Category Archives: TISHREI

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

SUKKOT

SUKKOT DATES, RECIPES, AND MEANING, FROM REFORMJUDAISM.ORG

SUKKOT, FROM MY JEWISH LEARNING

SUKKOT 101 FROM MY JEWISH LEARNING

SUKKOT, JUDAISM 101, FROM JEWFAQ

THE IMPOSSIBLE FIVE MINUTE TRUCK SUKKOT, FROM CHABAD.ORG

RABBI WENDI GEFFEN: HOW TO SHAKE A LULAV

HOLOCAUST SPEAKER COMES TO GREAT FALLS

Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear the inspiring story of a living Holocaust survivor Oct. 15 at the Mansfield Theater, brought to Great Falls by a grant from the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation.

Holocaust Survivor Peter Metzelaar
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
7:00 PM
Mansfield Theater Great Falls, MT

Peter Metzelaar was 7 years old when the Nazis stormed his family’s home in Amsterdam and seized everyone except him and his mother. The Dutch Underground contacted Klaus and Roefina Post on the Metzelaars’ behalf, seeking a place of refuge. The Posts risked their lives to shelter Peter and his mother on their small farm in northern Holland, where they remained in hiding for more than two years before having to move to a new secure location. Peter will share his inspiring story of hiding from and surviving the Nazi regime.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
in the Historic Mansfield Theater

General Admission – only $5 per person
Ticket required for each person, any age

This presentation is being sponsored by the following:

  • Great Falls Public Schools Foundation
  • Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle
  • First Congregational United Church of Christ
  • Great Falls College MSU
  • PETER METZELAAR TELLS HIS HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR STORY

    IMPACT: A HIDDEN CHILD OF THE HOLOCAUST TELLS HIS STORY

    KOL NIDRE AND YOM KIPPUR SERVICES ONLINE

    Shalom All,

    With snow again in the forecast for Wednesday, some of you may be unable to travel to Butte, Bozeman, Great Falls, Missoula or points beyond for the next round of High Holidays. Not to worry! With the gift of online services available to us, you truly never have to feel alone on the yom tovim any more.

    Feedback from several people who did partake of online services for Rosh HaShanah was extremely positive.

    Below are links to synagogue services. All have been viewed/used by at least some of our members and come highly recommended:

    East Coast (Eastern Daylight Time)

    92nd Street Y, Manhattan (Nondenominational)
    The 92nd Street Y in Manhattan is one of the United States’ oldest Jewish community centers. Services are led by Rabbi Elka Abrahamson and cantorial soloist Elana Arian.

    Brooklyn Heights Synagogue (Reform)
    The Brooklyn Heights Synagogue describes itself as a “welcoming, inclusive community dedicated to lifelong learning, to supporting each other and to caring for the world.” The congregation also streams Shabbat services and archives many previous ones.

    Central Synagogue, New York City (Reform)
    This 2,600-member congregation is one of the largest synagogues in North America. The synagogue streams its High Holidays services free on its website and on its Facebook page.

    Lab/Shul, midgown Manhattan (Nondenominational)
    An “everybody friendly, artist-driven, God-optional, pop-up Jewish community,” Lab/Shul holiday services are led by Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie and an ensemble of musicians and ritual leaders. Lab/Shul will be live streaming services from a theater in midtown Manhattan.

    OurJewishCommunity.org (Nondenominational)
    OurJewishCommunity.org is an online synagogue that will stream services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Our Jewish Community a home for Liberal Jews online. Join us for Live Streaming Shabbat and Holiday Services, Jewish Podcasts, Blogs, fun for kids and more!

    Park Avenue Synagogue, Manhattan (Conservative)
    This 1,650-family Manhattan congregation’s vision includes practicing “a Judaism filled with love, literacy, reverence, compassion, and joy” and striving “to make our ancient tradition compelling and welcoming to contemporary Jewry and to serve as a light unto our fellow Jews and the nations.” Led by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove.

    Temple Beth EL, Boca Raton, FL (Reform)
    This Miami congregation is one of the largest synagogues in South Florida. It also streams Shabbat services, and archives all services back to August 2016. Led by Rabbi Jeremy Barras.

    Temple Emanu-El, New York City’s first Reform synagogue (Reform)
    Founded in 1845, Emanu-El was New York City’s first Reform congregation. Led by Rabbi Joshua Davidson.

    Temple Sholom, Cincinnati (Reform)
    This Cincinnati synagogue says it welcomes “all people: seekers, interfaith families, and those in search of a spiritual home.”

    Midwest (Central Daylight Time)

    Congregation Sinai, Milwaukee (Reform)
    Located in Milwaukee’s North Shore area, Congregation Sinai describes itself as “intimate, vibrant and inclusive.” All High Holy Day services are streamed on the synagogue’s YouTube channel. Led by Rabbi David B. Cohen and Cantor Richard Newman.

    North Shore Congregation Israel, Glenco, IL, a suburb of Chicago
    Isn’t this where Rabbi Wendi Geffen is?

    West Coast (Pacific Daylight Time)

    Congregation Beth Israel, Portland, OR (Reform)
    Founded in 1858, Beth Israel has a long history in Portland, Oregon. The congregation regularly streams its services and is led by Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana.

    Temple Beth Israel, San diego, Reform

    We’re pleased to welcome you to Beth Israel, through our live streamed services.

    Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills (Reform)
    Temple Emanuel describes itself as “one of Southern California’s premier Reform Jewish congregations and synagogues.” The congregation also streams Shabbat services and archives past ones. Find a schedule of services here. Led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Aaron.

    Congregation Shir Chadash, Los Gados, CA (Reform)
    Located in Los Gatos, California, Shir Chadash describes itself as “an evolving, vibrant, growing Reform Jewish congregation dedicated to providing a sense of community for its members as well as opportunities for spiritual growth and developing a strong Jewish identity.” It is led by Rabbi Melanie Aron and Cantor Devorah Felder-Levy.

    Wishing you all a meaningful Yom Kippur service and worship.
    Janet Tatz

    OUR PAST RABBIS: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a partial list, in no particular order, of some of the student rabbis, a couple of ordained rabbis, and a cantor who have led services for our community, and where they are and what they are doing now. This list will be updated as I get more information. I hope you find it interesting.

    RABBI NEAL KATZ, TYLER, TEXAS, 2003
    RABBI NEAL KATZ RUNNING FOR OFFICE, 03/19/2018
    RABBI NEAL KATZ ON TV, 10/31/2018
    RABBI NEAL KATZ RESPONDS TO RECENT SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING

    About Jeffrey Wilestein, 2015
    RABBI JEFF WILDSTEIN, 2015
    RABBI JEFF WILDSTEIN, AUTHOROF JUDAISM: AN INTRODUCTION TO JEWISH BELIEFS AND HISTORY, PART OF THE IDIOT’S GUIDE SERIES, 06/02/2015

    RABBI JAKE SINGER-BEILIN, 2011
    RABBI JAKE SINGER-BEILIN, 07/01/2019

    RABBI JONATHAN JAFFE, 2014

    RABBI WENDI GEFFEN, A NORTH SHORE CONGREGATION Rabbi SINCE 2002, AUTHOR OF ARTICLES FOR THE HUFFINGTON POST
    RABBI WENDI GEFFEN, NORTH SHORE CONGREGATION ISRAEL, GLENCO, IL, A SUBURB OF CHICAGO, 2015

    RABBI MARK S. BLOOM, TEMPLE BETH ABRAHAM IN OAKLAND SINCE JULY, 2001
    04/13/2001

    RABBI BRIAN IMMERMAN
    MISHKAN-ISRAEL CELEBRATES THE INSTALLATION OF RABBI BRIAN IMMERMAN, 11/2018

    RABBI MIRIAM FARBER WAJNBERG
    RABBI MIRIAM FARBER WAJNBERG, 02/10/2017

    RABBI LAURA RAPPAPORT

    Elliott Magalnick, Cantor

    On May 16, 2016, Elliott went into the hospital because he had been experiencing eye problems, and what his doctor thought was a blood clot was actually something called a carotid cavernous fistula – basically an abnormal arterial growth. During surgery, there were complications, which resulted in a series of problems he is experiencing now, including a lack of ability to speak and the need for intubation. Later it was determined that he had had a significant stroke, and he cannot do much with his right side. He eventually began physical therapy. He moved into an assisted living facility in June, 2017. He has a journal posted on the Caring Bridge web site, http://www.caringbridge.org, from which the following posts are taken.

    Journal entry by Joel Magalnick — Sep 25, 2016

    I’ve spent the weekend with my dad and it’s been really nice to see the progress he’s made since I came to visit six weeks ago. First is the voice. He’s pretty much able to talk with his (mostly) full voice all of the time. He doesn’t have a singing voice yet, but hopefully that’s on its way back. All in good time, we hope.

    He is still not able to use his right side, and we’re hoping that comes back at some point in the near future, but we’re not there yet. Still, the nurses have said that he should get an odometer with all the miles he’s putting on propelling himself in his wheelchair. So he’s certainly mobile.

    I got him out of the building quite a bit this weekend, which he appreciated, and he even got his first trip out of the building, with me getting to push him on a walk around the block. Hopefully he can get a few more of those before the weather starts getting cold.

    Yesterday a lot of his friends came over from Rodef Shalom to do a musical service. Enjoy the video! Thanks, Joel

    ELLIOTT’S MUSICAL SHABBAT SERVICE

    Journal entry by Joel Magalnick — Nov 22, 2018, last entry

    If you happen to be in Denver, please stop by and give my dad a visit. He will be spending the holiday at his assisted living facility so I know he would love to see that people are thinking about him. If you haven’t been in a while, he’s at Brookdale Lowry, 150 Quebec St, apartment 269.
    His phone number has changed—it’s now 720-472-8400. Feel free to call or text, and we will see if he checks his messages or responds. That may be something he has to relearn. Thanks. Joel Magalnick

    RABBI RUZ GULKO
    Rabbi Ruz Gulko is a passionate teacher of all things Jewish. Though born and raised in Canada, Ruz has resided in Seattle for 32 years, and is a Cantor as well as a Rabbi. She loves to work with people of all ages, and truly believes that learning and eating chocolate together could save the world.

    Rabbi Ruz Gulko has worked with most of the Jewish educational and religious institutions in the greater Seattle area since 1984, teaching Judaic Studies, Hebrew, and leading prayer services, particularly at the Jewish Day School in Bellevue and at Herzl-Ner Tamid Congregation. Ruz also trains teachers, writes curriculum, lectures, and leads services in the general community. Her biggest passion, other than the grandchildren, is for exploring and sharing Torah’s radically humanistic teachings.

    FASTING FOR YOM KIPPUR

    FROM REFORMJUDAISM.ORG
    FROM MY JEWISH LEARNING
    FROM JEWFAQ

    PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THIS UPCOMING EVENT: YOM KIPPUR SERVICES

    Please mark your calendars for this upcoming event.

    • Tuesday evening, 10/08/2019, 7:00 P.M.: Kol Nidre, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at The Bethel.
    • Yom Kippur day schedule:

    • Wednesday, 10/09/2019, 10:00 A.M.: Yom Kippur Morning services led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko at the Bethel.
    • Wednesday, 10/09/2019, late afternoon: Yizkor, TBA at the Tuesday evening service.
    • Wednesday afternoon, 10/09/2019: Neilah, after Yizkor.
    • Wednesday evening, 10/09/2019: Break the Fast Potluck, traditionally dairy (milchig.) Please bring a dairy dish to share.

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

    Please email Helen at helen@aitzchaim.com with the type of dish you will be bringing:

    1. appetizer
    2. salad
    3. hot dish
    4. bread
    5. fruit
    6. miscellaneous
    7. beverage
    8. dessert

    Thank you.

    YAHRZEITS — OCTOBER, 2019

    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
    Heidi Jan Berger Jul 29, 2019 26 Tamuz, 5779 Ex-wife of Tom Berger, Wife of William Franklin Raley, Mother of Polly Lorien and Jake Berger
    Blanche Stoll Gulko Jul 12, 2019 9 Tamuz, 5779 Mother of Rabbi Ruz Gulko
    Bill Hinton Apr 9, 2019 4 Nisan, 5779 Husband of Susan Hinton
    Roger Reichert Feb 16, 2019 11 Adar I, 5779 Son of Arlyne Reichert
    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 Oppenhemer 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 Cece Drew
    Queenie Crombie Oct 30, 1992 3 Cheshvan, 5753 Mother of Arleen Heintzelman