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MAJCo: AN INVITATION FROM BETH SHALOM, BOZEMAN — A WEEK END WITH THE RABBIS KULA

Congregation Beth Shalom in Bozeman invites you to celebrate Rabbi Mark Kula’s Installation with a weekend of special events, March 5-7

“Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life” presented by Rabbi Irwin Kula
Thursday, March 5th at 7:00pm
Montana State University, Strand Union Building, Ballroom D

Our desires for love, happiness, truth, goodness, creativity, and self-awareness define our lives. These yearnings, never fully realized, drive us, disappoint us, push us, frustrate us, elevate us, distort us, damage us, propel us, energize us and inspire us. How can our yearnings become sources of wisdom to help us know ourselves better, live more fearlessly and joyfully, act more ethically and purposefully, and love more passionately and unconditionally?

Rabbi Irwin is a disruptive spiritual innovator and rogue thinker. A 7th generation rabbi, he is Co-President of CLAL, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a do-tank committed to making Jewish a Public Good. Named one of the leaders shaping the American spiritual landscape, he received the 2008 Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award for his work “toward equality, liberty and a truly inter–religious community” and has been listed in Newsweek for many years as one of America’s “most influential rabbis.” Learn more about Rabbi Irwin here.

Installation, Shabbat Service, and Purim Celebration
Friday, March 6th at 6:00pm
Congregation Beth Shalom, 2010 W Koch St.

Join us in a celebration of our new Rabbi, Rabbi Mark Kula, with a service officiated by Rabbi Irwin Kula, followed by a catered dinner hosted by Beth Shalom. “The Sanctuary” open bar with live music and Purim festivities kicks off at 8pm. Give a “l’chaim” toast to our Rabbi with a “Kula-tini”!

RSVP to amber@bethshalombozeman.org by Friday, February 28.

Torah Study led by Rabbis Mark and Irwin Kula
Saturday, March 7th at 9:30am
Congregation Beth Shalom, 2010 W Koch St.

Join us for great conversation and company. Bagels and coffee provided.

For more information, visit www.bethshalombozeman.org.

Rabbi Irwin Kula: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life
Rabbi Irwin Kula: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life
Editorial Review from Amazon
“This sagacious book will be a blessing to all who read its teachings on the value of spiritual yearning.”

“At a time when religion is too often associated with absolutism and extremism, Kula combines ancient Jewish teachings and contemporary insights to articulate a practical, spiritual path that embraces uncertainty, complexity and tolerance.”

“This wonderful book does what so many like it fail to do: it embraces the magic of day-to-day living, the spirituality that can be found in our questions, our mistakes, our passions and our doubts. Life is indeed messy, but as Rabbi Irwin Kula shows us, sorting through it is what transforms us to higher ground, and there is wisdom in how the heart approaches what it yearns”

“Provocative, engaging and transforming, Yearnings is a shofar blast of a book that will open your eyes and stir you, inspiring you to break free of inertia and move forward in your spiritual evolution.”

“Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life” was selected by Spirituality and Health Magazine as one of the 10 Best Spiritual Books of 2006.

About The Book
The host of PBS’s Simple Wisdom and The Wisdom of Our Yearnings explores life’s most defining human experiences.

A perfect love, enduring happiness, discovering our purpose. Yearning for these experiences accompanies us through life, leading us to both joy and disappointment, and to a powerful vision of who we are, and who we can become. Far from being a burden, our yearnings can themselves become a path to blessing, prompting questions and insights, resulting in new ways of being and believing.

In Yearnings, renowned Rabbi Irwin Kula explores and celebrates seven of our deepest desires. He opens the spiritual toolbox of Jewish wisdom — it has much to teach about the ambiguities and uncertainties we all encounter — and takes us on an excursion into our age-old questions, merging ancient wisdom and stories with contemporary examples and insights. Whether it’s a woman struggling with a breach in her marriage, a child wondering about the tooth fairy, or Moses yearning for answers in the story of the burning bush, Yearnings offers a broader perspective to enrich our search for meaning.

The practices and insights in this book are based on teachings that have evolved for over three thousand years, as generations have wrestled with the messiness and complexities of the human experience. Rabbi Kula invites us to do the same, urging us to seek answers to our deepest questions, to search for spiritual and personal fulfillment while knowing we will never finally get there, and to celebrate the discoveries we’ll make along the way.

About the Author
Rabbi Irwin Kula has appeared on Oprah and Frontline and serves as a consultant to corporate and family foundations, as well as to federations, synagogues, and agencies on issues of leadership and change. Fast Company has named Rabbi Kula as one of the new leaders shaping the American spiritual landscape and he has been featured in national publications such as the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Chicago Tribune. He lives in New York City.

Rabbi Irwin Kula is an eighth-generation rabbi, nationally known speaker and teacher, and the president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. A repeat guest on Oprah, he is also the host of the public television broadcast called The Wisdom of Our Yearnings. Rabbi Kula lives with his wife and daughters in New York City.

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MAJCo MT HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK INVITATION

MLK EVENTS ACROSS THE STATE!

HELENA:
Reflections from a Civil Rights Icon:
A Conversation with Rabbi Allen Secher
Monday, Jan. 20, 2020
The Heath
6:15 pm Reception
6:45 pm Presentation

Martin Luther King Day interview-style presentation with Rabbi Allen Secher on a lifetime of civil rights work. Allen will reflect on the journey from the 1960’s Freedom Riders to current issues in Whitefish. He’ll address incorporating human rights into his work as a radio host, TV producer, actor, and author. More info about this event can be found here Admission is free but donations will be accepted.

FLATHEAD VALLEY:
Love Lives Here Annual Celebration
Friday, Jan. 17, 2020
Whitefish Performing Arts Center
7:30 – 9:00 pm

Each year, the celebration combines live musical performances, spoken word presentations and reminders of the long and hard-won struggle that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. championed in his lifetime. We Were All Strangers Once chronicles the history of the Black experience in Montana. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $10 will help us cover the costs for this amazing event! The Facebook event for the celebration can be found here

Missoula:
We Were Made for These Times
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020
Monday, Jan. 20, 2020
The Full Schedule of Events Can be Found here

Billings:
Everyone Against Injustice
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020
Billings First Congregational Church
3:00 pm
More information can be found here

Bozeman:
Georgetown University Law Professor Anthony Cook
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020
Strand Union Building – Ballroom A
7:00 pm
More information can be found here

MAJCo — CHAG HANUKAH SAMEACH

Six13 – A Star Wars Chanukah
“DO, OR DO NOT — THERE IS NO TRY.”

Little known fact: though Baby Yoda’s cousin delivered this sage advice to Luke Skywalker, he took his inspiration from the Maccabees. Like the Jedi years later, against all odds (never tell us the odds!) they fought off a great empire who sought their destruction.

Today, we celebrate the miracles of that time with presents, dreidels and latkes — and our tribute to the music of one of the greatest film franchises of all time. CHAG SAMEACH… may the force be with you!

MENORAH LIGHTING IN HELENA

There will be a Menorah lighting at the State Capitol Rotunda in Helena on Monday, 12/23/2019, 26 Kislev, 5780, at 12:00 P.M., followed by a MAJCo meeting at 1:00 P.M. All statewide members are welcome to attend.

Also on Monday, 12/23/2019, 26 Kislev, 5780, at 4:30 P.M., Rabbi Mark Kula of Beth shalom, Bozeman, will light the Chanukiyah at Fort Harrison. Everyone is welcome to attend.

MISSOULA: STATEWIDE INVITATION TO CHANUKAH CELEBRATION

The annual city wide Chanukah celebration has become a Missoula tradition. All are welcome to celebrate Chanukah with family, friends, and Mayor John Engen!
Sunday, December 22
4:30-6pm
At the DoubleTree Hotel
100 Madison Street
FREE ENTRY
Enjoy an LED JUGGLING SHOW, as well as the traditional Latkes, Doughnuts, Dreidel games and Arts & Crafts.
Fun for kids, and fun for kids at heart.

CALL-IN INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAJCO MEETING 10/20/2019

A MAJCo meeting has been planned for Sunday morning, October 20, during the upcoming Missoula Shabbaton.

It will begin sharply at 8:30 AM and last approximately 1 to 2 hours.

For those unable to attend in person but wishing to participate, they may join in online: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/bchessin4
or by calling: (605) 313-6069
Access code: 857836
meeting ID: bchessin4

Anticipated agenda:

1. Introduction. Bert and Brian take a few minutes to bring people up to date on MAJCo. (5 min)

2. Congregational and Montana Jewish organizations (MAOR, Hadassah, other) summaries. (30 min)

3. CHANUKAH Menorah lighting plans. (5 min)

4. Financial summary (5 min)

5. Ideas on what communities and individuals want from MAJCo. BY-LAWS, annual gatherings, elections, dealing with political/social/security issues that directly affect congregations, minorities, etc. (30 min)

6. Other issues and announcements (10 min)

Submitted by Brian Schnitzer

SHANA TOVA

From NYC to the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, from Ghana and Belarus, Turkey, Israel, Guatemala and beyond, 92Y would like to wish you a “Shana Tovah” (a “Happy New Year”) with the release of “Reset”, a new song and video for Rosh Hashanah 2019-5780.

“Reset” features music and lyrics by Noah Aronson and Abigail Pogrebin and was shot on mobile phones by people all over the world, all making music together.

A Song for the New Year Sung by Communities Around the World #5780
We hope your New Year is full of love and gratitude. Thank you to everyone around the world who helped make this happen.

MISSOULA SHABBATON 10/18-20/2019

URGENT DEADLINE: 
Please register by Monday October 7 .

We will not be able to accommodate you for meals & other special activities without your registration.

Shalom Missoula Shabbaton – October 18, 19, 20

Shabbat Services, Festive Home-cooked Shabbat Meals, Rabbinic Installation,
Jazz at the Mountain,

Jewish History Tours and Jewish Festival

Here is the Registration Form for our Shabbaton, Shalom Missoula. Please let me know
at rabbilaurie@har-shalom.org if you prefer to have a paper copy sent to you by conventional mail. You can also register via Eventbrite, using this url:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shalom-missoula-tickets-73595649569?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

You can register for All Shabbaton, which includes our Saturday evening fundraiser, “Jazz at the Mountain”. Our All Shabbaton pricing pays for meals and includes an increment for Har Shalom’s “Fund for the Future” to establish a Jewish center for learning and spiritual life. Please help us dream and grow!

You can also register for Shabbaton Light, which does not include the Saturday “Jazz at the Mountain” event or opt separately for “Jazz at the Mountain” and the Sunday Festival. Worship is open to all, no pay-to-pray!

Highlights:
• Inspirational, Musical Kabbalat Shabbat with our new music group, Selah
• Sit-down Shabbat Dinner with lively singing
• Shabbat Morning Service, Rabbinic installation, Shabbat Lunch
• Saturday Evening “Jazz at the Mountain”, gala fundraiser at Har Shalom
• Sat and Sunday light, buffet-style breakfasts
• Sunday mid-morning to early afternoon, “Leiser’s Footsteps, Missoula’s Jewish Treasures,” presentation and tours of a groundbreaking exhibit of the Jewish History of Missoula
• ***Sunday morning MAJCo Meeting ***
• Sunday afternoon Jewish Music, Food, & Dance Festival

DON’T MISS THIS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY!

Join us November 3 for A Historic Evening With Eva Schloss at Montana State University. Eva is a Holocaust survivor and stepsister to Anne Frank. Hear her fascinating and painful story of surviving the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, and how she still believes in the immeasurable power of good.

Click HERE to purchase tickets

Click HERE for sponsorship opportunities and for the private reception with Eva

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