Category Archives: September


Since Rabbi Ruz will not be coming to Great Falls for Rosh Hashanah, it has been decided that we will not have in person services at the Bethel this year. There are a number of reasons, but paramount among them is that there is not sufficient time to prepare, and the continued threat of COVID in our community makes getting together indoors a challenge.

People wanting to attend services Monday evening and Tuesday can attend Beth shalom in Bozeman’s services via YouTube and on Zoom. See their schedule below.

Our GFHA community will gather outdoors for Tashlich on Tuesday, 09/07/2021, at 1pm at Giant Springs. The address for Giant Springs Heritage State Park is 4803 Giant Springs Road. Click here for driving directions.

It is suggested that Kol Nidrei/Erev Yom Kippur be live-streamed with Beth Shalom in Bozeman or the online service of your choice, but that on Thursday afternoon, 09/16, Rabbi Ruz could lead a discussion on Zoom, and then the Yizkor and Neilah services. This is not a definite schedule yet, so please check Aitz Chaim for updates

Submitted by Nadyne Weissman

High Holidays Schedule at Beth Shalom (From their web site)
Rosh Hashanah and the following week end

  • Saturday evening, 09/04/2021, 6 pm: S’lichot on Zoom For more information contact
  • Monday evening, 09/06/2021, 6-8pm: Erev Rosh haShanah at the Ellen Theater:* in person and livestreamed on YouTube
  • Tuesday morning, 09/07/2021, 10:00am-12:00pm: Rosh haShanah Morning at Congregation Beth Shalom:** in person at the synagogue and livestreamed on YouTube
  • Tuesday afternoon, 09/07/2021, 4-5pm: Rosh haShanah Family Service Join us on Zoom
  • Tuesday evening, 09/07/2021, 6pm: Nosh haShanah for Young Adults
    – at Story Mill Park. For more information contact

  • Friday evening, 09/10/2021, 6pm: Shabbat Shuvah across Montana Join us on Zoom
  • Saturday morning, 09/11/2021, 9:30am: Torah Study
  • Saturday afternoon, 09/11/2021, 3-5pm: Tashlich and Shofar Service at the Lalani Pavilion in Story Mill Park:*** in person
  • Tashlich: at the creek
  • Shofar Service: at the Lalani Pavilion

Yom Kippur

Tuesday evening, 09/28/2021, 7pm: Simchat Torah Concert with Amber Ikeman at the synagogue and live streamed on YouTube (

Please, by all means, contact in case you have questions, concerns, or ideas of how we should move forward.


Excerpts from recent emails:
From: Ruz Gulko
Date: September 4, 2021 at 9:15:20 PM MDT

My dear friends,

After weighing all the risks, I have decided it is not wise for me to come there on Monday. We can set up a zoom link so that I can lead services remotely.

Some of the thinking that has gone into this decision is as follows.
In Israel they are vaccinating with third (booster) shots for everybody my age; they have been doing that for a while and they are already down to 30somethings!! I know there is some good solid science there! However, there is no Moderna shot yet. Very worrying, especially because I got my second shot over five months ago.

So when I found out that Covid is surging in Cascade county, and that the hospital has opened up a new floor for Covid patients there, I became very worried. I have now thought of nothing else for 48 hours. Needless to say, as a person with fibromyalgia, it has not been an easy time!

I am ever so sorry!! I just believe that this is the better option for me.
Please be in touch so we can talk about setting up a zoom link.

Sent from my iPhone

From: Congregation President Laura Weiss
Sent: Saturday, September 04, 2021 10:46 PM

Hello everyone.

I think Ruz has made a very wise decision. As we hear more and more about breakthrough cases, we just need to take the extra precautions, especially if in a higher risk group. This trip is not essential and safeguarding Ruz’s health takes priority.

We might even want to rethink whether we want to meet in person at all.
Perhaps we should all do the service via zoom?

Let’s think carefully about how we want to handle the upcoming holidays.



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
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
Diane Sherick Aug 13, 2021 10 Elul, 5781 Wife of Jack Sherick, Mother of Michael Sherick and Heidi Cech
Arleen Heintzelman Nov 19, 2020 3 Kislev, 5781
Dawn Schandelson Sep 3, 2018 23 Elul, 5778 Wife of Arnold Schandelson, Mother of Brett and Scott Schandelson
William Meyer Sep 6, 1966 21 Elul, 5726 Grandfather of Diane Sherick
Norman Nagel Sep 6, 1976 11 Elul, 5736 Father of Meriam Nagel
Harriet Renne Sep 11, 2009 22 Elul, 5769 Mother of Michael Renne
Joe Barrett Sep 14, 1993 28 Elul, 5753 Uncle of Nadyne Weissman
Paralee Poplack Shapiro Sep 20, 1999 10 Tishrei, 5760 Mother of Jeff Shapiro
Zel Lana Jennings Sep 21, 2006 28 Elul, 5766 Niece of Diane Sherick
Frances Langsam Sep 22, 1996 9 Tishrei, 5757 Mother of Helen Cherry
Alfred Maleson Sep 24, 2009 6 Tishrei, 5770 Uncle of Wendy Weissman
Nathan Rapaport Sep 27, 1925 9 Tishrei, 5686 Grandfather of Nadyne Weissman
Leila Rapaport Green Sep 27, 1967 23 Tishrei, 5728 Grandmother of Nadyne Weissman
Carol Lee Silversmith Sep 28, 2020 10 Tishrei, 5781
William Semple Sep 29, 2010 21 Tishrei, 5771 Father of Doug Semple


This is a reminder of the Kabbalat Chabbat lay services led by Devorah Werner the first Friday of the month, September 3, 2021, (27 Elul, 5781), at 6:00 P.M. at the Bethel.

As discussed and approved by the church council on June 8, 2021, all organizations that are using the facilities will be required to follow all the current use guidelines or any new guidelines adopted by the church council or as mandated by any federal, state or local government agency.

Current guidelines include but are not limited to:

  • Masks will be voluntary and are recommended if persons are or have been ill, or if people are more comfortable wearing them.
  • Social Distancing would still be appreciated.
  • Food or beverages will be allowed upon request. Council will review requests.
  • All contact surfaces must be wiped down with a sanitization product before leaving.
  • Any additional expense incurred due to requirements for additional sanitization of the facilities, or part of, shall be paid by the responsible parties involved.

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

Hope to see as many of you there as possible.


Rosh Hashanah Schedule 2021 — 5782
Please mark your calendars for this upcoming event.

  • Monday evening, 09/06/2021, 7:00 P.M.: Arev Rosh Hashanah Services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at The Bethel.
  • Tuesday morning, 09/07/2021, 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.: Rosh Hashanah Morning Services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at The Bethel
  • Tuesday afternoon, 09/07/2021, 12:30 P.M.-ish: Tashlich at Giant Springs Heritage State Park
  • Lunch TBA

Rabbi Ruz has asked that all attendees be vaccinated and masked, and that social distancing be observed.

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

The address for Giant Springs Heritage State Park is 4803 Giant Springs Road. Click here for driving directions.


From Wendy Weissman:

The Helena Jewish community is trying to purchase back the old synagogue that is now office spaces. They want to buy it and renovate it.

They are just in the beginning stages of this process, and have formed a non profit called the Phoenix Project, of which I am the treasurer. Right now they are giving tours of the old synagogue and getting ideas of what types of renovations it could use and how to best use the space. And of course, they are starting some fundraising.

I thought we could all caravan down to Helena and tour the synagogue. The Helena Jewish community has offered to host us for a short meet and greet outside the synagogue.

I am throwing out a date that works for the Helena community – how does Sunday September 19th at 2 PM sound for a tour? We can carpool or caravan down to Helena for the day. We could do our tour at 2 and then the Helena community would meet us at 3. We can either do dinner in Helena or just head back to Great Falls.

Thoughts??? I tentatively booked us a tour for that date when I was doing some treasury work with the President today…. If that date doesn’t work, throw out some other dates and I will coordinate with the Helena community to see if it will work, but this date seemed to work for them. I want to do this sooner rather than later so I don’t have to drive in the snow…



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