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Nancy Oyer


Dear Hadassah Montana,

Happy 2020! Nancy Oyer here, your statewide chapter president, for one more year. This letter will give you a quick overview of some past and upcoming highlights for us. Here are the topics!

Important Dates
Send Cards
New Advisor
Hadassah Shabbat / Shabbat Zachor
Hadassah Mission to Israel
Inspirational Hadassah Stories

Important Dates for all of Hadassah Montana 2020:

• April 25-27 – Desert Mountain Region (DMR) Board Meeting – Las Vegas, NV
• September 11-13 – FAB 5 Regional Conference – San Diego, CA
• October 23-25 – Hadassah Montana Annual Meeting (Location To Be Determined – Working on Helena Area) SAVE THE DATE!
• December 5-7 – DMR Annual Conference – Location To Be Determined

We are part of the Desert Mountain Region of Hadassah. Our region is a vertical slice of the US, with chapters from Montana down to Arizona and New Mexico. We are pink:

Send Cards:
Our new region president, Renee Sidman, of Colorado Springs, is recovering from a concussion. She is easing into computer and telephone work (and can’t look at screens all day). She welcomes your Hadassah cards and certificates, and Desert Mountain Region concerns have been handled by our past president Barbara Raben in Las Vegas, and our new Organizational Vice President (OVP) Jan Klatskin in Denver. Get well cards for Renee can mailed to: 6120 Wilson Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919.

Renee Sidman
Hadassah DMR

Renee sent an update to the region board last week, with the following note:
First, thank you all for your good wishes. I’m easing back into things, and wanted to give you a heads up on our Region board meeting in Las Vegas April 25-27. Apparently we will be sharing LV with 400,000 others there for the NFL draft. So, make your flight reservations early. As soon as we have finalized the hotel, I’ll send out information so you can make hotel reservations. We are looking into an optional visit to the Las Vegas Holocaust center.

New Advisor:
Our Hadassah Montana chapter has a new advisor for 2020. Allow me to introduce Lee Schreiber from Las Vegas, NV. Lee is so wonderful and I can’t wait for you to all meet her when she comes to Montana for our annual meeting (October 23-25). You can meet her sooner if you join me and go to Las Vegas in April, or San Diego in September. All are welcome to all region and national events and I encourage each and every one of you to consider going. I’ve had two phone calls with Lee, who has already successfully advised me on everything from planning our annual budget, to meeting deadlines for filling out the necessary forms our chapter needs to submit each year to region and national, to discussing types of events or fundraisers that are a great fit for our most unique, far flung chapter. Here is a photo and bio from Lee:

My name is Lee Schreiber. I live in Las Vegas, Nevada. I have two daughters ages twenty-seven and twenty-eight. I am a professional violinist and a member
seven and twenty-eight. I am a professional violinist and a member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic. I am also a trained Suzuki teacher. I teach violin and viola. My students range from ages three through seventy. I am fortunate because I love what I do for a living!

I became involved with Hadassah in 2005 as a part of the Hadassah Leadership Academy training program. Learning about Hadassah has changed my life. I see Hadassah as a wonderful vehicle for Tikkum Olam (making the world a better place.) Most of my closest friends are people who I have met through Hadassah. Since 2005, I have served on my Chapter board as President of Hadassah Southern Nevada for three years. I have served on the region board as the Advocacy Chair for DMR.
This is my first year as an Area Vice President for the DMR region. I am so excited to be working with Nancy and your Montana Chapter of Hadassah. I think the way everyone stays connected with so much physical distance is admirable. I also think the energy and commitment everyone is making to Hadassah is fantastic. I would love to have Montana Hadassah members attend a DMR meeting or the Fab 5 meeting this year and show off how much energy and commitment you have for Hadassah! My hope is that I can supply information, support and encouragement that will be helpful for your endeavors this year! Thank you for all you do!

Warmest regards,
Lee Schreiber
Area Vice-President, DMR

Hadassah Shabbat / Shabbat Zachor (Purim):
I am hopeful and excited our statewide chapter will have groups in multiple cities host a “Hadassah Shabbat Zachor” event on the Shabbat before Purim, OR a Hadassah Shabbat event on any Shabbat in 2020. Good News! We have one event planned already in Bozeman:

1. Bozeman/Helena: Rabbi Mark Kula and cantor Amber in Bozeman have agreed to host a Hadassah Shabbat Program on Friday Night, June 12, 2020, at Congregation Beth Shalom in Bozeman. Hadassah Montana will sponsor the Oneg Shabbat, and any Hadassah members present will be honored in a group aliya.

I have attached the “Shabbat Zachor Program in a Box” to this email. Will you lead this event in your community? Our chapter can contribute some funding for drinks and/or snacks so contact me!

2. Billings: Hadassah Shabbat at Congregation Beth Aaron?
3. Missoula: Shabbat Zachor or Hadassah Shabbat at Har Shalom?
4. Flathead: Shabbat Zachor or Hadassah Shabbat at someone’s home?
5. Great Falls: Shabbat Zachor or Hadassah Shabbat at someone’s home or at Aitz Chayim?

Hadassah Mission to Israel:
I had a wonderful trip to Israel on Hadassah’s Interfaith Mission in December. I will give a presentation on my trip when we meet in October, but I can tell you I was so inspired after my visit to Hadassah Hospital. I am so proud of us, for our support of such an amazing place. I encourage everyone to go visit! From the healing gardens, to the full spectrum natural lightbulbs, to the high tech way of communicating updates to waiting family members to reduce stress, to presentations from enthusiastic nurses and doctors who love going to work every day, to the training of Palestinian doctors and nurses from the West bank, to the medical training through outreach to third world countries and first world countries after natural disasters, to the Chagall windows in the hospital synagogue sanctuary, it was amazing. And that was just one day!

I was in a tank on the Lebanon border. I was in the building that Eli Cohen (THE SPY) used to frequent on the Syrian border. I was in a boat in the Galilee. I was in churches in Bethlehem. I was in a Yemenite restaurant where our Interfaith group ate and danced late into the evening. I walked the beach in Tel Aviv. I floated in the Dead Sea. I ate amazing Druze food in the home of the first Druze woman to buck the system and get a driver’s license in Israel. I prayed at the Western Wall. I visited the grave at Mount Herzl of my cousin Max Steinberg the war hero, who at age 24 in 2014, was killed in Operation Protective Edge. I got to see the amazing, miraculous transformation of lives happening with the kids (who I got to meet) at our Hadassah sponsored Meir Shfeya Youth Village in the Carmel Mountains.

If this is your year to go on a trip to Israel, consider going with our region:

Inspirational Hadassah Stories:
And last but not least, here are three inspirational Hadassah stories, from Barbara Sofer, Director of PR at Hadassah in Jerusalem:

After his training for the IDF combat unit, the handsome, muscular soldier was his fittest ever. With ease, he ran up hills, carried heavy equipment, and aced weapons training. And then suddenly, he had trouble walking. Paralysis spread throughout his body. Dvir Teitelbaum, 21, was struck by Guillan-Barre syndrome, a neurological disorder in which the immune system attacks the nervous system. An awful moment for Dvir was watching a mosquito feast on his arm, unable to swat it away. At Hadassah Ein Kerem his illness was treated, and then he began arduous rehabilitation at Hadassah Mount Scopus, receiving physical, occupational, neurological and psychological therapies to regain his strength and spirit. “I got my life back at Hadassah’s hospitals, “says Dvir. “I never realized how important the work of the women of Hadassah was until I needed it. How wonderful it is that you are going to expand the rehabilitation center so more soldiers like me and civilians can be helped.”‘ “Last year he couldn’t even light a candle “says Dvir’s mom Rachel Teitelbaum. “This week, we’re lighting our Hanukkah candles as a thanksgiving celebration of Dvir’s s recovery. I can’t thank you enough.” Dvir and all our soldier patients keep us safe. We must ensure their recovery. We are Hadassah: The Builders of Jerusalem.

When Inna Stepanova Zamir was 14 she didn’t know anything about being Jewish. She and her sister Anya went for the first time to Jewish Agency programs in her hometown of Kharkov, a major city in the Ukraine. “My maternal grandparents had suffered so much from Antisemitism that they didn’t want my mother to discuss our Jewishness,” she said. A Zionist flame was ignited for the sisters. They applied to take part in the Naaleh program where teens come by themselves to Israel to study. Excellent students, they were accepted, and when Inna was 15 they were living in the dorms and studying at the school at Hadassah’s Meir Shfeya Youth Aliyah Village. “There was a lot to adjust to–new language, new food, and kids who tell you everything that’s on their mind,”she says. “We were pampered city kids and suddenly I was collecting eggs and working in the dining hall.” Adjust she did. “When I went to IDF, I was better prepared than most for communal living.” She was featured in the news apprehending a terrorist trying to cross into Israel. “He looked shifty and I had experience at reading body language, “she said. Inna always had an inclination towards physics and math, and was well prepared by Meir Shfeya’s prize-winning school for studies in the faculty of Aeronautic Engineering of the Technion. She recognized Yossi Zamir, one of her engineering classmates from the army and married him. In the meantime, her parents, inspired by their Zionist daughters, moved to Israel. Inna was in the news again recently, when she won the 2019 Gemunder Prize which will fund her future studies and research. Her doctorate is , shhhhh…on timing of rocket propulsion. “I want to thank the women of Hadassah for their long support which has made Meir Shfeya the embracing, high-level educational institution it is and for caring about students like me. You provided the bridge between my childhood in the Ukraine and my life in Israel. You made me part of the Hadassah family not only when I was a student, but forever. You gave me my future.” And she is helping to secure the safety of our future.
Hadassah has been supporting Youth Aliyah sine the first teens left Europe running away from Hitler in 1933. Doesn’t it feel good to be part of this story?

“I’m so happy it feels like my wedding day,” says Esti Lerer. the petite, hazel-eyed Hassidic youth worker and mother of three told me last year. She’d just given away one of her kidneys. At 28, Lerer was among Israel’s youngest altruistic kidney donors. “Along the way, I was repeatedly told I was nuts, that I should come back at 40,”she said. “The worst was when a nephrologist in Tel Aviv tore up my file. But at Hadassah I was treated with professionalism and understanding.” When she was a teen, her best friend’s father had died of kidney disease. Esti made up her mind then to donate her kidney when she grew up. It was among the important facts about herself that she shared with her husband-to-be on their first date. The recipient, Tomer Tarfa Darja, 23, from Lod is the youngest of seven children. He made Aliyah from Ethiopia with his widowed mother when he was a toddler. He was hoping to serve in an elite IDF unit, and was taking a year in a pre-army yeshiva for extra training when he fell sick. What was first misdiagnosed as gastroenteritis turned out to be kidney disease. The surgeon for both Esti and Tomer was Dr. Abed Khalailah, whom you might remember from the National Convention in Atlanta. “It was a perfect match,” said Dr. Khailailah. Esti agrees. “A match made in heaven,” she says. Tomer has become part of Esti’s large extended family. He spends Shabbatot with them and the Lerers have even included him on family trips. He and Esti are both feeling fine. He’s back to his studies and she’s busy with work and her children. Happily the number of transplants at Hadassah Hospital is growing all the time thanks to altruistic donors like Esti. “Tomer always wants to thank me, but I need to thank him,” Esti said to me today, a year after celebrating the successful transplant. ” All I gave him was a 7 ounce kidney and he gave me a whole new sphere of joy and meaning. It’s hard to express the elation and ebullience of knowing that I am so fortunate to be able to save a life,” said Esti. She asked me to send greetings to the Hadassah supporters who have saved so many lives. To use Esti’s words, let’s feel the sphere of joy of saving so many lives. That’s the Hadassah way.

Thank you for your continued support and donations.

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Nancy Oyer
Hadassah Montana
Butte, MT

— Montana Hadassah update 1/28/2020 —



Hadassah Montana would like to invite all of you to join Hadassah this June for a fun filled Shabbaton type weekend at Big Sky Resort with fabulous speakers, as we educate, advocate, share our passion for Israel, and enhance the health of the world.

You don’t have to be a Hadassah member or associate to attend. All are welcome, including families. Dogs are even welcome in some of the rooms at the Huntley Lodge.

Please see the attached flyer (below) explaining how to book your room and where to send your registration. Although the event is one night only, you are welcome to come early and stay for two nights if you don’t travel on Shabbat or if you’d like a longer weekend at Big Sky.

Don’t miss this opportunity to
• Experience Havdalah and a few good meals in a welcoming community atmosphere
• Listen to dynamic speakers with a focus on Israel
• Shop for Judaica (all proceeds go to Hadassah hospitals and programs)
• Learn how you can change the world for the better in a way that is meaningful to you

We look forward to seeing you in Big Sky!

• Hadassah was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005! Hadassah, which has provided medical care in Jerusalem since 1912, reaches patients around the world, and since its founding has always “thought, worked, and lived with a philosophy called ‘bridges to peace”. “Bridges to peace” means that there is no discrimination based on gender, political, or religious ideology. When you walk in the hospital you see the different ways the people are dressed, and you realize how many different ethnic groups are in the hospital. It is completely normal to see a Franciscan priest, a girl in a miniskirt, and an Arab sheik all sitting waiting to be served by the same physician.

Hadassah offers you a direct line to advocacy! From ending human trafficking, to removing the disparity in gender equity in medical research, to many other civil and human rights issues, to Zionism, Israel and the world, Hadassah’s National Action Center offers advocacy at your fingertips.

Hadassah is developing cutting edge medicine and sharing it with the world! In successful trials using patients’ own stem cells, Hadassah doctors have inhibited the progression of ALS and MS in human clinical trials. Eighteen doctors and nurses from Israel, the Palestinian territories, Gaza and Iraq recently attended a course on pediatric emergency health care at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem. Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus hosted 200 people at the annual World Down Syndrome Day conference, held at the hospital in late March. The list is endless.

Registration Info 2018 MT Hadassah.pdf

Montana Hadassah Annual Meeting Registration Form June 16‐17, 2018 Big Sky Montana

Please join us for a fun filled weekend at Big Sky Resort with fabulous speakers, as we educate, advocate, share our passion for Israel, and enhance the
health of the world. You don’t have to be a Hadassah member or associate to attend. All are welcome, including families.

Activities begin Saturday, June 16th at 3:30 p.m. with an optional “Mahjong 101” session. Otherwise, registration and room check‐in begin at 5:00 p.m.
We adjourn Sunday, June 17th, at 1:00 p.m.

Part 1: Registration is $54 which includes breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Read further for information on where to send checks. Saturday night dinner will
be a potluck so please bring a dairy or non‐meat dish to share.

Part 2: Reserve your room (to be paid on your own, in addition to the registration fee) by calling Big Sky Central Reservations at 800‐548‐4486, option
2. Reference the Hadassah Weekend for the group rates. Since the block of rooms has now expired, rooms in the block are not guaranteed.

Saturday potluck and Sunday breakfast will be held at the Big Horn Condo. These condos have 3 bedrooms
and will hold 6‐8 people. They are configured with a king or queen in 2 of the bedrooms and either twins or bunks in the third room but may be able to
be customized.

If you are looking for a roommate, contact our Hadassah Montana Meeting Coordinator Wendy Weissman at 406‐868‐5712,,
and she will help arrange it.

The Huntley Mountain View and Summit rooms have two queen beds, and dogs are allowed in the Huntley for an extra fee.

Room Rates: Various, depending on where you stay
Rates do not include a 19% tax and service fee. The nineteen percent (19%) is made up of seven percent (7%) state bedding/accommodation tax, three percent
(3%) local/resort tax, and nine percent (9%) resort service fee.

Montana Hadassah Annual Meeting Registration Form June 16‐17, 2018 Big Sky Montana

Name: ________________________________________________________________________ Hebrew Name: _________________________________________________________________
Address: ______________________________________________________________________ Phone: _______________________________________________________________________
Dietary Restrictions: _____________________________________________________________
Please mark where you will be staying and note how many will be in your room:

Number in room
__________Huntley Lodge
__________Big Horn Condo
__________Summit Hotel
__________Other Location

What you need to remember:
Please bring a dairy (non‐meat) dish for the Pot Luck Saturday evening, toiletry items for a local women’s shelter and an item
for our silent auction fundraiser.
Please send your registration form with a check made out to Montana Hadassah for $54 in care of Wendy Weissman at 315 4th Ave North, Great Falls, MT 59401

Hadassah Montana Annual Meeting Schedule (Subject to Change)
Saturday 3:30 p.m Mah Jong 101 (Optional for those who want to attend)
5:00 p.m. Room Check‐In Begins and Registration is Open
6:00 p.m. Potluck
8:00 p.m Speaker #1
9:15 p.m. Havdalah at Sunset, followed by Silent Auction Fundraiser

6:30 a.m. Breakfast at Big Horn Condo
8:00 a.m. Business Meeting
9:00 a.m. Speaker #2
10:00 a.m. Break to check out of your room, and optional 30 minute nature walk
11:00 a.m. Speaker #3
12:00 p.m. Lunch Catered by Big Sky
1:00 p.m. Adjourn

Hadassah Montana Annual Meeting Speakers, Subject to Change:

Dafna Michaelson‐Jenet

A captivating and dynamic storyteller, Jenet holds a BA from Stern College and an MBA from the University of Denver. In addition to directorship posts at the Holocaust Awareness Institute and The March of the Living, she is a former member of Hadassah’s National Board and serves as our Montana Chapter Advisor.

Dafna Michaelson Jenet is a Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives, elected in 2016. She serves on the House Finance Committee and the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee. In 2015, she published the book “It Takes a Little Crazy to Make a Difference.” The book, which describes her yearlong tour of all 50 states in 2009, won an International Book Award in the social change category. Dafna and her husband Michael direct the nonprofit Journey Institute, offering leadership, training and development, for the journey of elevating, empowering, and engaging people to live better lives.

Barbara Raben
Barbara Raben of Henderson, Nevada is President of Hadassah Desert‐Mountain. Her past roles include (but are not limited to) Organization Vice President,
Area Vice President, Advisor, Secretary, Region Meeting Coordinator, Co‐President of Hadassah Southern Nevada, and chair of many committees. She has served
as President and Interim Executive Director of the Jewish Family Service Agency in Las Vegas. In 2017, she was appointed by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval
to serve on the Nevada Governor’s Advisory Council on Education Relating to the Holocaust. A graduate of the Hadassah Leadership Academy, Barbara is part
of a five‐generation Hadassah family: Her mother was a chapter President, her children and granddaughter are life members, and her husband Terry is an
associate. Barbara spent many years in retail, which included owning her own candy business in both California and Las Vegas. She then spent ten years
working for the Lladro Porcelain Company and is now happily retired, and doing what she loves best ‐volunteering her time and energy to her community and
to Hadassah.

Ian Merles, Annual Giving Officer for Hadassah Central Pacific Coast, Desert Mountain, Great Plains, Greater Detroit, Pacific Northwest, Southern California,
Greater Southwest, and Upper Midwest regions, has been with Hadassah since June 2017. Prior to that he worked as an Assistant Area Director for the American
Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in San Diego and Palm Springs and has worked in sales and marketing for hospice in Baltimore and in San Diego.
He lived in Israel for ten years and served as a lone soldier in the Israeli army. He is a husband to a Sabra‐Israeli nurse, Sarit, and father to a five‐year‐old
son, Galel. Educated at the State University of New York at Stony Brook as well as several rabinnical schools, Ian is well‐versed at speaking on Israel
and the Middle East.

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

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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.