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MAJCo: AN INVITATION FROM BETH SHALOM, BOZEMAN — A WEEK END WITH THE RABBIS KULA

Congregation Beth Shalom in Bozeman invites you to celebrate Rabbi Mark Kula’s Installation with a weekend of special events, March 5-7

“Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life” presented by Rabbi Irwin Kula
Thursday, March 5th at 7:00pm
Montana State University, Strand Union Building, Ballroom D

Our desires for love, happiness, truth, goodness, creativity, and self-awareness define our lives. These yearnings, never fully realized, drive us, disappoint us, push us, frustrate us, elevate us, distort us, damage us, propel us, energize us and inspire us. How can our yearnings become sources of wisdom to help us know ourselves better, live more fearlessly and joyfully, act more ethically and purposefully, and love more passionately and unconditionally?

Rabbi Irwin is a disruptive spiritual innovator and rogue thinker. A 7th generation rabbi, he is Co-President of CLAL, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a do-tank committed to making Jewish a Public Good. Named one of the leaders shaping the American spiritual landscape, he received the 2008 Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award for his work “toward equality, liberty and a truly inter–religious community” and has been listed in Newsweek for many years as one of America’s “most influential rabbis.” Learn more about Rabbi Irwin here.

Installation, Shabbat Service, and Purim Celebration
Friday, March 6th at 6:00pm
Congregation Beth Shalom, 2010 W Koch St.

Join us in a celebration of our new Rabbi, Rabbi Mark Kula, with a service officiated by Rabbi Irwin Kula, followed by a catered dinner hosted by Beth Shalom. “The Sanctuary” open bar with live music and Purim festivities kicks off at 8pm. Give a “l’chaim” toast to our Rabbi with a “Kula-tini”!

RSVP to amber@bethshalombozeman.org by Friday, February 28.

Torah Study led by Rabbis Mark and Irwin Kula
Saturday, March 7th at 9:30am
Congregation Beth Shalom, 2010 W Koch St.

Join us for great conversation and company. Bagels and coffee provided.

For more information, visit www.bethshalombozeman.org.

Rabbi Irwin Kula: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life
Rabbi Irwin Kula: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life
Editorial Review from Amazon
“This sagacious book will be a blessing to all who read its teachings on the value of spiritual yearning.”

“At a time when religion is too often associated with absolutism and extremism, Kula combines ancient Jewish teachings and contemporary insights to articulate a practical, spiritual path that embraces uncertainty, complexity and tolerance.”

“This wonderful book does what so many like it fail to do: it embraces the magic of day-to-day living, the spirituality that can be found in our questions, our mistakes, our passions and our doubts. Life is indeed messy, but as Rabbi Irwin Kula shows us, sorting through it is what transforms us to higher ground, and there is wisdom in how the heart approaches what it yearns”

“Provocative, engaging and transforming, Yearnings is a shofar blast of a book that will open your eyes and stir you, inspiring you to break free of inertia and move forward in your spiritual evolution.”

“Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life” was selected by Spirituality and Health Magazine as one of the 10 Best Spiritual Books of 2006.

About The Book
The host of PBS’s Simple Wisdom and The Wisdom of Our Yearnings explores life’s most defining human experiences.

A perfect love, enduring happiness, discovering our purpose. Yearning for these experiences accompanies us through life, leading us to both joy and disappointment, and to a powerful vision of who we are, and who we can become. Far from being a burden, our yearnings can themselves become a path to blessing, prompting questions and insights, resulting in new ways of being and believing.

In Yearnings, renowned Rabbi Irwin Kula explores and celebrates seven of our deepest desires. He opens the spiritual toolbox of Jewish wisdom — it has much to teach about the ambiguities and uncertainties we all encounter — and takes us on an excursion into our age-old questions, merging ancient wisdom and stories with contemporary examples and insights. Whether it’s a woman struggling with a breach in her marriage, a child wondering about the tooth fairy, or Moses yearning for answers in the story of the burning bush, Yearnings offers a broader perspective to enrich our search for meaning.

The practices and insights in this book are based on teachings that have evolved for over three thousand years, as generations have wrestled with the messiness and complexities of the human experience. Rabbi Kula invites us to do the same, urging us to seek answers to our deepest questions, to search for spiritual and personal fulfillment while knowing we will never finally get there, and to celebrate the discoveries we’ll make along the way.

About the Author
Rabbi Irwin Kula has appeared on Oprah and Frontline and serves as a consultant to corporate and family foundations, as well as to federations, synagogues, and agencies on issues of leadership and change. Fast Company has named Rabbi Kula as one of the new leaders shaping the American spiritual landscape and he has been featured in national publications such as the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Chicago Tribune. He lives in New York City.

Rabbi Irwin Kula is an eighth-generation rabbi, nationally known speaker and teacher, and the president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. A repeat guest on Oprah, he is also the host of the public television broadcast called The Wisdom of Our Yearnings. Rabbi Kula lives with his wife and daughters in New York City.

KOSHER FOOD ORDER: AN OFFER FROM BOZEMAN

Dear Friends,

We’ll be making our next food order soon as we’d like it to arrive in late December or so. Please see the list below and send in your order’s by Tuesday, November 26th, at noon. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Order List

Thanks much!

Rabbi Chaim Bruk
Director/Spiritual Leader

Chabad Lubavitch of Montana
8755 Huffman Lane
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: 406-585-8770

KOL NIDRE AND YOM KIPPUR SERVICES ONLINE

Shalom All,

With snow again in the forecast for Wednesday, some of you may be unable to travel to Butte, Bozeman, Great Falls, Missoula or points beyond for the next round of High Holidays. Not to worry! With the gift of online services available to us, you truly never have to feel alone on the yom tovim any more.

Feedback from several people who did partake of online services for Rosh HaShanah was extremely positive.

Below are links to synagogue services. All have been viewed/used by at least some of our members and come highly recommended:

East Coast (Eastern Daylight Time)

92nd Street Y, Manhattan (Nondenominational)
The 92nd Street Y in Manhattan is one of the United States’ oldest Jewish community centers. Services are led by Rabbi Elka Abrahamson and cantorial soloist Elana Arian.

Brooklyn Heights Synagogue (Reform)
The Brooklyn Heights Synagogue describes itself as a “welcoming, inclusive community dedicated to lifelong learning, to supporting each other and to caring for the world.” The congregation also streams Shabbat services and archives many previous ones.

Central Synagogue, New York City (Reform)
This 2,600-member congregation is one of the largest synagogues in North America. The synagogue streams its High Holidays services free on its website and on its Facebook page.

Lab/Shul, midgown Manhattan (Nondenominational)
An “everybody friendly, artist-driven, God-optional, pop-up Jewish community,” Lab/Shul holiday services are led by Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie and an ensemble of musicians and ritual leaders. Lab/Shul will be live streaming services from a theater in midtown Manhattan.

OurJewishCommunity.org (Nondenominational)
OurJewishCommunity.org is an online synagogue that will stream services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Our Jewish Community a home for Liberal Jews online. Join us for Live Streaming Shabbat and Holiday Services, Jewish Podcasts, Blogs, fun for kids and more!

Park Avenue Synagogue, Manhattan (Conservative)
This 1,650-family Manhattan congregation’s vision includes practicing “a Judaism filled with love, literacy, reverence, compassion, and joy” and striving “to make our ancient tradition compelling and welcoming to contemporary Jewry and to serve as a light unto our fellow Jews and the nations.” Led by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove.

Temple Beth EL, Boca Raton, FL (Reform)
This Miami congregation is one of the largest synagogues in South Florida. It also streams Shabbat services, and archives all services back to August 2016. Led by Rabbi Jeremy Barras.

Temple Emanu-El, New York City’s first Reform synagogue (Reform)
Founded in 1845, Emanu-El was New York City’s first Reform congregation. Led by Rabbi Joshua Davidson.

Temple Sholom, Cincinnati (Reform)
This Cincinnati synagogue says it welcomes “all people: seekers, interfaith families, and those in search of a spiritual home.”

Midwest (Central Daylight Time)

Congregation Sinai, Milwaukee (Reform)
Located in Milwaukee’s North Shore area, Congregation Sinai describes itself as “intimate, vibrant and inclusive.” All High Holy Day services are streamed on the synagogue’s YouTube channel. Led by Rabbi David B. Cohen and Cantor Richard Newman.

North Shore Congregation Israel, Glenco, IL, a suburb of Chicago
Isn’t this where Rabbi Wendi Geffen is?

West Coast (Pacific Daylight Time)

Congregation Beth Israel, Portland, OR (Reform)
Founded in 1858, Beth Israel has a long history in Portland, Oregon. The congregation regularly streams its services and is led by Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana.

Temple Beth Israel, San diego, Reform

We’re pleased to welcome you to Beth Israel, through our live streamed services.

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills (Reform)
Temple Emanuel describes itself as “one of Southern California’s premier Reform Jewish congregations and synagogues.” The congregation also streams Shabbat services and archives past ones. Find a schedule of services here. Led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Aaron.

Congregation Shir Chadash, Los Gados, CA (Reform)
Located in Los Gatos, California, Shir Chadash describes itself as “an evolving, vibrant, growing Reform Jewish congregation dedicated to providing a sense of community for its members as well as opportunities for spiritual growth and developing a strong Jewish identity.” It is led by Rabbi Melanie Aron and Cantor Devorah Felder-Levy.

Wishing you all a meaningful Yom Kippur service and worship.
Janet Tatz

shana tova!

Shana Tova to the Aitz Chaim congregation from Rabbi Jeffrey Wildstein. http://www.rabbijw.com

Rabbi Jeffrey Wildstein is currently the Rabbi at Temple Beth David, in Westwood, Massachusetts, having previously served as an Associate Rabbi for Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Temple Israel, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has taught many adult learning courses on basic Judaism, Shabbat Torah study, God and theology, and the Talmud. In addition to having taught courses for beginning learners, he has frequently presented to and hosted diverse church communities, counseled interfaith families, and led an interfaith clergy association. His education includes a certificate in non-profit management for Rabbis, June 2014, from the Hebrew College/Boston University Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership; a Rabbinic Smicha and master in Hebrew Letters, May 2001, from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; a juris doctor, May 1993, from Cornell Law School; and a bachelor of art in history, cum laude, May 1990 from Yale University.

Google Puts Dead Sea Scrolls Online

Dead Sea Scroll - part of Isaiah Scroll (Isa 5...

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Software giant Google has put the Dead Sea Scrolls online as hi-res images.  Users can now examine the scrolls – along with English translations of each line – from their own computers.  The scrolls may be accessed at the website from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.