Tag Archive: Cultural Education

Jun 21

Beloved Jewish Educator Janet Tatz retires from Intermountain

This week Intermountain’s Jewish Mentor and educator, Janet Tatz, retires from nearly a decade in supporting Jewish children in residential treatment. For the last five years, I have had the pleasure of working alongside her to ensure that every child on Helena’s campus has the spiritual and cultural support needed to do the hard work …

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Apr 25

Celebrating the Passover at Intermountain Residential by Jim Nallick, Jewish Mentor

Here at Intermountain’s Residential Campus in Helena, we are blessed to have a number of Jewish children ably taught and guided in their continued faith formation by our Jewish Educators, Janet Tatz and Jim Nallick. The following is a report from Jim Nallick on this year’s celebration: On April 18th, we gathered at fellowship to …

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Apr 08

Facing Freedom – a reflection from Janet Tatz

The Jewish people are about to embark on a journey. It is an annual ritual filled with song, teachings, food and ceremony. Pesach. Passover.  The retelling of the 3000 plus year old Exodus of the Israelites from enslavement in Egypt. We are encouraged to immerse ourselves in this holiday as if each of us, personally, …

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Feb 22

From Janet Tatz–“Happy TuB’Shevat!”

TuB’Shevat is my favorite holiday in the Jewish  year.  What could be better than celebrating the first inklings of Spring half way between the winter solstice and spring equinox, especially since snow is most often still on the ground in the Northern part of the U.S. at that time of year? The Jewish students, teachers, a …

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Nov 13

Was Jesus’ ministry “trauma-informed?” [part 4]: Responding to trauma within the compassionate Kingdom of God

There is a movement taking shape across the country when it comes to ministry settings: becoming trauma-informed. I am personally invested in this movement and I am intrigued by the ways I see connections between Jesus’ teachings and trauma-informed ministry principles. In the first post in the series, I focused only the first identifier of …

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Jan 27

How a “Presbycatalutapalian” taught me to build bridges while maintaining my convictions

Friends and mentors Dave and Julie Pederson continue to serve the Lord well on the mission field

There are certainly many ways one can choose to express his or her faith in public. Certainly, during this political season, there is no shortage of judgments made on the character of individuals based on the religious ideals they may or may not possess. At every turn it seems we are asked to pledge allegiance …

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Sep 24

“Time to Get Right” with G-d, considering the message of Rosh Hashanah

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One of the great parts of working at Intermountain as the chaplain is that I get to work with kids of various faith backgrounds, and I get to minister alongside the very skilled and creative leader of the local Jewish community, our Jewish Educator, Janet Tatz. It’s been fun to collaborate with her on any …

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May 27

Louise Ogemahgeshig Fischer visits Intermountain

Louise Ogemahgeshig Fischer

Due to the generous support of Humanities Montana, I was able to secure the wonderful speaking and presentation skills of Louise Ogemahgeshig Fischer for cultural studies at Intermountain school four consecutive Thursdays in May. Louise is well known in the Native American community and brings a wealth of experience in not only sharing her culture, …

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Feb 12

Marching in the Light

Marching in the Light

This last week has been a flurry of activity within the Chaplain’s Program, as we get ready for another girls’ Valentine’s Day Tea and prepare for a visit from Bishop Eliudi from Tanzania, who will be coming to chapel to speak with the children and answer questions about what life is like there. The kids …

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