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
Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Natalee Holly Kelman 3 Av, 5773 Daughter of Evelyn Kelman
Miriam Fischer 8 Av, 5713 Mother of Robert Fischer
Harriet Marion Barrett 16 Av, 5765 Mother of Nadyne Weissman
Ann Belfert 20 Av, 5777 Mother of Gail Belfert
Anne Nagel-Harris 23 Av, 5755 Aunt of Meriam Nagel
Walter Greenspan 23 Av, 5772
Sidney Dunaeff 25 Av, 5736 Uncle of Meriam Nagel
Dorothy Meyer 27 Av, 5777 Stepmother of Diane Sherick


Internationally respected scholar and Torah scribe Rabbi Moshe Druin is coming to Great Falls to give an educational presentation on the Mysteries of Hebrew Letters
Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. B101
Great Falls College MSU, 2100 16th Avenue South

Our small Jewish community is bringing a Torah Scribe, Rabbi Moshe Druin, to great Falls to perform repairs on our Torah. Our Torah is over 100 years old and is still used at all of our services. The scroll needs some repairs so that it can continue to be used for at least another generation. He will be here July 10-11.

While he is here, Rabbi Druin will give an educational presentation on Mysteries of the Hebrew Letters at Great falls College MSU from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. Donations are welcome.

Rabbi Moshe Druin is a renowned public speaker, sought after lecturer and a storytelling educator. His heartfelt, yet dynamic presentations have endeared him to Jews of all affiliations, ages and backgrounds. Rabbi Druin’s exciting and electrifying personality brings the relevance of Torah to life in a most meaningful and inspirational way.

Born in New York, his family made Aliyah when he was six. He has been through the three main streams of Judaism and has studied in Yeshivot of diverse affiliations in Israel. He was ordained as a Rabbi and Scribe in New York and together with his wife, Ahuva, they moved to Johannesburg, South Africa where he served as a Youth Director, Vice-Principal of the Jewish High School and later as pulpit Rabbi. He continued with his higher education in Jewish studies curriculum development at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Upon returning to the United States in 1998, his scribal expertise and public appearances moved to the forefront. Rabbi Druin has benefited congregations across the country and around the world in developing tailor-made educational, fundraising and community building Torah Projects. Sharing the warmth and inner wonder of Torah with a personalized and engaging approach, he is able to connect with all audiences. Today his company, Sofer On Site International, is distinguished as one of the world’s premier Torah Project developers, working with communities from Omaha to India on all facets of management, marketing, graphic artwork, fundraising and programming. Rabbi Moshe Druin lives in North Miami Beach, Florida, with his wife and children.

• Mysteries of the Hebrew Letters. Can letters be more than just a tool for language? Revealing the secrets beyond what you see at first glance. Beyond the artistic beauty of their shapes, woven into these letters are deep and inspirational meanings that provide lessons and guidance for living. But then, would you expect anything less from G-dly letters?

Aitz Chaim is very fortunate to be able to bring someone of Rabbi Druin’s stature to Great Falls.



Todah Robah to the following Congregation members who have offered their hospitality to Rabbi Ruz Gulko and to provide the oneg:

  • Friday, 07/27/2018: Airport pickup for Rabbi Ruz Gulko: Stephen Boyd
  • Weekend hosts: Jerry and Nadyne Weissman
  • Friday Evening Services, 07/27/2018, 7:00 P.M.: Arev Shabbat Services led by rabbi Ruz Gulko at The Bethel. Oneg to follow.
  • Friday Evening, 07/27/2018: Oneg, Nadyne Weissman, Joy Breslauer
  • Saturday morning, 07/28/2018, 10:00 A.M.: Torah study with Rabbi Ruz Gulko.
  • Saturday Noon, 07/27/2018: Lunch with Rabbi Ruz Gulko: Teriyaki Madness, 1710 Tenth Avenue South
  • Saturday Evening, 07/28/2018, 5:30 P.M.: Fleshig (meat) potluck at the Bethel with adult discussion to follow. Possible topic: The Ten Commandments.
  • The address for the Bethel is 1009 18th Avenue Southwest. Click here for map and directions.


    The Band’s Visit is a stage musical with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Itamar Moses, based on the 2007 Israeli film of the same name.

    May 21, 2018 – After nearly 800 Tiny Desk concerts, The Band’s Visit is the first Broadway musical ever to play the series.


    “The Band’s Visit” Dominates Tony Awards
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” won the Tony for best play on Sunday while “The Band’s Visit” swept the musical categories with 10 Tony awards including best musical.

    From The New York Times:
    Breaking news for Broadway theatergoers, even — or perhaps especially — those who thought they were past the age of infatuation: It is time to fall in love again.

    One of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by … is called “The Band’s Visit,” and its undeniable allure is not of the hard-charging, brightly blaring sort common to box-office extravaganzas.

    Instead, this portrait of a single night in a tiny Israeli desert town confirms a lyric that arrives, like nearly everything in this remarkable show, on a breath of reluctantly romantic hope: “Nothing is as beautiful as something you don’t expect.”


    Ben Gurion, Epilogue – The story behind the making of the documentary film


    Sometimes I lay
    Under the moon
    And thank God I’m breathing
    Then I pray
    Don’t take me soon
    ‘Cause I am here for a reason

    Sometimes in my tears I drown
    But I never let it get me down
    So when negativity surrounds
    I know some day it’ll all turn around because…

    All my life I’ve been waiting for
    I’ve been praying for
    For the people to say
    That we don’t wanna fight no more
    There will be no more wars
    And our children will play
    One day

    It’s not about
    Win or lose
    ‘Cause we all lose
    When they feed on the souls of the innocent
    Blood-drenched pavement
    Keep on moving though the waters stay raging

    In this maze you can lose your way (your way)
    It might drive you crazy but don’t let it faze you, no way (no way)


    From: Brian Schnitzer
    Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 3:46 PM
    Subject: MAJCo – Jewish Cemeteries In Montana

    Last week the Montana Historical Society sponsored, with the help of National Park Service funding, a seminar on cemetery preservation. Helena’s Home of Peace cemetery featured significantly in several of the presentations and was one of the stops on the Helena historic cemeteries tour.

    Home of Peace, owned and managed by the Home of Peace Cemetery Association, was established in 1867. It is Helena’s oldest active cemetery and the oldest Jewish cemetery in Montana.

    (Papers exist suggesting as the Virginia City mining camp prepared to become an organized town in the mid-1860’s, its founders designated an area in its planned cemetery as “The Hebrew Cemetery.” There are no monuments in the designated area and no documentation of its having ever been purchased by any Jewish community. Although Ground Penetrating Radar suggests many internments, it is thought the area was used by Virginia City for mass burials during one of its later epidemics.)

    I, therefore, know only the particulars of two specifically Jewish cemeteries in Montana. I believe we also have cemeteries in Butte and Great Falls, but I do not know their particulars. If you are aware of additional active or inactive Jewish cemeteries, please reply with that information. “Reply All,” so the information can be shared and not duplicated.

    Beth Aaron Cemetery
    Congregation Beth Aaron

    Home of Peace
    Home of Peace Cemetery Association



    My name is Danielle Genin, and I’m reaching out on behalf of Lior Vaknin.

    Mr. Vaknin is a young Israeli guy, who’s currently on a goodwill mission to share some of the good things Israel is doing in the technology and innovation word and why it’s considered “Startup Nation”, in all 50 States! His main goal is to help reduce the antisemitism and Anti-Israel atmosphere around the country through proper education.

    He’s been on the road for 13 months now and is currently in state number #28.

    Lior will be visiting Montana around mid-July and it’s a rare opportunity for the community to gain additional information from someone who’s “been there”, and be part of his special mission.

    I’ll be happy to jump on a call sometime this week and share some more information, and in the meantime you’re welcome to check this short intro video of his –

    • All the talks are donation based •




    “Did you know people like you around the country helped us create the Museum’s new exhibition, Americans and the Holocaust?

    From high school students to lifelong learners, ‘citizen historians’ combed through local newspaper archives, finding more than 15,000 articles that helped us explore the question, ‘What did Americans know about the Holocaust?’

    The articles were found through the initiative History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust, which asks volunteers to search for news of events such as the Nazi book burnings and the voyage of the St. Louis.

    Would you like to join the more than 3,000 contributors? Visit History Unfolded online and see how you can help create an archive that historians will use for generations to come.


    Dr. Rebecca Erbelding
    Historian and Researcher, Americans and the Holocaust
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum”


    Rabbi Ruz is coming for the week end of Friday, July 27 — Sunday, July 29.