Category Archives: 5782

AITZ CHAIM COMMUNITY ROSH HASHANAH SCHEDULE 2022, 5783

The following is the Aitz Chaim community Rosh Hashanah schedule 2022, 5783.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Please bring your reading glasses if you need them.

  • 9/25/2022, 29 Elul, 5782, 7:00PM: Erev Rosh Hashanah services, led by Wendy weissman and Devorah Werner at the Bethel. Oneg with apples and honey to follow (thanks Nadyne!)
  • 9/26/2022, 1 Tishrei, 5783, 10:00AM: Rosh Hashanah Morning Services led by Wendy Weissman and Devorah Werner at the Bethel. Tashlich to follow ON THE *WEISSMAN BRIDGE. (Note change in location).

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

    *The Weissman Bridge is part of the Rivers Edge trail connecting the 2 sides of the river next to Central Ave West. You may park at the Federal Courthouse, 125 Central Ave. West.

    Shana tovah u’metukah!

THE LITTLE NATION THAT COULD

From WSJ

BRETT SCHANDELSON IN THE NEWS

Congratulations, Brett! From the helena Independent Record

READY FOR ANOTHER JEW CREW HIKE? Devil’s Glen, Augusta

Our next north-central Montana hiking adventure will be Devil’s Glen. We will be caravanning from the Smith’s parking lot on September 10, meeting there at 8:00 AM and leaving there no later than 8:30 A.M. For anyone who wants to meet us at the trailhead, please make a point to be there by 10:00 A.M.

The Dearborn 206 trail, also called Devil’s Glen, is a spectacular hike at the headwaters of the Dearborn River and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The hike, which will total about six miles there and back, is considered to be easy, but features incredible views of limestone cliffs and waterfalls.

  • Please make a point to bring your own lunch, sunscreen, water, and bear spray.
  • dogs are welcome, but must be kept under the owner’s control at all times.
  • There are latrine facilities at the trailhead.
  • Aaron will prepare an appropriate adult discussion for Elul during lunch.
  • Those interested may also decide to gather for a beer after the hike in Augusta.

Please get in touch with Aaron at aaron@weissman.com or phone: (406) 868:8982, with any questions, or for directions to the trailhead.

Devil’s Glen, Dearborn 206, Guide, Montana

TO ACCOUNT FOR OUR ACTIONS, NURTURE OUR SOULS, AND SEEK HEALING, DR. ANDREW REHFELD, PH.D., PRESIDENT, HUC

Dear HUC Community,

The month of Elul is traditionally a time of reflection, preparing us for the Jewish New Year. It is a time to account for our actions, nurture our souls, seek healing, and prepare for the possibilities of the future. These days provide an opportunity for personal self-study, repair within ourselves and our communities, and reconciliation with others.

HUC-JIR is proud to be joining the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), American Conference of Cantors (ACC), Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE), and the Women’s Rabbinic Network (WRN) in presenting a meaningful learning program on the theme of teshuvah as we enter this season.

“On Repentance and Repair: A Reform Movement Program for the High Holy Days and Beyond,” available for free download, will explore our understanding of teshuvah, as we continue to grapple with the hard legacies of our past. This program includes a 45-minute video resource and discussion guide featuring Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, author of the forthcoming book, On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World, in conversation with Rabbi Jill Maderer, Senior Rabbi of Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Philadelphia. It is introduced by Rabbi Mary Zamore, WRN Executive Director; and includes closing reflections by Rabbi Rick Jacobs, URJ President, Rabbi Hara Person, CCAR Chief Executive, and me. I hope that you will find this program a source of support during this period of reflection and growth.

I also encourage you to explore the HUC Connect High Holy Days Playlist, comprised of College Commons podcasts and HUC Connect webinars, in which our faculty scholars and other experts illuminate significant contemporary themes and issues related to this season of study, introspection, and repentance. The programs range from discussing optimism in a time of uncertainty, gender and liturgy, and Jewish thought and reparations, to reflections on freedom and social justice, and guiding the emotional needs of children and one another. They will enrich your understanding and support your aspirations for the New Year.

May our learning together prepare us for the hard work of the weeks ahead. My wishes to you and your family for a New Year of blessing and peace.

Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D.
President

YAHRZEITS — ELUL, 5782

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
Don Cherry 25 KISLEV, 5782 HUSBAND OF HELEN CHERRY; FATHER OF STEVE, KAREN, AND DOUG CHERRY
Rae Lind 6 Cheshvan, 5782 Wife of Michael Renne
Bashe Fagenberg 10 Elul, 5685 Great-Grandmother of Nadyne Weissman
Diane Sherick 10 Elul, 5781 Wife of Jack Sherick, Mother of Michael Sherick and Heidi Sherick
Norman Nagel 11 Elul, 5736 Father of Meriam Nagel
William Meyer 21 Elul, 5726 Grandfather of Diane Sherick
Harriet Renne 22 Elul, 5769 Mother of Michael Renne
Dawn Schandelson 23 Elul, 5778 Wife of Arnold Schandelson, Mother of Brett and Scott Schandelson
Joe Barrett 28 Elul, 5753 Uncle of Nadyne Weissman and Joy Fedderson
Zel Lana Jennings 28 Elul, 5766 Niece of Diane Sherick

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THIS UPCOMING EVENT

This is a reminder of the Kabbalat Shabbat service led by Devorah Werner on the first Friday of the month, September 2, 2022, 6 Elul, 5782, at 6:00 P.M. at the Bethel.

As discussed and approved by the church council on June 8, 2021, all organizations that are using the facilities will be required to follow all the current use guidelines or any new guidelines adopted by the church council or as mandated by any federal, state or local government agency.

Current guidelines include but are not limited to:

  • Masks will be voluntary and are recommended if persons are or have been ill, or if people are more comfortable wearing them.
  • Social Distancing would still be appreciated.
  • Food or beverages will be allowed upon request. Council will review requests.
  • All contact surfaces must be wiped down with a sanitization product before leaving.
  • Any additional expense incurred due to requirements for additional sanitization of the facilities, or part of, shall be paid by the responsible parties involved.

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

Hope to see as many of you there as possible.

MONTANA JEWISH PROJECT COMPLETES PURCHASE OF MONTANA’S OLDEST SYNAGOGUE

Helena, MT— After nearly a year of fundraising, the Montana Jewish Project (MJP) bought back Helena’s Temple Emanu-El and will return it to Jewish use for the first time since 1935.
“We are thrilled to have succeeded in this monumental effort,” said Rebecca Stanfel, president of the Montana Jewish Project’s Board.
Roman Catholic Bishop Austin Vetter played a key role in the sale. With his staff, he met with MJP for months, as MJP renegotiated from buying historic Temple Emanu-El and surrounding properties to buying only the synagogue.
“It’s been my pleasure to work with the Montana Jewish Project through this process. It’s vital for all of us that people of faith focus on the good that we can do together instead of our differences. My prayers are with them and Montana’s Jewish Community for God’s blessing in this new endeavor,” Bishop Vetter said. MJP will also lease the open lawn next door to the historic synagogue for community use.
“We are so grateful for Bishop Austin Vetter for his enthusiasm and support. He worked with us for many months, and extended closing deadlines twice.
“We are also grateful to the more than 2,000 donors from Helena and across Montana and the United States who made this dream a reality. Without their generosity and their gifts that ranged from $5 to $100,000, we know we would not be here today. We’re also thankful for the interfaith support we received from many Montana synagogues and churches, as well as from Montana businesses. This was truly a community-wide effort,” Stanfel said.
The Montana Jewish Project was founded by members of Helena’s Jewish community over a year ago and entered into a landmark purchase agreement with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena on November 10, 2021, for the historic building once known as Temple Emanu-El. The group plans a re-dedication and celebration at the synagogue later in the fall.
“We know our work is only just starting,” said Julie Bir, member of the Montana Jewish Project’s Board of Directors. “We can’t wait to fulfill our mission: to create a statewide center for Jewish life, enhance interfaith opportunities, combat antisemitism in Montana schools, and bring to reality the Jewish value of “repairing the world.”
MJP has big plans. Once funding is secured, MJP will hire a traveling director of programming who will oversee education, speakers, cultural events, and foster a sense of larger community for all of Montana’s Jews. In addition, MJP will create curricula about the history of Jewish Montana and the realities of being Jewish in the Treasure State for schools across the state. Returning to the first home for Jewish life in Montana will anchor future generations to the rich history of Judaism in the state.
“Helena was one of only four state capitals in the nation without a synagogue or Jewish Center,” Bir said. “We’ve just changed that. We’re also excited for Helena’s Jewish community to have a permanent place to meet for religious observance, cultural events, and community-growing.”
“Now that we have the building as our base, we want to pivot and immediately transition to helping Jewish life in Montana thrive,” said Stanfel. “Our all-volunteer-led organization launched programming already, but it’s important we hire a professional who can oversee this and create new cultural pathways for Montana Jews to connect to their traditions. Now that we have this incredible building, it is essential we keep community support.”
In 1891, Helena’s Jewish community-built Temple Emanu-El. The cornerstone is inscribed with 5651, that year in the Hebrew calendar. The synagogue’s first president described the new building as a “gift to ornament the city we love.” But in 1935, during the Great Depression, the congregation gave Temple Emanu-El to the state of Montana for $1, asking only that it be used for a “good and social purpose.” The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena bought it to house administrative offices in 1981. In the past year, the bishop streamlined administrative operations, consolidating three separate office locations into the new Center for Catholic Life in Helena. Temple Emanu-El is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“We welcome all our supporters, the Jewish community across Montana and here in Helena, and the broader community to celebrate with us,” said Bir. “We have worked to carry forward the legacy of Montana’s earliest Jewish settlers, who built Temple Emanu-El despite the obstacles they faced.”
A ceremonial signing will take place at 10 AM, August 26 at the former Temple Emanu-El (515 North Ewing) with Bishop Vetter. Members of the media and the public are invited to attend. Weather permitting, this will be outside the building.

FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION, THE MONTANA JEWISH PROJECT

From Generation to Generation
August 25, 2022

Dear MJP Supporters,

We did it!

This is the email we have been dreaming of writing to you for a year and a half. Today MJP is closing on Montana’s first synagogue, Temple Emanu-El, and returning it to the Jewish community after 87 years.

We could not have accomplished this milestone without your support. We are grateful beyond words for your donations, your encouragement, your ideas, and your help.

Without the incredible community support we received, MJP would not be reclaiming this building. Every dollar donated, every collection raised from a synagogue or church, every fundraiser held in MJP’s honor, every volunteer hour, and every email sharing hope and ideas helped bring us to this joyful day.

Read on for more details.

  • Please join us
  • WHEN? Tomorrow, Friday, August 26, at 10 AM
  • WHERE? At the synagogue, 515 Ewing, Helena, MT 59601
  • WHAT? Ffor a ceremonial signing of the closing paperwork, which we are also inviting media to attend. Weather permitting, we will be outside, right in front of this majestic building. We will be there with bells on!

Our journey—and our work—are just beginning. We are eager to launch more statewide programming including education, Jewish cultural events, interfaith outreach, community programs, and more.

Stay tuned for future emails about ways to get involved in volunteering, participating in programs, and supporting our ongoing work. We would also love to hear from you about what you are looking for in the coming year’s programming. We can’t wait to continue this journey with you.

With gratitude as always,
Rebecca Stanfel

Our new home!

Adapted from today’s press release

Montana Jewish Project completes purchase of Montana’s oldest synagogue

After nearly a year of fundraising, the Montana Jewish Project (MJP) bought back Helena’s Temple Emanu-El and will return it to Jewish use for the first time since 1935.

Roman Catholic Bishop Austin Vetter played a key role in the sale. With his staff, he met with MJP for months, as MJP renegotiated from buying historic Temple Emanu-El and surrounding properties to buying only the synagogue. MJP will also lease the open lawn next door to the historic synagogue for community use

“It’s been my pleasure to work with the Montana Jewish Project through this process. It’s vital for all of us that people of faith focus on the good that we can do together instead of our differences. My prayers are with them and Montana’s Jewish Community for God’s blessing in this new endeavor,” Bishop Vetter said.

We are grateful for Bishop Austin Vetter for his enthusiasm and support. He worked with us for many months, and extended closing deadlines twice. We are also grateful to the more than 2,000 donors from Helena and across Montana and the United States who made this dream a reality. Without their generosity and their gifts that ranged from $5 to $100,000, we know we would not be here today. We’re also thankful for the interfaith support we received from many Montana synagogues and churches, as well as from Montana businesses. This was truly a community-wide effort.

The Montana Jewish Project is an all-volunteer-led organization, founded by members of Helena’s Jewish community over a year ago. After entering into a landmark purchase agreement with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena in November 2021, MJP has been raising funds to reacquire the historic building once known as Temple Emanu-El..

We know our work is only just starting. We can’t wait to fulfill our mission: to create a statewide center for Jewish life, enhance interfaith opportunities, combat antisemitism in Montana schools, and bring to reality the Jewish value of “repairing the world.”

MJP has big plans. Once funding is secured, MJP will hire a traveling director of programming who will oversee education, speakers, cultural events, and foster a sense of larger community for all of Montana’s Jews. In addition, MJP will create curricula about the history of Jewish Montana and the realities of being Jewish in the Treasure State for schools across the state. Returning to the first home for Jewish life in Montana will anchor future generations to the rich history of Judaism in the state.

Helena was one of only four state capitals in the nation without a synagogue or Jewish Center. We’ve just changed that. We’re also excited for Helena’s Jewish community to have a permanent place to meet for religious observance, cultural events, and community-growing.

Now that we have the building as our base, we want to pivot and immediately transition to helping Jewish life in Montana thrive. Our volunteers have launched programming already, but it’s important we hire a professional who can oversee this and create new cultural pathways for Montana Jews to connect to their traditions. Now that we have this incredible building, it is essential we keep community support.

We welcome all our supporters, the Jewish community across Montana and here in Helena, and the broader community to celebrate with us. We have worked to carry forward the legacy of Montana’s earliest Jewish settlers, who built Temple Emanu-El despite the obstacles they faced.

We are planning a rededication and celebration at the synagogue later in the fall. Stay tuned for more details on this.

Follow us across the below social media channels to stay up-to-date on the latest MJP happenings as well as learn interesting historic facts about Jewish people and communities across Montana.

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Our mailing address is:
PO Box 491, Helena, MT 59624

YAHRZEITS — AUGUST, 2022

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
Don Cherry NOV 29, 2021 25 KISLEV, 5782 HUSBAND OF HELEN CHERRY; FATHER OF STEVE, KAREN, AND DOUG CHERRY
Rae Lind Oct 12, 2021 6 Cheshvan, 5782 Wife of Michael Renne
Sidney Dunaeff Aug 7, 1976 25 Av, 5736 Uncle of Meriam Nagel
Ann Belfert Aug 12, 2017 20 Av, 5777 Mother of Gail Belfert
Walter Greenspan Aug 13, 2012 23 Av, 5772
Diane Sherick Aug 13, 2021 10 Elul, 5781 Wife of Jack Sherick, Mother of Michael Sherick and Heidi Sherick
Anne Nagel-Harris Aug 19, 1995 23 Av, 5755 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
Dorothy Meyer Aug 19, 2017 27 Av, 5777 Stepmother of Diane Sherick
Harriet Marion Barrett Aug 21, 2005 16 Av, 5765 Mother of Nadyne Weissman
Bashe Fagenberg Aug 30, 1925 10 Elul, 5685 Great-Grandmother of Nadyne Weissman