Category Archives: September, 2011


EDITOR’S NOTE: These are not the full minutes.  They can be requested from any board member or from Nadyne.

ELECTIONS: Board members whose terms are up are Helen, Steve & Laura.  They have each agreed to stand for re-election.   During Rosh Hashanah, an announcement will be made asking if there is anyone else interested in running for the Board.  Ballots will be made and distributed on Rosh Hashanah.  Only GFHA members will get ballots.  Voting will continue through Yom Kippur, at which time all ballots will be collected and tabulated by Nadyne. If a member needs a ballot, please contact Nadyne by email  or through the web site.

CEMETERY POLICY:  Laura sent around some ideas of what is acceptable for Reform policies for the Jewish section of the Mount Olivet cemetery:  She will send it around again so that we can review the suggested policy and add to it if necessary.  Laura signed and sent the agreement to Mount Olivet officials, so we have a fully signed agreement with them for our portion of the cemetery. Laura will get a copy for our files.

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Will you Serve on the Aitz Chaim Board?

There are three positions up for re-election for the Aitz Chaim Board of Trustees.  Those positions are currently held by Laura Weiss, Helen Cherry and Steve Boyd.

Laura, Helen and Steve have offered to run for re-election.  Any adult member of the congregation is eligible to run for any of these three board positions.  Candidates must be Jewish members in good standing of the Great Falls Hebrew Association.  In addition to the three board members running for re-election, there will be several blank lines on the ballot for write-in candidates.  Please comment below if you are interested in announcing your candidacy for the Board.

Board elections will take place during our congregation services over the High Holy Days.  Nadyne Weissman will have ballots, please go find her to vote.  Results will be announced during our Yom Kippur Break the Fast potluck meal on Saturday, October 8.


  • Airport pickup: Helen
  • Home hospitality: Jerry & Nadyne
  • Wednesday evening dinner: Jerry & Nadyne
  • Oneg: Helen & Arleen Heintzelman

From Elliott:

I am not sure that I will need a host for Thursday night dinner. I am planning on
going to second day of Rosh Hashona services at Habad in Boseman, on Friday and
I just may leave after lunch on Thursday and drive down there. I do not fly back
to Denver until early Saturday morning.
Cantor Elliott


L’Shona tova


A pan of beef brisket, just out of the oven.

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Sweet or savory, traditional or modern, even lower-fat, there are many ways to fix brisket.  Here are a few submitted by our congregants. 

From Nadyne Weissman: I have not tried this recipe, so no guarantees, but it sounds intriguing.

Coke Brisket

by Norene Gilletz from          Source: Healthy Helpings/MealLeaniYumm!

Brisket is quite high in fat, so serve it on special occasions. Cola makes the meat very tender.


  • 3 onions, sliced
  • 4 1/2 to 5 lb. beef brisket, well-trimmed
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 1/4 cup apricot jam
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 cup diet cola

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The Concept of Time, by Hazzan Magalnick

blowing the shofar (by Alphonse Lévy)
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Dear Congregation;

Judaically or scientifically we have a concept of time. The passing of time may be viewed in at least two ways: spiral time or linear time. In spiral time we look at events at a higher level. We experience an event or we read about it, and then, as time passes, we re-enact it to bring us back emotionally to the event, and to discover or rediscover the significance of the event in our current everyday lives. In linear time, after the event happens, time passes, and passes, and passes … and as we get farther and farther away from the event, we lose our focus and our interest, and we lose the significance that the event had in our lives.

In Judaism, one way that we maintain our focus and our interest in past events of significance in our heritage and in our lives is by re-enacting our holidays.  In the spiral time concept, we move in time lines that resemble elliptical circles. We keep in touch with events from our history by celebrating a Passover Seder, building and inhabiting a Succah, or engaging in repentance on Yom Kippur. It is this elliptical movement of thought in relation to events in our collective history that makes those events continue to be pertinent in our lives. Since the time line in Judaism curves backward, we do not forget- nor do we minimize the importance of our ancestors and what their deeds and their lives mean to us today.

In this season of solemnity, we reflect not only upon our recent personal history, but also upon our long Jewish history. We set goals to take more responsibility for our individual actions and those of our community — not just for our immediate benefit, but also for the benefit of those future generations who will follow after us and look back at our deeds and our lives as Jews and remember our influence in their own lives.  May we remain strong and vibrant in this coming year.

Last year on Rosh Hashanah I wished that we all would come back together this year,, happy, healthy, and even more fulfilled in our Jewish lives. My wish and my blessing for this year is that we all continue to meet and pray together, that we all continue to be well, and that we all come back together again for next year.

May our children and grandchildren grow older and smarter. may we keep our health, our hair, our teeth, our sight, our hearing and our love of each other.


Cantor Elliott

Aitz Chaim High Holy Days 5772 Schedule

High Holy Days Schedule 2011

All services are led by Cantor Elliott Magalnick

Wednesday Sept 28

Thursday Sept 29

September 9: Apples and honey

Image by gwen via Flickr

  • Rosh Hashanah services are 10:00 A.M. at the Bethel, 1009 18th Ave SW, Great Falls
  • Tashlich immediately follows morning services at about 12:30pm at Giant Springs State Park
  • No host community lunch immediately follows Tashlich at Maple Gardens

Friday October 7

  • Kol Nidre services are 7:00 P.M. at the Bethel, 1009 18th Ave SW, Great Falls

Saturday October 8

  • Yom Kippur services begin on Saturday morning, October 8 at 10:00 A.M. at the Bethel, 1009 18th Ave SW, Great Falls.
    • 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Morning Services
    • 2 hour break:  12:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M.
    • 2:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. Adult Discussion, STORAHtelling on Jonah by Cantor Elliot Magalnick
    • 1 hour break:  4:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.
    • 5:00 P.M.-5:45 P.M. Yizkor
    • 5:45 P.M.-6:15 P.M. Minhah
    • 6:15 P.M.-7:00 P.M. Neilah
    • Break the fast milchig (dairy) pot luck immediately follows evening services.


To view and contemplate a Jewish perspective on 09/11 ten years later, please click on the link below.

The Butler

A Jewish couple in London wins twenty million pounds in the lottery. They buy themselves a magnificent mansion in Knightsbridge and surround themselves with all the material wealth imaginable.

They decide to hire a butler.  They find the perfect butler through an agency, very proper and very British, and bring him back to their home.

The day after his arrival, he is instructed to set the dining table for four, as  they are inviting the Cohens to lunch. The couple then leaves the house to do some shopping.

When they returned, they find the table set for six. Perplexed, they ask the butler why it is set for six when they have expressly asked him to set it for four.

The butler replies: “The  Cohens telephoned and said they were bringing the Blintzes.”

Recall Notice

Regardless of make or year, all units known as “human beings” are being recalled by the manufacturer. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam” and “Eve”, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all Subsequent units. This defect is technically termed “Serious Internal Non-morality,” but is more commonly known as “SIN.”

Some of the symptoms of the SIN defect include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Depression
  • Fearfulness
  • Foul vocal emissions
  • Ingratitude
  • Jealousy
  • Lack of peace and joy
  • Loss of direction
  • Rebellion
  • Selfishness

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