Category Archives: June

FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT

The Band’s Visit is a stage musical with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Itamar Moses, based on the 2007 Israeli film of the same name.

May 21, 2018 – After nearly 800 Tiny Desk concerts, The Band’s Visit is the first Broadway musical ever to play the series.

https://www.npr.org/event/music/612283582/the-bands-visit-tiny-desk-concert

“The Band’s Visit” Dominates Tony Awards
NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” won the Tony for best play on Sunday while “The Band’s Visit” swept the musical categories with 10 Tony awards including best musical.

From The New York Times:
Breaking news for Broadway theatergoers, even — or perhaps especially — those who thought they were past the age of infatuation: It is time to fall in love again.

One of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by … is called “The Band’s Visit,” and its undeniable allure is not of the hard-charging, brightly blaring sort common to box-office extravaganzas.

Instead, this portrait of a single night in a tiny Israeli desert town confirms a lyric that arrives, like nearly everything in this remarkable show, on a breath of reluctantly romantic hope: “Nothing is as beautiful as something you don’t expect.”

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DURING ISRAEL’S 70TH

Ben Gurion, Epilogue – The story behind the making of the documentary film

Lyrics:

Sometimes I lay
Under the moon
And thank God I’m breathing
Then I pray
Don’t take me soon
‘Cause I am here for a reason

Sometimes in my tears I drown
But I never let it get me down
So when negativity surrounds
I know some day it’ll all turn around because…

All my life I’ve been waiting for
I’ve been praying for
For the people to say
That we don’t wanna fight no more
There will be no more wars
And our children will play
One day

It’s not about
Win or lose
‘Cause we all lose
When they feed on the souls of the innocent
Blood-drenched pavement
Keep on moving though the waters stay raging

In this maze you can lose your way (your way)
It might drive you crazy but don’t let it faze you, no way (no way)

JEWISH CEMETERIES IN MONTANA

From: Brian Schnitzer
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 3:46 PM
Subject: MAJCo – Jewish Cemeteries In Montana

Last week the Montana Historical Society sponsored, with the help of National Park Service funding, a seminar on cemetery preservation. Helena’s Home of Peace cemetery featured significantly in several of the presentations and was one of the stops on the Helena historic cemeteries tour.

Home of Peace, owned and managed by the Home of Peace Cemetery Association, was established in 1867. It is Helena’s oldest active cemetery and the oldest Jewish cemetery in Montana.

(Papers exist suggesting as the Virginia City mining camp prepared to become an organized town in the mid-1860’s, its founders designated an area in its planned cemetery as “The Hebrew Cemetery.” There are no monuments in the designated area and no documentation of its having ever been purchased by any Jewish community. Although Ground Penetrating Radar suggests many internments, it is thought the area was used by Virginia City for mass burials during one of its later epidemics.)

I, therefore, know only the particulars of two specifically Jewish cemeteries in Montana. I believe we also have cemeteries in Butte and Great Falls, but I do not know their particulars. If you are aware of additional active or inactive Jewish cemeteries, please reply with that information. “Reply All,” so the information can be shared and not duplicated.

Beth Aaron Cemetery
Active
Congregation Beth Aaron
Billings

Home of Peace
Active
Home of Peace Cemetery Association
Helena

RECAP OF THE 2018 IMPJ BIENNIAL VEIDA

http://www.reform.org.il/Emg/About/NewsItem.asp?ContentID=3676

YAHRZEITS — JUNE, 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
Al Nagel Jun 4, 2010 22 Sivan, 5770 Uncle of Meriam Nagel
Ann Magalnick Jun 6, 1987 9 Sivan, 5747 Mother of Elliot Magalnick
Minnie Goldberg Jun 8, 1983 27 Sivan, 5743 Grandmother of Jerry Weissman and Robert Fineman
Claire Hochfeld Meyer Jun 10, 1958 22 Sivan, 5718 Mother of Diane Sherick
Samuel Thall Jun 10, 1992 9 Sivan, 5752 Father of Terry Thall
Sigmund Oppenheimer Meyer Jun 11, 1986 4 Sivan, 5746 Father of Diane Sherick
Elsie Dorman Jun 14, 2004 25 Sivan, 5764 Aunt of Marjorie Feldman
Lillian Nagel Jun 16, 1999 2 Tammuz, 5759 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
Rhoda Barrett Jun 17, 2000 14 Sivan, 5760 Cousin of Nadyne Weissman
Charles Cohn Jun 21, 1930 25 Sivan, 5690 Father of Arlyne Reichert
Zollie Kelman Jun 23, 2008 20 Sivan, 5768 Husband of Evelyn Kelman
Morris Goldberg Jun 25, 1955 5 Tammuz, 5715 Grandfather of Jerry Weissman and Robert Fineman
Regan Holsclaw Jun 27, 1970 23 Sivan, 5730 Son of Arleen Heintzelman
Miriam Foxman June 27, 2014 29 Sivan, 5774 Mother of Marty Foxman
Hugh Getzenberg Jun 27, 2016 21 Sivan, 5776 Relative of Anne Getzenberg

WHAT’S NEW AT THE IMPJ? TUNE IN LIVE TO OUR 23RD BIENNIAL VEIDA!

This Shabbat we are celebrating our 23rd Biennial Veida, themed “Between Liberty & Responsibility,” celebrating 70 years of an independent State of Israel. Join us as we celebrate with over 1,500 members of the Israeli Reform Movement, as well as dozens of members from around the world who have made the trip to be with us for this milestone event.

We will be livestreaming the Kabbalat Shabbat and Havdalah ceremonies live from the Veida in Shefayim. To get a notification when we go Live, “Like” our Facebook pages! See the details as follows:

Friday, June 1st, Kabbalat Shabbat: 18:15-19:30 (Israel); 16:15-17:30 (UK); 23:15-00:30 (Australia); 11:15-12:30 (USA, Eastern Time Zone); 08:15-09:30 (USA, Western Time Zone)

Shabbat, June 2nd, Havdalah: 20:30-21:00 (Israel); 18:30-19:00 (UK); 03:30-04:00 (Australia); 13:30-14:00 (USA, Eastern Time Zone); 11:30-12:00 (USA, Western Time Zone)

KABBALAT SHABBAT
Friday, June 1

Livestream (Facebook)

HAVDALAH
Shabbat, June 2

Livestream (Facebook)

We are looking forward to sharing in this milestone celebration with you from all around the world – and in 2 years, in Israel!

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AN INVITATION FROM HADASSAH

YOU ARE INVITED

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!

https://www.hadassah.org

• 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. http://cqrcengage.com/hadassah/?2

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, wendy.j.weissman@gmail.com,
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
Roommate(s)  
__________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

Sunday
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.

IanMerles
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.

HOLOCAUST POSTERS IN THE TIMES SQUARE BUILDING NEED SERIOUS ATTENTION

From: Jerry West
Subject: Posters
Date: May 9, 2016

Hi Wendy, we have the Holocaust posters in the store on the main level in unit M-6. We have looked them over and they need some attention. Can you please see if you can organize the Jewish community to come by to help with cleaning and repairing them. We are hoping to have them set up for display later this week. They will also need to have some work done on the crates to repair damage. Also there was no plaques or any of the paperwork with them. No guest registers or anything besides the crates. Maybe you can come by and take a look tomorrow to see what you think. Please let me know if you need anything. Thank you so much.

Jerry West, Vision Matters

As you can tell from this email excerpt, these posters have been needing attention for a long time. They cannot go out into circulation and tell their stories in their present condition. There are forty large posters, which is more than one person can repair alone; this project will take a concerted effort by many people to get them back into shape, and to reverse the damage that time, shipping, storing, and mishandling have done to them and the crates they have been shipped and stored in. Many hands make light work.

As we plan our summer vacations and other activities, could we also consider setting aside some time to restore these posters to a presentable condition? Let’s plan as a community to take this project on, to ensure that the upcoming generations of schoolchildren and educators never forget. If we do not want them to forget, then we must not forget our obligations to those who can no longer speak for themselves, to make sure their stories continue to be told by the ways they lived and the sacrifices they made. Perhaps we could set aside some time during the first two weeks of August, or late August/early September, to get this project done before the new year. I know we are all busy, but if this is important enough, we will come together and get it done. If not us, who? If not now, when?

Joy Breslauer, Editor editor@aitzchaim.com

ONE WALL, ONE PEOPLE: PRAYER FOR ISRAEL AND RALLY REMINDER FROM THE ISRAEL MOVEMENT FOR REFORM AND PROGRESSIVE JUDAISM (IMPJ)

Dear friends,
This past Sunday, the Israeli government turned their backs against liberal and progressive Jews in Israel and world-wide by annulling the Kotel agreement and passing an initial ultra-Orthodox Conversion bill.

This Motzei Shabbat, we will all meet in front of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s home in Jerusalem to say
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
NO LONGER will we stand to be treated as second-class Jews in our national homeland!
NO LONGER will we let the government drag its feet and play around with our right to pray at the holiest site for the Jewish people!
NO LONGER will we allow a small group of extreme ultra-Orthodox rabbis to decide who is and who is not a Jew!
Join us, together with the Masorti (Conservative) Movement, speak up and make your voices heard!
We will meet this Saturday night, July 1, at 9:30 PM (1:30 PM MDT) at 1 Balfour Street in Jerusalem
For those who cannot join us in person, the Havdallah service and rally will be live-streamed on our Facebook page.

As we prepare to welcome Shabbat, we wanted to share with you a prayer by Rabbi Yehoyada Amir, Chair of MARAM – Israel Reform Rabbinic Council, in light of recent days’ events.

We also take this opportunity to remind you that we will be meeting this coming Saturday night, July 1 at 9:30 PM (1:30 P.M. MdT) by the Prime Minister’s residence to conduct Havdallah and rally against the government’s recent actions.

Protector, Rock and Redeemer of Israel, bless the State of Israel, which marks the dawning of hope for our redemption. Shield it beneath Your steadfast love and spread over it the shelter of Your peace. May a spark of Your spirit inspire the actions of its President, Prime Minister, officials, judges and advisors that they may follow the path of righteousness, liberty and freedom.

Return wisdom into the hearts of the leaders of Israel, so they will strengthen the bonds of the Jewish people in all of its dwellings, and increase equality, open-heartedness and wisdom in our land. Give us the strength to rid ourselves of injustice which weaken the walls of Jerusalem and keep women and men away from praying in its midst. Release the fetters of wickedness and open a passageway for those wishing to bring into the house of Israel converts coveting goodness and calling upon God in all of their hearts. And may the words of our Prophets be fulfilled in our time: “For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (Isaiah 56; 7).

Strengthen the hands of those who build and protect our Holy Land and grant them salvation and life. Grant peace to this land and everlasting joy to its inhabitants.

Be near to all the people of Israel throughout the lands of their dispersion. Plant within their hearts the love of Zion, and may those of our people who are so inspired, come to Jerusalem, Your city, which bears Your name. Spread Your spirit over all the inhabitants of our land. Uproot hatred, jealousy, and evil. Plant in our hearts love and peoplehood, peace and friendship. And speedily fulfill the vision of Your prophet: “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor will they learn war any more” (Isaiah 2; 4).

For Hebrew and transliteration, go to our web site.

Shabbat Shalom!

The Israel Movement for Reform AND Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) is the umbrella organization of all the Reform communities and institutions in Israel.
We seek to integrate Jewish tradition with the realities of modern life, and believe in the right of each individual to shape their own Jewish way of life through a process of study and reflection. The Reform movement emphasizes the commandments concerning relations between humans, religious tolerance, and full equality between women and men in the synagogue and in all walks of life.

THE KOTEL CRISIS

Israel’s Western Wall crisis: Why Jews are fighting with each other over the Jewish holy site, explained