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Stanley Rosenberg

Received from Rabbi Ed Stafman in Bozeman, today:

As I announced with sadness a few days ago, our congregation lost a giant of Bozeman’s Jewish community, Stanley Rosenberg, last week.  Stanley passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 26, with his son, Archie, at his side.  For any who might not know, Stanley was the spiritual leader of Bozeman’s Jewish community since its inception until it finally had a rabbi. Stanley performed and lead weddings, b’nei mitzvah, baby namings and much more. Stanley not only served the Bozeman Jewish community for some 20 years, but he represented us with honor and dignity in the interfaith community. All of Stanley’s life was lived in the name of greater shalom, peace and shalem, wholeness.
Many have asked about plans for a memorial service.  In order to accommodate the many family members from distant places who wish to attend, the memorial service will take place on Sunday, March 18, at 3:00 p.m., in the sanctuary of Congregation Beth Shalom.
In the meanwhile, we said kaddish for Stanley this past Friday night and will continue to say kaddish for him at every service over the next year.  All are welcome to participate in that.
Zichrono livracha (may his memory be a blessing),
Rabbi Ed

Obituary from Bozeman Daily Chronicle:

Stanley Gerson Rosenberg (1924-2012)

Stanley Gerson Rosenberg, 87, passed away Jan. 26, 2012, at his home in Bozeman.

Stan was a founding member of Congregation Beth Shalom where he served as a lay Rabbi for some fifteen years, during which he performed many rituals and led many celebrations, and where he especially promoted interfaith dialogue, cooperation, and peace. He was a member of numerous community organizations including Career Transitions, Big Brother and Big Sisters, The United Way, and The Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association, which he helped found. He served as a board member of Valley View Golf Course, and Chair of the Ethics Committee of Gallatin Rest Home. He was also an avid booster of MSU women’s athletics.

Stan was born June 20, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pa. to Esther (Binder) and Barney Rosenberg. He attended Philadelphia public school and graduated in 1942. After graduation, Stan worked as a butcher’s apprentice and ship fitter’s helper. He entered the Army in January 1943, and was assigned to the 312th combat engineers, 87th infantry division. He was sent to England and France, and almost immediately was in combat. He eventually participated in the battle of Belgium during the bulge. His unit then went through Germany and crossed the Rhine River at Boppard Am Rhein, not stopping until the border of Germany and Czechoslovakia, where he witnessed the liberation of a concentration camp. After the war, Stan returned to Pennsylvania.

Stan enrolled at what was then Williamsport Dickinson Junior College and Seminary, where he majored in sociology and anthropology. In his junior year, Stan met and married Dorothy Cohick, who was majoring in library science. They both finished their degrees in 1950 at Denver University.

Stan eventually was a principal/teacher of a one-room boarding school with 35 Indian students, half of whom did not speak English, on the Navajo Reservation, at Kayenta, Ariz. Stan and Dorothy adopted a two-month-old baby boy, Archie, from the Clinton Indian Hospital, in Clinton, Okla.

Stan later transferred to Pueblo Pintado, N.M., where he once again taught at a one-room school of 35 Indian students, half of whom did not speak English. Dorothy taught with Stan. The following year, Stan was transferred to Aneth, Utah, where he taught at a two-teacher school. Stan was later a community health worker with the Indian Health Service in Shiprock, N.M., where he set up well-children clinics, involving medicine men and other community leaders in those clinics.

He later earned his master’s degree at the University of California, Berkley, School of Public Health. He was then recruited to participate in a Pap smear program in St. Louis, Ill. While in St. Louis, Stan and Dorothy adopted six-year-old Jeffrey, from Italy. Thereafter, Stan was assigned to the Heart Disease Control Program with the New Jersey State Department of Health. His next assignment was in Rutland, Massachusetts, in patient/family education at a long-term care hospital. Stan later took jobs of Assistant Director Office of Education and Training with the Hill-Burton Program, the Nursing Home Improvement Program, and the Nursing Home Surveyors Training Program, where he remained until his retirement in 1978.

Stan received numerous honors for his work in public health. He was a Distinguished Fellow of the Society of Public Health Educators and Fellow of the American Public Health Association. Stan received three master’s degrees and an honorary doctorate.

Stan and Dorothy moved to Montana for Stan to accept a position as an adjunct professor with the School of Nursing at Montana State University. Four years later, Stan left the university and devoted the next 30 years to community involvement and to Bozeman Jewish and interfaith life.

In 1998, his wife Dorothy, of almost 50 years passed away, at which time Stan set up a memorial fund at MSU in his wife’s honor for women’s athletics.

In September 1999, Stan married the lovely June Goldstein Bollet, who passed away last December.

Stan is survived by his sons, Archie of Norman, Okla., and Jeffery of Bozeman; four grandchildren, Melissa Lynn Wallace, Briane Pearl Rosenberg, A’Lexxis Preciosa Rosenberg, of Okla., and Britney Rosenberg of Bozeman; and four great-grandchildren, Ashlynn Lauren Wallace, Peyton Mackenzie Wallace, Mason Nicole Wallace, of Oklahoma, and Kylie Thompson of Bozeman.

Stan told his Rabbi, his doctor, and friends that he had lived a good, long, and fruitful life, and that is what he wished to be remembered for.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. March 18 at Congregation Beth Shalom, Bozeman. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made to Congregation Beth Shalom.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, http://www.dokkennelson.com.

Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on January 31, 2012

Todah Robah for Your Hospitality!

Toda Raba to the following people for hosting Student Rabbi Rebecca Reice this weekend!

  • Friday, November 4: Airport pickup & lunch: Laura Weiss
  • Friday evening, November 4, dinner: Wendy & Aaron Weissman
  • Oneg to follow: Nadyne and Jerry Weissman
  • Saturday lunch, November 5::  Nadyne and Jerry Weissman

The Concept of Time, by Hazzan Magalnick

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Dear Congregation;

Judaically or scientifically we have a concept of time. The passing of time may be viewed in at least two ways: spiral time or linear time. In spiral time we look at events at a higher level. We experience an event or we read about it, and then, as time passes, we re-enact it to bring us back emotionally to the event, and to discover or rediscover the significance of the event in our current everyday lives. In linear time, after the event happens, time passes, and passes, and passes … and as we get farther and farther away from the event, we lose our focus and our interest, and we lose the significance that the event had in our lives.

In Judaism, one way that we maintain our focus and our interest in past events of significance in our heritage and in our lives is by re-enacting our holidays.  In the spiral time concept, we move in time lines that resemble elliptical circles. We keep in touch with events from our history by celebrating a Passover Seder, building and inhabiting a Succah, or engaging in repentance on Yom Kippur. It is this elliptical movement of thought in relation to events in our collective history that makes those events continue to be pertinent in our lives. Since the time line in Judaism curves backward, we do not forget- nor do we minimize the importance of our ancestors and what their deeds and their lives mean to us today.

In this season of solemnity, we reflect not only upon our recent personal history, but also upon our long Jewish history. We set goals to take more responsibility for our individual actions and those of our community — not just for our immediate benefit, but also for the benefit of those future generations who will follow after us and look back at our deeds and our lives as Jews and remember our influence in their own lives.  May we remain strong and vibrant in this coming year.

Last year on Rosh Hashanah I wished that we all would come back together this year,, happy, healthy, and even more fulfilled in our Jewish lives. My wish and my blessing for this year is that we all continue to meet and pray together, that we all continue to be well, and that we all come back together again for next year.

May our children and grandchildren grow older and smarter. may we keep our health, our hair, our teeth, our sight, our hearing and our love of each other.

‘L’SHONA TOVA TIKVATENU’

Cantor Elliott

Aitz Chaim High Holy Days 5772 Schedule

High Holy Days Schedule 2011

All services are led by Cantor Elliott Magalnick

Wednesday Sept 28

Thursday Sept 29

September 9: Apples and honey

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  • Rosh Hashanah services are 10:00 A.M. at the Bethel, 1009 18th Ave SW, Great Falls
  • Tashlich immediately follows morning services at about 12:30pm at Giant Springs State Park
  • No host community lunch immediately follows Tashlich at Maple Gardens

Friday October 7

  • Kol Nidre services are 7:00 P.M. at the Bethel, 1009 18th Ave SW, Great Falls

Saturday October 8

  • Yom Kippur services begin on Saturday morning, October 8 at 10:00 A.M. at the Bethel, 1009 18th Ave SW, Great Falls.
    • 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Morning Services
    • 2 hour break:  12:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M.
    • 2:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. Adult Discussion, STORAHtelling on Jonah by Cantor Elliot Magalnick
    • 1 hour break:  4:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.
    • 5:00 P.M.-5:45 P.M. Yizkor
    • 5:45 P.M.-6:15 P.M. Minhah
    • 6:15 P.M.-7:00 P.M. Neilah
    • Break the fast milchig (dairy) pot luck immediately follows evening services.

Proposed Congregation Budget for 5772

With the ending of the month of August, Congregation Aitz Chaim is now preparing for a new year.  We will again be doing our best to bring yiddishkeit to Northcentral Montana, albeit in a more limited way than in previous years.  Since demographic changes have caused our congregation to shrink, we can no longer offer monthly services 10 times per year.

As a result, I now propose to you the following budget for the coming year.  This budget will be on the agenda for congregation approval at our upcoming Annual meeting, which will be held on Sunday, September 25 at 1:00 P.M. at 1015 1st Avenue North.

This budget proposes bringing in Hazzan Magalnick to lead High Holy Day services and flying in a Student Rabbi from HUC in Los Angeles to lead three additional services.  We are currently considering scheduling these services for November, March (Purim) and May (Lag B’Omer).  Our specific congregation calendar will also be proposed in the very near future.

In order to conduct even this limited schedule, our congregation will need to raise almost $10 thousand per year in dues and donations.  The amount that we raise shrinks each year, and we have lost money from congregation operations for each of the past two years.  Without payment of membership commitments from each and every one of our congregants, our ability to maintain an active congregational schedule will be critically impacted.  Minimum membership commitments of $250 per individual and $500 per family are requested from all congregants, and additional donations above that amount would greatly enhance our efforts.  Your membership commitment can be paid by check, cash or credit card.  To pay by credit card, simply use the link to the right of this post.

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What is Aitz Chaim’s Minhag?

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As we prepare to enter the year 5772 and schedule our services for the year, I think it a good idea for our community to continue to discuss our rituals and traditions.

We have a ritual committee.  Unfortunately, that committee has not had a meeting since 2005.  In the coming weeks, I am going to put together a document outlining our minhag.  In the meantime, please find after the “more” link copies of the minutes from our 2005 Ritual Committee meetings.  Please read and give us your comments!

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