A Caring Community
Beth Shalom highly values congregants caring about and for one another. At Beth Shalom congregants are assigned a month of the year in which they serve on the caring committee. Four times a year, those on the caring committees assigned to the coming three months meet for a social gathering and heavy hors d’oeuvres and for a briefing share with the Rabbi on the caring needs of the congregation.Whatever caring needs arise — visiting the sick or elderly, setting up a shiva home, providing meals for shut-ins, providing food for a mezzuzah hanging for a new family or at a bris, etc. — become the responsibility of that month’s caring committee. In this way, we all care for one another, but our responsibility is limited to one month out of the year. The program has been very successful and has made us a much stronger community.
One of Congregation Beth Shalom’s central values is Tikkun Olam, the repair of the world. The Tikkun Olam Committee organizes social action, caring and environmental activities that help other congregants and the community at large. The committee is a great way to get involved in the synagogue, whether you participate in an ongoing mitzvah, one activity, or many. Tikkun Olam at Congregation Beth Shalom takes many forms, from drives to caring opportunities to community-specific events. Here are some of those opportunities:
- Caring opportunities
- Ongoing opportunities
Are you willing to provide a hand to Congregation Beth Shalom congregants who need support during an illness or a challenging life transition? Here are some of the ways you can lend a hand:
- Provide transportation to a doctor’s appointment
- Make a home-cooked meal for an ill or grieving congregant
- Deliver a meal to a family that is caring for an ill relative
- Offer a ride to services or a synagogue event for individuals unable to drive
- Visit a congregant in the hospital
- Make a phone call to someone who is housebound
- Deliver groceries
- Shovel snow
Community Café – fourth Thursday of each month, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Every fourth Thursday of the month, Beth Shalom assists with running the Community Cafe. The Cafe, located at 302 North 7th Avenue (formerly Frontier Pies) in Bozeman, is open 7 days per week from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. The Community Café is an extension of the Gallatin Valley Food Bank and, in partnership with local faith communities and service organizations, is being established to provide hot evening meals to those who need them. The Café will serve people of all ages and will provide hot meals from 5 to 7pm every night of the week. Requirements – We currently need 2-3 volunteers for each week. Volunteers should be able to stand on their feed and/or serve tables for two hours. After guests have finished, floors are mopped. Volunteers must be 18 or older. Interested? Please email or Marilyn or John King at 406-522-0694.
Beth Shalom has a core of very dedicated volunteers who have contributed to our ability to participate fully in the Family Promise program, but we can always have a few more. Participants who spend time with families must attend a 1-2 hour training session and these are offered regularly throughout the year. We also utilize volunteers in the back ground who do not need training to prepare meals, do laundry after the hosting week, help with fundraising, etc. Our visibility within the community and as part of the interfaith network through our participation in Family Promise indicates our commitment to the health of our community and to our desire to volunteer. This year we have already hosted three of our four weeks. Read more about how we partner with Family Promise. For volunteer training schedules or how to participate please email or call Nikki Fink at 406-586-4221.
Regularly, we collect tzedakah for a meaningful charity. Announced from the bimah at the conclusion of services and listed in our service sheet, we hope you will support our efforts to meet the needs to those organizations which we support. A tzedakah box will be located at the front of the synagogue — coming soon.
Tikkun Olam Events
Holocaust Memorial Day — April
Congregation Beth Shalom co-sponsors a moving community event to commemorate Yom HaShoah annually.
Montana Association of Jewish Communities (MAJCO)
Beth Shalom is an active member and participant in MAJCO. Beth Shalom former president Josh Burnim serves as President as MAJCO. MAJCO events include an annual shabbaton, where Jews from around the State gather, and an annual menorah lighting in the Capitol building in Helena.
Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association (GVIA)
Rabbi Ed represents our congregation in the Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association(GVIA), an interfaith association that meets monthly. Rabbi Ed currently serves as vice-chair.
Monthly Interfaith Panel
One Thursday a month at noon at the Temple (except during the summer), Father Leo from Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Rev. Jody McDevitt from First Presbyterian Church, Rabbi Ed, and sometimes another clergy, will come together to discuss how each of our faith-traditions understand a particular issue, and address questions from those attending about those issues. This is not only a chance for learning, but also an opportunity to understand one another better. Click here for the calendar to see next meeting date.
Downtown Ministers’ Association
Rabbi Ed is an active member of the Downtown Ministers’ Association.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Beth Shalom is a regular participant in Bozeman’s interfaith Thanksgiving service.
Holocaust Memorial Day
Beth Shalom observes Holocaust Memorial Day together with the interfaith community.
Other Interfaith programs
Rabbi Ed frequently teaches about various aspects of Judaism at various Bozeman churches. Rabbi Ed believes that it is important to be part of the larger Bozeman religious community and that we work together on many issues of mutual concern. Progressive Judaism believes that there are many paths to G!d and that none are inherently superior, but each is designed to help different peoples and help the world become a more whole place.