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It’s not a coincidence that Hanukkah, Christmas, and 27 other holidays involving light happen at this time of year. We feel the need to illuminate this darkest season. It’s a mitzvah to display the menorah in a window where it can be seen by passersby outside. But our sages teach that it’s not enough just to look at the light. It’s not the actual light that banishes darkness; the act of creating light banishes darkness. Our actions matter. They matter even more than our beliefs.
So, let’s create as much light as we can together. We’ll celebrate both Shabbat and Hanukkah on December 7th with a community menorah lighting (bring your own, with candles), and a slew of festive songs. Rabbi Mike has some surprises that will most certainly make you laugh, which the Shalom Kids will join in on as well. Then we’ll enjoy latkes from Starky's made specially for us by a wonderful group of volunteers, and a potluck dinner. Please bring a dish to share without meat or shellfish (kosher fish are okay, like salmon, tuna, etc). Latkes, applesauce, sour cream, and chocolate gelt will be provided.
Amber Ikeman, Director of Music and Community Engagement
(406) 556-0528 x202
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I have two announcements as we head into the last month of the calendar year. First, we continue to make progress on our Minyan Campaign – we now have 8 donors (out of the goal of 10), each of whom has pledged $9k per year to the temple for each of the next three years. We just need 2 more of you! Please contact me or the temple to help us reach our goal. I am so grateful to everyone who has contributed to date.
Second, the Board of the temple has been hard at work understanding security in today’s environment. Among other things, we attended a URJ webinar on the topic, met with the Bozeman Police Department, and had a professional security company conduct a building security assessment at the temple. Overall, our temple is in good shape and we have a positive relationship with law enforcement, but there are some incremental improvements to the building and to protocols / procedures that we will be making. One of those improvements is to establish a Security Committee. This is a great way to volunteer some time at the temple, while serving a critical purpose and gaining some new skills. More information will be forthcoming via mail, but if you have any interest in learning more about it or joining, please contact me directly. Thank you.
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