The Jackson Kol 
  The Jackson Hole Jewish Community 
 Monthly Newsletter        August 1, 2019           29 Tamuz 5779
Wed. & Thurs. Aug. 21 & 22
- Wed., Aug. 21 / 6 p.m / Screening and Reception
      Black Box Theater in the Center for the Arts
- Thursday, Aug. 22 / 6 p.m / Screening only
      JHJC in the Centennial Bldg
The soon-to-be released acclaimed documentary follows the story behind one of Broadway's most beloved musicals, Fiddler on The Roof, and its creative roots in early 1960s New York.  Free, but tickets required. See below. 

AUGUST 2, 2019
The reviews are in! Critics rave about the 2019 Spirit of the Mountains Summer Camp!

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Mailing address:
P.O. Box 10667,  Jackson, WY 83001
General Email:
Summer 2019 Events 
Go to the JHJC WEBSITE for updated event  details

We hope to see all of you at our summer events!
Check our website and newsletters often as we may add events.

                                   TOMORROW NIGHT!
Friday, August 2 / Swingin' Sabbath with the Richard Brown Band
6 p.m., Scher Residence: Grab a friend and come to the biggest JHJC community event of the year. The evening starts with an abbreviated musical Shabbat with chazzan Judd Grossman. Then kick loose with the Richard Brown Band, nosh, dancing and drinks. Free and family-friendly. Email HERE for directions to the Scher Residence. 

Mon. & Tues., August 5 & 6  / AIPAC meetings with elected officials
Monday, 10 a.m.: Sen. Mike Enzi at his office on Maple Way (above Picnic)
Monday, 11:15 a.m.: Rep. Liz Cheney at the JHJC in the Centennial Bldg
Tuesday, 3 p.m.: Sen. John Barrasso at the JHJC in the Centennial Bldg

Friday, August 16 / Shabbat Dinner @ the JHJC
6:30 p.m., JHJC in the Centennial Bldg: 
Wind down after a busy summer week with Shabbat Dinner led by chazzan Judd Grossman. Vegetarian main dish, drinks and dessert provided. Please bring a side dish to share. Families welcome! The Torah reading for this week is Va'etchanan.

Special screening before U.S. release!
Wed. & Thurs., August 21 & 22
/ Film
Fiddler: Miracles of Miracles
A documentary by Max Lewkowicz (USA 2019, 92 min, English, English subtitles)
  • Wed., Aug. 21 / 6 p.m. / Black Box Theater in the Center for the Arts.This screening includes a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.  
  • Thurs., Aug. 22 / 6 p.m. / JHJC in the Centennial Bldg. Screening only (refreshments available)

     Watch the trailer HERE.

Don't miss the very special opportunity to see the acclaimed documentary
Fiddler: Miracles of Miracles before its U.S. theatrical debut! For the first time, intimate interviews with the show's creators reveal how the tremendous success and worldwide impact of Fiddler and its subsequent film adaptation is most appropriately viewed through the lens of the social upheaval and change in mid-20th century America. Free, but tickets required to reserve seats. See below for link to ticket portal. Seating is limited! 

Reserve seats for 8/21/19 with free tickets HERE. Includes reception at 5:30 p.m.
Reserve seats for 8/22/19 with free tickets HERE. Screening only.

This film is co-presented with Off Square Theatre company 
and sponsored by Melanie and Larry Nussdorf. 

Friday, Sept. 13 / Shabbat Services @ the JHJC
6 p.m., JHJC in the Centennial Bldg:  (note back to earlier time):  
Our regular Shabbat services at the JHJC resume. Led by chazzan Judd Grossman. The Oneg featuring Israeli foo d is  graciously  sponsored by Judy and Ravid Lurie in honor of their wedding anniversary. Families welcome. The Torah reading for this week is Ki Tetze.

Saturday, Sept. 28 / Travis D'Amours Bar Mitzvah
10 a.m., St. John's Episcopal Church: Support Travis as he is called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah. More details to come, stay tuned. 

Sunday, Sept. 29 / High Holidays Begins
Various Times, St. John's Episcopal Church: Stay tuned for a complete schedule of High Holiday services.

Sunday, Sept. 29  / SAVE THE DATE!  Rosh Hashanah Party 
Following Rosh Hashanah services (aprox. 7:30 p.m.). Catered by Chinatown Restaurant. Party tickets required, buy HERE.
JHJC Membership Directory 5780
JHJC publishes an annual Membership Directory and if you would like to add yourself and/or family (or make changes) please take a moment to fill out this FORM
   Participation is optional. If you already are listed in the Directory and do not have any changes, you do not need to do anything, your listing will be carried over from last year. 
   Deadline Sept. 1, 2019. Directories will be available at High Holiday services. 
2019-20  /  5780 Membership 
Membership Application HERE.
   July 2019 / 5779 Tamuz                                                                              Dear Friends and Fellow Congregants,
While JHJC members are still enjoying summer fun in the mountains, Jews around the world prepare for the Days of Awe as the Hebrew calendar year of 5779 comes to a close. Just as in previous years, we'd like to acknowledge how the valley's oldest Jewish congregation continues to grow and the many ways we deepen our connections to the people of Jackson Hole, and beyond.
This past year renewed our awareness of the safety and security of our congregation. Following the horrifying attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, our board of directors and staff created a Security Committee. This committee composed a draft security policy which included hiring security guards, determining ways to harden our space and applying for security grants. The committee will continue to work on building a safer environment for our congregants and visitors.                                                                                                                                                                The JHJC Board of Directors said "lehitraot" (so long!) to co-president Josh Kleyman after serving on the board for 12 years. We are deeply grateful for his dedication to the JHJC leadership. He will remain active in the congregation as the Bet Sefer principal and leading services. The JHJC board welcomes new board member, Ben Goldberg. Ben and his wife, Robin, have lived in Jackson Hole for three years. Ben is an attorney and Robin is a teacher at the Middle School. 
We have enjoyed an incredible year thanks to your participation and contributions, be they financial or volunteering. We were able to offer twice per month Shabbat services, community dinners and amazing cultural and educational opportunities, including sponsoring Batsheva Dance Company and presentations from the Israeli Consul general in Los Angeles. We can only do this with your help and participation.
Our congregation is only as vibrant and active as its membership. Your support makes a huge difference and helps build our community. Renew your membership, become a member, share a donation, come to events and services, or volunteer. Your membership dues, your yearly gifts and your direct participation in events and as volunteers are vital in continuing to support the JHJC as a dynamic hub for Jewish life in Jackson Hole.
Whether you're a newcomer to the JHJC, or if you are a founding member, we hope you will join us as we celebrate and engage in our active and vital Jewish community in this place we are all so fortunate to call home.                                                                                                                     
-- b'Shalom,                                                                                                                                       
Mike Scher and Kevin Krasnow, JHJC Co-presidents
Janet Bellis
Ben Goldberg
Rachel Stam, Treasurer
Laurie Thal, Vice President
Steve Zelikovitz (Steve's name was inadvertently left off the print version, we apologize!)
Scenes From July 2019 / 5779
Check out more of our photos and videos from all the cool events we do on our Facebook page  "Jackson Hole Jews"


Shabbat with Keshira HaLev 
Sisterhood gathering with Keshira HaLev.

Annual BBQ Shabbat 

Shabbat Shalom from Jackson Hole
Video: Shabbat Shalom y'all

Spirit of the Mountains Summer Camp
Camp Director: Kalen Ritz Kleyman
Instructors: Julie Thomsen, Ryland Aronowitz, Paige  Fischer & Judd Grossman
CIT: Finley Brownfield and Ellie Assadi
Stud muffin.
Counselors in Training Rock! Ellie Assadi and Finley Brownfield.

Make-shift Motzi.
Lehitriot! See you next year!

5780 / 2019 - 20 MEMBERSHIP INFO 
Become a new member or renew your existing membership to the Jackson Hole Jewish Community
for 5780. Any level of participation welcome.
Download the Membership form  HERE.


Many Thanks
Stan and Barb Trachtenberg for connecting us with Keshira HaLev. And for the amazing salmon at our July 5 Shabbat.

Laurie Thal   for hosting our July Sisterhood gathering with Keshira HaLev. 

Carly Swirsky and her parents Brahm Swirsky and Ann Karen Katz  for helping out at our busy summer events. We couldn't have done it without you! Todah Rabah!

Kalen Ritz Kleyman  for leading our 2019 Spirit of the Mountains Summer Camp. Kol HaKavod! 

Gail and Martin Falkoff  for your recent donation of youth bikes to the JHJC.

Josh Kleyman and Judd Grossman  for leading our extra special July 19 BBQ Shabbat. 

Get We ll Soon
  • Keep David Goldfarb in your thoughts.
  • To Lisa Finkelstein and her family for the loss of her beloved Father, Leonard Finkelstein.
  • To Rick Fox for the loss of his beloved father, Richard Fox.
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Please send us your Mazel Tovs, Condolences, Kol HaKavods, Get Wells and photos of your 
Jewish Pets to:

2019-20  Board of Directors

Kevin Krasnow, Co-president

Mike Scher, Co-president

Janet Bellis

Kevin Krasnow

Rachel Stam, Treasurer

Laurie Thal, Vice President

Steve Zelikovitz

Mary Grossman, Exec. Dir.

Judd Grossman, Chazzan

For more than 40 years, the  Jackson Hole Jewish Community has welcomed people of all ages and backgrounds who share a love for Jackson Hole and Judaism. We are independent, unaffiliated and inclusive. All are welcome to Jackson Hole's oldest Jewish congregation,  no matter his or her level of Jewish observance.

The Jackson Hole Jewish Community is committed to creating a diverse Jewish presence that unites us, celebrates our faith, and promotes tolerance in the greater Jackson Hole community. We strive to engage all families and individuals in spirituality, education, tzadakah, and the joys of Jewish life.


עליכם  השלום     

Jackson Hole Jewish Community   
Physical Address: 610 W. Broadway in the Centennial Bldg, Jackson, WY 83002
Mailing Address: Box 10667, Jackson, WY 83002
307.734.1999 or