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AITZ CHAIM COMMUNITY SUKKOT GATHERING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

The Aitz Chaim community will hold a Sukkot gathering on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at Gibson Park, east of the flower garden at Third Street North, at 1:00 P.M.  Come an hour earlier to help us build a Succah. We will gather observing all of the health and safety guidelines concerning the coronavirus: washing hands, using hand sanitizer, social distancing, wearing masks. Instead of an esrog, we will use a lemon. Instead of a lulav, we will use wheat stalks.

Aaron Weissman will bring a camp stove to heat apple cider. There may be individually wrapped food items there. It has been awhile since we have seen each other in person. We want to have a small celebration to commemorate the ingathering of the Jews under God’s protective shelter, and the ingathering of the fall harvest to sustain us through the winter and whatever other hardships the next year may bring.

Please join us in celebrating our connection to God and His protection and provision for us, our connection to the beauty and the bounty of the Earth which He has created for our sustenance and enjoyment, and the strong and loving connections we have with one another.

JOIN CONGREGATION BETH SHALOM IN BOZEMAN VIA ZOOM FOR A SUKKOT CELEBRATION THIS FRIDAY

Congregation Beth Shalom, Bozeman

AITZ CHAIM COMMUNITY ROSH HASHANAH AND YOM KIPPUR SERVICES SCHEDULE

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 president@aitzchaim.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

  • Erev Rosh Hashanah Friday September 18 at 6pm
  • Rosh Hashanah Morning Saturday September 19 at 10am
  • Aitz Chaim Great Falls Hebrew Community Tashlich

  • in person gathering outdoors at Giant Springs, Saturday September 19 at 1:30pm
  • Yom Kippur Congregation Beth Shalom online services

  • Kol Nidre Sunday, September 27 at 7pm
  • Yom Kippur morning Monday, September 28 at 10am
  • Aitz Chaim Great Falls Hebrew Community Yizkor (followed by a short concluding service) via zoom, led by Rabbi Ruz

  • Monday September 28 at 5pm. Zoom link to be published when available.
  • 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.

    Let me know if you have any questions: president@aitzchaim.com

    Submitted by Laura Weiss, President, Great Falls Hebrew Association

    CELEBRATING ROSH HASHANAH AND YOM KIPPUR SAFELY

    From The New York Times, September 6, 2020

    AN ONLINE OPTION FOR AITZ CHAIM TO CELEBRATE THE HIGH HOLIDAYS 2020 5781

    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.

    DON’T MISS PART II OF THIS SPECIAL ZOOM PROGRAM FROM ISRAEL 8:00AM SUNDAY MORNING, 08/16/2020

    Don’t miss Part II of this special program from Israel by Rabbi Ervin Birnbaum, a 92-year-old passenger who survived the journey of The Exodus in 1947.

    Eye Witness Testimony
    The amazing story of “Exodus 1947” – the ship that launched a nation

    Part II: Sunday, August 16, 2020, 8:00AM MDT, 10:00AM EDT, 5:00PM IDT
    Join Zoom Meeting

    Submitted by Natalie Fisher Guerin

    HAPPY 75TH BIRTHDAY, ELLIOTT MAGALNICK!

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is condensed from a post on Caring Bridge, where Elliott’s son Joel has been posting updates about his dad from time to time. (see article on past rabbis in The Ram’s Horn.) It would be nice to send a card.

    Elliott’s got a big birthday coming
    Journal entry by Joel Magalnick — August 10

    Hi everyone,

    I realize it has been over a year and a half since I last posted, so I thought I’d give an update. Overall he appears to be doing quite well. He has been largely stable for the past couple years with some ups and downs here and there. With the onset of Covid, he has been more or less in lockdown in his room at Brookdale, but starting to venture out a little more for meals in a physically distanced cafeteria.

    Since visitors aren’t allowed in the building he has gotten a few visits from friends through the window, where they chat with masks on at a six-foot distance.

    … Believe it or not, the old man turns 75 next Wednesday, August 19th. It would be great if you could call or stop by. Unfortunately it’s not as easy as just picking up the phone and reaching him. He has trouble using his phone, even if it does ring, so to have a chat you’ll need to reach out to Brookdale directly at 303-364-7149 and have them come to the room with the phone. They prefer that you set up time to do the call or you even set up a Zoom chat, which the front desk can facilitate.

    …Brookdale is at 150 Quebec St. in Denver, 80230.

    He would love to have visitors! Stay healthy everyone.

    Joel

    DON’T MISS THIS SPECIAL ZOOM PROGRAM FROM ISRAEL at 8:00AM SUNDAY MORNING, 08/09/2020

    Shalom,

    Here is Zoom information for an incredible program on Sunday. My 92-year-old Rabbi was on the Exodus and this program will talk about it. Rabbi Birnbaum is beyond incredible as is his entire family. He is originally from Slovakia and was liberated at the age of 14 – he’ll tell the story on Sunday. It will be fun to see you if you join in on the Zoom. Here you go.

    Eye Witness Testimony
    The amazing story of “Exodus 1947” – the ship that launched a nation

    Part I: Sunday, August 9, 2020, 8:00AM MDT, 10:00AM EDT, 5:00PM IDT
    Part II: Sunday, August 16, 2020, 8:00AM MDT, 10:00AM EDT, 5:00PM IDT
    Join Zoom Meeting. Use this same link for both days.

    Submitted by Natalie Fisher Guerin

    AN OPEN INVITATION TO MEMBERS AND FRIENDS FROM CONGREGATION BETH AARON, BILLINGS

    Shalom CBA Members and Friends,

    COVID-19 has affected us all in ways we couldn’t have guessed when this year started, but I want to tell you about Hannah Simkovic-Kitterman.

    Hannah and I have been working together for a while now, and at the beginning of the year, the excitement was building for her to invite her family and friends, and fill the synagogue with people excited to welcome her into the Jewish community as a Bat Mitzvah, a “Daughter of the Commandments”. We had a date set, we had plans for what it would look like, and the party was being thought about.

    And then COVID-19 happened.

    At first, we decided to postpone it to late summer, in the hopes that things would normalize and we would be able to do it “right.” Unfortunately, things once again did not work out according to plan. Undaunted, but a little demoralized, we pressed on.

    I personally can’t imagine what it is like to have any lifecycle event during this time, let alone one as important and central to a Jewish teenager’s life journey than a B’nei Mitzvah in a time where social distancing and Zoom meetings are a regrettable necessity.

    It is with that in mind that I would like to invite you to Emily’s Bat Mitzvah on Zoom, which will take place on Saturday, August 15th @ 10:30am. I am personally sending an all-call to the community to join in to watch the service and her Torah reading. Even though we can’t come together in the synagogue, we can still come together virtually for this important event.

    You can join the service with this link:

    Erik Uriarte is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Topic: Hannah’s Bat Mitzvah
    Time: Aug 15, 2020 10:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting

    We will also be tentatively planning for an event next year, where we can gather for her to read Torah with a (safe) room full of people, and a real, honest-to-G-d party afterwards.

    Respectfully,

    Erik L Uriarte, MAHL
    Student Rabbi and Director of Religious Programming
    Congregation Beth Aaron – Billings, MT
    Cell: (406) 413-5367

    MAJCo – INVITATION FROM MONTANA’S PROGRESSIVE COMMUNITIES- SHABBAT ACROSS MONTANA

    SHABBAT ACROSS MONTANA
    July 17th, 6:00-6:30pm on Zoom

    The members of the Montana Association of Rabbis, comprising clergy and leadership from Congregations Beth Aaron, Beth Shalom, Har Shalom, and the Glacier Jewish Community, and including R. Laurie Franklin, R. Mark Kula, R. Francine Roston, R. Ed Stafman, R. Allen Secher, Rabbinic Student Erik Uriarte, and Cantorial Soloist Amber Ikeman, will be leading a cooperative “Shabbat Across Montana.” We hope that you’ll join us for this amazing event to bring us all together for Shabbat. (Montana is likely the only state capable of holding any event with representation from all of its progressive Jewish communities.)
    Please Join us here:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84217931444?pwd=di9NbmpyNzJvQ0dvY0hhTTZkRHgyUT09

    – Reform Prayer Book (Siddur) availability: If you would like to have a siddur to have at home, there are several options available to you. A free, fully online version is available through the CCAR here: https://www.ccarnet.org/publications/mishkan-tfilah-for-shabbat/
    Additionally, a deeply discounted kindle version ($5) is available here: https://www.amazon.com/Mishkan-Tfilah-Shabbat-Reform-Siddur-ebook/dp/B016R0HSLU/

    Submitted by Brian Schnitzer