Category Archives: Planning


This is a reminder about the lay services led by Devorah Werner this Friday, February 1, the first Friday of the month, at 6:00 P.M. at the Bethel, with a milchig (dairy) potluck to follow.

Steve Boyd on guitar, Wendy Weissman on clarinet, and Laura Detrick on piano will be performing Shalom rav.

We would like to have a musical presentation at each service, so if you have any musical talent you would like to share, please let Wendy know.

Hope to see you there.

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


Here are some details about the service and Hanukkah party Friday night.

Friday, December 7th, will not only BE the 6th night of Hanukkah, but ALSO the first of our monthly services (first Friday of each month starting this month) to be led by Devorah Werner, AND our annual Hanukkah party! Join us for menorah lighting in front of the civic center at 5:30 (come early because it is also the Christmas Stroll downtown so parking may be difficult). From there, caravan over to the Bethel Lutheran Church for a Kabbalat Service followed by a Hanukkah party! Several congregants are bringing Latkes (already made) so please bring a side dish or dessert to share (or more pre-made latkes). Should be a great evening for all!

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



(Another new MOTL opportunity has just presented itself.

The Next Gen program, geared towards those living in small rural Jewish communities, is offering a MOTL trip for the 22-35 year old age group. This is a great opportunity for young adults who may have missed out on the teen program and are now wanting to explore more of their heritage. Please contact Monise Neumann: if you or someone you know might be interested in this trip of a life time. Non-Jewish spouses and/or significant others are welcome to attend as well.)

By way of introduction, my name is Monise Neumann and I serve as a National Consultant with March of the Living. A new initiative is being offered by the International March of the Living specifically geared to the NextGen living in smaller Jewish communities across the country.

This new initiative is geared towards first-time NextGen participants (ages 22-35) from small Jewish communities across the country who would like to explore their Jewish heritage. We are hoping that they can travel to Poland and Israel to join thousands of people from all across the world on the 2019 March of the Living. The cost (all-inclusive) from New York is $2500 per person for a ten-day journey.

I hope that we can be in contact to help spread the word to make this a reality for deserving participants. My sincere appreciation in advance for your help.

Warmest regards,

The International March of the Living is excited to announce a new initiative to bring young leadership from smaller Jewish communities across the United States on this life-changing journey. This world-wide program takes participants to Poland and Israel to commemorate two very important dates in the Jewish calendar to “remember the past, in the present, to ensure the future.” This highly-subsidized new initiative allows participants to spend Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) in Poland and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) in Israel alongside thousands of participants from countries all around the world. They will study the history of the Holocaust, examine the roots of prejudice, intolerance and hatred and learn about Jewish heritage and the history of the State of Israel. This unforgettable experience priced at the highly subsidized cost of $2500 for a 10 day all-inclusive experience is open to first time participants ages 22-35. More details and registration information can be found at

Monise Neumann
International March of the Living
National Consultant


Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Sunday, 12/02/2018–Sunday, 12/10/2018, 24 Kislev, 5779–2 Tevet, 5779: Chanukah
  • Sunday, 12/02/2018, 24 Kislev, 5779, Erev Chanukah, First Candle.
  • Monday, 12/03/2018, 25 Kislev, 5779: First Day of Chanukah, Second Candle.
  • Tuesday, 12/04/2018, 26 Kislev, 5779, Second Day of Chanukah, Third Candle.
  • Wednesday, 12/05/2018, 27 Kislev, 5779, Third day of Chanukah, Fourth Candle.
  • Thursday, 12/06/2018, 28 Kislev, 5779, Fourth Day of Chanukah, Fifth Candle.
  • Friday, 12/07/2018, 29 Kislev, 5779, Fifth Day of Chanukah, Sixth Candle. Chanukah party at the Bethel. **
  • Saturday, 12/08/2018, 30 Kislev, 5779, Sixth Day of Chanukah, Seventh Candle.
  • Sunday, 12/09/2018, 1 Tevet, 5779, Seventh Day of Chanukah, Eighth Candle.
  • Monday, 12/10/2018, 2 Tevet, 5779, Eighth Day of Chanukkah.

The Aitz Chaim Community will light each night’s candle of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukkiah at 5:30 P.M. at the Civic Center. If you come at 5:30.30, you may miss it, especially if it is cold.

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


At the most recent Aitz Chaim board meeting on October 28, 2018, the suggestion was made that it might be nice to hold regular monthly lay services at The Bethel, to give us a chance to get together and celebrate Shabbat, and perhaps have a meal. Devorah Werner has offered to lead these lay services. The first one will be held on Friday, December 7, 29 Kislev, and we will have our community Chanukah celebration afterwards. So we will meet downtown to light the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukkiah at 5:30 P.M. and then meet at The Bethel by 6:00 P.m. We thank Devorah Werner for her willingness to step up and lead these services. We hope that having consistent services every month will bring us closer together as a Jewish community and help us to grow bigger, better, and stronger.

Happy Chanukah!

The torah portion for December 8 is Miketz Bereshit (Genesis) 41:1–44:17, Pinchas : Bemidbar (Numbers) 28:9-15 Naso-Bemidbar 7:42-47
Haftarah — Zechariah 2:14-3:1-10–4:1-7
Shabat rosh Chodesh Shabbat Chanukah

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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”

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!