Bnai Shalom - Jews and Latter-day Saints, and Friends
Fellowship, Food, Jewish/LDS Inspiration, Music

Summary of History, Speakers, and Newsletters

B'nai Shalom was started in 1967 In Harry Glick's house with Daniel Rona, Al Ostroff, and Jerry Horowitz, as stated by Jerry Kidd, who attended the second meeting. He doesn't beleive that Max Yospe was at first. (Jerry Horowitz is the father of Jerome Horowitz who is currently on the board.)

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, Nancy Goodstein Hilton. All have or have had interesting backgrounds. We are grateful for the torch they carried.

See also the historical officers list. At the 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.

NOTE: This page is in process of being reformed into Responsive Web design and merged with another page. In the process, some historical references may be repaired.

Please note that this page is not up to date as to speakers. See

Spring 2017 in Seattle: Sister Lynda Cherry

Sister Lynda Cherry

Lynda Cherry gave a captivating account of the Jewish Festivals and their significance to the restored Gospel; the LDS church. She focused on the Spring Festivals The audience did not want her to stop.

Spring 2017 in Utah: Dr. Matt Bowen of BYU Hawaii

Dr Matt Bowen

Dr. Bowen spoke on "What Thank Ye the Jews" scripture, many scriptures relating to Lord's attitude to Jews in long term. Very interesting. Robert Hatch accompanied Julie and volunteered a beautiful song he wrote for Jewish audience. Brother Downing had worked as cantor for a synagogue, sang one for us.. See also the YouTube Mormons and Jews channel

At the last minute location changed to the 19th Ward Building. Future Utah gatherings are held in the Pioneer Stake Center.

We elected Chelsea Woodruff to succeed Marlena Baker as President, with Julie Gardner as 1st VP and Daniel Baker as 2nd VP. Marlena is Secretary; Russell Spencer and Mitch Moling are added as board members.

Fall 2016 in Seattle: Dave LeFevre

Dave LeFevre

Brother Dave LeFevre with most interesting insight in a part of Jeremiah; messages Jeremiah has for today's time, and why a Latter-day Saint should understand Jeremiah. Great food. See also the YouTube Mormons and Jews channel

Kim Cooney introduced Feast of the Trumpets with his shofar, followed by "HATIKVA" "The Hope", the official national anthem of Israel. LDS hymn sung in Hebrew. The gathering was held in the Bellevue South Stake Center on a Saturday evening.

Fall 2016 in Salt Lake City: Bliss Mehr

Bliss Mehr

Julie Garner brought beautiful music from the viola on an Eastern European theme to go with the theme of the presentation.
Kahlile Bliss Mehr , expert on Church and geneology in Eastern Europe, spoke on "The House of Israel as a Unifying Principle" . Info on early (discontinued) proselyting, and development of historical resources in Eastern Europe.

During this last xix months, dear member Elissa Molling passed away after a long term with cancer. She has "always been there" and raised two former B'nai Shalom presidents. 111

More about her, her late husband Al, and about other foundational members here: Also: History of officers.

Spring 2016 in Seattle: Mary Kozy, Jewish Genealogy

Mary Kozy

The professional Bateman family performed beautiful Hebrew music. Mary Kathryn Kozy provided tips and sources for exploring Jewish Genealogy and DNA. This held the long and intense interest of the audience until the end of the evening.

This stimulated remarkable testimonies. A sister who was not a member of the church was inspired and bore her testimony.

2016 Fall Shofar In this issue:

  • Ellisa 1994 Trip to Russia
  • Gwen Bardsley 1994: “I Appreciate Joseph Smith”
  • Jubilee Year
  • WA State Jewish Heritage
  • A Guiding Light to Jew and Gentile: B’nai Shalom
  • What Thank They the Jews: Judah and Anti-Semitism
  • Genealogy—Cluster Research—F.A.N. by Mary Kozy

We are now in the eve of the 50th Anniversary of B'nai Shalom, and we plan to make it the year of the Mormons and Jews - an idea instigated by Mark Peredes in his column on the Jewish Journal several years ago.

Spring 2016 in Utah: Author Brad Kramer

Brad Kramer

Author Brad Kramer "Beholding the Tree of Life: A Rabbinic Approach to the Book of Mormon"; Levels of interpretive technique developed by Talmudic rabbis. He acheived very intense and lively audience interest and interaction.

Fall 2015 in Seattle: Leslie Rees, Lost Tribes of Israel

Leslie Rees

Leslie Pearson Reese Ye Have Been Hid - Finding the Lost Tribes of Israel

A very informative and corrective presentation. Go to the page for some recordings.

2015 Fall Shofar
  • Alexander Neubaur
  • What is Shemittah Year
  • Louise Silver’s Story
  • Covenantal Father I will Uphold Thee
  • Joseph Smith and the Feast of Trumpets
  • Doug Tourney-an Inspiration in his last days

Fall 2015 in Utah: Brent Top

Brent Top

BYU Professor and Author Brent Top "They are not all Israel, Which are of Israel" (Romans 9:6

BYU's program at the Jerusalem Center, and how we can and should have "holy envy".

Spring 2015 in SLC: Patricia Argyle

Patricia Argyle

Our SLC speaker, Patricia Argyle, gave a spiritual testimony of her grandmother’s murder in Auschwitz.

Pat received a sudden revelation there of forgiveness, a bestowal of peace that healed her and her family of the grief and loss they had born.

2015 Spring Shofar
  • News from our Seattle Committee
  • Gospel and the Sabath
  • Into the Wilderness
  • DNA and Genealogy
  • Research in Ukraine
  • Blood Moon

NOTE: This page is in process of being reformed into Responsive Web design and merged with another page. In the process, some historical references may be repaired.

Lynda Cherry

Spring 2015 in the Pacific Northwest (Mercer Island)

Our Seattle speaker, Lynda Cherry, gave an insightful lecture “Joseph and Judah: Enemies No More”,

Go to that page for text and recording of her talk. We were entertained by the beautiful performance of the Cleaver family.

Fall 2014 In SLC: O. Hakan Palm of Sweden

O. Hakan Palm of Sweden

Bonny Harps told of her father’s 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 the story of his father, an SS officer, meeting and loving a Jewish woman during the Holacaust, married and joined our Church, becoming his parents. His new book, “Surviving Hitler: The Unlikely True Story of an SS Soldier and a Jewish Woman” is a testament to the saving power of the Lord.
With much joy and enjoyment, the audience sang LDS hymns in Hebrew as translated by member Tal Lachmann.
Fall 2014 2014 Fall NewShofarf
  • 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:
Go to his website: 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.
Spring 2014 2014SpringShofar.pdf
  • 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
Fall 2013 2013Fall-NewShofar.pdf
  • Essential contributions of Jews
  • Eternal Truths restored
  • Rememberance of 1975
  • Orson Hyde letter
  • A yearning from across the veil

Spring 2006
Dann Hone, language origins, history
No Shofar

Fall 2005
Karl-Heinz Schnibbe, survivor of Nazi terror during World War II
One of the three who defied Hitler
No Shofar

Fall 2003
Daniel C Peterson: What has Athens to do with Jerusalem.
Shane Wamsley, Gwen Bardsley, Christina, Robert Neu at business meeting. Plans: Music by Daniel/Spencer/Jacob Bardsley; Pianist Mirian Bardsley.

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

Hartman Rector from web
Spring 2000
Hartman Rector Jr
Speaking on excavation of City of Lehi
Spring 2000 2000SpringShofar.pdf

Fall 1999 speakers
Conversion Stories
Fall 1999 1999Fallshofar.pdf

Spring 1999 speakers
Not stated in Shofar
Spring 1999 1999Springshofar.pdf

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.

LeGrand Baker
Spring 1998 Speaker
Legrand Baker:
Read Shofar pg 2, 3 - exciting statements..
His Handout
Spring 1998 1998Springshofar.pdf

Fall 1997 Speaker
Monte Nyman, retired BYU Prof, 9 semesters at BYU Jerusalem
Fall1997 1997Fallshofar.pdf

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
He discovered the first instance of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon in 1967, While a missionary for the LDS church in Regensburg, Germany. Because of previous exposure to the ancient literary device, John Welch correctly identified Mosiah 5:10-12 as a chiasmus, and thence began a life-work.
Spring1997 1997Springshofar.pdf

Winter 1996 Speaker
Winter 1996 1996Wintershofar.pdf

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

spring 1996
Announced Summer picnic, July 27 with Klez performer, Netherlands research. No gathering speaker this issue
Summer 1996 1996Summershofar.pdf

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 1996 Spring Shofar

Fall 1995
speaker or agenda not named
Fall 1995 1995 Fall Shofar
Spring 1995 agenda:
Conversion stories. How some descendents of Judah came to know the Gospel of Jesus Christ
spring 1995 1995SpringShofar.pdf

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 1994 March Shofar
Spring 1993 Speaker not mentioned
Music and Dance at Elissa Molling July 9.
October 1993 Cleon Skousen
What are the prospects for Israel now? at Parley First Ward

May 1993 1993 May Shofar

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: 1991FallAnnounce.pdf

Fri April 1991
David Galbraith spoke on Personal Experiences in the Holy Land.
Widely written on Holy Land, first director of Jerusalem center, in 2015 Montreal temple president. Recent mention.
At the Draper 16th Ward
Announcement: 1991SpringAnnounce.pdf

Obit Picture, Theda Theda Bassett Butt
Theda Bassett Butt spoke on the life of her grandfather Alexander Niebaur, the first Jewish member of the Church

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 Niebaur - 1841 immigrant - by Theda Bassett Butt
  • Pg 4. Recipes
  • Pg 5 Tel Aviv 75th birthday
  • Pg 5 Yivo requests tales

John Tvedtnes
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

Gale Boyd
July 1981
Demonstration Feast of the Passover, by the Budd and Gale Boyd family. Music by John Rona. John Lieberman was there. Ted Cannon represented the International Mission. Elder Carlos Asay had planned to attend. Testimonies were given.
July 1981 1981JulyShofar.pdf
  • Chicken soup and matzoh balls recipes by Gail Boyd

spring 1981
feast of the Passover
Testimonies of two Jewish Converts.
May 1981 1981MayShofar.pdf
President: Glick; VP: Ostraff; 2nd VP: Jeremy Friedbaum; Treasurer: Ron Nieson
There is a note for Helen Barr to call Gileadi.

Members meeting notes
Met at Club House by Harry Glick's home.
November 1977 1977NovemberMembersMeeting.pdf
Present included Glicks, Ostraff, Feldman, Linford. Discussed a matter that had been spoken about by Sherm Young, about the President being a priesthood holder, and Ron Zeidgner released as president because he is Stake Mission President.

Meeting Announcement
April 1975
Rodger Hall about Alexander Niebaur (accepted Gospel 1840). Posterity born under covenant: + 6000, including mission presidents, regional reps, stake presidents, bishops, Hugh and Reid Nibley. Ken Dyal of Oakland made report. Rex Pineager said President Kimball opened door to teach the Jews.
To be held at Monument Park 14th. Invited all members friends and guests interested in Jewish culture and traditions incuding Mormons and Non-Mormons.
Joyous occasion of spiritual renewal and reunion with old friends
Un-dated Meeting Notes
Sometime in 197X Charles Smith to get Shofar, presented idea on web page.
Friedman to sing My Yaddish A mama
Include names: Glick; Yospe; Charles Smith; Jeremy Friedbaum, Paul and Pearl Friedman; Bro Lipshultz; Ostraff