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New Beginnings at Congregation Beth Shalom

Friday Aug. 3rd, 2018

Congregation Beth Shalom invites all Jews, their families, and those seeking a Jewish spiritual path to High Holiday services this September.

Beginning on the evening of September 9th, Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the Jewish spiritual year, and this year it will also mark the opening of a new chapter for Bozeman’s Congregation Beth Shalom--the largest Jewish congregation in Montana. Rabbi Ed Stafman retired in June after serving the congregation for 10 years, and as the congregation searches this year for a new resident rabbi, they have welcomed back leaders from their past to serve for the coming year. Former Beth Shalom Rabbi, civil and human rights activist, radio host, television producer, actor, author, and public speaker, Allen Secher will be leading High Holiday services in September. Dates for the services are:


  • 9 September, 6 PM, Rosh Hashanah Evening Service
  • 10 September, 10 AM, Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
  • 18 September, 7 PM, Yom Kippur Evening Service
  • 10 September, 10 AM, Yom Kippur Morning Service
Outside of High Holidays, another past leader, Rabbi Michael Lotker will visit monthly to conduct services, lead adult education and torah study classes, and participate in social events. Amber Ikeman, Director of Music and Community Engagement, will lead additional services, as well as education, communications, and outreach.

“We’re excited for the possibilities that this year will bring,” Ikeman says. “The High Holidays are a time of renewal; we’re hoping those who attend our services will experience this, not only on a personal and spiritual level, but also communally.”

Rabbi Stafman will continue some of his work in the Bozeman community as Rabbi Emeritus.

Congregation Beth Shalom welcomes participation from all Jews, interfaith couples, LGBTQ people, and those who wish to embrace Judaism. All information about service dates and times is available at