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Dear friends,

As I am sure many of you have already heard, this morning’s Supreme Court deliberations did not result in any concrete decision. However, the Supreme Court Justices sent a very clear message to the government, strongly advising them to unfreeze the resolution. As Chief Justice Miriam Naor said, “something frozen can also be melted.”

The deliberations this morning lasted for over two hours, during which the Government representatives tried to convince the court that their commitment to building an egalitarian platform was met. The Justices did not accept this argument.

We were prepared for the fact that a final decision would not be made this morning. In any case, we intend to continue our highly intense campaign over the next couple of months. The Supreme Court Justices clearly indicated today that if the government still refuses to implement the resolution, the court will eventually intervene. We have strong reason to believe that this intervention will be in our favor and force the government to do as they agreed upon over a year and a half ago.

There is no doubt that this is a long and daunting process, but we continue believing that in the end, we will reach the “promised land.”

For a more detailed update on today’s proceedings, Click here.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Gilad Kariv
President and CEO
Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism

The Israel Movement for Reform & Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) is the umbrella organization of all the Reform communities and institutions in Israel.
We seek to integrate Jewish tradition with the realities of modern life, and believe in the right of each individual to shape their own Jewish way of life through a process of study and reflection. The Reform movement emphasizes the commandments concerning relations between humans, religious tolerance, and full equality between women and men in the synagogue and in all walks of life.


Great Falls Inter-Faith Association
August 24th, 2017

Those present:  
Pastor Ray Larson, Benefis Healthcare
Stephen Boyd, GF Hebrew Association  
Rick Allison, Big Sky Baptist
Jim McCormick, Rescue Mission  
Kristy Pontet-Stroop, Alliance for Youth
Tom Moore, GF Public Schools  
Kerry Parsons, CMR
Heather Hoyer, GFHS  
Kathy Schendel, Echoz Pregnancy Care
Renee Phillips, Calvary Chapel of Great Falls  
Dave Strand, Big Sky Baptist Church
Lacey Spencer, United Way  
Beth McKinney, GF Food Banks
David Culpepper, Foothills Cummunity Christian School  
Dave Nordel, City of Great Falls
Gringer King, Family Connections MT  
Focus: Back to School & City Resources
Pastor Ray opened with a reading from 1st Corinthians and a prayer.
Back to School with Tom Moore, Drew Uecker, Heather Hoyer, and Kerry Parsons.
Tom – Great Falls Public Schools – This year’s Convocation, the school year kickoff, is at the GFHS Field House, 8am Monday Morning. September 8th, at Paris Gibson is education and training for all the school foodbanks, introducing a software package in the hopes that all the foodbanks will implement it. Each School has unique needs, and most of the schools have expressed interest in partnering with their area churches to assist those needs.

Heather – Great Falls High School – Have need of hygiene items, baby shampoo(non-allergenic) is especially needed, along with toothbrushes. Church partnership is going well, they’ve been working with Pastor Jeff with 2 concepts: Many hands, 2 tons of food being moved to families in need. Also Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. They spend two days delivering boxes to needy families, in the past they’ve utilized students with adults to drive and deliver food, however, she would prefer the students stay in class so they are always looking for volunteers to help. If interested, Call Heather @ 268-6313.

Caregiver trauma – Teachers get exhausted with all the worry and stress as they care for all the impoverished students, and small encouragement from volunteers means much.

Kerry – CM Russell High School – Welcoming teachers back Monday, 1400 students on Tuesday, the school has already been bustling though with prep for their first ever varsity football contest. Construction is beginning for their new STEM addition and is continuing on other infrastructure upgrades Kerry had a meeting with their partners earlier this week, customer service is a large component of the mission of the school. Many kids in crisis, free and reduced lunch population is smaller than GFHS but still definitely high. Their food pantry is very active. As far as needs, food pantry and hygiene items are always needed, as well as volunteers. Many extra-curricular activities can be expensive, and not all kids can front the expense, they are asked to give scholarships and have set up accounts to help cover the costs. Faculty fatigue will be ever-present; any volunteer help is welcomed. To help, call Kerry Parsons at 268-6241.

Dave Nordel – City of Great Falls – Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Management Passed out books, Schools are very prepared, have excellent ability to handle bad situations. No major disasters have happened in Great Falls for almost 57 years, which is a blessing and a curse, we don’t know how to react in an emergency.

In Great Falls, there are on duty at any given time 12 firemen, 6 police, 3 ambulances, and 2 sheriffs. So only about 23 EMS responders for 60,000 people. That’s not counting everyone coming in from outlying areas seeking help. Because of this, Dave goes throughout the city to educate people about preparedness. Everyone should be able to keep themselves alive for 72 hours without emergency services, and he has a small booklet he hands out everywhere he goes called “Family Preparedness” that lays out everything to do for your family.

He suggests every organization has a disaster preparedness talk, churches would act as a major gathering point, and the more churches are prepared for disasters, the more load they can take off of shelters and hospitals.
Code Red is the vehicle they use to alert people to a disaster, if you have a landline, you are already signed up, if you have a cellphone you can go to to sign up, or download the CodeRED app on your smartphone.

Pastor Ray Adjourned the meeting.
Submitted by Stephen Boyd, recording secretary.


Sitting on the lawn of Ashton Elementary School in northeast Idaho, I watched the total eclipse in absolute amazement. Yet, I’ll admit publicly, that for me, the eclipse was eclipsed by a far greater wonder, the birth and adoption of our newborn. It’s been six-plus years since my mom’s passing and, ever since, I’ve been hoping for a baby to carry her name. At the Shabbos Torah reading, after reading the words “in accordance with the blessing of the Eternal, your God, that He has given to you” I had the honor of naming our daughter Chana Laya (She has a registry here.) She is delicious, cute and so lovable. During these “seven weeks of consolation”, I received mine.
Raising a hand-full (literally) of children, is no simple task. Our world is chaotic, winds of secularism and unchecked insanity are blowing strongly, and divisiveness has overtaken our once United States. Nevertheless, we are still capable of raising holy children in the 21st century.

In this week’s Torah portion, Shoftim, we discuss war. The Jewish soldiers are commanded not to fear their enemy, even if seemingly mighty. Soldiers that are unfocused, whether newlyweds, new homeowners, new vignerons and those that are “chicken”, should go home. You don’t want a few distracted soldiers, weakening the entire army. In the pre-war words of the priest “Hear, O Israel, today you are approaching the battle against your enemies. Let your hearts not be faint; you shall not be afraid, and you shall not be alarmed, and you shall not be terrified because of them”.
Sun Tzu writes “Thus the expert in battle moves the enemy, and is not moved by him”. The world is a war zone, and our children must not fear it, must not find excuses to dodge the skirmish, but rather we must inspire, encourage and educate them to know the Art of War. Let’s put secularism on the defense, let’s arm our children with so much Yiddishkait, so much Torah, so much authenticity, giving the enemies of tradition a run for their money. Learn Kuzari, Chovas HaLevavos and Kuntres Umaayon with them, talk to them about what G-d means to you, infuse them with logic and faith, giving them the necessary ammo to decimate the darkness, or at least dismiss the temptation for instant gratification. I pray to merit raising my beloved Chana Laya, with her four amazing siblings, in the ways of their Bubby, my mother of blessed memory, who stared at the world and said, “bring it on”.
Our children need not to fear the world; the world needs to fear them!


Project to preserve Montana cemeteries gets $25K grant
Posted: Aug 23, 2017 4:44 PM MDT
Updated: Aug 23, 2017 4:44 PM MDT
By: Melissa Jensen – MTN News


HELENA – The Montana History Foundation recently announced it is receiving a grant from the National Park Service – one of just 12 grants given nationwide and the only one in Montana.

The $25,000 grant will be used for a three-day workshop next spring on preserving Montana cemeteries through education and technology.

Montana History Foundation CEO Charlene Porsild says they expect to bring up to 50 people from across Montana to Helena for the workshop.

It will include experts on various types of technology that can aid in grave identification and location, along with traditional methods like archival research.

Porsild says there are hundreds of historic cemeteries across Montana that can benefit from the workshop.

“Our community histories are caught up in those burials, whether they stayed in the same place or moved, whether the marker is still there or not,” says Porsild. “So that’s part of what we want to help people recover is the history of who’s in those cemeteries, whose family’s connections are in those cemeteries and how to draw those out and to preserve them for future generations.”

Porsild says the workshop will be recorded and eventually placed on their website to help continue education efforts for those who are unable to attend in person.



Dear Friends,

With immense Gratitude to Almighty G-d we are pleased to announce the arrival of our baby Chana Laya!
Chana Laya has a registry at babylist and in Bozeman at Baby Logic at the mall or online
We are very excited to welcome this new addition to our family and look forward to raising her to Torah, Chupah and good deeds.
May we collectively share in happy occasions together.
Rabbi Chaim, Chavie, Shoshana, Chaya, Zeesy and Menny


Isaiah Envisions a Museum!
By Rabbi Chaim
I guess you can call it good planning on my part; hiking the M for the very first time on Sunday, meeting amazing trekkers along the way. It allowed me to see how wonderful humanity truly is, despite the horrifying news that we received from Charlottesville after Shabbos. It’s hard to believe the word Nazi is still associated with living beings, it’s even harder to accept that there are those who hate others based on their skin color, religion, lifestyle or philosophical outlook. It is no coincidence that, although Chavie has been meticulously planning this launch since January, it was the week of August 14 that was chosen to announce the campaign to build The Holocaust Museum of Montana. Never Again, means Never Again; is that so hard to comprehend?

Tonight, is Shabbos Mevarchim, in which we bless the upcoming month of Elul. It is during this month, during the weeks leading up to the High Holy Days, that we take stock of our past year, we seek to return to our Creator with healthy introspection, small positive changes and unbridled enthusiasm to rock on into the New Year. In the Haftorah that we’ll read in Shul from our Prophet Isaiah, we are consoled “O poor tempestuous one, who was not consoled, behold I will set your stones with carbuncle, and I will lay your foundations with sapphires. And I will make your windows of jasper and your gates of carbuncle stones, and all your border of precious stones. And all your children shall be disciples of the Lord, and your children’s peace shall increase. With righteousness shall you be established, go far away from oppression, for you shall not fear, and from ruin, for it will not come near you. Behold, the one with whom I am not, shall fear, whoever mobilizes against you shall defect to you”.

We, the Jewish community, must not fall into the trap of fighting hatred with even more hatred. We must do everything in our power to uproot Nazism from these United States, but at the same time, we must ask ourselves, privately, am I REALLY helping America? Am I contributing love and peace to our country or am I, perhaps, doing the exact opposite? Elul, is days away, and it’s time to converse with our souls. I’m not a constitutional lawyer and I don’t understand exactly what free speech is and what it isn’t, but I do know how Chaim Bruk could choose to speak, I do know how Chaim Bruk can choose to see things, I do know how Chaim Bruk can be a better person. If I shine light, you shine light and everyone else shines light, the darkness will have a rough time and that is the goal.

Think it’s impossible? Daryl David disagrees!


Dear friends,

We, together with friends and partners around the world, were shocked to learn about the horrendous acts of antisemitism, racism, bigotry and violence which took place in Charlottesville last weekend. On behalf of the entire staff, lay leadership and congregational members of the Israel Reform Movement, we sent our friends in Charlottesville the following message.

On behalf of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), we want to express our deep sorrow and distress by the events which took place in Charlottesville over the past weekend. Together with you, we are shocked and horrified by the rise of antisemitism, racism and bigotry in America. We are committed to working with you and all of our Jewish sisters and brothers all across the United States in ridding this horrendous acts of hatred from our midst. Know that we stand with you in solidarity and are here to lend a helping hand.

In these times of distress, we pray that we will know how to channel our anger not in the way of Amalek, but rather follow the ways of some of our greatest teachers and rabbis. In the spirit of Tisha b’Av, which we marked just two weeks ago, and further in the spirit of love of Tu b’Av, may we internalize the words of Rabbi Kook: “and if we were destroyed and our world was destroyed over blind hatred, may we rebuild and may our world be rebuilt by blind love.”

The IMPJ deputy-chair for Financial Affairs, Adv. Yair Lootsteen, spent time with his family in Charlottesville almost 20 years ago. Therefore, when he heard what had happened, it hit close to home. Yair sent a most moving
letter to members of the Charlottesville. In it, he shared these moving words: “”כל ישראל ערבים זה לזה”. “All of Israel is responsible for one another”. Easier said than done when we are thousands of miles apart. But please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your congregants during these difficult times, as they are with all good people of Charlottesville. We pray for your safety and for a speedy return of calm and tranquility. “יְהִי שָׁלוֹם בְּחֵילֵךְ שַׁלְוָה בְּאַרְמְנוֹתָיִך”ְ. ” Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces”.

Yours in solidarity,

Rabbi Gilad Kariv- President and CEO of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism

Reuven Marko- Chairperson of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism

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montana Hadassah annual meeting: FRIDAY AND SATURDAY,08/26-27, 2017

When: Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27, 2017
Where: The Historic Ursuline Center, built in 1912, 2300 Central Ave. It is a Collegiate Gothic Building that is on the Historic Places National Register.
Accommodations: The Ursuline Center, 2300 Central Ave.

  • Sleeping accommodations offer a private room setting with room options of one bed ($36 per night) or two($46 per night) to fit your needs.
  • Most of our one-bed rooms offer Queen or Double beds, while our two bed options offer full size beds.
  • Each room is equipped with a dresser, sink and mirror for your convenience.
  • Separate restroom/shower accommodations for men and women are semi-private, shared facilities located at the end of the hallway on the sleeping floors.

For reservations, please call 406-452-8585 or visit The Ursuline Center. Tell the Ursuline Center the reservation is for the Hadassah meeting August 26 and 27th. You can reserve a room for Friday night (25th) and Saturday night (26th), or just for Saturday night. Rooms will be held until August 15, 2017


  • Saturday, August 26, 3pm – tour the Ursuline Center $25 cost divided among participants.
  • Saturday, August 26 5:30pm – Dinner at Teriyaki Madness **
  • Saturday, August 26, 7:00pm – -Havdallah
  • Collection of toiletries for Crisis Center
  • Saturday August 26, 7:30pm – Program – Speaker Deborah Cabin, McLaughlin Research Institute.
  • Silent Auction items will be on display
  • Sunday, August 27, 8 am – Breakfast at the Ursuline Center **
  • Speaker, Dafna Michaelson Jenet, State Representative, Colorado House of Representatives, District 30
  • Silent Auction wrap up
  • (Sharon Ann Ashton???), DVD film (either Sunday morning, or just before Deborah Cabin speaks on Saturday night)
  • MT Hadassah Annual Meeting

Registration Form: Due by August 10
Please enclose registration fee made out to MT Hadassah in the amount of $25.00 per person
Name______________________________________________ Address____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________
Phone # (h) ____________(cell)________________________ email____________________________________
need or want a roommate?___________________________

** Dinner at Teriyaki Madness will be no host. There are a variety of chicken, beef and tofu entree options accompanied by veggies, and rice or noodles. Everything is cooked to order, so you can order the way you prefer. Once you arrive in Great Falls, we will review the menu. Dinner orders will be submitted prior to departure from the Ursuline Center.

**Breakfast on Sunday mornings and either a sack lunch or eat in lunch on Sunday are included in the registration fee

Please mail your registration form to:
Nadyne Weissman
MT Hadassah Annual Meeting Registration
2777 Greenbriar Drive
Great Falls, MT 59404
along with the $25.00 registration fee made out to MT Hadassah, by August 10. Rooms at the Ursuline will be held only until August 15.

Our speaker Saturday evening
Introducing Deborah Cabin
I’m originally from Baltimore, Maryland. I obtained my BA in biology from Johns Hopkins University., then worked in a surgery lab studying the response in the liver to cardiogenic shock. I obtained my PhD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, studying mouse models of Down Syndrome in Roger Reeves’s lab. My post-doctoral training was at the National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH, where I worked on mouse models of Parkinson’s disease under Robert Nussbaum. I’ve continued working on Parkinson’s disease since coming to the McLaughlin Research Institute in 2006. My work focuses on two main areas: first, what is the normal function of the protein responsible for Parkinson’s disease, and second, what aspect of that protein allows it to convert from a benign to a neurotoxic molecule.

Submitted by Nadyne Weissman


Now that there has been a break in the extremely hot weather, please come to the cemetery on Sunday, August 13, 2017, starting at 10:00 A.M., ready to clean and mow.

Please bring mowers, weed whackers, yard and leaf bags, cans of gasoline, and fleshig finger food and drinks for fellowship.

The best address for the cemetery is 81 Highland Road.  To get there (from the Benefis East hospital), drive Southbound on 26th Street past the hospital for 1.5 miles and follow the road when it turns to the left.  At that point the road will become Highland Road.  Continue straight for a mile until you reach the cemetery.

Thank you.
Joy Breslauer, Ram’s Horn Editor
Aitz Chaim, Great falls Hebrew Association