Temple Beth Tikvah NewsDecember 2010
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December 1 Chanukah Begins - First Candle
December 2 7:00 p.m. - Taize non-denominational community service
December 3 6:00 p.m. - Community Chanukah Service with Rabbi Ettman in Sanctuary
December 4 9:00 a.m. - Torah Study with Rabbi Ettman
10:30 a.m - Shabbat Torah service
6:00-7:30 p.m. - Family Chanukah Party at home of Lisa and David Uri
7:30 p.m. - Chanukah Havdallah service at Uri's following party
December 5 9:00 a.m. - TBT Board Meeting **Please note new time**
11:00 a.m. - Adult Education with Rabbi Ettman **Please note new time**
December 21 5:00 p.m. - Men's gathering at Level Two at the Old Mill
December School Activities:
Sunday School (3:30 p.m.): Dec. 5th, Dec. 19th
Hebrew School (4:30 p.m. Mondays): Dec. 6th, Dec. 13th, Dec. 20th
On the Horizon:
January 7-10 - Rabbi Ettman weekend
January 19 - Tu B'Shevat
January 25 - Sunday School provides dinner for Bethlehem Inn
January 29 - Ladies Game Day at Vivian's
For more details on any of these events, see our complete schedule of Services, School activities and Events online: http://www.bethtikvahbend.org/calendar.html.
Chanukah, Dreidles and Latkes, Oh MY!
Community Chanukah Shabbat Service - Dec. 3rd. Although you and I say Menorah* when we talk about the holder we use for Chanukah candles, the proper term is "chanukiah." The plural, "chanukiot", is what we will be lighting for Chanukah Shabbat services with Rabbi Ettman. Everyone is invited to bring their chanukiot to services so that we can light and highlight what each of us has to offer. Children are encouraged to make a chanukiah out of interesting and unique materials such as clay, Legos, cookie dough, paper towel rolls or stuff found on a hike.
(*The word "menorah" means "lampstand" and is a generic term, not necessarily applying to the special candelabra used for Chanukah. Aren't you glad to be in the know?)
Parents of Sunday school children may be familiar with these examples:
ˇ An Israel Menorah with a map of Israel and a candle on each of eight important sites.
ˇ A Disney Menorah with a candle in each of eight Disney characters.
ˇ A cat tail Menorah to symbolize the candles for this special night.
Please bring your special Chanukiah to TBT's Shabbat Chanukah service and oneg on December 3rd, where you will have a chance to introduce it, to talk about making it, and to display it through the evening. Come early, by 5:45 p.m. to place your creation on the display table.
Family Chanukah Party followed by Havdallah - Dec. 4th
Spinning dreidels, crispy latkes, holiday games and other surprises are in store for members at the home of Lisa and David Uri on Saturday night December 4. Fun for the kids begins at 6:00 p.m. with Havdallah following at 7:30 p.m.
Community Invitation to Taize
Taize is a non-denominational meditative service of music, scripture reading and silence. All members of the community are invited to participate in the next Taize service at First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE 9th St., Thursday December 2, 2010 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
The Taizé service in Central Oregon has its origins in a small monastic community in the village of Taizé, France. During WWII a young Lutheran monk named Brother Roger established a monastic community that offered shelter to both Christian and Jewish war refugees. Over time Brother Roger began to offer religious services and practices that embraced universal aspects of the Jewish and Christian traditions and welcomed people of all faiths.
Thus began a tradition of religious services which alternate contemplative singing of the Psalms and prayer with periods of deep silence and that invite us to enter into the mysteries of our inner world. Since 1998 Taizé services have been offered in Central Oregon hosted by the faith community for the whole community. TBT will co-host a Taize service in the future. Try a sample in December.
Greetings from Rabbi Glenn Ettman
More than Just Eight Crazy Nights...
Understanding the Lights of Chanukah in a New Way
The following is a reflection on the meaning of Chanukah
by Rabbi Glenn Ettman written in prose poetry form.
I love the menorah.
There is such symmetry;
Such simplicity and such beauty.
Eight stems surrounding a center each filled with great history.
Laden with great stories invoking wonderful memories
Of families sitting around dining room tables eating latkes...
Laughing and sharing presents and eating way too many jelly donuts.
Telling stories about Chanukah past...Chanukah present and craving the bright possibility of Chanukah's future...
As the Menorah's candles dance in syncopated rhythms...
But the Menorah is not just about Hanukah.
It is actually a very important symbol for all of us in Judaism.
The Menorah is not just a symbol or artifact that helps us remember that a great miracle
happened, but is also a symbol for us as a people.
And the reason why, it seems is really so simple and so beautiful.
Because of its name...
Because it radiates light and illuminates darkness.
Which is really important for us now as our daylight wanes sooner.
Menorah literally means "of the light" or "from the light".
Which is interesting to think that the name is just "light" since after all, that is what is
being cast and shed when lit.
From this name we begin to understand what all of this means to us.
The great Kabbalist, Rabbi Issac Luria explains that in fact the flames do shine "from the
lights" shining towards the center itself.
Towards the center of our religion itself.
Towards our Torah,
Towards our family,
Towards our community.
Each branch of the menorah becomes something that we do which illuminates the center
of our religion and our family and ultimately our lives.
It says in a collection of Midrashim (Numbers Rabbah),
"As I shined a light on Israel...let them shine a light on me."
Reminding us of this very interesting reality of the Menorah...
That when we live by the values of Torah and our religion,
We can make God manifest in the world.
And realizing the words of Isaiah the prophet and becoming a light unto the nations.
Perhaps the reason the Menorah is so important is based on the manifold meanings it
And this time of year serves for us as a reminder of this fact.
We are supposed to be exemplars.
We are supposed to be role models.
We are a "Light unto the nations"
Because we radiate our ideals forward and shed light where darkness consumes.
Acting in the examples we hope others will follow.
Doing good and pursuing justice and bringing light where darkness seems to consume.
Our Menorahs themselves remind us of this obligation and responsibility.
And this holiday season is a great time to start.
We can provide comfort to the bereaved.
We can visit the sick and we can counsel the confused.
We can even tell of good things that happened in our day, rather than complain about the
Donate food and spend time helping others
We can give clothes or toys to charity so needs can be met, and all can be joyous.
And most importantly,
We can teach our children these same values so that they will inherit our heritage and
continue this chain of reflection.
The menorah is truly our reminder that we should live like we are a light unto the nations
And to be exemplars of our heritage.
This is one of the reasons we increase the flame as the holiday progresses
To show how we grow when we influence and help others.
Chanukah is not the only time we should think about the symbol of the menorah.
The Menorah is for all time.
Chanukah is just our reminder.
And may it be for all of us this year.
And may each of find meaning in the eight branches as we light our candles and celebrate
With blessings of light and hope,
Greetings! This past week we co-hosted a community Interfaith service with the Methodist church. The purpose was to give thanks and celebrate Thanksgiving as a community. There were many faith groups and organizations present and the sanctuary was packed. It was a lovely service and we were thrilled to be a part of it. For our part in the service, Lauren Olander helped organize a group of us to sing Shalom Rav. We shared this beautiful prayer and music and also the meaning of the Hebrew text.
I found it so gratifying that people who may not share the same belief system connected with one another to appreciate the reason for being together. I believe that such a shared service teaches us the way we should live our lives on a daily basis. We should strive to honor our own beliefs, but hold great respect for those who believe in something else. We should be grateful for what we have and not focus on what may be missing. We should try to appreciate every moment and try not "sweat the small stuff". We should strive for peace, love and friendship.
Truly, we should live our lives within the words of Shalom Rav. "Grant us peace, Your most precious gift, O Eternal Source of peace, and give us the will to proclaim its message to all the peoples of the earth. Bless our country, that it may always be a stronghold of peace, and its advocate among the nations. May contentment reign within its borders, health and happiness within its homes. Strengthen the bonds of friendship among the inhabitants of all lands, and may the love of Your name hallow every home and every heart. Teach us, O G-d, to labor for righteousness, and inscribe us in the Book of Life, blessing, and peace. Blessed is the Eternal G-d, the Source of Peace."
President, Temple Beth Tikvah
Even though the Thesaurus says it is OK to say "unpaid helper or assistant," Temple Beth Tikvah volunteers are much, much more. Just listen to what Linda Brant has to say:
"Sponsoring an Oneg Shabbat is a mitzvah. It is an integral part of Shabbat and completes the Sabbath. At Beth Tikvah we have the unique opportunity to participate in preparing a simple oneg. Each congregant can look forward to take part in the Sabbath in this way."
All one has to do is contact Linda Brant and pick either a Rabbinic weekend or a lay-led weekend. Linda will immediately send simple instructions about the oneg and what is involved.
"Onegs can be shared with another family or done alone. They can be involved or as simple as coffee, juice and cookies. The cleanup rarely takes more than 20 minutes. The mitzvah of doing an oneg is very satisfying. It can be combined with a family event like an anniversary or birthday. A baby naming is a wonderful excuse for an oneg. Rabbi Ettman can include a rabbinic blessing as part of the holy structure of Shabbat included in an oneg preparation. Think about it and volunteer. The gratification you receive will remain with you long after Shabbat is over," says Linda.
Another opportunity to volunteer is to help lead Shabbat Yeladim services. This is the kid's service that takes place during adult/family Shabbat service. The service is already written and printed and the music track is already created and burned to a CD, according to Lauren Olander. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to make this mitzvah yours. Oh wait - here's another flash just in --- Volunteers to host Saturday night Havdallah during a weekend Rabbi Ettman is in town. A group of TBT bakers makes it easy for you - you provide the warm home; the baked goods are ready to go. Please contact email@example.com for this special opportunity. Newsletter Deadline
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
by the 20th of each month. As always, you will continue to receive "e-minders" before important events take place.
With Gratitude For Participation in the Scholastic Book Fair
I want to personally thank Vivian Freeman, Corrie Grudin, Harriet Richard, Bonnie Ruby, Ann Rosenfield, Jo-Ann Ray, Terry Reynolds, the Chudowsky family and Lisa Uri for their support and participation at the Scholastic book fair.
Many kudos also go to the following: Jeffrey Adler and Ron Ruby for their indispensible assistance in packing up and to the TBT ladies for their stellar support providing all the treats.
We sold nearly $1600 dollars in books with both congregations participating. TBT gets back 20% in Scholastic credit that provides a large number of Jewish books for our growing library. This translates to more than $350 in new books.
Most importantly, we look forward to the library being relocated to our temple site so that teachers and families can utilize the collection. I will begin cataloging the collection soon. Our next step is to apply for Oregon grant money to assist us in automating the library collections of TBT and JCCO as a joint project.
Scholastic Book Fair Chair
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, December 5th at 9:00a.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, December 3rd.
Social Action Committee - Meeting Needs at the Bethlehem Inn
Beverly Adler and Bonnie Ruby, Co-chairs
It's winter. It's cold and all kinds of warm items are needed for the Bethlehem Inn on an ongoing basis. You can help by bringing something from the list below to put into the Bethlehem Inn box at Shabbat services. Pick up an extra package of something when at Costco, Big Lots or even the Dollar Store.
Winter clothing including socks, shoes, underwear, gloves, scarves, coats, sweaters
Toilet paper and paper towels
10" paper plates
Paper cereal bowls
Plastic spoons, forks and knives
8-oz. hot cups
10, 13 and 33-gallon size garbage bags
Men's and women's deodorant
Laundry detergent and bleach
Sleeping bags, small tents and small tarps
Celebrations in December honor the following:
Cassidy Rosen December 1 5th birthday
Howard Koff December 4
Terry Reynolds December 4
Lawrence Schechter December 17
Lisa Rosen December 14
Jesse Isaac Fishkin December 15 11th birthday
Mark Schindel December 18
Maxwell Freidman December 18
Beverly Adler December 28
Matilde Konigsberg December 31
Dan and Laurel Fishkin December 4
Ron and Bonnie Ruby December 11
Burton Litman and Jeanne Freeman December 13
Carl and Judith Schlosberg December 25 45th anniversary
Leslie Conley and Joe Jezukewicz December 27
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 the speedy recovery of Gary Reynolds.
- From Phyllis Greenbach in honor of the kindness and generosity of everyone who showed such concern for Jerry during his illness.
TBT Men's Nite - December 21st
The next TBT Men's Nite gathering will be Tuesday, December 21st, at 5:00 p.m. at Level Two at the Old Mill. All TBT men are welcome. Please join us and RSVP to Lawrence: email@example.com.
This is an informal non-structured social gathering, open to all male members of TBT. It is important to note that this gathering is not a club or committee. Our open-door policy encourages bonding and friendship as well as an alternative involvement in our temple culture. Please call Lawrence if you have any questions at 541-408-3638.
Save the Dates!!
Ladies Game Day
Vivian Freeman is hosting Ladies Game Day at her home on Saturday, January 29. Come for soup, salad and fun including some card games, MahJong, chess, air hockey and puzzles galore.
Jews and Popular Culture in the Ancient World
The Institute for Judaic Studies of Portland "Weekend in Quest," offers the opportunity for us to hear Scholar-in-Residence Professor Loren Spielman, from Portland State University. Temple Beth Tikvah is one of the sponsors of this unique learning experience which is offered Friday evening through Sunday noon, March 11-12-13, 2011. The event takes place at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites in Astoria, Oregon.
Every year, the Institute for Judaic Studies facilitates programs that link individuals together in learning and understanding our complex and challenging world. They provide a forum where intellectual people can learn from each other and from nationally and intellectually acclaimed scholars, contemporary artists and musicians.
The weekend includes lectures, Shabbat services, a special program Saturday evening, five meals and a river-view room for $240 per person double occupancy.
For additional information or to register for the event, go to http://www.weekendinquest.org/index.html.
Please mention their ads and remember to thank our sponsors next time you're in one of these shops:
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.