Welcome to Congregation Beth Shalom! While we are all dealing the pandemic, we are committed to remaining connected as a community. Reach out to us and we will continue to stay in touch with you. For the time being, we will connect online, and we know that in the near future we will celebrate as a Jewish community in person.
We are grateful to all who joined us for our online High Holiday services. Check out Yellowstone Public Radio's article about our services, featuring comments from our Board Member Randi Levin and Rabbi Kula.
Operating Protocols as of May 13, 2020, revisited October 1, 2020
- The temple plans to continue virtual services and events for the foreseeable future under Phase 1 and 2 of the Governor’s reopening plans. This policy will be re-evaluated as the situation evolves.
- Staff is permitted to work in the temple building, or continue to work remotely, as they deem appropriate.
- Usage of the building by affiliates is to be limited. If an affiliate needs to use the building to meet with staff or to conduct other temple business, they must obtain prior authorization from Rabbi Mark Kula or Lisa Roots. No more than 10 people may be present in the temple at any given time, and 6 feet of social distance must be maintained between each person. We also require the use of facial masks if any individuals plan to interact in-person with other individuals while in the temple building.
- Lisa Roots is maintaining a Google Doc to track the plans and actions of any building users. If anyone plans to go to the temple, they should obtain the requisite authorization and contact Lisa Roots at 406-556-0528 or firstname.lastname@example.org to let Lisa know when they will be there, and what areas of the temple they plan to utilize. Cleaning supplies are available in the foyer of the temple. Immediately prior to exiting the temple, the building user (or the last building user if a group of 10 or less is present) should disinfect any surfaces that they touched during their visit, and use a wipe or paper towel sprayed with disinfectant to open the door to exit the building. Upon exiting, the building user should confirm to Lisa that this cleaning was done.
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Shalom from Rabbi Kula
October 19, 2020 – 1 Heshvan, 5781– Hodesh Tov-Have a Good Month!
Shalom, Beth Shalom and Friends!
Today is Rosh Hodesh, the first day of the Hebrew month of Heshvan. Custom has us call this month, Mar Heshvan-the bitter month of Heshvan, since it has no Jewish holidays. We love our cycle of Holidays. But, we adapt to a month with no formal festivals.
Perhaps, in place of particular calendared holidays, we create the festive feeling by showing kindness and goodness to one another putting Tikkun Olam-Healing the World, into place.
-We just participated in the Food Bank Senior Grocery Packing. Thank you to our volunteers: Franke Wilmer, Dan Lourie, Ed Stafman, Beth Lee, Sharon Tholt, Suzanne Winchester, Ed Goldberg, Morton Meyerson, Kama Werner, Quinn Werner, Lauren Werner, Deb Cades, Delia Rodman, Sadie Rodman, and Lisa Mueller.
-We participated in the CROP Walk. Thank you, Richard Belgrad, Sharon Tholt, Kay Bloomberg, Marlene Lerer, Matthew Foley, Debra Kreindler, Mark Kula, Emily Narrow
Donations to the CROP Walk can be made on online here or mailed to:
Crop Walk/Don Mahre
731 South 12th
-We co-sponsored with MSU, Enemies Within: A Grassroots Partnership between an Israeli settlement Rabbi and Palestinian. The genuine hope and efforts to bring peace was inspiring.
In this week’s portion of Noah, we read the story of the Great Flood. Noah may have thought his biggest challenge would be to construct an ark and save the world’s creatures, but even greater obstacles arise when he struggles to return to the world as the waters begin to subside. I am confident that Noah’s work following the flood was equally significant.
We have questions today that parallel Noah’s. We have our spaces of safety, our Arks, during the challenging storms of life and wonder what will be next. How will we emerge from this pandemic? How will our world appear to us after the presidential election?
Once we are on the other side of these massive questions, we may develop a new outlook, a fresh perspective, a new urgency of doing tikkun olam, of healing the world and showing kindness.
I invite you to join in our Torah study group whether at home on your own or on Saturday mornings via Zoom. Torah is here to light the way, providing us with familiar weekly stories to help us cope with the challenges before us.
Let’s welcome Heshvan, add Torah and acts of kindness to our daily lives, which will surely diminish any bitterness in not having a formal Jewish Holiday this month.
Shalom Uveracha-Peace and Blessings!
Rabbi Mark Kula
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Congregation Beth Shalom is a place where affiliates of all ages come together to be a learning and spiritual community who joyfully pray together and celebrate Jewish history and tradition. We cultivate in our affiliates a lifelong connection to Judaism through the lens of the Reform and Renewal movements.