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Join us on Saturday, July 30th, for a hike to Our Lake near Bynum! If you have never been, it is spectacular.

If you are from Great Falls and want to either carpool or caravan, meet at the Smiths Parking Lot near the gas stations (and come a few minutes early if you need gas) at 715 AM. It is about a 1 hr 45 minute drive so plan on the hike starting at 9. Bring the usual – water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, etc. From some of the recent reviews there are bugs so maybe bring bug spray.

It is a 7 mile hike and according to all trails it should take about 3 1/2 hours. Some of us are slower than others and there will be stops, so plan on probably 5 hours of hiking.

If you are from Helena, you can either meet us in Great Falls or at the trailhead at about 9 AM. I can get you directions or if you have all trails, look for OUR LAKE and there will be directions on the app. If you are meeting us at the trailhead, let me know ahead of time so we know to wait for people there. If I don’t hear from you we will plan on taking off right around 9.

Hope to see you there!

Submitted by Wendy Weissman


Rabbi Sonja from Congregation Beth shalom in Bozeman is coming to Helena! – at Montana Wild
Monday, July 11, 10:30AM-1:00PM:

The Montana Jewish Project IN Helena is offering its first online classes and gatherings for Jews and JewISH people all across Montana! Check out their website and subscribe to their newsletter Here

Congratulations to our members in Butte! The B’nai Israel Cultural Center, an initiative to preserve our wonderful building and to fill it with life, HAS OPENED! For more information, please read this article From the Montana Standard

For more information about Congregation Beth Shalom in Bozeman or to sign up for their newsletter, please visit their web site
For more information about the history of B’nai Israel in Butte and what it is doing today, please read this article.


This is a reminder of the Kabbalat Shabbat service led by Devorah Werner on the first Friday of the month, July 1, 2022, 2 Tamuz, 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.


The Montana Jewish Project presents a unique and intimate house concert with Nani Noam Vazana in Helena on Tuesday, June 28 at 7:30 P.M. Nani composes and sings in the endangered Judeo-Spanish language of Ladino.  Her soundscape bridges this ancient tradition to modern life.  She has performed at the Kennedy Center and is ranked on the Top 20 World Music Charts in Europe.

Please click here to find out more about this Israeli singer/songwriter.
Please click here for more information about the concert in Helena or to purchase tickets.  Seats are limited.
Please click here for information about the Montana Jewish Project.


After our last service, we calendared a few Jewish community hikes for this summer. Our first one will be this Saturday 6/25. We will be hiking the Sluice Boxes from the upper entrance to river crossing #5, and spending Shabbat in nature. Anyone interested in joining us should meet at the Eastside Walmart near the gas station at 8AM, or the Sluice Boxes upper parking lot by 9AM. Bring water, lunch, hiking poles, and anything else you may need for a day hike. We will arrange carpools and rides that morning at Walmart. You don’t need to RSVP but we will be taking off with whoever shows up by 8 AM.

Hope to see you on Saturday!

Submitted by Aaron and Wendy Weissman


What’s Jewish about Breast and Ovarian Cancer?

Montana Jewish Project hosts a conversation with Sharsheret, Montana Cancer Coalition, and St. Peter’s Health Cancer Navigators about what Jewish communities should know about breast and ovarian cancer.

  • When: Thursday, May 19, 2022 12:00 PM Mountain Time
  • Where: zoom.

    YOM HASHOAH — APRIL 27-28, 2022, 27-28 NISAN, 5782

    Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom haShoah, begins on the evening of Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 27 Nisan, 5782, and ends on the evening of Thursday, April 28, 2022, 28 Nisan, 5782.


    Israel Philharmonic Releases 2022 Passover Video


    • WHAT: Aitz Chaim Community Pessach Seder
    • WHEN: Saturday, April 16, 2022, at 5:30 PM
    • WHERE: Clark and Lewie’s, the O�Haire Motor Inn, 17 7th. St. S.

    According to Aitz Chaim Treasurer Aaron Weissman, we should be able to break even for the seder if we charge $40 per person. That should allow us to buy the gefilte fish, matzah, etc. that we will supply.

    If you know of anyone coming that isn’t on the list, please let Aaron Weissman know ASAP by phone, 406-868:8982, or by email,
    or use our handy registration form REGISTER HERE FOR OUR AITZ CHAIM COMMUNITY SEDER
    Please send your payment to Congregation Aitz Chaim,
    C/O Wendy Weissman, CPA
    525 Central Avenue, Suite L8
    Great Falls, MT 59401-3271. , .

    For more information, please see the article “Please Join Us for our Annual Aitz Chaim Pesach Seder” published on March 10, 2022, in the Ram’s Horn.

    It will be so nice to have a face-to-face community Seder after a two-year hiatus. Looking forward to seeing you there!


    Wanting to share with you this project of the POLIN museum in Warsaw.
    I encourage you to share this information with your community and make a yellow daffodil, and wear it on April 19

    The Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN) and its partners will again commemorate the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and will hand out thousands of yellow daffodil pins on the streets of Warsaw and many other cities worldwide. Their volunteers will tell passers-by the history of the Uprising, recalling that it is our common heritage – regardless of nationality or religion.

    Daffodils are associated with Marek Edelman, the last commander of the Jewish Combat Organization. Every year on the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising he placed daffodils at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw, Poland and at other sites associated with the extermination of Jews.

    Daffodils campaign was initiated by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in 2013 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Yellow daffodil became well-recognized and legible symbol of remembrance of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. On 19 April over a thousand volunteers will be handing out paper daffodils — a symbol of the memory of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising heroes — to passers-by in the streets of Warsaw. This year, they plan to distribute 368,000 paper flowers, thus pointing to the number of Jews residing in Warsaw prior to the outbreak of World War Two.

    You too can make and wear a yellow daffodil on/around April 19
    Follow the instructions on the website to make the daffodils:
    You are also invited to post your daffodils on social media and the POLIN site to be a part of they global project

    Thank you for your participation

    Marcia Tatz Wollner, MA, MSW
    Director, Western Region March of the Living