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Torah Readers for High Holy Days?

How is it already the month of Elul?  The year is really flying by, and before you know it Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will be upon us!

I had the opportunity for a lovely conversation with our service leader and Cantorial Soloist for our High Holy Day services this year, Ruz Gulko.  Ruz comes to us on Rabbi Fine’s recommendation, and has been leading services in the Seattle area for the past 25 years.  

Ruz is putting her plans together for our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, and would like to know if anyone would like the honor of reading from the Torah on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur mornings.  She plans on using the High Holy Day trope for the services, and will be glad to send a written copy of the text and an mp3 of the trope to any volunteers.  If you are interested, please send her an email at or place a comment on this post.

If there is anything specific you would like to see done at these services, please send me and Ruz a note, or just comment below.

L’Shana Tova,


Mark Your Calendar for Ofer Goren’s Performance in Great Falls on May 3 at the Bethel!

By Stephen Boyd

On May 3rd Ofer Goren is coming to great falls to put a free program on for us!

Ofer Goren is a professional Israeli Mime. He does single person mime shows. They involve situation comedies based on stories from the Bible and on everyday life.

The last time we had him in great falls was in 2010. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but he was hilarious!

He doesn’t speak very much English, basically none at all, but he understands it fairly well and he has no problem communicating back by pantomiming! His program is largely audience participation, and calls on the audience to help him with his acts. The really fun thing is, you get exactly what he is doing and then “mime” along!

I really hope to see many, many people there this performance. He is always a lot of fun. He will be performing at the Bethel at 7PM. Hope to see you there!

P.S.  Due to an unexpected house guest, I will be unable to house him for the night and need another host. Does anyone else have a room available that night? He is an extremely gracious guest.