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We’re writing to share a new award-winning documentary that we hope you’ll screen with Great Falls Hebrew Association Aitz Chaim.

WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY tells the incredible story of a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders in the Warsaw Ghetto who set out to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda with pen and paper. The film mixes the writings of the Oyneg Shabes archive – the caches of writing and artifacts buried by these men and women – with new interviews, rarely seen footage and stunning dramatizations to transport viewers inside the Ghetto and into the lives of these courageous resistance fighters. Read the full synopsis here and request a preview link on our website.

“Using newsreels, voice-overs and re-enactments, Roberta Grossman, the documentary’s director, paints a comprehensive portrait of the times and of the risks taken by Ringelblum and his group.”
– The New York Times – Critic’s Pick
DVD for unlimited internal use – $129
Community-Wide Screening + DVD for unlimited internal use – $249
Fundraiser Community Screening + DVD for unlimited internal use – $349
Screening + Q&A with filmmaker available upon request – Contact Us

See purchase options for shorter version of the film here.

GOOD DOCS sets prices that are standard among educational distributors to help independent documentary filmmakers cover the costs of making films. Prices reflect unlimited classroom/library use of a DVD or streaming license. We recommend sharing this email with your library or department. If there are budget limitations,
please contact us.


There will be a Menorah lighting at the State Capitol Rotunda in Helena on Monday, 12/23/2019, 26 Kislev, 5780, at 12:00 P.M., followed by a MAJCo meeting at 1:00 P.M. All statewide members are welcome to attend.

Also on Monday, 12/23/2019, 26 Kislev, 5780, at 4:30 P.M., Rabbi Mark Kula of Beth shalom, Bozeman, will light the Chanukiyah at Fort Harrison. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Sunday, 12/22/2019�Monday, 12/30/2019, 25 Kislev — 2 Tevet, 5780: Chanukkah.
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, 12/24-25/2019, 26-27 Kislev, 5780: Christmas at the Mercy Home. Please see separate article in Ram’s Horn.
  • Sunday, 12/22/2019, 25 Kislev, 5780, 5:30 P.M.: Erev Chanukah. We will light the first candle of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukkiah at the Civic Center. If you come at 5:30.30, you’ll probably miss it, especially if it is cold.
  • Monday, 12/23/2019, 26 Kislev, 5780: First day of Chanukah. We will light the second candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Monday, 12/23/2019, 26 Kislev, 5780: 12:00 P.M.: Menorah lighting at the Montana State Capitol rotunda in Helena, followed by a MAJCo meeting at 1:00 P.M. All statewide members are welcome to attend. Please see separate article in Ram’s Horn.
  • Monday, 12/23/2019, 26 Kislev, 5780, 4:30 PM: Chanukiyah lighting at Fort Harrison, led by Rabbi Mark Kula of Beth Shalom, Bozeman. All are welcome to attend. Please see separate article in Ram’s Horn.
  • Tuesday, 12/24/2019, 27 Kislev, 5780: Second day of Chanukah. We will light the third candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Wednesday, 12/25/2019, 28 Kislev, 5780: Third day of Chanukah. We will light the fourth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Thursday, 12/26/2019, 29 Kislev, 5780: Fourth day of Chanukah. We will light the fifth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Friday, 12/27/2019, 30 Kislev, 5780: Fifth day of chanukah. We will light the sixth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M. From there we will gather at the Bethel for our annual community Chanukah party. Please bring a milchig (dairy) dish to share, a warm smile and a happy heart for family and friends, and a hearty appetite for latkes and Sufganiyot.
  • Friday, 12/27/2019, 30 Kislev, 5780: A short Shabbat service led by Wendy Weissman before the party at the Bethel.
  • Saturday, 12/28/2019, 1 Tevet, 5780: Sixth day of Chanukah. We will light the seventh candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Sunday, 12/29/2019, 2 Tevet, 5780: Seventh day of Chanukah. We will light the eighth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.m.
  • Monday, 12/30/2019, 3 Tevet, 5780: Eighth day of Chanukah.

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

Fiddler on the Roof
The Roxy Theater

Gather your holiday cheer and sing along to your favorite musicals on Sing-a-long Sundays all through the month of December!Norman Jewison’s adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical is set in the Ukranian ghetto village of Anatevka …




How to participate in the longest-running Jewish book club (even if you can’t read Hebrew).


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

Name of
Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Heidi Jan Berger 26 Tamuz, 5779 Ex-wife of Tom Berger, Wife of William Franklin Raley, Mother of Polly Lorien and Jake Berger
Blanche Stoll Gulko 9 Tamuz, 5779 Mother of Rabbi Ruz Gulko
Bill Hinton 4 Nisan, 5779 Husband of Susan Hinton
Roger Reichert 11 Adar I, 5779 Son of Arlyne Reichert
Dr. Daniel Foxman 4 Kislev, 5762 Father of Marty Foxman
Henry Espelin 7 Kislev, 5745 Father of Dawn Schandelson
Irving Tatz 12 Kislev, 5769 Father of Janet Tatz
Joseph Magalnick 13 Kislev, 5731 Father of Elliot Magalnick
Richard Weiss 15 Kislev, 5761 Father of Laura Weiss
Diane Kaplan 16 Kislev, 5770 Mother of Kai Nealis
Carl Weissman 20 Kislev, 5721 Grandfather of Jerry Weissman
Beverly Tatz 26 Kislev, 5776 Mother of Janet Tatz
Sarah Barrett 30 Kislev, 5728 Grandmother of Nadyne Weissman


The annual city wide Chanukah celebration has become a Missoula tradition. All are welcome to celebrate Chanukah with family, friends, and Mayor John Engen!
Sunday, December 22
At the DoubleTree Hotel
100 Madison Street
Enjoy an LED JUGGLING SHOW, as well as the traditional Latkes, Doughnuts, Dreidel games and Arts & Crafts.
Fun for kids, and fun for kids at heart.


Dear Friends,

We’ll be making our next food order soon as we’d like it to arrive in late December or so. Please see the list below and send in your order’s by Tuesday, November 26th, at noon. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Order List

Thanks much!

Rabbi Chaim Bruk
Director/Spiritual Leader

Chabad Lubavitch of Montana
8755 Huffman Lane
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: 406-585-8770


Dear Friends

It is my pleasure to share with you some reflections on this week’s Torah portion. Feel free to print it before Shabbat and share it in your shuls and at your Shabbat tables. Forward it to friends and colleagues – as the world gears up for another Shabbat of Jewish unity and celebration.
Download and print here
Stars and sand
“I will surely bless you, and I will make your descendants numerous like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore.”

In this week’s parsha, Vayeira, we read this famous blessing that G-d gives to Abraham.

There’s an obvious question here. According to current estimates, there are around 7.7 billion people in the world, of whom approximately only 14.6 million are Jews – children of Abraham. We make up roughly only 0.2% of the world’s population. How, then, do we understand this blessing of being great in number – numerous like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore – when clearly, we are not, and never have been? And even G-d Himself, later in the Torah, tells us that He did not choose the Jewish people “because you are the most numerous of the nations… since you are [indeed] the fewest”.

Rav Yaakov Zvi Mecklenberg, a 19th-century German commentator, finds a clue in an unusual rendering of a very similar blessing found in last week’s Torah portion, Lech Lecha. The verse says: “I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, then your offspring too can be counted.”

He explains that the Hebrew word used here for “to count” – limnot, actually means “to ascribe importance to”. G-d blesses Abraham’s descendants not that they will be as numerous as the dust of the earth, but rather that they will be important to the world in the same way that the earth is important. He blesses them that their contribution to the world should be significant and tangible.

Rav Naphtali Tzvi Berlin, dean of the great Yeshiva of Volozhin, takes a similar approach. He explains that, like the stars, Abraham’s descendants will have a special power to illuminate the world, their contribution radiating across history and pointing the way forward for human progress.

The Kli Yakar takes a different approach. He says the blessing that we will be like “the sand of the seashore” is a reference not to the future impact of the Jewish people, but to our endurance as a nation.

The sand on the seashore is constantly subjected to the waves that come crashing down on it, threatening to wash it away – and yet, while its grains shift, the seashore remains, unmoved, unmovable. The analogy is clear. Throughout history, the Jewish people have faced enemy after enemy – Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Crusades, Cossacks, Communists, Nazis – yet we remain steadfastly in place, holding the line, not washed away.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (Germany, 1808-1888) discusses how Jewish history has always defied the laws of nature, how our very origins are enveloped in miracles. Take the birth of Isaac, mentioned in this week’s parsha. Abraham was 100 years old, Sarah was 90, and they had an only son. What were the chances of this little family becoming a great nation? Yet, from these rickety beginnings, the Jewish people emerged, thereby expressing so clearly the Divine blessing and plan for our nation. Isaac’s name comes from the Hebrew word for ‘laughter’, which reflects how, through G-d’s eternal blessings given to Abraham and his descendants, Jewish destiny has laughed at the laws of history and transcended the usual trajectory of nations and defied the odds, time and again.

In 2011, I attended the Conference of European Rabbis in Warsaw, the largest gathering of rabbis in Poland since the Second World War. It stirred something deep within me. To witness such a huge gathering of Jewish leaders from all over Europe in a city that had literally caged its Jewish population and then shipped them off to death was to understand the miracle of Jewish endurance. It was a loud declaration that we Jews, thanks to Divine providence, are still here.

The miraculous enduring vibrancy of the Jewish people is a key theme of this year’s Shabbat Project, which will see Jews of all backgrounds uniting in more than 1 600 cities and 105 countries around the world to keep and celebrate Shabbat.

The call to sign up and jump together is a call to define our Jewish identity by inspiration rather than force of circumstance, uniting in joy and celebration around our Divine values, rather than pain and persecution. It is a call to embrace Shabbat, which is the vibrant source of our connection to G-d, family, community and even to ourselves. It is a call to unify as Jews, as brothers and sisters who love each other, and who are bonded together by our shared Divine destiny.

Let’s jump together, shake the dust of the earth and live the miracle of our ongoing vitality. Let’s shine our light to the world.
Let’s not just endure, let’s flourish.

Listen to the recording

Here’s to keeping it together.
Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein

The Shabbat Project. Me, you and Jews all over the world experiencing one complete Shabbat together. Join in on 15/16 November 2019. Let’s keep it together!