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Laurie Franklin, Rabbinic Intern and Spiritual Leader
August 10, 2017       18 Av  5777

Har Shalom 2017 Building Community Questionnaire
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If you didn't receive your Questionnaire, please click here to access it online. You may print and mail it to Har Shalom with confidence that your anonymity will be maintained. 

Monday means Beit Midrash: will you try it out?

Building a new habit of participation is not easy, but beit midrash is well worth the effort. Beit midrash is a place to take charge of your Jewish learning and address the yearning for a deeper relationship with Jewish text.
We begin each week at 6 pm with a light dinner, usually soup and salad (for a modest donation). After the food, we have a shiur (lesson) about a relevant topic and then move to small group study.  When we have more than one study
 group, I circulate and work with each group.
Come dip your toe in the living water, mayim chayim! For more information or to ask questions, please contact Laurie.

Linguistics Rides Hard at the State Fair!
Har Shalom friend Professor Leora Bar-El writes:

Hi all!
We will be setting up a booth at the Western Montana Fair this week to collect some data for our Dialect Variation in Montana project! Folks who drop by can take a survey on language use in Montana, learn more about our study, and chat about language variation!
Anyone 18 or older can participate in our surveys. We are particularly interested in having folks who have grown up in Montana also do some short audio recordings.
We will be at our booth on Wednesday and likely Saturday, and possibly another day in between, depending on how things go. Our booth can be found near the Russell Street entrance. Admission to the Fair is FREE EVERY DAY!
If you want further info on our Fair schedule, send me an e-mail at

See you at the Fair !

This Week's Activities

Friday, August 11, 2017
                            5:30 pm   Hebrew Club
                             7:00 pm   Friday Service; Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, August 12, 2017
                             10:00 am   Torah Study

Monday, August 14, 2017
                               6:00 pm   Beit Midrash; Dinner and Learning

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
                                8:30 am   Jewish Meditation
                                6:00 pm   Board Meeting

Coming up at Har Shalom 
From Kyra Schuster, Curator
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

We're halfway through our Kickstarter campaign to Save Their Stories: cataloging and publishing online more than 200 diaries of Holocaust victims and survivors.  I've seen your heartfelt comments, tweets, and posts about our project, and I'm so inspired by the outpouring of support we've received already-so far over 3,396 people have come together to make sure these important accounts of the Holocaust are brought to the public.  But this is all or nothing-if we don't meet our goal, we don't get any funding at all. And there are just two weeks left!

Check out the project page for more details about the meaningful difference you'll make-and the rewards available exclusively to project backers. Some of these have run out already, so don't delay!

I hope you'll join us and help Save Their Stories today.

Image: A watercolor made by Holocaust survivor Simon Jeruchim depicting a road in France near the home of his rescuer. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Simon Jeruchim.

Annual Meeting on Sept. 10th!

Please join us on September 10th at noon for lunch and stay for the Annual Meeting which will begin at 1:00 pm. We will be voting in the new Board. There are lots of changes afoot, so plan on bringing your comments, concerns and compliments!

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If you do, you can join their program and direct 0.5% of your order to Har Shalom at no cost to you.  Select "Congregation Har Shalom", location: Missoula, MT, as your supported charity.  Then, when you go to A  to make a purchase, you will be directed to a different site,  for 0.5% of your purchase to be added to the Har Shalom contribution.

Office Hours 

Laurie 's office hours are on  Tuesdays 2 to 6 pm . Please make an appointment because the calendar fills up quickly. To make an appointment or to meet at another time, please let Laurie know at  or  406-546-9368 .

Office Hours with our Administrator Lisa Stewart are currently by appointment. You can reach her at to set up a time to meet. 

Har Shalom is supported by its members and donors.  Thank you.

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