Category Archives: 2011


Best enjoy this because it will not happen again until 79,811 CE and that is longer than Wonder Bread takes to get hard.

Celebrating: Thanksgivukkah, videos you do not want to miss!

Contributed by Jerry Weissman


You’re Doing It All Wrong — How to Make Latkes

Make latkes the right way. Leslie Jonath of Chronicle Books is an avid latke maker. Here she shows you the right way to make your favorite Hannukah food. Video by

recipe from “Spice & Spirit, The Complete Kosher Jewish Cookbook of the Lubavitch Women:
Contributed by Helen Cherry

3 eggs 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk 5 Tbl sugar
1 cup drained cottage cheese 1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup oil
1 tsp baking powder

Place eggs, milk, cottage cheese, flour, baking powder, salt, sugar & vanilla in bowl & mix til smooth.
Heat oil in frying pan (if using nonstick pan, use less oil). Drop batter by spoonfuls into hot oil.
Fry til brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels & continue til all batter is used. Keep warm until serving.
Serve with sour cream or applesauce.

From Joy Breslauer: One of my favorite places to look for recipes is


1. Christmas is one day, same day every year: December 25. Jews also love December 25th. It’s another paid day off work. We go to movies and out for Chinese food. Chanukah is 8 days. It starts the evening of the 24th of Kislev, whenever that falls. No one is ever sure. Jews never know until a non-Jewish friend asks when Chanukah starts, forcing us to consult a calendar so we don’t look like idiots. We all have the same calendar, provided free with a donation from either the World Jewish Congress, the kosher butcher, or the local Sinai Memorial Chapel (especially in Florida) or other Jewish funeral home.

2. Christmas is a major holiday. Chanukah is a minor holiday with the same theme as most Jewish holidays: They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat.

3. Christians get wonderful presents such as jewelry, perfume, stereos… Jews get practical presents such as underwear, socks, or the collected works of the Rambam, which looks impressive on the bookshelf.

4. There is only one way to spell Christmas. No one can decide how to spell Chanukah, Chanukah, Chanukka, Channukah, Hanukah, Hannukah.

5. Christmas is a time of great pressure for husbands and boyfriends. Their partners expect special gifts. Jewish men are relieved of that burden. No one expects a diamond ring on Chanukah.

6. Christmas brings enormous electric bills. Candles are used for Chanukah. Not only are we spared enormous electric bills, but we get to feel good about not contributing to the energy crisis.

7. Christian women have fun baking Christmas cookies. Jewish women burn their eyes and cut their hands grating potatoes and onions for latkas on Chanukah. Another reminder of our suffering through the ages.

8. The players in the Christmas story have easy to pronounce names such as Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. The players in the Chanukah story are Antiochus, Judah Maccabee, and Matta whatever. No one can spell it or pronounce it. On the plus side, we can tell our friends anything and they believe we are wonderfully versed in our history.

9. In recent years, Christmas has become more and more commercialized. The same holds true for Chanukah, even though it is a minor holiday. It makes sense. How could we market a major holiday such as Yom Kippur? Forget about celebrating. Think observing. Come to synagogue, starve yourself for 27 hours, become one with your dehydrated soul, beat your chest, confess your sins, a guaranteed good time for you and your family.

Better stick with Chanukah!


Isaac and Hetty were planning a holiday. As usual, they ended up arguing.
“It’s ‘Hawaii’ I’m telling you,” Hetty said.
“Oy Vay, I never knew someone so stubborn. ‘Havaii’ is how it’s pronounced,” Isaac said.
And so it went on all the way till they got there.
As soon as they got off the plane, Isaac asked a porter, “Now that we’re on the island, you can settle an argument between my wife and me. Is this ‘Hawaii’ or ‘Havaii?'”
“This is Havaii,” replied the porter.
“Ha!” Isaac said, turning to Hetty, “See, didn’t I tell you never to argue with me? I’m always right.”
Just before they began to walk away, Isaac gave the porter a hearty “Thank you.”
The porter replied, “You’re Velcome.”


From Nadyne:  Jerry & I made a recipe very similar to this one (minus the prunes) this weekend.  It was delicious.

From Joy: Here’s where I find some of my best recipes.


Torah inside of the former Glockengasse synago...

  • Friday evening, November 4: Shabbat Lech Lecha services at 7:30 P.M., led by student rabbi Rebecca Reice, at the Bethel, 1009 18th Ave SW. Oneg to follow.
  • Saturday morning, 10:00 A.M.: Torah study with Student Rabbi Rebecca Reice at The Bethel.
  • Saturday evening, 5:30 P.M.: Milchig (dairy) Potluck and Adult discussion with Student Rabbi Rebecca Reice at The Bethel. Please bring a dish to share.


Three positions on the Aitz Chaim Board (GFHA) were up for election this year.  The Board members whose two-year terms had expired were Helen Cherry, Steve Boyd and Laura Weiss.  All three chose to stand for re-election.  Sarah Weissman was a write in candidate.
Voting between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur was by secret ballot. Nadyne Weissman tabulated the votes.
I am pleased to report that Helen Cherry, Steve Boyd and Laura Weiss were each re-elected to a two year term.  President and Vice President will be voted on by the Board.


EDITOR’S NOTE:  This is an e-mail exchange between Aaron Weissman and Garry Kohn (rhymes with John), the President of Leftbridge Hebrew Congregations who, together with his wife Linda, joined us for Rosh Hashanah services this year.

On Sep 24, 2011, J. Garry Kohn wrote:


 This year again here in Lethbridge, I will not be able to gather enough people to have a Minyan for Rosh Hashanah. Our family count is now down to less than 15. Some are away with their families in the eastern U.S., and being a weekday, I could not confirm enough to attend.

My wife Linda and I would like to know if we would be able to join your congregation for Rosh Hashanah. I would rather drive to Great Falls than Calgary. Will you be holding services on two days or just the first day?

L’shanah Tovah

Garry Kohn

President, Lethbridge Hebrew congregations


From: Aaron Weissman
Sent: Sunday, September 25, 2011


I am very sorry to hear of the decline in population at your shul.  We are facing the same issues.

Of course you would be very welcome at Aitz Chaim for the High Holy Days.

Our services will be for the first day only.  We will hold erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah and Tashlich services.

We will also hold Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur services.  A full schedule is online at our website,
L’Shana Tova,

From: Garry Kohn

Sent:  Monday, October 3, 2011

Aaron and members of the Great Falls Hebrew Association,

Linda and I would like to express our most sincere gratitude to all of you for welcoming us to your congregation to celebrate Rosh Hashanah.   The warmth and friendliness was more than we expected, and hope that we may in the future, even though it may be unlikely, be able to reciprocate.  We look forward to being able to join you again, perhaps on a weekend when we are down there , and to get to know each of you better.  The time was  too short to chat with all of you, but most gratifying.

May you all enjoy a good healthy and prosperous New Year, and a good fast on Yom Kippur.

L’Shanah Tovah to all….

Garry and Linda Kohn


As we know, Yom Kippur starts this year on Friday night, October 7, 2011.

The following story illustrates why we remember the reason we observe this solemn time.


The story is told of a house painter who deeply regretted stealing from his clients by diluting the paint, but charging full price.  He poured out his heart on Yom Kippur hoping for Divine direction, after which he heard a voice from Heaven saying:

“Repaint, repaint … and thin no more!”


Sheet music:  Kol Nidre

Image by Center for Jewish History, NYC via Flickr

All services are led by Cantor Elliott Magalnick

Friday October 7

  • Kol Nidre services are 7:00 P.M. at the Bethel, 1009 18th Ave SW, Great Falls

Saturday October 8

  • Yom Kippur services begin on Saturday morning, October 8 at 10:00 A.M. at the Bethel, 1009 18th Ave SW, Great Falls.
    • 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Morning Services
    • 12:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M.: 2-hour break
    • 2:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. Adult Discussion, STORAHtelling on Jonah by Cantor Elliot Magalnick
    • 4:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.: 1-hour break
    • 5:00 P.M.-5:45 P.M. Yizkor
    • 5:45 P.M.-6:15 P.M. Minhah
    • 6:15 P.M.-7:00 P.M. Neilah
    • Following evening services: Break The Fast milchig (dairy) pot luck.