Posted: Mar 27, 2013 5:54 PM by Judy Slate
It's day three of Passover, the Jewish holiday celebrating the Jews escape from slavery in Egypt some 3,500 years ago. Now, more and more Jews are celebrating the holiday in Bozeman.
This year Temple Beth Shalom held their Sedar, or Passover meal, Tuesday night at Riverside Country Club. Leading the service was Rabbi Ed Stafman, who's been at the helm of Beth Shalom for the past five years. "When I arrived 5 years ago we were 60 families and now we're about 120." said Stafman.
The Jacobs moved to Bozeman three years ago from Los Angeles. They are happy they have found Temple Beth Shalom, a place where they can practice their religion and have a sense of community. "You can't let go just because you left and it's not easy. It's actually better that it's a little harder to be Jewish, you're a little more tied to it." said Beth Shalom member Bruce Jacobs.
Bozeman does not have a large Jewish community, but there may be more more than meets the eye. "I think there's more than you know they're kind of undercover, until they realize its ok to say you're Jewish." Sais Christie Jacobs.
To attract some of those "undercover" Jews Rabbi Stafman says they're "offering a brand of Judaism that's relevant to people's lives that offers meaning, that's joyful and that's meaningful for families... letting people know that this is not your grandma's Judaism."
Passover lasts eight days.