Category Archives: 2020

YAHRZEITS — JULY, 2020

RAM’S HORN POLICY FOR LISTING YAHRZEIT MEMORIALS:
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 list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to editor@aitzchaim.com
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and may we be a comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Deceased
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Congregant
Charlotte Weiss Dec 28, 2019 30 Kislev, 5780 Mother of Laura Weiss
Irving Langsam Jul 3, 1991 21 Tammuz, 5751 Father of Helen Cherry
Alvin Magalnick Jul 3, 2010 21 Tammuz, 5770 Brother of Elliot Magalnick
Gregory Scott Merriman Jul 10, 2007 24 Tamuz, 5767 Father of Laura Boyd
Natalee Holly Kelman Jul 10, 2013 3 Av, 5773 Daughter of Evelyn Kelman
Beverly Espelin Jul 12, 2007 26 Tammuz, 5767 Mother of Dawn Schandelson
Blanche Stoll Gulko Jul 12, 2019 9 Tamuz, 5779 Mother of Rabbi Ruz Gulko
Hilda Schandelson Jul 17, 1962 15 Tammuz, 5722 Mother of Arnold Schandelson
Rachel Foxman July 18, 2014 20 Tamuz, 5774 Sister of Marty Foxman
Miriam Fischer Jul 20, 1953 8 Av, 5713 Mother of Robert Fischer
Maurice Jacoby Jul 27, 1976 29 Tammuz, 5736
Heidi Jan Berger Jul 29, 2019 26 Tamuz, 5779 Ex-wife of Tom Berger, Wife of William Franklin Raley; Mother of Polly Lorien and Jake Berger

ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC GLOBAL GALA 2020

MONTANA ZOOM MEETING WITH ISRAELI CONSUL GENERAL

Israel Consul General Shlomi Kaufman will give a 20 minute briefing for the Montana Jewish Community on Israel’s new government and annexation plan, followed by a Q&A session. Join us on Tuesday, June 30th at 1:00pm on Zoom. Click here to register (at no cost) and receive the link.

yahrzeits, tamuz 5780

RAM’S HORN POLICY FOR LISTING YAHRZEIT MEMORIALS:!
Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Hebrew 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 list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to editor@aitzchaim.com
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and may we be a comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Deceased
Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Congregant
Charlotte Weiss 30 Kislev, 5780 Mother of Laura Weiss
Lillian Nagel 2 Tammuz, 5759 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
Morris Goldberg 5 Tammuz, 5715 Grandfather of Jerry Weissman and Robert Fineman
Blanche Stoll Gulko 9 Tamuz, 5779 Mother of Rabbi Ruz Gulko
Hilda Schandelson 15 Tammuz, 5722 Mother of Arnold Schandelson
Rachel Foxman 20 Tamuz, 5774 Sister of Marty Foxman
Irving Langsam 21 Tammuz, 5751 Father of Helen Cherry
Alvin Magalnick 21 Tammuz, 5770 Brother of Elliot Magalnick
Gregory Scott Merriman 24 Tamuz, 5767 Father of Laura Merriman
Beverly Espelin 26 Tammuz, 5767 Mother of Dawn Schandelson
Heidi Jan Berger 26 Tamuz, 5779 Ex-wife of Tom Berger, Wife of William Franklin Raley, Mother of Polly Lorien and Jake Berger
Maurice Jacoby 29 Tammuz, 5736

FIFTY PERCENT OFF DOCUMENTARY ON THE CHANGING RELIGIOUS IDENTITIES OF U.S. MILLENNIALS

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We’re writing to share a special 50% off discount for an educational documentary we hope will be of interest to you and Great Falls Hebrew Association Aitz Chaim. Seventeen years after six diverse American teenagers shared their spiritual struggles and aspirations in a 2002 documentary, they return as adults in WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE NOW? to reveal how their beliefs have changed. Against a backdrop of growing religious polarization and disengagement, these now 33 year old subjects, including a Catholic, Pagan, Jew, Muslim, Lakota and Buddhist, offer their deeply personal faith journeys, life challenges, and evolving ideas about higher powers.

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“What Do You Believe Now? offers people the chance to hear from real people about how they make sense of life’s big questions. It brings to life a variety of positions and viewpoints, and stimulates students’ own thinking about these issues.”
– Michael E. Nielsen, Ph.D., Professor & Chair of Psychology Department, Former President of the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
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OUR PAST RABBIS: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a list, in no particular order, of some of the student rabbis, a couple of ordained rabbis, a cantorial soloist, and some lay leaders who have led services for our community, and where they are and what they are doing now.

1984-1990 (order and specific year unknown)Dan Fink
Idaho Congregation Gets Its First Full Time Rabbi, Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel, Boise, Idaho, 11/07/1994
Jewish Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel Celebrates 125 Years in Idaho This Year, 02/01/2020

1984-1990 (order and specific year unknown)Nathan Langer
New Freehold Center Jewish Rabbi Prioritizes Attracting Young Members to the Freehold Jewish Center Congregation Agudath Achim, Freehold, NJ, 11/25/2019
Rabbi Nathan Langer is also the manager of the Ruth Hyman Jewish Hospice VNA (Visiting Nurse Association) Health Group in Frehold, NJ, 2018

1984-1990 (order and specific year unknown)Johnathan Katz
King’s Inspired Maladjustment, Opinion, Rabbi Johnathan R. Katz, Guest Columnist, Ceresota Herald Tribune, 01/17/2016
After 8 years, Katz To Leave Temple, Longboat Key News, 04/13/2016
JFCS Appoints Rabbi Katz As Community Chaplain, Ceresota, FL 10/14/2017

1984-1990 (order and specific year unknown)Dan Schwartz
Rabbi Daniel Schwartz, Rabbi For the Future, Jewish News, 03/01/2018
Rabbi Daniel A. Schwartz, Temple Shir Shalom, (Song of Peace), West Bloomfield, MI, since around 2008
Rabbi Daniel Schwartz talks about Religious Virtual services, 04/03/2020
There are also many other videos on YouTube.

1984-1990 (order and specific year unknown)Ron Stern
Rabbi Ron Stern joined the clergy staff at Stephen Wise Temple, L.A. in 1998, 10/31/2019
There are also many other videos on YouTube.

1984-1990 (order and specific year unknown)Cory Weiss
Rabbi Cory Weiss is the spiritual leader of Temple Har Zion in Thornhill, Ontario. He was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1993. Currently, he chairs the Reform Rabbis of Greater Toronto and is a member of the Toronto Board of Rabbis. Rabbi Weiss plays in the Greater Toronto Interfaith Clergy Curling Club, and is a proud member of the Frozen Chosen, the world’s only Jewish clergy curling team. He is one of the world’s few remaining accordion-playing rabbis.

1990-1991 Matt Friedman
Full Biography for Rabbi Matthew L. “Matt” Friedman, 11/04/2008
20 Years Later, Sacramento Synagogue Bombing Still Hurts, 06/14/2019

1991-1993 Mark Bloom (Karen)
Rabbi Mark S. Bloom Returning to Bay Area Roots, 04/13/2001
Rabbi Mark S. Bloom, Temple Beth Abraham, Oakland, CA, since 07/2001

1993-1994 Dan Felder (Sandra) not Found

1994-1995 Joel Mosbacher (Elyssa)
Rabbi Joel Mosbacher, Senior Rabbi, Temple Shaaray Tefila, New York, since 2016

1996 Zachery Shapiro
Rabbi Zackery Shapiro, Temple Akiba, Culver City, CA, since 2006
Inducted into the Board of Governors of HUC, Jewish Institute of Religion, 11/07/2018

1996-1997 Tom Heyn (Barbara and Kal)
Biography of Rabbi Moshe Tom Heyn, now living in Half Moon Bay, CA,

1997-1998Jeffrey Wildstein (Andrea Dine)
About Jeffrey Wilestein, 2015
RABBI JEFFREY WILDSTEIN, AUTHOROF JUDAISM: AN INTRODUCTION TO JEWISH BELIEFS AND HISTORY, PART OF THE IDIOT’S GUIDE SERIES, 06/02/2015
Rabbi Jeffrey Wildstein, Temple Beth David, Westwood, MA
In Pursuit of Knowledge: Walpole Rabbi Studying Long-ago Proposal for Jewish African Homeland, 01/12/2015

1998-1999Wendy Geffen
RABBI WENDI GEFFEN, A NORTH SHORE CONGREGATION Rabbi SINCE 2002, AUTHOR OF ARTICLES FOR THE HUFFINGTON POST
RABBI WENDI GEFFEN, NORTH SHORE CONGREGATION ISRAEL, GLENCO, IL, A SUBURB OF CHICAGO, 2015
Rabbi Wendy Geffen, new rabbi at the helm of North Shore Congregation Israel, 08/04/2015
Rabbi Wendy Geffen in conversation with Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen, 06/05/2020
Rabbi Wendy Geffen, how to shake a Lulav, 08/08/2014

1999-2000 Neal Katz
Senior RABBI NEAL KATZ, Congregation Beth El, Tyler, TX, since 2003
Chanukah song from Rabbi Neal Katz’s Chanukah CD “Be A Light” 2009
Official music video for Rabbi Neal Katz “Be A Light”
The web site for his music can be found at KatzMusic.com

2000-2001 Lorne Blumber Not Found

2001-2003 Rabbi Laura Rappaport
RABBI LAURA RAPPAPORT, TEMPLE B’NAI SHALOM, FAIRFAX STATION, VA

2003-2005 Jonathan Jaffe
RABBI JONATHAN JAFFE, 2014
Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe, Chappaqua’s Temple Beth El, Northern Westchester, N.Y., June, 2014

2005-2006 Amy Morrison
Rabbi Amy Morrison is Diversifying Miami’s Temple Israel, Miami Herald, 09/26/2019

2006-2008 Jake Singer-Beilin
RABBI JAKE SINGER-BEILIN, 2011
RABBI JAKE SINGER-BEILIN, 07/01/2019

2008-2010 Brian Immerman
RABBI BRIAN IMMERMAN
MISHKAN-ISRAEL CELEBRATES THE INSTALLATION OF RABBI BRIAN IMMERMAN, 11/2018

2010-2011 Cantorial Soloist Elliott Magalnick
On May 16, 2016, Elliott went into the hospital because he had been experiencing eye problems, and what his doctor thought was a blood clot was actually a carotid cavernous fistula – basically an abnormal arterial growth. During surgery, there were complications, which resulted in a series of problems he is experiencing now, including a lack of ability to speak and the need for intubation. Later it was determined that he had had a significant stroke, and he cannot do much with his right side. He eventually began physical therapy. He moved into an assisted living facility in June, 2017. His son Joel posts to a journal on the Caring Bridge web site, http://www.caringbridge.org, from which the following posts are taken.

Journal entry by Joel Magalnick — Sep 25, 2016
I’ve spent the weekend with my dad and it’s been really nice to see the progress he’s made since I came to visit six weeks ago. First is the voice. He’s pretty much able to talk with his (mostly) full voice all of the time. He doesn’t have a singing voice yet, but hopefully that’s on its way back. All in good time, we hope.

He is still not able to use his right side, and we’re hoping that comes back at some point in the near future, but we’re not there yet. Still, the nurses have said that he should get an odometer with all the miles he’s putting on propelling himself in his wheelchair. So he’s certainly mobile.

I got him out of the building quite a bit this weekend, which he appreciated, and he even got his first trip out of the building, with me getting to push him on a walk around the block. Hopefully he can get a few more of those before the weather starts getting cold.

Yesterday a lot of his friends came over from Rodef Shalom to do a musical service. Enjoy the video! Thanks, Joel
ELLIOTT’S MUSICAL SHABBAT SERVICE

Journal entry by Joel Magalnick — Nov 22, 2018, last entry
If you happen to be in Denver, please stop by and give my dad a visit. He will be spending the holiday at his assisted living facility so I know he would love to see that people are thinking about him. If you haven’t been in a while, he’s at Brookdale Lowry, 150 Quebec St, apartment 269.
His phone number has changed—it’s now 720-472-8400. Feel free to call or text, and we will see if he checks his messages or responds. That may be something he has to relearn. Thanks. Joel Magalnick

2012 Rebecca Reice, Not Found

2012 Miriam Farber
2014 Miriam Farber Wajnberg
RABBI MIRIAM FARBER WAJNBERG, Director of Adult Jewish Learning and Interfaith Engagement, Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, New York, N.Y.
RABBI MIRIAM FARBER WAJNBERG, 02/10/2017
URJ Blog: Women of Reform Judaism, shabbat, Rabbi Miriam Farber Wajnberg, 05/04/2020
Many of her sermons are on YouTube.

2013-2014 Bess Wohlner
Associate Rabbi Bess Wohlner, Temple Israel, Memphis, TN, July, 2015
Many of her Shabbat services are on YouTube.

2014 (High Holy days) Rabbi Ruz Gulko
2014-present Rabbi Ruz Gulko
Rabbi Ruz Gulko
Rabbi Ruz Gulko

2016-2017 (High Holy Days) Aitz Chaim Congregants Wendy Weissman and Devorah Werner
Wendy J. Weissman, CPA

2018-present Congregant Devorah Werner (monthly kabbalat shabbat services)
Devorah Werner
Devorah R. Werner, Physician’s Assistant, Great falls, MT

I AM A WHITE WOMAN OF PRIVILEGE RAISING A BLACK SON, BY HAVIE BRUK, 06/03/2020

Read her blog here
“Love is what you make of it. Hate is what it makes of you.”–Author Unknown

HADASSAH MONTANA SHABBAT JUNE 12 VIA ZOOM 6-7 PM

Dear Hadassah Montana,

Greetings all! See below for (1) Link for our ZOOM Shabbat, (2) news on some of our members, and (3) Save the date.

ZOOM SHABBAT
Join us for our virtual Hadassah shabbat, with Rabbi Mark Kula and Cantor Amber Ikeman, Zooming live from Congregation Beth Shalom in Bozeman, Friday June 12, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.. Zoom link (in blue) and info below!

• We are the guests of honor at the service, Friday June 12, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
• Everyone is welcome!
• Thank you to our volunteer readers who signed up in advance, listed here in alphabetical order by last name:
o Phyllis Lefohn – Clancy
o Sara (Sikorski) McConnell – Helena
o Shari Roubinek – Kalispell
o Lee Schreiber – Las Vegas, NV (Our Chapter Advisor aka “AVP” – Area Vice President)
o Amy Solomon – Billings
o Janet Tatz – Helena

The prayer book will be visible on screen. Click here to join:
Zoom link
for June 12 Shabbat 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Dial in by phone:
1 669 900 6833 US
Meeting ID: 876 1653 7867
Password: 016243

NEWS ON SOME MEMBERS
• Donna Johnson in Philipsburg, who does not have access to email, has experienced a miracle of healing and is improving. She is so pleased and wanted to convey to all how much the cards, calls and good wishes/prayers have meant to her. “Keep them coming” is her wish. She loves the contact, connection and concern. Donna Johnson, PO Box 795, Philipsburg, MT, 59858.

• Michelle Vered in Bozeman, our email administrator (Nancy is sending this particular message so I can write about Michelle) is doing better after COVID and also appreciated all the cards and letters she received.

• Sara (Sikorski) McConnell, Helena, our treasurer, got married and is expecting her first baby with a due date of January! B’sha-ah Tovah (“at a good hour” as they say in Israel – they wait on the “Mazal Tov” until the baby is born) and Mazal Tov on your recent marriage!

• Roberta Perlman, Columbus had rotator cuff surgery in January and is improving and doing PT like a good patient!

• Elaine Remez, Somers (in the Flathead), corresponding secretary, had surgery last month and we send her a big mishebeirach.

• Mona Jamison, Helena, is in our hearts after the recent passing last month of her beloved husband Van.

Cards from our chapter have been sent for all of the above (thank you Wendy Weissman, Great Falls, recording secretary filling in for corresponding while Elaine is out with surgery). Let me know if I’ve missed anyone. Thank you to all who have made donations this year or have stepped up or are considering stepping up to be an annual donor. Blessings to all of you. If you have any news you would like the chapter to share, please send it tomontana.hadassah@gmail.com

SAVE THE DATE
October 23-25, 2020 is still our Montana Hadassah annual meeting in Helena at the Doubletree Hotel if we are able to meet in person, and by Zoom if not. More details will be trickling out to you in the next months, but I can tell you we have entertainment already. We will be zooming in a comedian (American who made aliya) from Israel! It’s going to be fun and we are going to raise some significant funds and awareness, whether we meet in person or by Zoom!

Nancy Oyer, President
Hadassah Montana
406.490.8989
Hadassah email (goes to our email administrator): montana.hadassah@gmail.com
Nancy Oyer personal email: neogeo@montana.com

ADASSAH NEWS by Montana Hadassah
327 W Galena St.
Butte, Montana 59701 USA

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR WOMEN IN THE PRESENT: A LOOK BACK TO WOMEN OF THE PAST

Feminism, Female Protagonists, and Finding Ourselves in Biblical Narratives — reformjudaism.org

BELLE FLIGELMAN WINESTINE

EDITOR’S NOTE: This year is the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment, which guarantees all american women the right to vote. Beginning in the 1800s, women wrote letters, organized, petitioned, picketed, marched, lobbied, and practiced civil disobedience to win the right to vote, which many regarded as a radical change in the U.S. Constitution. Few of them lived to see the final victory, but the 19th Amendment was passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920.
Celebrating 100 years of Montana Women’s Suffrage
Belle Winestine | Jewish Women’s Archive
The Lifelong Quest of Frieda Fligelman and Belle Fligelman
Belle Fligelman Winestein — Women’s History Matters