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PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS: CHANUKAH AT THE CAPITOL

We have firmed up plans for our annual Chanukah candle lighting for Monday, December 18th, 30 Kislev, beginning at noon in the Capitol rotunda in Helena. Governor Steve Bullock is scheduled to join us.

I will schedule a room for a meeting of the MAJCo representatives. More information will follow soon about agenda.
Bert Chessin
406.531.5193
Missoula, Montana

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PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS: December 12-25, 2017, 24 Kislev — 7 Tevet, 5778

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Wednesday, 12/13/2017—Wednesday, 12/20/2017, 25 Kislev — 2 Tevet, 5778: Chanukkah.
  • Tuesday, 12/12/2017, 24 Kislev, 5778, 5:30 P.M.: Erev Chanukah. We will light the first candle of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukkiah at the Civic Center. If you come at 5:30.30, you’ll probably miss it, especially if it is cold.
  • Wednesday, 12/13/2017, 25 Kislev, 5778: First day of Chanukah. We will light the second candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Thursday, 12/14/2016, 26 Kislev, 5778: Second day of Chanukah. We will light the third candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Friday, 12/15/2017, 27 Kislev, 5778: Third day of Chanukah. We will light the fourth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Saturday, 12/16/2017, 28 Kislev, 5778: Fourth day of chanukah. We will light the fifth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M. From there we will go to the YWCA, 220 2nd Street North, for the annual community Chanukah party. Please bring a milchig (dairy) dish to share, and a hearty appetite for latkes and Sufganiyot.
  • Sunday, 12/17/2017, 29 Kislev, 5778: Fifth day of Chanukah. We will light the sixth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Monday, 12/18/2017, 30 Kislev, 5778: 12:00 P.M.: Menorah lighting at the Montana State Capitol in Helena, followed by a MAJCo meeting at 1:00 P.M.
  • Monday, 12/18/2017, 30 Kislev, 5778: Sixtht day of Chanukah. We will light the seventh candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.m.
  • Tuesday, 12/19/2017, 1 Tevet, 5778: Seventh day of Chanukah. We will light the eighth candle at the Civic Center at precisely 5:30 P.m.
  • Wednesday, 12/20/2017, 2 Tevet, 5778: Eighth day of Chanukah.
  • Sunday-Monday, 12/24-25/2017, 6-7 Tevet, 5778: Christmas at the Mercy Home. Please see separate article in Ram’s Horn.

YOM KIPPUR LAST-MINUTE CHANGE

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rabbi Ruz will not be with us this year for Yom Kippur services. Wendy and Devorah will lead the services, and we will live stream Kol Nidre services with Rabbi Ed Staffman from Bozeman again like we did last year, hopefully with better results this time. If someone can coordinate with Aaron Weissman to lead a mid-afternoon discussion, that would be great. Otherwise, the schedule will be the same. Thank you for your understanding. Please make it a point to attend services at the Bethel if at all possible. We all wish Rabbi Ruz a speedy recovery, and a happy and healthy New Year.

WHAT IS MAJCO?

What Is MAJCo?

The Montana Association of Jewish Communities (MAJCo) is an umbrella organization that includes representation from Jewish communities across the length and breadth of the great state of Montana. Membership in MAJCo is open to any Jewish community, whatever the “stream,” within Montana.
(Acceptance by the current communities is required.)

Small Jewish communities in rural areas do not exist in a vacuum. Almost three decades ago, the Jewish communities throughout the state created MAJCo, an association of all the organized Montana Jewish
communities. Through MAJCo, we keep in touch and have created a community throughout this great big beautiful state.
The Jewish communities in the Big Sky currently include:

  • Congregation Beth Aaron, Billings
  • Chabad Lubavitch of Montana, Bozeman
  • Congregation Beth Shalom, Bozeman
  • Congregation B’nai Israel, Butte
  • Congregation Aitz Chaim, Great Falls
  • Helena Jewish Community, Helena
  • Glacier Jewish Community/B’nai Shalom, Kalispell-Whitefish
  • Chabad Lubavitch of Missoula, Missoula
  • Congregation Har Shalom, Missoula

Anyone wishing to be on the MAJCo email list may contact Brian Schnitzer at bschnitzer3@msn.com.

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

SCOUT SHABBAT 2014

The Montana Council 2014 Scout Shabbat will be held at 9am on June 21, 2014 at the Montana Council Camporee in Townsend, MT in the 4-H building. Service will be led by Aaron Weissman and Stephen Boyd, and is open to all attendees at the Camporee.

Aaron Weissman
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Vice President for Program, Montana Council
Boy Scouts of America

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CANDLELIGHTING AT STATE CAPITOL

The Channukah lighting will take place at the State Capitol in Helena tomorrow, December 2 at 12 noon. Candle lighting will take place in the old Supreme Court Room, #303, not in the rotunda. (There was a previously scheduled World Aids Day event that will be setting up in the rotunda.) The governor is scheduled to address us at 12:15. The room is available starting at 11 and I plan to be there at that time.

A board meeting will take place in room 152 following the ceremonies. Please let me know if you plan to be there and if not, whether you want to participate by conference call.

Thank you and see some of you tomorrow.

Bert Chessin
406.531.5193

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS

Please mark your calendars to remind you of these upcoming events.

  • Wednesday, 11/27/2013—Thursday, 12/05/2013: Chanukkah.
  • Wednesday evening, 11/27/2013, 5:30 P.M.: Erev Chanukah. Lighting the first candle of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukkiah at the Civic Center. If you come at 5:30.30, you’ll probably miss it, especially if it is cold. We will light each successive candle on each successive night of Chanukah at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Thursday, 11/28/2013: Thanksgiving, and the first day of Chanukah. We will light the second candle at precisely 5:30 P.M.
  • Sunday, 12/01/2013, 2:30 P.M.: Thanksgivukkah party at the home of Stuart and Hilary Lewin, concluding with the 5:30 lighting of the fifth candle of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Channukiah at the Civic Center.
  • Monday, 12/02/2013, 12:00 noon: MAJCO Candle lighting at the State Capitol in Helena.

Beth Shalom Summer Camp for Older Youth

Shalom!

It’s that time of year again – planning summer for your kids. This year, we are pleased to announce that Congregation Beth Shalom will again be hosting a summer  camp for youth 11-18. Please forward this email on to other parents I might have missed.

August 13-17 is for young people 11-18 and is open to youths all over Montana. Jenny Rassaby is coordinating this camp, which is designed for an older group of Jewish kids, providing them with an enriching opportunity to meet with peers, learn more about their Jewish culture, heritage and traditions and have fun! Participants from outside Bozeman will stay with their Beth Shalom peers and their families. For more information, and to register, contact Jenny Rassaby at rassabies@gmail.com, or phone 406 579 3846.

The  camp is $175 for the week, including food and other costs.

Registration forms are attached. Forms are due to Beth Shalom by July 1.

Camp Signup form:    BSyouthcamp_signup_form_2012

Mark Your Calendar for Beth Shalom Summer Camp in Bozeman!

For the second year, Congregation Beth Shalom in Bozeman will be hosting a Montana Youth Summer Camp for Jewish youth, 12 years old and up.  This year, the camp will be during the week of August 13 -17, with arrivals on Sunday afternoon at the Rassaby home.  Camp counselors will be provided by the Israeli outreach group Soultrain.

For more information, contact Camp Director Jenny Rassaby Ryan at rassabies@gmail.com.