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Congregation Beth Shalom

Jewish Community in Bozeman, Montana

Our History

1982: Bozeman’s first Passover seder included two couples.

During the 80s and early 90s, a small and loosely organized group of Jews, led by Stan Rosenberg who became trained by the Rabbinical Aide Camp, began meeting for Shabbat and holiday services. Some of the families journeyed to Butte, MT for High Holiday services.

1993: Congregation Beth Shalom is incorporated and affiliates with URJ. There are approximately 50 member families.

1995: Beth Shalom’s first Bar Mitzvah under traveling Rabbi Stanley

Congregation grew to over 60 families. Student Rabbis who led us during this period included Mike Commins, Robert Nosanchuck, Michael Lotker, and Emily Rosenzweig.

2001: The congregation purchased our current building, and opened the doors to the first synagogue in Montana in over 50 years.

2003: Congregation hired Reconstructionist trained Rabbi Anne Jawyer as our first full-time Rabbi.

2004: The Congregation hired Rabbi Allen Secher, who brought almost 40 years of bima experience in Los angeles and Chicago to the Bozeman community. Rabbi Secher, while living primarily in Whitefish, MT, spent 10 days each month in Bozeman for four years.

2008: The congregation hired Rabbi Ed Stafman, a former trial lawyer specializing in defending death penalty inmates, and who had been recently ordained by Aleph, the Jewish Renewal Movement. Congregation Beth Shalom grows beyond 80 member families.

2010: Membership increases to over 100 families.