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. For the 2018-2019 year, we are aiming to have one Mitzvah Day per month focused exclusively on temple building improvements. 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.
Beth Shalom has a number of community interest groups that are self-organized and convene at various times throughout the year. The most active groups are: the Young Professionals Group, Brews for Jews, 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.
Bozeman’s fifth annual Jewish Film Festival kicks off on May 1st at 7pm with the award-winning short film The Driver is Red and local author/speaker Mark Sullivan.
To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, Sullivan will speak about his book Beneath a Scarlet Sky. Based on a true story, the book is about an Italian teenager who helps Jews escape the Nazis by guiding them over the mountains in northern Italy. Later, he is forced to enlist in the German army and becomes a spy for the Allies while working for a German general. The novel is a USA Today and #1 Amazon Charts bestseller, and Sullivan has been recognized by the New York Times for his works. It is soon to be made into a film by Pascal Pictures, starring Tom Holland.
The Driver is Red is a short, animated film that tells the story of an Israeli Secret Service operative’s hunt in 1960 Argentina for an escaped Nazi war criminal. The film was invited to 97 film festivals last year and won more than 30 awards.
The Jewish Film Festival is organized and sponsored by Congregation Beth Shalom, along with MSU’s Jewish Student Association, MSU Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons, and Bozeman Film Society. The festival is free and open to the public.
The following films will be shown at the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building on the MSU campus at 7pm:
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. Any 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 2018 Festival booth, please click 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, and/or this brochure for details. Amber Ikeman is our GVIA representative for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.