Temple Beth Tikvah NewsSeptember, 2010
|Come be a part of our growing Reform synagogue. All are welcome!
Welcome to new members:
Eyal, Jamie and Aidan Goldman
Marshall, Lisa and Harrison Glickman
Aug. 31 - reservations due for High Holy Days services, Break-the-Fast and Yizkor books
Sept. 4 9:00 p.m. - Slichot Meditative pre-holiday Services (contact Leslie Conley
Sept. 8 7:00 p.m. - Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Sept. 9 10:00 a.m. - Rosh Hashanah Service
2:00 p.m. - Children's Service
4:00 p.m. - Tashlich and picnic at Pioneer Park
Sept. 17 7:00 p.m. - Kol Nidre Service
Sept. 18 10:00 a.m. - Yom Kippur morning Service
12:30 p.m. - Adult learning and discussion
2:00 p.m. - Children's /Family Service
3:15 p.m. - Afternoon Service
4:45 p.m. - Yizkor Service
5:30 p.m. - Neilah Service
6:15 p.m. - Break-the-Fast Dinner (reservations
Sept. 19 10:30 a.m - Board Meeting
Sept. 12 3:30 p.m. - First day of Sunday School
Sept. 13 4:30 p.m. - First day of Hebrew SchoolSept. 25 10:00 a.m. - Sukkot Celebration
On the horizon:
Oct. 1 Simcha Torah Service
Oct. 7 B'nai Mitzvah sponsored dinner for Bethlehem Inn
Nov. 3 Board sponsored dinner for Bethlehem Inn
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.
High Holy Day Information
Shortly the New Year will be upon us with services led by Rabbi Glenn Ettman and Cantor Oreen Zeitlin. All are welcome, whether or not you are a Temple member.
High Holy Days services are held at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Bend, 680 NW Bond Street. Services begin with Rosh Hashanah on Wednesday evening, September 8th and conclude with Yom Kippur 10 days later. For a complete schedule, see above or check out the TBT website
which includes a calendar
of all events.
There is no charge for TBT members to attend services. If you are not a member and would like to attend, a minimum donation of $50 per adult or $100 per family is required. This entitles
you to attend any or all of our services. If you decide to become a member of TBT in 2010, your donation will be applied to your membership fee. Of course, additional donations in honor of the High Holy Days from members and non-members are always appreciated. If the donation request presents a financial hardship, please contact our Treasurer, Jeff Adler at firstname.lastname@example.org
to make special arrangements. Your request will be kept strictly confidential.
We are in the process of putting together our Yizkor memorial booklet for Yom Kippur. If you would like the name or names of departed loved ones included in the booklet, please add that information in the appropriate section of your online reservation form
and send in your check for $36. Names for the booklet must be received by August 31. For questions about the Yizkor booklet, please contact Lisa Uri at email@example.com
Don't forget to sign up for the Break-the-Fast dinner as well as the Tashlich picnic when you make your reservations
for services online.
|Greetings from Rabbi Glenn Ettman|
Dear Temple Beth Tikvah Family,
Are you ready? The final month of the Hebrew calendar is upon us. The High Holy Days are rapidly approaching. Tickets and reservations are being taken. Final plans are being made. Our community is awash with details and preparation. Are you ready to begin again?
The High Holy Days, specifically Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, represent two of the most important days of the year for the Jewish Community. It is the beginning of the Jewish New Year. The High Holy Days however are not just a new year's celebration. They are also mixed with a time of contemplation, reflection and aspiration for the upcoming year. It is an amazing ten days where the overall idea and theme is a beautiful Hebrew word, Teshuvah which literally means "to return" or "to turn around".
Rosh Hashanah is literally the New Year. It is a time where we return to where we started; to take a moment to see where we have gone; to hope and pray for where we are going in the coming year. On Rosh Hashanah we hear the sound of the Shofar, offer up prayers for the coming year and come together as a community. With Rosh Hashanah, the word Teshuvah, reminds of where we were and where we are going. It is as if we turn around as we come back to the same place but never in an exact circle, rather a spiral as we continue to grow in our lives.
Ten days later, comes what is considered the most important holiday in the entire Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is a great day of introspection and atonement. It is the day where we say we are sorry to those whom we have wronged during the year but most importantly, we say we are sorry to ourselves for things that we have done that only God and we know. It is amazing that built into the very fabric of our community is a day where we are supposed to say we are sorry. We are supposed to "turn around" (Teshuvah) and promise to not do it again. The great Jewish philosopher, Maimonides, explains that true Teshuvah comes not just by saying you are sorry or promising to not make the same mistake twice, but by actually not making the same mistake again. We turn around and see ourselves. We say we are sorry and promise and vow to move forward. It is customary for all those who are able to fast. By refraining from food we are can focus on the lofty, powerful and truly awesome
concerns of the holiday season.
This time of year I am reminded of James Baldwin. His words speak to us about these High Holy Days charging us to do the Teshuvah that is necessary when he says: "Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch."
It's hard to make Teshuvah. I will be the first to admit that. Intellectually we may desire to change, or even know in our heart of hearts that we need to change, but it is hard to do. Yet it is possible. And it is fruitful. Our lives and stories are a testament to that holy possibility. Great is Teshuvah, our Rabbis taught, because through Teshuvah the redemption and transformation of the world is possible.
On September 8th, we will all stand together to welcome in the New Year. How will you be ready? However it is, we hope you will come with an open heart, open ear and open mind. I am ready to welcome in the New Year and hope and pray for all the possibility that this year holds for you.
|President's Message |
As 5770 comes to an end, we should think about all we have accomplished in the past year. For many of us, we have made new friendships, enriched our Jewish knowledge, and discovered new meaning in our own personal quest for what it means to be Jewish. There is much more that we have to accomplish. We are only just beginning our growth as individuals and as a family. But like a family, everyone needs to "pitch in". As I have mentioned before, we have a number of members who make this synagogue tick and my gratitude to them is endless. There are many of you that have not yet taken advantage of the opportunity to volunteer and I am sure that you have much to offer. It's just a matter of making the decision to spare your time.
Think about how amazing our B'nai Mitzvah was in June. That was a group of 10 individuals spending their valuable time on an individual goal, yet they gave Temple Beth Tikvah a magnificent gift. In a few years, we will begin celebrating several B'nai Mitzvot a year. Please consider volunteering to help teach these children the wonders of Judaism.
One of the things I love about Reform Judaism is the lack of "judgment" of others. We have a wonderful set of traditions that help to guide us in honoring our Jewish faith. The beauty of it is that we can create our own individual template. Each of us possesses our own unique way of celebrating Judaism in a way that is meaningful to us. Yet, the High Holy Days are considered a time of "judgment" when the fate of the wicked, the righteous, and those of an intermediate class are recorded. It is our time to reflect, repent and make changes for the upcoming year. I'd like all of you to give some thought to what you want to accomplish in 5771 for your Temple Beth Tikvah family. Not because you are being "judged", but because it fits somewhere into your plan for celebrating Judaism. Let's continue to work together to strengthen the bonds of both friendship and Judaism.
President, Temple Beth Tikvah
How lucky we are to have two Torahs. TBT has received a wonderful loan of a beautiful Torah from Ted and Carol Rosen. This Torah with its silver breastplate, crown and embroidered cover originally belonged to Ted's grandfather and has been in the their family for over 85 years. Additionally, Temple De Hirsh Sinai in Seattle has expressed its desire to allow us to continue to keep its Torah on loan.
Thanks to Rebecca Gundzik for the excellent job she accomplished in promoting social action in our community. We wish the Gundzik family all the best of luck and happiness in their move to Los Angeles. Carrying on the social action work Rebecca started are the committee's new co-chairs Beverly Adler and Bonnie Ruby.
Congrats to Jeanne Freeman and the PR Committee for generating articles that recently appeared in:
· The Bend Bulletin & Cascade Business - news articles about Rabbi Ettman
· The Jewish Review -- B'nai Mitzvah story and Rabbi Ettman news
We are looking forward to a front-page article in the September 15 edition of the Jewish Review.
|TBT Board Notes|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rabbi Ettman is available via email. If you want to set up an appointment please email him at: email@example.com. His office hours are Friday, July 30 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
|Religious Committee - New Prayer Book - Mishkan T'filah
Lauren Olander, Chair|
Those of us who attended Friday night services in August had a first look at our new prayer books. If you have not seen them yet, be prepared for a treat. Please consider donating $18 to TBT to purchase a bookplate that you can dedicate in honor or memory of a loved person. The goal is to have a bookplate in each of the new prayer books. Or you can choose to donate $36 (double chai) to buy a book and bookplate that you can give to TBT. If you want to purchase a book for yourself, you can do that for $27. Please contact Kathy Schindel -firstname.lastname@example.org
|Education Committee - Religious school and Hebrew class starting soon!|
David Uri, Chair
Religious school starts Sept 12th and will meet every other week. Hebrew school will be at 4:30 on Mondays. We will have four students in our B'nai Mitzvah class so gear up for Bar and Bat Mitzvot next year.
David Uri will be sending a letter to parents next week about school. Please look for this letter and make sure you have sent in your registration
All members interested in introductory Hebrew classes are invited to join David Uri, Tully Ellsburg and Kathy Schindel and Sara Charney Cohen for TBT's education program beginning September 13th. 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 or refresh long forgotten Hebrew skills.
Please contact email@example.com, if you are interested. We promise you will have a good time!
Linda Brant and Harriet Richard Co-chair
The social committee is asking congregants to bake their favorite desert for the sweet table Erev Rosh Hashana, Sept.8. Please arrange your baked goods suitable for serving and bring them to the church kitchen prior to services. In honor of the holiday, honey cake, apples and honey, apple cake, nuts and other dried fruits are especially appreciated. Please contact Harriet Richard for any questions or to let us know what you are bringing. - firstname.lastname@example.org
|Social Action Committee - Thanks for St. Charles NICU contributions|
Beverly Adler and Bonnie Ruby, Co-Chairs
Thank you to those attending Havdallah with a purpose at the Adler's: "Bringing Baby Home" social to benefit St. Charles NICU families who are unable to afford meals and gas to visit their newborn baby in the hospital. TBT members may continue to make contributions by sending a check to Jeff Adler. Families receiving gift cards will also get a card acknowledging TBT.
Communications Committee - We want your news and ideas
Jeanne Freeman, chair
Your good ideas can help the PR committee reach these goals:
· Grow our membership
· Involve members in Temple activities
· Introduce TBT to those looking for a warm and welcoming Jewish community
· Show the greater Central Oregon community benefits that our Jewish community brings to the region.
Our expanded TBT monthly newsletter provides information on upcoming events as you continue to receive "e-minder" updates the week of any event. This newsletter is reflective of our community. In that light, would you please share your simchas and mitzvahs so that we may celebrate with you, and provide comfort to your sorrow or illness?
Help us to reach potential members. Let us know what local magazines, newspapers or publications you read, which local radio stations you listen to. Which media outlets are pertinent to you may also interest others pursuing Judaism.
As a small minority in a much larger region, we want to be seen as a contributor to the greater good. Our actions in social service speak volumes about us and we want to continue to publicize those deeds in local media.
If you've got ideas that will help us reach these goals, please call communications chair, Jeanne Freeman to share your thoughts, or get involved and join our committee.
|In Blessed Memory
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of beloved TBT member Phyllis Borne. Our prayers for peace and wholeness go out to her family. Our congregation will gather to remember Phyllis and say Kaddish for her on Tuesday, August 31st at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Marcia and Ralph Uri.
Our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Ruth Baser who welcomes calls and visitors to her home.
|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 Corrie and Shelley Grudin, a big thank you to the great ladies of TBT who provided meals during Corrie's recovery from knee replacement surgery.
- From Lewis and Susan Edelheit, of Mercer Island, WA donation of $100 in honor of Ceil
Herman's Bat Mitzvah.
|Bits 'n Pieces
A new roster is ready to go out to members only. If you do not want specific personal information on this roster - such as your phone number or address, please email Jeff Adler email@example.com
- Bake or make goodies for the Rosh Hashanah sweet table contact Harriet Richard
- Assist with Friday night children's Shabbat programming. Programming is provided to coincide with Sunday school learning -- so all you have to do is follow the 30-40 min prepared schedule and enjoy the kids. Contact David Multz.
- Sponsor an oneg: Harriet and Linda, co-chairs of the social committee, would like to recruit you to sponsor an oneg following a Friday night service. Your baked goods or cash contribution toward sponsorship are highly appreciated. You can host an oneg where you supply everything; or you can ask the Social committee to provide everything at $30 for lay-led; $45 for Rabbi weekend. Contact Linda Brant or Harriet Richard
- Homestay needed for Cantor Oreen Zeitlin for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur - please contact Kathy Schindel.
Did you know you can earn money for TBT every time you use your Safeway Club Card? Ask your friends and family to sign up and they too will be helping TBT.
You can access eScrip by clicking on this link and following these simple steps.
- On the home page choose "members/supporters"
- On the second page, click on "sign up"
- On the next page - choose "Group Registration" and type in Temple Beth Tikvah. You will then be given an option between two TBT's. Choose TBT in Bend, OR.
- Type in your information and Safewat Club Card number. (Note you are not obligated to put in more than one card number.)
For questions, please contact Randi Zlatkus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
by the 20th of each month. As always, you will continue to receive "eminders" before important events take place.
Please mention their ads and remember to thank our sponsors next time you're in one of these shops:
|TBT Board and Committee Chairs|
Board members at large:
· Social action - Bonnie Ruby and Beverly Adler
|About Temple Beth Tikvah
Temple Beth Tikvah is a new Jewish congregation based in Bend, Oregon. We are affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism and are excited to become the first Reform synagogue in Central Oregon.
Our members come from a range of Jewish backgrounds, including Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Renewal. Temple Beth Tikvah welcomes interfaith families and Jews by choice.
We are committed to providing a Jewish education for our children as well as stimulating educational activities for adults. We value social action and strive to provide a Jewish cultural, social and religious experience in Central Oregon.
Temple Beth Tikvah is a warm and enthusiastic community that includes families, singles and "empty nesters." We are a mix of long-time Bend residents and newcomers from around the country who moved here to enjoy Central Oregon's beauty, active lifestyle and quality of life.
Please contact us at 541-388-8826 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.