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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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Scout Shabbat marked this weekend


At services this coming Friday night (7:30 p.m. at the Bethel, 1009 18th Ave SW), we will mark the occasion of Scout Shabbat. Any Scout or Scouter attending in uniform will be able to wear the Scout Shabbat patch on their uniform. Patches will be available at services.

The 12th point of the Scout Law confirms that a Scout is Reverent. Part of the way that Scouts show their Reverence is to annually attend a Scout Sunday or Scout Shabbat observance.

The Scout Shabbat program is organized by the National Jewish Committee on Scouting. Aitz Chaim congregant Diane Sherick is our local Montana chapter chair of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting. More information can be found at jewishscouting.org.

Reminder: Scout Shabbat commemorated at Aitz Chaim Services this Friday!

Question: What is the only Jewish celebration that involves lighting campfires (bonfires) and shooting bows and arrows?  Answer: Lag B’Omer!  The holiday, a “break” in the solemnity involved in the counting of the Omer, is celebrated with bonfires, torches, song, shooting bows and arrows and feasting.

Fires may commemorate the revelation of the Zohar and bows and arrows may signify the rainbow (the sign given by Hashem to signify G-d’s promise to never again destroy the Earth with flood).

On a holiday marked by campfires and shooting arrows, we thought that it would be appropriate to also associate a more recent occassion with our Lag B’Omer celebration weekend.  At services this coming Friday night (7:30 p.m. at the Bethel, 1009 18th Ave SW), we will mark the occasion of Scout Shabbat.  Any Scout or Scouter attending in uniform will be able to wear the Scout Shabbat patch on their uniform.  Patches will be available at services.

The 12th point of the Scout Law confirms that a Scout is Reverent.  Part of the way that Scouts show their Reverence is to annually attend a Scout Sunday or Scout Shabbat observance.

The Scout Shabbat program is organized by the National Jewish Committee on Scouting.  Aitz Chaim congregant Diane Sherick is our local Montana chapter chair of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting.  More information can be found at jewishscouting.org.

Scout Shabbat and Lag B’Omer commemorated during May services

The Great Falls Jewish Community will help mark Scout Shabbat at our scheduled services over the May 4-6 weekend. Scouts attending that service will qualify for the Scout Shabbat patch for 5772!

As this service and visit by Student Rabbi Rebecca Reice will fall in proximity to Lag B’Omer, we will again mark the occasion with a bonfire after havdalah on Saturday, May 5. Perhaps a Scout or two in attendance could help us get that fire lit?

Lewis & Clark District

20120131-180901.jpgScout week is coming! As part of our celebration of Scouting’s 102nd birthday, we will be commemorating Scout Sunday on February 5 and Scout Shabbat on February 11.

P.R.A.Y. and the Jewish Committee on Scouting have put together a beautiful pair of patches to mark Scout Shabbat and Scout Sunday. To earn the patches, simply attend religious services in your Scout uniform.

As the Great Falls Jewish Community will not be meeting in February, Scouts wishing to earn the Scout Shabbat patch should attend those services as noted at aitzchaim.com.

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