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The annual Aitz Chaim community Passover Seder will be held at 5:30pm Friday, April 26, in the basement room of the O’Haire Motor Inn, 17 7th Street South. 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 $20. If you have special dietary requests, please contact Laura to see if they can be accommodated. 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 21.

To make reservations or inquiries, e-mail Laura at

Send your payment to:
Congregation Aitz Chaim
C/O Wendy Weissman, CPA
525 Central Avenue, Suite L8
Great Falls, MT 59401-3271

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Happy Pesach!


This is a reminder about the lay services led by Devorah Werner on the first Friday of the month, April 5, at 6:00 P.M. at the Bethel, with a milchig (dairy) potluck to follow.

Now that the weather is getting better, hope to see you there.

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


Jerusalem of Gold
This Sunday our community will observe Tisha B’av and turn our attention to the city of Jerusalem, mourning the destruction of its temples some two millennia ago. Here is the most famous love song to Jerusalem, my hometown, sung with my amazing colleagues Cantors Netanel Herstik and Yaakov Lemmer live in Amsterdam for the PBS Special “The New York Cantors.”




Thank you to everyone who attended the first monthly service led by Devorah, and the Chanukkah party.

Our second service will be Friday, January 4th, also at 6 PM.

I have been playing clarinet duets with a friend of mine every week (what else should I do when the kids are gone?) and one of the duets we came across is the Leonard Cohen arrangement of Hallelujah. The arrangement also comes with a piano and vocal part. With the help of my neighbor who plays piano and Sarah Weissman, who will be home for winter break on January 4th, we will be performing it live during the next service. Please join us for services and our performance. Thank you to Jean Annau (clarinet) and Laura Detrick (piano) for sharing your musical talent.

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

See you all there for services and a potluck afterwards. Please bring a dish to share – not sure if it is meat or dairy. More on that to follow…



Here are some details about the service and Hanukkah party Friday night.

Friday, December 7th, will not only BE the 6th night of Hanukkah, but ALSO the first of our monthly services (first Friday of each month starting this month) to be led by Devorah Werner, AND our annual Hanukkah party! Join us for menorah lighting in front of the civic center at 5:30 (come early because it is also the Christmas Stroll downtown so parking may be difficult). From there, caravan over to the Bethel Lutheran Church for a Kabbalat Service followed by a Hanukkah party! Several congregants are bringing Latkes (already made) so please bring a side dish or dessert to share (or more pre-made latkes). Should be a great evening for all!

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



(Another new MOTL opportunity has just presented itself.

The Next Gen program, geared towards those living in small rural Jewish communities, is offering a MOTL trip for the 22-35 year old age group. This is a great opportunity for young adults who may have missed out on the teen program and are now wanting to explore more of their heritage. Please contact Monise Neumann: if you or someone you know might be interested in this trip of a life time. Non-Jewish spouses and/or significant others are welcome to attend as well.)

By way of introduction, my name is Monise Neumann and I serve as a National Consultant with March of the Living. A new initiative is being offered by the International March of the Living specifically geared to the NextGen living in smaller Jewish communities across the country.

This new initiative is geared towards first-time NextGen participants (ages 22-35) from small Jewish communities across the country who would like to explore their Jewish heritage. We are hoping that they can travel to Poland and Israel to join thousands of people from all across the world on the 2019 March of the Living. The cost (all-inclusive) from New York is $2500 per person for a ten-day journey.

I hope that we can be in contact to help spread the word to make this a reality for deserving participants. My sincere appreciation in advance for your help.

Warmest regards,

The International March of the Living is excited to announce a new initiative to bring young leadership from smaller Jewish communities across the United States on this life-changing journey. This world-wide program takes participants to Poland and Israel to commemorate two very important dates in the Jewish calendar to “remember the past, in the present, to ensure the future.” This highly-subsidized new initiative allows participants to spend Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) in Poland and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) in Israel alongside thousands of participants from countries all around the world. They will study the history of the Holocaust, examine the roots of prejudice, intolerance and hatred and learn about Jewish heritage and the history of the State of Israel. This unforgettable experience priced at the highly subsidized cost of $2500 for a 10 day all-inclusive experience is open to first time participants ages 22-35. More details and registration information can be found at

Monise Neumann
International March of the Living
National Consultant


Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Sunday, 12/02/2018–Sunday, 12/10/2018, 24 Kislev, 5779–2 Tevet, 5779: Chanukah
  • Sunday, 12/02/2018, 24 Kislev, 5779, Erev Chanukah, First Candle.
  • Monday, 12/03/2018, 25 Kislev, 5779: First Day of Chanukah, Second Candle.
  • Tuesday, 12/04/2018, 26 Kislev, 5779, Second Day of Chanukah, Third Candle.
  • Wednesday, 12/05/2018, 27 Kislev, 5779, Third day of Chanukah, Fourth Candle.
  • Thursday, 12/06/2018, 28 Kislev, 5779, Fourth Day of Chanukah, Fifth Candle.
  • Friday, 12/07/2018, 29 Kislev, 5779, Fifth Day of Chanukah, Sixth Candle. Chanukah party at the Bethel. **
  • Saturday, 12/08/2018, 30 Kislev, 5779, Sixth Day of Chanukah, Seventh Candle.
  • Sunday, 12/09/2018, 1 Tevet, 5779, Seventh Day of Chanukah, Eighth Candle.
  • Monday, 12/10/2018, 2 Tevet, 5779, Eighth Day of Chanukkah.

The Aitz Chaim Community will light each night’s candle of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukkiah at 5:30 P.M. at the Civic Center. If you come at 5:30.30, you may miss it, especially if it is cold.

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



As many of you know, my sister, Marcia, has led high school aged groups to Poland and Israel as part of the March of the Living program for well over a decade. These programs are important and powerful. Now, an opportunity exists for adults to attend such a trip. If at all interested, please look at the attached information and contact: Stacey Sherwitz: for more information. I have it on good authority, that if this trip fills up, another may be offered.

To date, we have had one Montana teen attend the MOTL program. Please do consider this for your junior or senior high schooler/grandchild. It is an opportunity of a life time.

Janet tatz

Information for the 2019 International Adult Delegation
2 West 45th Street – Suite 1500, New York, NY 10036
TEL: (212) 869-6800 FAX: (212) 869-6822 E-MAIL:

Dear Candidate,

Shalom and thank you for your interest in the 2019 International Adult Program of the March of the Living.
We very much appreciate your inquiries and thrive on your participation. We place our candidates at the center of
our work and are committed to designing a trip that responds to each of our group’s needs. We hope that the
information provided here will help stimulate your interest in our program.

The March of the Living is a unique program that honors, commemorates and explores the past, present, and
future of the Jewish people. You can be there, along with 10,000 other participants from around the world.

Please find below the important dates and costs for the trip. Please note that space is limited and we accept people
on a first-come first-serve basis.

To view our virtual brochure, Click Here: International Adult Delegation Brochure

You may complete the application and medical form here: Application Link
Apply Here

Program dates are April 29/30 – May 12/13, 2019
*Note that the program is currently TBD.

Departure from NYC – April 29, 2019
Program Start Date – April 30, 2019
Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day – May 2, 2019 (our main event in Poland)
Yom Hazikaron – Israel’s Memorial Day – May 8, 2019
Yom Haaztmaut – Israel’s Independence Day – May 9, 2019 (our main event in Israel)
Departure for NYC– May 12, 2019
Arrival to NYC- May 13, 2019

Pricing – Full cost of the program is $7300
Cost includes:
 Flights from NYC-Poland-Israel-NYC. Please note that you are responsible for your own domestic flights.
 4-5 star hotels (double occupancy)
 Deluxe busses
 3 VIP kosher meals a day (lunch is a lunch box)
 Local guides
 Educational scholars
 Security arrangements
 Educational kits
 Entrance fees
 March of the Living jacket and backpack
 Participation in all March of the Living International ceremonies with VIP seating
2 West 45th Street – Suite 1500, New York, NY 10036
TEL: (212) 869-6800 FAX: (212) 869-6822 E-MAIL:


On behalf of There Are Jews Here, I invite you to watch the film’s national public television premiere on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, at 8/7c! The film will broadcast as part of the 2018 season of the Emmy-nominated documentary series
America ReFramed on the WORLD Channel.

There Are Jews Here takes you on a journey to places where most never imagined Jews existed: in small
towns like Latrobe, Pennsylvania; Dothan, Alabama; Butte, Montana; and, Laredo, Texas. In the wake of the tragedy in Pittsburgh, this story shifts our focus to Jewish persistence, community and continuity, offering
stories of strength and resilience.
Following the untold stories of the four once-thriving American Jewish communities, the film is both a celebration of tenacity and a warning that the legacies of such communities could be lost forever.


While There Are Jews Here is about the Jewish people and tradition, the film speaks to the value and strength of America’s diversity. In sharing and listening to our nation’s many stories, we’re able to see that we’re bound by the same hopes for a better future.

Make There Are Jews Here a part of your gathering with family and friends during the holidays!

TUNE IN to America ReFramed on television on Dec. 4! (check local listings)

STREAM AND WATCH America ReFramed online for free starting Dec. 4: