Category Archives: 2013


Friends and Family;

I would like to first apologize for sending a group email, but there is a lot to do before the Bar Mitzvah this coming Saturday! We are looking so very forward to seeing all of you. Wendy and I wanted to send out a brief note summarizing all the activities we are planning between now and Sunday. I know that all of you won’t be coming to all of the events, but we did want to get something out confirming times and logistics!

• Max’s Bar Mitzvah service will be on the morning of Saturday, December 28 at 10am in the Panorama Room upstairs at the Great Falls International Airport. Please park in the short-term parking lot, you will receive a parking validation token that will allow you to leave the lot free of charge. Lunch will follow in the same room.

• Max’s Bar Mitzvah project is a food drive for the Food Bank/East Middle School Food Pantry. If you like, please bring items of canned or boxed food to donate to the lunch.

In addition to the Bar Mitzvah itself, we are organizing and hosting several other get-togethers:

• There will be a short kabbalat shabbat service in the meeting room at the La Quinta Inn on Friday, December 27 at 4:30pm. There will be very limited seating in that room, but please feel free to come if you like.

• At 6pm on Friday, December 27 we will be hosting a dinner at Maple Garden Restaurant, 5401 9th Ave S. The dinner will be a chinese buffet, with plenty of vegetarian options.

• On the evening of December 28, there will be a dinner in honor of Max’s accomplishment at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2520 14th Street SW at 6pm.

• Sunday, December 29 will a fun day of skiing and other activities in the Little Belt Mountains! There are a number of recreational activities in the Little Belt Mountains. In addition to downhill skiing at Showdown, there are snowshoeing and cross country skiing opportunities. There is also a wonderful hot springs in the town of White Sulphur Springs.

After the Showdown lifts close at 4pm, we will be hosting a pizza party in the T-bar at Showdown. We hope you will join us then!

For those of you who want to ski, I have arranged for group rates at Showdown. You can let me know if you want to ski as late as Saturday evening, but I will need your payment by then. The options are as follows:

Group Lift Tickets
Adult All Area (13-69) $34
Jr All Area (6-12) $20
Sr All Area (70+) $25
Beginner Lift Only $20
5 & under Free
Magic Carpet Only Free

Group Rental
Skis, Boots and Poles, Full Day $18
Snowboard and Boots, Full Day $30

Group Lessons
Learn to Ski $30 or Learn to Snowboard $40
2 Hour Group Lesson $10
Daily at 10:30 or 1:30 (Skiers 7+, and Snowboarders 11+)

The “Learn to Ski or Snowboard” package includes a lesson, beginner chair lift ticket and your rentals. It is designed for first-timers.

We are so thrilled that you will be joining us to help mark and celebrate Max’s simcha!


Aaron and Wendy


The Channukah lighting will take place at the State Capitol in Helena tomorrow, December 2 at 12 noon. Candle lighting will take place in the old Supreme Court Room, #303, not in the rotunda. (There was a previously scheduled World Aids Day event that will be setting up in the rotunda.) The governor is scheduled to address us at 12:15. The room is available starting at 11 and I plan to be there at that time.

A board meeting will take place in room 152 following the ceremonies. Please let me know if you plan to be there and if not, whether you want to participate by conference call.

Thank you and see some of you tomorrow.

Bert Chessin

Kosher Turkeys at West Side Albertson’s


The Albertson’s on the West side of Great Falls has a few kosher turkeys for sale! Price is $3.99/lb and they seem to have 3-4 in stock.


Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Gregorian month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.

Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this Yahrzeit list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to

May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

Josephine Wade Young Apr 17, 2013 7 Iyyar, 5773 Mother of Ann Grobosky
Natalee Holly Kelman Jul 10, 2013 3 Av, 5773 Daughter of Evelyn Kelman
Henry Espelin Dec 01, 1984 7 Kislev, 5745 Father of Dawn Schandelson
Diane Kaplan Dec 03, 2009 16 Kislev, 5770 Mother of Kai Nealis
Carl Weissman Dec 09, 1960 20 Kislev, 5721 Grandfather of Jerrold Weissman
Irving Tatz Dec 09, 2008 12 Kislev, 5769 Beloved husband of Beverly Tatz and Father of Janet Tatz
Joseph Magalnick Dec 10, 1970 12 Kislev, 5731 Father of Elliott Magalnick
Richard Weiss Dec 12, 2000 15 Kislev, 5761 Father of Laura Weiss
Jules Cherry Dec 13, 1972 8 Tevet, 5733 Father of Don Cherry
Louis Eisenberg Dec 17, 1985 5 Tevet, 5746 Father of Sharon Eisenberg
Molly Dunaeff Dec 20, 1985 8 Tevet, 5746 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
James Levie Dec 22, 2010 15 Tevet, 5771 Uncle of Wendy Weissman
Theodore Eichner Dec 30, 1970 2 Tevet, 5731 Father of Jerry Eichner
Joe Lavin



EDITOR’S NOTE: The lighting of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukaiah will be at 5:30 every night for eight nights, starting on Wednesday, November 27, the day before Thanksgiving.

MAJCO – Chag Sameach



NOTE: Perhaps, this year, try it on latkes?

“Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish”
Dan Mitchell, NPR Online
Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, fans ask NPR’s Susan Stamberg for her mother-in-law’s recipe for cranberry relish. It’s a recipe that she has read on the air every year since 1971 -– and here, in Stamberg’s own words, is how she came by it:

“At the first Thanksgiving of my married life, in Allentown, Pa., my mother-in-law, Marjorie Stamberg, served a fabulous and fascinating cranberry relish. I asked for the recipe, which she kindly provided. I put the recipe for ‘Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish’ on the air every year a few weeks before Thanksgiving, first at WAMU-FM, the local public radio station where I did my earliest air work, and later at NPR for the immediate nation to enjoy.”

(Years after she had begun sharing it, Stamberg learned the recipe had been clipped from the New York Times by her mother-in-law’s sister-in-law Marie Salinger. When, on the air, Stamberg told Times food editor Craig Claiborne about mis-attributing his recipe to her mother-in-law, Claiborne said, “I’ve gotten more mileage out of that recipe through NPR than I have since it was first published in the Times in 1959!”)

Here, with Stamberg’s footnotes, offers two recipes –- the on-air classic, and another dish that Stamberg confesses is her “truly favorite cranberry side dish.”

Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish

2 cups whole raw cranberries, washed
1 small onion
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons horseradish from a jar (“red is a bit milder than white”)

Grind the raw berries and onion together. (“I use an old-fashioned meat grinder,” says Stamberg. “I’m sure there’s a setting on the food processor that will give you a chunky grind — not a puree.”)
Add everything else and mix.
Put in a plastic container and freeze.
Early Thanksgiving morning, move it from freezer to refrigerator compartment to thaw. (“It should still have some little icy slivers left.”)
The relish will be thick, creamy, and shocking pink. (“OK, Pepto Bismol pink. It has a tangy taste that cuts through and perks up whatever you put it on.”)
Makes 1-1/2 pints.

Garlicky Cranberry Chutney

Susan Stamberg calls this recipe “my truly favorite cranberry side dish.” It’s from Madhur Jaffrey’s cookbook East/West Menus for Family and Friends (Harper & Row, 1987).

1-inch piece fresh ginger
3 cloves finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
4 tablespoons sugar
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1-pound can cranberry sauce with berries
1/2 teaspoon salt (or less)
ground black pepper

Cut ginger into paperthin slices, stack them together and cut into really thin slivers.
Combine ginger, garlic, vinegar, sugar and cayenne in a small pot. Bring to a simmer, simmer on medium flame about 15 minutes or until there are about four tablespoons of liquid left.
Add can of cranberry sauce, salt and pepper. Mix and bring to a simmer. Lumps are ok. Simmer on a gentle heat for about 10 minutes.
Cool, store and refrigerate. (“It will keep for several days, if you don’t finish it all after first taste!”)

The confluence of Thanksgiving and Chanukkah by Rabbi Gerald L. Zelizer

Note: Gerald L. Zelizer is the rabbi of Congregation Neve Shalom in Metuchen, N.J.

American Jews shouldn’t fret too much at this year’s awkward overlap of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving. Sure, it may require some culinary dexterity at Thanksgiving dinner. But thematically, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving are an even more perfect fit than Hanukkah and Christmas.

This year’s confluence is a once-in-about-2,000-lifetimes experience. Hanukkah and Thanksgiving on the same day last happened in 1861, except that Thanksgiving wasn’t established until 1868! And the next time the first day of Hanukkah will happen on Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 28 – will be in the year 79,811. Who can plan that far in advance? So let’s enjoy this solar and lunar overlap and celebrate all that Hanukkah and Thanksgiving have in common. Religiously, there is a direct line connecting Thanksgiving, Sukkot and Hanukkah. Here’s how it works.

American Thanksgiving had a close affinity to biblical Sukkot. Both holidays included the theme of giving thanks for a bountiful harvest. It’s likely that the pilgrims who linked their migration and experience with the ancient Israelites learned to thank God for their harvest from the stories they read in what they called the “Old Testament”.

And Sukkot, in turn, was very much linked to Hanukkah. In fact, Hanukkah may have actually been Sukkot. The Second Book of Maccabees records that after the Maccabees cleansed and rededicated the Temple, “the sanctuary was purified on the twenty-fifth of Kislev (Hanukkah). The joyful celebration lasted for eight days. It was like Sukkot, for they recalled how only a short time before they had kept the festival while living like animals in the mountains, they observed the joyful celebration, which lasted for eight days. And so they carried lulavim and etrogim and they chanted hymns to God, who had so triumphantly led them to the purification of the Temple.”

So Hanukkah was probably a delayed Sukkot, with its theme of Thanksgiving spilling over from the harvest into the cleansed and rededicated Temple. The overlap of American Thanksgiving with the Sukkot/Hanukkah Thanksgiving, then, is not a calender oddity, but a calender tour de force.

We are accustomed to Hanukkah’s proximity to Christmas and to the influence of that holiday on some of the cultural celebrations of Hanukkah. In reality, Christmas and Hanukkah are thematically opposite. Hanukkah celebrates the affirmation of Torah through both a war against the Syrians and a civil war. Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus, whom Paul and the early church fathers understood as replacing the authority of the Torah. On the other hand, Thanksgiving, Sukkot and Hanukkah all share a theme of giving thanks: in the first two, for the harvest; in the last, for the rededication of the Temple.

So here’s to giving thanks for this unusual but perfect confluence. It’s not just the culinary ease of substituting latkes for sweet potatoes with the turkey. There is a core message that links them together beautifully.

Contributed by Jerry Weissman

A New Way To Look At Fulfilling the Laws of the Torah

Two Laws in the Torah were fulfilled on the same day.

For those who haven’t heard, Washington State passed two landmark laws: “Gay marriage” and the “Legalization of marijuana”.

The fact that gay marriage and marijuana were legalized on the same day makes perfect biblical sense because Leviticus 20:13 says: “If a man lies with another man they should be stoned.”

We just hadn’t interpreted it correctly!