Category Archives: November

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR PRESENTATIONS IN MONTANA

Is anyone planning to attend the Holocaust program at the Civic Center on Tuesday night? Perhaps it would be prudent for members of the Jewish community to get together afterwards to discuss the pros and cons of the program over dessert and coffee. Please offer a suggestion for an appropriate venue.

Also, if anyone is planning to attend the Eva Schloss presentation on Sunday, November 3, it might be worthwhile convoying to Bozeman for safety’s sake, depending on the weather and the roads.

Joy

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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

    DON’T MISS THIS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY!

    Join us November 3 for A Historic Evening With Eva Schloss at Montana State University. Eva is a Holocaust survivor and stepsister to Anne Frank. Hear her fascinating and painful story of surviving the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, and how she still believes in the immeasurable power of good.

    Click HERE to purchase tickets

    Click HERE for sponsorship opportunities and for the private reception with Eva

    https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com › news › montana_state_university

    INTERNATIONAL MARCH OF THE LIVING 2019

    Shalom,

    As many of you know, my sister, Marcia, has led high school aged groups to Poland and Israel as part of the March of the Living program for well over a decade. These programs are important and powerful. Now, an opportunity exists for adults to attend such a trip. If at all interested, please look at the attached information and contact: Stacey Sherwitz: stacey@motlmail.org for more information. I have it on good authority, that if this trip fills up, another may be offered.

    To date, we have had one Montana teen attend the MOTL program. Please do consider this for your junior or senior high schooler/grandchild. It is an opportunity of a life time.

    Janet tatz janetilene@gmail.com

    Information for the 2019 International Adult Delegation
    2 West 45th Street – Suite 1500, New York, NY 10036
    TEL: (212) 869-6800 FAX: (212) 869-6822 E-MAIL: motl@motlmail.org
    WEBSITE: http://www.motl.org

    Dear Candidate,

    Shalom and thank you for your interest in the 2019 International Adult Program of the March of the Living.
    We very much appreciate your inquiries and thrive on your participation. We place our candidates at the center of
    our work and are committed to designing a trip that responds to each of our group’s needs. We hope that the
    information provided here will help stimulate your interest in our program.

    The March of the Living is a unique program that honors, commemorates and explores the past, present, and
    future of the Jewish people. You can be there, along with 10,000 other participants from around the world.

    Please find below the important dates and costs for the trip. Please note that space is limited and we accept people
    on a first-come first-serve basis.

    To view our virtual brochure, Click Here: International Adult Delegation Brochure

    You may complete the application and medical form here: Application Link
    Apply Here

    Program dates are April 29/30 – May 12/13, 2019
    *Note that the program is currently TBD.

    Departure from NYC – April 29, 2019
    Program Start Date – April 30, 2019
    Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day – May 2, 2019 (our main event in Poland)
    Yom Hazikaron – Israel’s Memorial Day – May 8, 2019
    Yom Haaztmaut – Israel’s Independence Day – May 9, 2019 (our main event in Israel)
    Departure for NYC– May 12, 2019
    Arrival to NYC- May 13, 2019

    Pricing – Full cost of the program is $7300
    Cost includes:
     Flights from NYC-Poland-Israel-NYC. Please note that you are responsible for your own domestic flights.
     4-5 star hotels (double occupancy)
     Deluxe busses
     3 VIP kosher meals a day (lunch is a lunch box)
     Local guides
     Educational scholars
     Security arrangements
     Educational kits
     Entrance fees
     March of the Living jacket and backpack
     Participation in all March of the Living International ceremonies with VIP seating
    2 West 45th Street – Suite 1500, New York, NY 10036
    TEL: (212) 869-6800 FAX: (212) 869-6822 E-MAIL:

    ISRAELI AID TO CALIFORNIA

    Israeli NGO sends aid to California in wake of unprecedented wildfires
    IsraAID’s emergency response team provides help building resilience and recovery in communities hard hit by the deadly blazes.
    By Nicky Blackburn November 19, 2018

    Israeli NGO, IsraAID, is sending an emergency response team to California to help communities affected by the unprecedented fires that have killed 80 and destroyed over 13,000 homes and buildings. More than 1,300 people are still listed as missing.

    The two blazes broke out 10 days ago in both north and south California and quickly spiraled out of control. The Camp Fire wildfire, which wiped out the town of Paradise in Butte county (population 27,000), is already the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history, torching an area the size of Chicago.

    The Woolsey fire has burned over 98,362 acres in southern California near the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

    After a request from local communities, IsraAID is to conduct a needs assessment of the population in affected areas, promote community resilience and recovery, and distribute relief items to families currently staying in temporary accommodation after losing their homes in the fires.

    Yotam Polizer, the co-CEO of IsraAID, told ISRAEL21c that a team of four Israelis have already flown out to California, and plan to set up operations in Chico, where many evacuees are now living in tent cities, shelters and even sleeping in their cars.

    “We’ve seen a lot of disaster zones over the years, but this is a whole different level of devastation. Everything has been burned to the ground, and there are so many people still missing,” said Polizer, who has just returned from California.

    “The search and rescue teams aren’t looking for survivors, they are looking for remains. From a psychological perspective it’s on a whole different scale.

    “When we talk to local people we see they are getting support, but there’s very little psycho-social support there. That’s where we are planning to focus our efforts.”

    IsraAID’s team will include Israeli and US-based mental health specialists, who will work with partner organizations on-the-ground to support affected communities as they recover and promote community resilience.

    “We were devastated by the tragedy of these fires in California,” said Polizer. “It’s a place very close to our hearts. We have an office there, lots of staff members and volunteers. A lot of local people asked that we come and help. We are planning to be there to support the people as long as we are needed.”

    This is not the first time that IsraAID has sent aid in the wake of deadly fires in California. In October last year, a team of seven aid workers – including Polizer – helped out in evacuation centers in Napa Valley, after a series of wildfires swept the state killing 44, causing $14.5 billion in damages, and forcing 90,000 people to evacuate.

    The Israeli team were stationed in Santa Rosa, California, and helped coordinate and provide relief supplies and stress management to the affected community.

    Even today, IsraAID continues to work with the community there to help them build resilience.

    IsraAID has extensive experience responding to disasters in the US and all over the world. This year alone, the organization provided aid to victims in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Michael, North Carolina, after Hurricane Florence, to the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Kenya, and to Guatemala after the volcano.

    CHRISTMAS AT THE MERCY HOME

    The weather is turning colder outside, and Thanksgiving is here. That means we need to start preparing to staff the Mercy Home for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

    Our Jewish Community members volunteer their time to staff the Mercy Home, the only domestic violence shelter for women in Great Falls. This gives the Mercy Home staff a chance to spend the Christmas holiday with their families.

    Here are the shifts that I would like to fill. If we have trouble filling the 3 hour shifts, I may move to 4 hour shifts and utilize fewer volunteers, but with enough volunteers, we should only need to help for 3 hours each:

    • Monday, 12/24: 2-5 PM
    • Monday 12/24: 5-8 PM
    • Monday 12/24: 8-11 PM
    • Tuesday 12/25: 8-11 AM
    • Tuesday 12/25: 11 AM – 2 PM
    • Tuesday 12/25: 2-5 PM

    Remember that a male can only volunteer with a female (Mercy Home Rules). If you have never done this before or need a refresher, me or a Mercy Home staff member are happy to do that prior to your shift. Just let me know and I can arrange that.

    Please e-mail me at wendy@weissman.com or call or text me at 868-5712 and let me know what shift you would like or if you have any questions.

    Thank you!!!

    Wendy Weissman

    JEWS, MOSLEMS, AND CHRISTIANS

    Video of United Hatzalah by Popular Israeli-Arab Vlogger Goes Viral
    by TheTower.org Staff | 11.15.18

    A video of the Israeli first-responder organization, United Hatzalah of Israel, produced by the popular Israeli-Arab vlogger (video blogger), NAS Daily, became the most-viewed video about an Israeli non-profit in just one week, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

    NAS, as Nuseir Yassin is known, produces one-minute videos on topics of interest that he posts to Facebook, where he has 10 million followers.

    Though most of Yassin’s videos garner between 2 and 10 million views, in one week the United Hatzalah video was viewed by 22.5 million people. (The number is now at 25 million.)

    Introducing the United Hatzalah video, Yassin wrote that the organization is “one of the most impressive things I’ve seen in a while.”

    “The change has been palpable,” Eli Beer, the founder of United Hatzalah of Israel, said of the international response to the video. “People around the world have been sending us messages, friend requests, and requests for help. They have expressed interest in setting up their own versions of our life-saving model in their cities and communities. We’ve had a lot of interest in particular from India, the Philippines and various cities in the United States.”

    Yassin, who has been traveling around the world for nearly three years, usually makes one-minute videos, and signs off with “That’s one minute! See you tomorrow!” However, the United Hatzalah video runs nearly four minutes.

    “The people at United Hatzalah of Israel are doing incredible work. All for free. All to save lives. Here is how they did it,” Yassin wrote. “Thank you Eli Beer and the team of volunteers for reaching out to Nas Daily and letting me film your operations. All around impressive.”

    The video currently has 11,000 comments and has been shared over 400,000 times.

    “Our model can save lives around the world, so we are excited that we received this exposure and that Nuseir succeeded in spreading our message around the globe so quickly,” Dov Maisel, the Vice President of Operations for United Hatzalah, explained. “We look forward to working with all interested parties to help them develop our lifesaving model and saving more lives all over the planet.”

    Vice President of United Hatzalah Michael Brown added, “We are incredibly thankful to Nuseir and his team for the light that they have shone on our operations and on the coexistence that exists between our Jewish, Muslim and Christian volunteers in Israel. As an Israeli Arab, Nuseir has a valuable perspective on coexistence in Israel and I am glad that he was able to tell our story.”

    THE PITTSBURGH SLAYINGS AND THE SEARCH FOR AMERICA’S SOUL

    THE PITTSBURGH SLAYINGS AND THE SEARCH FOR AMERICA’S SOUL
    (Opinion on behalf of the Billings “Montana Interfaith Network,” submitted by the Rev. Dr. Paul Seastrand)

    It is estimated that in the last 800 years, half of the world’s Jews have died violently, and on October 27, eleven more Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue were added to that count by a man hurling anti-Semitic slurs and bullets. Yet though the history of anti-Semitism is immeasurably tragic, the slayings in Pittsburgh bring us face to face with another sobering fact: The religious and cultural diversity that is the heritage and strength of America has too often devolved into religious and cultural animosity.

    Though affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, I write on behalf of the Montana Interfaith Network which represents Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Native American, and other historic faith communities who “advocate for the dignity, sanctity, and equality of every human being.” This advocacy finds common cause, as well, with the aims of civil freedom and justice affirmed by the U.S. Constitution and its amendments. Yet starkly contrasted is an America dismayed and torn by church shootings, school shootings, racist nationalism, tribalism, and the fatiguing tensions of identity politics. This is regrettable to people of faith as well as to every citizen who is committed to “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
    Observe how certain political and religious currents in American society today bring to mind the “Know-Nothing” politics of the mid-1800s. The “Know-Nothing-Party” was pledged to defend American values and life-style from the potential of foreign domination on native-born Americans. American Protestants, in particular, feared the influence of immigrant European traditionalists and not least the increasing influx of Roman Catholics. This kind of hostile American nativism is not just a historical footnote, but lingers on in polarizing debates about immigration, white nationalism, identity politics, and racial and religious equality. Moreover, during the present election season Republicans and Democrats debate tooth and nail about border control and healthcare, yet neither party has brought forward detailed proposals and moderating attitudes that effectively move our governing process and our body politic beyond vitriolic stagnation and suspicion.

    So the tragedy in Pittsburgh is not only a marker of anti-Semitism, but is another mark of the discord and debate that press the search for America’s soul. Our Founding Fathers recognized that diverse people with competing self-interests can either break or make a nation. They knew well the pitfalls of human avarice and tyranny, but anticipated (more than they realized) that constitutional divisions of power and democratic controls could preserve this nation in civil harmony despite and even because of differences of religion and inheritance. By the same token, many faith traditions recognize that civil harmony is a religious imperative. In 1995, my Lutheran denomination made common cause with the Montana Association of Jewish Communities, not because we share the same religious doctrines about God and salvation, but because we share renewed respect for each other that does not bow to stereotypes and intolerance. Moreover, we stated that “We need not share a common creed to share common deeds that enhance human welfare and strengthen the moral fabric of society.”

    Such is the kind of language and commitment that advances both faith and nation. Whatever
    our religion or biological and social inheritance; whether we are conservative, liberal,Republican, Democrat, or Independent; whether we drive Fords, Chevys, or bicycles; we need not share a common creed to share common deeds of justice, respect, and maybe even love. This election season is a fitting time to deepen these foundations of our common life and prove-up the search for America’s soul.

    (The Rev. Dr. Paul Seastrand is a retired pastor with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and a member of the Billings “Montana Interfaith Network.”)

    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

    SEVENTY YEARS AGO TODAY

    The story of the November 29th, 1947 UN vote for the Partition of Palestine. A vote that lasted a mere three minutes changed the course of Jewish History and brought 20 centuries of Jewish homelessness to an end.

    Click here to find out more