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YOM HAZIRIKON LASHOAH/HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY: APRIL 12

600 Holocaust survivors and their families gathered at Beit Avi-Chai in Jerusalem, marking the upcoming Holocaust Memorial Day.

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AITZ CHAIM COMMUNITY SEDER IS SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018

Please join us for our annual Aitz Chaim Community Seder, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko.

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018

Where: Clark and Lewie’s, 17 7th St. S., 5:30 P.M.

What: The meal will include all the traditional fixings including matzo ball soup, salad, brisket, chicken, potato, vegetable, and dessert.

By now we should have received your reservation and payment.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR SEDER PLATE!

CREATING YOUR OWN HAGGADAH
There are many free online sources. This is just one.

http://www.haggadot.com/

Need some Seder plate inspirations?
Try one (or all) of these.
MODERN ADDITIONS

A SECOND SEDER PLATE

A Second Seder Plate
Why have just one? This year, Jewish World Watch asks us to consider the plight of over 65 million displaced persons around the world with their #SecondSederPlate activity guide.

A Chili Pepper
This fantastic Jewish Mexican Haggadah encourages us to add the pepper to “honor the abuelas, the bisabuelas, the chignonas, the curandras, and the other femme Moshes, Miriams, Tziporahs and Aarons in our lives who taught us who we are…”

A Pine Cone
Temple Israel of Boston invites us to remember the mass incarceration crisis in America.

An Artichoke
Interfaith Family notes, “Jewish people have been thorny about this question of interfaith marriage” and has chosen an artichoke to spark conversation towards inclusiveness at our seder tables.

An Olive
Olive branches are traditionally known as a symbol of peace, so this author reminds us “we are not free until there is peace in our homes, our community and in our world”

Coconut & Fruit Salad
JQ International has a full LGBTQ Haggadah with a seder plate that includes a coconut for those “still in the closet and their struggle in coming out” and fruit salad for “our collective potential and recognition”

Pineapple
This author asks us to be mindful of depression and anxiety that reside within us, adding “May the source of all deliver all who suffer from their own personal Mitzrayim (narrow places)”

An Oyster
Kosher? No! But it is a great conversation starter about our reliance on oil and the effects of drilling.

Bitter Chocolate
Some host Chocolate seders to entertain the kids, while others eat fair-trade chocolate to honor workers’ struggles.

In their “Revenge of Dinah” haggadah, a group of activist teens have created a Bitter Chocolate Ritual for us to consider the pervasiveness of rape culture in our Jewish communities.

And for something completely different, try The Science Seder Plate. It’s a great coloring activity with science facts about the traditional seder symbols. We LOVE it!
https://www.haggadot.com/clip/science-seder-plate

PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS FOR THE ANNUAL COMMUNITY PESACH SEDER — APRIL 7, 2018, 23 Nisan, 5778

The annual Aitz Chaim community Seder will be held Saturday evening, April 7, at The O’Haire Motor Inn, 17 7th Street South at 5:30pm. That is in just a few short weeks!

Please get your reservations in ASAP! We need to get the count to the caterer by April 4.

Please send your RSVP to Laura Weiss at weissbill@bresnan.net.
Send your payment to:
Congregation Aitz Chaim
C/O Wendy Weissman, CPA
525 Central Avenue, Suite L8
Great Falls, MT 59401-3271

The meal will include all the traditional fixings and a multi course dinner including matzo ball soup, salad, brisket, chicken, potato, vegetable, and dessert. The cost will be $30 per adult member, and $40 per adult non-member. Children under 13 are half price. A vegetarian main course can be made available upon advance request. The Seder will be led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko.

Payment is expected in advance unless other arrangements have been made. Please be aware you will be responsible for the cost if you do not attend and have not canceled prior to April 4.

Questions? Call Laura at 406-799-9578.

Looking forward to seeing you there

Submitted by GFHA Congregation President Laura Weiss

PESACH IS COMING SOON … PLEASE SAVE THE DATE

The annual Aitz Chaim community Seder will be held Saturday evening, April 7, at The O’Haire Motor Inn, 17 7th Street South at 5:30pm. The Seder will be led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko.

Details about the menu, cost and the date by which to RSVP will be posted shortly.
Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Submitted by GFHA Congregation President Laura Weiss

NINE THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT PURIM

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/9-things-you-didnt-know-about-purim/

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED — PLAN B

Regarding the planned get-together for January 5, 2018, at the Cattlemen’s Cut

If you have paid any attention to the news lately, you know that winter is here with a vengeance. the weather in Great Falls is balmy compared to what it was on January 1, but the East Coast is currently experiencing a blizzard that is closing airports and wreaking havoc with many peoples’ travel plans. It is expected to get worse before it gets better. The Deep South is experiencing snow the like of which it has not seen for decades. There are many people coming from elsewhere that are not able to get to Great Falls because of the weather. So the planned get-together at the Cattlemen’s Cut has been postponed until January 19.

If you have any questions, please call Franz or Meriam at 406-217:6034 or 406-559:0015.

SAVE THE DATE

Save the Date
Calling All Cemetery Enthusiasts!
Montana Historic Cemetery Preservation Workshop
Helena, Montana
June 21-23, 2018

A three-day workshop focusing on the many technologies available to preserve, restore, and locate burial sites. From light detection and ranging (LiDAR) to ground penetrating radar (GPR), from burial detecting dogs to drone photography, and from archival research to using complex databases, we will showcase it all! Hosted by the Montana History Foundation, with generous funding from the National Park Service, this workshop will provide an overview of the many technologies available for cemetery historians and preservationists.

Where: Radisson Colonial Hotel
Helena, Montana
When: June 21-23, 2018
What: One day of classroom sessions &
Two days of hands-on demonstrations and tours
Who: Anyone interested in historic cemetery preservation
Cost: $125 per person / $65 for students

Register: Available soon at: http://www.mthistory.org

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED

WHOM: Adult members of Aitz Chaim, 21 years and older

WHAT: Meet And Greet

WHERE: Cattlemans Cut Supper Club, 369 Vaughn South Frontage Road

WHEN: January 5, 2018 **

WHY: To celebrate the marriage of Franz Klammer and Meriam Nagel Klammer, which took place November 23, 2017, in New England

HOSTS: Herr Franz Dieter Klammer and Frau Meriam Klammer

COCKTAILS AND HORS D’OEUVRES: 5:00 — 6:30 P.M. Dinner and dancing to follow.
Steak, chicken, fish, prime rib, vegetarian, and gluten-free options will be available.
A salad and dessert bar are included. A special dessert will also be provided.

Please bring your appetites and your smiling faces, and leave your wallets and your children at home.

PLEASE, **ABSOLUTELY NO GIFTS!**

RSVP to Franz or Meriam no later than 01/03/2018, by phone only: 406-217-6034 or 406-559-0015. If there is no answer, please leave a message.

If you need directions, please call Meriam Klammer at one of the above phone numbers.

** If the weather interferes or the roads are too icy, we do have a Plan B which we will post if necessary.**

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS: CHANUKAH AT THE CAPITOL

We have firmed up plans for our annual Chanukah candle lighting for Monday, December 18th, 30 Kislev, beginning at noon in the Capitol rotunda in Helena. Governor Steve Bullock is scheduled to join us.

I will schedule a room for a meeting of the MAJCo representatives. More information will follow soon about agenda.
Bert Chessin
406.531.5193
Missoula, Montana