Category Archives: Cheshvan

CONDOLENCES TO WENDY WEISSMAN AND FAMILY

Maurice Fluegel Levie, of Baltimore, Maryland, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the wee hours of Monday, November 14th, 2022. He was less than one month shy of 105 years old.

Maurice had a voracious appetite for words, text, languages, gadgets of all kinds, and desserts. He subscribed to many newspapers and magazines and thoughtfully clipped articles to send to family and friends he knew would be interested in the topics. He was a veteran who served in India during WWII, a trustworthy stockbroker for most of his career, and a masterful chess player, besting all comers as recently as this summer. He is survived by his beloved wife, Ruth Levie (nee Maleson), with whom he celebrated an 80th wedding anniversary in September. In addition, he is survived by his children, Carolyn Levie Handler, Eleanor Levie (Carl Harrington), Leonard (Bozena) Levie, and Benjamin (Karyn) Levie; he was predeceased by his loving son, James Fluegel Levie. Maurice was a family patriarch dear to niece Judy Tarses Sherr and nephew Mark Tarses, a grandfather to six, great-grandfather to thirteen, and great-great-grandfather to a recent newborn.

A private funeral will be held on Wednesday, November 16th, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Har Sinai Cemetery, Garrison Forest Road. No flowers, please, but contributions in his memory may be sent to Har Sinai Oheb Shalom Congregation, as Maurice was a member of Har Sinai for almost his whole life, active in the Brotherhood, an usher, a bar mitzvah at 75, and up to a few years ago a regular attendee of Shabbat services and Bible Study.

The Aitz Chaim community extends sincere condolences to Maurice’s family and friends, most especially his daughter Carolyn Levie Handler and granddaughter Wendy Weissman. May his memory be for a blessing.

DAILY KADDISH MINION FROM MY JEWISH LEARNING

EDITOR’S NOTE: This may be useful for some of you.

Did you know that My Jewish Learning has a daily Kaddish Minyan? It’s virtual, and held every Monday-Thursday at 4pm ET, Fridays at 2pm ET and 10am ET on Sundays. Those who are interested can sign up here and they’ll receive email reminders with a link to login:

https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/join-a-daily-online-kaddish-minyan-with-mjl/

YAHRZEITS — NOVEMBER, 2022

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
Abraham Zilkha Sep 17, 2022 21 Elul, 5782 Father of Orly Zilkha
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
Arleen Heintzelman Nov 19, 2020 3 Kislev, 5781
Norman Handler Nov 20, 2000 22 Cheshvan, 5761 Father of Wendy Weissman
Don Cherry NOV 29, 2021 25 KISLEV, 5782 HUSBAND OF HELEN CHERRY; FATHER OF STEVE, KAREN, AND DOUG CHERRY

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 4, 2022, 10 Cheshvan, 5783, at 6:00 P.M. at the Bethel.

For in-person services, masks are welcome, but not required.
​Physical distance to your comfort level

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 — CHESHVAN, 5783

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
Abraham Zilkha 21 Elul, 5782 Father of Orley Zilkha
Don Cherry 25 KISLEV, 5782 HUSBAND OF HELEN CHERRY; FATHER OF STEVE, KAREN, AND DOUG CHERRY
Queenie Crombie 3 Cheshvan, 5753
Rae Lind 6 Cheshvan, 5782 Wife of Michael Renne
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

FROM THE MONTANA JEWISH PROJECT, HELENA

  • WHERE? From THE Montana Jewish Project, HELENA
  • WHEN? Sunday, 10/30/2022, at 2:00PM.
  • WHAT? Dr. Ari Laskin, a documentary film maker, will lead a discussion about his current work called Memorial’s Undoing. His project is about Holocaust memorials, particularly Babyn Yar, and he raises some interesting questions on which he would like feedback.
  1. what are the underlying meanings of memorials?
  2. Do memorials draw too bright a line between the past and present?
  3. Are there ways to make memorials that don’t let us “off the hook”, since the trauma of these massacres continues (and the conditions that cause them are still occuring)

This will be our first speaker inside our building, but we’re also sharing it on Zoom; it just requires advanced registration. If this seems like something that would interest you or that the Aitz Chaim community would enjoy, please spread the word.

PLEASE REGISTER HERE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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