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Traditional arrangement of symbolic foods on a Passover Seder Plate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Our community Passover seder is coming up in about three weeks! The seder will be held on Friday, April 10, 2015, at 5:30 P.M. at the meeting room at Clark and Lewie’s restaurant, 7th Street and 1st Avenue South.

Please RSVP as soon as possible! You can make your reservation on our website by visiting, by sending Laura Weiss an email at or by calling her at 452-8621.



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 Yahrzeit 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
Dr. Charles (Chuck) Astrin Jan 29, 2015 17 Sh’vat, 5775
Rose Gran Oct 14, 2014 20 Tishrei, 5775
Edith Semple Mar 2, 2010 17 Adar, 5770 Mother of Doug Semple
Sophia Weissman Mar 12, 1967 30 Adar I, 5727 Grandmother of Jerry Weissman
Benjamin Barrett Mar 13, 1968 13 Adar I, 5728 Grandfather of Nadyne Weissman
Sylvia Fineman Mar 13, 2009 18 Adar, 5769 Aunt of Jerry Weissman
Pauline Eichner Mar 14, 1991 28 Adar I, 5751 Mother of Jerry Eichner
Marcia Eisenberg Mar 15, 1992 10 Adar II, 5752 Mother of Sharon Eisenberg
Allan B. Silverstein Mar 16, 2012 22 Adar, 5772 Father of Errol Silverstein
Fanny Drellich Mar 17, 1930 17 Adar I, 5690 Grandmother of Arlyne Reichert
Morris Schandelson Mar 28, 1988 10 Nissan, 5748 Father of Arnold Schandelson
Lillian Gissen Mar 30 Mother of Marion Kelman
Harry Crombie Mar 31, 1967 19 Adar II, 5727 Father of Arleen Heintzelman



Todah Robah to the following Congregation members who have offered their hospitality to Student Rabbi Bess Wohlner and to provide the oneg:

Airport Pickup: Marty Foxman
Friday evening,March 28, 2014, dinner with Student Rabbi Bess Wohlner: Jerry and Nadyne Weissman
Oneg: Jerry and Nadyne Weissman and Joy Breslauer
Saturday morning, March 29, 2014, after Torah study: Lunch with Student Rabbi Bess Wohlner: Laura Weiss


Please mark your calendars to remind you of these upcoming events.

  • * Friday, 03/28/14: Week end with Student Rabbi Bess Wohlner
  • Monday, 04/14/2014–Tuesday, 04/22/2014: Pesach
  • * Tuesday, 04/15/2014, 5:30 P.M.: Aitz Chaim Community Pesach Seder, at the O’Haire Motor Inn
  • Monday, 04/28/2014: Yom HaShoah
  • * Friday, 05/09/2014 — Saturday, 05/10/2014: Montana Jewish Retreat, Chabad Lubavitch of Montana, at the El Western Cabins and Lodges in Ennis
  • Sunday, 05/18/2014: Lag B’omer (bonfire)
  • Tuesday, 06/03/2014: Erev Shavuot
  • Wednesday, 06/04/2014–Thursday, 06/05/2014: Shavuot (reading the book of Ruth
  • * Saturday, 06/21/2014, 9:00 A.M.: Scout Shabbat, at the Montana Council Camporee in Townsend, in the 4-H building
  • * Tuesday, 07/01/2014 — Thursday, 07/10/2014: Israeli Leadership Seminar in Israel
  • Friday, 08/01/2014 — Sunday, 08/03/2014: Annual Statewide Hadassah Shabbaton, Billings

* See article in Ram’s Horn.


Here is the schedule for services this week end.

  • Friday Evening, March 28, 2014, 7:30 P.M.: Shabbat Services, led by Student Rabbi Bess Wohlner, at The Bethel. Oneg to follow.
  • Saturday morning, March 29, 2014, 10:00 A.M.: Torah study at The Bethel.
  • Saturday evening, March 29, 2014, 5:30 P.M.: Milchig (Dairy) Potluck and Adult Discussion at The bethel. Please bring a dairy dish to share.

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

We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible after this long winter. Come thaw out your Jewish spirit.


The Montana Council 2014 Scout Shabbat will be held at 9am on June 21, 2014 at the Montana Council Camporee in Townsend, MT in the 4-H building. Service will be led by Aaron Weissman and Stephen Boyd, and is open to all attendees at the Camporee.

Aaron Weissman
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Vice President for Program, Montana Council
Boy Scouts of America



EDITOR’S NOTE: The story is told of a Jew who is traveling on a ship with some merchants. They show off their merchandise and ask the Jew, “What do you have?” He taps his head and says, “Everything I own is in here.” They laugh and call him a fool.

Then a storm hits. The ship sinks and everyone is forced to swim to shore with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They reach a city, but the merchants have nothing to sell. They are forced to beg in the streets.

A few days later they see the Jew, well dressed and well fed. He drops some money in their begging cups. They say to him, “We had so much merchandise, but now we have nothing. You had nothing, but now you have so much. How can that be?”

He taps his head and says, “I told you that everything I own is in here. I have studied all my life and I have knowledge. I am working as a teacher.”

The merchants nod their heads and all agree that knowledge is the best merchandise.

Jews know what it is like to have lost everything and to have nothing, not even a home or a homeland. We have survived by holding on to our knowledge. Each time we have moved, we have brought with us our best merchandise: knowledge of our Torah, our history, our beliefs, our skills and our stories. These stories cannot be lost, stolen, or destroyed, not as long as we keep remembering them and retelling them to each new generation.

As we celebrate the second day of Pesach as a community this April 15, we will once again share our stories and beliefs as a people, and pass them on to our children. Please join us. Next year in Jerusallem! — END OF EDITOR’S NOTE

A long-standing congregation tradition, the Aitz Chaim Community Pesach Seder will be held on the second evening of Passover, on Tuesday, April 15, at the O’Haire Motor Inn meeting room at 7th Street and 1st Avenue South. We will gather at 5:15pm, the Seder service will start at 5:30pm.

The cost of this year’s meal, which will include

  1. matzo ball soup
  2. brisket with pearl onions and apricots
  3. honey lemon chicken
  4. salad
  5. roasted potatoes
  6. vegetable
  7. dessert

will be $27 for Adult Congregation Members and $36 for non-Members.

If there ARE any participants under 12yo let me know, and we will inquire about a child’s rate. This fee covers all of our costs for a traditional Passover Seder, including matzo, the traditional symbolic foods, kosher wine and grape juice.

Please send your reservation and payment for the meal to the congregation at 1015 1st Ave N., or via email to Laura Weiss, You can also pay for your reservation through the “PayPal” link on this page. All reservations are expected to be paid before the Seder begins. We need to have a final count to the caterer by April 7. The final date when we can accept cancellations is April 10, and we will be unable to accommodate refunds if you are unable to attend and do not inform us by that date.

Submitted by Aitz Chaim Congregation President Laura Weiss


EDITOR’S NOTE: Submitted by Elliott Magalnick

Our first grandaughter, third grandchild, born on 3.14,2014; 7 #; no name yet.
Grandpa Elliott