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CEMETERY CLEANUP SUNDAY, 08/13/2017

Now that there has been a break in the extremely hot weather, please come to the cemetery on Sunday, August 13, 2017, starting at 10:00 A.M., ready to clean and mow.

Please bring mowers, weed whackers, yard and leaf bags, cans of gasoline, and fleshig finger food and drinks for fellowship.

The best address for the cemetery is 81 Highland Road.  To get there (from the Benefis East hospital), drive Southbound on 26th Street past the hospital for 1.5 miles and follow the road when it turns to the left.  At that point the road will become Highland Road.  Continue straight for a mile until you reach the cemetery.

Thank you.
Joy Breslauer, Ram’s Horn Editor
Aitz Chaim, Great falls Hebrew Association
editor@aitzchaim.com

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Our Cemetery Has an Entrance Road!!

Max Weissman and Boy Scout Troop 26 completed building an entrance road for the Eaton Road Jewish Cemetery this afternoon (10/10/15) as his Eagle Project.  The road should now be nice and level for those that want to visit the cemetery.

Tomorrow morning, October 11 at 10am, a number of us are going to gather at the cemetery to bury old prayer books.  The boys of the Troop prepared a nice area for the book burial.  If you would like to participate in the book burial, please make a point to arrive at the cemetery no later than 10am.

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SUKKOT — THE FESTIVAL OF SCOUT SKILLS

From the National Jewish Committee on Scouting.

http://www.jewishscouting.org/sukkot-festival-scout-skills/

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FUN TO DO THE SECOND WEEK END IN OCTOBER?

NJCOS-Logo-CircleRWhy not come to the Eaton Road Cemetery October 10-11 around ten A.M. and help Max Weissman with his Eagle Scout project, graveling about 200 feet of the road to the old cemetery? This will be a monumental project. We want to get this done before the snow flies, or at least before the frost freezes the ground too hard.

We will also need to mow and weed the area so that the road can be properly leveled. Anyone with a mower or a weed whacker or a burning desire to run one would be most welcome to help with this project.

Another way to help is to donate towards the purchase of the gravel, which will be approximately $700.00.

We also have several old Siddurim that we no longer use that we could bury during the project. If you have anything else that you would like to bury properly, bring it with you or let us know. We will aim to do this on Sunday the 11th.

Another option for helping with this project is to provide food or drink for those doing the work.

There are two cemeteries in the Great Falls area where Jews are buried, one older than the other. The staff of Mount Olivet Cemetery has the responsibility of taking perpetual care of the graves of the persons, including the Jews, who are buried there. The Aitz Chaim Community takes responsibility for the perpetual care of the graves of the Jews buried in the Eaton Road Cemetery.

We will let you know more as the plans for this project become finalized. Thank you in advance for your help.

GFHA Eaton Road Cemetery Maintenance

BOARD METING THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2:00 P.M.

There will be an Aitz Chaim board meeting this Sunday, June 2, at 2:00 P.M. at the Washington building, 1015 1st avenue North. Any congregation member is welcome to attend.

Cemetery Needs Assessment Visit

 

In 1916, the newly-formed Great Falls Hebrew Association purchased a plot of land South of Great Falls on Eaton Road from the Butte Land and Investment Co. for use as a cemetery.  Today, about a dozen graves are on-site, with the most recent burial there this past Spring.  A prairie cemetery for a prairie town, this property is rugged and surrounded by natural grasses.

Unfortunately, a 1980s era fence our congregation erected at the cemetery is now falling down, many of the gravestones are crumbling and the entrance to the cemetery is inaccessible, especially in inclement weather.

Can you join us for a “Needs Assessment” visit at the cemetery on Saturday afternoon, September 15?  For those of you that have never been there, we plan on meeting at the parking lot at 1015 1st Ave North just after noon and caravanning up to the cemetery.  Please bring your own lunch.

A map to the cemetery follows, courtesy of Google.  If you cannot access this map, please click on “View Larger Map”.

 

Eaton Road Jewish Cemetery, South of Great Falls

Yesterday I had the opportunity to take some photos at the historic Jewish Cemetery near Eaton Road.

This Summer, I propose that our congregation have a work party day there. Between road access, the fence, crumbling monuments, etc., we could make a very positive impact in this cemetery, which our congregation has managed since the early 1910s.