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Amber's Message:

I heard a rabbi once say, “awe is the combination of beauty and fear.”

Living in Montana has taught me a lot about awe. As a tour guide in Yellowstone, I used to share this idea about awe when showing people thermal features. They’re mesmerizing - and they could kill you.

The mountains make me feel this way too. They make me feel small and contemplate the mysteriousness of the earth, how forces beyond total comprehension can create these giant beauties.

Our first snow of the season last week - another awe-inspiring event. I’m a Floridian wimp so the cold scares me, but also makes me feel humble, more respectful and accepting of what’s beyond our control.

We’ve celebrated the harvest with Sukkot and started reading the torah from the beginning once again, as the season is slowly changing and the cycles of all life are moving. It’s beautiful how the Jewish calendar is so connected to nature and time, how many opportunities we might find to be in awe of our world.

We hope you’ll find some awe-inspiring moments as we welcome Rabbi Lotker back for learning, worship, social action, and fellowship this weekend. Please note that the schedule will be slightly different, with Adult Ed on Thursday at 7pm instead of Sunday. Rabbi Lotker will be explaining the structure of the Friday night service and meaning of the prayers, with plenty of time for discussion and questions. We hope it will help you participate in and better understand what’s going on during our Shabbat service on Friday at 6pm, followed by an oneg sponsored by the Jew Tang Clan.

L'hitraot (see you soon),


Amber Ikeman, Director of Music and Community Engagement
(406) 556-0528 x202

Sara's Shpiel:

One of the great things about being involved in the temple is learning new things.
One of our affiliates recently commented to me that “the ruach [רוח] and energy at Beth Shalom is strong and growing.” It made me smile, even though I had no idea what ruach meant. So I looked it up on Wikipedia, which informed me that it is the force behind the wind or the force behind our breath: “something found in motion with the power to set other things in motion”. And I agree, our ruach is strong and growing.
For October, we benefit from another visit from Rabbi Michael Lotker, and that same weekend, on October 13, we come together in support of Family Promise’s Cardboard Box City event. Cardboard Box City has inspired my family for a number of reasons: 1) it involves building something and experiencing something, and 2) it involves raising money for a critical organization fighting homelessness in Gallatin Valley. If you haven’t already, please register as part of Beth Shalom’s Box Mitzvah group, and help us make a difference in our community. We have the power to set other things in motion.
Sara Schwerin
President of the Temple Board

Upcoming Events

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October 24, 2018
  • Shalom Kids Class

    October 24, 2018  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    2010 W Koch St, Bozeman, MT 59718, USA
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  • After Auschwitz

    October 24, 2018  7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Ellen Theatre, 17 W Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715, USA
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October 25, 2018
  • Fork & Spoon Mitzvah Crew

    October 25, 2018  4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Fork & Spoon Homestyle Kitchen, 3308, 302 N 7th Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715, USA
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  • Family Promise Volunteer Training

    October 25, 2018  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bozeman, 325 N 25th Ave, Bozeman, MT 59718, USA
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October 26, 2018
  • Shabbat Service & Potluck

    October 26, 2018  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    2010 W Koch St, Bozeman, MT 59718, USA
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October 27, 2018
  • Torah Study

    October 27, 2018  9:30 am - 11:00 am
    2010 W Koch St, Bozeman, MT 59718, USA
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November 3, 2018


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