B'nai Shalom (Children of Peace) History and Newsletters

This page is a summary of the history, including speakers and newsletters. It also includes links to the historical officers list.

At this historical list of speakers, there are links to more info about the speaker and the event, and often a scanned program. All features are not yet all integrated.

The accounting starts from the newest on top to the first known at the bottom.

B'nai Shalom was started in 1967 with Daniel Rona, Al Ostroff, Jerry Horowitz and Harry Glick, in Harry's home. Jerry Kidd joined at the second meeting.

Daniel Rona, Jerry Kidd, and Jerry Horowitz' son Jerome Horowitz remain involved. There are articles on this site about the late Harry Glick and Al Ostroff.

Other early officers include Sylvia Linford, Sherm Young, Theda Butt, Ron Zeidner, Elissa and Al Molling, Lester Liebschutz, Irving Cohen, Jeremy Friedbaum, Max Yospe, Gail Boyd.

All have or have had interesting backgrounds. We are greatful for the torch they carried. We continue to be graced at the gatherings by Jerome's mother Edith (Jerry's widow) and by the Mollings, Lester, Jeremy, and at times, Gail.

Years, Speakers, Historical Info

Historical Shofar Newsletters

See the plan
for this Spring's gathering
April 2nd, 2015 in Utah
April 23 in the Northwest.
  • News from our Seattle committee
  • Gospel and the Sabath
  • Into the Wilderness
  • DNA and Genealogy
  • Research in Ukraine
  • Blood Moon
Fall 2014 - O. Hakan Palm of Sweden

Fall 2014

Bonny Harps told of her fathers conversion - the late Harry Howard (nee Harry Horowitz)
We all had moments of great amuzement and laughter.
Her story is now here on this page.
O. Hakan Palm, of Sweden, told of his parents who met during the Holacaust, married and joined our Church.
His new book, Surviving Hitler is a testament to the saving power of the Lord.
With much joy, we sang LDS hymns in Hebrew as translated by member Tal Lachmann.
  • High Holy Days
  • Jewish Family Names
  • Jewish History Lesson-The Jews of Spain
  • Finding Ancestors in Lithuania
  • Mission statement

Spring 2014

Dr. Gileadi, a noted Isaiah scholar and author, drew a large audience in our spring gathering.
List of his books: http://www.paperbackswap.com/Avraham-Gileadi/author/
Go to his website: http://www.josephandjudah.com/ for a PDF of his excellant talk Turning the Hearts of the Jews to the Prophets and the Prophets to the Jews and to subscribe to his insightful newsletters.
  • Harry Glick passing
  • Seattle (Northwest) launching
  • Europe: Shtetl Life
  • Jewish Identity changing in USA
  • Golden Plates-Feast of Trumpets
  • Abrahamic Covenant
  • Four Keys for understanding Isaiah

Spring and Fall 2013

Spring: Marlena Tanya Muchnick/Baker spoke about how we are family, love one another, the Spirit teaches us in the Temple. Election was then held, and the baton was passed from Daniel Rona to Marlena. Officers:
Fall: Phil Ortega. A Time of Reconciliation and Joy
  • Essential contributions of Jews
  • Eternal Truths restored
  • Rememberance of 1975
  • Orson Hyde letter
  • A yearning from across the veil
No Shofars.
Oct 2 2003 speaker: Daniel C Peterson
Shane Wamsley, Gwen Bardsley, Christina, Robert Neu at business meeting. Plans: Music by Daniel/Spencer/Jacob Bardsley; Pianist Mirian Bardsley.
Topic: What has Athens to do with Jerusalem.
Fall 2000
Donald W. Parry
"The Great Isaiah Scroll: Notes and Comments about the greatest of the Dead Sea Scrolls"
Isaiah scroll
Fall 2000 2000SpringShofar.pdf
  • Jewish Gen conference in Salt Lake
  • Biography on Brother Parry
  • About Isaiah: quoted often (page 3)
  • About Dead Sea Scrolls (start page 3)
  • Jewish Traditions respecting the family - from Truman Madsen (start page 5)
  • Dead Sea Scrolls - LDS from Encyclopedia of Mormonism (start page 7)
  • The Last "Oy Vey" (start page 10)
Hartman Rector from web
Spring 2000
Hartman Rector Jr
Speaking on excavation of City of Lehi
Spring 2000 2000SpringShofar.pdf
  • Slutzk, Belarus during and after WWII (page 4)
  • Sabbath (page 5)
  • Lost from Torah (page 7)
  • Jewish Jokes (Last Oy Vey; page 9)

Fall 1999 speakers
Conversion Stories
Fall 1999 1999Fallshofar.pdf
  • Shtetl Life (page 7)
  • What is Yiddish (page 7)
  • History of Fiddler on the Roof (page 8)
  • Jewish Jokes (Last Oy Vey; page 10)

Spring 1999 speakers
Not stated in Shofar
Spring 1999 1999Springshofar.pdf
  • The blessings of the B'nai Shalom page 2
  • Some thoughts on Pentecost page 9
  • The 13 Articles of Jewish faith (put together by 12th-century Rabbi Maimonides) page 10
  • The last Oy Vey page 11
Karen Boren Book
Fall 1998 speakers
Jim Lehman: digs in Israel,
Karen Boren spoke on research into the sacrifice of the Red Heifer as spoken of in Numbers 19:2.
Fall 1998 1998Fallshofar.pdf

This is a very important and interesting historical issue about the first Jewish settlement in Utah and the first synagogues in Utah. Notice on page 9 the church's involvement in the first synagogues.

  • First Jewish settlement in Utah (page 2)
    Reference to the Russian Far East 1930
  • First synagogues in Utah 1911. (page 8)
    President George F Smith dedicated first one. Church made a sizable contribution.Jewish man elected mayor of SLC.
LeGrand Baker

Spring 1998 Speaker
Legrand Baker:
Read Shofar pg 2, 3 - exciting statements..
His Handout
Spring 1998 1998Springshofar.pdf
  • Forgotton text of 22 day New Year's Festival (pg 2)
  • Judah Returns (State of Israel 1948)
  • Joseph Baratz from Ukraine 1905 (page 7)

Fall 1997 Speaker
Monte Nyman, retired BYU Prof, 9 semesters at BYU Jerusalem

Fall1997 1997Fallshofar.pdf
  • Jewish Books (page 4); Talmud, Mishnah, etc.
  • Jewish Calendar (page 7)
  • Jewish Jokes (page 10)
John W Welch

Spring 1997 Speaker
John Welch, co-director of the Masada and Dead Sea exhibition at that time, and founding director of FARMS

Spring1997 1997Springshofar.pdf
  • Masada and Dead Sea Scrolls (pg 2)
  • Timeline from Masada (pg 3)
  • Ezra Taft Benson affinity for jews (pg 5)
  • Music, instruments, and celebration (pg 10)

Winter 1996 Speaker
Not applicable

Winter 1996 1996Wintershofar.pdf
  • Kinship, Religion, Transformation of Society (pg 3)
  • Value of family newsletter (pg 5)
  • Chanukah and recipes (pg 8)
  • Music, instruments, and Celebration (pg 10)

Fall 1996 Speaker
Jerome Horowitz: The US has two constitutions.

Fall 1996 1996Fallshofar.pdf
  • Life and travels of Morris B Rosenbaum (pg 2)
  • 3 Divisions of Jewish people and Jewish surnames (pg 5)
  • Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and recipes (pg 8)
  • Kosher Food Laws by Dr. Irving Cohen: (pg 18)
spring 1996

Announced Summer picnic, July 27 with Klez performer, Netherlands research. No gathering speaker this issue

Summer 1996 1996Summershofar.pdf
  • Ron Zeidner past president passed away
  • Alexander Neibaur first Jewish Convert. His story 5 pgs.
  • Jerusalem Redeemed through Law of Tithing.
  • An Elder's conversation with Rothschild. MISSING a page.

Spring 1996 speaker
Dr. Arnold Green, professor of Near Eastern history at BYU. Speaking on the architecture of synagogues and the situation in Israel.

Spring 1996 1996SpringShofar.pdf
  • Orson Hyde and the rest of the story
  • Praising the Lord through music
  • Jewish and Gentile families and Jesus day
  • Pres. Harry S Truman as a modern Cyrus
  • How Jewish families lived in Jesus day

Fall 1995
speaker or agenda not named

Fall 1995 1995FallShofar.pdf
  • Dedication of Palestine
  • Joseph and Judah
  • Was Columbus Jewish?
  • Book of Mormon and Jewish holidays
  • Center for Jewish Studies at Utah Valley State College
  • Jerusalem 3000th year anniversary

Spring 1995 agenda:
Conversion stories. How some descendents of Judah came to know the Gospel of Jesus Christ

spring 1995 1995SpringShofar.pdf
  • Hebrew lessons, seminars on Judaism
  • what is Yiddish
  • what is Hebrew
  • indexing project
No picture

fall 1994 speaker
George W. Pace spoke on the large promises to the Jews. David Rona sang and taught Israeli folksongs.

Fall 1994 1994Fallshofar.pdf
  • Elissa's Trip to Russia
  • Trip to historical church sites
  • Barbara Shpack leaving,
    Charles Smith to be genealogy helper.

Spring 1994 speaker
Dr. Victor L. Ludlow, Associate Professor of Ancient Scripture at BYU, on "Mormon-Jewish Bridges".

March 1994 1994Marchshofar.pdf
  • Paschal Lamb
  • Passover Seder
  • Spotlight on Irving Cohen

May 1993 Speaker
Speaker not mentioned.
Music and Dance at Elissa Molling July 9.
Cleon Skousen to speak Oct 1

May 1993 1993MayShofar.pdf
  • Mormon Tabernacle Choir at Israel 1992 at request of Teddy
  • Five items in Mission Statement / Objectives
  • Serve your people, House of Israel

Fri Oct 4 1991 Speakers
Elissa Molling, Harry Glick, Jerry Horowitz, Sylvia Linford and Ron Zeidner

At the Draper Eastride Stake in Sandy, in a shared room. President: Jerome, VP: Ron Zeidner, Secretary: Sylvia Linford
Announcement: 1991FallAnounce.pdf
Fri April 1991
David Galbraith spoke on Personal Experiences in the Holy Land.
Web search shows he is widely written on Holy Land.
At the Draper 16th Ward
Announcement: 1991SpringAnounce.pdf
Obit Picture, Theda Bassett Butt, younger Theda Bassett Butt spoke on the life of her grandfather Alexander Neibaur, the first Jewish member of the Church

History: http://www.neibaur.org/journals/alexnotes.htm
September 1983 1983SeptShofar.pdf
  • Pg 2 Jewish Genealogy research notes by Leon Ilutovich: Warsaw's Jewish cemetery
  • Pg 3. Silvia Linford member 35 years
  • Pg 3. Profile of Alexander Neibaur - 1841 immigrant - by Theda Bassett Butt
  • Pg 4. Recipes
  • Pg 5 Tel Aviv 75th birthday
  • Pg 5 Yivo requests tales
fall 1983 speaker
John Tvedtnes spent 8 years in Israel, taught at the BYU Center, served in the Jerusalem Branch Presidency. He is expert in the Near East cultures; has authored three books. Selected Aricles:
Hebraisms | Hebrew words | In Jerusalem
fall 1983 1983FallShofar.pdf
  • meet Jerry Kidd
  • meet Max Yospe, former President
  • passing of Ruth Adams click 1925-1983, married in 1947
  • Jerusalem dig uncovers wall of Citadel
Spring 1982 speaker
Roland R. Wright, former President of the New York, N.Y. Mission, on the Jewish proselyting program in the mission field. And "Mormon Mustang" (P51) pilot in WWII.

September 1982 1982Shofar.pdf
  • Place, kin, occupation, descriptive, derisive and rank names in Jewish genealogy (Hirshkovitz" meaning son of Hirske, the names denoting membership in the priestly lineage of Aaron or of the family of Levi )
  • The value of preliminary training about Jewish, in the Mission field
  • Cooking blintzes
  • Wayne and Sister LuRee Ottley, returned representatives to Israel
spring 1981
Gale Boyd
Demonstration Feast of the Passover By the blood and Gail Boyd family. Music by John Rona. John Lieberman was there.Ted Cannon represented the International Mission. Elder Carlos Asay had planned to attend.
Bearing of testimonies.

July 1981 1981JulyShofar.pdf
  • Chicken soup and matzoh balls recipes by Gail Boyd
spring 1981

feast of the Passover

May 1981 1981MayShofar.pdf
  Members meeting notes
November 1977 1977NovemberMembersMeeting.pdf
Meeting Announcement Rodger Hall about Alexander Niebaur. Ken Dyal made report. Rex Pineager said President Kimball turned door to teach the Jews.
April 1975 1975Announce.pdf
B'nai Shalom was started in 1967 with Daniel Rona, Al Ostroff, Jerry Horowitz and Harry Glick. Jerry Kidd joined at the second meeting. Daniel Rona, Jerry Kidd, and Jerry Horowitz' son Jerome Horowitz remain involved. There are articles on this site about the late Harry Glick and Al Ostroff.