Category Archives: Cheshvan

YAHRZEITS, CHESHVAN 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
Heidi Jan Berger 26 Tamuz, 5779 Ex-wife of Tom Berger, Wife of William Franklin Raley, Mother of Polly Lorien and Jake Berger
Blanche Stoll Gulko 9 Tamuz, 5779 Mother of Rabbi Ruz Gulko
Bill Hinton 4 Nisan, 5779 Husband of Susan Hinton
Roger Reichert 11 Adar I, 5779 Son of Arlyne Reichert
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 Great-grandmother of Cece Drew
Norman Handler 22 Cheshvan, 5761 Father of Wendy Weissman
Marvin Langsam 23 Cheshvan, 5774 Brother of Helen Cherry
Leonard Weissman 29 Cheshvan, 5768 Grandfather of David Weissman, father of Jeff Weissman, Patricia Philipps, Ted Weissman, Sally Weissman and Gale Rietmann

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THIS UPCOMING EVENT

This is a reminder about the lay services led by Devorah Werner the first Friday of the month, November 1, at 6:00 P.M. at the Bethel, with a milchig (dairy) potluck to follow.

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.

THE INTERNATIONAL SHABBOS PROJECT 11/15-16/2019

It’s that time of year again… time to get excited for another incredible Shabbat Project experience! This November 15-16 2019, Shabbat Parshat Vayeira, Jews from all walks of life will come together to keep one Shabbat, and we’d love for you to be a part of it.

Join The Shabbat Project’s global movement to renew family and community life, restore Jewish identity and unite Jews worldwide.
Join the Global Movement

The Shabbat Project in numbers

  • In 2013, the year the project first began, one country and seven cities participated in The Shabbat Project.
  • In 2014, we reached 460 cities.
  • In 2015, we reached 919 cities.
  • In 2016, we reached 1,152 cities.
  • In 2017, we reached 1,416 cities.
  • In 2018, we reached 1,511 cities.
  • Together, we can make this year’s Shabbat the best one yet.
  • Join us.

    theshabbosproject.com

    SOME WAYS TO HELP THE VICTIMS OF THE CALIFORNIA FIRES

    Here is a link to a fund to help fire victims in CA. Perhaps we can do something through them as a congregation.

    What are concrete ways we can help? I received the following from my colleagues at the Board of Rabbis of Southern California. I believe this is a good start:

    • The Jewish Federation has created a directed fund to support individuals and institutions impacted by the fires. Here is the link to that fund. Please send this out to your community-members so they can contribute. 100 % of the donations will go directly to those who need it.

    • The Federation has also set up a hotline for those in need of housing, counseling, evacuation center information, and emergency loans from our partners at Jewish Free Loan. The hotline number is 323-761-8100.

    • The Federation is opening its valley offices at Ventura and Corbin beginning at 9:00 am tomorrow morning. Representatives from Jewish Family Services and Beit Tzedek are at deToledo High School today and will be at Federation Valley offices tomorrow to assist individuals who have been impacted by the fires.

    • The Federation’s valley offices are also open to organizations or individuals whose office space has been evacuated or destroyed. Please be in touch with Rabbi Ilana Grinblat igrinblat@jewishla.org if you need to use this space.

    Here is a link to a resource on how to talk with and help children cope after a disaster or traumatic event.

    We also encourage you to bring gift cards directly to Temple Akiba. We can then deliver them to organizations that can best use them.

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    There are times that life hurts. And we gather with others as much as we can. We hug each other. We cry. We reach in. We question. But most important, we love.

    Rabbi Zach Shapiro

    Temmple Akiba of Culver City
    5249 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
    Culver City, CA 90230
    Rabbi Zachary R. Shapiro | Temple Akiba, Culver City, CA 90230

    Contributed by Helen Cherry

    MAJCO CHANUKIOT IN HELENA

    2018 MAJCo State Capital Chanukah Event & Meeting

    *** Thursday, December 6 ***

    Lighting of community chanukiot and address by the Governor – noon
    (MAJCo meeting to follow in capital conference room to be announced)
    ______________________________________

    WHAT IS MAJCo?

    The Montana Association of Jewish Communities (MAJCo) is an umbrella organization that includes representation from Jewish communities across the length and breadth of the great state of Montana. Membership in MAJCo is open to any Jewish community, whatever the “stream,” within Montana. (Acceptance by the current communities is required.)

    Small Jewish communities in rural areas do not exist in a vacuum. Three decades ago, our Jewish communities created MAJCo, an association of all the organized Montana Jewish communities. Through MAJCo, we keep in touch and have created a community throughout this great big beautiful state.

    The Jewish communities in the Big Sky currently include:
    • Congregation Beth Aaron, Billings
    • Chabad Lubavitch of Montana, Bozeman
    • Congregation Beth Shalom, Bozeman
    • Congregation B’nai Israel, Butte
    • Congregation Aitz Chaim, Great Falls
    • Helena Jewish Community, Helena
    • Glacier Jewish Community/B’nai Shalom, Kalispell-Whitefish
    • Chabad Lubavitch of Missoula, Missoula
    • Congregation Har Shalom, Missoula

    YAHRZEITS — NOVEMBER, 2018

    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 comfort to all who are bereaved.

    Name of
    Deceased
    English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
    Congregant
    Dawn M. Schandelson Sep 3, 2018 23 Elul, 5778 Wife of Arny Schandelson, Mother of Brett and Scott Schandelson
    Donald Goldman May 14, 2018 29 Iyyar, 5778 Father of Abby Drew Syrovatka, Grandfather of Cece Drew
    FRANCES WALTMAN Apr 1, 2018 16 Nisan, 5778 Mother of Marjorie Feldman
    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

    YAHRZEIT OF LEONARD COHEN, 18 CHESHVAN


    The second Yahrzeit (anniversary of the passing) of Leonard Cohen, one of the greatest Jewish poet-songwriters of the 20th century, was observed on October 27th, 2018.

    As a tribute to his legacy, here is one of his most famous songs, Hallelujah, with the Hebrew lyrics of Psalm 150 which is recited daily in Jewish prayer.

    May the memory of Leonard Cohen be for an eternal blessing.

    Cantor Azi Schwartz of Park Avenue Synagogue
    Arrangement: Raymond Goldstein
    Music Director: Colin Fowler
    Cello: Alexander Scheirele
    Production Manager: Gil Smuskowitz
    Recording engineer and audio editing: Doug Yoel

    A LETTER TO AITZ CHAIM, GREAT FALLS

    To the members of Aitz Chaim:

    I write as the Bishop of the Lutherans in Montana, deeply grieving the massacre at Tree of Life Synagogue, and standing in solidarity with the Jewish community.

    Christians in general and Lutherans in particular have had a poor track record when it comes to anti-semitism and its tragic consequences. Our tradition has been associated with the justification of the Holocaust, and we continue to repent that.

    In 1994, our denomination joined the Lutheran World Federation in repudiating and repenting anti-semitism, saying: “We recognize in anti-Semitism a contradiction and affront to the Gospel, a violantion of our hope and calling, and we pledge this church to oppose the deadly working of such bigotry, both within our own circls and in the society around us.”

    In 1995, our church in Montana, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, entered into an agreement with the Montana Association of Jewish Communities, pledging mutual support, education and work together for the good of all God’s people. In 2015, with representatives of MAJCO present, we Lutherans unanimously re-affirmed the agreement, pledging solidarity and prayer.

    Lutheran congregations across Montana had the Jewish community in prayer during Sunday worship. We deeply regret the increased acts of anti-Semitism in our country, and pledge to work together for peace and harmony and justice for all people.

    In Great Falls, where I live, Congregation Aitz Chaim has a special relationship with my congregation, Bethel Lutheran. Bethel serves as home for the Great Falls Jewish Community, even moving the youth group off site so as not to disturb the high holy days. It is a way that we can be in relationship with one another. We are so glad that you are part of our community.

    As you grieve, please know that we grieve with you. And we stand ready to support you.

    Shalom!

    jessica Crist, Bishop

    KEEPING THE FLAME ALIVE

    Internationally acclaimed Israeli violinist and educator Lior Kaminetsky visited Great Falls with Soul Train in 2010 on a tour through rural parts of the United States. One of his passions is to create a documentary about rural Jewish congregations. Here is the trailer for the film, along with some other links that may be of interest.

    ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP RESPONDS TO TREE OF LIFE SHOOTING IN PITTSBURGH

    October 27, 2018

    Dear Sisters and Brothers,
    I write to you with a broken heart – for the lives lost, wounded, and shattered by horrific hatred and violence at Tree of Life Congregation this morning. We join our Jewish neighbors and enter into mourning for all that has been lost. In our grief, God is our comfort. “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

    From Pittsburgh to Portland, and around the world, Jews are living in fear. Anti-Semitism is on the rise. Public acts of hatred and bigotry against Jews are commonplace. As Christians, and particularly as Lutherans, we deplore and reject this bigotry. “We recognize in anti-Semitism a contradiction and affront to the Gospel, a violation of our hope and calling, and we pledge this church to oppose the deadly working of such bigotry, both within our own circles and in the society around us” (1994 Declaration of the ELCA to the Jewish Community).
    We are reminded that hate-filled violence knows no bounds – whether a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, a Christian church in Charleston, or a Jewish synagogue In Pittsburgh. As people of faith, we are bound together not only in our mourning, but also in our response.

    Therefore, in this tender moment of grief, let us reach out to those whose hearts are most broken – our Jewish neighbors. I encourage you to contact your local synagogue, or your Jewish colleagues, friends, and family members, to share your words of care, support, love, and protection. There may be specific acts you might offer to demonstrate your care, such as when the members of Faith Lutheran Church surrounded Congregation Beth Israel of Chico, California, serving as Shomrim, or guardians, as they observed Yom Kippur following a hate crime in 2009.
    Such simple acts can go a long way to demonstrate our love, as an extension of God’s love. As we seek to heal the brokenhearted, we are assured that God is near. There is no greater promise in the face of grief.

    In peace,
    The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
    Presiding Bishop, ELCA