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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 administrator@bethshalombozeman.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.

Thank you.

Latest Issue - News & Schmooze

Shalom from Rabbi Kula

May 4, 2021 – 18 Iyar, 5781 News and Schmooze

Shalom, Beth Shalom and Friends:

We count the days between Passover, the celebration of freedom, and Shavuot, the celebration of receiving the Torah. Called the Omer, this seven week period in which we count ascending numbers from day one to forty-nine was a joyful time in the Bible as the seasons unfolded and crops harvested. The joyful time period was further enhanced by a spiritual excitement, in anticipation of the historical and contemporary embracing of Torah and Judaism.

In the first century, though, the uplifting Omer was shattered by a plague in the academy of the famous sage, Rabbi Akiva. Thousands of students died during that pandemic which finally ended on Lag B’omer, the 33rd day of the Omer. To recall this tragedy, an aura of sadness pervades the first four weeks of the Omer and the custom is to not hold weddings or big celebrations. On Lag B’omer, this past Friday, Jewish communities rejoiced. This year tragedy fell on Lag B’omer with the worst civilian loss of life in Israel when large crowds gathered for a huge Lag B’omer celebration at Mt Meron in northern Israel. Our hearts go out to Israel and the families in mourning.

We count the days from festival to festival as did our ancestors with the advantage of knowing what is coming: the giving of Torah. Even though they did not know what was to be after the seven weeks, we can imagine the emotional tumult they experienced including gratitude for freedom, fear of the desert, uncertainty of the unknown, and concern about the future. The Israelites knew the ups and downs of life’s journey.

The Covid pandemic is easing its stronghold and we are happily beginning to feel the promise of its end. Yet, we still witness some parts of the world struggling with its impact and are dealing with its devastation.

Life is filled with the expanse of joyful and sorrowful moments and we never know whether tomorrow brings pain or blessing. Perhaps, the wisdom tradition Judaism offers is, counting the Omer, reciting a blessing, each day, to sensitize us to the preciousness of our lives as we take one step at a time. Let’s embrace Judaism’s invaluable lessons by counting our days and infusing our moments with meaning and kindness leading towards better times.

Shalom u’Veracha - Peace and Blessings.

Rabbi Mark Kula


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June 19, 2021
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July 3, 2021
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July 10, 2021
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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.

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