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L'dor V'dor

From Generation to Generation

Our mission is to reacquire Montana’s oldest synagogue and transform it into a statewide cultural center that celebrates Jewish life. The inclusive center will serve Jews and non-Jews alike, while working to build a just future for all Montanans

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     We have the opportunity to reclaim the building that housed Temple Emanu-El (currently owned by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Helena), once the oldest synagogue between St. Paul and Seattle.  In this historic building, steeped in Montana’s Jewish history, our community can establish the only Jewish community and cultural center in Montana, a place that the statewide Jewish community can call home.  

    The Montana Jewish Project has signed an agreement with the Bishop to purchase the building. We have only a few months to raise the funds to make this dream a reality.


Making it easier to share information about the project, we created a "All I Want for Hanukkah" donation flyer. Share it via email or print off a copy below.

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Our Path




  • To create a statewide Jewish cultural and community center. 

  • To make space available for the Helena--and wider Montana--Jewish community to use. 

  • To partner with non-Jewish groups who share our values and want to improve community life in Montana.


The Process


  • To fundraise across Montana and solicit donations from both individuals and foundations

  • To solicit donations from Jews across the country who want to nurture Jewish life outside major urban centers

  • To collaborate with non-Jews committed to combatting anti-Semitism in Montana.


The Moment


  • The building was last used as a synagogue in 1935. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to return this majestic building  to Jewish use. 

  • The Bishop of Helena agreed to sell the building to the Montana Jewish Project for less than its appraised value.

  • Our challenge is to raise a million dollars in the next few months.