Category Archives: December

CHRISTMAS AT THE MERCY HOME

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and are enjoying the early Hanukkah this year!

It is time to start thinking about helping out at the Mercy Home for Christmas Eve and Day. As you may or may not know, our Jewish community volunteers to staff the women’s domestic violence shelter in town for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so that the staff can have a day to celebrate with their families. If you have never done this before, we can get you a brief training. It is really easy, rewarding, and a great Mitzvah for the staff at the Mercy Home. Just keep in mind that, because it is a women’s domestic violence shelter, men are welcome if they are with a female. Due to the sensitive nature of the situation, we just can’t schedule males by themselves at the facility.

Please text, call or email Wendy Weissman to sign up for a shift.

Shifts are as follows:
12/24 2-5 PM
12/24 5-8 PM
12/24 8-11 PM
12/25 8-11 AM
12/25 11 AM to 2 PM
12/25 2-5 PM
These hours may be rearranged as needed to cover the necessary shifts.

Hope to see you at the Mercy Home. And thank you for your time and dedication to this worthy project.

Submitted by Wendy Weissman
Phone or Text: (406) 868:5712
Email: wendy@weissman.com

SAD NEWS

Donald Neil Cherry, 1933-2021, 5694-5782, 88, of Great Falls, passed away on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, December 2nd at 12:00 Noon at Mount Olivet Cemetery with full Military Honors. A Celebration of Life is planned for a later date. A full obituary will be available later.

YAHRZEITS — DECEMBER, 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
Don Cherry NOV 30, 2021 26 KISLEV, 5782 HUSBAND OF HELEN CHERRY; FATHER OF STEVEN CHERRY, KAREN LARSON, AND DOUG CHERRY
Rae Lind Oct 12, 2021 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
Henry Espelin Dec 1, 1984 7 Kislev, 5745 Father of Dawn Schandelson
Diane Kaplan Dec 3, 2009 16 Kislev, 5770 Mother of Kai Nealis
Beverly Tatz Dec 8, 2015 26 Kislev, 5776 Mother of Janet Tatz
Carl Weissman Dec 9, 1960 20 Kislev, 5721 Grandfather of Jerry, Irving, Lauren, Susan, and Toby Jane Weissman
Irving Tatz Dec 9, 2008 12 Kislev, 5769 Father of Janet Tatz
Joseph Magalnick Dec 12, 1970 13 Kislev, 5731 Father of Elliot Magalnick
Richard Weiss Dec 12, 2000 15 Kislev, 5761 Father of Laura Weiss
Jules Cherry Dec 13, 1972 8 Tevet, 5733 Father of Don Cherry
Louis Eisenberg Dec 17, 1985 5 Tevet, 5746 Father of Sharon Eisenberg
Michael Thorne Dec 17, 2016 17 Kislev, 5777 Brother of Alan Thorne
Molly Dunaeff Dec 20, 1985 8 Tevet, 5746 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
James Levie Dec 22, 2010 15 Tevet, 5771 Uncle of Wendy Weissman
Charlotte Weiss Dec 28, 2019 30 Kislev, 5780 Mother of Laura Weiss
Theodore Eichner Dec 30, 1970 2 Tevet, 5731 Father of Jerry Eichner

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR HANUKKAH ACROSS MONTANA

  • Sunday, December 5, 2021, 1 Tevet, 5782
    5:00 P.M.: Hanukkah Across Montana, on Zoom:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83887591318?pwd=cXJhb2tDSVBEKzZYQnZPNlJiZ3R5QT09
    Dial-in: 1 669 900 6833
    Meeting ID: 838 8759 1318
    Passcode: 778258
  • THE AITZ CHAIM COMMUNITY HANUKKAH SCHEDULE

    Please mark your calendars for the Aitz Chaim Hanukkah schedule.

    • Sunday, 11/28/2021 — Monday, 12/06/2021, 24 Kislev — 1 Tevet, 5782: Hanukkah.
    • Sunday, 11/28/2021, 24 Kislev, 5782: Erev Hanukkah. 5:30 P.M.: We will light the first candle of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukkiah at the Civic Center. If you come at 5:30.30, you’ll probably miss it, especially if it is cold.
    • Monday, 11/29/2021, 25 Kislev, 5782: First day of Hanukkah. 5:30 P.M.: We will light the second candle of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukkiah at the Civic Center.
    • Tuesday, 11/30/2021, 26 Kislev, 5782: Second day of Hanukkah. 5:30 P.M.: We will light the third candle of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukkiah at the Civic Center.
    • Wednesday, 12/01/2021, 27 Kislev, 5782: Third day of Hanukkah. 5:30 P.M.: We will light the fourth candle of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukkiah at the Civic Center.
    • Thursday, 12/02/2021, 28 Kislev, 5782: Fourth day of Hanukkah.
    • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM: Menorah lighting and Chanukkah celebration at the Capitol Rotunda, Helena. **(See separate article in Ram’s Horn.**)
    • 5:30 P.M.: We will light the fifth candle of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukkiah at the Civic Center.
    • Friday, 12/03/2021, 29 Kislev, 5782: Fifth day of Hanukkah.
    • 5:30 P.M.: We will light the sixth candle of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukkiah at the Civic Center.
    • 6:00 P.M.: From there we will go to the Bethel for services led by Devorah Werner and to celebrate Hanukkah as a community. **(See separate article in Ram’s Horn.**)
    • Saturday, 12/04/2021, 30 Kislev, 5782: Sixth day of Chanukah. 5:30 P.M.: We will light the seventh candle of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukkiah at the Civic Center.
    • Sunday, 12/05/2021, 1 Tevet, 5782: Seventh day of Hanukkah.
    • 5:00 P.M. MAJCO Hanukkah Across Montana, on Zoom. **(See separate article in Ram’s Horn.**)
    • 5:30 P.M.: We will light the eighth candle of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukkiah at the Civic Center.
    • Monday, 12/06/2021, 2 Tevet, 5782: Eighth day of Hanukkah.

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

    Hope to see you there.

    PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE AITZ CHAIM COMMUNITY CHANUKKAH CELEBRATION

    Our next scheduled Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat services will be the 5th night of Hanukkah, December 3, which is also the Christmas Stroll.

    At services in November, those present discussed having a small gathering at the Bethel to celebrate Hanukkah. We would gather after lighting the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukiah in front of the Civic Center. The thought was that each person would bring food for themselves. Eldon said he would bring individual drinks, probably apple juice or something similar. Stuart said he would bring individual portions of wrapped challah or rolls.

    A few years ago, I got some pieces of granite or quartz and we made our own Chanukiot. I am going to try to obtain some granite or quartz and the other things necessary to make the Chanukiot again. If you plan to attend, please bring your own Chanukiah so that we can light a plethora of Chanukiot for this celebration.

    Laura has checked with the Bethel and they sent her approval, so we are good to go. We would have a service, eat our own food and then make the “craft” if I am able to find the materials to make them. I’m sure we would be out of there by about 8:30 – maybe a little time to clean up.

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

    Hope to see you there. Happy Chanukkah!

    Thanks
    Contributed by Nadyne Weissman

    PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE AITZ CHAIM FRIDAY EVENING SERVICES

    This is a reminder of the Aitz Chaim Kabbalat Shabbat service held the first Friday of the month, December 3, 2021, 29 Kislev, 5782, led by Devorah Werner at 6:00 P.M. at the Bethel, followed by the Community Hanukkah Celebration. **(See separate article in the Ram’s Horn, as well as one on the Hanukkah Schedule.)**

    As discussed and approved by the Bethel 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.
    • All contact surfaces must be wiped down with a sanitization product before leaving.

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

    Hope to see you there.

    PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE MENORAH LIGHTING AT THE CAPITOL ROTUNDA IN HELENA

  • WHAT: Hanukkah Gathering
  • WHERE: Helena Capitol Building Rotunda
  • WHEN: Thursday, December 2, 2021, 12 noon until 1 pm, with more time afterward for socializing.
  • WHO: Governor Gianforte will be speaking and attending the event. I will invite the various community representatives to speak, as well.
  • We look forward to re-establishing our annual in-person celebration. Bert

    A LULLABY FOR THE SOUL DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

    EDITOR’S NOTE: As 2020 draws to a close, please take a quiet moment and purposefully disconnect yourself from every stressor in your life, and let this song and its essence percolate through you and renew your spirit. May we all have a happy and joyful secular new year. Rabbi Randy Fleisher, Central Reform Congregation, From St. Louis Today, May 6, 2020

    YAHRZEITS — TEVET, 5781

    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
    Gary Ray Holsclaw 11 Iyyar, 5780 Son of Arleen Heintzelman
    Theodore Eichner 2 Tevet, 5731 Father of Jerry Eichner
    Louis Eisenberg 5 Tevet, 5746 Father of Sharon Eisenberg
    Jules Cherry 8 Tevet, 5733 Father of Don Cherry
    Molly Dunaeff

    8 Tevet, 5746 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
    Cynthia Boyd 14 Tevet, 5769 Mother of Stephen Boyd
    James Levie

    15 Tevet, 5771 Uncle of Wendy Weissman
    Daniel E. Fischer 24 Tevet, 5764 Brother of Robert Fischer
    Dr. Irving “Chick” Waltman 24 Tevet, 5776 Father of Marjorie Feldman
    Gene Charnes 27 Tevet, 5763

    Father of Joe Charnes
    Alexander Fischer 28 Tevet, 5743 Father of Robert Fischer
    Emma Betteti 28 Tevet, 5754 Aunt of Meriam Nagel