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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.

YOM KIPPUR 2015 HOSPITALITY

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

  • Tuesday, 09/22/2015: Airport pickup for Rabbi Ruz Gulko: Marty foxman
  • Tuesday, 09/22/2015: Dinner hosts for Rabbi Ruz Gulko: Don and Helen Cherry

YOM KIPPUR SCHEDULE 2015

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

Kol Nidre

Tuesday evening, 09/22/2015, 7:00 P.M.: Kol Nidre, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at the YWCA.

Yom Kippur day schedule

  • Wednesday, 09/23/2015, 10:00 A.M.: Yom Kippur Morning services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko at the YWCA, followed by a break.
  • Wednesday afternoon, 09/23/2015, 3:00 P.M.: Discussion.
  • Wednesday afternoon, 09/23/2015, After Discussion: Prepare the room for Break The Fast — set up tables, etc.
  • Wednesday afternoon, 09/23/2015, 5:00 P.M.: Yizkor
  • Wednesday afternoon, 09/23/2015, 5:30-6:15 P.M.: Neilah
  • Wednesday evening, 09/23/2015, 6:30 P.M.: Break the Fast Potluck, traditionally dairy (milchig.)
  • The space at the Bethel is temporarily unavailable due to site renovation. The address of the YWCA is 220 Second Street North.

    As is Aitz Chaim tradition, and since we are fasting, please pay it forward and bring nonperishable food items to Yom Kippur services for the Great Falls Food Bank. Helen will collect and distribute the food items. Thank you, everyone.

    Helen also has the sign-up sheet for what to bring for Break
    The Fast. You may contact her at 727-2572 or helen@aitzchaim.com or bring something without signing up. We have enough fruit/vegetables/drinks; we need salads, hot dishes, or dessert. We could also use bread/bagels/chips with spreads. This is a traditionally Milchig (dairy) meal. Thank you in advance for all you do for the Aitz Chaim community.

HOW TO HAVE AN EASY FAST

https://www.joi.org/celebrate/yomkippur/fasting.shtml

PLEASE HELP US UPDATE THE YIZKOR LIST

If there are names and dates of loved ones who have departed that you would like to have added to the Yizkor list, please send them to editor@aitzchaim.com as soon as you can, so that we may add them to the list for reading during Yom Kippur Services. Thank you.

L’SHANA TOVA TIKETAVU!

Tonight begins the year 5776! May your New Year be as Sweet as Apples and Honey!
Congregation Aitz Chaim will be marking the new year with Rosh Hashanah Services tonight and Tomorrow. We hope that you can join us! No tickets necessary.

SEPTEMBER 13: Erev Rosh Hashanah Services
Erev Rosh Hashanah Services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, will be held at 7pm at the meeting room in the YWCA, 220 2nd St N. Oneg to follow.

SEPTEMBER 14: Rosh Hashanah Morning Services followed by Tashlich
Rosh Hashanah Morning Services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, will begin at 10am at the YWCA, 220 2nd St N.

Tashlich services will immediately follow at about 12:30 pm at Giant Springs, 4600 Giant Springs Road.

All are also welcome to gather following Tashlich for a no-host chinese lunch at Maple Gardens, 5401 9th Ave S.

Submitted by Aaron Weissman

ROSH HASHANAH 2015 HOSPITALITY

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

  • Sunday, 09/13/2015: Airport pickup for Rabbi Ruz Gulko: Stephen Boyd
  • Sunday evening, 09/13/2015: Dinner hosts for Rabbi Ruz Gulko: Jerry and Nadyne Weissman
  • Sunday evening, 09/13/2015: Oneg: Jerry and Nadyne Weissman; Bruce and Joy Breslauer

ROSH HASHANAH SCHEDULE 5776 (2015)

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Sunday evening, 09/13/2015, 7:00 P.M.: Arev Rosh Hashanah Services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at The YWCA. Oneg to follow.
  • Monday morning, 09/14/2015, 10:00 A.M.: Rosh Hashanah Morning Services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at The YWCA.
  • Monday afternoon, 1:00 P.M.: Tashlich at Giant Springs to follow.
  • Congregation no-host lunch to follow, at Maple Gardens, 5401 9th Ave. S.
  • The space at the Bethel is temporarily unavailable due to site renovation. The address of the YWCA is 220 Second Street North.

HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE ON THE AITZ CHAIM BOARD?

Now, here’s your chance. As an Aitz Chaim board member, you can lend your voice to decisions that are made by the Board concerning this congregation, and Jewish life in general in this community. You will have a chance to get together with other passionate Jews and discuss and make decisions that directly affect you now and in the future. Topics before the Board typically include such things as the upcoming schedule for services, upkeep of the cemetery, holiday planning, and annual budget concerns. Any congregation member is encouraged to attend board meetings as a spectator, but imagine yourself being an actual participant in making decisions about matters directly affecting your Jewish life in Great Falls. You could go down in Aitz Chaim history.

The Board members who are up for re-election for two-year terms are vice president Bruce Breslauer, who has declined to run again; Treasurer Aaron Weissman, Secretary Nadyne Weissman, and board member Stuart Lewin. Elections are typically held between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and voting is done by secret ballot.

The next board meeting will be held on September 28, 2014, at 2:00 P.M. at the Celtic Cowboy, 116 1st Ave. S.

If you are considering running for election to the Aitz Chaim board, please let President Laura Weiss president@aitzchaim.com
or any other Board member know so that we can include your name on the ballot.

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 ruzgulko@comcast.net 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,

Aaron