Dear Chevra, Friends,
Along with festive meals, sweet round challah, and the sound of the shofar being blown, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, brings with it infinite possibilities.
Every year, as the Hebrew month of Elul comes to a close, I wonder if I’ve done enough – if I’ve used the time I’ve been granted to prepare adequately for the Days of Awe. Have I reflected, planned, and taken stock enough for the days ahead?
Once Yom Kippur is over, we will have fully transitioned into a new year. Am I ready?
This gift of time to prepare and ready ourselves for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur can be seen as a parallel to our lives. The U¬netanah Tokef prayer that we read on both holidays reminds us of the liminal space the 10 days in between the holidays exist. We read:
“…On Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed,
And on Yom Kippur it is sealed.
How many shall pass away and how many shall be born,
Who shall live and who shall die,
Who shall reach the end of their days and who shall not…”
What if we viewed the month of Elul as a microcosm of the journey that is our lives and the Days of Awe as the end of that journey, a space of transition? We might then see every day of our lives as an opportunity to live intentionally and fully. To connect spiritually and with those we love. To check-in, take stock, amend, and plan.
Because so many of us are engaged in thinking about end of life, serving others, and connecting deeply with the Jewish end-of-life framework, this community is filled with awareness and curiosity about living a full and meaningful life.
With gratitude for all that you do to bring honor and comfort to others, I wish you a Shanah Tovah, a good year. May we continue to provide support, care, and teach others the power of end-of-life rituals, so that all may access them when they are most needed.
I’m sad not to be joining you yet again for HH. I hope everyone is doing well!! Such strange and challenging times we live in!
Wishing you all a healthy, sweet year, one where we continue to grow, learn, and heal ourselves and our world.
Rabbi Ruz Gulko
- WHAT? Dinner tomorrow evening, September 19, 2022, 23 Elul, 5882, 6:00PM
- WITH WHOM? Patricia Salkin, the Provost at the new Tuoro medical school being built in Great Falls
- WHERE? Celtic Cowboy Pub and Restaurant, 116 1st Ave. S.
She would like to meet as many members of our Jewish community as possible. Yes this is last minute, but we did mention it at the last service.
Submitted by Aaron Weissman
- WHAT? Aitz Chaim Community sukkot party
- WHEN? Sunday October 9th, 2022, Tishrei 14, 5783, 4:00PM
- Where? At Colleen Lemon’s house, 285 North Main St., Simms, 59477.
If anyone would like to carpool there, please let Wendy know at (406) 868-5712, or firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange a carpool. Driving time is about 30-40 minutes.
If you would like to build a sukkah or similar structure (there are talks about building a teepee) please show up about 4 PM to build your sukkah. Bring materials that you will need to build it.
Colleen and her family are building a sukkah. If you are not building a sukkah and don’t want to watch or help others build one, show up about 5 PM. At that time, we will finish decorating the sukkah, recite prayers and have a light dinner.
Please bring the following if you can, (but nothing is required to bring, just yourself):
1. Sukkah decorations. We will all be decorating the sukkah!
2. Food to share. We will have a traditional Israeli menu so bring items such as figs, dates, nuts, grapes, pomegranates, pineapple, challah (wendy will make this), pita chips, tabouleh, hummus, apples and honey and salat (which I found out is basically tabouleh without the wheat). Other food is also welcome. Or if you just want to show up and eat that is great too!
Please call or text Colleen at (412) 584-1973 with any questions you may have. The more the merrier, so please join us!!!
Submitted by Wendy Weissman
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The following is the Aitz Chaim community Rosh Hashanah schedule 2022, 5783.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Please bring your reading glasses if you need them.
- 9/25/2022, 29 Elul, 5782, 7:00PM: Erev Rosh Hashanah services, led by Wendy weissman and Devorah Werner at the Bethel. Oneg with apples and honey to follow (thanks Nadyne!)
- 9/26/2022, 1 Tishrei, 5783, 10:00AM: Rosh Hashanah Morning Services led by Wendy Weissman and Devorah Werner at the Bethel. Tashlich to follow ON THE *WEISSMAN BRIDGE. (Note change in location).
The address for the Bethel is 1009 18th Avenue Southwest. click here for map and directions.
*The Weissman Bridge is part of the Rivers Edge trail connecting the 2 sides of the river next to Central Ave West. You may park at the Federal Courthouse, 125 Central Ave. West.
Shana tovah u’metukah!
Our next north-central Montana hiking adventure will be Devil’s Glen. We will be caravanning from the Smith’s parking lot on September 10, meeting there at 8:00 AM and leaving there no later than 8:30 A.M. For anyone who wants to meet us at the trailhead, please make a point to be there by 10:00 A.M.
The Dearborn 206 trail, also called Devil’s Glen, is a spectacular hike at the headwaters of the Dearborn River and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The hike, which will total about six miles there and back, is considered to be easy, but features incredible views of limestone cliffs and waterfalls.
- Please make a point to bring your own lunch, sunscreen, water, and bear spray.
- dogs are welcome, but must be kept under the owner’s control at all times.
- There are latrine facilities at the trailhead.
- Aaron will prepare an appropriate adult discussion for Elul during lunch.
- Those interested may also decide to gather for a beer after the hike in Augusta.
Please get in touch with Aaron at email@example.com or phone: (406) 868:8982, with any questions, or for directions to the trailhead.