Category Archives: News of our Congregants

ARLEEN HEINTZELMAN OBITUARY

Our deepest condolences to the family of Arleen Heintzelman. May her memory be for a blessing from generation to generation. From Schnider Funeral Home

CAROL LEE SILVERSMITH OBITUARY

Carol Lee Silversmith Obituary

SORRY FOR THE LATE NOTICE

Our sincere condolences to Arleen Heintzelman and family.
From the Great Falls Tribune, May 5, 2020

OUR RESOURCES FOR A SAFE AND MEANINGFUL SEDER – HAGADDOT.COM

Dear Great Falls Hebrew Association Aitz Chaim,

As we adapt to new daily routines, it may not seem like the season of freedom is upon us. We know that our seders will look different this year, but one thing is certain: Passover is far from cancelled. We’re here to help you make this holiday one of the most meaningful to date.

So how’s this going to work? Do you host a cozy seder at home? (No guests means less stress!) Or do you host a virtual seder for loved ones from across the country? Join us on Zoom as we discuss these questions and The Art of Virtual Gathering this Friday, March 20 at 12pm EST. Expect tips for feeling connected and inspired at your seder, whatever form it takes.

Ready to be a guest instead of a host? Join Haggadot.com’s first-ever virtual seder on Sunday, April 12 at 2pm EDT / 11am PDT. Why Sunday? So Eileen can join us all the way from London, while our super-special co-host, Esther Kustanowitz can join us from Los Angeles. Plus, some of you prefer to unplug on the first two nights, and we want to include you too. We’d love for you to invite friends and family of all faiths to join us. We welcome everyone. (If you’d like to help us plan our virtual seder, you can join our Seder Planners Facebook group.)

Finally, we can address your ongoing questions in our virtual “office hours” on Friday, March 27 and Friday, April 3 at noon EDT. We’ll help you work on your haggadah and imagine new rituals for celebrating in these uncertain times. Check our Facebook page for ongoing updates.

Remember to check out our 2020 Favorites Haggadah, an ongoing collection of the most up-to-date content for this Passover season that feels… well, oh so different from every other Passover season. Now is a great time to contribute your clips for us to feature in this compilation.

Questions? Email us. We’re here for you and we’re ready to celebrate everything that makes this community special and wonderful.

Wishing you healthy and safe days ahead,
Eileen, Rebecca & Dave
The Haggadot.com Team

MAZEL TOV!

Mazel tov to Don Cherry on his birthday, and to Bruce and Joy Breslauer on their 22nd wedding anniversary.  The Nagel Family

HEIDI JANE BERGER, MARCH 21, 1951 — JULY 29, 2019 — OBITUARY

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BILL HINTON

April 10, 2019

I just got a call from Susan Hinton. Bill and Susan, members of Aitz Chaim, moved to Gulf Shores, Mississippi. Bill contracted stomach cancer and was tolerating it fairly well for almost two years. It came back in October and since January he has just been hanging on. He passed in a hospice last night. He was 87, but anyone who remembers him he acted like he was 40.

Bill and Susan are converts to Judaism and were more Jewish than many people born in our religion. Sad to lose a friend.

There is no rabbi or Jewish presence, according to Susan, in Gulf Shores. She and Bill chose to be interred at the National Cemetery in Biloxi, Mississippi. The funeral will be within 24 hours.

Susan’s cell phone number is 601-692-4960

I will find their mailing or home address.

Jerry Weissman

KEEPING THE FLAME ALIVE

Internationally acclaimed Israeli violinist and educator Lior Kaminetsky visited Great Falls with Soul Train in 2010 on a tour through rural parts of the United States. One of his passions is to create a documentary about rural Jewish congregations. Here is the trailer for the film, along with some other links that may be of interest.

GREAT FALLS MAN EARNES “NATIONAL FRANCHISEE OF THE YEAR” AWARD

GREAT FALLS – The International Franchise Association has recognized one of Great Falls very own. Aaron Weissman, owner of Teriyaki Madness, received the ‘National Franchisee of the Year’ award.
Weissman says although he was surprised by the award, he is very humble: “It’s such a testament to the wonderful people that work here in Great Falls.”
“I tried the food and I thought, ‘Oh my God, it’s so good.’ I thought we had to have one of these in Great Falls. So I worked hard for a couple of years and I made sure that we got one open,” Weissman said.
Teriyaki Madness, located on 10th Avenue South, is the only one in Montana; it opened in April 2017.
Weissman says the best thing about owning a franchise is working with his employees, and with other organizations in Great Falls.
Every Monday is ‘fundraiser night’ at Teriyaki Madness, with 20% of sales going to a selected non-profit agency in the community.
“So far we have donated thousands of dollars all over Great Falls. We have worked with over three dozen organizations.” Weissman said.
When MTN asked Weissman about the key to being an entrepreneur in Great Falls, he had this to say:
“You’ve got to be a little bit brave. You have to be willing to put yourself out there. You’ve got to be willing to accept some criticism. And you’ve got to be willing to take a risk.”
A press release says that the Teriyaki Madness corporate team nominated Weissman not only for his strong sales and profit margins, but because of the good work he does in the Great Falls community.
Reporting by Elizabeth Transue for MTN News

DAWN SCHANDELSON DIES AT AGE 70

FROM THE GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE

Dawn M. Schandelson, 70, of Great Falls, passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018 of natural causes. A Graveside Service will take place this Friday, September 7th at 1:00 PM at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Born on July 11, 1948 in Great Falls to Henry and Beverly Espelin, Dawn grew up in Columbia Falls and Great Falls. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Education with an emphasis on Special Education from the University of MT. She met and fell in love with Arnold Schandelson, an Airman whom she met at the Cart Wheel Bar and they were married in 1971.

Through the years Dawn enjoyed volunteering for the PTA in New York and Great Falls, Toys for Tots, the Aitz Chaim Hebrew Association in Great Falls, and was a Den Mother for the Boy Scouts (Cub) in Lake Grove, NY. She and Arny worked together, although she was really the “Boss”. They did medical billing for over two decades in north central Montana. When she wasn’t going to rummage sales, she loved crocheting, knitting, calligraphy, and reading a good book and she was also an avid collector. She was very proud that she had beaten the game of Tetris on Game Boy and Nintendo.

Survivors include her loving husband of 47 years, Arnold Kenneth Schandelson; sons, Scott Harris (Shannon) and Brett David (Jessie); brother, Theodore “Ted” (Roberta “Bobbie”) Espelin; sister, Nancy Espelin; four grandchildren, Alex, Aidan, Molly and Micah, with one on the way.

Dawn was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Heidi Espelin; and her beloved grand-dog, Marx.

From Aitz Chaim:
After the graveside service, lunch will be served at Teriyaki Madness, 1710 Tenth Avenue South, a restaurant that Dawn enjoyed.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Great Falls Hebrew Association.
Mailing Address:
Congregation Aitz Chaim
C/O Wendy Weissman, CPA
525 Central Avenue, Suite L8
Great Falls, MT 59401-3271