Category Archives: Planning

THE SHABBos PROJECT 2018

Join us in 2018 with more than 1 million Jews around the world celebrating one single Shabbat …

Together we will keep the Shabbat of 26/27 October 2018 from sunset to stars out.

https://www.theshabbosproject.org/

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ROSH HASHANAH SCHEDULE 2018, 5779

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Sunday evening, 09/09/2018, 7:00 P.M.: Arev Rosh Hashanah Services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at The Bethel. Oneg to follow
  • Monday morning, 09/10/2018, 10:00 A.M.: Rosh Hashanah Morning Services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at The Bethel
  • Monday afternoon, 09/10/2018, 12:30 P.M.-ish: Tashlich at Giant Springs Heritage State Park
  • Monday afternoon, 09/10/2018, 1:30 P.M.-ish: Congregation no-host lunch to follow Tashlich, at Maple Gardens, 5401 Ninth Avenue South

The address for the Bethel is 1009 18th Avenue Southwest. click here for map and directions.

The address for Giant Springs Heritage State Park is 4803 Giant Springs Road. Click here for driving directions.

YOM KIPPUR SCHEDULE 2018 5779

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Tuesday evening, 09/18/2018, 7:00 P.M.: Kol Nidre, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at The Bethel.

Yom Kippur day schedule:

  • Wednesday, 09/19/2018, 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.: Yom Kippur Morning services led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko at the Bethel.
  • Wednesday afternoon, 09/19/2018, 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.: Break.
  • Wednesday afternoon, 09/19/2018, 4:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.: Discussion.
  • Wednesday afternoon, 09/19/2018, 5:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.: Yizkor.
  • Wednesday afternoon, 09/19/2018, 5:30 P.M. to 6:15 P.M.: N’Eilah.
  • Wednesday evening, 09/19/2018, 6:30 P.M.: Break the Fast Potluck, traditionally dairy (milchig.)

The address for the Bethel is 1009 18th Avenue Southwest. click here for map and directions.

CONGREGATION B’NAI ISRAEL HIGH HOLIDAYS INVITATION

For the High Holidays this year, Congregation B’nai Israel is honored to be led by Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith. Rabbi Lynne headed Temple Emanu-el in Dothan Alabama from her ordination in 2007 until her retirement in 2017. Temple Emanu-el was one of four Congregations featured along with B’nai Israel in the documentary, There Are Jews Here. Rabbi Lynne is married and has two adult children. Her husband, Rob, will be accompanying her to Butte. We know her experience and knowledge will bring us new perspectives and be a great benefit to us.

Below is our High Holidays Schedule. Please forward this email to anyone you think would be interested or would like to attend.

Sun Sept. 9, 2018 Erev Rosh Hashana 7:30 PM
Mon Sept. 10, 2018 Rosh Hashana Day 10:00 AM

Tue Sept. 18, 2018 Kol Nidre 7:30 PM
Wed Sept. 19, 2018 Yom Kippur10:00 AM
Wed Sept. 19, 2018 Yizkor 1:00 PM
Wed Sept. 19, 2018 N’Elah 4:00 PM

No Host Breakfast following N’Elah will be at Lydia’s Supper Club. Please call Mike Rudolph (406)782-2100 for reservations.

GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR SEDER PLATE!

CREATING YOUR OWN HAGGADAH
There are many free online sources. This is just one.

http://www.haggadot.com/

Need some Seder plate inspirations?
Try one (or all) of these.
MODERN ADDITIONS

A SECOND SEDER PLATE

A Second Seder Plate
Why have just one? This year, Jewish World Watch asks us to consider the plight of over 65 million displaced persons around the world with their #SecondSederPlate activity guide.

A Chili Pepper
This fantastic Jewish Mexican Haggadah encourages us to add the pepper to “honor the abuelas, the bisabuelas, the chignonas, the curandras, and the other femme Moshes, Miriams, Tziporahs and Aarons in our lives who taught us who we are…”

A Pine Cone
Temple Israel of Boston invites us to remember the mass incarceration crisis in America.

An Artichoke
Interfaith Family notes, “Jewish people have been thorny about this question of interfaith marriage” and has chosen an artichoke to spark conversation towards inclusiveness at our seder tables.

An Olive
Olive branches are traditionally known as a symbol of peace, so this author reminds us “we are not free until there is peace in our homes, our community and in our world”

Coconut & Fruit Salad
JQ International has a full LGBTQ Haggadah with a seder plate that includes a coconut for those “still in the closet and their struggle in coming out” and fruit salad for “our collective potential and recognition”

Pineapple
This author asks us to be mindful of depression and anxiety that reside within us, adding “May the source of all deliver all who suffer from their own personal Mitzrayim (narrow places)”

An Oyster
Kosher? No! But it is a great conversation starter about our reliance on oil and the effects of drilling.

Bitter Chocolate
Some host Chocolate seders to entertain the kids, while others eat fair-trade chocolate to honor workers’ struggles.

In their “Revenge of Dinah” haggadah, a group of activist teens have created a Bitter Chocolate Ritual for us to consider the pervasiveness of rape culture in our Jewish communities.

And for something completely different, try The Science Seder Plate. It’s a great coloring activity with science facts about the traditional seder symbols. We LOVE it!
https://www.haggadot.com/clip/science-seder-plate

PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS FOR THE ANNUAL COMMUNITY PESACH SEDER — APRIL 7, 2018, 23 Nisan, 5778

The annual Aitz Chaim community Seder will be held Saturday evening, April 7, at The O’Haire Motor Inn, 17 7th Street South at 5:30pm. That is in just a few short weeks!

Please get your reservations in ASAP! We need to get the count to the caterer by April 4.

Please send your RSVP to Laura Weiss at weissbill@bresnan.net.
Send your payment to:
Congregation Aitz Chaim
C/O Wendy Weissman, CPA
525 Central Avenue, Suite L8
Great Falls, MT 59401-3271

The meal will include all the traditional fixings and a multi course dinner including matzo ball soup, salad, brisket, chicken, potato, vegetable, and dessert. The cost will be $30 per adult member, and $40 per adult non-member. Children under 13 are half price. A vegetarian main course can be made available upon advance request. The Seder will be led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko.

Payment is expected in advance unless other arrangements have been made. Please be aware you will be responsible for the cost if you do not attend and have not canceled prior to April 4.

Questions? Call Laura at 406-799-9578.

Looking forward to seeing you there

Submitted by GFHA Congregation President Laura Weiss

PESACH IS COMING SOON … PLEASE SAVE THE DATE

The annual Aitz Chaim community Seder will be held Saturday evening, April 7, at The O’Haire Motor Inn, 17 7th Street South at 5:30pm. The Seder will be led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko.

Details about the menu, cost and the date by which to RSVP will be posted shortly.
Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Submitted by GFHA Congregation President Laura Weiss

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED — PLAN B

Regarding the planned get-together for January 5, 2018, at the Cattlemen’s Cut

If you have paid any attention to the news lately, you know that winter is here with a vengeance. the weather in Great Falls is balmy compared to what it was on January 1, but the East Coast is currently experiencing a blizzard that is closing airports and wreaking havoc with many peoples’ travel plans. It is expected to get worse before it gets better. The Deep South is experiencing snow the like of which it has not seen for decades. There are many people coming from elsewhere that are not able to get to Great Falls because of the weather. So the planned get-together at the Cattlemen’s Cut has been postponed until January 19.

If you have any questions, please call Franz or Meriam at 406-217:6034 or 406-559:0015.

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS: CHANUKAH AT THE CAPITOL

We have firmed up plans for our annual Chanukah candle lighting for Monday, December 18th, 30 Kislev, beginning at noon in the Capitol rotunda in Helena. Governor Steve Bullock is scheduled to join us.

I will schedule a room for a meeting of the MAJCo representatives. More information will follow soon about agenda.
Bert Chessin
406.531.5193
Missoula, Montana

YOM KIPPUR LAST-MINUTE CHANGE

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rabbi Ruz will not be with us this year for Yom Kippur services. Wendy and Devorah will lead the services, and we will live stream Kol Nidre services with Rabbi Ed Staffman from Bozeman again like we did last year, hopefully with better results this time. If someone can coordinate with Aaron Weissman to lead a mid-afternoon discussion, that would be great. Otherwise, the schedule will be the same. Thank you for your understanding. Please make it a point to attend services at the Bethel if at all possible. We all wish Rabbi Ruz a speedy recovery, and a happy and healthy New Year.