Category Archives: April


Happy Pesach from M, K, K, L, and F.





The annual Aitz Chaim community Passover Seder will be held at 5:30pm Friday, April 26, in the basement room of the O’Haire Motor Inn, 17 7th Street South. The meal will include all the traditional fixings and a multi course dinner including matzo ball soup, salad, brisket, chicken, potato, vegetable, and dessert. The cost will be $30 per adult member, and $40 per adult non-member. Children under 13 are $20. If you have special dietary requests, please contact Laura to see if they can be accommodated. The Seder will be led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko.

Payment is expected in advance unless other arrangements have been made. Please be aware you will be responsible for the cost if you do not attend and have not canceled prior to April 21.

To make reservations or inquiries, e-mail Laura at

Send your payment to:
Congregation Aitz Chaim
C/O Wendy Weissman, CPA
525 Central Avenue, Suite L8
Great Falls, MT 59401-3271

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Happy Pesach!


Shalom to everyone.

I am writing to introduce an opportunity to contribute to the legacy of the Butte Montana Jewish community. Please note that I am writing to you as an individual rather than on behalf of the Congregation.

On May 10 and May 11, 2019 the Butte Silver Bow Public Archives, ( ( will host a workshop to begin to document the history and culture of the Jewish community in Butte.

The Archives has received a Common Heritage Grant from the National Endowment for Humanities, (NEH).

The Archives is interested in oral histories, manuscripts for digitalization, family trees and histories, artifacts to be loaned for exhibit and returned to owners, ephemera (stuff) relating to the Jewish community. They are interested to learn when how and why Jews came to Butte, where they came from, their means of travel to get here, how they made a living and raised their families. What part did our ancestors take in Butte’s history? Details about the Congregations and Temples are of interest.

The Archives is a professional organization that has the means to properly care for anything sent to them to help in the project.

If you know of anything that might help in this project, please let the archives know. The details to contact the Archives are below. Please check out their website. Thank you for your interest in this project.

Dave Canty

17 W. Quartz St.
Butte, Mt. 59701
(406) 782-3280
Ellen Crain, Archives Director
Nikole Evankovich, Assistant Director


This is a reminder about the lay services led by Devorah Werner on the first Friday of the month, April 5, at 6:00 P.M. at the Bethel, with a milchig (dairy) potluck to follow.

Now that the weather is getting better, hope to see you there.

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


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 may we be a comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Dawn Schandelson Sep 3, 2018 23 Elul, 5778 Wife of Arny Schandelson, Mother of Brett and Scott Schandelson
Donald Goldman May 14, 2018 29 Iyyar, 5778 Father of Abby Drew Syrovatka, Grandfather of Cece Drew
FRANCES WALTMAN Apr 1, 2018 16 Nisan, 5778 Mother of Marjorie Feldman
Sherri Estil Hopperstad Apr 4, 2003 2 Nisan, 5763
Sandra Albachari Apr 4, 2005 24 Adar II, 5765 Mother of Julie Nice
Margaret Breslauer Apr 6, 1969 18 Nisan, 5729 Mother of Bruce Breslauer
Sid Kelman Apr 6, 2003 4 Nisan, 5763 Brother-in-law of Evelyn Kelman
Naomi Bay Kaplan Apr 8, 2007 20 Nisan, 5767 Grandmother of Kai Nealis
Heidi Espelin Apr 11, 1986 2 Nisan, 5746 Sister of Dawn Schandelson
Esther Nagel Lyndon Apr 12, 2012 18 Adar, 5772 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
Elaine Thall Apr 15, 2006 17 Nisan, 5766 Mother of Terry Thall
Maurice Weissman Apr 16, 1991 2 Iyyar, 5751 Father of Jerry Weissman
Janet Woodcock Getzenberg Apr 16, 2005 7 Nisan, 5765 Relative of Anne Getzenberg
Gary Cohn Apr 17, 1984 15 Nisan, 5744 Brother of Arlyne Reichert
Harry Wasserman Apr 19, 2003 17 Nisan, 5763 Father of Miriam Wolf
Irving Greenfield Apr 28, 2000 23 Nissan, 5760

Lag B’omer festival 100 years ago — april 30, 1918

This year, Lag B’omer is on May 3, 2018.

Click here to see pictures from a Lag B’omer Festival 100 Years Ago — April 30, 1918


Culinary road show
by the Israeli Association for Culinary Culture
to celebrate Israel’s 70’s anniversary

8th decade Israeli feast

Dear friends,

Upon the start of Israel’s 8th decade of independence, the Israeli Association for Culinary Culture offers the feast of the decade – A culinary program for communities around the world. We offer the production of a meal in your community with a chef and a speaker and an Israeli menu of your choice. The event can be extended with cooking classes and demonstrations, with media interviews and multiple events – tailored to your needs and budget.

We offer the service for any size of group, throughout the year that started last week with Israel’s 70th Independence party.

The offer is done at COST and we expect a donation to the association, to serve as seed money for the development of the world first Culinary Culture Museum in Israel, depicting the story of Israel’s kitchen.

The Association established almost 9 years ago, is a home for a wide variety of people researching and creating the flavor of the country. We have speakers and chefs that can accommodate the meal of your dreams with an intellectual supplement that makes it into an unforgettable event. This can be a celebration, a holiday event or a fundraiser, a reason for some positive PR to the community or someone’s very special birthday or anniversary.

For additional information, feel free to contact us by mail to


Udi Goldschmidt, Chairman
The Israeli Association for Culinary Culture

© 2018 Israel Association for Culinary Culture, All rights reserved.
The Israeli Association celebrates Israel’s 70th and offer a ONE YEAR world tour of chefs & speakers to promote the Israeli kitchen to communities worldwide

Our mailing address is:
Israel Association for Culinary Culture
8 Efroni St
Jerusalem 90805


Rabbi Chaim did an op ed in the Bozeman Chronicle. Here it is.

By Rabbi Chaim Bruk, guest columnist

Apr 25, 2018

In 2013, while anticipating the adoption of our third child, we learned that he would be biracial. I was convinced that God sent this beautiful soul to us; yet, I had a few moments of doubt. I was questioning the Almighty, whether he was the right fit for our family. I couldn’t help but wonder how his life experience would play out as a biracial Orthodox Jew growing up in Big Sky country.

My beloved wife Chavie, firm and inspirational as ever, encouraged me to remain focused. “Let us shower our baby with love and warmth,” she said, “and let God worry about his future challenges.”

Growing up in Brooklyn, I was living in a bubble. Ohio seemed remote, Texas like another country and the Mountain West states were, in our mind, like another planet. Our family traveled upstate to Catskill Game Farm, to Pennsylvania’s Sesame Place and even enjoyed a memorable trip to Orlando, but west of the Mississippi was a foreign land to me. Yet, while rural America seemed far, far-away from the life I knew in America’s “five boroughs,” I have been blessed to learn, it’s the perfect place to live and raise my family.

In 2007, Chavie and I moved to Bozeman, opening the state’s first branch of Chabad Lubavitch. We were welcomed warmly by Jews and gentiles alike and, over the years, have garnered hundreds of friendships with people of all flavors. Living in Montana, for a decade now, I’ve developed a real appreciation, and admiration, for “fly over country” and its people.

I have found my fellow Montanans to be friendly, thoughtful and intrigued by my Jewish observance. Whether interacting with a bellman in the “big city” of Billings, a rancher from Kila or a state trooper in Butte, Montanans are genuinely caring and refreshingly authentic. They care more about their family than what car they drive, feed their animals before themselves and, no matter how busy they are, would pull over to help you on the side of the road, even if was minus 22 outside.

While I miss the kosher restaurants, the Sabbath atmosphere in the street and the opportunity to speak in my mother tongue, Yiddish, Bozeman has become home, and I’m a proud Montanan. “Love thy neighbor as thyself” is not merely a bumper sticker or a campaign slogan out here; it’s a way of life.
Raising Menny, who recently turned 5, has been an extraordinary blessing and incredible experience. He’s adorable with a one-of-a-kind personality; it’s hard to keep up with his super fun energy. From his dance moves that could put any hip-hop artist to shame to his one-liners that are so precious; from his care-free attitude while painting the beige carpet in his sister’s room red to his midnight longing for seltzer, he’s a ball of life.
He’s black, wears his Yarmulke proudly and loves praying with me in Synagogue, and our Jewish community ― along with our fellow Montanans ― embraces him unconditionally. He’s not seen as that “black boy,” and I’m not seen as that “adoptive father.” They just see us as a family.

Personally, I am not color blind. I do see peoples’ visible differences, but that doesn’t ― God forbid ― make me think less of them or contemplate treating them differently. Seeing diversity allows me to appreciate their individuality, their personal story, even more than if I would’ve ignored their uniqueness. Not to recognize people’s exceptionality is to deny them a part of their experience, a part of their core self.

While Montana, like the rest of the world, surely has a few people who are ignorant and judgmental, I am grateful to be raising my family in rural America, where people are welcoming, loving and open-minded. No, there isn’t much diversity in our backyard, but it’s a place where people take to heart the timeless words of our Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
God bless America.


Kosher Entenmann’s are at Albertson’s on Tenth. There is quite a nice selection. They are in a stand-alone display back by the dairy. As with everything Albertsons gets, if nobody buys them, they won’t get them again. So get them while they’re fresh.