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Amber's Message:

The summer is off to a great start! It was so nice to see so many people welcoming Rabbi Kula at his first Friday night service as our rabbi. We’re still working on that giant chocolate rainbow cake. Anyone wanna come by for dessert this week? We need to make room in the freezer for…

Apple pie and ice cream! Yep, it’s almost that time of year: Sweet Pea!! Which means it’s time to start signing up to volunteer at our booth, selling pie a la mode and root beer floats. It’s a great way to spend some time helping us out for one of our biggest fundraising efforts, and of course, hang out with friends and enjoy live music. You can sign up to volunteer here. By the way, Richard Wolff is still looking for someone to shadow him to learn the ropes and spearhead the coordination of our booth next year, so please reply to this email if you’re interested.

We hope you’ll join us this Saturday, July 13th, to celebrate Maya Keefer becoming a bat mitzvah. Maya will co-lead shabbat morning services with Rabbi Allen Secher, and share her thoughts on the torah portion Chukat, Miriam’s significance to our people, and the celebration of modern-day female leaders.

Next Friday, the 19th, we’ll welcome Shabbat outdoors at the home of Richard Wolff and Janel Cariño. As many of us Montanans have experienced, being in nature can be a profoundly spiritual experience. Jews are no strangers to this channel of connection to something greater than us, after spending so much time in the wilderness. We’ll have an earthy shabbat service followed by an oneg and time spent together in the fresh evening air.

L’heet’ra’ot - see you soon!


Amber Ikeman

Cantorial Soloist/Program Director
(406) 556-0528 x203

Sara's Shpiel:

I hope you are enjoying the start of summer. After having wrapped up the rabbi search, the board now turns to planning for the coming year. At the annual meeting earlier this month, the congregation elected Fred Leopold and Randi Levin to replace Steven Eagle and Janet Tatz, whose terms on the board ended. Thank you Steven and Janet for your service on the board - your input and engagement has been invaluable. The board will meet next on July 15 for a 3-hour session, where we will discuss priorities for the coming year. If you have any input for us to consider, please contact any one of the following: Dennis Aig, Janel Carino, Seth Cooper, Fred Leopold, Ed Lewis, Randi Levin, Ashley Mansfield, Sara Schwerin, Jake Werner, and Richard Wolff. Thank you!

Sara Schwerin
Board President
Congregation Beth Shalom

Sweet Pea Festival Booth August 2-4

Join us in our annual tradition of selling apple pie a la mode and root beer floats at Bozeman's Sweet Pea Music and Arts Festival! It's a wonderful community-building event, and also an opportunity to get to know fellow volunteers along with Rabbi Kula and our Cantorial Soloist/Program Director, Amber, who will be there throughout the weekend. Sign up here to volunteer!

Congregation Beth Shalom Welcomes New Rabbi, Mark Kula

Letter from Rabbi Kula

Shalom Friends!

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.

With Passover concluded, I pray we know the miracle of freedom, overcoming what limits us from the fullness of life.

L’heetraot- I look forward to seeing you soon!

Rabbi Mark H. Kula

Learn more about Rabbi Kula here.

Upcoming Events

Please see calendar for full list.


July 17, 2019
  • Jewish Film Festival: "The Light of Hope"

    July 17, 2019  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    MSU Procrastinator Theatre
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July 19, 2019
  • Shabbat Outdoors

    July 19, 2019  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Home of Richard Wolff and Janel Carino
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July 20, 2019
  • Torah Study

    July 20, 2019  9:30 am - 11:00 am
    2010 W Koch St, Bozeman, MT 59718, USA
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July 25, 2019
  • Fork & Spoon Mitzvah Crew

    July 25, 2019  4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Fork & Spoon Homestyle Kitchen, 3308, 302 N 7th Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715, USA
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July 27, 2019
  • Torah Study

    July 27, 2019  9:30 am - 11:00 am
    2010 W Koch St, Bozeman, MT 59718, USA
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August 2, 2019
  • Sweet Pea Festival

    August 2, 2019 - August 4, 2019  
    Lindley Park, Bozeman, MT 59715, USA
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August 3, 2019
  • Sweet Pea Festival

    August 2, 2019 - August 4, 2019  
    Lindley Park, Bozeman, MT 59715, USA
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August 4, 2019
  • Sweet Pea Festival

    August 2, 2019 - August 4, 2019  
    Lindley Park, Bozeman, MT 59715, USA
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August 10, 2019
  • Maryn Schutz Bat Mitzvah

    August 10, 2019  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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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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