Category Archives: TISHREI


Rabbi Laurie Franklin
September 29, 2020 11 Tishrei 5781
Hebrew for Beginners!
And also a refresher for those who have some background
Beginning Hebrew, a 10-week course
Wednesday Oct 21 to Dec 23, 6 to 7 pm, on Zoom
For complete beginners and those who are refreshing their knowledge

This class is an invitation to those who would like to learn to recognize and pronounce Hebrew letters and vowel markings. These skills are the foundation of prayer book and Biblical Hebrew fluency.

We are offering this beginner’s course both as a stand-alone and as preparatory to a Biblical Hebrew class that we will offer in January 2021; it will be useful either way to anyone with a desire to learn.

We will meet on zoom every Wednesday evening, 6 to 7 pm, from mid-October to mid-December, for one hour. Each week will feature several letters and vowel markings. The last two lessons focus on special grammar and considerations. Every lesson contains exercises that we will begin in class and you will complete at home. If you miss a week, you can use the book and accompanying audio recordings to learn the material on your own. Please purchase your own materials, both book and audio download (links below).

Cost: First class free.
If you decide to continue: Har Shalom members $50 for the 10-week series.
Non-members: $150. By check or Paypal,
Please note on check or Paypal entry, “Beginner Hebrew”.
Scholarship available.

Register here

Class dates: Oct 21, 28
Nov 4, 11, 18, 25
Dec 2, 9, 16, 23

Rabbi Laurie is available for additional support during her regular pastoral/office hours.

Textbook: Teach Yourself to Read Hebrew, REVISED EDITION, EKS Publishing 2015,

Audio companion:


The Aitz Chaim community will hold a Sukkot gathering on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at Gibson Park, east of the flower garden at Third Street North, at 1:00 P.M.  Come an hour earlier to help us build a Succah. We will gather observing all of the health and safety guidelines concerning the coronavirus: washing hands, using hand sanitizer, social distancing, wearing masks. Instead of an esrog, we will use a lemon. Instead of a lulav, we will use wheat stalks.

Aaron Weissman will bring a camp stove to heat apple cider. There may be individually wrapped food items there. It has been awhile since we have seen each other in person. We want to have a small celebration to commemorate the ingathering of the Jews under God’s protective shelter, and the ingathering of the fall harvest to sustain us through the winter and whatever other hardships the next year may bring.

Please join us in celebrating our connection to God and His protection and provision for us, our connection to the beauty and the bounty of the Earth which He has created for our sustenance and enjoyment, and the strong and loving connections we have with one another.


Carol Lee Silversmith Obituary


We are thrilled to be a sponsor of MSU’s virtual event “Enemies to Allies: A Rabbi and a Palestinian Activist,” presented virtually on Thursday, October 15th at 11:00am. Brought to us by Shorashim (“Roots”), an organization building a grassroots model for coexistence, we will hear personal, interconnected stories and the groundbreaking and challenging work of their initiative. The conversation will be moderated by MSU Political Science professor and Beth Shalom affiliate, Dr. Franke Wilmer, whose area of research is the Middle East, Political Violence, and Human Rights.

Please register here (at no cost) by October 7th.


Rabbi Chaim’s weekly message for October 2, 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.


    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 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!

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    Hadassah proud
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    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
    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


    From the Jerusalem Post, June 24, 2020


    Congregation Beth Shalom, Bozeman


    From The Jerusalem Post, October 29, 2008