Category Archives: September


EDITOR’S NOTE: Sorry this is late. I just found it in my other email in box, the one I never check. I thought it was important enough to post here.

September 19, 2017

One hundred years ago, Lord Arthur Balfour stuns the world by issuing the Balfour Declaration stating that the British government supports the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people. This became the legal instrument making possible the State of Israel.

At the same time in 1917, a few hundred miles away, two young men were reacquainted after serving in the same unit in the United States Armed Forces during World War I. When the war ends, they become business partners. Their names are Harry S. Truman and Eddie Jacobson.

On July 20, 1944, Adolf Hitler is almost assassinated. He goes on radio to assure the German people that, “Fate has selected me for my mission.” It was to be the last time that Hitler ever spoke in public.

On that same day, the Democrats gather to nominate Franklin Roosevelt for a fourth term. His cardiologist notifies his senior aids that he will only live for another year.

Harry Truman does not want to be Vice President and, in fact, he is selected to nominate Jimmy Byrnes. But at Roosevelt’s insistence, he allows his name to be entered and, after decisively loosing the first ballot to the sitting VP, Henry Wallace, he miraculously wins the second ballot by a landslide.

Nine months later, Roosevelt dies. Truman has little experience in foreign affairs, and is totally dependent on his Secretary of State, General George Marshall, who vehemently opposes a Jewish State.

At this crucial moment, Truman’s partner, Eddie Jacobson, arrives uninvited in the Oval Office, passionately making the case for a Jewish State. In the end, Truman agrees, and tells Chaim Weitzman that when a State is declared he will recognize it.

On Rosh Hashanah we are reminded that there is a G-d in the world, and though he lives in the heavens, he occasionally sends us emails and tweets, and only asks of us that we be sure to open them!

Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year,

Rabbi Marvin Hier
Founder & Dean
Simon Wiesenthal Center

Submitted by Jerry Weissman



Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rabbi Ruz will not be with us this year for Yom Kippur services. Wendy and Devorah will lead the services, and we will live stream Kol Nidre services with Rabbi Ed Staffman from Bozeman again like we did last year, hopefully with better results this time. If someone can coordinate with Aaron Weissman to lead a mid-afternoon discussion, that would be great. Otherwise, the schedule will be the same. Thank you for your understanding. Please make it a point to attend services at the Bethel if at all possible. We all wish Rabbi Ruz a speedy recovery, and a happy and healthy New Year.


Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Friday evening, 09/29/2017, 7:00 P.M.: Kol Nidre, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at The Bethel.


  • Saturday, 09/30/2017, 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.: Yom Kippur Morning Services led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko at the Bethel.
  • Saturday afternoon, 09/30/2017, 12:00-3:00 P.M.: Break
  • Saturday afternoon, 09/30/2017, 3:00-4:00 P.M.: Discussion.
  • Saturday afternoon, 09/30/2017, 4:30-5:30 P.M.: Yizkor.
  • Saturday afternoon, 09/30/2017, 5:30-6:15 P.M.: Neilah.
  • Saturday evening, 09/30/2017, 6:30 P.M.: Break the Fast Potluck, traditionally dairy (milchig.) Please bring a dish to share.

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


Dear Lord

May we get a clean bill of health from our dentist, our psychiatrist, our ophthalmologist, our cardiologist, our gastroenterologist, our urologist, our proctologist, our gynaecologist, our podiatrist, our plumber and the IRS.

May our hair, our teeth, our facelift, our abs, our honey cakes, and our stocks not fall, and may our blood pressure, our triglycerides, our cholesterol, our white blood count, our weight, and our mortgage interest rates not rise.

May we find a way to travel from anywhere to anywhere in the rush hour in less than an hour, and when we get there, may we find a parking space.

May God give us the strength to get through this presidential season, and may some of the promises made be kept. May we believe at least half of what the candidates propose, and may those elected fulfil at least half of what they promise, and may the miracle of reducing taxes and balancing budgets actually happen.

May what we see in the mirror delight us, and what others see in us delight them. May someone, as well as God, love us enough to forgive our
faults, be blind to our blemishes, and tell the world about our virtues.

May the telemarketers wait until after we finish dinner to call us. May our cheque books and budgets balance, and may they include generous amounts for charity.

May we remember to say “I love you” at least once a day to our spouse, our child, our parent, all of our significant others, but not our boss, our intern, our nurse, our masseur, our hairdresser or our tennis instructor.

And may the Messiah come this year, and if he does not, may we live as if he has, in a world at peace, with awareness of God’s love in every sunset,
flower, baby’s smile, lover’s kiss, and every wonderful astonishing beat of our heart.


This is the usual request to send any corrections to the Yizkor list to me, but with a twist.

I have tried for several years to get an answer to my question regarding who should or should not be on the list, and who stays on the list, and why. If we were to have a discussion on the subject, the number of opinions probably would outnumber the number of participants in the discussion. In my opinion, the best and most satisfactory answer to this question I have ever received was from a Rabbi, who said that this congregation is so mixed and so small that we should just keep doing what we have been doing. so in the tradition of the Jewish faith and of this congregation, I want to include on the list the names of the loved ones who have departed in the way that those who loved them and are still living want them to be remembered and included.

I know this is not just a list of names, but a sacred list, a list of people we honor and remember, people we knew and loved who shared their lives with us and, in many cases, taught us how to be Jews, a people set apart, a family of God. This is a special and beautiful legacy that we could have received from no one else, one to wear proudly and with dignity, one that is before our eyes and in our hearts daily to guide, encourage, sustain, and comfort us through the calms and storms of this present life, one to share with each other and to pass on to our children and their children into the future. So in this list we have an unbreakable chain that binds us together as individual links, as families, and as a community, to both our past and our future. I want to preserve it as intact as possible for the benefit of present and future congregants. Doing so is a labor of love from me to you.

Joy Breslauer, Aitz Chaim Editor


EDITOR’S NOTE: If God wrote you a letter wishing you a happy new year, what do you think it might say?

Dear Chaim…
By Rabbi Chaim
On Wednesday evening, we will usher in a New Year with Rosh Hashana 5778. During the holiday service, we read the Haftorah about the infertility of Chana and Elkanah. Chana – childless and troubled by her super-fertile sister Peninah – travels to G-d’s Tabernacle in Shiloh and breaks down in prayer, beseeching G-d for a child. She is then blessed with baby Samuel, who grows to be a prominent prophet of the Jewish people. When she returns with Shmuel to Shiloh, she thanks G-d. In her words “ For this child did I pray, and the Lord granted me my request, which I asked of Him.”

How often do we pause to simply say “thank you” to Hashem before submitting our next request? How often do we see the gifts given to us by G-d and just relish in them? How often do we recognize that Indeed Hashem has answered our prayers?

I want to publicly express my thanks to the Almighty for all that He has done for my family and me, and to apologize for not being grateful enough.

Last night, I envisioned receiving this note from G-d:

Dearest Chaim,

Thanks again for dedicating your life to sharing my Torah with Montana. I appreciate all that you do, but I need to knock some sense into you and put you in your place, so please bear with me.

I know that you, like all my creations, have “moments” but please get a grip. Next time you are struggling, next time you think your world is imploding, next time you question what I’m smoking, please remember Chana’s words “El Hanaar Hazeh Hispalalti – For this child I did pray.”. These heartbreaking moments of life always pass, and at the end you will see that I’ve answered your prayers in spades.

When your children are misbehaving, Chaim, giving you heartache, remind yourself:
El Hanaar Hazeh Hispalalti – For this child I did pray. You wanted a family so badly and look, I’ve provided you and Chavie with just that.

When your child is struggling with a tough medical quandary, remind yourself Chaim:
El Hanaar Hazeh Hispalalti – For this child I did pray. Yes, they have health challenges, but I’ve also gifted you and Chavie with inner strength and amazing doctors to get you through the darkness.

When you drive 400 miles just to visit one young Jew in desperate need of love, remind yourself Chaim:
El Hanaar Hazeh Hispalalti – For this child I did pray. How fortunate are you to spend your day on the road, in order to uplift one of My children.

When a Jew increases their Mitzva observance and you’re frustrated that it isn’t more, remind yourself Chaim:
El Hanaar Hazeh Hispalalti – For this child I did pray. Yes, it may be a bit frustrating, but in My eyes, Chaim, their small step upwards has shaken the heavens and is so precious.

When you think that someone else has it easier or better than you, remind yourself Chaim,
El Hanaar Hazeh Hispalalti – For this child I did pray. The life I have given you is a perfect fit, tailor made for you, so cut the you-know-what and be grateful.

Do you feel me Chaim? I don’t mean to shut you up, but please take a moment, daily, to see how much you’re loved and blessed.

I bless you with a rokin New Year and wish you continued success in making Montana a place that makes Me feel at home. Please thank Chavie on My behalf, not only for putting up with you, but for being an amazing mother to her five Kinderlach and a spiritual leader of Big Sky Country.



There’s nothing about my life I’d want to swap out, and neither should you. Look at your life and sing “El Hanaar Hazeh Hispalalti – For this child I did pray”. G-d please continue to give me what I need to be the best I can be in service of You!

Please take a moment before Rosh Hashana to enjoy this beautiful rendition of El Hanaar Hazeh Hispalalti, composed by Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz of Los Angeles. The kids and I love it, I think you will too!

Wishing you and yours a Shabbat Shalom & Shana Tova!
Your friends @ Chabad Lubavitch,
Rabbi Chaim, Chavie, Shoshana, Chaya, Zeesy, Menny & Chana Laya


Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Wednesday evening, 09/20/2017, 7:00 P.M.: Rosh Hashanah Services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at The Bethel. Oneg to follow.
  • Thursday morning, 09/21/2017, 10:00 A.M.: Rosh Hashanah Morning Services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at The Bethel.
  • Tashlich at Giant Springs to follow.
  • Congregation no-host lunch to follow, at Maple Gardens

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

The address for Giant Springs is 5401 18th Avenue North.

The address for Maple Gardens is 5401 9th Avenue South.




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

  • Wednesday, 09/20/2017: Airport pickup for Rabbi Ruz Gulko: Meriam Nagel
  • Wednesday, 09/20/2017: Dinner hosts for Rabbi Ruz Gulko: Jerry and Nadyne Weissman
  • Wednesday evening, 09/20/2015: Oneg: Nadyne and Wendy weissman, Meriam Nagel

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


Ten Year Anniversary Gala
Celebrating a Decade of Light
WHEN: Sunday, October 22, 2017, 6:00 P.M.
WHERE: MUSEUM OF THE ROCKIES, 600 W. Kagy Blvd., Bozeman, MT 59717

Ten Year Anniversary Gala