Ongoing Opportunities to Engage
Mitzvah Days: Congregation Beth Shalom hosts a series of Mitzvah Days throughout the year to benefit our congregation and the community at large. We welcome ideas and input from volunteers for Mitzvah Days. Please check the temple calendar or Facebook page for upcoming dates and/or contact the temple for more information.
Fork and Spoon: Every fourth Thursday of the month, Beth Shalom assists with running Fork and Spoon (formerly Community Cafe), a pay-what-you-can restaurant that provides healthy and affordable meals to anyone who needs one. Sign up to volunteer here.
Family Promise: Family Promise is a nonprofit network of diverse faith organizations assisting homeless families with children provide lasting to solutions to their situations. Beth Shalom works with Pilgrim Congregational church to house and feed participants. Volunteers prepare meals, host in the early evening and overnight. Before you can volunteer, you must complete a short training session. To sign up, please email Cassie Colombo [at] gmail [dot] com.
There are a number of Jewish community interest groups that are self-organized and convene at various times throughout the year. The most active groups are: The Bozeman Jew Tang Clan (Young Professionals Group), Brews for Jews (Beer Club), and the Book Club. If you are interested in joining any of these groups or creating a new one(!), please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The Beth Shalom Community Forum is a Google Group comprised of affiliates and friends designed to facilitate discussion pertaining to the Congregation, Jewish events and activities in the surrounding area, and other topics of mutual interest. Posts are moderated by Amber Ikeman to ensure that they are relevant. If you want to be added or removed from the forum, change the email address at which you receive messages, or if you have a question about the Forum policy etc., please contact Amber Ikeman.
Our annual Jewish Film Festival is co-sponsored by MSU’s Jewish Student Association, MSU Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons, and Bozeman Film Society. The festival, held at MSU's Procrastinator Theatre, is free and open to the public.
The 2019 films were as follows:
The Driver is Red + Guest Speaker Mark Sullivan, author of "Beneath a Scarlet Sky"
The Last Supper
The Red Cow
The Light of Hope
(Learn more about the films here)
2018 Summer Series:
Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Let Yourself Go
Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story
2017 Summer Series:
The Women’s Balcony
A Grain of Truth
Each year, Beth Shalom runs a booth at the Sweet Pea Festival selling apple pie with ice cream and root beer floats. Proceeds from the sales go to fund Beth Shalom's programs. The festival takes place in Bozeman on the first weekend in August. To volunteer for the 2019 Festival booth, please click here.
In the Fall of 2019, Congregation Beth Shalom was awarded a $36,000 grant from FEMA & the Department of Homeland Security, which will fund three years of security costs for the temple. As part of this grant, the temple is hosting two security training classes per year, which will be given by TACTIC, a highly regarded, Bozeman security company (www.tacticmt.com), for staff and affiliates of our congregation. These sessions are tailored for religious organizations and include role-playing in scenarios that religious organizations sometimes face. They are focused on empowerment and deterrence, and we highly recommend that each affiliate attends at least one session. We need everyone to care about keeping the temple safe and secure in this day and age. You must be an affiliate of the temple to participate. If you have already attended one of these sessions, you may sign up as a silent observer.
Sign up for one of the 2020 security training sessions here.
Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association
Beth Shalom is a member of the Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association ("GVIA"), which seeks to demonstrate respect for one another, emphasize commonalities, and celebrate and learn from differences. The association hosts seminars once a month from September through May examining the intersection of various religions. See the temple calendar for these events. Amber Ikeman is our GVIA representative. Rabbis Kula and Stafman also participate, creating connections to our community.