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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



Shalom Chaverim,

As Holocaust Remembrance Day comes to a close, and we remember to never forget, let us now also look forward, with hope in our hearts! Here is an opportunity to strengthen the bonds of our Jewish community, and enjoy our bright and fulfilling future. Below is the agenda and registration form for this year’s MAJCO 2015 Shabbaton. We look forward to seeing you in Butte.

MAJCO Shabbaton 2015 in Butte
Honoring Our History and Celebrating Our Community
June 26-28, 2015
Congregation B’nai Israel
327 West Galena Street
Butte, MT 59701

Congregation B’nai Israel Watercolor by Sonia Ehrlich, 1976

Nancy Oyer
Congregation B’nai Israel President

MAJCO Agenda and Registration 2015

MAJCO Shabbaton 2015 in Butte
Honoring Our History and Celebrating Our Community
June 26-28, 2015

Congregation B’nai Israel
327 West Galena Street
Butte, MT 59701


All Events at the Synagogue

Friday, June 26

  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:20 p.m. Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. – Shabbat Evening Service led by Rabbi David Fine

Saturday, June 27

  • 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Torah Study led by Rabbi Ed Staffman
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service led by Rabbi David Fine
  • 12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. Programming led by Rabbi David Fine
  • 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Free Time
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:20 p.m. Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. – 8:20 p.m. Programming – Ellen Burke, Area VP, Desert Mountain Region of Hadassah
  • 8:30 p.m. – 9:20 p.m. Programming – Jewish Music or To Be Determined
  • 9:30 p.m. – Havdallah (Sunset is 9:26 p.m.)
  • 9:45 p.m. – Hadassah Silent Auction Opens
  • 10:15 p.m. – Hadassah Silent Auction Closes

Sunday, June 28

  • 8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. MAJCO Business Meeting (with breakfast for attendees)
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Butte History/Jewish History Custom Trolley Tour – Group A
  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Butte History/Jewish History Custom Trolley Tour – Group B
  • 12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. – Lunch with Programming – Bruce Barrett, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Regional Director for the Mountain West Region. Lunch sponsored and executed by Montana Hadassah
  • 1:00 p.m. MAJCO Adjourns
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Hadassah Business Meeting

MAJCO Shabbaton 2015 in Butte
Honoring Our History and Celebrating Our Community
June 26-28, 2015

Congregation B’nai Israel
327 West Galena Street
Butte, MT 59701


Blocks of rooms are reserved at two hotels in Butte. Mention “MAJCO/Congregation B’nai Israel” to get the following rates:

  • UPTOWN: Historic Finlen Hotel, 100 East Broadway, Butte, MT, 59710. 406.723.5461. Rates are $82 for a single and $92 for a double, plus tax. Rooms held until May 26. The location is one-half mile (7 blocks) from the synagogue.
  • ON THE FLATS: Best Western Plus Butte Plaza Inn, 2900 Harrison Avenue, Butte, MT, 59701. 406.494.3500 Flat Rate: $99 plus tax for 1-4 people, specify 1 king or 2 queens. Rooms held until June 5. Includes full breakfast and shuttle. To see amenities, visit the Best Western website.

Additional Information

  • Trolley Tours: Tour designed by Congregation B’nai Israel, led by Ellen Crane, Director, Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives. Seats are limited, so reserve your spot ASAP by sending in your MAJCO registration. The tour starts and ends at the synagogue. You will be notified which tour you are on upon receipt of registration.
  • Donations to Safe Space: It is a Montana Hadassah tradition that when meeting for a Shabbaton, our members bring donations for the local women’s shelter. This year we ask all MAJCO participants to bring hotel or full size toiletry items. Items will be donated to Safe Space, the Butte women’s shelter.

Meals Included in the Registration Fee:

Friday Dinner: Organized by the Hettingers:

  • Chicken
  • potato salad
  • green and other salads
  • challah
  • gluten-free bread (to be available throughout the weekend)
  • desserts
  • coffee, tea, water

Saturday Lunch: Catered by Nancy’s Pasties:

  • Butte famous cocktail pasties
  • Butte famous sweet potato salad
  • cole slaw
  • brownies, lemon bars – desserts will be marked “contain dairy.”

Saturday Dinner: Catered by the Uptown Café:

  • Baked sole
  • tarragon chicken
  • artichoke curry rice salad
  • green beans almondine
  • pasta with marinara
  • poppy seed cake, –cake will be marked “contains dairy,”
  • fruit
  • coffee, tea, water
  • If you enjoy wine, please bring a bottle to share!

Sunday Breakfast for Business Meeting Attendees:

  • Bagels, shmear
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • smoked salmon
  • lox
  • onions, capers
  • coffee, tea, water
  • Any leftovers will be available to all.

MAJCO Shabbaton 2015 in Butte
Honoring Our History and Celebrating Our Community
June 26-28, 2015

Congregation B’nai Israel
327 West Galena Street
Butte, MT 59701

Registration Form

Name __________________________________________________________________________
Phone __________________________________________________________________________
Email __________________________________________________________________________

I am enclosing the following registration fee (please check appropriate box):

  • $54
  • I am a presenter and my fee is waived.
  • $__________ Amount other than $54
  • I cannot afford the full price, so I will pay what I can (and MAJCO will cover the rest)
  • I am able and willing to donate extra to defray costs, which also helps those who can’t afford the full price to attend
  • I am a presenter and my fee is waived, but I wish to donate.

The registration fee covers attendance to all services and programming; Friday dinner; Saturday lunch, dinner and entertainment; Sunday trolley tour and lunch.

I would like to reserve a seat on the trolley. My first choice is:

  • Group A: 9:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
  • Group B: 10:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Please make your check payable to Congregation B’nai Israel and send it with this form to:
Nancy Oyer
527 Edison Street
Butte, MT 59701

Any questions, call Nancy at 406.490.8989, or email her at


EDITOR’S NOTE: These recipes are from an article in the Hadassah magazine, and reflect the mixed traditions of cookbook author and chef Louisa Shafia, the daughter of a Persian Muslim father and a Jewish Ashkenazic mother. Contributed by Nadyne Weissman.

When I met up with Brooklyn-based author and chef Louisa Shafia, she was on her way to an East Village restaurant to prepare for a dinner she was cooking in support of her latest book, The New Persian Kitchen (Ten Speed Press). Tall, slender and elegant, Shafia’s long fingers were tipped by a true kitchen habitué’s unvarnished nails. “I’ll be rolling pastries all day if you need to find me,” she said with an easy smile.

A celebrated practitioner of vegetable-based cuisine, Shafia—whose first book, Lucid Food (Ten Speed Press), explored the seasonality of nature’s bounty—uses her sophomore effort to reconnect with a powerful yet partially unexplored part of her heritage. The daughter of a Persian Muslim physician father and Ashkenazic Jewish librarian mother, the Philadelphia-born Shafia grew up in a house of mixed traditions, though she identifies as Jewish.

In addition to an Ashkenazic repertoire that included standards like latkes and chicken soup, Shafia’s mother learned to cook colorful, flavorful Persian dishes, occasionally serving them for holiday meals and special occasions. Distinguished by heady flourishes like tart-sweet pomegranate, fragrant rose petals, musky saffron and pucker-inducing dried limes, Persian cuisine is often considered the most sophisticated in the Middle East, reflected in a near-obsession with fresh ingredients and the copious use of herbs and produce.

In her newest book, Shafia sheds light on the Persian Jewish community’s 2,500-year history in Iran, making it the oldest outside Israel. In 539 B.C.E., Cyrus the Great emancipated Persia’s enslaved Jewish population, facilitated their return to Israel and funded the rebuilding of the Holy Temple.

Similar to many Jewish cuisines with roots in North African and Arab countries, Persian Jewish specialties often hew close to the originals, adopting a Jewish patina with a small change, such as the omission of yogurt or the occasion on which they are served; the fact that Muslims eschew pork makes the food even more practical for kosher cooks.

Shafia’s recipe for Sweet Rice with Carrots and Nuts would be a welcome addition to your Rosh Hashana table, as would Fesenjan, the classic Persian sweet-and-tart stew made with pomegranates, walnuts and chicken.

Sweet Rice with Carrots and Nuts
Serves 6 to 8.

2 cups white basmati rice, soaked in cold water for 1 hour
3 cups water
Sea salt
2 TBs butter or unrefined coconut oil, at room temperature
3 TBs unrefined coconut oil
1 yellow onion, finely diced
2 scant cups grated carrots (about 3 large carrots)
1/2 cup slivered or coarsely chopped almonds, toasted
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped, plus 1 TB for garnish
Grated zest of 1 large orange
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp saffron, ground and steeped in 1 TB hot water

1. Drain the rice and rinse under cold water until the water runs clear.
2. In a stockpot, combine the 3 cups of water and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Add the rice, return to a boil, then turn down the heat to its lowest setting. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the rice rest for 5 minutes, then dot with the butter or coconut oil and fluff with a fork. The rice should be dry and fluffy.
3. While the rice cooks, heat a small skillet over medium heat and sauté the onion in the coconut oil for about 15 minutes, until lightly browned. Add the carrots, almonds, cinnamon, cardamom and turmeric, and cook, stirring often, for about 10 minutes, until the carrots are tender. Add 1/2 cup pistachios, the orange zest and the honey and cook for about 2 minutes, until heated through. Season to taste with salt.
4. Scoop the rice into a large bowl. Add the carrot mixture and drizzle in the saffron. Mix gently and season with salt. Garnish with the remaining 1 TB pistachios.

Serves 4.

1 TB grapeseed or vegetable oil
2 lbs bone-in chicken legs or breasts, skinned
2 onions, finely diced
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1/2 cup pomegranate molasses (widely available online)
2 tsps salt
2 cups hot chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup peeled and grated raw red beets
Pomegranate seeds for garnish

1. Heat a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat and add oil. Sear chicken until well browned, 6-7 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
2. Add onions to skillet and cook on medium heat until lightly browned, 15 minutes. Stir in walnuts, pomegranate molasses and salt, to taste.
3. Add stock, bring to a boil and return chicken to skillet. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until chicken is cooked, 25 minutes. Uncover, stir in beets and cook until thickened an additional 15-20 minutes. Season to taste with salt.
4. Remove chicken with tongs and cut into halves or thirds. Place on a platter and cover with sauce. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Adapted from their web site and newsletter.

The Montana Chapter of Hadassah is a member of the Hadassah Desert Region. It is a special organization as it is one of only two Hadassah chapters to cover an entire state. The members of Montana Hadassah organize local book clubs and fund raising events. But we also come together as a single group each year to plan activities, share our interests and knowhow, and get to know one another. Although the physical distances between us is large, the over 100 members share their enthusiasm for the Hadassah mission and strive to create a sense of Jewish community.

Our Mission
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer organization that inspires a passion for and commitment to its partnership with the land and people of Israel. It enhances the health of people worldwide through its support of medical care and research at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Hadassah empowers its members and supporters, as well as youth in Israel and America through opportunities for personal growth, education, advocacy and Jewish continuity.

To attract and engage younger women
To strengthen Hadassah in the United States and in Israel
To build a global organization
To engage new partners and build coalitions
To develop and fund initiatives that impact both Israel and the American Community

Embracing Change
Fiscal Responsibility
Jewish Continuity
K’lal Israel Community
Personal Growth
Social Responsibility

The best part of our organization is that we provide a unique opportunity to connect with other fabulous Jewish women around the great state of Montana. Our chapter is itself a resource to create new friendships while we pursue our Jewish education and do important global service. Local groups form Book Clubs and Fundraisers, and fun activities to build our Montana Jewish community.

Interested in Joining?
Have you recently moved to Montana and would like to learn more about our chapter activities? Explore our website and contact us directly.

We are looking forward to a wonderful Montana Statewide Hadassah Meeting, June 21 – 23. We will be on the shore of beautiful Flathead Lake at Marina Cay in Bigfork. You will be inspired by our Shabbat Services, educated by health professionals, informed about Israel, past, present and future, and delighted with good food and friends. As usual we will have a lot of fun with our Silent Auction of new or lightly used items and make plans for our Chapter at our annual business meeting. Laura Green, our Region Area Vice President will be our special guest. Laura’s in depth knowledge of Hadassah and Israel will make for stimulating discussions. Of course we will plan on some free time for taking in the town of Big Fork. The weekend will begin with Shabbat dinner at Steve and Patty Schnall’s beautiful home on the Swan River. The meal will be provided by our Flathead Valley members. Please make your hotel reservations and send us your registration form as soon as possible. The cut off date for the hotel rates in our block is May 21. If you have any questions, please call or e mail any of us. See you soon.

Melissa Werner, Mary Kaplan, Kay Gersh, Ginny Shayne
Marina Cay Room Reservations: Ask for HADASSAH Group Room Rates @ 1-800-433-6516

The Registration form
Montana HADASSAH Annual Meeting 2013
Honor the Past – Inspire the Future
JUNE 21-23, 2013 Marina Cay Resort – Bigfork, Montana
Fri, June 21 7:00 pm Dinner followed by service and keynote speaker
Sat, June 22 8:00 am Breakfast, Shabbat morning service, Hadassah Programming
Lunch, Dinner, Havdallah, Silent Auction
Sun, June 23 8:00 am –12:00 pm Breakfast, Montana Hadassah Annual Meeting
Registration Fee: $36/person (enclose with registration form) Make checks payable to Montana Hadassah and mail to: Montana Hadassah
c/o Mary Kaplan
136 Lupine Dr
Kalispell, MT 59901

Accommodations: Marina Cay Resort in Bigfork has a variety of lodging options and has offered Montana Hadassah a substantial room discount starting at $109/night (based on using a minimum number of rooms.) Please call the resort at 800-433-6515 or 406-837-5861and let them know you are with HADASSAH. In addition they are offering these rates for 3 days prior and after the weekend, for those wishing to extend their stay. Please make reservations early to get your preferred lodging. Hadassah rates, reservation deadline is May 21. For more information go to:

What Will it Cost: Your resort room; Dinner Saturday evening
Registration fee of $36 – includes 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Questions: Melissa Werner:
Ginny Shayne:
Kay Gersh:
Mary Kaplan:
REGISTRATION FORM: Due by June 10th Enclose Registration Fee of $36/person

Street City, State, Zip
Phone #s: ________________(H) _______________(W) ________________(C)

Email: ____________________________________ Need a roommate?

Montana Celebrates Hadassah’s 100th Birthday

Would love to have you join us for our Hadassah Centennial Celebration on Aug. 12.  Please pass this invitation on to anyone you think might be interested.  We have a wonderful evening planned with food, fun, friends and a stimulating presentation by Bruce Barrett, Northwest Regional AIPAC Director and former Law Professor, about Henrietta Szold, the founding of Hadassah, and its place in Israel’s history.  For more information feel free to contact Kay Gersh at





SUNDAY, AUG 12, 6:30 P.M.









PO BOX 487

    WHITEFISH MT. 59937

Last chance to gift yourself or others to a Life or Associate membership in Hadassah for only $100.00

English: Flag of Hadassah עברית: דגל ארגון הדסה

From: Janet Tatz <>
Date: Sun, Dec 4, 2011 at 5:20 AM
Subject: Last chance to gift yourself or others to a Life or Associate membership in Hadassah for only $100.00
To: Montana Hadassah

Dear Friends,

We are now into December and that means there is less than one month left to take advantage of Hadassah’s great Centennial year promotion of becoming a Life member in this wonderful organization for only $100.00!

Whether you gift yourself, a friend, a relative, young or old, Hadassah has something to offer everyone.  And, of course, for the men ( and boys!) in our lives, there is the gift of Associate membership.

As many of you have heard, next year, the cost of Life and Associate membership is going up to $212.00 ( still a bargain from the usual $360.00 price).  Why not “upgrade” or gift someone you know and live today?

Hadassah does so much good throughout the world.  Help us continue on our mission to spread healing, education, Jewish identity and knowledge.

You can join or gift via the Hadassah website:   or contact me, Janet,   to get the job done via phone or check.

Don’t miss out on this once in a life time opportunity to become a Life member of Hadassah at this greatly reduced rate.  This truly is the gift that keeps on giving.

Mark Your Calendar for 2012 MAJCO and Hadassah Shabbatonim

The Montana Association of Jewish Communities (MAJCO) held its annual Shabbaton over the past weekend, July 15-17, near Glacier Park hosted by Congregation Bet Harim of Kalispell. By all reports, it was an exceptional event. The weekend saw a keynote address by Rabbi David Sapperstein, the Director and Chief Legal Counsel for the Union for Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center.

Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts kept any congregants from Aitz Chaim from attending the Shabbaton. The next MAJCO Shabbaton will by hosted by Congregation Beth Aaron in Billings over October 5-7, 2012. The 2013 Shabbaton is scheduled by be hosted by Great Falls.

During the MAJCO business meeting on July 17, Hadassah also announced that their 2012 Hadassah Shabbaton will be June 22-24, 2012 at Big Sky. (ed note:  This information has been corrected as of 7/26/2011).

Other news from the meeting included:

* Announcement of an election for MAJCO officers during the December, 2011 meeting in Helena (coinciding with the annual menorah lighting in the Capitol).

* A series of changes to the MAJCO bylaws. Those by-law changes will be the subject of an additional article on this site.