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.
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 email@example.com 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.
Rabbi Sonja Pilz Begins as New Spiritual Leader of Bozeman's Congregation Beth Shalom
On July 1, Rabbi Sonja Pilz began her tenure as the spiritual leader for Congregation Beth Shalom in Bozeman. The largest Jewish congregation in Montana, Beth Shalom welcomes Rabbi Pilz, who was ordained in 2015 and earned a Ph.D. in that year at the Department of Jewish Studies at Potsdam University in Germany. Additionally, she has done postdoctoral study in Liturgy, Ritual and Worship with the eminent Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, Ph.D.at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.
Rabbi Pilz will succeed Rabbi Mark Kula, who led Beth Shalom for the past two years. Living in Missoula, he could not be the resident rabbi residing in Bozeman that the Congregation felt was necessary for our rapidly growing community. In parting, Rabbi Kula "wishes everybody well and looks forward; along with the congregation, to Rabbi Pilz' s success." Rabbi Pilz will officially lead her first service on July 16. Additional information may be found on the Beth Shalom website.
Rabbi Pilz is excited about her new appointment. "I look forward to becoming part of the communities waiting for us in Bozeman, the Jewish community as well as the broader population in and around the Gallatin Valley and Montana," said Rabbi Pilz recently. "I am excited to bring my whole Torah (learning, teaching, etc.) and am happy for my family to be able to live in such a beautiful part of the country."
Rabbi Pilz arrives in Bozeman with abundant experience in the pulpit as well as in literary and educational endeavors, both in Europe and the United States. She has led worship at the Brooklyn Heights (NY) Synagogue and for several years been the cantorial soloist at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase (MD) Jewish Community Group. Most recently, she was the Editor for the CCAR Press, the publishing house of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, New York, where she collaborated with authors and contributors on content including prayer, worship and adult education intended for publication. She is herself a published author of articles, essays and poetry as well as having been an adjunct faculty member at the Hebrew Union CollegeJewish Institute of Religion, New York and a Junior Professor for Jewish Ritual and Practice at the School of Jewish Theology, Potsdam, Germany.
Among several organizations, Rabbi Pilz is a member of Achayot, a Jewish women's writers group, as well as the ambassador to New York for the House of One, an assemblage of Jews, Christians and Muslims, originating in Berlin, Germany, planning to construct a house of worship that will bring a synagogue, church and mosque together under one roof, all sections of which will be linked by a _communal room in the center of the building.
Rabbi Pilz is married and will reside in Bozeman with her husband, Daniel, and their son, Frederick.
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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.