Temple Beth Tikvah NewsNovember 2010
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October 31 9:00 - 3:00 p.m. Scholastic Book Fair at JCCO, 21555 Modoc Lane, Bend
November 1-4 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Scholastic Book Fair (see above)
November 3 5:00 p.m. - Board-sponsored dinner for Bethlehem Inn
November 7 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Scholastic Book Fair (see above)
November 12 6:00 p.m. - Shabbat Service with Rabbi Ettman
November 13 9:00 a.m. - Torah Study
10:30 a.m. - Torah Service
7:00 p.m. - Havdalah Service at Levinson's home
November 14 Adult Education - Details TBD
November 16 5:30 p.m. - Men's Night at Amalia's Restaurant
November 18 7:00 p.m. - Interfaith Thanksgiving Services at First United Methodist Church
On the Horizon:
December 1 - Chanukah First Candle
December 2-9 - Chanukah
December 3-5 - Rabbi Ettman weekend of Services
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.
|First Annual Scholastic Book Fair
Give your family the gift of reading at the first annual Scholastic Book Fair, a joint project of Temple Beth Tikvah and the Jewish Community of Central Oregon (JCCO). The event includes a great selection of books, including many Jewish-themed titles. Newly published paper and hardbound books are primarily geared for children pre-K through middle school, but also include a selection of picture books and titles for adults.
The fair kicks off Sunday, October 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the JCCO building, 21555 Modoc Lane in Bend. Story telling and refreshments are provided. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted. Additional dates for the book fair are November 1 through 4 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and November 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit a jointly sponsored Temple Beth Tikvah/JCCO library merger and automation project.
The Scholastic Book Fair offers a small, personal environment for your family to shop. It's like a bookstore, but better! Every book at the Book Fair has been reviewed and approved by reading specialists. For more information, call 541-318-6216 or email email@example.com.
Greetings from Rabbi Glenn Ettman
Welcome to November, the great month of seasonal changes, football, turkey and...no Jewish holidays! In fact, the month of November almost always contains no Jewish holidays! Which is shocking and we can ask, so what are we to do?
Our tradition simply refers to this month, in the Hebrew calendar called Cheshvan, as "Mar Cheshvan" - which literally means the bitter month of Cheshvan. Our tradition calls it bitter because it is a month without traditional Jewish celebration. But that is not actually the case. This month of November in fact has one of the holidays that I feel has meaning to each and every person on the entire planet. That day is American Thanksgiving.
I love the holiday of Thanksgiving because of its universal message and appeal: thankfulness. No matter what religion a person is, or what he/she looks like or believes in, on the second to last Thursday of November, we are supposed to give thanks. It seems like such an easy concept. But sadly, in this day and age, I feel that it is not always the case.
As you are reading this, be honest with yourself, as I ask you this. How many times this year have you been thankful for something? How many times this year did you stop to look around at the beautiful surroundings? Or take a moment to enjoy your family or friends? Or even just said "thank you" to the nice young person who just made you a latte? Being thankful is not a hard task and one that I challenge you to try to do this month.
This concept of giving thanks is in fact one of the central themes in the daily liturgy and prayer service. Three times daily, we are supposed to say "Modim anachnu lach" - We give thanks to you...
This month is not a bitter month at all. In fact, it is a month filled with joy and gladness and thanksgiving. As you prepare for your American Thanksgiving feast, I challenge you to really think about what you are thankful for in your life. Take a moment to appreciate even the littlest and simplest things - from hearing laughter of your children, to the fresh air on a crisp evening, even to the fact that you woke up in the morning ready to approach the day. Try to say to yourself, each day, "Modim anachnu lach" - I give thanks to you for whatever it is. Make it a practice to create your own moment of thanksgiving. I am sure you will find it eye opening, grateful and hopeful.
I for one am Thankful for each of you. And I look forward to being able to spend more time as a community and congregation.
With blessings of Thanksgiving, love and hope,
Greetings and Happy Fall!
It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks with the High Holy Days, Sukkot, Simchat Torah and Shabbat 101. They were all wonderful events and I am grateful to those of you who were instrumental in making them successful.
Now that our "holidays" are slowing down, I want to encourage you to attend some of the other events that Temple Beth Tikvah offers.
If you have never attended one of Rabbi Ettman's Torah study or adult education classes, you are truly missing out. In my whole life, I have honestly never had an interest in either Torah study or Adult Jewish education. I went to Sunday school and Hebrew school; had a Bat mitzvah; was confirmed at 16; and had a traditional Jewish wedding. All three daughters were "named" in synagogue. I go to services as much as I can and was used to thinking: "what else do I need to know?"
I had no idea what I could learn from someone as inspiring as Rabbi Ettman until I began attending his classes. His range and depth of knowledge is impressive, and what continues to hold my interest, is how he makes Jewish study relevant to everyday life. It is fascinating to think about our rich history of more than 5000 years, and how many of the messages in Judaism are relevant today.
No matter how old you are, no matter how religious you are, no matter how much or how little Jewish education you have had in the past -- you can find many parts of your life that parallel our history. Rabbi Ettman has a way of taking something seemingly mundane and simple and making it colorful and fascinating. It strikes me as funny that I am encouraging people to attend Jewish study classes -- the types of classes that were so foreign to me until recently. But Rabbi Ettman has awakened an interest and desire within me to understand our history, traditions and teachings.
Please give one of his classes a try! I promise you will find it worthwhile.
President, Temple Beth Tikvah
Host an oneg to celebrate a special occasion - contact Linda Brandt
Set up and/or clean-up before and after Shabbat - contact Lauren Olander
Wishes for Healing and a Speedy Recovery to:
- Ruth Baser
- Beverly Adler
- Carol Rosen
- Jerry Greenbach
Publicity Form - for new events requiring publicity
When you are involved in setting up a new event that requires publicity - please fill out our new publicity form. All the details you supply are important for creating getting board approval, filling out our calendar and newsletter, and providing information to our PR committee for any event you want to publicize. To get the publicity request form, please e-mail Jeanne Freeman 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 "e-minders" before important events take place.
Many thanks to many people for making Shabbat 101 a grand success.
· To Marcia Uri and Lisa Glickman for preparing a delicious dinner.
· Letzer's Deli for the tasty matzo ball soup.
· David Cohen (Rockin' Daves) for delicious challah.
· Pastor Thom for greatly appreciated dish-washing skills.
· All those on the Shabbat 101 committee who set up, cleaned up, organized and cooked.
E-scrip: It's Time to Re-enroll
For those of you who are signed up for eScrip, on behalf of TBT, I thank you, but are you aware that if you use your card at Safeway, you will need to re-enroll? It is easy, just open your eScrip email and click on the renew button and it will say "thank you for renewing." It is that simple.
For those of you not yet signed up, below are the easy instructions. Safeway is probably the easiest and most direct way to help raise money for the Temple. Every time you use your Safeway card, TBT gets a small percentage back. When you are on line with eScrip you will see other ways to get cash back for TBT, i.e. the "on-line" mall. Terry and Gary Reynolds use their credit card when purchasing flowers at 1-800 Flowers and TBT receives 7% of their purchase.
1. ENROLL with eScrip at www.escrip.com. Specify Temple Beth Tikvah - Bend OR. Our group ID number is 500021387.
2. REGISTER the cards that you shop with, beginning with your Safeway Club Card. If you do not know your Safeway Club card number, you may get it by calling 1-877-safeway. In addition any credit card that you enter will raise money for TBT. Your escrip-registered Macy's card will raise money when you shop online....remember to use it for the wedding gifts you are purchasing from Macy's registry.
3. SHOP and watch the earnings grow. In addtion to your grocery shopping, consider browsing and shopping at escrip's online mall, which builds our earnings even more. Online merchants, including Eddie Bauer, Amazon and Lands End, kick back up to 5% for TBT. (Note: if you have problems or questions while shopping online, contact eScrip customer support at 1-800-700-5655.)
4. SHARE the news with family and friends. Your friends and family can enroll and register at eScrip, even if they do not live nearby. By forwarding this information to them, our earnings will grown even more.
Remember this is FREE MONEY!!! For additional questions, please contact our coordinator, Randi Zlatkus at 541-504-4048 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TBT Board News
Your TBT Board meets monthly and everyone is invited to attend. Board meetings will be on Sunday of the weekend that Rabbi Ettman is in town - location tbd. The next board meeting is Sunday, November 14th at 10:30 a.m. 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 email@example.com.
Rabbi Ettman is available via email. If you want to set up an appointment please email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org. His office hours are Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., next office hours are on Friday, November 12th.
|Religious Committee - Striving to provide worship opportunities for all
|Lauren Olander, Chair
One of the biggest challenges any religious committee faces is how to provide "points of entry" for all the members of our community. We are always striving to find the balance between services that will attract families and young children; programs that will encourage our young adults to attend; prayer opportunity for the spiritual; and traditional approaches for those who seek out something familiar and comfortable.
The list can go on and on, and as our committee continues to create successful and meaningful services and programs, we continue to seek the input of the congregation and want to try new things.
We had TWO wonderful lay-led services this past friday night- to include ALL members of our congregation. Thank you to Jeanne Freeman and Burt Litman for bringing us a beautifully moving and introspective Shabbat for the Soul. We had the opportunity to welcome in the Shabbath bride during a moving and touching friday night shabbat service. Jeanne and Burt shared with our community a very special Healing service. We had a wonderful turnout and believe that all of our community can benefit from Healing, and will having more opportunities for healing throughout the year.
The other service that happened at the very same time, up in the youth lounge, was just as moving, in a completely different way! ( Lots of dancing, moving, jumping and just plain ole' fun!) We held our first Shabbat Yeladim service ever at Temple Beth Tikvah! It was a shabbat celebration of music, dance and fun. We had a room full of kids celebrating and learning all about shabbat. Our service was a musical service with lots of new and fun music we will be incorporating into our sunday assembly as well! Thank you to Hallie Smith for leading our service and to Lia Taus and Lauren Goldstein for helping lead and teach our children the blessings and special prayers of Shabbat. All the kids present had a wonderful time and asked if we could have more services like this one! "Ask and you shall receive." We will be holding a Shabbat Yeladim service everytime we have a lay-led service so our youth will always have a wonderfully festive and fun way to celebrate shabbat!
We are looking forward to another wonderful weekend with Rabbi Ettman in November filled with learning, music and another wonderful way for our community to be together.
This month also starts the tradition of celebrating birthday and anniversaries on a monthly basis. We welcome all of you to celebrate such a simcha and join us in prayer and blessings.
Communications Committee - Website improvements
Jeanne Freeman, Chair
The communications committee is working to make sure that all of our members and prospects knowabout the exciting events that are happening at TBT.
Take a look at our website and you'll see lots of changes. On our home page we're including information on upcoming current events. Click on the calendar icon on the home page and it will take you to the TBT calendar, listing all our services, events, meetings and school classes. While we try to keep the calendar current, last minute changes will still be sent by email (or the telephone tree) to the membership.
You can now also link to the most recent TBT newsletters - just use the navigation tabs on the left on every page. And go to the Clergy page to link to Rabbi Ettman's sermons.
Coming soon: pictures from past events and recent articles about TBT that have appeared in the local and regional publications. A special thank you to Paul Spencer for all of his efforts in creating and maintaining our beautiful website.
If you have any information or ideas for the website, please email Jeanne Freeman at
Social Committee - Birthdays and Havdallah
Linda Brant and Harriet Richard, Co-chair
Birthday celebrations in November honor David Multz, Liz Levinson and George Brandt following Havdallah services on November 12, 7:00 p.m. at the home of Liz and Paul Levinson. Refreshments are being sponsored by the Multz's, Levinsons and Brandts.
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 in loving memory of Stan Samuels.
- From Bonnie Chaikind in loving memory of Emory E. Chaikind.
- From David and Arlene Multz wishing Beverly Adler a speedy recovery.
- From Tully Ellsberg for a quick recovery for Ruth Baser.
- From Shelley and Corrie Grudin wishing Carol Rosen a full recovery.
- From Cheryl & Neil Schlackman for the speedy recovery of Marilyn Reynolds.
- From Lester and Diane Dober in honor of their children and grandchildren.
- From Shelley and Corrie Grudin in honor of the High Holidays.
- From Shelley and Corrie Grudin thanking Phyllis and Jerry Greenbach for the Rosh Hashanah Oneg and Tashlich picnic.
- From David and Lisa Uri for the Sukkot party.
- From Kathleen & Dominic DeMarco to honor the members who worked so hard to make the Shabbot 101 such a wonderful celebration.
- From Cheryl and Neil Schlackman congratulating Ken and Marilyn Steinback on the birth of their grandson, Andrew Ryan.
- From Cheryl and Neil Schlackman for Dr. Geoff Goldworm in memory of Judith Goldworm.
TBT Men's Nite - November 16th
The next TBT Men's Nite gathering will be Tuesday, November 16th, at Amalia's Mexican Restaurant, 915 NW Wall St., at 5:30p.m. for Happy Hour refreshments. All TBT men are welcome. Please RSVP to Lawrence: email@example.com.
TBT Board and Committee Chairs
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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.