Category Archives: Shevat


This is a reminder about the lay services led by Devorah Werner this Friday, February 1, the first Friday of the month, at 6:00 P.M. at the Bethel, with a milchig (dairy) potluck to follow.

Steve Boyd on guitar, Wendy Weissman on clarinet, and Laura Detrick on piano will be performing Shalom rav.

We would like to have a musical presentation at each service, so if you have any musical talent you would like to share, please let Wendy know.

Hope to see you there.

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


My name is Robert Shay and I am the Commander of the Pacific NW Post 686 of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States. Our organization was formed in 1896 by 36 Jewish veterans of the Union Army, in the Civil War. Originally we were the Hebrew Union Veterans Association and in the 1920’s we merged with the Jewish Spanish American War veterans group and became the J.W.V.

The reason I am writing is to connect with Jewish veterans in Montana, so that hopefully, our National Commander who has vacation property near Plains, can make a trip to the state. Our Post is located in Bellevue, WA, and I am working on our outreach to veterans in states where there is not a Post. I have been working through Brian Schnitzer, MAJCo and have made connections in Helena and Billings.

My wife and I are retired and have enjoyed many road trips across Montana to tour our National Parks, visit relatives and former family home towns in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota. We are also hoping to make another trip to Glacier this year to finally get across the pass on the Highway To The Sun, which we have failed to do on two previous trips. We also want to make a trip across the north highway to visit the Fort Peck Veterans Memorial. I have been in contact with the sculptor and am very impress with her work.

If you know of any Jewish veterans in Montana please have them contact me as I am offering free first year membership to our organization.

Thank you for any help you can offer,

Bob Shay

Is There a World War 1 Memorial or Monument in your hometown?
If yes, please contact me.

Robert “Bob” Shay
Commander, Jewish War Veterans, Pacific NW Post 686
Chaplain, Veterans of Foreign Wars Lake Washington Post 2995
Volunteer Monument Hunter for the United States World War 1 Centennial Commission


Jerusalem of Gold
This Sunday our community will observe Tisha B’av and turn our attention to the city of Jerusalem, mourning the destruction of its temples some two millennia ago. Here is the most famous love song to Jerusalem, my hometown, sung with my amazing colleagues Cantors Netanel Herstik and Yaakov Lemmer live in Amsterdam for the PBS Special “The New York Cantors.”


Congregation Beth Aaron’s Special Events Committee was successful in lining up a presentation by Dr. Jonathan Adelman, one of today’s most sought after experts on the Middle East.

Dr. Adelman is Professor at the School of International Studies, the University of Denver, has worked for Silicon Valley companies and the Defense Department. He is a prolific author who has lectured in more than a dozen countries. (See the attachment for more detailed information.)

The title of Dr. Adelman’s presentation is: “The Middle East: Realignments and Elusive Peace.” The presentation is an hour long, followed by 30 minutes for Q&A.

As we realized that both the topic and the calibre of our speaker might appeal to the Billings community at large, we approached the Billings Public Library to see if the library would be willing to co-sponsor the event and provide the space for it. We are happy to inform you that Gavin Woltjer, Library Director, has agreed to both suggestions.

Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Adelman
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Billings Public Library, Community Room
Free Admission

Uri Barnea, Chair
CBA, Special Events Committee


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 comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Dorothy Meyer Aug 19, 2017 27 Av, 5777 Stepmother of Diane Sherick
Ann Belfert Aug 12, 2017 20 Av, 5777 Mother of Gail Belfert
Sarah Lewin Mar 11, 5777 13 Adar, 5777 Mother of Rachel Michele Lewin Costaneda
Lydia (Leah) Bailey Mar 31, 2017 3 Nissan, 5777 Mother of Karen (Chaya) Semple
Kikki Schandelson Feb 1, 1979 4 Sh’vat, 5739 Stepmother of Arnold Schandelson
Joel Eisenberg Feb 3, 1982 10 Sh’vat, 5742 brother of Sharon Eisenberg
Diane Magalnick Feb 5, 2002 23 Sh’vat, 5762 wife of Elliot Magalnick
Jack Barrett Feb 6, 2006 8 Sh’vat, 5766 Uncle of Nadyne Weissman
Judith Lenore Astrin Feb 15, 2014 15 Adar I, 5774
Harold “Rick” Reichert Feb 22, 1968 23 Sh’vat, 5728 Husband of Arlyne Reichert
Sylvia Goldman Feb 23, 2017 27 Sch’vat, 5777 Grandmother of Cece Drew
Elizabeth Orphal Feb 27, 2009 3 Adar, 5769 Grandmother of Karen Semple


Unfortunately, due to illness, the festivities at The Cattlemen’s Cut this evening have been cancelled. We will let you know when or whether they will be rescheduled. Thanks for your understanding.


Interestingly, yesterday, Chavie started her new course “Pause & Affect – A Shabbat Outlook” and it got me thinking; there’s no better place to start a journey of more observance than the Shabbat experience.

In this week’s Torah portion, Bo, we read about the miraculous exodus from Egypt. On Shabbat, while sanctifying the day, Kiddush, over a cup of wine, we thank G-d who “has desired us, and has given us, in love and goodwill, His holy Shabbat as a heritage, in remembrance of the work of Creation; the first of the holy festivals, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt”. Shabbat is not only a weekly opportunity to remember the Creator and His amazing creation, but it’s a time to remember Egypt. To paraphrase Maimonides in his Guide to the Perplexed, slaves can’t choose when to work and when to rest, but a free person can. When a Jew celebrates Shabbat, they are celebrating their freedom from Egyptian – and all other – bondage.

All weeklong we are enslaved to the mundane. We’re trying to make a living, to care for our families, to shovel the snow, do the laundry and to enjoy a few hours of sleep. G-d recognized this reality and gave us a day to simply let go. G-d gives us the weekly opportunity to free ourselves from internal bondage, internal Egypt, and head to the promised land of spirit, soul and family. Shabbat is a freeing day to focus inwardly without being concerned with who likes us on Facebook, retweets us on Twitter and shares our pictures on Instagram. Enjoying Shabbat is not all or nothing; you do a little, then a little more, at your own pace.

TGI Shabbat – one weekend at a time!

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


These are some of the most successful films in our library that would provide enriching viewing experiences for your community.

Body and Soul: An American Bridge explores the history of the most recorded song in jazz. Combining enlightening commentary with performances by John Coltrane, Dianne Schurr, Louis Armstrong and the New Cotton Club Orchestra, and more, this documentary uncovers the collaborations and conflicts between African Americans and Jews that lie within the roots of jazz – the music of America.

50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus follows the incredible journey of one couple navigating the realities of a 1939 Nazi policy that allowed Jews to leave Germany, but saw few countries granting them asylum. Yet in Philadelphia, a Jewish lawyer named Gilbert Kraus and his elegant wife Eleanor took on the daring task of getting 50 Jewish children out of Germany and into the United States. This tense and compelling story, narrated by Alan Alda, is brought to life by private journals and a trove of previously unseen home movies.

There Are Jews Here is an insightful, important documentary that travels to places in America in which once-thriving Jewish communities have since dwindled to just a few, following what those communities are now doing to keep their congregations active. It has played at festivals across the US and even sold out all its screenings at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. Read press releases from Tablet and The Forward!

A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt is the dramatic telling of the true, but little-known story of the love, bravery, and sacrifice of Otto Weidt. An Oscar Schindler-like figure, Otto saved the lives of all of the blind and deaf employees at his brush factory. The film also brings to life his tragic love of Alice Licht and his desperate journey to save her and her family from the gas chamber, despite being almost completely blind himself.

Breakfast at Ina’s is a compelling documentary about Chicago legend Ina Pinkney, locally known as the “Breakfast Queen.” Ina has been feeding Chicagoans for the past 33 years – most recently, from her beloved breakfast nook in the West Loop. She’s a community leader, a pioneer, a television personality, but most importantly, she’s the rare sort of person who’s found a way to transform her passion into a joy that extends to an entire city, and beyond.

The Sturgeon Queens is an examination of the immigrant experience in the United States and the delicious food that results from people adapting the flavors of the old country for a new home.
Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family created Russ and Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives to this day. Produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the store, this documentary features an extensive interview with two of the original daughters for whom the store was named, now 100 and 92 years old, and interviews with prominent enthusiasts of the store, including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and actress Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy looks at the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical and many of the songs that comprise “The American Songbook.” The film showcases the work of some of the nation’s preeminent creators of musical theater, including Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, and many more.

Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown questions why American critics and tastemakers have long viewed Jerry Lewis as nothing more than a clown, while their counterparts in France and Europe have recognized him as a true auteur. Is he just a brash, anything-for-a-yuk buffoon? Or is he a creative genius? Who is the man behind the clown? Lauded by esteemed film critic Leonard Maltin as a “first-rate documentary” at the Telluride Film Festival, this film finds answers in never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews with Martin Scorsese, Sean Hayes, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, and most importantly, the man himself, Jerry Lewis.

The Last Blintz chronicles the closing of the The Cafe Edison, otherwise known as The Polish Tea Room. This documentary is not just a story about another famous show business haunt shutting its doors, but also one about a multi-generational, big-hearted, mom-and-pop family business cultivated by the American Dream. It’s about the heart, soul, authenticity and distinctiveness of cities that are unfortunately ripped away for impersonal, cookie-cutter, corporate chains. It’s too late for The Cafe Edison… but, looking to the future, THE LAST BLINTZ is an impassioned plea for progress that honors the past, preserving the heart and culture of our great cities before there’s nothing left.

Time to Say Goodbye is a coming-of-age comedy about a boy at a particularly challenging moment in his life. As he becomes a teenager, he must also juggle personal conflicts driven by his relationship with his parents, who are struggling in their own ways with life, and his attempt to square religion with his feelings for the opposite sex. It is a laugh-out-loud tale of a young man navigating the awkwardness of growing up.

The Law is a riveting drama based on the inspiring true story of Simone Veil. Born in France in the 1920s, she studied politics at Paris’s prestigious Sciences Po until she and her family were deported to concentration camps during World War II. Veil survived both Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen to lead the fight for women’s rights for decades. As Chirac’s Minister of Health, she advocated for a woman’s right to choose, leading to important, but controversial legislation in 1974.

Please follow up if you would like to know more about any of these titles. We are always happy to send a digital screener if you would like to preview a film. Thanks, and I hope to hear from you soon!



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
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Dorothy Meyer 27 Av, 5777 Stepmother of Diane Sherick
Ann Belfert 20 Av, 5777 Mother of Gail Belfert
Sarah Lewin 13 Adar, 5777 Mother of Rachel Michele Lewin Costaneda
Lydia (Leah) Bailey 3 Nisan, 5777 Mother of Karen (Chaya) Semple
Alfred Breslauer 1 Sh’vat, 5731 Father of Bruce Breslauer
Dorothy Barer 1 Sh’vat, 5769 Mother of Michael Barer
Kikki Schandelson 4 Sh’vat, 5739 Stepmother of Arnold Schandelson
Jack Barrett 8 Sh’vat, 5766 Uncle of Nadyne Weissman
Joel Eisenberg 10 Sh’vat, 5742 Brother of Sharon Eisenberg
Fanny Litvin 15 Sh’vat, 5751 Aunt of Donald Nyman
Dr. Charles (Chuck) Astrin 17 Sh’vat, 5775
Edith Wasserman 19 Sh’vat, 5752 Mother of Miriam Wolf
Perle Weissman 19 Sh’vat, 5768 Mother of Jerry Weissman
Bess Cherry 22 Sh’vat, 5755 Mother of Don Cherry
Harold “Rick” Reichert 23 Sh’vat, 5728 Husband of Arlyne Reichert
Diane Magalnick 23 Sh’vat, 5762 Wife of Elliot Magalnick
Sylvia Goldman 27 Sch’vat, 5777 Grandmother of Cece Drew


Regarding the planned get-together for January 5, 2018, at the Cattlemen’s Cut

If you have paid any attention to the news lately, you know that winter is here with a vengeance. the weather in Great Falls is balmy compared to what it was on January 1, but the East Coast is currently experiencing a blizzard that is closing airports and wreaking havoc with many peoples’ travel plans. It is expected to get worse before it gets better. The Deep South is experiencing snow the like of which it has not seen for decades. There are many people coming from elsewhere that are not able to get to Great Falls because of the weather. So the planned get-together at the Cattlemen’s Cut has been postponed until January 19.

If you have any questions, please call Franz or Meriam at 406-217:6034 or 406-559:0015.