Rabbi Laurie Franklin
February 8, 2019    3 Adar I  5779
This Week's Luach (Calendar)luach1
Friday 2/8            Hebrew Club                                                         5:30 pm
                                 Contemplative Kabbalat Shabbat                        7 pm

Saturday 2/9       Torah Study: Parashat Terumah                       10 am
Sunday 2/10        Atidaynu                                                                     10 am
                                 Klez Kids                                                                 12 noon

Monday 2/11       Becoming Jewish (closed class)                    9:30 am
                                 Beit Midrash                                                               6 pm

Tuesday 2/12      Jewish Meditation                                             8:30 am
                                Pastoral Appointments                                    1 to 5 pm
                                Board Meeting                                                    6 to 8 pm

COMING SOON: Our Purim Party
Har Shalom Weekly News

Friday Evening 
Contemplative Shabbat ServiceContService

Join us Friday, February 8th 
for a contemplative Shabbat. Welcoming the Sabbath through the practice mindful breathing, chanting from the Song of Songs, reading poetry and psalms, and time for silent reflection. Abraham Heschel taught that the Sabbath , "...is a realm of time where the goal is not to have but to be." This is also a good definition of meditation. A time to let go of the busyness of the week, and to just relax, refresh and be.

Atidaynu This SundayAtidaynu

Atidaynu (Har Shalom's Sunday School) meets again at 10 a.m. this Sunday, February 10. Please join us if you have a child or children ages 3-13!

We gather at 6 pm for homemade soup and salad. Learning begins at 6:45 pm, and everyone is welcome. This week, we pause our study of the spiritual nature of our holidays to learn about the rituals and practices of Jewish weddings. What are "tenayim"? What's in a ketubah? What is "kinyan"? Why do we break a glass?

Haman gets in trouble

Purim is a-comin...Purim

Oh my, are we planning a Purim party! Hamantaschen galore, the Ad Hoc-mir-nit-in-chai-nik (don't-bang-on-my-teapot) Purim Megillah Play, Chutzpah!, our beloved Klezmer band and dancing, and a special surprise treat for anyone in costume!

Please save two dates:

Sunday March 10 , for an afternoon Hamantashen-baking session at Har Shalom  

Saturday March 16 at 6 pm for our Purim party!

Fourth Friday For All February

Fourth Friday for all a time to get together and welcome Shabbat in a friendly and informal setting, everyone is welcome.  February 22 at 5:30, we will meet at the home of Maeta Kaplan, details to be announced. 

Reading + Discussing = Fun! ReadingGroup

The Jewish Reading Group meets once a month on Wednesdays.  Join us on February 27th at 7 p.m. in the HS library.  We'll be discussing Leslie Fiedler's work, The Last Jew in America, which is based on Fiedler's time living here in Missoula.  Then on March 20th we will talk about Panther in the Basement by Amos Oz.  If you are interested, please write to us a
readingjewsmissoula@gmail.com .

Fourth Friday for All!

Interested in investing in your community? Want to host our next 4th Family Friday at your house, March 22nd or April 22nd? Believe it or not, we only have a few remaining months to huddle indoors before we can greet the sabbath outside again so let's make the most of it with indoor games, singing, and celebration of your own creation! 

Please contact  lidarunningcrane@yahoo.com  to sign up to create your own special evening with and for your Har Shalom friends. The service is brief, the dinner potluck, and the rest of the evening up to you to enjoy! Thank you in advance.

March of the Living for Young Adults, 22-25

Important news from Janet Tatz of Helena, MT:     

A new opportunity has just presented itself: The Next Gen program, geared towards those living in small rural Jewish communities (that's us!) is offering a MOTL trip for the 22-35 year-old age group.  This is an opportunity for young adults who may have missed the teen program and want to explore their heritage.  Please contact Monise Neumann:   monise@motl.org if you or someone you know might be interested in this trip of a lifetime. And yes, non-Jewish spouses and/or significant others are welcome to attend as well.

New Poverello Volunteer Dates:

April 7, and June 2

Join us for an evening starting at 4:45 pm on a Sunday. Please contact  lidarunningcrane@yahoo.com to rsvp. 

Jewish Meditation

Please join with us to share a time of mindfulness, a time to let go of the "to do" list of our busy lives. We begin each meditation by focusing and centering on the breath to ground us and become present. We are currently using simple chants from Rabbi Shefa Gold to join together and come more deeply into sacred presence. As we chant we listen with the ears of our heart to these words and see how they both bless and challenge us. As we take these words as our intention (kavannah), we settle into the silence, to simply be in the presence of Source. 

                        Everyone is welcome! 

Search Committee update
We are pleased to announce we have received over a dozen applications for the rabbi position. 
We are committed to reviewing all of them in an impartial manner, guided by the input we have received from the community  meetings over the past year. We will review  all information  we've
received concerning each candidate's experience, qualifications,  and suitability  to serve
as a spiritual leader for our community. 

Efforts to influence our decision, interfere with the search, or influence the makeup or functioning of the Search Committee are  inappropriate and unacceptable. We are committed to a fair and open search in keeping with Har Shalom's bylaws.
When we present a recommendation, all members in good standing will be strongly encouraged to vote for or against accepting it.

Summary of Activities at Har Shalom

Atidaynu, youth education, two Sundays/month according to online calendar
Har Shalom Summer Day Camp, August 2019
Beit Midrash, "House of Learning", Monday evenings, 6 pm
Jewish Meditation, Tuesday mornings 8:30 am
Jewish Reading Group each month on a Wednesday evening, readingjewsmissoula@gmail.com
Hebrew Club, Fridays 5:30 pm
Torah Study, Saturdays 10 am to noon, except First Saturday at noon.
Torah Study with Hebrew, usually the third Saturday at 9 am
Mishpocha Megillahs, a monthly Saturday night program of sharing our family histories
First Saturday Movie Night at Har Shalom
Adult Bnei Mitzvah, by arrangement
Becoming Jewish (beginning soon this fall)

Poverello Center, Family Promise, Missoula Food Bank
School/Church Programs about Judaism, by request

Fridays Kabbalat Shabbat/Ma'ariv except Friday before First Saturday & 4th Friday, 7pm
First Saturday Torah service, 9:30 am
4th Friday 4 All, a roving family-friendly service, Kiddush and motzi in parks during summer and our homes during winter
All Holidays

Office Hours

Rabbi Laurie's Pastoral Hours Tuesday February 12, 1 to 6 by appointment, and many other times by request. Let's talk!   laurief@har-shalom.org .
Office Hours with our Administrator Ari Margo are currently by appointment. You can reach him at admin@har-shalom.org to set up a time to meet.  

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