Category Archives: Cheshvan

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.

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, November 5, 2021, 2 Kislev, 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.

YAHRZEITS — NOVEMBER, 2021

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
Rae Lind Oct 12, 5782 6 Cheshvan, 5782 Wife of Michael Renne
Diane Sherick Aug 13, 2021 10 Elul, 5781 Wife of Jack Sherick, Mother of Michael Sherick and Heidi Cech
Ethel M. Shapiro Nov 1, 2016 30 Tishrei, 5777 Aunt of terry Thal
Tillie Barrett Shapiro Nov 2, 2002 27 Cheshvan, 5763 Aunt of Nadyne Weissman
Leonard Weissman Nov 10, 2007 29 Cheshvan, 5768 Grandfather of David Weissman, father of Jeff Weissman, Patricia Philipps, Ted Weissman, Sally Weissman and Gale Rietmann.
Florence (Flo) Barrett Nov 12, 1966 29 Cheshvan, 5727 Aunt of Nadyne Weissman
Martin Renne Nov 14, 2000 16 Cheshvan, 5761 Father of Michael Renne
Dr. Daniel Foxman Nov 19, 2001 4 Kislev, 5762 Father of Marty Foxman
Arleen Heintzelman Nov 19, 2020 3 Kislev, 5781
Norman Handler Nov 20, 2000 22 Cheshvan, 5761 Father of Wendy Weissman

SAD NEWS

Rae Lind, Mike Renne’s wife, died Tuesday. I don’t know if a funeral is being planned but will let you know if I get more information.

She and Mike have both been in a nursing home for the last year or so – sharing a room, Rae for having a stroke and Mike for having an infected kidney stone for which he had surgery. He had an allergic reaction to the anesthesia and never recovered from that.

Mike is currently at the Ivy Nursing Home, (formerly Missouri River).

I will put more information out as I get it.
Wendy

CONVERSION CEREMONY FOR ELDON LATRAY

  • WHAT: Conversion ceremony for Eldon LaTray
  • WHEN: Friday, October 15 at 4 pm
  • WHERE: Garden home Park, 601 Bay Drive, Great Falls, MT. Located on west side of the river, across from Mackenzie River Pizza
  • WHO: Rabbi Mark Kula will perform the ceremony. All are invited.
  • WHAT: Kaballat Shabbat Services, led by Rabbi Mark Kula from Missoula, Friday evening, October 15, 2021, 7:00 P.M. at the Bethel.

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

**WITH COVID NUMBERS UP IN MONTANA, CONGREGANTS ARE STRONGLY URGED TO WEAR MASKS AND TO OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES WHILE INDOORS.**

Hope to see as many of you there as possible.

YAHRZEITS — CHESHVAN, 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
Arleen Heintzelman 3 Kislev, 5781
Queenie Crombie 3 Cheshvan, 5753 Mother of Arleen Heintzelman
Nathan Rapaport 9 Cheshvan, 5686 Grandfather of Nadyne Weissman
Vicki Sherick Hawkesworth 9 Cheshvan, 5774 Daughter of Jack and Diane Sherick
Martin Renne 16 Cheshvan, 5761 Father of Michael Renne
Celia Ross 22 Cheshvan, 5733 Grandmother of Abbee Drew; Great-grandmother of Cece Drew
Norman Handler 22 Cheshvan, 5761 Father of Wendy Weissman
Marvin Langsam 23 Cheshvan, 5774 Brother of Helen Cherry
Tillie Barrett Shapiro 27 Cheshvan, 5763 Aunt of Nadyne Weissman
Florence Barrett 29 Cheshvan, 5727 Aunt of Nadyne Weissman
Leonard Weissman 29 Cheshvan, 5768 Grandfather of David Weissman, father of Jeff Weissman, Patricia Philipps, Ted Weissman, Sally Weissman and Gale Rietmann

YAHRZEITS — OCTOBER, 2021

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
Diane Sherick Aug 13, 2021 10 Elul, 5781 Wife of Jack Sherick, Mother of Michael Sherick and Heidi Cech
Arleen Heintzelman Nov 19, 2020 3 Kislev, 5781
Ann Cohn Oct 4, 1987 11 Tishrei, 5748 Mother of Arlyne Reichert
Irving Fineman Oct 12, 1981 14 Tishrei, 5742 Father of Robert Fineman
Vicki Sherick Hawkesworth Oct 12, 2013 9 Cheshvan, 5774 Daughter of Jack and Diane Sherick
Roberto Naduris Oct 14, 1995 20 Tishrei, 5756 Husband of Susan Weissman
Rose Gran Oct 14, 2014 20 Tishrei, 5775
Carl Kotler Oct 15, 1993 30 Tishrei, 5754
Hattye Oppenheimer Meyer Oct 16, 1968 24 Tishrei, 5729 Grandmother of Diane Sherick
Pauline Nagel Oct 16, 2000 17 Tishrei, 5761 Mother of Meriam Nagel
Robert Klotzman Oct 17, 1995 23 Tishrei, 5756
Alex Barrett Oct 18, 1990 29 Tishrei, 5751 Father of Nadyne Weissman
Marvin Langsam Oct 27, 2013 23 Cheshvan, 5774 Brother of Helen Cherry
Celia Ross Oct 30, 1972 22 Cheshvan, 5733 Great-grandmother of Ceecee Drew
Queenie Crombie Oct 30, 1992 3 Cheshvan, 5753 Mother of Arleen Heintzelman

REQUEST FROM STUDENT RABBI ERIK L. URIARTE, BETH AARON, BILLINGS

Since August of 2017, I’ve been serving as the student Rabbi for Congregation Beth Aaron and I’ve been a resident of the state since May 2018. I am also currently in my final year of Rabbinic School at Hebrew Union College, the seminary of the Union for Reform Judaism.

In these last three and a half years of serving this community, I’ve come to meet, and learn a lot about, Jewish communities in Montana. I’ve been fascinated by the rich and amazing history of Judaism in Montana. I’ve been amazed at the tenacity of the Jewish spirit that has held many communities together for decades, and even over a century in some places; all while separated by hundreds of miles from major urban and Jewish centers in the rest of the United States.

It is with this in mind that I’ve decided that for my final thesis work to fulfill my educational obligations for ordination, that I will be engaging in a study of Jews and Judaism as it stands now in Montana. There have been many demographic studies of Jewish populations in the United States, including rural and historical communities, however, all of these have focused on communities in places like the South or the upper Northeast, where small Jewish populations still have support from larger urban Jewish communities and infrastructure an hour or two away. This is not the case here in Montana.

I would appreciate it very much if you could take 15-20 minutes to complete this online survey NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 30th.

If you have any questions, you may contact me at (406) 413-5367, or by emailing me at uriarte.huc@gmail.com.

If you are unable to complete the survey online, but would still like to complete it, I am happy to schedule a time to take your answers over the phone if you contact me by phone or email.

Thank you very much for your time and participation,

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

VIENNA TERRORIST ATTACK NEAR SYNAGOGUE

https://www.cnn.com/europe/live-news/vienna-terror-attack-nov-2-live-updates/index.html

YAHRZEITS — NOVEMBER, 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
Ethel M. Shapiro Nov 1, 2016 30 Tishrei, 5777 Aunt of terry Thal
Leonard Weissman Nov 10, 2007 29 Cheshvan, 5768 Grandfather of David Weissman, father of Jeff Weissman, Patricia Philipps, Ted Weissman, Sally Weissman and Gale Rietmann.
Martin Renne Nov 14, 2000 16 Cheshvan, 5761 Father of Michael Renne
Dr. Daniel Foxman Nov 19, 2001 4 Kislev, 5762 Father of Marty Foxman
Norman Handler Nov 20, 2000 22 Cheshvan, 5761 Father of Wendy Weissman