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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 as soon as you can, so that we may add them to the list for reading during Yom Kippur Services. Thank you.


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


As we stand before G-d this Rosh Hashana, let’s pray and beseech our Creator to bestow upon His world a super dose of forgiveness, a touch of non-tough love, a good amount of wisdom to focus on the things that actually matter, a gift of moderation so we can stop bickering about anything and everything that doesn’t speak/look/think like us, and a bit more revelation so that His creations can grow in their relationship with Him. We will, of course, do our part: we resolve to be more united even with those with whom we disagree wholeheartedly, we hope to be more conscious of the pristine environment which we’ve been gifted, we are sure to be more devoted to our people, our land and our Torah, and most importantly, we commit to cut the judgmentalism out of our system. G-d is the True Judge, not us.

I bless each and every one of you, my beloved readers, my devoted congregants and my amazing Montanan sisters and brothers: may this year be the one that you’ve been waiting for. May you merit to see G-d in action, not only in mystery; may you merit tangible sweetness materialistically, physically and spiritually. May you know only good health with doctors being used for preventative measures only, may your children, grandchildren and all those whose future you’re rooting for personally, give you Jewish Nachas, and may we all experience redemption, an epic liberation from the exilic limitations, with freedom to worship G-d as He originally intended with the coming of our Mashiach, now!

A Gut Gebenched Yur!

Your Bozeman brother,

Rabbi Chaim Bruk


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


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.


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

  • Wednesday, 09/24/2014: Airport pickup for Ruz Gulko: Aaron Weissman
  • Wednesday evening, 09/24/2014: Dinner hosts for Ruz Gulko: Don and Helen Cherry
  • Wednesday evening, 09/24/2014: Oneg, hosted by Ann Grobosky. Meriam Nagel will bring round Challah.


Meriam Nagel has New Year’s cards for sale. She can be reached at 454-1123.


EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the bio sent to us by Morah (teacher) Ruz Gulko, who will lead our upcoming High Holy Day services.

RUZ (rhymes with buzz) GULKO

Ruz grew up in eastern Canada where she attended private Jewish day schools and universities in Toronto and Montreal. She has worked with most of the Jewish educational and religious institutions in the greater Seattle area since 1984, teaching Judaic Studies and Hebrew and leading prayer services, particularly at the Jewish Day School in Bellevue and at Herzl – Ner Tamid Congregation.

Ruz also trains teachers, writes curriculum, and lectures in the general community. She has led Rosh Hodesh (Jewish New Month) and Special Seder programs for women. Ruz’ passion is for exploring and sharing Torah’s radically humanistic teachings.

She started her free-lance teaching career in the fall of 2007, beginning a small school in her home –- GAN ARGAMAN (Purple Garden) – teaching all ages in all matters Jewish. Ruz is also a “chazzan-for-hire” on the local circuit, leading Shabbat services throughout the community.
She has served as the creator, organizer and Hazzanit for the participatory High Holiday services at Herzl-Ner Tamid Congregation since 1991.

Ruz loves to work with people of all ages, and believes that learning Torah and eating chocolate together could save the world.

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,



May You Have an Easy Fast!

Aitz Chaim Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur Schedule

As we draw to an end of the Days of Awe, we prepare for Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur. We hope to see you at our services, which will all be at the Bethel, 1009 18th Ave SW, led by Student Rabbi Bess Wohlner

Kol Nidre services will begin at 7pm on 9/13/13 at the Bethel, 1009 18th Ave SW, led by Student Rabbi Bess Wohlner. Sarah Weissman will be our cantorial soloist for the Kol Nidre.

• Yom Kippur morning services will begin at 10 am on 9/14/13 at the Bethel, 1009 18th Ave SW, led by Student Rabbi Bess Wohlner.
• A discussion on Yom Kippur will be held at 3pm.
• Yizkor service will begin at 4:30pm
• Ne’ila service will begin at 5:30 pm
• A community potluck (milchig) break the fast meal will follow the conclusion of Ne’ila services. Please contact Helen Cherry to sign up for the potluck.

Mark your Calendars for Upcoming Services and Events…

  • MAJCO Shabbaton, October 4-6 at Congregation Har Shalom in Missoula

  • Aitz Chaim Services for October, 2013: Weekend of October 11-13, led by Student Rabbi Bess Wohlner

  • Chanukah: 11/27 – 12/5. Watch your email and for more information!

  • Bar Mitzvah of Max Weissman, Saturday, December 28. Contact Aaron and Wendy Weissman for more information.