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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!


Rabbi Gilad Kariv
IMPJ President and CEO

Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism
13 King David Street,
Jerusalem, Israel



Is anyone planning to attend the Holocaust program at the Civic Center on Tuesday night? Perhaps it would be prudent for members of the Jewish community to get together afterwards to discuss the pros and cons of the program over dessert and coffee. Please offer a suggestion for an appropriate venue.

Also, if anyone is planning to attend the Eva Schloss presentation on Sunday, November 3, it might be worthwhile convoying to Bozeman for safety’s sake, depending on the weather and the roads.



Due to the weather and parking conditions, the location of our Tashlich Service has been changed from Giant Springs State Park to the Weissman walking bridge on Central Ave W.

We will gather for Tashlich after the conclusion of our Rosh Hashanah morning service, at approximately 12:30 PM on the bridge. There is parking available in the parking lot for the federal courthouse.

During Tashlich, attending congregants will decide the location for the no host Congregation lunch.


Please register by Monday October 7 .

We will not be able to accommodate you for meals & other special activities without your registration.

Shalom Missoula Shabbaton – October 18, 19, 20

Shabbat Services, Festive Home-cooked Shabbat Meals, Rabbinic Installation,
Jazz at the Mountain,

Jewish History Tours and Jewish Festival

Here is the Registration Form for our Shabbaton, Shalom Missoula. Please let me know
at if you prefer to have a paper copy sent to you by conventional mail. You can also register via Eventbrite, using this url:

You can register for All Shabbaton, which includes our Saturday evening fundraiser, “Jazz at the Mountain”. Our All Shabbaton pricing pays for meals and includes an increment for Har Shalom’s “Fund for the Future” to establish a Jewish center for learning and spiritual life. Please help us dream and grow!

You can also register for Shabbaton Light, which does not include the Saturday “Jazz at the Mountain” event or opt separately for “Jazz at the Mountain” and the Sunday Festival. Worship is open to all, no pay-to-pray!

• Inspirational, Musical Kabbalat Shabbat with our new music group, Selah
• Sit-down Shabbat Dinner with lively singing
• Shabbat Morning Service, Rabbinic installation, Shabbat Lunch
• Saturday Evening “Jazz at the Mountain”, gala fundraiser at Har Shalom
• Sat and Sunday light, buffet-style breakfasts
• Sunday mid-morning to early afternoon, “Leiser’s Footsteps, Missoula’s Jewish Treasures,” presentation and tours of a groundbreaking exhibit of the Jewish History of Missoula
• ***Sunday morning MAJCo Meeting ***
• Sunday afternoon Jewish Music, Food, & Dance Festival


Todah Robah to the following Congregation members who have offered their hospitality to Rabbi Ruz Gulko and to provide the oneg:

  • Sunday, 09/29/2019: Airport pickup for Rabbi Ruz Gulko: Stephen or Laura Boyd
  • Hosts: Nadyne and Jerry Weissman
  • Sunday, 09/29/2019, Dinner Hosts: Nadyne and Jerry Weissman
  • Sunday evening, 09/29/2019: Oneg: Nadyne and Jerry Weissman

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


Mazel tov to Don Cherry on his birthday, and to Bruce and Joy Breslauer on their 22nd wedding anniversary.  The Nagel Family


Please mark your calendars for this upcoming event.

  • Sunday evening, 09/29/2019, 7:00 P.M.: Arev Rosh Hashanah Services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at The Bethel. Oneg to follow.
  • Monday morning, 09/30/2019, 10:00 A.M.: Rosh Hashanah Morning Services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at The Bethel
  • Monday afternoon, 09/30/2019, 12:30 P.M.-ish: Tashlich at Giant Springs Heritage State Park
  • Monday afternoon, 09/30/2019, 1:30 P.M.-ish: Congregation no-host lunch to follow, at Maple Gardens,
  • The address for the Bethel is 1009 18th Avenue Southwest. click here for map and directions.

    The address for Giant Springs Heritage State Park is 4803 Giant Springs Road. Click here for driving directions.

    The address for Maple Gardens is 5401 9th Ave. S.


    Join us November 3 for A Historic Evening With Eva Schloss at Montana State University. Eva is a Holocaust survivor and stepsister to Anne Frank. Hear her fascinating and painful story of surviving the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, and how she still believes in the immeasurable power of good.

    Click HERE to purchase tickets

    Click HERE for sponsorship opportunities and for the private reception with Eva › news › montana_state_university


    This event has been moved to Friday, September 13, 2019.


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

    Hope to see you there.

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