Category Archives: MAJCO

CHANUKKAH ACROSS THE TREASURE STATE

On Dec 1, 2020, at 2:02 PM, Bert Chessin wrote:

Hanukkah Program Leaders,

The “Big Sky Hanukkah” program is nearly set, so I wanted to confirm each of your portions. I believe each of your choices is accommodated.

Program Elements מנהיג

  • Music Intro and Accompaniment Nancy Oyer
  • 1. Hanukkiah Lighting, 4th night Rabbi Marc Kula and Beth Shalom
  • 2. Dreidel game Great Falls (probably.) All attending need to bring a dreidel!
  • 3. Hanukkah Songs-Music Rabbi Laurie Franklin and Bert
  • 4. Dvar-Teaching Rabbi Francine Roston
  • 5. Hanukkah Story Janet Tatz
  • 6. Social Action Mitzvah Rabbi Chaim Bruk
  • 7. Hanukkah Foods Rabbi-to-Be Erik Uriarte
  • 8. Good Wishes with guest politician Not confirmed

No limit to the number that can join us. You will find the Zoom connections below.

Take note that the start time will be 5 pm.
Thank you.
Bert Chessin

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Topic: Statewide Hanukkah Celebration, sponsored by MAJCO and web-hosted by Beth Shalom
Time: Dec 13, 2020 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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REQUEST FROM STUDENT RABBI ERIK L. URIARTE, BETH AARON, BILLINGS

Since August of 2017, I’ve been serving as the student Rabbi for Congregation Beth Aaron and I’ve been a resident of the state since May 2018. I am also currently in my final year of Rabbinic School at Hebrew Union College, the seminary of the Union for Reform Judaism.

In these last three and a half years of serving this community, I’ve come to meet, and learn a lot about, Jewish communities in Montana. I’ve been fascinated by the rich and amazing history of Judaism in Montana. I’ve been amazed at the tenacity of the Jewish spirit that has held many communities together for decades, and even over a century in some places; all while separated by hundreds of miles from major urban and Jewish centers in the rest of the United States.

It is with this in mind that I’ve decided that for my final thesis work to fulfill my educational obligations for ordination, that I will be engaging in a study of Jews and Judaism as it stands now in Montana. There have been many demographic studies of Jewish populations in the United States, including rural and historical communities, however, all of these have focused on communities in places like the South or the upper Northeast, where small Jewish populations still have support from larger urban Jewish communities and infrastructure an hour or two away. This is not the case here in Montana.

I would appreciate it very much if you could take 15-20 minutes to complete this online survey NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 30th.

If you have any questions, you may contact me at (406) 413-5367, or by emailing me at uriarte.huc@gmail.com.

If you are unable to complete the survey online, but would still like to complete it, I am happy to schedule a time to take your answers over the phone if you contact me by phone or email.

Thank you very much for your time and participation,

Erik L Uriarte, MAHL
Student Rabbi and Director of Religious Programming
Congregation Beth Aaron – Billings, MT
Cell: (406) 413-5367

BETH SHALOM BOZEMAN INVITATION

We are thrilled to be a sponsor of MSU’s virtual event “Enemies to Allies: A Rabbi and a Palestinian Activist,” presented virtually on Thursday, October 15th at 11:00am. Brought to us by Shorashim (“Roots”), an organization building a grassroots model for coexistence, we will hear personal, interconnected stories and the groundbreaking and challenging work of their initiative. The conversation will be moderated by MSU Political Science professor and Beth Shalom affiliate, Dr. Franke Wilmer, whose area of research is the Middle East, Political Violence, and Human Rights.

Please register here (at no cost) by October 7th.

SHABBAT SHUVAH ACROSS MONTANA

This weekend is “Shabbat Shuvah” or the “Sabbath of Return” — the Shabbat that occurs between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

As they did in July, the various clergy and lay leadership of MAOR (The Montana Area Organization of Rabbis) will be getting together with Jews all across Montana (and beyond) to celebrate Shabbat.

Please join them on Zoom @ 6:00 pm, Friday September 25th at
This Link

Meeting ID: 861 7565 9622
Passcode: shalom

Dial-in: 1 669 900 6833
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Passcode: 413920

Submitted by Brian Schnitzer

L’SHANA METUKAH 5781

Habima actors sing for all those in quarantine
The wonderful actors of Habima – Israel’s national Theater – can’t stand still and silent under quarantine during World Theater day and created this clip that will lift the spirits of all the people that are in self-isolation. Thank you Habima Theater!

FROM THE MARINES TO MONTANA: RABBI-TO-BE EMBRACES CHALLENGES

“Being a Jew of color in a rural environment in an incredibly white state is really difficult at times, and yet it’s exactly where I want to be.”

By Andrew Esensten
July 31, 2020

MAJCo – INVITATION FROM MONTANA’S PROGRESSIVE COMMUNITIES- SHABBAT ACROSS MONTANA

SHABBAT ACROSS MONTANA
July 17th, 6:00-6:30pm on Zoom

The members of the Montana Association of Rabbis, comprising clergy and leadership from Congregations Beth Aaron, Beth Shalom, Har Shalom, and the Glacier Jewish Community, and including R. Laurie Franklin, R. Mark Kula, R. Francine Roston, R. Ed Stafman, R. Allen Secher, Rabbinic Student Erik Uriarte, and Cantorial Soloist Amber Ikeman, will be leading a cooperative “Shabbat Across Montana.” We hope that you’ll join us for this amazing event to bring us all together for Shabbat. (Montana is likely the only state capable of holding any event with representation from all of its progressive Jewish communities.)
Please Join us here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84217931444?pwd=di9NbmpyNzJvQ0dvY0hhTTZkRHgyUT09

– Reform Prayer Book (Siddur) availability: If you would like to have a siddur to have at home, there are several options available to you. A free, fully online version is available through the CCAR here: https://www.ccarnet.org/publications/mishkan-tfilah-for-shabbat/
Additionally, a deeply discounted kindle version ($5) is available here: https://www.amazon.com/Mishkan-Tfilah-Shabbat-Reform-Siddur-ebook/dp/B016R0HSLU/

Submitted by Brian Schnitzer

A FOURTH OF JULY MESSAGE FROM BETH SHALOM IN BOZEMAN

A Fourth of July Message From Rabbi Mark Kula

ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC GLOBAL GALA 2020

MONTANA ZOOM MEETING WITH ISRAELI CONSUL GENERAL

Israel Consul General Shlomi Kaufman will give a 20 minute briefing for the Montana Jewish Community on Israel’s new government and annexation plan, followed by a Q&A session. Join us on Tuesday, June 30th at 1:00pm on Zoom. Click here to register (at no cost) and receive the link.