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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.

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Shalom from Rabbi Kula

January 25, 2021 – 12 Shevat, 5781– Beshalach – Song of The Sea!

Shalom, Beth Shalom and Friends!

Several worthy moments of Jewish life take place this week.  Wednesday is International Holocaust Memorial Day, a United Nations established global day, to remember the inhumanity of the Holocaust and to affirm, “Never Again”, to such atrocities. Thursday is Tu Bishevat, Jewish Earth Day, primarily recognized as the New Year for Trees, stemming from the Talmudic era. And, this Shabbat we read from the Torah, the Song of the Sea, the jubilant chanting of the Israelites as they crossed the split Reed Sea from slavery to freedom. In summary, the week guides us to care for our fellow human beings and our planet recognizing that we may have to extend ourselves and cross comfort zones and boundaries in achieving this goal.

My friends, this week offers us opportunities to practice vital Jewish connections. Please take a moment and visit these links to expand our Jewish sensibilities.

https://www.worldjewishcongress.org/en/videos/holocaust-legacy/cnns-wolf-blitzer-describes-painful-associations-camp-auschwitz-t-shirt-1-5-2021

Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin sums up the relevance of Tu Bishevat by teaching the Jewish concept of yishuvo shel olam, the imperative to establish a livable world, a call for us to be in right relation with Earth in partnership with God.

https://hazon.salsalabs.org/bbjcf-jan-22?wvpId=8ae74b41-61f8-4698-8236-e221fe7b0fd9

Tu BiShvat’s spiritual side encourages reconnecting with the blessing of our organic embodiment and to the lovingkindness that flows like sap through our veins. We invite the natural goodness and wisdom of our bodies to blossom anew as spring approaches.

Please join us for our  Zoom Shabbat this Friday evening, as we mark Tu Bishevat with a brief Tu Bishevat Seder.  Over the generations, observing this festival has included planting trees and singing of the beauty of earth  and the blessing of the planet. The ancient mystics of Safed, formulated a Seder modeled after the Passover Seder. Contemporary Seders include a variety of fruits, herbs, and juices. evening. Tu Bishevat Seders often include, Red/White grape juice (or wine), fresh/dried fruits, nuts, olives, and aromatic elements which you might consider having nearby.

Judaism teaches of the Etz Hayim, the Tree of Life. The Torah is like a tree with fruits sustaining life. Our physical essence is described as tree with roots grounded, and limbs reaching to the heavens and branches extending into the future. May our lives be enriched by celebrating the vastness of Jewish wisdom and be blessed as we care for our neighbors and planet.

L’shalom-In peace,

Rabbi Mark H. Kula

To further our ability to connect, in addition to being regularly available for a call, I have set aside Fridays from noon-2 pm as virtual meeting time. Rabbi Kula


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Upcoming Events

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January 27, 2021
January 28, 2021
January 29, 2021
  • Tu Bishvat Shabbat

    January 29, 2021  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Zoom
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January 30, 2021
  • Torah Study

    January 30, 2021  9:30 am - 11:00 am
    2010 W Koch St, Bozeman, MT 59718, USA
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February 1, 2021
February 3, 2021
February 6, 2021
  • Torah Study

    February 6, 2021  9:30 am - 11:00 am
    2010 W Koch St, Bozeman, MT 59718, USA
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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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