Category Archives: Tevet

NEWS OF A FORMER CONGREGANT

This is an article from the Voyage Phoenix staff, featuring former Great Falls long-time resident and Aitz Chaim member and physician Mona Morstein.

FEBRUARY 1, 2018

Meet Mona Morstein of Arizona Integrative Medical Solutions in Tempe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mona Morstein.

Mona, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.

My story begins between the ages of 10-16 years old, when I suffered from odd seizures when physically active (looking back, due to low blood sugars), and obsessive compulsive disorder. Stopping my refined sugar intake when I was 16 years old cured me of both conditions within 2 months. My interest in nutrition began then. I wound up getting a Summa Cum Laude BS in Foods and Nutrition from Arizona State University in 1984. During my years there I also wound up with another annoying medical problem–recurrent bouts of diarrhea. I miraculously cured with a couple of herbs I bought from the old Gentle Strength Coop, and made into a recipe for tea I discovered in “The Herb Book” by John Lust. My interest in alternative medicine was growing. I had been discouraged with my nutrition education. I had not learned how to use nutrition to reverse medical conditions. By chance, in the ASU bookstore, I came across a book called “Holistic Health Handbook” put out by the USC Berkeley. In this book, nearly all alternative medical fields were discussed, from acupuncture, to chiropractic to massage, etc. I discovered naturopathic medicine in that book, visited a naturopathic physician in Scottsdale, and decided that was my next education step. There were only two post-graduate accredited naturopathic medical schools in the US, one in Portland and one in Seattle. My parents agreed and I went to National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland for 4 years, did a year residency there, and then bought a naturopathic practice in Great Falls, MT where I set up my first clinic.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?

Well, there are always struggles. We did not learn good business practices in medical school, and so learning how to set up a practice on my own was hard. I had a cash practice and learned to not to set up account receivables, as one day, adding those up, I discovered patients owed me over $17,000 (!). I was embezzled by a dishonest office manager. I was doing naturopathic medicine on my own, the only ND in Great Falls, MT, for 11 years mostly before computers, Google and email; I was a lone dog doctor doing my best. I worked hard reading journals, going to medical conferences and accumulating more knowledge to have better success with patients. I wound up buying a medical condo hoping to develop a large multifactorial clinic with many different practitioners, but that never really developed no matter the work and advertising I put into it. Overall, nonetheless, I loved Montana, and Great Falls, and discovered hiking, camping and environmental activism. I wound up developing a solid medical practice that treated patients from Great Falls and all the smaller towns within 1-2 hours of Great Falls. I really grew and matured there.

We’d love to hear more about your business.

I am a naturopathic physician. We are, essentially, the equivalent to medical GPs; we can write prescriptions, do blood work, imaging studies, and physical exams. However, our focus is on working with patients to remove all the obstacles to cure they may have that have led to the development of their medical condition(s), and then use–as much as possible–natural modalities to stimulate their body’s capacity to heal. So, for example, if you present with psoriasis to an MD, you’ll probably get hydrocortisone cream or a strong biologic drug to block the psoriasis from coming out. With me, I’m going to do a food sensitivity test, a diet diary where you record what you eat for 7 days to learn your nutrient intake, and how pro-inflammatory is your diet. In my 1.5 hour first office visit, we’ll discuss any stresses your life, and how well you may or may not be handling them. We’ll go over sleep, exercise, and investigate how healthy (or not) your gut functioning may be. All of these aspects of a person can cause a chronic dermatitis, for e.g. I’ll teach you how to remove any food sensitivities, how to eat to heal your skin, dose supplements specific to what you need, help strengthen your gut health, and so forth. There are many different tests an ND does outside the conventional world of MDs that can be very helpful in finding the reasons someone is unhealthy on a mental/emotional or physical level. I specialize in gastrointestinal conditions and all hormonal conditions (diabetes, thyroid, adrenals, reproductive); in fact, I recently had my book published: “Master Your Diabetes: A Comprehensive, Integrative Approach for Both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.” Someone told me it’s the best-selling book on diabetes on Amazon now. I am also the founder and Executive Director of the Low Carb Diabetes Association: http://www.lowcarbdiabetes.org an education non-profit designed to help educated patients about using integrative medicine to prevent or control their diabetes. I see both adults and children as patients.
But, I see many other conditions as well, such as skin, migraines, cardiovascular, auto-immune. In general I use these healing modalities: conventional and integrative testing, nutrition, nutraceutical supplementation, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, counseling/motivational support, vertebral manipulation, bio-identical hormonal therapy, medical prescriptions. You can check out our clinic at drmorstein.com

What were you like growing up?

I think I was a handful growing up! I had a lot of energy, was very athletic, and liked doing what I wanted to do. One of my earliest memories was when I was around 2-3 years old watching Saturday morning cartoons. There was a commercial where there was a STOP sign (I recognized that from being driven around by my parents and grandparents) and some words written beneath it. I remember thinking I couldn’t wait until I could read and know what those words were meaning. I have always been an avid reader. My first big person’s book I read was “The Martian Chronicles” by Ray Bradbury when I was 10 years old. I was fascinated by it! I have never stopped reading. I think I might have gone into the publishing world if I hadn’t gone into medicine.

I was good in school and always did well. I had a speech impediment though, the letter “r”. It took years of speech therapy before I overcame it. Thank G-d for speech therapists!

I’m lucky I always had a good feeling about myself, and was confident I was a good person. Not egomania, mind you, just a positive view of myself no matter if I was teased for my “r” impediment, or a teacher yelled at me, or I was bullied, or a friend snubbed me or some other, you know, childhood disappointment occurred. I simply liked myself and knew I was a worthwhile person. I was lucky to live in a functional household and I always knew I was loved by my parents.

We moved from New Jersey, and my grandparents, when I was 9 years old and that devastated me emotionally. I don’t particularly handle grief very well; it lingers and it hard to get over. That’s when my health went and I developed the seizures and OCD. When I was older, in college and med school, at every school break, several times a year I flew back to New Jersey to be with my grand-parents, and now and then visit my other grandmother up in Brooklyn. I loved being with my grand-parents.

I still am always reading a book. I love hiking every Sunday morning, and I believe there is no town as great as the Valley for those who hike alone. I love the McDowell/Sonoran Conservancy, the Superstitions, South Mountain, Thompson Peak, etc. I exercise at home the other days of the week. I am active in my religion, Judaism, at my shul in Chandler. And, I strive to be a great cat mommy; my neighbors regularly see me walking my little furry boy (morning and evening), and occasionally my little furry girl tags along, too.

Contact Info:
• Address: Arizona Integrative Medical Solutions
4657 S. Lakeshore Dr. Ste 1
Tempe, AZ 85282
• Website: http://www.azimsolutions.com or http://www.drmorstein.com
• Phone: 480-284:8155
• Email: goodhealth@azimsolutions.com
• Twitter: @drmonamorstein

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WHY BE JEWISH? BY DORON KORNBLUTH

Doron Kornbluth is a world-renowned Jewish educator. He speaks to all types of audiences in over 50 cities a year, is the author of five best-sellling books, and is much-in-demand inspirational (and licensed) tour guide in Israel. For more information, please visit http://www.doronkornbluth.com

SAVE THE DATE

Save the Date
Calling All Cemetery Enthusiasts!
Montana Historic Cemetery Preservation Workshop
Helena, Montana
June 21-23, 2018

A three-day workshop focusing on the many technologies available to preserve, restore, and locate burial sites. From light detection and ranging (LiDAR) to ground penetrating radar (GPR), from burial detecting dogs to drone photography, and from archival research to using complex databases, we will showcase it all! Hosted by the Montana History Foundation, with generous funding from the National Park Service, this workshop will provide an overview of the many technologies available for cemetery historians and preservationists.

Where: Radisson Colonial Hotel
Helena, Montana
When: June 21-23, 2018
What: One day of classroom sessions &
Two days of hands-on demonstrations and tours
Who: Anyone interested in historic cemetery preservation
Cost: $125 per person / $65 for students

Register: Available soon at: http://www.mthistory.org

YAHRZEITS — JANUARY, 2018

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 comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Deceased
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Congregant
Dorothy Meyer Aug 19, 2017 27 Av, 5777 Stepmother of Diane Sherick
Ann Belfert Aug 12, 2017 20 Av, 5777 Mother of Gail Belfert
Lydia (Leah) Bailey Mar 31, 2017 3 Nissan, 5777 Mother of Karen (Chaya) Semple
Sarah Lewin Mar 11, 5777 13 Adar, 5777 Mother of Rachel Michele Lewin Costaneda
Sylvia Goldman Feb 23, 2017 27 Sch’vat, 5777 Grandmother of Cece Drew
Sarah Barrett Jan 1, 1968 30 Kislev, 5728 Grandmother of Nadyne Weissman
Gene Charnes Jan 1, 2003 27 Tevet, 5763 father of Joe Charnes
Dr. Irving “Chick” Waltman Jan 5, 2016 24 Tevet, 5776 Father of Marjorie Feldman
Cynthia Boyd Jan 10, 2009 14 Tevet, 5769 Mother of Stephen Boyd
Emma Betteti Jan 11, 1994 28 Tevet, 5754 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
Alexander Fischer Jan 13, 1983 28 Tevet, 5743 Father of Robert Fischer
Daniel E. Fischer Jan 18, 2004 24 Tevet, 5764 Brother of Robert Fischer
Bess Cherry Jan 23, 1995 22 Sh’vat, 5755 Mother of Don Cherry
Edith Wasserman Jan 24, 1992 19 Sh’vat, 5752 Mother of Miriam Wolf
Perle Weissman Jan 26, 2008 19 Sh’vat, 5768 Mother of Jerry Weissman
Dorothy Barer Jan 26, 2009 1 Sh’vat, 5769 Mother of Michael Barer
Alfred Breslauer Jan 27, 1971 1 Sh’vat, 5731 Father of Bruce Breslauer
Dr. Charles (Chuck) Astrin Jan 29, 2015 17 Sh’vat, 5775
Fanny Litvin Jan 30, 1991 15 Sh’vat, 5751 Aunt of Donald Nyman

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED

WHOM: Adult members of Aitz Chaim, 21 years and older

WHAT: Meet And Greet

WHERE: Cattlemans Cut Supper Club, 369 Vaughn South Frontage Road

WHEN: January 5, 2018 **

WHY: To celebrate the marriage of Franz Klammer and Meriam Nagel Klammer, which took place November 23, 2017, in New England

HOSTS: Herr Franz Dieter Klammer and Frau Meriam Klammer

COCKTAILS AND HORS D’OEUVRES: 5:00 — 6:30 P.M. Dinner and dancing to follow.
Steak, chicken, fish, prime rib, vegetarian, and gluten-free options will be available.
A salad and dessert bar are included. A special dessert will also be provided.

Please bring your appetites and your smiling faces, and leave your wallets and your children at home.

PLEASE, **ABSOLUTELY NO GIFTS!**

RSVP to Franz or Meriam no later than 01/03/2018, by phone only: 406-217-6034 or 406-559-0015. If there is no answer, please leave a message.

If you need directions, please call Meriam Klammer at one of the above phone numbers.

** If the weather interferes or the roads are too icy, we do have a Plan B which we will post if necessary.**

THE LAST DAY OF HANUKKAH

YAHRZEITS — TEVET, 5778

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 comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Deceased
Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Congregant
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
Sylvia Goldman 27 Sch’vat, 5777 Grandmother of Cece Drew
Theodore Eichner 2 Tevet, 5731 Father of Jerry Eichner
Louis Eisenberg 5 Tevet, 5746 Father of Sharon Eisenberg
Jules Cherry 8 Tevet, 5733 Father of Don Cherry
Molly Dunaeff 8 Tevet, 5746 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
Cynthia Boyd 14 Tevet, 5769 Mother of Stephen Boyd
James Levie 15 Tevet, 5771 Uncle of Wendy Weissman
Daniel E. Fischer 24 Tevet, 5764 Brother of Robert Fischer
Dr. Irving “Chick” Waltman 24 Tevet, 5776 Father of Marjorie Feldman
Gene Charnes 27 Tevet, 5763 Father of Joe Charnes
Alexander Fischer 28 Tevet, 5743 Father of Robert Fischer
Emma Betteti 28 Tevet, 5754 Aunt of Meriam Nagel

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS: December 12-25, 2017, 24 Kislev — 7 Tevet, 5778

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Wednesday, 12/13/2017—Wednesday, 12/20/2017, 25 Kislev — 2 Tevet, 5778: Chanukkah.
  • Tuesday, 12/12/2017, 24 Kislev, 5778, 5:30 P.M.: Erev Chanukah. We will light the first candle of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukkiah at the Civic Center. If you come at 5:30.30, you’ll probably miss it, especially if it is cold.
  • Wednesday, 12/13/2017, 25 Kislev, 5778: First day of Chanukah. We will light the second candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Thursday, 12/14/2016, 26 Kislev, 5778: Second day of Chanukah. We will light the third candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Friday, 12/15/2017, 27 Kislev, 5778: Third day of Chanukah. We will light the fourth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Saturday, 12/16/2017, 28 Kislev, 5778: Fourth day of chanukah. We will light the fifth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M. From there we will go to the YWCA, 220 2nd Street North, for the annual community Chanukah party. Please bring a milchig (dairy) dish to share, and a hearty appetite for latkes and Sufganiyot.
  • Sunday, 12/17/2017, 29 Kislev, 5778: Fifth day of Chanukah. We will light the sixth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Monday, 12/18/2017, 30 Kislev, 5778: 12:00 P.M.: Menorah lighting at the Montana State Capitol in Helena, followed by a MAJCo meeting at 1:00 P.M.
  • Monday, 12/18/2017, 30 Kislev, 5778: Sixtht day of Chanukah. We will light the seventh candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.m.
  • Tuesday, 12/19/2017, 1 Tevet, 5778: Seventh day of Chanukah. We will light the eighth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.m.
  • Wednesday, 12/20/2017, 2 Tevet, 5778: Eighth day of Chanukah.
  • Sunday-Monday, 12/24-25/2017, 6-7 Tevet, 5778: Christmas at the Mercy Home. Please see separate article in Ram’s Horn.

YAHRZEITS — DECEMBER, 2017, KISLEV–TEVET, 5778

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 comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Deceased
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Congregant
Dorothy Meyer Aug 19, 2017 27 Av, 5777 Stepmother of Diane Sherick
Ann Belfert Aug 12, 2017 20 Av, 5777 Mother of Gail Belfert
Lydia (Leah) Bailey Mar 31, 2017 3 Nissan, 5777 Mother of Karen (Chaya) Semple
Sarah Lewin Mar 11, 5777 13 Adar, 5777 Mother of Rachel Michele Lewin Costaneda
Sylvia Goldman Feb 23, 2017 27 Sch’vat, 5777 Grandmother of Cece Drew
Henry Espelin Dec 1, 1984 7 Kislev, 5745 Father of Dawn Schandelson
Diane Kaplan Dec 3, 2009 16 Kislev, 5770 Mother of Kai Nealis
Beverly Tatz Dec 8, 2015 26 Kislev, 5776 Mother of Janet Tatz
Carl Weissman Dec 9, 1960 20 Kislev, 5721 Grandfather of Jerry Weissman
Irving Tatz Dec 9, 2008 12 Kislev, 5769 Father of Janet Tatz
Joseph Magalnick Dec 12, 1970 13 Kislev, 5731 father of Elliot Magalnick
Richard Weiss Dec 12, 2000 15 Kislev, 5761 Father of Laura Weiss
Jules Cherry Dec 13, 1972 8 Tevet, 5733 Father of Don Cherry
Louis Eisenberg Dec 17, 1985 5 Tevet, 5746 Father of Sharon Eisenberg
Mike Thorne Dec 17, 2016 17 Kislev, 5777 Relative of Alan Thorne
Molly Dunaeff Dec 20, 1985 8 Tevet, 5746 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
James Levie Dec 22, 2010 15 Tevet, 5771 Uncle of Wendy Weissman
Theodore Eichner Dec 30, 1970 2 Tevet, 5731 Father of Jerry Eichner
Joe Lavin

YAHRZEITS — JANUARY, 2017, TEVET-SH’VAT, 5777

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 comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Deceased
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Congregant
Marion Kelman May 19, 2016 11 Iyyar, 5776 Sister-in-law of Evelyn Kelman
Sheldon Maznek May 20, 2016 12 Iyar, 5776 Brother of Evelyn Kelman
Sarah Barrett Jan 1, 1968 30 Kislev, 5728 Grandmother of Nadyne Weissman
Gene Charnes Jan 1, 2003 27 Tevet, 5763 father of Joe Charnes
Dr. Irving “Chick” Waltman Jan 5, 2016 24 Tevet, 5776 Father of Marjorie Feldman
Cynthia Boyd Jan 10, 2009 14 Tevet, 5769 Mother of Stephen Boyd
Emma Betteti Jan 11, 1994 28 Tevet, 5754 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
Alexander Fischer Jan 13, 1983 28 Tevet, 5743 Father of Robert Fischer
Daniel E. Fischer Jan 18, 2004 24 Tevet, 5764 Brother of Robert Fischer
Bess Cherry Jan 23, 1995 22 Sh’vat, 5755 Mother of Don Cherry
Edith Wasserman Jan 24, 1992 19 Sh’vat, 5752 Mother of Miriam Wolf
Perle Weissman Jan 26, 2008 19 Sh’vat, 5768 Mother of Jerry Weissman
Dorothy Barer Jan 26, 2009 1 Sh’vat, 5769 Mother of Michael Barer
Alfred Breslauer Jan 27, 1971 1 Sh’vat, 5731 Father of Bruce Breslauer
Dr. Charles (Chuck) Astrin Jan 29, 2015 17 Sh’vat, 5775
Fanny Litvin Jan 30, 1991 15 Sh’vat, 5751 Aunt of Donald Nyman