Category Archives: MAJCO


What Is MAJCo?

The Montana Association of Jewish Communities (MAJCo) is an umbrella organization that includes representation from Jewish communities across the length and breadth of the great state of Montana. Membership in MAJCo is open to any Jewish community, whatever the “stream,” within Montana.
(Acceptance by the current communities is required.)

Small Jewish communities in rural areas do not exist in a vacuum. Almost three decades ago, the Jewish communities throughout the state created MAJCo, an association of all the organized Montana Jewish
communities. Through MAJCo, we keep in touch and have created a community throughout this great big beautiful state.
The Jewish communities in the Big Sky currently include:

  • Congregation Beth Aaron, Billings
  • Chabad Lubavitch of Montana, Bozeman
  • Congregation Beth Shalom, Bozeman
  • Congregation B’nai Israel, Butte
  • Congregation Aitz Chaim, Great Falls
  • Helena Jewish Community, Helena
  • Glacier Jewish Community/B’nai Shalom, Kalispell-Whitefish
  • Chabad Lubavitch of Missoula, Missoula
  • Congregation Har Shalom, Missoula

Anyone wishing to be on the MAJCo email list may contact Brian Schnitzer at


Tuesday, December 20, 20 Kislev, at 11:30 am at Har Shalom: “Missoula Menorah: A Light in Every Window” launch with Mayor, Sheriff, and area faith leaders.

This is a response to the hate literature being distributed around Missoula by the American Nazi Party, and its a message that Missoula opposes hate activities. The Missoulian will publish a menorah image for people to clip and display.

MAJCo SHABBATON OCTOBER 21-23, 2016; 19-21 Tishrei, 5777, BOZEMAN

Shalom Haverim,

Here on the Beth Shalom website is information and registration on the Shabbaton in October. A very strong program should be of interest to so many of us.,

Please 1) register,
2) tell others,
3) and make a reservation at the Comfort Inn soon, if you need a room. Deadline is 21 of September.
It is homecoming weekend at MSU and rooms will be at a premium if you wait.

Call or email if you have questions or thoughts.
Bert Chessin
Missoula, Montana


A group of prominent Slovak musicians, together with Bratislava’s Chief Rabbi Baruch Myers will be performing in Billings Sunday, March 6, 2016.

A special evening for the Statewide Jewish community will take place, Sunday evening, March 6 at 6 PM. It will take place at the Losekamp Hall at Rocky Mountain College, 1511 Poly Drive, Billings Montana.
The concert will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a reception.

In 2008 Rabbi Baruch Myers and cellist Jozef Lupták started to work song by song on “Chassidic Songs” and invited two other prominent musicians – violinist and viola player Milos Valent (ECM records, Solamente Naturali, Dowland Project and others) and accordionist Boris Lenko to join them. So began a musical adventure which has since graced stages from intimate spaces to stages at the Pohoda and Konvergencie Festivals.

The adventure soon translated into the several very communicative and successful concerts and the superb recording with the same name. This project is a new musical revival of Chassidic Songs from the region in which they originated.. These musicians and artists are trying to recreate the original songs in the same manner with new artistic vision and spirit.

Rabbi Baruch Myers – piano, voice
Jozef Lupták – cello
Miloš Valent – violin, viola
Boris Lenko – accordion

Contributed by brian Schnitzer


Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, we can look forward to Chanukah that begins this year on Sunday, December 6th ( just one week from today!).

We will be gathering at the State Capitol rotunda on Thursday, December 10th at high noon for our annual MAJCO chanukiah lighting ceremony and speeches. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to tell their friends. “You don’t have to be Jewish”. The more the merrier. Set up and schmoozing begins at 11a.m. Immediately following this program, we will hold a MAJCO board meeting. Room to be determined. All are welcome to attend.

Then, on Saturday, December 12th, the Helena Jewish Community is hosting a Chanukah potluck and celebration. This program will begin at 4pm in The Forum ( on the 2nd floor) of Touchmark on Saddle Dr. ( 915 Saddle Dr.) At that time, Rabbi Ed will offer a shiur (Jewish study session) on the topic of religious zealotry, focusing on the Chanukah story which begins (in 1 Maccabees chapter 2, as follows:

“A Jew came forward in the sight of all to offer a [Greek style] sacrifice upon the altar in Modein, according to the king’s command. [24] When Mattathias saw it, be burned with zeal and his heart was stirred. He gave vent to righteous anger; he ran and killed him upon the altar. [25] At the same time he killed the king’s officerwho was forcing them to sacrifice, and he tore down the altar. [26] Thus he burned with zeal for the law, as Phinehas did against Zimri the son of Salu.”

At this shiur, we will look at what the Jewish tradition, and especially the Talmud, have to say about this part of the Chanukah story, the preceding Pinchas story, and religious zealotry in general. You may find it surprising. The shiur will be open to whoever wishes to do some Chanukah learning.

Immediately following this study session, we will hold havdalah, followed by chanukiah lighting and a vegetarian potluck. This is a rare opportunity to partake of a little Jewish learning, socializing and holiday celebration right here in Helena. Hope you can attend.
Shavuah tov ( have a good week),

Submitted by Janet Tatz


An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible with Richard Elliott Friedman

Free sample session:

Richard Elliott Friedman is the Ann and Jay Davis Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Georgia and Katzin Professor of Jewish Civilization
Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, and author of the classic Who Wrote the Bible? (1987). He was a visiting fellow at Cambridge and Oxford,
a senior fellow of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Jerusalem, a visiting professor at the University of Haifa and participated in the City
of David Project archaeological excavations of Jerusalem.


Dear Friends,

Despite the trying times we are currently experiencing, we are pleased to report that there have been no major cancellations in travel to Israel. This is certainly encouraging news to all of us. I would like to take this time to share with you some other positive news regarding Israel travel.

The Israel Ministry of Tourism has been working closely with Groupon to craft a special destination package which would make travel to the country more affordable. We are happy to announce that we have solidified such a package that includes: a full tour with accompanying guide, airfare, and 6 night accommodations all for the attractive price of $999. The deal launches today (October 22nd) with packages valid for travel between January-February 2016.

For more information, check out the following link:

We encourage you to pass this exciting news along to other in your network in order that many others may utilize this wonderful opportunity to visit Israel.

In addition, IMOT recently launched its new Jewish website,, devoted exclusively to North American Jewry who are contemplating a visit to Israel. The website contains a wealth of information for the first-time as well as seasoned traveler, and features our online advertising efforts that will continue over the coming months. We hope you will inform others about the site so that they can make use of the information it contains for their own travel plans.

The Ministry of Tourism is here to helpfacilitate your travels and make them an enjoyable one. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.


Uri Steinberg, Consul
Israel Tourism Commissioner, North America


and to Shabbos Project participants in:
Aberdeen, Abuja, Adam, Addis Ababa, Addison, Adelaide, Afula, Agoura hills, Akko, Alamo, Albany, Allentown, Almere, Altamonte Springs, Amersfoort, Amsterdam, Anaheim, Ann Arbor, Annapolis, Antigua, Antwerp, Arcachon, Arcata, Ariel, Ashdod, Asheville, Ashkelon, Ashland, Astoria, Atlanta, Atlantic Beach, Attleboro, Aubern, Austin, Aventura, Baitar Ilit, Bakersfield, Baltimore, Barcelona, Basel, Bat Yam, Bayswater, Baytown, Beachwood, Beaverton, Beer Sheva, Beit Shemesh, Belem do Para, Bellaire, Bentleigh East, Berkeley, Berlin, Bet shemesh, Betar Elite, Beverly Hills, Biloxi, Binghamton, birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomington, Bnei Brak, Boca Raton, Bogotá, Bologna, Bordeaux, Bossier City, Boston, Boulder, Bridgeport, Brighton, Boston, Brindisi, Brisbane, Broomfield, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Buffaloa, Burlingame, Burlington, Burnaby, Calabasas, Calgary, Cali, Camarillo, Cambridge, Cancun, Cannes, Cape Town, Caracas, Carlsbad, Carthage, Cayenne, Chandler, Charleston, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Chesterfield, Missouri, Chicago, Chico, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Cochabamba, Coconut Creek, College Park, Colmar, Columbia, Columbus, Conyers, Cooper City, Copenhagen, Coral Gables, Coral Springs, Cordoba, Cork, Corpus Christi, Corrientes, Curitiba, Dallas, Dana Point, Dayton, Del Mar, Delray Beach, Denton, Denver, Detroit, Dijon, Dimona, Doncaster, Dortmund, Dulzura, Dunwoody, Durban, Düsseldorf, East Wenatchee, Eau Claire, Edison, Edmond, Edmonton, Efrat, Eilat, El Cajon, El Paso, Elad, Elk Grove, Elliot Lake, Englewood, Escazu, Eugene, Evanston, Exeter, Fairfax, Fairfield, Farmington Hills, Fayetteville, Florence, Folsom, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Fort Wayne, Frankfurt, Fresno, Fullerton, Gaithersburg, Galway, Gatineau, Gautier, Geneva, Givat Shmuel, Givatayim, Glasgow, Goiania, Gold Coast, Goldendale, Goleta, Gomel, Gothenburg, Granville, Grenoble, Grovetown, Guadalajara, Guelph, Hagerstown, Haifa, Hallandale, Hamburg, Hamilton, Har Nof, Harrisonburg, Henderson, Herzelia, Hialeah, Highlands Ranch, Hobe Sound, Hoboken, Hod Hasharon, Hong Kong, Houston, Howell, Huntington Beach, Huntsville, Irvine, Issaquah, Istanbul, Izmir, Jackson, Jacksonville, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Johns creek, Jos, Kalamazoo, Kankakee, Karmiel, Katy, Kearney, Kfar Saba, Kharkov, Kiev, Kingston, Kiriyat Sefer/ Modiin Illit, Kiryat Melachi, Kiryat Ono, Kitchener, Krakow, Krefeld, La Jolla, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Dallas, Lake Forest, Lancaster, Laredo, Las Vegas, Latina, Laval, Lawrence, Leeds, Leicester, Les Pavillons-sous-Bois, Liepzig, Lima, Lincolnton, Lisbon, Liverpool, London, Long Beach, Long Branch, Los Angeles, Louisville, Lusaka, Lyon, Maale Adumim, Macon, Madison, Madrid, Malmö, Manassas, Manaus, Manchester, Mandan, Marietta, Markham, Mason, McKinney, Melbourne, Melila, Memphis, Menlo park, Mequon, Mercer Island, Meriden, Mesa, Mexicali, Mexico City, Miami, Miami Beach, Milan, Milford, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Modiin, Mogilev, Monterrey, Montevideo, Montreal, Morgan County, Moscow, Mountain Brook, Alabama, Mumbai, Munich, Muscatine, Myrtle Beach, Nahariya, Nashville, Natal, Naucalpan, Nepean, Netivot, Neuilly-Sur-Seine, New Brunswick, New Haven, New Orleans, New Port Richey, New Rochelle, New York City, Newark, Newcastle, Newport, Newport Beach, Nice, Norfolk, North Bay Village, Norwalk, Nottingham, Novi Sad, Nürnberg, Oak Park, Oakland, Ocala, Oceanside, Odessa, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orangeburg, Orlando, Orléans, Oshawa, Oviedo, Oxford, Ozark, Palm Desert, Palo Alto, Panama City, Paramus, Paris, Passaic, Pawtucket, Peabody, Pembroke Pines, Perth, Petah Tikva, Petaluma, Philadelphia, Pickerington, Pierrefonds, Pinsk, Pittsburgh, Plainfield, Plainview, Plano, Plymouth, Pomona, Port Angeles, Port Elizabeth, Port Saint Lucie, Port Washington, Portland, Porto, Porto Alegre, Potchefstroom, Poughkeepsie, Providence, Puerto Iguazu, Punta Gorda, Quito, Ra’anana, Ramat Gan, Ramat Hasharon, Randolph, Redmond, Redondo Beach, Rehovot, Renton, Richmond, Rio de Janeiro, Rishon Letziyon, Rochester, Rockbridge, Rome, Roseville, Rosh HaAyin, Roswell, Rotterdam, Sacramento, Safed/Tzfat, Saint Louis, Saint Louis Park, Saint-Raphaël, Salford Manchester, Saltillo, San Angelo, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San jose, San Marcos, San Miguel de Tucumán, San Pedro Sula, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Santa Maria, Santa Monica, Santa Rosa, Santiago, Sao paulo, Sarasota, Saratov, Sarnia, Satellite Beach, Scottsdale, Scranton, Sderot, Seal beach, Seattle, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Sherman Oaks, Shoham , Siem Reap, Sofia, Somerville, South Bend, Southfield, Spanish Fork, Sparta, Spokane, Srirangapatna, St Augustine, St Kilda, St Petersburg, Stamford, Stillwater, Stoughton, Strasbourg, Sugar Land, Sunny Isles Beach, Sunnyvale, Suva City, Sydney, Syracuse, Tampa, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv, Tel Mond, Temple Terrace, Tenafly, Terrell, Tijuana, Tokyo, Toronto, Torrance, Trieste, Troy, Tucson, Tulsa, Tuscaloosa, Tustin, Tyler, Union, University Heights, Urbana, Valencia, Valparaiso, Vancouver, Vaughan, Venice, Victoria, Vienna, Villemomble, Vilna, Walnut Creek, Waltham, Waterbury, Waterloo, Welland, Wenatchee, West des moines, West Hollywood, West Palm Beach, Weston, White plains, Wickliffe, Wien, Williamsport,, Wilmington, Winchester, Windhoek, Winnipeg, Wollongong, Wrocław, Yorba Linda, Zagreb, Zamboanga, Zichron Yaakov and Zürich.

We’re logging off, as the tranquility of Shabbat spreads across the world.
See you at Havdallah!

Over and out,
The Shabbos Project team


From Chattanooga to Colmar, Edison to Efrat, Santa Fe to Srirangapatna, more and more cities are coming together from around the world to take part in The Shabbos Project 2015!

Among the new exotic locations being pinned to the Jewish Map in 2015 are Maui (Hawaii), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Srirangapatna (India) and Puerto Iguazu (Argentina).

Enjoy our first roundup of a taste of what’s happening all over the world.

Join in!

Shutting down Pico Boulevard for the biggest Shabbat table in history.
Join 3 000 of LA’s finest for a Shabbat dinner under the stars.
Pull up a chair here.

Join in!

Picnic blankets, good wholesome food, meditation and inspiration. Get on over to Caulfield Park in Melbourne for a Kiddush/lunch to remember. Get the details here.

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Four days into the trek, at an altitude of 13 000 feet, a group of adventurers will bring in Shabbat to coincide with Jews all over the world.
“We will possibly be the first group to spend the whole of Shabbat in that camp [Barranco Wall]. We will daven Kabbalat Shabbat, light the Shabbat candles, make Kiddush and sing zemirot.”
Find out more about their amazing journey here.

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Havdallah time is party time in Mexico come The Shabbat Project 2015. Get down with Maccabeat melodies from 9pm in Mexico City.
Find out more here.

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Rabbi Ryan and Tova Goldstein will be taking a tour to Krakow for The Shabbos Project.
“This tour is a positive and uplifting experience which illustrates the incredible will and determination of the greatest nation on earth! We will be joined by all ages, singles, young couples, parents and bobbas!” says Simone Penn.

Join in!

The mayors of Ashkelon, Ariel, Rehovot, Tsefat, Jezreel Valley, Netanya and Sderot have all endorsed The Shabbos Project, offering support in the form of billboards and advertising space, general publicity and the use of public venues, as well as dedicated project managers to run the event in their cities.

The mayor of Tzfat, inspired by the fact that Lecha Dodi and Shalom Aleichem were both composed in his city, has pledged to host a special commemorative Kabbalat Shabbat. The mayor of the Jezreel Valley has arranged events and activities in each of the four main settlements, and one central event to be held at the railway station in Kfar Yehoshua. And the mayor and chief rabbi of Netanya will be uniting for a special tisch.

“Mayors Tables” are being held in many locations, with the mayors inviting citizens to share a Friday night meal with them. The mayor of Sderot, for example, is hosting a communal dinner for 1 000 people.

So pull up a chair with your local mayor in the Holy Land, and Keep It Together wherever you are!

Join in!

With hundreds of events streaming in for this week’s Shabbat Project, here are some highlights from Jerusalem, Columbus, Hong Kong and London.

Join in!

Dan Ariely, world-famous behavioural scientist, best-selling author and TED talk celebrity, explores the unique benefits of keeping it together.

Watch it!

Jerusalem is hosting a Shabbat dinner at the Old Train Station. Enjoy great food, wine and beer and meet young Israelis and Jews from all over the world.


Rap-reggae superstar Matisyahu has produced a song especially for The Shabbat Project.

“The ideas of Shabbos have the unique ability to bring people together when they may otherwise not be together. Disconnected from distraction and reflecting G-d in a simple state of Oneness. I’m honoured to have been asked to write a song for the project, and to contribute towards bringing a little more closeness between our brothers and sisters.”


Join in the delicious Seudah Shlishit for young people with disabilities and their families and friends in Melbourne followed by an optional 20-minute walk to the communal Havdallah Concert at Caulfield Park.


Parents and tots will get together in Saint-Laurent, Montreal to make Shabbat crafts for The Shabbat Project, on 21 October at 6pm. The crayons will come out at the Beth Ora Congregation.

30 Columbus, Ohio synagogues and Jewish organisations of all denominations are coming together for a historic unity Shabbat. The celebrations include six community-wide challah bakes.

Find out more!

Twelve-year-old Arad Eylon Fruchter has invited the whole of Tel Aviv – and the Beastie Boys – to his Shabbat Project bar mitzvah.

Find out more!

Join Hong Kong’s Jewish community as they kick off Shabbat in grand style with a Sushi/Lechaim/Kabbalat Shabbat event at the Discovery Bay North Plaza.

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Racheli Fraenkel, the transcendentally courageous mother of Naftali Fraenkel, will be presiding over a challah bake at the Tachana Harishona in Jerusalem.

Find out more!

Hatzofim – Israel’s biggest youth movement – has committed to sending out tens of thousands of its scouts to organise Shabbat meals and activities in neighbourhoods across the country.

London’s Pinner Shul will be distributing a keeping it together “Pinner Care Package”, consisting of food, candles and grape juice, to elderly and ill community members.


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Dear Friends,

I’m writing with an update. Its really quite exciting that we have interest from folks from all over the country and, as of now, I am pretty sure we will be a “go” with the trip. If you haven’t made your reservation commitment I urge you to do so soon, if possible by the end of October so that we have a better count of who is definitely coming with us.

Some of you have had questions regarding the trip and arrangements, some of which I will try to answer here.

1) If you are traveling alone and want to be paired with someone in a room, although the tour company doesn’t arrange this, I will be glad to share email addresses of those who give me permission so that some of you can find each other and decide if you want to be roommates. I know some people prefer to pay the supplement and have their own rooms.

2) You WILL be met at the airport in Israel and transported to the hotel in Tel Aviv. If you make your flight reservations through ARZAWorld they will have your information. If you do your own flight arrangements, please let them or me know your flights and times.

3) The starting date is March 6. This is the day you leave the U.S. March 7 is the actual starting date of the tour in Israel. Some of you might be traveling earlier to stop in Europe or just get to Israel earlier. Please remember that the group begins its tour on the 7th in Tel Aviv, and let us know if you will not be coming directly from the U.S.

4) As someone who is also a member of the Senior citizen category and has traveled quite a bit, I strongly urge you to take out travel insurance, including insurance that covers your airfare. ARZAWorld works with Traveland, a travel and insurance group, and will recommend them to you for your insurance. If you want to comparison shop, Travelguard and Allianz are two other reputable companies you can find on the web.

Please feel free to contact me, by email with any further questions. If you have any friends who are interested, I’ll be glad to talk to them as well. I look forward to hearing from you and to traveling with you to Israel this coming March.


Rabbi Margie Meyer
Cincinnati, OH

Rabbi Margaret J. Meyer has been a resident of Cincinnati for more than
40 years. As an English teacher and university lecturer she taught in
area high schools and then at the University of Cincinnati, from which
she has a M. A. in English Literature. Ordained a rabbi from the Hebrew
Union College in Cincinnati in 1986, Rabbi Meyer has served
congregations in Middletown, OH and small towns in the mid-west and
south on a part-time basis. She has also been on the staff of the Hebrew
Union College, as Director of Alumni Relations, 1998-2000, and
instructor and mentor to 2’ career students.

Rabbi Meyer has been active in community service for many years,
beginning with being board member and secretary for the North
Avondale Neighborhood Association in the late 60’s and early 70’s. She
has been a Board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council,
and currently represents it on the MARCC Board, where she is a vice president.

She served on the Cincinnati Commission on Human
Relations, 1996-98, is a past president of the Cincinnati Board of Rabbis,
and is a member of the Cincinnati Interfaith Committee for Worker
Justice. She currently serves on the the Human Services Advisory
Committee of Cincinnati. A graduate of Miami University, Rabbi Meyer is
a member of the Board of the Miami University Hillel Jewish Student