle of Meriam Nagel
Ann Belfert Aug 12, 2017 20 Av, 5777 Mother of Gail Belfert
Walter Greenspan Aug 13, 2012 23 Av, 5772
Diane Sherick Aug 13, 2021 10 Elul, 5781 Wife of Jack Sherick, Mother of Michael Sherick and Heidi Sherick
Anne Nagel-Harris Aug 19, 1995 23 Av, 5755 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
Dorothy Meyer Aug 19, 2017 27 Av, 5777 Stepmother of Diane Sherick
Harriet Marion Barrett Aug 21, 2005 16 Av, 5765 Mother of Nadyne Weissman
Bashe Fagenberg Aug 30, 1925 10 Elul, 5685 Great-Grandmother of Nadyne Weissman

ROSH HASHANAH … ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE

From Congregation Har shalom, Missoula:

Hello dear friends in Great Falls!
I agree with President Laura that Rabbi Ruz made a wise decision. At Har Shalom, we decided that we could not gather indoors because our ventilation system is questionable. We felt we could not make the necessary renovations in time for the holidays. So, we initially decided to lead the service from the sanctuary on Zoom with only service leaders present. Then, one of our board members had a breakthrough Covid infection and several members were close contacts, two of whom would be service leaders, reading Torah along with me, OY! So out of an abundance of caution and the desire to put no one at risk, we are now almost completely online for the High Holidays. Only our outdoor Shofar Drive-in and Tashlich will be “in-person” outdoors.

These last-minute adjustments are time-consuming. I know you are completely able to do your own thing, but you are also welcome to join forces with us for any of the services. I’m attaching the schedule. All of the online services will be on Zoom Join Us

Whatever you finally decide to do, just wishing everyone a truly good New Year, filled with hope and sweetness!
B’ahava,
Rabbi Laurie

NEWEST REVISED High Holiday Schedule 09/01/2021
This is our calendar for High Holidays 2021/5782, updated 9/1 to take place on Zoom because of a recent Covid case in our leadership team (recovering well). As always, no tickets are required; all events are free, and donations are welcome. We are taking the Delta variant and current rise in local infections seriously, and decided that we will broadcast the main services on Zoom from our homes. Other changes may be coming as our pandemic situation develops.

  • Monday, Sept 6 2021, Erev Rosh Hashanah……6:30 to 7:30 pm, Zoom
  • Tuesday, Sept 07, 2021, For Everyone (kids, families, dogs) Shofar Service……9 to 9:30 am, back garden, rain or shine
  • Rosh Hashanah Service……10 am to 11:15 am, Zoom
  • Tashlich at the Clark Fork/Boone and Crockett……Noon to 1 pm
  • Friday, Sept 10, 2021, MAOR “Shabbat Shuva Across Montana”……6 to 7:15 pm, Zoom
  • Saturday, Sept 11, 2021, Shabbat Shuva Torah Study……10 am to noon, Zoom
  • Wednesday, Sept 15, 2021, Kol Nidre……7 to 8 pm, Zoom
  • Thursday, Sept 16, 2021, Yom Kippur Morning Service……10 am to noon, Zoom
  • Cheshbon Hanefesh, soul-accounting text study…..3:30 to 4:30 pm, Zoom
  • Yizkor…..6:30 pm, Zoom
  • Neilah, Closing of the Gates and Havdallah, end of Yom Kippur……6:45 pm to 8 pm, Zoom

ROSH HASHANAH SCHEDULE CHANGE

Since Rabbi Ruz will not be coming to Great Falls for Rosh Hashanah, it has been decided that we will not have in person services at the Bethel this year. There are a number of reasons, but paramount among them is that there is not sufficient time to prepare, and the continued threat of COVID in our community makes getting together indoors a challenge.

People wanting to attend services Monday evening and Tuesday can attend Beth shalom in Bozeman’s services via YouTube and on Zoom. See their schedule below.

Our GFHA community will gather outdoors for Tashlich on Tuesday, 09/07/2021, at 1pm at Giant Springs. The address for Giant Springs Heritage State Park is 4803 Giant Springs Road. Click here for driving directions.

It is suggested that Kol Nidrei/Erev Yom Kippur be live-streamed with Beth Shalom in Bozeman or the online service of your choice, but that on Thursday afternoon, 09/16, Rabbi Ruz could lead a discussion on Zoom, and then the Yizkor and Neilah services. This is not a definite schedule yet, so please check Aitz Chaim for updates

Submitted by Nadyne Weissman

High Holidays Schedule at Beth Shalom (From their web site)
Rosh Hashanah and the following week end

  • Saturday evening, 09/04/2021, 6 pm: S’lichot on Zoom For more information contact rabbisonja@bethshalombozeman.org
  • Monday evening, 09/06/2021, 6-8pm: Erev Rosh haShanah at the Ellen Theater:* in person and livestreamed on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/bethshalombozeman
  • Tuesday morning, 09/07/2021, 10:00am-12:00pm: Rosh haShanah Morning at Congregation Beth Shalom:** in person at the synagogue and livestreamed on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/bethshalombozeman
  • Tuesday afternoon, 09/07/2021, 4-5pm: Rosh haShanah Family Service Join us on Zoom
  • Tuesday evening, 09/07/2021, 6pm: Nosh haShanah for Young Adults
    – at Story Mill Park. For more information contact amber@bethshalombozeman.org

  • Friday evening, 09/10/2021, 6pm: Shabbat Shuvah across Montana Join us on Zoom
  • Saturday morning, 09/11/2021, 9:30am: Torah Study
  • Saturday afternoon, 09/11/2021, 3-5pm: Tashlich and Shofar Service at the Lalani Pavilion in Story Mill Park:*** in person
  • Tashlich: at the creek
  • Shofar Service: at the Lalani Pavilion

Yom Kippur

Tuesday evening, 09/28/2021, 7pm: Simchat Torah Concert with Amber Ikeman at the synagogue and live streamed on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/bethshalombozeman)

Please, by all means, contact rabbisonja@bethshalombozeman.org in case you have questions, concerns, or ideas of how we should move forward.