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, Montana Jewish Project can establish the only Jewish community and cultural center in Montana, a place that statewide Jews 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.
February 28, 2022
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To reacquire this majestic historical synagogue and manage it with a long term fiscal plan
To create a statewide Jewish cultural and community center
To hire a director to develop and coordinate innovative online, in-person , and traveling programming
To collaborate with Jewish communities across Montana to amplify and enhance programming and resources
To exhibit Montana's Jewish history and share these resources in Montana's classrooms
To fundraise across Montana and solicit donations from both individuals and foundations. All donations are tax-deductible with an option to donate to a 501(c)3
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 combating anti-Semitism and promoting tolerance in Montana
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