Operating Protocols as of May 13, 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
May 28, 2020 – 4 Sivan, 5780 Shavuot
Shalom Beth Shalom and Friends!
Tonight begins Shavuot, the Jewish holiday commemorating the giving of the Torah. In particular, we celebrate Moses standing at Mt Sinai delivering the Ten Commandments. Tradition has it that each of us is to feel that we were present at that inspirational moment. Thereby, Torah becomes ours.
Shavua, meaning "week," is the root word of Shavuot recognizing the Biblical command to count 49 days, the 7 weeks between Passover and Shavuot.
Highlighting the significance of the earth’s produce marking the beginning of the Barley harvest in the Land of Israel, Shavuot is also an agricultural holiday.
Shavuot shares its role in the Jewish yearly calendar with Passover and Sukkot as one of the three pilgrimage festivals recalling a time when the nation of Israel would ascend to Jerusalem identifying with the centrality of the Temple and greater community.
Highlighting the historical allusion to the gift of Torah, the blessing of learning and the opportunity of greater awareness, we will gather virtually this Friday evening to welcome Shabbat and the second day of Shavuot. Members of our community will teach their Torah insights. Many of us have Jewish connections with lessons to share and we look forward to learning from one another. Please join us for a key aspect of celebrating Shavuot, Tikkun Layl, an evening spent learning together.
Hag Sameach - Happy Shavuot.
Rabbi Mark Kula
► This spring is the last opportunity to dedicate a new High Holiday prayer book in honor of a milestone, birthday, Bar/Bat Mitzvah or wedding, or, in memory of a loved one. Your prayer book dedication will offset the cost of providing these books for Beth Shalom. A bookplate with your name will be placed inside the two-volume set for a tax-deductible contribution of $50.
Download the order form here and return by email or mail to 2010 W Koch St., Bozeman, MT, 59718. We will be ordering the books by mid-June. We are aiming to purchase 150 of them and we are getting close! Thank you!
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Letter from Rabbi Kula
Mazel Tov on uniting as Rabbi and community.
I am honored and delighted to join the Congregation Beth Shalom family and Bozeman community. These are exciting and challenging times. Let us take care of ourselves and others, nurture our relationships, and tap into profound Jewish wisdom. We will then surely thrive and be blessed.
L’heetraot- I look forward to seeing you soon!
Rabbi Mark H. 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.