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montana Hadassah annual meeting: FRIDAY AND SATURDAY,08/26-27, 2017

When: Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27, 2017
Where: The Historic Ursuline Center, built in 1912, 2300 Central Ave. It is a Collegiate Gothic Building that is on the Historic Places National Register.
Accommodations: The Ursuline Center, 2300 Central Ave.

  • Sleeping accommodations offer a private room setting with room options of one bed ($36 per night) or two($46 per night) to fit your needs.
  • Most of our one-bed rooms offer Queen or Double beds, while our two bed options offer full size beds.
  • Each room is equipped with a dresser, sink and mirror for your convenience.
  • Separate restroom/shower accommodations for men and women are semi-private, shared facilities located at the end of the hallway on the sleeping floors.

For reservations, please call 406-452-8585 or visit The Ursuline Center. Tell the Ursuline Center the reservation is for the Hadassah meeting August 26 and 27th. You can reserve a room for Friday night (25th) and Saturday night (26th), or just for Saturday night. Rooms will be held until August 15, 2017


  • Saturday, August 26, 3pm – tour the Ursuline Center $25 cost divided among participants.
  • Saturday, August 26 5:30pm – Dinner at Teriyaki Madness **
  • Saturday, August 26, 7:00pm – -Havdallah
  • Collection of toiletries for Crisis Center
  • Saturday August 26, 7:30pm – Program – Speaker Deborah Cabin, McLaughlin Research Institute.
  • Silent Auction items will be on display
  • Sunday, August 27, 8 am – Breakfast at the Ursuline Center **
  • Speaker, Dafna Michaelson Jenet, State Representative, Colorado House of Representatives, District 30
  • Silent Auction wrap up
  • (Sharon Ann Ashton???), DVD film (either Sunday morning, or just before Deborah Cabin speaks on Saturday night)
  • MT Hadassah Annual Meeting

Registration Form: Due by August 10
Please enclose registration fee made out to MT Hadassah in the amount of $25.00 per person
Name______________________________________________ Address____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________
Phone # (h) ____________(cell)________________________ email____________________________________
need or want a roommate?___________________________

** Dinner at Teriyaki Madness will be no host. There are a variety of chicken, beef and tofu entree options accompanied by veggies, and rice or noodles. Everything is cooked to order, so you can order the way you prefer. Once you arrive in Great Falls, we will review the menu. Dinner orders will be submitted prior to departure from the Ursuline Center.

**Breakfast on Sunday mornings and either a sack lunch or eat in lunch on Sunday are included in the registration fee

Please mail your registration form to:
Nadyne Weissman
MT Hadassah Annual Meeting Registration
2777 Greenbriar Drive
Great Falls, MT 59404
along with the $25.00 registration fee made out to MT Hadassah, by August 10. Rooms at the Ursuline will be held only until August 15.

Our speaker Saturday evening
Introducing Deborah Cabin
I’m originally from Baltimore, Maryland. I obtained my BA in biology from Johns Hopkins University., then worked in a surgery lab studying the response in the liver to cardiogenic shock. I obtained my PhD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, studying mouse models of Down Syndrome in Roger Reeves’s lab. My post-doctoral training was at the National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH, where I worked on mouse models of Parkinson’s disease under Robert Nussbaum. I’ve continued working on Parkinson’s disease since coming to the McLaughlin Research Institute in 2006. My work focuses on two main areas: first, what is the normal function of the protein responsible for Parkinson’s disease, and second, what aspect of that protein allows it to convert from a benign to a neurotoxic molecule.

Submitted by Nadyne Weissman


The family of Beverly Gertrude Zoot Tatz is to hold the unveiling of her headstone the morning of Sunday, August 13.

It will take place at 11:00 AM at Home of Peace Cemetery
located on Alexander Street between Brady Street and Custer Avenue in Helena.

A brunch and social gathering on the second floor at Touchmark, 915 Saddle Drive, will follow the unveiling.

All are welcome to attend the unveiling and the activities at Touchmark, but are asked to rsvp, if affirmative, to:

TISHA B/AV 2017 5777

What is the saddest day of your life? For most of us, it’s the day when someone close to us passes away. For the Jewish people as a nation, the saddest day is the 9th of the Hebrew month of Av — the day when our Temple in the heart of Jerusalem was destroyed. That is what our tradition teaches us. However, it is hard to relate to the loss of something 2,000 years ago — especially since we never experienced having the Temple in our lifetime.

July 31st, Monday evening through Tuesday night, is Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the Jewish month of Av. It is the saddest day in the Jewish year. What should a person do if he has no feeling for Tisha B’Av? If a person is Jewish and identifies with being Jewish, then it behooves him to find out why we as a people mourn on this day — what have we lost? What did it mean to us? What should we be doing to regain that which we have lost? At the very minimum, we should mourn that we don’t feel the pain.

In 1967, Israeli paratroopers captured the Old City and made their way to the Wall. Many of the religious soldiers were overcome with emotion and leaned against the Wall praying and crying. Far back from the Wall stood a non-religious soldier who was also crying. His friends asked him, “Why are you crying? What does the Wall mean to you?” The soldier responded, “I am crying because I don’t know why I should be crying.”

Tisha B’Av is observed to mourn the loss of the Temples in Jerusalem. What was the great loss from the destruction of the Temples? It is the loss of feeling God’s presence. The Temple was a place of prayer, spirituality, holiness, open miracles. It was the center for the Jewish people, the focal point of our Jewish identity. Three times a year (Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot) every Jew would ascend to the Temple. Its presence pervaded every aspect of Jewish life — planning the year, where one faced while praying, where one would go for justice or to learn Torah, where one would bring certain tithes.

On the 9th of Av throughout history many tragedies befell the Jewish people, including:
1. The incident of the spies slandering the land of Israel with the subsequent decree to wander the desert for 40 years.
2. The destruction of the first Temple in Jerusalem by Nevuchadnetzar, King of Babylon in 423 BCE.
3. The destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 CE.
4. The fall of Betar and the end of the Bar Kochba revolt against the Romans 65 years later, 135 CE.
5. Pope Urban II declared the First Crusade. Tens of thousands of Jews were killed, and many Jewish communities obliterated.
6. The Jews of England were expelled in 1290.
7. The Jews of Spain were expelled in 1492.
8. World War One broke out on Tisha B’Av in 1914 when Russia declared war on Germany. German resentment of the Treaty of Versailles set the stage for World War II and the Holocaust.
9. On Tisha B’Av, deportation began of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto.

Submitted by Jerry Weissman

Cry no more Yerushalayim!
By Rabbi Chaim

I would love to ignore the horrible news, but I can’t. I’d rather talk about much happier things, there are plenty, but I can’t. I can’t ignore the Savta (grandma) who watched her husband, son and daughter slaughtered before her eyes as she barely survived her injuries. I can’t ignore the mother holding the door knob tightly as she protected her five young kids, while listening to her husband scream before he breathed his last breath. I can’t ignore the arab world claiming victimhood over metal-detectors, after two of their very own cold bloodedly murdered two Druze police officers. I’d like to go back to my Bozeman bubble and say “we just need peace”, I’d like to think I can solve this issue by placing a “Coexist” bumper sticker on the back of my Subaru, but in truth, what we really need is our arab neighbors to love and teach life as much as we do.

In Israel, Mickey Mouse hangs out with Donald Duck and Minnie,
in Gaza he sings about using his AK-47 .
For close to two thousand years, since being tortured, humiliated and exiled by the Romans, we’ve never stopped yearning. The Jews in Israel and abroad have been praying thrice daily “May our eyes see Your merciful return to Tzion.”, every Shabbos we pray, sometimes in heartwarming song, “From your place, our King, may You appear, and reign over us, for we are waiting for You….May You be exalted and sanctified within Your city Jerusalem, generation after generation, and for all eternity” and we always pray towards our holy Jerusalem, no matter where we are in the world, while Muslims pray towards Mecca, their holiest site, even when they’re kneeling on the Temple Mount.

Tuesday is Tisha B’Av, our national day of mourning, and in addition to fasting, we must have a collective moment of honesty. Jews are peaceful, we don’t want any person in the world to suffer, including Jews. We need to say the truth – even if a friend or two will disown you – that the Holy Land of Eretz Yisroel was, and will always be, our home. Whether Canaan, Israel, Palestine or Palestina, we’ve lived on its holy soil since Abraham’s days and that will never change. My paternal grandparents were Palestinian, as they lived under Ottoman and British rule in Palestine way before 1948 and our people will continue living there way past 2048! Political persuasions aside, we can, and should, have healthy debates about Israeli government policy, but we can’t, and should never, debate our right to be home.
Cry no more Yerushalayim!
May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Moshiach speedily. May He protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L’Chaim!!!


Dear friends,

As we enter the new week, we continue in our struggle for equality at the Kotel and in conversion services. We began this week on motzei Shabbat, Saturday night, with a Havdallah service and rally by Prime Minister Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem. We, together with our partners from the Conservative Movement, were joined by around 2,000 people who came to say – enough is enough! The rally was also joined by leading figures in Israeli society, including Sali Maridor, former embassador to the United States, General (Res.) Noam Tibon, author Yokhi Brandes, Tehilla Nachson and others, who came to speak out in favor of religious freedom and against the government’s disrespect of hundreds of thousands of Jews who refuse to be led by the ultra-Orthodox authority.

Rabbi Gilad Kariv, President and CEO of the IMPJ, was the concluding speaker. In his remarks, he stated: “We, together with our many partners in Israel and around the world, entered into this embarrassing and dangerous lack of governmental leadership – our voices loud and varied, yet announcing in one chorus: no more! No more blind hatred! No more hypocrisy! No more redundancy! No more signing of agreements, only to then turn them into empty promises! No more being rewarded for despicable acts! No more speaking about unity on the one hand and acting divisively on the other! No more making one statement in English in Washington and a completely opposite one in the government offices in Jerusalem. No more!”

We invite you to continue following us on Facebook and on our website, where you will find a detailed explanation of this past week’s events, a prayer for unity in Israel, by Rabbi Yehoyada Amir, chairperson of MARAM – Reform Rabbinic Council in Israel, the full text of the speech made by Rabbi Gilad Kariv at the rally, a video from the rally, and more.

We will keep you posted over the coming week as developments unfold. We want to take this opportunity to thank you again for your continued support during these trying times. Even as we face backlash in Israel, your support helps remind us that indeed, kol Yisrael arevim zeh l’zeh, all the people of Israel are responsible for one another.

Reform Judaism in Israel
13 King David Street
Jerusalem 9410125 Israel


Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Friday, 06/23/2017, 7:30 P.M.: Erev Shabbat Services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at the Bethel. Oneg to follow.
  • Saturday morning, 06/24/2017, 10:00 A.M.: Morning Torah Study, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at the Bethel
  • Saturday evening, 06/24/2017, 5:30 P.M.: Milchig (dairy) Potluck and adult discussion, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at The Bethel. Please bring a dairy dish to share.
  • Sunday morning, 06/25/2017: To be decided

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

We are looking forward very much to Rabbi Ruz’s visit!

Rabbi Ruz has asked for some opinions regarding topics of discussion for her visit. Please take this brief survey to rank your topics of interest.


One fateful week in June 1967 redrew the map of the Middle East.

Fifty years later, Israel continues to face numerous existential threats.

Experience an inspiring and thrilling account of what was then considered the most improbable and astonishing victory in all of military history.






Only Technion-Israel Institute of Technology students can do this – the Passover story in just one minute!

Submitted by Jerry Weissman

TERIYAKI MADNESS: OPENING APRIL 3, 2017 (7 Nissan, 5777)

Teriyaki Madness
Address: 1710 10th Ave S, Great Falls, MT 59405
Business Hours: Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
Phone Number (406) 315-3388
Asian Fusion,

Hello Great Falls! Big bowls of Teriyaki Madness here!

Teriyaki Madness is known for its Seattle-style teriyaki, serving big bowls of bold, delicious flavors made-to-order with fresh ingredients. All dishes use all-natural meats that are marinated and grilled with noodles or three kinds of rice and fresh vegetables and served with one of seven home-made sauces. Customers can choose a bowl or plate and then load it with teriyaki chicken, steak or tofu and add yakisoba noodles, white, brown or fried rice. With fresh-cut veggies, the bowls are customized as low-carb and gluten-friendly, with the average price per bowl around $8.

Meet the Business Owner Aaron Weissman

“I am excited to bring big, delicious bowls of teriyaki to Great Falls!  Try our food and I am sure that you will be hooked.”


Takes Reservations No
Take-out Yes
Accepts Credit Cards Yes
Accepts Apple Pay No
Accepts Bitcoin No
Parking Private Lot
Bike Parking Yes
Wheelchair Accessible Yes
Alcohol No
Outdoor Seating Yes
Wi-Fi Free
Has TV Yes
Dogs Allowed No
Waiter Service No
Caters Yes
Offers Military Discount Yes
Gender Neutral Restrooms Yes


The annual Aitz Chaim community Seder will be held Tuesday evening, April 11, at The O’Haire Motor Inn, 17 7th Street South at 5:30pm. That is in just 2 short weeks! Please get your reservations in ASAP! We need to get the count to the caterer by April 6.

Please send your RSVP to Laura Weiss at

The meal will include all the traditional fixings and a multi course dinner including matzo ball soup, salad, brisket, chicken, potato, vegetable, and dessert. Cost will be $28 per member adult, $38 per non-member adult. Children under 13 are half price. A vegetarian main course can be made available upon advance request. The Seder will be led (by popular demand) by Aaron Weissman.

Payment is preferred 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 6.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Submitted by Congregation President Laura Weiss


Great Falls City Commission to Issue Public Statement against White Supremacist Activity in Montana

Please Come Out in Support!

For the past few months, Whitefish and Missoula have seen a significant rise of white supremacist activity in their areas, specifically targeting Jewish communities and the human rights group Love Lives Here, an affiliate of the Montana Human Rights Network.

In response to this activity, the Great Falls City Commission will be issuing a public statement of support at its next meeting to stand in solidarity with these communities while denouncing hate and bigotry in the city and state.

Please come out in support of this public statement! Stand with the City Commission in showing that we will not allow hate in our communities!

When: Tuesday, January 3rd at 7:00pm
Where: Commission Chamber at the Great Falls Civic Center (2 Park Dr. South, Room #206) Supporters please sit as close to the front of the room as possible. This event will be televised.