Category Archives: June

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” block of rooms. 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: 335
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.

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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

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THE SOURCE OF EVERYTHING JEWISH RETIREMENT SALE

http://www.JEWISHSOURCE.com

The Source for Everything JewishTM

HAMAKOR JUDAICA, INC. 6333 Gross Point Rd • NILES, IL 60714

(847)966-4040 • (847)966-4033 FAX

June, 2017

Dear Loyal Customer and Friend,

A Huge Retirement Sale at http://www.JEWISHSOURCE.com has begun to liquidate every single item of merchandise on our website, including but not limited to Art, Silver, Tallitot, Kiddush Cups, Mezuzot, Chanukkah and Passover Items, Tzedakah Boxes, Cookbooks, Books and Ceremonial Objects-for Shabbat and Holidays, plus much more. See our website http://www.JEWISHSOURCE.com for details.

All of our merchandise must be sold! Throughout the liquidation, we will be offering additional discounts on remaining inventory. WE WILL BE NOTIFYING YOU OF THESE ADDITIONAL REDUCED PRICES THROUGH EMAIL.

– If you are currently receiving emails from jewishsource.com, watch your inbox daily.

– If you are not receiving emails, sign up at http://www.JEWISHSOURCE.com/CatReq.asp to be notified of the latest price reductions. (If you had previously “unsubscribed,” a link will be provided to reactivate.)

Shop early for the best selection. Quantities are very limited and are selling fast at these amazing prices. Gift certificates with valid expiration dates will be honored through August 15, 2017.

It has truly been a source of pride and joy for us and our staff to serve you, our loyal customer, with your Judaica needs. After 45 years of serving the Jewish community through our catalogs and website, this sale is initiated only after careful consideration. It is our way of thanking you for your patronage, while at the same time helping to accomplish our goal of retiring in Israel.

Sincerely, and/ ao-vn& Stratum, Owners

PS: We would appreciate your spreading the word to family and friends.

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VIOLINS OF HOPE

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/restoring-hope-by-repairing-violins-of-the-holocaust/

GREAT FALLS INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION MINUTES FOR JUNE, 2017

Those present:
Pastor Ray Larson, Benefis Healthcare
Stephen Boyd, GF Hebrew Association
Udo Wozney, Bethel Lutheran Church
Jim McCormick, Rescue Mission
Cherrie Kelly, Opportunities Inc.
Dusti Zimmer, Center for Mental Health
Shane Etzwiler, GF Chamber of Comerce
David Colpepper, Foothills Cummunity Christian School
Gringer King, Family Connections MT
Rick Allison, Big Sky Baptist Church
Dave Strand, Big Sky Baptist Church
Tamy Lacey, GF Public Schools
Lee Barrows, New City Church

Focus: Great Falls Chamber of Commerce and Foothills Community Christian School

Pastor ray opened with a reading from Deuteronomy and a prayer.

Shane – GF Chamber of Commerce – The Chamber is all about business, creating a great environment where businesses can thrive. There are many employment
issues in Great Falls, one of which is workforce. About a third of employable people in this city are not working.
An apprenticeship program in Great Falls gives a $750 tax credit to all businesses who hire through the program every year up to five years if the employee
stays.

Also, there is a program that helps adjust military who are getting ready to retire, for 180 days the military will pay the salaries; completely free to
the employer.

The Ad Banquet gave eight scholarships to students last year. Graduation Matters, because the kids’ future and the future of Great Falls matters.

The military is planning to upgrade the missiles on all three bases starting in 2023. If the companies tell us what kind of jobs they need in six years,
the Chamber can relate the information to graduating students now to so that Great Falls has many eligible employees in 2023.

Tami – GF School District – ESA (Every Student Succeeds) replaces NCLB (No Child Left Behind) because the program wasn’t succeeding. The purpose is to
ensure Montana Schools are achieving Federal Standards. ESA provides more flexibility, allows for more local control. Great Falls gets Federal dollars
to help At-Risk students. There is accountability, they have to account for every dollar spent. The long-term goal is still the same, 100% student proficiency.
“Adulting” is something they are looking at, whether it’s a class or some kind of course to teach kids how to be an adult, show up for meetings, be on
time, make phone calls, reach goals, etc. This message isn’t being taught at home anymore, but is vital to student’s ultimate success.
Many of the most challenging schools are on Reservations where extreme poverty and lack of work opportunities prevail.

David – Foothills Christian School – David has been involved in Christian schools for 34 years. The goal and purpose of the school is to provide Christ-centered
education to Christian families. They try to establish good biblical moral foundations with which to build on.
The English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge who wrote The Rime of The Ancient Mariner was involved in a discussion about religion. The other person believed
that children should not be given formal religious education of any kind. They would then be free to select their own religion when they were old
enough to decide. Coleridge did not bother to debate the point, but invited the man to see his rather neglected garden. “Do you call this a garden?” asked
the visitor. “There are nothing but weeds here.” “Well, you see,” said Coleridge, “I did not wish to infringe on the liberty of the garden in any way. I
was just giving the garden a chance to express itself and choose its own production.”

They emphasize exceptional academics, service to others, and strong moral character. In Great Falls, there is a common goal that our children deserve the
very best education. They are accredited by Advanced Ed and the Association of Christian Schools International. They feel they have succeeded if they create
responsible church members. Not isolating them from the world, but providing a “greenhouse” of sorts to give them a better start.

Pastor Ray adjourned the meeting. Next one is July 27th at 12pm.

Submitted by Stephen Boyd

This World Refugee Day, make sure the world never forgets.

It’s been just one week since we launched our first-ever Kickstarter, and I have wonderful news to share with you: 2,720 people have pledged to Save Their Stories. It’s a strong start—but to share over 200 Holocaust diaries in the Museum’s collection with the world and make them accessible, we still need your help.

In the years leading up to and during World War II, the world turned a blind eye to the fate of refugees who were fleeing unimaginable circumstances such as forced labor and starvation at the hands of Nazis and their collaborators. Never again can any of us turn a blind eye.

Today, on World Refugee Day, help share the stories of people who survived the Holocaust as refugees.

Visit our Kickstarter Project Page to bring these stories to light and help the world learn from these first-hand accounts.
At every level of support, you will receive meaningful, inspiring rewards you won’t find anywhere else.

If we reach our goal, you’ll not only help us catalog hundreds of personal accounts and make them searchable on our website, we will also translate and publish online three diaries in their entirety. One was written by Hans Vogel who, at the age of seven, escaped from Germany to France with his parents and elder brother. They initially settled in Paris, but in May 1940, just 24 hours before the invading German forces reached their city, the Vogel family fled south. They traveled among a stream of other refugees, mostly by foot, as the Luftwaffe fired at them from the sky. Hans kept an extraordinary diary of their flight, including photos and hand-drawn and colored maps tracing the family’s journey.

Help share his story by becoming a Kickstarter backer. Your support is instrumental to making one-of-a-kind diaries like his available to the public for the very first time. Plus with your pledge, you can choose from special rewards, exclusive to this Kickstarter project—rewards such as “Save Their Stories” tote bag, limited-edition watercolor prints from Holocaust survivor Simon Jeruchim, a “Save Their Stories” journal, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours at the Museum, and much more.

But even more so, you’ll be helping the world learn from and remember the individual experiences of Holocaust victims and survivors: their hopes and fears, their courage in the face of unspeakable terror, their suffering and resilience.

Check out the Save Their Stories Kickstarter Project Page now to see how your support is essential to preserving the stories of survivors for the whole world to see. And if you’ve already made your pledge, thank you again for your support! Please help us one more time by spreading the word about this project on Facebook and Twitter to family and friends today, in honor of World Refugee Day.

My Brother’s Diary

Help Us Save Their Stories

Save Their Stories

Thank you again for building this momentum and for your dedication to Save Their Stories.
Sincerely,
Dana Weinstein
Director, New Audience Engagement
US Holocaust Memorial Museum

UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2126
202.488.0400

Contributed by Meriam Nagel

FROM THE UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM

https://www.ushmm.org/watch

https://www.ushmm.org/livestream

PARENTS AND CHILDREN … HOW IT BEGAN

As we grow older, and sometimes wiser, we can also lose our perspective on things that are just TOO immediate. For
instance: Kids!

Whenever your kids are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God’s omnipotence did not extend to God’s kids.

After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve, his kids. And the first thing he said was: “Don’t”.

“Don’t what?” Adam replied.
“Don’t eat the forbidden fruit.” God said.
“Forbidden fruit? We got forbidden fruit? Hey, Eve…we got forbidden fruit!”
“No way!”
“Yes way!”
“Don’t eat that fruit!” said God.
“Why?”
“Because I am your Father and I said so!” said God, wondering why he hadn’t stopped after making the elephants.

A few minutes later God saw his kids having an apple break and was angry.
“Didn’t I tell you not to eat the fruit?” the First Parent asked.
“Uh huh, ” Adam replied.
“Then why did you?”
“I dunno” Eve answered.
“She started it!” Adam said.
“Did not!”
“Did too!”
“DID NOT!!”
Having had it with the two of them, God’s punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus, the pattern was set and it has never changed. But there is reassurance in this story … If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give them wisdom and they
haven’t taken it, don’t be hard on yourself. If God had trouble handling children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?

Advice for the day: If you have a lot of tension and you get a headache, do what it says on the aspirin bottle:

Take two and keep away from children.