Category Archives: February


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 Yahrzeit list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to

May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

Marvin Langsam Oct 27, 2013 23 Cheshvan, 5774 Brother of Helen Cherry
Josephine Wade Young Apr 17, 2013 7 Iyyar, 5773 Mother of Ann Grobosky
Natalee Holly Kelman Jul 10, 2013 3 Av, 5773 Daughter of Evelyn Kelman
Kikki Schandelson Feb 01, 1979 4 Sh’vat, 5739

Step-mother of Arny Schandelson
Diane Magalnick Feb 02, 2002 20 Sch’vat, 5762 Wife of Elliott Magalnick
Joel Eisenberg Feb 03, 1982 10 Sh’vat, 5742 Brother of Sharon Eisenberg
Jack Barrett Feb 06, 2006 8 Sh’vat, 5766 Uncle of Nadyne Weissman
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


Judith Astrin

Great Falls —Judith Lenore Astrin, of Great Falls, passed away on February 15, 2014, at the age of 70 following a long battle with ovarian cancer. No services are planned.

Judy was born November 2, 1943, in Ventura, California, to Sidney and Lenore Lang. She grew up in Bakersfield, graduated from UCLA in 1966, and married her college sweetheart Charles a week later. They moved to Great Falls in 1976 where she managed her husband’s medical office until she retired in 1992.

Together she and Chuck enjoyed many years of skiing and snowboarding and touring around Montana on Chuck’s Harley. Judy also loved riding her horses with friends in the beautiful Montana mountains.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Charles; sister, Diane Lang of Burbank, CA; and several favorite cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Jennifer, in 1992.

Donations are suggested to the Animal Foundation of Great Falls or a charity of your choice .

Judith received her degree in Biologic Illustration from U.C.L.A. in 1966. She worked in pen & ink, charcoal, and watercolors. She illustrated two medical books, sketched operative procedures in the operating room, and her talents extended into multiple areas. She played three instruments, her beadwork was sold in several art stores in Montana, and she was an invited artist in two stained glass art shows. She became a snowboarder in her 50’s, and was in the back country horsemen with her beloved Tennessee walking horses. She loved all living creatures.

Condolences to the family may be shared at

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Feb. 16, 2014


Towards his meeting with his brother Esau, Jacob used the tactic of “gift, prayer and war” as written:
“So went the present over before him… And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac… And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape.”
(Genesis 32:21, 9, 8)

We invite you to walk in the footsteps of our fathers and forefathers and get acquainted with various models of leadership from the ancient times of Jacob, through the times of King David and Rabbi Johanan Ben Zakai, and up to the leaders of the Jewish-Israeli nation in the modern era.

In this seminar, we shall deal with models of Jewish/Israeli leadership by examining the participants’ management styles and consolidating ways of promoting community leadership in the framework of the role they are currently performing or will perform in the future.

Israeli Leadership Seminar
for Teachers and Community Executives of the Jewish World
July 1 – 10, 2014 Israel

The seminar will focus on the following aspects:

  • Historical aspect – Exposure to leadership narratives, to leaders’ dilemmas in the context of the places in which the historical events occurred in the Land of Israel, and to the Jewish texts that tell their stories (the Bible, the Mishnah, the Talmud, and new Hebrew sources);
  • Contemporary aspect – The clarification of the roles of Jewish community leadership with regard to topics such as the Jewish calendar, the circle of Jewish life, Shoah commemoration and leadership;
  • Future aspect – A discussion of the role of Jewish leadership in fostering Jewish and community identity and in positioning Israel among Diaspora Jewry;
  • Professional aspect – Assisting each participant in defining ways to develop his/her personal leadership, based on a variety of models.

Teaching methods:

  • Lectures – Evaluation of leadership models as well as types of leadership in Jewish history;
  • Encounters – Becoming acquainted with leaders and leadership models in various domains of Israeli society (political, military, educational) – a personal encounter;
  • Study tours – Following in the footsteps of Biblical, Mishnaic, and Talmudic leaders, historical leaders, leaders from the beginning of the settlement in the modern era, IDF commanders in regions where battles were fought and young leaders of the future generations.
  • Workshops – Exposure to materials and practice in fostering Jewish identity.

As one seminar participant (July 2011) put it: “I have been too busy using all five of my senses absorbing the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes. I have felt the uneven cobblestones beneath my feet, the cool water of a subterranean tunnel, the sting of the Mediterranean sun, and the warmth of new friends. I saw ancient cities, modern metropolises, oases in the desert, high tech office buildings, gentrified neighborhoods, national forests, mountaintops, and valleys full of crops and people who are thriving. creating a linkage to Israel for the benefit of you and your home community! I heard about ancient leaders; saw their homes, offices, graves, and battlegrounds. I heard from experienced leaders, inner city activists, a young leader who stepped up to lead her city and even younger leaders who are serving their community before they join the army to serve their country…“

More information
What will you pay for?
•Personal health insurance
•Tuition fees of $1,000 for the entire seminar

We will take care of all the rest!
•Accommodation and meals
•Travel and tours
•Cost of entrance to sites
•Lectures and social events
•Preparation of materials

Please note: The above-mentioned costs are applicable only to community leaders and teachers who are participating in a seminar of this type for the first time.

You may register
or email
for further details.
Dr. Tova Perlmutter
Seminar Coordinator


Once upon a time, a powerful Emperor of the Rising Sun advertised for a new Chief Samurai. After a year, only three applied for the job: a Japanese, a Chinese, and a Jewish Samurai.
“Demonstrate your skills!” commanded the Emperor.
The Japanese samurai stepped forward, opened a tiny box, and released a fly.
He drew his samurai sword and *Swish!* the fly fell to the floor, neatly divided in two!
“What a feat!” said the Emperor.
“Number Two Samurai, show me what you do.”
The Chinese samurai smiled confidently, stepped forward and opened a tiny box, releasing a fly.
He drew his samurai sword and * Swish! * Swish! * The fly fell to the floor neatly quartered.
“That is skill!” nodded the Emperor.
“How are you going to top that, Number three Samurai?
The Jewish samurai, Obi-wan Cohen, stepped forward, opened a tiny box releasing one fly, drew his samurai sword and *Swoooooosh! * flourished his sword so mightily that a gust of wind blew through the room. But the fly was still buzzing around! In disappointment, the Emperor said, “What kind of skill is that? The fly isn’t even dead.”
“Dead,” replied the Jewish Samurai !! “Dead is easy. Circumcision. . .THAT takes skill!”


EDITOR’S NOTE: This was contributed by Elliott Magalnick. Happy Purim!

Harry’s Video Blog – Who Was That Masked Man?: Purim

Partners in Torah brings you Harry’s Video Blog and the always entertaining Harry Rothenberg. Think that Yom Kippur is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar? Guess again…..

Harry Rothenberg, as his accent suggests, is originally from Philadelphia and still spends too much time rooting for its sports teams. An attorney, he is best known for his representation of victims of catastrophic injury at the Rothenberg Law Firm, where he works with his parents and 5 of his siblings. But he’s equally passionate about lecturing on Jewish topics, particularly to audiences that did not have the same opportunity that he had to study for 3 years in Israel at Ohr Somayach yeshiva. A 1988 graduate of Columbia College and a 1993 graduate of Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, Harry lives in northern New Jersey with his wife Amy. Their 8 children range in age from their 21 year old eldest son to their 3 year old twin boys, who as their frequent guests can attest, are now in charge at their house.

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