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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
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:



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.


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.**


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
Missoula, Montana

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS: December 12-25, 2017, 24 Kislev — 7 Tevet, 5778

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Wednesday, 12/13/2017—Wednesday, 12/20/2017, 25 Kislev — 2 Tevet, 5778: Chanukkah.
  • Tuesday, 12/12/2017, 24 Kislev, 5778, 5:30 P.M.: Erev Chanukah. We will light the first candle of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukkiah at the Civic Center. If you come at 5:30.30, you’ll probably miss it, especially if it is cold.
  • Wednesday, 12/13/2017, 25 Kislev, 5778: First day of Chanukah. We will light the second candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Thursday, 12/14/2016, 26 Kislev, 5778: Second day of Chanukah. We will light the third candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Friday, 12/15/2017, 27 Kislev, 5778: Third day of Chanukah. We will light the fourth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Saturday, 12/16/2017, 28 Kislev, 5778: Fourth day of chanukah. We will light the fifth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M. From there we will go to the YWCA, 220 2nd Street North, for the annual community Chanukah party. Please bring a milchig (dairy) dish to share, and a hearty appetite for latkes and Sufganiyot.
  • Sunday, 12/17/2017, 29 Kislev, 5778: Fifth day of Chanukah. We will light the sixth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Monday, 12/18/2017, 30 Kislev, 5778: 12:00 P.M.: Menorah lighting at the Montana State Capitol in Helena, followed by a MAJCo meeting at 1:00 P.M.
  • Monday, 12/18/2017, 30 Kislev, 5778: Sixtht day of Chanukah. We will light the seventh candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.m.
  • Tuesday, 12/19/2017, 1 Tevet, 5778: Seventh day of Chanukah. We will light the eighth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.m.
  • Wednesday, 12/20/2017, 2 Tevet, 5778: Eighth day of Chanukah.
  • Sunday-Monday, 12/24-25/2017, 6-7 Tevet, 5778: Christmas at the Mercy Home. Please see separate article in Ram’s Horn.


Dear friends

It is deeply moving to watch how The Shabbos Project has matured over the past five years. It has become part of the fabric of the international Jewish calendar, and touches so many people from so many diverse backgrounds in so many different ways.

The Shabbos Project experience has become deeper and more meaningful for Jewish communities worldwide. It has been so beautiful to see how keeping Shabbos has become accessible to all of us – how we are connecting more often and more deeply with the joy of Shabbos, which seems to be more needed with every passing day in our crazy, beautiful world.

Enjoy this global snapshot of The Shabbos Project 2017.

Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein

Around the world

This year’s fourth international Shabbos Project reached 1 416 cities and 97 countries around the world. More than one million people took part in celebrations on and around the Shabbos of 27 and 28 October.

In the US alone – from Teaneck to Thompsonville, Miami to Mableton, Baltimore to Bridgeport – there were a total of 586 participating cities, with an estimated 20 000 people taking part in locations such as LA and San Diego.

In Israel, President Reuven Rivlin officially endorsed the project – joining public figures as varied as Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, Ron Huldai, Yair Lapid, Aviv Alush, Natan Sharansky and Amir Ohana. There were 307 participating cities and 331 main events taking place across the country, not including countless Shabbat meals and Kiddush gatherings in streets, parks and apartment buildings.

Europe (48 participating cities in France, 31 in Russia and around 100 000 people taking part in the UK, where Prime Minister Theresa May commended the project); Latin America (138 cities); and Australia (Sydney and Melbourne each had more than 10 000 participants) all had record numbers celebrating this year’s Shabbos Project, while countries such as Mozambique, Cyprus, Paraguay and Venezuela hosted Shabbos Project festivities for the first time.
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From the field

To coordinate the initiative on this scale, the head office in Johannesburg worked with more than 8 000 partners worldwide – up from 6 000 partners in 2016.

Event reports and personal stories continue to stream in from all over the world, and while we work to consolidate all of the information, here is what people are saying:

“Two years ago, my family decided to join The Shabbos Project. We had never before kept Shabbat. After the 25 hours were over, I had such a great feeling. We participated again last year, and for some reason, I felt even better. This year everything just felt right. Tomorrow we will be moving to a new residence within the Plano eruv, and within walking distance of shul, so we can keep Shabbat. I would like to thank everyone who showed us what Shabbat is all about.”
– Ilana Panush, Plano, Texas

“I helped organise 17 Challah Bakes throughout Florida. Considering Florida had recently suffered from Hurricane Irma, it is amazing that any events actually materialised. Many people were without power and air conditioning for weeks after the storm. Then we went right into the Jewish holidays. We had an entire state of ‘exhausted’ people. But Floridians mustered their best efforts and pulled off 17 sold-out inspirational Challah Bakes, each with their own special flair.”
– Alyssa Baumgarten, Miami, USA

“We had an amazing, highly emotional Shabbat and people literally shed tears. Nearly 400 people took part in the event held on the main road of the yishuv. The participants were young and old. Elderly Holocaust survivors and senior citizens mixed with children of five. Observant Jews joined with non-observant Jews. Everyone sat in silence when the rabbi of the yishuv said Kiddush. Tears streamed from a group of women who, for nearly 30 years, had not heard Kiddush and had not experienced an atmosphere and a group of Jews like they did on this holy day. A Holocaust survivor was completely overcome with emotion. It was an extraordinary event that left no one untouched.”
– Etti Cohen, Bnei Ayish, Israel

“It’s an amazing project. A worldwide Shabbat that all of us keep together – observant, not observant, less connected, more connected. I think there’s something so beautiful and unifying in it. Personally, I first encountered The Shabbat Project three years ago and I remember telling my wife, ‘Yalla, let’s give it a shot, what do we have to lose?’. And it was just a magical experience – the family bonding, the quiet, the disconnecting. Just one Shabbat, together.”
– Aviv Alush, Israeli actor

“In Lima, we had 240 people attend a Challah Bake at a local school. After sifting 600 kilos of flour to make hundreds of loaves, we spontaneously broke out into Rikudim [Israeli folk dancing]. The best part was seeing all the photos afterwards – the joy on the faces of all the women doing this sacred Jewish rite. This was our fourth year participating and we have put together the proceeds of all four Challah Bakes to create a special app with Jewish classes to educate the community.”
– Fanny Levy, Lima, Peru

“We made Kiddush, we ate, danced, and sang at the Shabbat table, with 40 students from ages 16 to 25. We celebrated well into the night.”
– Lavi Olami, Budapest, Hungary

“I’ve kept the Shabbat for several years now, and, honestly, I don’t know how to put into words what this day means for me. I guess you could say Shabbat is my best friend. I wait for it starting Sunday, and I can’t survive without it. The Shabbat Project is an extra special Shabbat – a Shabbat we all keep together wherever we are in the world, whatever ‘group’ we belong to, wherever we are on our own personal journeys. One day to put everything aside, lay down our phones, and really be with ourselves, with our families, with our friends. A day of real blessing and comfort.”
– Natan Goshen, Israeli singer-songwriter

“A remarkable Shabbat in Camps Bay. Nine new families keeping Shabbat. One woman said, ‘This is great – I could do this every week.’ At our communal lunch, while we were singing, 96-year-old Holocaust survivor Ella Blumenthal got up on her chair and started dancing. There were two kids who walked five kilometres through to neighbouring Sea Point to attend a friend’s bar mitzvah. A few families made arrangements to stay close by, renting airbnb apartments or staying at friends, just so they could walk to shul.”
– Rabbi Yochi Ziegler, Cape Town, South Africa

“The women and girls from across the island arrived before candle lighting and we all lit together. Many had never lit before. The children had a special programme during Kabbalat Shabbat. Afterwards, we celebrated with an amazing meal made by a variety of women from our community – there were Moroccan, Ashkenazi, Tripoli foods. It was very colourful and tasty. We had 100 people for Friday night and many of them returned the next day.”
– Shaindel Raskin, Larnaca, Cyprus

“Spontaneous dancing at Kabbalat Shabbat, passionate singing at the Havdallah Concert. It was amazing to have so many people. An inspirational experience.”
– Ori Bergman, Buffalo, USA

“The feeling that was created when the community came together in celebration of Shabbat made you feel a deep sense of belonging, that you are a part of something bigger than yourself, your family or even your Sydney community.”
– Lauren Kavnat, Sydney, Australia

“I live in Nelson, New Zealand, a town of approximately 150 Jews, where we’ve tried to ‘Keep It Together’ over the past three years (sadly, we no longer have a shul – it was closed over 100 years ago). Last weekend, my family being away, I decided to do The Shabbat Project all by myself. It was a wonderfully peaceful and meaningful 25 hours. Given our geographic location, I guess, along with other New Zealanders, I would have been among the first people on the planet to usher in Shabbat. I’m very much looking forward to participating again next year, and I’m hoping to observe a few more full Shabbats over the year.”
– Richard Noar, Nelson, New Zealand

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At the hub

At The Shabbos Project headquarters, in Johannesburg, a team of designers, copywriters and campaign strategists worked around the clock, custom-designing marketing and educational materials for hundreds of cities.

Meanwhile, eight separate help desks at the international call centre in Tel Aviv fielded tens of thousands of calls and emails across 10 different languages.

That The Shabbos Project was able to spread to new cities and reach new people can be attributed in no small part to a Facebook campaign that reached more than five million people worldwide.

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In the media

The 2017 Shabbos Project garnered coverage in major mainstream publications such as the Chicago Tribune, the San Diego Tribune, the Huffington Post and the London Times; major Jewish media houses such as the Times of Israel, the Jerusalem Post, the Forward, Algemeiner and JTA; local Jewish newspapers across the US; and all of Israel’s main news sites.

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I can’t believe the winter holidays are just about upon us again! I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving.

In just a few short weeks, it will be time for us to volunteer at the Mercy Home during Christmas. This is an opportunity for us to allow the staff of the Mercy Home, the domestic violence shelter for women in Great Falls, to have the day off to spend with their families, while we as volunteers run the shelter for about 24 hours.

Here are the shifts that need to be filled:

  • Sunday 12/24 2-5 PM
  • Sunday 12/24 5-8 PM
  • Sunday 12/24 8-11 PM
  • Monday 12/25 8-11 AM
  • Monday 12/25 11 AM to 2 PM
  • Monday 12/25 2-5 PM

You do not need to have any experience to volunteer – you just need to either be a female or volunteer with a female due to the fact that this is a women’s shelter. If you are new, I will either personally give you an orientation or have the Mercy Home staff give you an orientation.

Please consider helping this year!

E-mail me at or text or call me at 868-5712 to help.

Thank you!

Wendy Weissman



Diaspora Israel Day
Celebrating Jewish Peoplehood
7th of Cheshvan

The Hebrew calendar is filled, as we all know, with many holidays and festivals. Yet, there is one very meaningful Jewish value which is not manifested, or celebrated in any holiday – the value of Klal Israel.

We believe that these special bonds between Jewish communities across the globe, which have been persevered against all odds and despite all differences, is a true cause for celebration.

On this coming 7th of Cheshvan – October 27th 2017 – we invite you to celebrate with us Diaspora Israel Day.
Read More About Diaspora Israel Day


The Shabbat Project | 27-28 October

This week, in addition to exciting events in Rome, Tel Aviv and Warsaw, there are tributes from a nation’s president, a Chassidic rebbe and a New York
a capella band!

How are your final preparations going?

#KeepingItTogether #TheFinalCountdown

Reuvy Baby!
Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has publicly endorsed The Shabbat Project.
Read his letter here!

It’s Official
In Zichron Yaakov, organisers are partnering with the mayor’s office to run a host of events – including a pre-event wine evening, citywide Challah Bake, Kabbalat Shabbat under the stars, Shabbat activities and workshops in schools, and a Friday night dinner for the city’s teenagers.

Click here for more.

Friends, Romans, Countrymen
Rome has clicked into gear with the “Invite your neighbours” campaign that will see friends and ‘strangers’ gathering together in homes across the city for Shabbat meals. Rome will be joined by Venice, Naples, Milan, Cosenza, Cuneo and Torino, which are all running headline events.

Check it out.

Poles A Part
Warsaw is paying tribute to South Africa – where The Shabbat Project was introduced in 2013 – with a communal Friday night meal comprising South African delicacies. The South African Ambassador to Poland is also expected to attend.

Contact Magda

Rocking in Rio
In Rio de Janeiro, Jews in the neighbourhoods of Copacabana, Ipanema, Botafogo and Leblon are participating in a veritable carnival of Shabbat Project events.

Check it out here.

Shabbat Around the World
Inspire Tel Aviv (ITV) is hosting an extraordinary dinner on a rooftop overlooking the city, where it will be serving foods and celebrating cultures from around the world. ITV is also having a cholent-and-beer Shabbat lunch, a walking tour of “Tel Aviv’s hidden history”, a third meal, and a musical Havdallah!

Register here.

I’m a Jewish Mother, Do Exactly As I Say!
Tovah Feldshuh – actress, singer, playwright, and Jewish mother – says: “Come to the worldwide Challah Bake!” And you dare not disobey.

Havdallah Spice Shouldn’t Be a Problem
In Marrakesh, Morocco, a tour group of 35 people from around the world have opted to keep a full Shabbat together! That’s not all for Morocco. Shabbat Project activities are also happening in the cities of Rabat and Casablanca, where Shabbat meals are being planned.

Contact David

A Jew You Should Know
Ari Koretzky has interviewed US senators, Nobel Prize winners, 9/11 survivors, hedge fund masterminds and global human rights ambassadors. In his latest “Jews you should know” podcast, he gets up close and personal with the “Good Shabbos Rabbi” himself – South Africa’s Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein, who is the founder and director of The Shabbat Project.

Check it out here.

Novaminsker Rebbe Gets On Board
People often ask, what about communities that keep Shabbat every week? If they experience this gift every week – what can they do to tap into the magic of The Shabbat Project? The Novominsker Rebbe and the Chief Rabbi of South Africa have answered this conundrum…
The Shabbat Project is an opportunity for everyone to renew their appreciation of Shabbat, even those who have kept Shabbat since birth. So families around the world are uniting to study chapter 30 of the Rambam Hilchos Shabbos on the Shabbat of The Shabbat Project, as a way to renew their appreciation of this beautiful gift!

Download the study material here.

Justin Timberlake Says: “Keep Shabbat!”
Okay, we admit – that headline was just clickbait. But to help you get over your disappointment, here’s NYC’s crack a cappella outfit, Six13, giving JT’s “Can’t stop the feeling!” a distinctly Sabbatical spin.

Here’s to keeping it together in 2017.
The Shabbat Project Team

There is still time to put your city/town/county on the list!

Submitted by Brian Schnitzer