Category Archives: July






This coming Sunday, July 22, at 2:00 p.m., we will be dedicating an historical plaque at the Home of Peace Cemetery here in Helena.

Ellen Baumler, the recently retired Montana Historian and an expert on Montana Jewish history, will be officiating, as well as leading a walk through the cemetery to talk about many of the people and families buried there.

All are welcome!
Thank you,
Janet Tatz

(P.S.: I attended the Montana Historical Society seminar in Helena on historic cemetery preservation last month. Ellen Baumler was one of the presenters and led the tour of historic cemeteries of Helena. Home of Peace was featured on the tour. Ms. Baumler was excellent.


Todah Robah to the following Congregation members who have offered their hospitality to Rabbi Ruz Gulko and to provide the oneg:

  • Friday, 07/27/2018: Airport pickup for Rabbi Ruz Gulko:
  • Weekend hosts: Jerry and Nadyne Weissman
  • Friday Evening Services, 07/27/2018, 7:00 P.M.: Arev Shabbat Services led by rabbi Ruz Gulko at The Bethel. Oneg to follow.
  • Friday Evening, 07/27/2018: Oneg,
  • Saturday morning, 07/28/2018, 10:00 A.M.: Torah study with Rabbi Ruz Gulko.
  • Saturday Noon, 07/27/2018: Lunch with Rabbi Ruz Gulko:
  • Saturday Evening, 07/28/2018, 5:30 P.M.: Fleshig (meat) potluck at the Bethel with adult discussion to follow. Possible topic: The Ten Commandments.
  • The address for the Bethel is 1009 18th Avenue Southwest. Click here for map and directions.


    Ben Gurion, Epilogue – The story behind the making of the documentary film


    Sometimes I lay
    Under the moon
    And thank God I’m breathing
    Then I pray
    Don’t take me soon
    ‘Cause I am here for a reason

    Sometimes in my tears I drown
    But I never let it get me down
    So when negativity surrounds
    I know some day it’ll all turn around because…

    All my life I’ve been waiting for
    I’ve been praying for
    For the people to say
    That we don’t wanna fight no more
    There will be no more wars
    And our children will play
    One day

    It’s not about
    Win or lose
    ‘Cause we all lose
    When they feed on the souls of the innocent
    Blood-drenched pavement
    Keep on moving though the waters stay raging

    In this maze you can lose your way (your way)
    It might drive you crazy but don’t let it faze you, no way (no way)


    From: Brian Schnitzer
    Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 3:46 PM
    Subject: MAJCo – Jewish Cemeteries In Montana

    Last week the Montana Historical Society sponsored, with the help of National Park Service funding, a seminar on cemetery preservation. Helena’s Home of Peace cemetery featured significantly in several of the presentations and was one of the stops on the Helena historic cemeteries tour.

    Home of Peace, owned and managed by the Home of Peace Cemetery Association, was established in 1867. It is Helena’s oldest active cemetery and the oldest Jewish cemetery in Montana.

    (Papers exist suggesting as the Virginia City mining camp prepared to become an organized town in the mid-1860’s, its founders designated an area in its planned cemetery as “The Hebrew Cemetery.” There are no monuments in the designated area and no documentation of its having ever been purchased by any Jewish community. Although Ground Penetrating Radar suggests many internments, it is thought the area was used by Virginia City for mass burials during one of its later epidemics.)

    I, therefore, know only the particulars of two specifically Jewish cemeteries in Montana. I believe we also have cemeteries in Butte and Great Falls, but I do not know their particulars. If you are aware of additional active or inactive Jewish cemeteries, please reply with that information. “Reply All,” so the information can be shared and not duplicated.

    Beth Aaron Cemetery
    Congregation Beth Aaron

    Home of Peace
    Home of Peace Cemetery Association


    My name is Danielle Genin, and I’m reaching out on behalf of Lior Vaknin.

    Mr. Vaknin is a young Israeli guy, who’s currently on a goodwill mission to share some of the good things Israel is doing in the technology and innovation word and why it’s considered “Startup Nation”, in all 50 States! His main goal is to help reduce the antisemitism and Anti-Israel atmosphere around the country through proper education.

    He’s been on the road for 13 months now and is currently in state number #28.

    Lior will be visiting Montana around mid-July and it’s a rare opportunity for the community to gain additional information from someone who’s “been there”, and be part of his special mission.

    I’ll be happy to jump on a call sometime this week and share some more information, and in the meantime you’re welcome to check this short intro video of his –

    • All the talks are donation based •


    “Did you know people like you around the country helped us create the Museum’s new exhibition, Americans and the Holocaust?

    From high school students to lifelong learners, ‘citizen historians’ combed through local newspaper archives, finding more than 15,000 articles that helped us explore the question, ‘What did Americans know about the Holocaust?’

    The articles were found through the initiative History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust, which asks volunteers to search for news of events such as the Nazi book burnings and the voyage of the St. Louis.

    Would you like to join the more than 3,000 contributors? Visit History Unfolded online and see how you can help create an archive that historians will use for generations to come.


    Dr. Rebecca Erbelding
    Historian and Researcher, Americans and the Holocaust
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum”


    Rabbi Ruz is coming for the week end of Friday, July 27 — Sunday, July 29.

    YAHRZEITS — JULY, 2018

    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
    May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

    Name of
    English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
    Dorothy Meyer Aug 19, 2017 27 Av, 5777 Stepmother of Diane Sherick
    Ann Belfert Aug 12, 2017 20 Av, 5777 Mother of Gail Belfert
    Irving Langsam Jul 3, 1991 21 Tammuz, 5751 Father of Helen Cherry
    Alvin Magalnick Jul 3, 2010 21 Tammuz, 5770 Brother of Elliot Magalnick
    Gregory Scott Merriman Jul 10, 2007 24 Tamuz, 5767 Father of Laura Merriman
    Natalee Holly Kelman Jul 10, 2013 3 Av, 5773 Daughter of Evelyn Kelman
    Beverly Espelin Jul 12, 2007 26 Tammuz, 5767 Mother of Dawn Schandelson
    Hilda Schandelson Jul 17, 1962 15 Tammuz, 5722 Mother of Arnold Schandelson
    Rachel Foxman July 18, 2014 20 Tamuz, 5774 Sister of Marty Foxman
    Miriam Fischer Jul 20, 1953 8 Av, 5713 Mother of Robert Fischer
    Maurice Jacoby Jul 27, 1976 29 Tammuz, 5736
    Elsie Cook Mother of Helen Auch

    TISHA B/AV 2017 5777

    What is the saddest day of your life? For most of us, it’s the day when someone close to us passes away. For the Jewish people as a nation, the saddest day is the 9th of the Hebrew month of Av — the day when our Temple in the heart of Jerusalem was destroyed. That is what our tradition teaches us. However, it is hard to relate to the loss of something 2,000 years ago — especially since we never experienced having the Temple in our lifetime.

    July 31st, Monday evening through Tuesday night, is Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the Jewish month of Av. It is the saddest day in the Jewish year. What should a person do if he has no feeling for Tisha B’Av? If a person is Jewish and identifies with being Jewish, then it behooves him to find out why we as a people mourn on this day — what have we lost? What did it mean to us? What should we be doing to regain that which we have lost? At the very minimum, we should mourn that we don’t feel the pain.

    In 1967, Israeli paratroopers captured the Old City and made their way to the Wall. Many of the religious soldiers were overcome with emotion and leaned against the Wall praying and crying. Far back from the Wall stood a non-religious soldier who was also crying. His friends asked him, “Why are you crying? What does the Wall mean to you?” The soldier responded, “I am crying because I don’t know why I should be crying.”

    Tisha B’Av is observed to mourn the loss of the Temples in Jerusalem. What was the great loss from the destruction of the Temples? It is the loss of feeling God’s presence. The Temple was a place of prayer, spirituality, holiness, open miracles. It was the center for the Jewish people, the focal point of our Jewish identity. Three times a year (Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot) every Jew would ascend to the Temple. Its presence pervaded every aspect of Jewish life — planning the year, where one faced while praying, where one would go for justice or to learn Torah, where one would bring certain tithes.

    On the 9th of Av throughout history many tragedies befell the Jewish people, including:
    1. The incident of the spies slandering the land of Israel with the subsequent decree to wander the desert for 40 years.
    2. The destruction of the first Temple in Jerusalem by Nevuchadnetzar, King of Babylon in 423 BCE.
    3. The destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 CE.
    4. The fall of Betar and the end of the Bar Kochba revolt against the Romans 65 years later, 135 CE.
    5. Pope Urban II declared the First Crusade. Tens of thousands of Jews were killed, and many Jewish communities obliterated.
    6. The Jews of England were expelled in 1290.
    7. The Jews of Spain were expelled in 1492.
    8. World War One broke out on Tisha B’Av in 1914 when Russia declared war on Germany. German resentment of the Treaty of Versailles set the stage for World War II and the Holocaust.
    9. On Tisha B’Av, deportation began of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto.

    Submitted by Jerry Weissman

    Cry no more Yerushalayim!
    By Rabbi Chaim

    I would love to ignore the horrible news, but I can’t. I’d rather talk about much happier things, there are plenty, but I can’t. I can’t ignore the Savta (grandma) who watched her husband, son and daughter slaughtered before her eyes as she barely survived her injuries. I can’t ignore the mother holding the door knob tightly as she protected her five young kids, while listening to her husband scream before he breathed his last breath. I can’t ignore the arab world claiming victimhood over metal-detectors, after two of their very own cold bloodedly murdered two Druze police officers. I’d like to go back to my Bozeman bubble and say “we just need peace”, I’d like to think I can solve this issue by placing a “Coexist” bumper sticker on the back of my Subaru, but in truth, what we really need is our arab neighbors to love and teach life as much as we do.

    In Israel, Mickey Mouse hangs out with Donald Duck and Minnie,
    in Gaza he sings about using his AK-47 .
    For close to two thousand years, since being tortured, humiliated and exiled by the Romans, we’ve never stopped yearning. The Jews in Israel and abroad have been praying thrice daily “May our eyes see Your merciful return to Tzion.”, every Shabbos we pray, sometimes in heartwarming song, “From your place, our King, may You appear, and reign over us, for we are waiting for You….May You be exalted and sanctified within Your city Jerusalem, generation after generation, and for all eternity” and we always pray towards our holy Jerusalem, no matter where we are in the world, while Muslims pray towards Mecca, their holiest site, even when they’re kneeling on the Temple Mount.

    Tuesday is Tisha B’Av, our national day of mourning, and in addition to fasting, we must have a collective moment of honesty. Jews are peaceful, we don’t want any person in the world to suffer, including Jews. We need to say the truth – even if a friend or two will disown you – that the Holy Land of Eretz Yisroel was, and will always be, our home. Whether Canaan, Israel, Palestine or Palestina, we’ve lived on its holy soil since Abraham’s days and that will never change. My paternal grandparents were Palestinian, as they lived under Ottoman and British rule in Palestine way before 1948 and our people will continue living there way past 2048! Political persuasions aside, we can, and should, have healthy debates about Israeli government policy, but we can’t, and should never, debate our right to be home.
    Cry no more Yerushalayim!
    May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Moshiach speedily. May He protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L’Chaim!!!