Category Archives: August

YAHRZEITS, ELUL 5780

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
Gary Ray Holsclaw 11 Iyyar, 5780 Son of Arleen Heintzelman
Charlotte Weiss 30 Kislev, 5780 Mother of Laura Weiss
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
Joe Barrett 28 Elul, 5753 Uncle of Nadyne Weissman
Zel Lana Jenings 28 Elul, 5766 Niece of Diane Sherick

DON’T MISS PART II OF THIS SPECIAL ZOOM PROGRAM FROM ISRAEL 8:00AM SUNDAY MORNING, 08/16/2020

Don’t miss Part II of this special program from Israel by Rabbi Ervin Birnbaum, a 92-year-old passenger who survived the journey of The Exodus in 1947.

Eye Witness Testimony
The amazing story of “Exodus 1947” – the ship that launched a nation

Part II: Sunday, August 16, 2020, 8:00AM MDT, 10:00AM EDT, 5:00PM IDT
Join Zoom Meeting

Submitted by Natalie Fisher Guerin

HAPPY 75TH BIRTHDAY, ELLIOTT MAGALNICK!

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is condensed from a post on Caring Bridge, where Elliott’s son Joel has been posting updates about his dad from time to time. (see article on past rabbis in The Ram’s Horn.) It would be nice to send a card.

Elliott’s got a big birthday coming
Journal entry by Joel Magalnick — August 10

Hi everyone,

I realize it has been over a year and a half since I last posted, so I thought I’d give an update. Overall he appears to be doing quite well. He has been largely stable for the past couple years with some ups and downs here and there. With the onset of Covid, he has been more or less in lockdown in his room at Brookdale, but starting to venture out a little more for meals in a physically distanced cafeteria.

Since visitors aren’t allowed in the building he has gotten a few visits from friends through the window, where they chat with masks on at a six-foot distance.

… Believe it or not, the old man turns 75 next Wednesday, August 19th. It would be great if you could call or stop by. Unfortunately it’s not as easy as just picking up the phone and reaching him. He has trouble using his phone, even if it does ring, so to have a chat you’ll need to reach out to Brookdale directly at 303-364-7149 and have them come to the room with the phone. They prefer that you set up time to do the call or you even set up a Zoom chat, which the front desk can facilitate.

…Brookdale is at 150 Quebec St. in Denver, 80230.

He would love to have visitors! Stay healthy everyone.

Joel

DON’T MISS THIS SPECIAL ZOOM PROGRAM FROM ISRAEL at 8:00AM SUNDAY MORNING, 08/09/2020

Shalom,

Here is Zoom information for an incredible program on Sunday. My 92-year-old Rabbi was on the Exodus and this program will talk about it. Rabbi Birnbaum is beyond incredible as is his entire family. He is originally from Slovakia and was liberated at the age of 14 – he’ll tell the story on Sunday. It will be fun to see you if you join in on the Zoom. Here you go.

Eye Witness Testimony
The amazing story of “Exodus 1947” – the ship that launched a nation

Part I: Sunday, August 9, 2020, 8:00AM MDT, 10:00AM EDT, 5:00PM IDT
Part II: Sunday, August 16, 2020, 8:00AM MDT, 10:00AM EDT, 5:00PM IDT
Join Zoom Meeting. Use this same link for both days.

Submitted by Natalie Fisher Guerin

HARRY AND EDDIE

From the AIPAC Initiative

Before there was AIPAC, before there was Israel, one man’s friendship with President Truman helped change history.
Harry and Eddie

Submitted by Jerry Weissman

AN OPEN INVITATION TO MEMBERS AND FRIENDS FROM CONGREGATION BETH AARON, BILLINGS

Shalom CBA Members and Friends,

COVID-19 has affected us all in ways we couldn’t have guessed when this year started, but I want to tell you about Hannah Simkovic-Kitterman.

Hannah and I have been working together for a while now, and at the beginning of the year, the excitement was building for her to invite her family and friends, and fill the synagogue with people excited to welcome her into the Jewish community as a Bat Mitzvah, a “Daughter of the Commandments”. We had a date set, we had plans for what it would look like, and the party was being thought about.

And then COVID-19 happened.

At first, we decided to postpone it to late summer, in the hopes that things would normalize and we would be able to do it “right.” Unfortunately, things once again did not work out according to plan. Undaunted, but a little demoralized, we pressed on.

I personally can’t imagine what it is like to have any lifecycle event during this time, let alone one as important and central to a Jewish teenager’s life journey than a B’nei Mitzvah in a time where social distancing and Zoom meetings are a regrettable necessity.

It is with that in mind that I would like to invite you to Emily’s Bat Mitzvah on Zoom, which will take place on Saturday, August 15th @ 10:30am. I am personally sending an all-call to the community to join in to watch the service and her Torah reading. Even though we can’t come together in the synagogue, we can still come together virtually for this important event.

You can join the service with this link:

Erik Uriarte is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Hannah’s Bat Mitzvah
Time: Aug 15, 2020 10:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

We will also be tentatively planning for an event next year, where we can gather for her to read Torah with a (safe) room full of people, and a real, honest-to-G-d party afterwards.

Respectfully,

Erik L Uriarte, MAHL
Student Rabbi and Director of Religious Programming
Congregation Beth Aaron – Billings, MT
Cell: (406) 413-5367

HADASSAH DESERT MOUNTAIN REGION COOKBOOK: SUBMIT A RECIPE!

Dear All,

The fun opportunity to build a cookbook (as a fundraiser for our Hadassah Region) is still ongoing. The deadline to submit a recipe has been extended and the email address for submitting the recipes has been updated to desertmountain@hadassah.org Thanks Nadyne Weissman from Great Falls for submitting a recipe. Who else will join Nadyne?

Details:

The Desert Mountain Hadassah Region Cookbook will be “sold” for $25 and emailed to those who purchase it, so there will be no production costs.

How to participate:
1. Please submit a recipe with a story. For example, you could submit a recipe with a “Dor v’ Dor” – “from Generation to Generation” – type story, such as, “This fruit pie recipe was from my amazing mother who made this every Shabbos. When we traveled to Bainbridge Island every year for summer vacation, I would make this and my kids loved it.”
2. Recipes can be in any category: Appetizers, lite meals, breakfast, dinner, veggies, desserts, special holiday meals, miscellaneous!
3. Please submit easy recipes!
4. Please include a selfie or another picture of your choosing. If the recipe is from your Mom for example, please include a picture of your Mom, or of the two of you together.
5. Please email the recipe and photos to desertmountain@hadassah.org by August 16

HADASSAH NEWS
PO Box 204
Butte, Montana 59702 USA

YAHRZEITS — AUGUST, 2020

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
Gary Ray Holsclaw May 5, 2020 11 Iyyar, 5780 Son of Arleen Heintzelman
Charlotte Weiss Dec 28, 2019 30 Kislev, 5780 Mother of Laura Weiss
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

FROM THE MARINES TO MONTANA: RABBI-TO-BE EMBRACES CHALLENGES

“Being a Jew of color in a rural environment in an incredibly white state is really difficult at times, and yet it’s exactly where I want to be.”

By Andrew Esensten
July 31, 2020

OUR PAST RABBIS: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a list, in no particular order, of some of the student rabbis, a couple of ordained rabbis, a cantorial soloist, and some lay leaders who have led services for our community, and where they are and what they are doing now.

1984-1990 (order and specific year unknown)Dan Fink
Idaho Congregation Gets Its First Full Time Rabbi, Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel, Boise, Idaho, 11/07/1994
Jewish Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel Celebrates 125 Years in Idaho This Year, 02/01/2020

1984-1990 (order and specific year unknown)Nathan Langer
New Freehold Center Jewish Rabbi Prioritizes Attracting Young Members to the Freehold Jewish Center Congregation Agudath Achim, Freehold, NJ, 11/25/2019
Rabbi Nathan Langer is also the manager of the Ruth Hyman Jewish Hospice VNA (Visiting Nurse Association) Health Group in Frehold, NJ, 2018

1984-1990 (order and specific year unknown)Johnathan Katz
King’s Inspired Maladjustment, Opinion, Rabbi Johnathan R. Katz, Guest Columnist, Ceresota Herald Tribune, 01/17/2016
After 8 years, Katz To Leave Temple, Longboat Key News, 04/13/2016
JFCS Appoints Rabbi Katz As Community Chaplain, Ceresota, FL 10/14/2017

1984-1990 (order and specific year unknown)Dan Schwartz
Rabbi Daniel Schwartz, Rabbi For the Future, Jewish News, 03/01/2018
Rabbi Daniel A. Schwartz, Temple Shir Shalom, (Song of Peace), West Bloomfield, MI, since around 2008
Rabbi Daniel Schwartz talks about Religious Virtual services, 04/03/2020
There are also many other videos on YouTube.

1984-1990 (order and specific year unknown)Ron Stern
Rabbi Ron Stern joined the clergy staff at Stephen Wise Temple, L.A. in 1998, 10/31/2019
There are also many other videos on YouTube.

1984-1990 (order and specific year unknown)Cory Weiss
Rabbi Cory Weiss is the spiritual leader of Temple Har Zion in Thornhill, Ontario. He was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1993. Currently, he chairs the Reform Rabbis of Greater Toronto and is a member of the Toronto Board of Rabbis. Rabbi Weiss plays in the Greater Toronto Interfaith Clergy Curling Club, and is a proud member of the Frozen Chosen, the world’s only Jewish clergy curling team. He is one of the world’s few remaining accordion-playing rabbis.

1990-1991 Matt Friedman
Full Biography for Rabbi Matthew L. “Matt” Friedman, 11/04/2008
20 Years Later, Sacramento Synagogue Bombing Still Hurts, 06/14/2019

1991-1993 Mark Bloom (Karen)
Rabbi Mark S. Bloom Returning to Bay Area Roots, 04/13/2001
Rabbi Mark S. Bloom, Temple Beth Abraham, Oakland, CA, since 07/2001

1993-1994 Dan Felder (Sandra) not Found

1994-1995 Joel Mosbacher (Elyssa)
Rabbi Joel Mosbacher, Senior Rabbi, Temple Shaaray Tefila, New York, since 2016

1996 Zachery Shapiro
Rabbi Zackery Shapiro, Temple Akiba, Culver City, CA, since 2006
Inducted into the Board of Governors of HUC, Jewish Institute of Religion, 11/07/2018

1996-1997 Tom Heyn (Barbara and Kal)
Biography of Rabbi Moshe Tom Heyn, now living in Half Moon Bay, CA,

1997-1998Jeffrey Wildstein (Andrea Dine)
About Jeffrey Wilestein, 2015
RABBI JEFFREY WILDSTEIN, AUTHOROF JUDAISM: AN INTRODUCTION TO JEWISH BELIEFS AND HISTORY, PART OF THE IDIOT’S GUIDE SERIES, 06/02/2015
Rabbi Jeffrey Wildstein, Temple Beth David, Westwood, MA
In Pursuit of Knowledge: Walpole Rabbi Studying Long-ago Proposal for Jewish African Homeland, 01/12/2015

1998-1999Wendy Geffen
RABBI WENDI GEFFEN, A NORTH SHORE CONGREGATION Rabbi SINCE 2002, AUTHOR OF ARTICLES FOR THE HUFFINGTON POST
RABBI WENDI GEFFEN, NORTH SHORE CONGREGATION ISRAEL, GLENCO, IL, A SUBURB OF CHICAGO, 2015
Rabbi Wendy Geffen, new rabbi at the helm of North Shore Congregation Israel, 08/04/2015
Rabbi Wendy Geffen in conversation with Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen, 06/05/2020
Rabbi Wendy Geffen, how to shake a Lulav, 08/08/2014

1999-2000 Neal Katz
Senior RABBI NEAL KATZ, Congregation Beth El, Tyler, TX, since 2003
Chanukah song from Rabbi Neal Katz’s Chanukah CD “Be A Light” 2009
Official music video for Rabbi Neal Katz “Be A Light”
The web site for his music can be found at KatzMusic.com

2000-2001 Lorne Blumber Not Found

2001-2003 Rabbi Laura Rappaport
RABBI LAURA RAPPAPORT, TEMPLE B’NAI SHALOM, FAIRFAX STATION, VA

2003-2005 Jonathan Jaffe
RABBI JONATHAN JAFFE, 2014
Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe, Chappaqua’s Temple Beth El, Northern Westchester, N.Y., June, 2014

2005-2006 Amy Morrison
Rabbi Amy Morrison is Diversifying Miami’s Temple Israel, Miami Herald, 09/26/2019

2006-2008 Jake Singer-Beilin
RABBI JAKE SINGER-BEILIN, 2011
RABBI JAKE SINGER-BEILIN, 07/01/2019

2008-2010 Brian Immerman
RABBI BRIAN IMMERMAN
MISHKAN-ISRAEL CELEBRATES THE INSTALLATION OF RABBI BRIAN IMMERMAN, 11/2018

2010-2011 Cantorial Soloist Elliott Magalnick, Denver, CO
On May 16, 2016, Elliott went into the hospital because he had been experiencing eye problems, and what his doctor thought was a blood clot was actually a carotid cavernous fistula – basically an abnormal arterial growth. During surgery, there were complications, which resulted in a series of problems he is experiencing now, including a lack of ability to speak and the need for intubation. Later it was determined that he had had a significant stroke, and he cannot do much with his right side. He eventually began physical therapy. He moved into an assisted living facility in June, 2017. His son Joel posts to a journal on the Caring Bridge web site, http://www.caringbridge.org, from which the following posts are taken.

Journal entry by Joel Magalnick — Sep 25, 2016
I’ve spent the weekend with my dad and it’s been really nice to see the progress he’s made since I came to visit six weeks ago. First is the voice. He’s pretty much able to talk with his (mostly) full voice all of the time. He doesn’t have a singing voice yet, but hopefully that’s on its way back. All in good time, we hope.

He is still not able to use his right side, and we’re hoping that comes back at some point in the near future, but we’re not there yet. Still, the nurses have said that he should get an odometer with all the miles he’s putting on propelling himself in his wheelchair. So he’s certainly mobile.

I got him out of the building quite a bit this weekend, which he appreciated, and he even got his first trip out of the building, with me getting to push him on a walk around the block. Hopefully he can get a few more of those before the weather starts getting cold.

Yesterday a lot of his friends came over from Rodef Shalom to do a musical service. Enjoy the video! Thanks, Joel
ELLIOTT’S MUSICAL SHABBAT SERVICE

Journal entry by Joel Magalnick — Nov 22, 2018, last entry
If you happen to be in Denver, please stop by and give my dad a visit. He will be spending the holiday at his assisted living facility so I know he would love to see that people are thinking about him. If you haven’t been in a while, he’s at Brookdale Lowry, 150 Quebec St, apartment 269.
His phone number has changed—it’s now 720-472-8400. Feel free to call or text, and we will see if he checks his messages or responds. That may be something he has to relearn. Thanks. Joel Magalnick

2012 Rebecca Reice, Not Found

2012 Miriam Farber
2014 Miriam Farber Wajnberg
RABBI MIRIAM FARBER WAJNBERG, Director of Adult Jewish Learning and Interfaith Engagement, Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, New York, N.Y.
RABBI MIRIAM FARBER WAJNBERG, 02/10/2017
URJ Blog: Women of Reform Judaism, shabbat, Rabbi Miriam Farber Wajnberg, 05/04/2020
Many of her sermons are on YouTube.

2013-2014 Bess Wohlner
Associate Rabbi Bess Wohlner, Temple Israel, Memphis, TN, July, 2015
Many of her Shabbat services are on YouTube.

2014 (High Holy days) Rabbi Ruz Gulko
2014-present Rabbi Ruz Gulko
Rabbi Ruz Gulko on Mental Floss
Rabbi Ruz Gulko
She is founder and sole employee of Gan Argaman, a private little Jewish learning academy in her home in Bellevue, WA, where she teaches all ages in all Judaic subjects, and officiates at life cycle ceremonies.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruz-gulko-85419810

2016-2017 (High Holy Days) Aitz Chaim Congregants Wendy Weissman and Devorah Werner
Wendy J. Weissman, CPA

2018-present Congregant Devorah Werner, monthly kabbalat shabbat services at The Bethel, on hold until further notice due to COVID-19
Devorah Werner
Devorah R. Werner, Physician’s Assistant, Great falls, MT