Category Archives: Kislev

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THIS UPCOMING EVENT: KABBALAT SERVICE AND COMMUNITY HANUKKAH PARTY

Here are some details about the service and Hanukkah party Friday night.

Friday, December 7th, will not only BE the 6th night of Hanukkah, but ALSO the first of our monthly services (first Friday of each month starting this month) to be led by Devorah Werner, AND our annual Hanukkah party! Join us for menorah lighting in front of the civic center at 5:30 (come early because it is also the Christmas Stroll downtown so parking may be difficult). From there, caravan over to the Bethel Lutheran Church for a Kabbalat Service followed by a Hanukkah party! Several congregants are bringing Latkes (already made) so please bring a side dish or dessert to share (or more pre-made latkes). Should be a great evening for all!

The address for the Bethel is 1009 18th Avenue Southwest. click here for map and directions.

Wendy

ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY … MARCH OF THE LIVING: NEXT GENERATION

(Another new MOTL opportunity has just presented itself.

The Next Gen program, geared towards those living in small rural Jewish communities, is offering a MOTL trip for the 22-35 year old age group. This is a great opportunity for young adults who may have missed out on the teen program and are now wanting to explore more of their heritage. Please contact Monise Neumann: monise@motlmail.org if you or someone you know might be interested in this trip of a life time. Non-Jewish spouses and/or significant others are welcome to attend as well.)

By way of introduction, my name is Monise Neumann and I serve as a National Consultant with March of the Living. A new initiative is being offered by the International March of the Living specifically geared to the NextGen living in smaller Jewish communities across the country.

This new initiative is geared towards first-time NextGen participants (ages 22-35) from small Jewish communities across the country who would like to explore their Jewish heritage. We are hoping that they can travel to Poland and Israel to join thousands of people from all across the world on the 2019 March of the Living. The cost (all-inclusive) from New York is $2500 per person for a ten-day journey.

I hope that we can be in contact to help spread the word to make this a reality for deserving participants. My sincere appreciation in advance for your help.

Warmest regards,
Monise

The International March of the Living is excited to announce a new initiative to bring young leadership from smaller Jewish communities across the United States on this life-changing journey. This world-wide program takes participants to Poland and Israel to commemorate two very important dates in the Jewish calendar to “remember the past, in the present, to ensure the future.” This highly-subsidized new initiative allows participants to spend Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) in Poland and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) in Israel alongside thousands of participants from countries all around the world. They will study the history of the Holocaust, examine the roots of prejudice, intolerance and hatred and learn about Jewish heritage and the history of the State of Israel. This unforgettable experience priced at the highly subsidized cost of $2500 for a 10 day all-inclusive experience is open to first time participants ages 22-35. More details and registration information can be found at http://www.motl.org/next-gen

Monise Neumann
International March of the Living
National Consultant
818.621.0278

YAHRZEITS — DECEMBER, 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 may we be a comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Deceased
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Congregant
Dawn Schandelson Sep 3, 2018 23 Elul, 5778 Wife of Arny Schandelson, Mother of Brett and Scott Schandelson
Donald Goldman May 14, 2018 29 Iyyar, 5778 Father of Abby Drew, Grandfather of Cece Drew
FRANCES WALTMAN Apr 1, 2018 16 Nisan, 5778 Mother of Marjorie Feldman
Henry Espelin Dec 1, 1984 7 Kislev, 5745 Father of Dawn Schandelson
Diane Kaplan Dec 3, 2009 16 Kislev, 5770 Mother of Kai Nealis
Beverly Tatz Dec 8, 2015 26 Kislev, 5776 Mother of Janet Tatz
Carl Weissman Dec 9, 1960 20 Kislev, 5721 Grandfather of Jerry Weissman
Irving Tatz Dec 9, 2008 12 Kislev, 5769 Father of Janet Tatz
Joseph Magalnick Dec 12, 1970 13 Kislev, 5731 father of Elliot Magalnick
Richard Weiss Dec 12, 2000 15 Kislev, 5761 Father of Laura Weiss
Jules Cherry Dec 13, 1972 8 Tevet, 5733 Father of Don Cherry
Louis Eisenberg Dec 17, 1985 5 Tevet, 5746 Father of Sharon Eisenberg
Michael Thorne Dec 17, 2016 17 Kislev, 5777 Brother of Alan Thorne
Molly Dunaeff Dec 20, 1985 8 Tevet, 5746 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
James Levie Dec 22, 2010 15 Tevet, 5771 Uncle of Wendy Weissman
Theodore Eichner Dec 30, 1970 2 Tevet, 5731 Father of Jerry Eichner
Joe Lavin

HAPPY HANUKKAH FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS!

CHANUKAH SCHEDULE 2018, 5779

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Sunday, 12/02/2018–Sunday, 12/10/2018, 24 Kislev, 5779–2 Tevet, 5779: Chanukah
  • Sunday, 12/02/2018, 24 Kislev, 5779, Erev Chanukah, First Candle.
  • Monday, 12/03/2018, 25 Kislev, 5779: First Day of Chanukah, Second Candle.
  • Tuesday, 12/04/2018, 26 Kislev, 5779, Second Day of Chanukah, Third Candle.
  • Wednesday, 12/05/2018, 27 Kislev, 5779, Third day of Chanukah, Fourth Candle.
  • Thursday, 12/06/2018, 28 Kislev, 5779, Fourth Day of Chanukah, Fifth Candle.
  • Friday, 12/07/2018, 29 Kislev, 5779, Fifth Day of Chanukah, Sixth Candle. Chanukah party at the Bethel. **
  • Saturday, 12/08/2018, 30 Kislev, 5779, Sixth Day of Chanukah, Seventh Candle.
  • Sunday, 12/09/2018, 1 Tevet, 5779, Seventh Day of Chanukah, Eighth Candle.
  • Monday, 12/10/2018, 2 Tevet, 5779, Eighth Day of Chanukkah.

The Aitz Chaim Community will light each night’s candle of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukkiah at 5:30 P.M. at the Civic Center. If you come at 5:30.30, you may miss it, especially if it is cold.

** The address for the Bethel is 1009 18th Avenue Southwest. click here for map and directions.

INTERNATIONAL MARCH OF THE LIVING 2019

Shalom,

As many of you know, my sister, Marcia, has led high school aged groups to Poland and Israel as part of the March of the Living program for well over a decade. These programs are important and powerful. Now, an opportunity exists for adults to attend such a trip. If at all interested, please look at the attached information and contact: Stacey Sherwitz: stacey@motlmail.org for more information. I have it on good authority, that if this trip fills up, another may be offered.

To date, we have had one Montana teen attend the MOTL program. Please do consider this for your junior or senior high schooler/grandchild. It is an opportunity of a life time.

Janet tatz janetilene@gmail.com

Information for the 2019 International Adult Delegation
2 West 45th Street – Suite 1500, New York, NY 10036
TEL: (212) 869-6800 FAX: (212) 869-6822 E-MAIL: motl@motlmail.org
WEBSITE: http://www.motl.org

Dear Candidate,

Shalom and thank you for your interest in the 2019 International Adult Program of the March of the Living.
We very much appreciate your inquiries and thrive on your participation. We place our candidates at the center of
our work and are committed to designing a trip that responds to each of our group’s needs. We hope that the
information provided here will help stimulate your interest in our program.

The March of the Living is a unique program that honors, commemorates and explores the past, present, and
future of the Jewish people. You can be there, along with 10,000 other participants from around the world.

Please find below the important dates and costs for the trip. Please note that space is limited and we accept people
on a first-come first-serve basis.

To view our virtual brochure, Click Here: International Adult Delegation Brochure

You may complete the application and medical form here: Application Link
Apply Here

Program dates are April 29/30 – May 12/13, 2019
*Note that the program is currently TBD.

Departure from NYC – April 29, 2019
Program Start Date – April 30, 2019
Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day – May 2, 2019 (our main event in Poland)
Yom Hazikaron – Israel’s Memorial Day – May 8, 2019
Yom Haaztmaut – Israel’s Independence Day – May 9, 2019 (our main event in Israel)
Departure for NYC– May 12, 2019
Arrival to NYC- May 13, 2019

Pricing – Full cost of the program is $7300
Cost includes:
 Flights from NYC-Poland-Israel-NYC. Please note that you are responsible for your own domestic flights.
 4-5 star hotels (double occupancy)
 Deluxe busses
 3 VIP kosher meals a day (lunch is a lunch box)
 Local guides
 Educational scholars
 Security arrangements
 Educational kits
 Entrance fees
 March of the Living jacket and backpack
 Participation in all March of the Living International ceremonies with VIP seating
2 West 45th Street – Suite 1500, New York, NY 10036
TEL: (212) 869-6800 FAX: (212) 869-6822 E-MAIL:

MONTANA JEWS FEATURED IN DOCUMENTARY

On behalf of There Are Jews Here, I invite you to watch the film’s national public television premiere on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, at 8/7c! The film will broadcast as part of the 2018 season of the Emmy-nominated documentary series
America ReFramed on the WORLD Channel.

There Are Jews Here takes you on a journey to places where most never imagined Jews existed: in small
towns like Latrobe, Pennsylvania; Dothan, Alabama; Butte, Montana; and, Laredo, Texas. In the wake of the tragedy in Pittsburgh, this story shifts our focus to Jewish persistence, community and continuity, offering
stories of strength and resilience.
Following the untold stories of the four once-thriving American Jewish communities, the film is both a celebration of tenacity and a warning that the legacies of such communities could be lost forever.

SPREAD THE WORD & TUNE IN!

While There Are Jews Here is about the Jewish people and tradition, the film speaks to the value and strength of America’s diversity. In sharing and listening to our nation’s many stories, we’re able to see that we’re bound by the same hopes for a better future.

Make There Are Jews Here a part of your gathering with family and friends during the holidays!

TUNE IN to America ReFramed on television on Dec. 4! (check local listings)

STREAM AND WATCH America ReFramed online for free starting Dec. 4: https://worldchannel.org/episode/arf-there-are-jews-here

ISRAELI AID TO CALIFORNIA

Israeli NGO sends aid to California in wake of unprecedented wildfires
IsraAID’s emergency response team provides help building resilience and recovery in communities hard hit by the deadly blazes.
By Nicky Blackburn November 19, 2018

Israeli NGO, IsraAID, is sending an emergency response team to California to help communities affected by the unprecedented fires that have killed 80 and destroyed over 13,000 homes and buildings. More than 1,300 people are still listed as missing.

The two blazes broke out 10 days ago in both north and south California and quickly spiraled out of control. The Camp Fire wildfire, which wiped out the town of Paradise in Butte county (population 27,000), is already the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history, torching an area the size of Chicago.

The Woolsey fire has burned over 98,362 acres in southern California near the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

After a request from local communities, IsraAID is to conduct a needs assessment of the population in affected areas, promote community resilience and recovery, and distribute relief items to families currently staying in temporary accommodation after losing their homes in the fires.

Yotam Polizer, the co-CEO of IsraAID, told ISRAEL21c that a team of four Israelis have already flown out to California, and plan to set up operations in Chico, where many evacuees are now living in tent cities, shelters and even sleeping in their cars.

“We’ve seen a lot of disaster zones over the years, but this is a whole different level of devastation. Everything has been burned to the ground, and there are so many people still missing,” said Polizer, who has just returned from California.

“The search and rescue teams aren’t looking for survivors, they are looking for remains. From a psychological perspective it’s on a whole different scale.

“When we talk to local people we see they are getting support, but there’s very little psycho-social support there. That’s where we are planning to focus our efforts.”

IsraAID’s team will include Israeli and US-based mental health specialists, who will work with partner organizations on-the-ground to support affected communities as they recover and promote community resilience.

“We were devastated by the tragedy of these fires in California,” said Polizer. “It’s a place very close to our hearts. We have an office there, lots of staff members and volunteers. A lot of local people asked that we come and help. We are planning to be there to support the people as long as we are needed.”

This is not the first time that IsraAID has sent aid in the wake of deadly fires in California. In October last year, a team of seven aid workers – including Polizer – helped out in evacuation centers in Napa Valley, after a series of wildfires swept the state killing 44, causing $14.5 billion in damages, and forcing 90,000 people to evacuate.

The Israeli team were stationed in Santa Rosa, California, and helped coordinate and provide relief supplies and stress management to the affected community.

Even today, IsraAID continues to work with the community there to help them build resilience.

IsraAID has extensive experience responding to disasters in the US and all over the world. This year alone, the organization provided aid to victims in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Michael, North Carolina, after Hurricane Florence, to the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Kenya, and to Guatemala after the volcano.

CHRISTMAS AT THE MERCY HOME

The weather is turning colder outside, and Thanksgiving is here. That means we need to start preparing to staff the Mercy Home for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Our Jewish Community members volunteer their time to staff the Mercy Home, the only domestic violence shelter for women in Great Falls. This gives the Mercy Home staff a chance to spend the Christmas holiday with their families.

Here are the shifts that I would like to fill. If we have trouble filling the 3 hour shifts, I may move to 4 hour shifts and utilize fewer volunteers, but with enough volunteers, we should only need to help for 3 hours each:

  • Monday, 12/24: 2-5 PM
  • Monday 12/24: 5-8 PM
  • Monday 12/24: 8-11 PM
  • Tuesday 12/25: 8-11 AM
  • Tuesday 12/25: 11 AM – 2 PM
  • Tuesday 12/25: 2-5 PM

Remember that a male can only volunteer with a female (Mercy Home Rules). If you have never done this before or need a refresher, me or a Mercy Home staff member are happy to do that prior to your shift. Just let me know and I can arrange that.

Please e-mail me at wendy@weissman.com or call or text me at 868-5712 and let me know what shift you would like or if you have any questions.

Thank you!!!

Wendy Weissman

JEWS, MOSLEMS, AND CHRISTIANS

Video of United Hatzalah by Popular Israeli-Arab Vlogger Goes Viral
by TheTower.org Staff | 11.15.18

A video of the Israeli first-responder organization, United Hatzalah of Israel, produced by the popular Israeli-Arab vlogger (video blogger), NAS Daily, became the most-viewed video about an Israeli non-profit in just one week, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

NAS, as Nuseir Yassin is known, produces one-minute videos on topics of interest that he posts to Facebook, where he has 10 million followers.

Though most of Yassin’s videos garner between 2 and 10 million views, in one week the United Hatzalah video was viewed by 22.5 million people. (The number is now at 25 million.)

Introducing the United Hatzalah video, Yassin wrote that the organization is “one of the most impressive things I’ve seen in a while.”

“The change has been palpable,” Eli Beer, the founder of United Hatzalah of Israel, said of the international response to the video. “People around the world have been sending us messages, friend requests, and requests for help. They have expressed interest in setting up their own versions of our life-saving model in their cities and communities. We’ve had a lot of interest in particular from India, the Philippines and various cities in the United States.”

Yassin, who has been traveling around the world for nearly three years, usually makes one-minute videos, and signs off with “That’s one minute! See you tomorrow!” However, the United Hatzalah video runs nearly four minutes.

“The people at United Hatzalah of Israel are doing incredible work. All for free. All to save lives. Here is how they did it,” Yassin wrote. “Thank you Eli Beer and the team of volunteers for reaching out to Nas Daily and letting me film your operations. All around impressive.”

The video currently has 11,000 comments and has been shared over 400,000 times.

“Our model can save lives around the world, so we are excited that we received this exposure and that Nuseir succeeded in spreading our message around the globe so quickly,” Dov Maisel, the Vice President of Operations for United Hatzalah, explained. “We look forward to working with all interested parties to help them develop our lifesaving model and saving more lives all over the planet.”

Vice President of United Hatzalah Michael Brown added, “We are incredibly thankful to Nuseir and his team for the light that they have shone on our operations and on the coexistence that exists between our Jewish, Muslim and Christian volunteers in Israel. As an Israeli Arab, Nuseir has a valuable perspective on coexistence in Israel and I am glad that he was able to tell our story.”