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Temple Beth Tikvah News
August, 2010
Come be a part of our growing Reform synagogue. All are welcome!

Welcome to new members: Ron and Bonnie Ruby.

Upcoming events:
July 31   10:00am - Torah Study
             5:30pm - Dinner and Havdalah at Sawyer Uplands Park
Aug. 20  noon - Newsletter submission DEADLINE for Sept. issue
            6:00pm - Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Aug. 21  9:00am - Torah Study
            10:30am - Shabbat Morning Service
            7:00pm - Havdalah with a Purpose
Aug. 22  9:00am - Adult Education program
            1:00pm - TBT Picnic/BBQ

For more details on any of these events, see our complete schedule of Services, School activities and Events online: http://www.bethtikvahbend.org/events.html.

In this issue:
Greetings from Rabbi Ettman
President's Message
TBT Board Update
Religious Committee - New Torah and Prayer Books Coming in August
Education Committee - Basic Hebrew for Adults PLUS Registration for Hebrew and Sunday Schools
Fundraising Committe Report - Save the Date!
Social Action Committee - New Project Supporting the St. Charles NICU
Communications Committee - Include Communications in your Event Planning
Planning and Finance Committee - Goals for the Year
TBT Men's Gathering
Photographers Still Needed!
TBT Board and Committe Chair Contacts

A New Newsletter for a New Year

Your TBT newsletter is beginning anew as a monthly publication. Its regularly appearing columns include messages from the Rabbi and the President of the Board, a brief TBT board update, committee news, and links to our on-line calendar for information about services, school and events.

Our beautiful TBT website has been updated and includes a calendar that you can view by months, week, day or event. It is the most up-to-date source of information - so whenever you have a question about date, time, place or event - please check out this link:  http://www.bethtikvahbend.org/events.html.

The newsletter is being emailed to both members and non-members around the 28th day of each month. If you have something you want to include in the newsletter, please email it to leslie.conley@bendbroadband.com by the 20th of each month. As always, you will continue to receive "e-minders" before important events take place.

Leslie Conley

 Greetings from Rabbi Glenn Ettman

Rabbi Ettman photoDear Temple Beth Tikvah Family,

One of my goals for our community is that we learn and discuss together. I am so impressed by all the work we are embarking on in order to create our community. But what also infuses creativity is learning with one another. In fact, learning is a requirement for my wedding couples -- a couple that learns together, stays together.

Notwithstanding the adage that if you put two Jews in one room you will get three opinions, the concept of Jewish learning is precisely to learn from the past and make something work for our future. Recently there was a wonderful article in the New York Times called "Creating Sabbath Peace Amid the Noise" http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/18/fashion/18Cultural.html. Its thinking and point of view follows along the lines that I encourage us to consider. Rabbi Lawrence Kushner suggests that Shabbat should be about "what you CAN do" rather than about any prohibition.

My question to you is this: "What is your idea of a Shabbat?" and the secondary follow up "What is one element of your Shabbat that you will bring into THIS Saturday?" For example, my Shabbat includes a nice dinner with the blessings on Friday night (accompanied by a nice bottle of wine), and then my Saturday involves something fun and playful - usually I play golf, or see a movie, or see friends. The Torah explains that we must "ONEG SHABBAT" - literally, enjoy Shabbat. So what is it that you want to do and enjoy?

Blessings always,

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President's Message

Photo of Lisa UriGreetings,

I hope you are all enjoying summer. We have a lot to look forward to right now as Rabbi Glenn Ettman starts his journey with us this weekend. We have such a unique opportunity to grow Temple Beth Tikvah with Rabbi Ettman's wonderful spirit and enthusiasm.

Our congregation is composed of a fantastic group of individuals with amazing ideas, unfailing motivation and endless energy. There are many of you who volunteer your time and your efforts. Please know that you are greatly appreciated.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our wonderful progressive dinner in July.  We had about 90 people overall enjoying delicious food and good company.  A special thanks goes to our excellent hosts and hostesses:  Allison and Drew Cogen, Suzanne Schlosberg and Paul Spencer;  Terry and Gary Reynolds.  They organized a terrific event that endured the heat, the lightning and a brief downpour.

Our Board members and committee
chairs for this year are listed in this newsletter on the last page. If you have an interest in volunteering for a specific committee, please let that committee chair know. Also, if you have concerns or questions, please contact the appropriate committee chair. The Board has selected a very competent group of people to help run this congregation. We are trying to create a streamlined process so that we can all be as productive as possible.

Beginning next month, we will be using our new prayer book, the Mishkan T'filah. This prayer book recommended by the URJ, and also by Rabbi Ettman is a wonderful addition to our temple.  As with any change, it may require some time for all of us to adjust; but I am confident it will prove to be a worthwhile adjustment. If you have questions about it, please visit the URJ website at http://urj.org/worship/mishkan/

This is a very exciting time for Temple Beth Tikvah. We continue to enjoy success in our
religious worship, our social gatherings and in the growth and structure of our congregation. I become more and more aware of what Judaism means to me because of Temple Beth Tikvah.  I feel fortunate to be part of everything we are today, and everything we will become in the future.

Lisa Uri
President, Temple Beth Tikvah

TBT Board Update

Your TBT Board meets monthly and everyone is invited to attend. Beginning August 22 board meetings will be on Sunday of the weekend that Rabbi Ettman is in town - location tbd. Dates and times of Board meetings are on the TBT calendar at http://www.bethtikvahbend.org/events.html.

If you would like to read the minutes of previous board meetings you can request a copy  from Board Secretary Ralph Uri raduri@bendcable.com

Rabbi Ettman is available via email. If you want to set up an appointment please email him at: rabbiettman@bethtikvah.org. His office hours are Friday, July 30 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Following are highlights from our recent board meeting on July 13:
The Board approved the purchase of new prayer books. Beginning in August the Mishkan T'filah is replacing the blue Gates.
A new Torah has been donated to TBT and it will be dedicated in August at Shabbat Services.

Committee News
Religious Committee - New Prayer Books and New Torah for August, Looking Ahead to the High Holy Days
Lauren Olander, Chair

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"Build me a sacred space for I may dwell within..." (Exodus) We are entering a wonderful and exciting time at TBT as we build the foundation of our congregation and community as Reform Jews.

Over the next few months, much will be new: We are thrilled at the arrival of our Rabbi Ettman in July. As Lisa mentioned in the President's message we are introducing the new Reform prayer book, Mishkan T'filah in August; and we are honored to have a new Torah to dedicate in August as well.

You have the opportunity to participate in exciting and creative Jewish learning and growth. We do hope you will come to help us build a sacred space for all to enjoy!

Looking ahead to High Holy Days, please check the TBT Calendar for dates, times, places by clicking http://www.bethtikvahbend.org/events.html.

You are welcome to attend any or all of the services during High Holy Days. We are requesting a minimum donation of $50 per adult, or $100 per family unit for our non-member guests.

Members and non-members wishing to attend High Holy Day Services, must make a reservation through the TBT website. Please download a reservation form for High Holy Day Services after August 7.  www.bethtikvahbend.com

A Yahrzeit list is being developed to honor and properly remember the departed loved ones of our temple members. Please take the time to submit the names of departed loved ones; their relationship to you; and the dates of passing. Burt Litman blitman@bendbroadband.com is compiling this list prior to High Holy Days. On behalf of the Religious Committee and Board of Directors, thank you for your prompt attention.

Aleph jpegEducation Committee - Basic Hebrew for Adults
David Uri, Chair

Calling all members to participate in introductory Hebrew classes: You are invited to join David Uri, Tully Ellsburg and Kathy Schindel for TBT's education program beginning in September.  Basic Hebrew classes for adults are slated for Mondays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn a new language with children who participated in Hebrew classes this year.

Please contact Tully tullyel@aol.com, Kathy schindelke@aol.com or me
daviduri@bendbroadband.com, if you are interested. We promise you will have a good time!
NOW is the time to register your kids for Religious School and Hebrew School.  Religious school begins on Sunday, Sept. 12th.  Hebrew school begins on Monday, Sept. 13th.  Registration forms can be found online at http://bethtikvahbend.org/TBT-School-Reg-Form-2010-11.pdf.  Please complete and return the forms to either David Uri or Jeff Adler ASAP so we can plan appropriately for teachers and materials.
FundRaising Committee - Save the Date: May 7, 2011
Harriet Richard, Chair
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COCC's Culinary School is the site for our fundraising auction next May 7, 2011 - please save the date! You can be an important part of helping us exceed the fun and the fundraising of our very successful auction this past year.  Please consider joining us to plan this event.  It is not labor intensive - until the month prior to the event -- and you will have a lot of fun.

Hands around the world drawingHavdalahSocial Action Committee - Supporting the NICU at St. Charles
Rebecca Gundzik, Chair

You are invited to "Havdalah With a Purpose" on August 21 at the Adler's home hosted by the social action committee.  The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at St. Charles Hospital is the purpose for this occasion.  A newly established "Bringing Baby Home" fund helps needy families who have to travel many miles to support their NICU baby.  Our new fund assists families with basics such as food and gasoline. In the spirit of giving, please bring a $10 gift card from Safeway or Shell.  Speakers from St. Charles will tell us more about the need as we enjoy dessert, and wine provided by the social action committee.

Antique radio operator jpegCommunications Committee - Call Us Early When Planning Your TBT Event
Jeanne Freeman, Chair

The communications and public relations committee is charged with making TBT world famous.  Okay, maybe not world famous, but recognized as a force for goodwill in the Central Oregon community and a welcoming home for Jews of all backgrounds to find spiritual fulfillment and a supportive community.

How, you ask, are we going to manage this enormous task?  We're not - you are.  You continue to be the wonderful, caring and committed group that you are and we'll tell everyone about it.

This newsletter is an important facet of our campaign and so is our website. We are going to use both to communicate with our current and prospective members, family and friends about all that is happening at TBT and encourage them - and you - to participate.

We work with local (Bulletin) and regional (Jewish Review) publications to persuade them to write articles about TBT.  If you have any media contacts, please share them with us.

We're also charged with making sure that we have a clear, consistent and professional image for all our TBT events and communications. A communications committee member will work with our event committees gathering information for press releases, community bulletin boards and calendars, the newsletter and the website so that the widest audience knows about your event.  Please call us early - as your committee is forming - so we can be at the initial planning meeting and get the PR ball rolling.

If you've got ideas to get the word out or just want to share your communication thoughts, please let me know.

spreadsheet iconPlanning and Finance Committee
Mark Schindel, Chair

The finance side of the Planning and Finance Committee oversees TBT's day-to-day business matters including: monthly financial statements, budgeting, and insurance.

On the planning side, the important areas are: visioning, long-range planning, and short
term Planning.

Our major objectives for the coming year are:
Closely monitor the budget and regularly communicate status to the Board
Work with our Rabbi and the congregation to articulate a clear and energizing vision
Working with the Board, committees, and the congregation to develop short and
long-term plans.

We look forward to helping Temple Beth Tikvah continue its growth and positive

development as a vibrant and meaningful Jewish congregation.

TBT Tributes

You may honor the lives and achievements of your friends and relatives via a tribute with a donation to TBT. You can do this by sending a check and the name and address of the person being honored to TBT at P.O. Box 7472, Bend 97708. Donations are made to the temple's general purpose fund.

Temple Beth Tikvah gratefully acknowledges the following contributions:
  • From Harriet Richard and David Dietz, for Phyllis Borne's speedy recovery.
  • From Michael and Ann Rosenfield, for Corrie Grudin's speedy recovery.
  • From Linda & Martin Fell, in honor of Terry Reynolds' Bat Mitzvah.
  • From David and Arlene Multz, in memory of Beverly Claire.
TBT Men's Gathering
The men's gathering in August is a two-part evening.  On August 24 at 5 pm, we'll begin the evening preparing and serving a BBQ dinner to residents of the Bethlehem Inn. After that, around 6:00pm, we'll head to a local watering hole for happy hour.  For info about the TBT Men's Gatherings, contact Lawrence Schechter
at 541-408-3638 or susarch@bendbroadband.com.

More Photographers Needed

Do you own a camera? Do you like to take pictures? If you answered yes, then TBT needs you! Our congregation is growing everyday and those special moments and memories we make are priceless. We're looking for a pool of photographers we can call on to capture these moments. If you are interested in periodically volunteering to take pictures at Temple events, please contact Jeanne Freeman at jfreeman@bendbroadband.com or 541-504-5368.

TBT Board and Committee Chairs

Board officers:
Lisa Uri - President  lisauri@bendbroadband.com
Terry Reynolds - Past President  tlrsboard@yahoo.com
Ralph Uri - VP/Secretary  raduri@bendcable.com
Jeff Adler - Treasurer  jadler@bendcable.com
Board members at large:
Kathy Schindel  schindelKE@aol.com
Leslie Conley  leslie.conley@bendbroadband.com
George Brant  gm1brant@aol.com

Committee chairs:
Religious - Lauren Olander  mlolander18@gmail.com
Education - David Uri  daviduri@bendbroadband.com
Membership - Terry Reynolds and Marcia Uri  muri@bendcable.com
Public Relations - Jeanne Freeman  jfreeman@bendbroadband.com
Social events - Linda Brant  lindybrant@aol.com
Social action - Rebecca Gundzik  rgundzik1@gmail.com
Fundraising - Harriet Richard  davidharriet@gmail.com
Planning and Finance - Mark Schindel  schindelME@yahoo.com