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EDITOR’S NOTE: Here are more Hanukkah celebrations around Montana that may interest you.

  • Sunday, 12/18/2022, 24 Kislev, 5783, 4-6pm: Hanukkah party in Helena at the newly purchased synagogue!
    Address: 515 Ewing Street
    Bring your menorah and candles. There will be latkes and treats and crafts for kids of all ages.
  • Monday, 12/19/2022, 25 Kislev, 5783, noon to 1pm: MAJCO (Montana Association of Jewish Communities) annual Hanukkah celebration and Hanukkiyah lighting in the Capitol Rotunda, Helena, MT.
  • Thursday, 12/22/2022, 28 Kislev, 5783, 6:00-7:00pm: Hanukkah Across Montana, with MAOR, Montana Association of Rabbis. Let’s light the fifth candle together, sing Hanukkah songs, and hear a Hanukkah story for the kids! The Montana Association of Rabbis (MAOR)—Rabbis Allen Secher, Laurie Franklin, Ed Stafman, Mark Kula, Francine Roston, and Sonja Pilz—welcome our Montana friends and extended family, wherever you are, to a sweet Hanukkah celebration. Set up your menorah and light it with us! Join Zoom meeting
    Meeting ID: 880 5066 9773.


  • Sunday, December 5, 2021, 1 Tevet, 5782
    5:00 P.M.: Hanukkah Across Montana, on Zoom:
    Dial-in: 1 669 900 6833
    Meeting ID: 838 8759 1318
    Passcode: 778258

  • WHAT: Hanukkah Gathering
  • WHERE: Helena Capitol Building Rotunda
  • WHEN: Thursday, December 2, 2021, 12 noon until 1 pm, with more time afterward for socializing.
  • WHO: Governor Gianforte will be speaking and attending the event. I will invite the various community representatives to speak, as well.
  • We look forward to re-establishing our annual in-person celebration. Bert


    The shortest Seder you have ever been to, guaranteed. Enjoy!
    Next year in Jerusalem, or at least out of the pandemic!
    Six13 – The Red Sea Shanty: A Pirate Passover
    It’s Passover on the high seas, mates! We couldn’t help but dive right in to the sea shanty craze — especially once we realized how well they work as horas — and we weren’t content to stop at just “The Wellerman.” Come drop anchor and celebrate freedom with us and a hearty round of 19th century sailing songs!


    From the Bozeman Daily Chronicle


    You’re Invited to GJC’s Comedy Show this Purim

    Please join us
    Thursday, February 25, 2021
    7:00-8:00pm MST

    in the GJC Zoom Room
    as Ivy League Comedy presents

    A Purim Night of Laughs
    Live Comedy Show

    4 comedians
    1 hour
    Countless laughs!

    The Ivy League of Comedy honors audiences with original, well-written comedy that doesn’t resort to playing on stereotypes or picking on the audience. From theatres to corporate events to fund-raising shows for Jewish organizations, The Ivy League of Comedy brings you stand-up comedy’s funniest and brightest. After all, What’s More Jewish Than Comedy?sm Wouldn’t you rather be the one talking about the show instead of just hearing about it later? Don’t be disappointed that you missed out.

    Order your tickets now! Tickets are available to everyone. Feel free to invite family & friends.

    The suggested donation is $18 per household, but whether you contribute $100 or $0, we’ll send you the zoom links closer to the event.


    Meet Our Comedians…

    Stand-up comedian Shaun Eli has rightfully been called one of America’s smartest comics. He’s headlined comedy shows on five continents- in person! Whether it’s a story about dining with a vegetarian or successfully fighting a parking ticket, master storyteller Shaun Eli proves that there’s hilarity in the ordinary if you approach life with a comedic warp. Job interviews? Serving on a NYC criminal jury? How about the Ten Commandments? For just about anything he’s experienced Shaun has a hilarious story at the ready.

    Cory Kahaney has been busy. She recently appeared The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, was a hit on the 2016 season of America’s Got Talent and was featured in Catskills on Broadway. Cory has been seen on The Late Show with David Letterman and performed a record 7 times on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Cory is also a regular on The View, Fox & Friends and The Moms.
    Ms. Kahaney is no stranger to reality shows from America’s Funniest Mom to Next Food Network Star even the Apprentice! But Cory is probably best known as a grand finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.
    Cory Kahaney was named Best Comedian in NYC by Backstage and Best female comedian NYC by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets. And even though she’s had specials on Comedy Central and HBO, her parents still wish she married a doctor!

    His first time on stage Wali Collins was convinced that he had bombed, but the manager paid him and asked him to come back every week as a featured act. Wali moved to New York City to work on a show for Comedy Central called “Stand-up Stand-up”. He hosted the largest, funniest, most varied collection of stand-up comedians in the world.

    Nominated three years in a row as “College Campus Entertainer of the Year,” Wali is also sought after for corporate events. One of Wali’s greatest achievements was hosting an event for First Lady Michelle Obama. Collins’ television stand-up credits include NBC, CBS, FOX, HBO, ABC’s “The View”, Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd” and Commentary on VH1. David Letterman caught Wali’s act and recruited him to warm-up for his show. Later that season Wali performed his stand up on the “Late Show with David Letterman”. In the words of Robert Klein, “Wali Collins is versatile, smart and very, very funny.”

    Whether taking on relationships, his Italian-American family, pop culture or current events, Joe DeVito’s dead-on timing, unexpected twists and sheer flights of lunacy make him a favorite at the top clubs in New York City and across the USA. His performance at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival was rated “9.5 out of 10” by The Montreal Gazette.

    Joe’s TV credits include two performances on The Late Late Show, three appearances on Comics Unleashed, two appearances on Gotham Comedy Live AXS TV, Comedy Central, and was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. He was also a regular contributor on FOX News Channel’s Red Eye and a recurring guest on FOX Business Channel’s Kennedy, with other panel appearances including Chelsea Lately, CNN, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and truTV’s The Smoking Gun Presents…



    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


    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)

    Join Zoom Meeting

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    Passcode: 367923
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    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

    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


    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.


    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
    Meeting ID: 861 7565 9622
    Passcode: 413920

    Submitted by Brian Schnitzer