Category Archives: February

NINE THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT PURIM

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

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AN OPEN INVITATION FROM CONGREGATION BETH AARON, BILLINGS

Congregation Beth Aaron’s Special Events Committee was successful in lining up a presentation by Dr. Jonathan Adelman, one of today’s most sought after experts on the Middle East.

Dr. Adelman is Professor at the School of International Studies, the University of Denver, has worked for Silicon Valley companies and the Defense Department. He is a prolific author who has lectured in more than a dozen countries. (See the attachment for more detailed information.)

The title of Dr. Adelman’s presentation is: “The Middle East: Realignments and Elusive Peace.” The presentation is an hour long, followed by 30 minutes for Q&A.

As we realized that both the topic and the calibre of our speaker might appeal to the Billings community at large, we approached the Billings Public Library to see if the library would be willing to co-sponsor the event and provide the space for it. We are happy to inform you that Gavin Woltjer, Library Director, has agreed to both suggestions.

THE MIDDLE EAST: REALIGNMENTS AND ELUSIVE PEACE
Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Adelman
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Billings Public Library, Community Room
Free Admission

Uri Barnea, Chair
CBA, Special Events Committee

NEWS OF A FORMER CONGREGANT

This is an article from the Voyage Phoenix staff, featuring former Great Falls long-time resident and Aitz Chaim member and physician Mona Morstein.

FEBRUARY 1, 2018

Meet Mona Morstein of Arizona Integrative Medical Solutions in Tempe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mona Morstein.

Mona, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.

My story begins between the ages of 10-16 years old, when I suffered from odd seizures when physically active (looking back, due to low blood sugars), and obsessive compulsive disorder. Stopping my refined sugar intake when I was 16 years old cured me of both conditions within 2 months. My interest in nutrition began then. I wound up getting a Summa Cum Laude BS in Foods and Nutrition from Arizona State University in 1984. During my years there I also wound up with another annoying medical problem–recurrent bouts of diarrhea. I miraculously cured with a couple of herbs I bought from the old Gentle Strength Coop, and made into a recipe for tea I discovered in “The Herb Book” by John Lust. My interest in alternative medicine was growing. I had been discouraged with my nutrition education. I had not learned how to use nutrition to reverse medical conditions. By chance, in the ASU bookstore, I came across a book called “Holistic Health Handbook” put out by the USC Berkeley. In this book, nearly all alternative medical fields were discussed, from acupuncture, to chiropractic to massage, etc. I discovered naturopathic medicine in that book, visited a naturopathic physician in Scottsdale, and decided that was my next education step. There were only two post-graduate accredited naturopathic medical schools in the US, one in Portland and one in Seattle. My parents agreed and I went to National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland for 4 years, did a year residency there, and then bought a naturopathic practice in Great Falls, MT where I set up my first clinic.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?

Well, there are always struggles. We did not learn good business practices in medical school, and so learning how to set up a practice on my own was hard. I had a cash practice and learned to not to set up account receivables, as one day, adding those up, I discovered patients owed me over $17,000 (!). I was embezzled by a dishonest office manager. I was doing naturopathic medicine on my own, the only ND in Great Falls, MT, for 11 years mostly before computers, Google and email; I was a lone dog doctor doing my best. I worked hard reading journals, going to medical conferences and accumulating more knowledge to have better success with patients. I wound up buying a medical condo hoping to develop a large multifactorial clinic with many different practitioners, but that never really developed no matter the work and advertising I put into it. Overall, nonetheless, I loved Montana, and Great Falls, and discovered hiking, camping and environmental activism. I wound up developing a solid medical practice that treated patients from Great Falls and all the smaller towns within 1-2 hours of Great Falls. I really grew and matured there.

We’d love to hear more about your business.

I am a naturopathic physician. We are, essentially, the equivalent to medical GPs; we can write prescriptions, do blood work, imaging studies, and physical exams. However, our focus is on working with patients to remove all the obstacles to cure they may have that have led to the development of their medical condition(s), and then use–as much as possible–natural modalities to stimulate their body’s capacity to heal. So, for example, if you present with psoriasis to an MD, you’ll probably get hydrocortisone cream or a strong biologic drug to block the psoriasis from coming out. With me, I’m going to do a food sensitivity test, a diet diary where you record what you eat for 7 days to learn your nutrient intake, and how pro-inflammatory is your diet. In my 1.5 hour first office visit, we’ll discuss any stresses your life, and how well you may or may not be handling them. We’ll go over sleep, exercise, and investigate how healthy (or not) your gut functioning may be. All of these aspects of a person can cause a chronic dermatitis, for e.g. I’ll teach you how to remove any food sensitivities, how to eat to heal your skin, dose supplements specific to what you need, help strengthen your gut health, and so forth. There are many different tests an ND does outside the conventional world of MDs that can be very helpful in finding the reasons someone is unhealthy on a mental/emotional or physical level. I specialize in gastrointestinal conditions and all hormonal conditions (diabetes, thyroid, adrenals, reproductive); in fact, I recently had my book published: “Master Your Diabetes: A Comprehensive, Integrative Approach for Both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.” Someone told me it’s the best-selling book on diabetes on Amazon now. I am also the founder and Executive Director of the Low Carb Diabetes Association: http://www.lowcarbdiabetes.org an education non-profit designed to help educated patients about using integrative medicine to prevent or control their diabetes. I see both adults and children as patients.
But, I see many other conditions as well, such as skin, migraines, cardiovascular, auto-immune. In general I use these healing modalities: conventional and integrative testing, nutrition, nutraceutical supplementation, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, counseling/motivational support, vertebral manipulation, bio-identical hormonal therapy, medical prescriptions. You can check out our clinic at drmorstein.com

What were you like growing up?

I think I was a handful growing up! I had a lot of energy, was very athletic, and liked doing what I wanted to do. One of my earliest memories was when I was around 2-3 years old watching Saturday morning cartoons. There was a commercial where there was a STOP sign (I recognized that from being driven around by my parents and grandparents) and some words written beneath it. I remember thinking I couldn’t wait until I could read and know what those words were meaning. I have always been an avid reader. My first big person’s book I read was “The Martian Chronicles” by Ray Bradbury when I was 10 years old. I was fascinated by it! I have never stopped reading. I think I might have gone into the publishing world if I hadn’t gone into medicine.

I was good in school and always did well. I had a speech impediment though, the letter “r”. It took years of speech therapy before I overcame it. Thank G-d for speech therapists!

I’m lucky I always had a good feeling about myself, and was confident I was a good person. Not egomania, mind you, just a positive view of myself no matter if I was teased for my “r” impediment, or a teacher yelled at me, or I was bullied, or a friend snubbed me or some other, you know, childhood disappointment occurred. I simply liked myself and knew I was a worthwhile person. I was lucky to live in a functional household and I always knew I was loved by my parents.

We moved from New Jersey, and my grandparents, when I was 9 years old and that devastated me emotionally. I don’t particularly handle grief very well; it lingers and it hard to get over. That’s when my health went and I developed the seizures and OCD. When I was older, in college and med school, at every school break, several times a year I flew back to New Jersey to be with my grand-parents, and now and then visit my other grandmother up in Brooklyn. I loved being with my grand-parents.

I still am always reading a book. I love hiking every Sunday morning, and I believe there is no town as great as the Valley for those who hike alone. I love the McDowell/Sonoran Conservancy, the Superstitions, South Mountain, Thompson Peak, etc. I exercise at home the other days of the week. I am active in my religion, Judaism, at my shul in Chandler. And, I strive to be a great cat mommy; my neighbors regularly see me walking my little furry boy (morning and evening), and occasionally my little furry girl tags along, too.

Contact Info:
• Address: Arizona Integrative Medical Solutions
4657 S. Lakeshore Dr. Ste 1
Tempe, AZ 85282
• Website: http://www.azimsolutions.com or http://www.drmorstein.com
• Phone: 480-284:8155
• Email: goodhealth@azimsolutions.com
• Twitter: @drmonamorstein

YAHRZEITS — FEBRUARY, 2018

RAM’S HORN POLICY FOR LISTING YAHRZEIT MEMORIALS:!
Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Gregorian month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.

Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to editor@aitzchaim.com
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Deceased
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Congregant
Dorothy Meyer Aug 19, 2017 27 Av, 5777 Stepmother of Diane Sherick
Ann Belfert Aug 12, 2017 20 Av, 5777 Mother of Gail Belfert
Sarah Lewin Mar 11, 5777 13 Adar, 5777 Mother of Rachel Michele Lewin Costaneda
Lydia (Leah) Bailey Mar 31, 2017 3 Nissan, 5777 Mother of Karen (Chaya) Semple
Kikki Schandelson Feb 1, 1979 4 Sh’vat, 5739 Stepmother of Arnold Schandelson
Joel Eisenberg Feb 3, 1982 10 Sh’vat, 5742 brother of Sharon Eisenberg
Diane Magalnick Feb 5, 2002 23 Sh’vat, 5762 wife of Elliot Magalnick
Jack Barrett Feb 6, 2006 8 Sh’vat, 5766 Uncle of Nadyne Weissman
Judith Lenore Astrin Feb 15, 2014 15 Adar I, 5774
Harold “Rick” Reichert Feb 22, 1968 23 Sh’vat, 5728 Husband of Arlyne Reichert
Sylvia Goldman Feb 23, 2017 27 Sch’vat, 5777 Grandmother of Cece Drew
Elizabeth Orphal Feb 27, 2009 3 Adar, 5769 Grandmother of Karen Semple

YAHRZEITS — FEBRUARY, 2017, SH’VAT–ADAR, 5777

RAM’S HORN POLICY FOR LISTING YAHRZEIT MEMORIALS:!
Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Gregorian month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.

Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to editor@aitzchaim.com
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Deceased
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Congregant
Marion Kelman May 19, 2016 11 Iyyar, 5776 Sister-in-law of Evelyn Kelman
Sheldon Maznek May 20, 2016 12 Iyar, 5776 Brother of Evelyn Kelman
Kikki Schandelson Feb 1, 1979 4 Sh’vat, 5739 Stepmother of Arnold Schandelson
Joel Eisenberg Feb 3, 1982 10 Sh’vat, 5742 brother of Sharon Eisenberg
Diane Magalnick Feb 5, 2002 23 Sh’vat, 5762 wife of Elliot Magalnick
Jack Barrett Feb 6, 2006 8 Sh’vat, 5766 Uncle of Nadyne Weissman
Judith Lenore Astrin Feb 15, 2014 15 Adar I, 5774
Harold “Rick” Reichert Feb 22, 1968 23 Sh’vat, 5728 Husband of Arlyne Reichert
Elizabeth Orphal Feb 27, 2009 3 Adar, 5769 Grandmother of Karen Semple

THE CHASIDIC SONGS PROJECT IS COMING TO BILLINGS

A group of prominent Slovak musicians, together with Bratislava’s Chief Rabbi Baruch Myers will be performing in Billings Sunday, March 6, 2016.

A special evening for the Statewide Jewish community will take place, Sunday evening, March 6 at 6 PM. It will take place at the Losekamp Hall at Rocky Mountain College, 1511 Poly Drive, Billings Montana.
The concert will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a reception.
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In 2008 Rabbi Baruch Myers and cellist Jozef Lupták started to work song by song on “Chassidic Songs” and invited two other prominent musicians – violinist and viola player Milos Valent (ECM records, Solamente Naturali, Dowland Project and others) and accordionist Boris Lenko to join them. So began a musical adventure which has since graced stages from intimate spaces to stages at the Pohoda and Konvergencie Festivals.

The adventure soon translated into the several very communicative and successful concerts and the superb recording with the same name. This project is a new musical revival of Chassidic Songs from the region in which they originated.. These musicians and artists are trying to recreate the original songs in the same manner with new artistic vision and spirit.

Rabbi Baruch Myers – piano, voice
Jozef Lupták – cello
Miloš Valent – violin, viola
Boris Lenko – accordion

Contributed by brian Schnitzer

YAHRZEITS — FEBRUARY, 2016, SHEVAT-ADAR I, 5776

RAM’S HORN POLICY FOR LISTING YAHRZEIT MEMORIALS:!
Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Gregorian month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.

Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to editor@aitzchaim.com
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Deceased
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Congregant
Dr. Irving “Chick” Waltman Jan 5, 2016 24 Tevet, 5766 Father of Marjorie Feldman
Beverly Tatz Dec 8, 2015 26 Kislev, 5776 Mother of Janet Tatz
Kikki Schandelson Feb 1, 1979 4 Sh’vat, 5739 Stepmother of Arnold Schandelson
Joel Eisenberg Feb 3, 1982 10 Sh’vat, 5742 brother of Sharon Eisenberg
Diane Magalnick Feb 5, 2002 23 Sh’vat, 5762 wife of Elliot Magalnick
Jack Barrett Feb 6, 2006 8 Sh’vat, 5766 Uncle of Nadyne Weissman
Judith Lenore Astrin Feb 15, 2014 15 Adar I, 5774
Harold “Rick” Reichert Feb 22, 1968 23 Sh’vat, 5728 Husband of Arlyne Reichert
Elizabeth Orphal Feb 27, 2009 3 Adar, 5769 Grandmother of Karen Semple

FREE ONLINE HEBREW BIBLE-TANAKH COURSE

25-Session Video Lecture Series

“Shaye J. D. Cohen is the Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in Ancient History, with distinction, from Columbia University in 1975. He is also an ordained rabbi, and for many years was the Dean of the Graduate School and Shenkman Professor of Jewish History at the Conservative Movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Before arriving at Harvard in July 2001, he was for ten years the Samuel Ungerleider Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University. The focus of Cohen’s research is the boundary between Jews and gentiles and between Judaism and its surrounding culture. He is also a published authority on Jewish reactions to Hellenism and to Christianity.

Cohen has received several honors for his work, including an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary and various fellowships. He has been honored by appointment as Croghan Distinguished Visiting Professor of Religion (Williams College), the Louis Jacobs Lecturer (Oxford University), the David M. Lewis Lecturer (Oxford University), Lady Davis Fellowship (Visiting Professor) of Jewish History (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), the Block Lecturer (Indiana University), the Roland Visiting Lecturer (Stanford University) and the Pritchett Lecturer (University of California, Berkeley). He appeared on a Nova episode as an expert on Jewish history. He also appears in PBS’s Jesus to Christ Documentary.”

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/hebrew-bible/free-hebrew-bible-course-with-shaye-cohen/?mqsc=E3790054&utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=BHD+Week%20in%20Review%20Newsletter&utm_campaign=E5W228

http://courses.biblicalarchaeology.org/hebrewbible/#

Submitted by Brian Schnitzer

HAMANTASCHEN; NEW TWISTS ON A HOLIDAY CLASSIC

https://ou.org/life/inspiration/hamantaschen/

SAVE THE DATE

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Wednesday, 04/04-05/2015: Purim
  • Friday, 04/10/2015, 5:30 P.M.: Aitz Chaim Community Seder at the O’Haire. More details TBA.
  • Friday, 05/15-17/2015: Jewish week end with Ruz Gulko. More details TBA.