Category Archives: October

I LOVE THE WILLOWS, BY RABBI CHAIM BRUK

Rabbi Chaim’s weekly message for October 2, 2020

HADASSAH MONTANA ANNUAL MEETING ON ZOOM OCTOBER 23-25, 2020

Dear All,
Join us for our Annual Meeting, October 23-25, 2020, on ZOOM! Attend any or all of the 7 “a la carte” sessions. It’s FREE except for the comedy show.
Here’s an outline of the 7 sessions:

  • 1. Friday Night October 23, 2020: 6 p.m. – 7:20 p.m. – Zoom Shabbat Service
  • 2. Friday Night October 23, 2020: 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Zoom Oneg Shabbat
  • 3. Saturday Night October 24, 2020: 6:20 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. – Zoom Havdalah
  • 4. Saturday Night October 24, 2020: 7:00 p.m. – 7:50 p.m. – Zoom Highlights from Hadassah Hospital / Wall of Healing
  • 5. Saturday Night October 24, 2020: 8:00 p.m. – 8:50 p.m. – Zoom Comedy Show featuring Israeli Comedian Benji Lovitt
  • 6. Sunday Morning October 25, 2020: 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. – Zoom Highlights from Hadassah Interfaith Mission / Advocacy in Action
  • 7. Sunday Morning October 25, 2020: 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. – Zoom Business Meeting
  • As we move through this unprecedented time of social distance restrictions, Hadassah has been hard at work adapting to a new normal. Our Montana Statewide Hadassah Chapter is doing the same.

    Our Annual Montana Statewide Hadassah Retreat is moving forward. However, all of our events will be on Zoom. Please join us as we bring in Shabbat together, get to know each other, welcome the new week, get inspired with information about Hadassah Medical Organization and Hadassah Israel Travel, learn more about our Hadassah Advocacy, have a few laughs together with a comedy show, and conduct the business of our Chapter.

    Information about each session with the links to register are below. All of our sessions, except for the comedy show, are free. Please consider a gift to Hadassah that is meaningful to you. All donations will help to further the healing work of Hadassah.

    Click on each of the links to register. The Zoom links will be sent with your confirmation emails.

    AFTER PUTTING IN YOUR PAYMENT INFORMATION AND PRESSING PROCESS PAYMENT, PRESS PROCESS ON THE NEXT PAGE TO COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION!

    Please do not share your Zoom links with others.

    Friday, October 23 6:00-7:20 PM Shabbat Services
    Led by Rabbi Mark Kula and Cantor Amber Ikeman of Beth Shalom in Bozeman.
    This service is open to Members and friends of Hadassah Montana and congregants of Beth Shalom. Click here to register The Zoom link for this session will be provided closer to the event.

    Friday, October 23 7:30-8:30 PM Oneg Shabbat
    Meet new friends and get to know old friends better as Nancy Oyer, Hadassah Montana President, leads us in a fun ice breaker. Then have fun “kibbitzing” (chatting) as we end the evening and wish each other a sweet, healthy, peaceful Shabbat. Click here to register

    Saturday, October 24 6:20-6:50 PM Havdalah
    Join us as we end Shabbat and welcome the new week.
    Hadassah Montana members Rabbi Laurie Franklin and Holly Kingsford from Missoula will lead us in this uplifting service. Click here to register

    Saturday, October 24 7:00-7:50 PM Highlights from Hadassah Hospital/Wall of Healing
    Hadassah Montana President, Nancy Oyer, will inspire you with highlights from Hadassah Hospital including photos and videos from the Hadassah Interfaith Mission to Israel.

    Kay Gersh from Whitefish and Adela Awner from Billings, our outgoing and incoming Fundraising Vice Presidents, will introduce our exciting Hadassah Montana “Wall of Healing” campaign. The Zoom link for this event will be sent Friday, October 23 Click here to register

    Saturday, October 24 8:00 PM Comedy Show Featuring Israeli Comedian, Benji Lovitt

    Since making Aliyah in 2006, Benji Lovitt’s observations on Israeli society, combined with his lifelong involvement in Jewish education, have created a hilarious narrative bringing smiles to faces all over the world. Join us in laughter as Benji broadcasts directly from the Holy Land, sharing his insights on both the challenges and marvels of life in Israel.

    This exclusive 30-minute show, hosted by the Hadassah Statewide Montana Chapter and the Hadassah Mountain Southwest Geographic Area, will have you in stitches. Benji will answer all of your questions after the show.

    Minimum Registration -$18
    Please consider a larger gift to further the healing work of Hadassah. $8 of your registration is not Tax Deductible. Click here to register

    Sunday, October 25 10:00-10:50 AM Highlights from Hadassah Interfaith Mission/Advocacy in Action
    Hadassah Montana Chapter President, Nancy Oyer, will share her excitement from the Hadassah Interfaith Mission, December 2019.

    Then Adela Awner from Billings and Lee Schrieber, our Region Area Vice President from Las Vegas, will lead us in an Advocacy discussion and activity. Click here to register

    Sunday, October 25 11:00-11:50 PM Hadassah Montana Statewide Chapter
    Annual Business Meeting
    Join us as we celebrate the awards received from Hadassah Desert-Mountain Region for 2019, hold elections for our 2021 Board of Officers, and begin to plan our year for 2021 Statewide event in Helena. Click here to register

    As you register for each of these sessions, remember, you must follow it through to the end. If you are making a payment, you will press Process Payment on the page where you enter your payment information. Then you must press Process again on the following page. If you don’t receive a confirmation email right away for that session, your registration is not complete.

    All sessions are open to members, potential members and friends of Hadassah Montana. Invite your friends and family members to register and join in the fun. And invite your friends and family across the country and around the world to join us for the Comedy Show.

    For more information on any of our sessions, please contact Nancy Oyer neogeo@montana.com 406-490-8989

    If you don’t use a computer and would like to listen in to one or more of our sessions, let Nancy know and she will give you a phone number to call in.

    We are looking forward to being with you for this fabulous weekend!

    #Hadassah saves lives
    Hadassah proud
    Hadassah the Women Who Do

    YAHRZEITS — OCTOBER, 2020

    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
    Gary Ray Holsclaw May 5, 2020 11 Iyyar, 5780 Son of Arleen Heintzelman
    Charlotte Weiss Dec 28, 2019 30 Kislev, 5780 Mother of Laura Weiss
    Ann Cohn Oct 4, 1987 11 Tishrei, 5748 Mother of Arlyne Reichert
    Irving Fineman Oct 12, 1981 14 Tishrei, 5742 Father of Robert Fineman
    Vicki Sherick Hawkesworth Oct 12, 2013 9 Cheshvan, 5774 Daughter of Jack and Diane Sherick
    Roberto Naduris Oct 14, 1995 20 Tishrei, 5756 Husband of Susan Weissman
    Rose Gran Oct 14, 2014 20 Tishrei, 5775
    Carl Kotler Oct 15, 1993 30 Tishrei, 5754
    Hattye Oppenheimer Meyer Oct 16, 1968 24 Tishrei, 5729 Grandmother of Diane Sherick
    Pauline Nagel Oct 16, 2000 17 Tishrei, 5761 Mother of Meriam Nagel
    Robert Klotzman Oct 17, 1995 23 Tishrei, 5756
    Alex Barrett Oct 18, 1990 29 Tishrei, 5751 Father of Nadyne Weissman
    Marvin Langsam Oct 27, 2013 23 Cheshvan, 5774 Brother of Helen Cherry
    Celia Ross Oct 30, 1972 22 Cheshvan, 5733 Great-grandmother of Ceecee Drew
    Queenie Crombie Oct 30, 1992 3 Cheshvan, 5753 Mother of Arleen Heintzelman

    JOIN CONGREGATION BETH SHALOM IN BOZEMAN VIA ZOOM FOR A SUKKOT CELEBRATION THIS FRIDAY

    Congregation Beth Shalom, Bozeman

    TIPS FOR CELEBRATING SUKKOT DURING A PANDEMIC

    From Jewish Boston

    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

    THE IMPJ WISHES ALL OUR FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD A JOYOUS SIMCHAT TORAH!

    Chag Simchat Torah Sameach from the IMPJ!

    20 October 2019
    21 Tishrei 5780

    Dear Friends,

    Moadim l’Simcha – I hope that you all are enjoying a festive Sukkot! All throughout Israel, our 52 IMPJ congregations and regional initiatives have been engaging in Sukkot services and activities, such as group meals in the sukkah and nights of learning. 65 of the IMPJ’s congregations and regional initiatives held Yom Kippur services in their areas. Meaningful services of Kol Nidrei and Neilah were attended by thousands of Israeli Reform Jews from throughout all parts of the country. Additionally, we hosted our Young Adult (Tlamim) retreat at Neve Shalom for the 5th time, in which over 200 of our Young Adult Leaders participated. During those two days, we prayed together, learned, talked and created a true sense of community.

    This evening, we will begin Simchat Torah. Many of our congregations will be hosting egalitarian hakafot shniot in public places. Hosting public hakafot shniot is important for several reasons. We are bringing the faces of Reform Judaism into the public sphere, in many cases introducing to people and engaging them with an open, accepting stream of Judaism. This enhances the visibility and growth of the Reform Movemment in Israel, leading in turn to expansion and exposure to more and more Israelis. We will bring the joy of Simchat Torah to all who wish to share in it with us. Additionally, Orthodox celebrations of the holiday are typically gender-segregated – we will be providing many women, young and old alike, their first chance to truly participate in the festivities of the holiday.

    The IMPJ kehillot that will be hosting public hakafot shniot include the following:

    North: Kehillat Emet V’Shalom, Nahariya; Kehillat Yedid Nefesh, Carmiel; Kehillat “B’Rosh Pluralisti”, Rosh Pina; Kehillat Ohel Avraham/Leo Baeck Education Center, Haifa; Kehillat Ma’alot Tivon, Kiryat Tivon; Kehillat Sulam Ya’akov, Zichron Ya’akov; Kehillat Or Hadash, Haifa; Kehillat Shirat HaYam Karmel, Haifa

    Center/HaSharon: Kehillat Ra’anan, Ra’anana; Kehillat Bavat Ayin, Rosh Ha’Ayin; Kehillat Shoham; Kehillat Achvat Yisrael, Rishon L’Tzion; Kehillat Birkat Shalom, Kibbutz Gezer; Kehillat Tefillat Ha’Adam, Caesarea; Kehillat Darchei Noam, Ramat HaSharon; Kehillat Brit Olam, Kiryat Ono

    Tel-Aviv: Beit Daniel, Tel-Aviv; Kehillat Tefillat HaYam, Bat Yam; Kehillat Shirat HaGan, Ramat Gan

    Jerusalem (and surrounding area): Kehillat Yozma, Modi’in; Kehillat Kamatz, Mevaseret Zion; Kehillat Har-El, Jerusalem; Kehillat Shir Hadash, Tzur Hadassah; Kehillat HaDror, Jerusalem; Kehillat Kol HaNeshma, Jerusalem; Kehillat Merchav Yerushalayim, Jerusalem

    South: Kibbutz Lotan

    Click Here for more information on specific kehillot (in Hebrew).

    While rejoicing in the new year that has been brought upon us and with it, the conclusion of the reading of 54 Torah portions, we do not forget about the dangers around us. We must not forget that just days ago there was a horrific shooting attack outside of a synagogue in Halle, Germany. This Simchat Torah, the tying together of the Hakafot and singing with the “El Maleh Rachamim” memorial prayer, which we will recite tomorrow morning, has an added special meaning. As we dance, we will sing: “and the main thing to recall, is to have no fear at all” and “Am Yisrael Hai”; but also “He who makes peace in heaven, He shall bring peace upon us…” and “Od Yavoh Shalom Alyenu” – “may peace soon be upon us.”

    To all of those blessings: amen.

    As we continue in full force through 5780, we look forward to our goals: the continued development and strengthening of new Reform congregations, such as the ones in Kiryat Shmona and Givatayim; the powerful and impactful work being done on the ground by Keren b’Kavod, the Reform Center for Community-Based Social Activism; the continued development of meaningful Israel-Diaspora partnerships through the “Domim” project, and so much more.

    On Simchat Torah, it is traditional to recite the first prayer for rain, in light of the changes of seasons and the hope for showers that are soon to come. As part of this prayer, we read the words from the Book of Ezekiel: “and I will cause the shower to come down in its season; there shall be showers of blessing… and they shall be safe in their land” (Ezekiel 34; 26). We pray that this year we will truly be granted showers of blessing and that peace be upon us and upon all who dwell on earth.

    I wish you all a festive and meaningful Simchat Torah!

    Sincerely,

    Rabbi Gilad Kariv
    IMPJ President and CEO

    Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism
    13 King David Street,
    Jerusalem, Israel
    94101
    avrohom@reform.org.il

    YAHRZEITS, TISHREI, 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
    Alfred Maleson 6 Tishrei, 5770 Uncle of Wendy Weissman
    Frances Langsam 9 Tishrei, 5757 Mother of Helen Cherry
    Paralee Poplack Shapiro 10 Tishrei, 5760 Mother of Jeff Shapiro
    Ann Cohn 11 Tishrei, 5748 Mother of Arlyne Reichert
    Irving Fineman 14 Tishrei, 5742 Father of Robert Fineman
    Pauline Nagel 17 Tishrei, 5761 Mother of Meriam Nagel
    Roberto Naduris 20 Tishrei, 5756 Husband of Susan Weissman
    Rose Gran 20 Tishrei, 5775
    William Semple 21 Tishrei, 5771 Father of Doug Semple
    Leila Rapaport Green 23 Tishrei, 5728 Grandmother of Nadyne Weissman
    Robert Klotzman 23 Tishrei, 5756
    Hattye Oppenhemer Meyer 24 Tishrei, 5729 Grandmother of Diane Sherick
    Alex Barrett 29 Tishrei, 5751 Father of Nadyne Weissman
    Carl Kotler 30 Tishrei, 5754

    CALL-IN INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAJCO MEETING 10/20/2019

    A MAJCo meeting has been planned for Sunday morning, October 20, during the upcoming Missoula Shabbaton.

    It will begin sharply at 8:30 AM and last approximately 1 to 2 hours.

    For those unable to attend in person but wishing to participate, they may join in online: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/bchessin4
    or by calling: (605) 313-6069
    Access code: 857836
    meeting ID: bchessin4

    Anticipated agenda:

    1. Introduction. Bert and Brian take a few minutes to bring people up to date on MAJCo. (5 min)

    2. Congregational and Montana Jewish organizations (MAOR, Hadassah, other) summaries. (30 min)

    3. CHANUKAH Menorah lighting plans. (5 min)

    4. Financial summary (5 min)

    5. Ideas on what communities and individuals want from MAJCo. BY-LAWS, annual gatherings, elections, dealing with political/social/security issues that directly affect congregations, minorities, etc. (30 min)

    6. Other issues and announcements (10 min)

    Submitted by Brian Schnitzer

    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