Category Archives: Events
- Thursday, 12/10/2020, 24 Kislev, 5781: Erev Chanukah. We will light the first candle of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukiah at 5:30 P.M. at the Civic Center. If you come at 5:30.30, you’ll probably miss it, especially if it is cold.
- Friday, 12/11/2020, 25 Kislev, 5781: First day of Chanukah. We will light the second candle at 5:30 P.M. at the Civic Center.
- Saturday, 12/12/2020, 26 Kislev, 5781: Second day of Chanukah. We will light the third candle at 5:30 P.M. at the Civic Center.
- Sunday, 12/13/2020, 27 Kislev, 5781: Third day of Chanukah. We will light the fourth candle at 5:30 P.M. at the Civic Center.
- Monday, 12/14/2020, 28 Kislev, 5781: Fourth day of Chanukah. We will light the fifth candle at 5:30 P.M. at the Civic center.
- Tuesday, 12/15/2020, 29 Kislev, 5781: Fifth day of chanukah. We will light the sixth candle at the Civic Center.
- Wednesday, 12/16/2020, 1 Tevet, 5781: Sixth day of Chanukah. We will light the seventh candle at 5:30 P.M. at the Civic cdenter.
- Thursday, 12/17/2020, 2 Tevet, 5781: Seventh day of Chanukah. We will light the eighth candle at 5:30 P.M. at the Civic Center.
- Friday, 12/18/2020, 3 Tevet, 5781: Eighth day of Chanukah.
**Please wear masks and social distance. No food will be provided.**
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Aitz Chaim Great Falls Hebrew Community Tashlich
Yom Kippur Congregation Beth Shalom online services
Aitz Chaim Great Falls Hebrew Community Yizkor (followed by a short concluding service) via zoom, led by Rabbi Ruz
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.
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Submitted by Laura Weiss, President, Great Falls Hebrew Association
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 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
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Submitted by Natalie Fisher Guerin
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
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.