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NOTE FROM JANET TATZ: Many of you have heard Ellen Baumler, Montana historian extraordinaire, present in the past. Ellen has a key interest in the history of Montana Jewry and has offered many lectures on that topic. She has also led walking tours of “Jewish Helena” including the Home of Peace cemetery. As you can see from this program announcement, Helen has recently been accepted to present on this topic at a conference in Cleveland. Perhaps you were anticipating being in Cleveland or know a friend or relative who lives in that area. Please share the news.

May 2019                                                                             Contact:  Sandra Golden, Publicity Chair, IAJGS

For release:  Upon receipt                                  

Area resident to speak at 39th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy set in Cleveland

Dr. Ellen Baumler of Helena has been selected as a presenter at the 39th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Cleveland, Ohio, July 28 – Aug. 2, 2019.

Baumler’s presentation, “Montana’s Pioneer Jewish Communities: A Lasting Legacy,” explores Montana’s historic Jewish communities. The gold rush brought Jewish pioneers from Germany, Prussia, Austria, and Poland as well as New York and Chicago to Montana. Opportunity drew these adventurers to mining settlements where business and religious beliefs brought them together. Jews set up the first businesses at Bannack, Alder Gulch, and at most mining boomtowns. They seized entrepreneurial opportunities and became miners, barbers, tailors, bankers, attorneys, and cattlemen, but it was especially in the stepping-stone roles of merchant and provider that many achieved economic stability and civic status in a single generation. Without rabbis or synagogues, they established benevolent societies, maintained holidays and traditions, and planted the roots of Judaism in Montana. Their legacies are the seeds of today’s Jewish congregations that flourish across the state.

Details of the conference, including registration and hotel information, are posted on the conference website:

“We are excited to be able to bring this conference to Cleveland this summer, with the city’s many attractions and vibrant Jewish community,” said Ken Bravo, of Cleveland, IAJGS president and co-chair of the 2019 conference with Jay Sage, IAJGS vice president, of Newton, MA.

Sage commented, “With today’s growing interest in genealogy, a conference like this provides excitement and information to many individuals looking to explore their roots.  For those of Jewish ancestry, it also offers tips for their unique challenges and research in tracing their ancestors and an opportunity to interact with a group of individuals from similar backgrounds.

Local host for the conference is the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland.

Among features of the annual conference are:

  • More than 200 programs, lectures, panel discussions and workshops, focusing on genealogy methodology, available archival resources, and the history of all Jewish communities
  • Presentations aimed at all Jewish genealogists, from first-timers to conference veterans
  • A vendor Exhibit Hall and Resource Room with genealogy experts, mentors, and archivists for a one-stop research experience at the conference site
  • Networking via popular Special Interest Group (SIG) and Birds of a Feather (BOF) meetings and luncheons
  • In-depth DNA workshops

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) is an umbrella organization of more than 85 Jewish genealogical organizations worldwide offering the world of Jewish ancestry where you live.  The IAJGS coordinates and organizes activities such as the annual IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy and provides a unified voice as the spokesperson on behalf of its members.  The IAJGS’s vision is of a worldwide network of Jewish genealogical research organizations and partners working together as one coherent, effective, and respected community – enabling people to succeed in researching Jewish ancestry and heritage.  Find the IAJGS at and like us on Facebook at




For the High Holidays this year, Congregation B’nai Israel is honored to be led by Rabbi Lynne Goldsmith. Rabbi Lynne headed Temple Emanu-el in Dothan Alabama from her ordination in 2007 until her retirement in 2017. Temple Emanu-el was one of four Congregations featured along with B’nai Israel in the documentary, There Are Jews Here. Rabbi Lynne is married and has two adult children. Her husband, Rob, will be accompanying her to Butte. We know her experience and knowledge will bring us new perspectives and be a great benefit to us.

Below is our High Holidays Schedule. Please forward this email to anyone you think would be interested or would like to attend.

Sun Sept. 9, 2018 Erev Rosh Hashana 7:30 PM
Mon Sept. 10, 2018 Rosh Hashana Day 10:00 AM

Tue Sept. 18, 2018 Kol Nidre 7:30 PM
Wed Sept. 19, 2018 Yom Kippur10:00 AM
Wed Sept. 19, 2018 Yizkor 1:00 PM
Wed Sept. 19, 2018 N’Elah 4:00 PM

No Host Breakfast following N’Elah will be at Lydia’s Supper Club. Please call Mike Rudolph (406)782-2100 for reservations.


My name is Mark Kula and I am a Rabbi in Miami. We are relocating to Missoula in a couple of weeks as my wife begins her job as Director of Choral activities at the University.

I am interested in learning more about Jewish life in Montana and opportunities for me to serve as a Rabbi, Cantor, Jewish educator. My CV is attached.

If people are in need of a Rabbi, Jewish educator, Bnai Mitzvah guide, and other life cycle event facilitator, I would make myself available and am willing to travel.

Interestingly, my wife’s family actually immigrated to Montana exactly 100 years ago in 1918. They eventually migrated to Chicago.

We are excited about this new chapter in our lives. As we are committed to our Jewish lives, and have a 4 and 2 year old, we strive to celebrate Judaism with our new communities.

I look forward to being in contact, talking and meeting in the near future.

Beevracha. With much blessing.


Rabbi Mark Kula
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Registration is now open for Mitzvah Day 2018
Sunday November 18th
Be a part of the largest Jewish led day of Social Action

On Mitzvah Day, we give our time, not our money, to make a difference to the community around us. We introduce people to social action, to their neighbours and to local charities setting up projects which address real needs. Jewish led, we bring people of other faiths, and none to volunteer side by side, with fun and laughter, with our community, to get to know each other.

2018 marks the tenth anniversary of Mitzvah Day – the largest Jewish led day of global social action, and with your support we are looking to include an even greater number of communities. Guided by the Jewish values of tikkun olam, gemilut chasadim and tzedek, our vision is of Jews and non-Jews coming together to build more cohesive neighbourhoods and to strengthen civil society.

Register now to join with us, and Jewish communities across the globe on Sunday 18th November 2018 and be a part of something amazing!

Now is the time to put on your thinking caps and start planning your social action projects such as organizing collections for your local shelters,visiting the elderly, helping the needy and vulnerable, reaching out to our neighbours of all faiths and none, and much much more.

Together we can make a difference!

To find out more please email

Watch Lady Daniela Pears explain how Mitzvah Day makes an impact


Donald Goldman, Abby Drew’s father, passed away on May 14, 2018. He may be buried in Sun City, AZ.

On March 13, 2018, Abby married Alvin Syrovatka. They are living in Torington, WY.



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

Name of
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
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
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


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