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January 2011
Temple Beth Tikvah Newsletter


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In This Issue
Havdala With a Purpose
Rabbi's Greeting
President's Message
Taize Invitation
Ladies Game Day
TBT Board Notes
Committee News - Relay for Life
TBT Mens Night
About Temple Beth Tikvah
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Temple Beth Tikvah
P.O. Box 7472
Bend, OR  97708


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January Birthdays
Celebrations in January honor the following birthdays:

  Paul Spencer        Jan. 4
  Laurel Fiskin         Jan. 6
  Sidney Garon        Jan. 6
  Ralph Uri               Jan. 6
  Zack Olander        Jan. 14
  Jordan Finestone  Jan. 16 
  Seana Jollo           Jan. 19
  Kirsten Goldstein  Jan. 23

TBT Board Members

 Board Officers:
     Lisa Uri 
  Past President
    Terry Reynolds

    Ralph Uri
    Jeff Adler

 Members at Large:

    Kathy Schindel

    Leslie Conley    leslie.conley@bendbroadband.com 
     George Brant
TBT Committee Chairs
   Lauren Olander

   David Uri



   Terry Reynolds



   Marcia Uri



 Public Relations

   Jeanne Freeman



 Social Events

   Linda Brant



   Harriet Richard



 Social Action

   Bonnie Ruby



   Beverly Adler




   Harriet Richard



 Planning and Finance

   Mark Schindel



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January Calendar of Events


   January 7   6:00 p.m. - Erev Shabbat Service w/Rabbi

   January 8   9:00 a.m. - Torah Study 

                    10:30 a.m. -  Torah Service

                     6:30 p.m. - Havdalah With a Purpose

   January 9   9:00 a.m. - Board Meeting

                    10:30 a.m. - Adult Education

   January 18  5:30 p.m. - TBT Mens Night

   January 19                  - Tu B'Shevat

   January 21  6:00 p.m. - Erev Shabbat Service

   January 25  5:00 p.m. - Sunday School dinner for

                                         Bethlehem Inn

   January 29  Time TBA - Ladies Game Day at Vivian's 



   Sunday School (4:00 p.m.):  Jan. 9th, Jan. 23rd.

   Hebrew School (4:30 p.m.):  Jan. 3rd, Jan. 10th, Jan.24th,

                                                Jan. 31st.



For more details on any of these events, see our complete schedule of Services, School activities and Events online: 



HavdalaHavdalah With A Purpose
Supporting Equine Outreach, non-profit horse rescue
horse silhouette


Join us on Sat. January 8th for the year's first Havdalah, where we will help Equine Outreach, a non-profit organization in
Bend that rescues, rehabilitates, finds foster placement and permanent homes for abused and neglected horses in Deschutes County and Central Oregon.  All donations go directly to the care of the horses and are tax deductible.  Many growers do donate hay, but Equine Outreach is about 50 horses over their 100 horse limit, and needs feed, veterinary care, and medical supplies.  Please visit their website: www.equineoutreach.com or visit them at 63220 Silvis Rd., Bend.  Havdalah begins at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Lynne and Ed Connelley.


Please RSVP by January 5th to: LynneConnelley@yahoo.com to let her know if you are bringing hors d'oeuvres or dessert.

Greetings from Rabbi EttmanRabbi Ettman photo


Dear Friends,

I for one cannot believe that we have reached the end of the our secular year.  While it is during the High Holy Day season that many of us tend to be the most introspective about what is upcoming, I cannot stop to think about how far we have come and how amazing this past year of 2010 has been. 

Who would have thought, at this time last year, that I would be blessed to be your Rabbi?  Did we have any thought that our Congregation would continue to grow at the pace that it is?  We had no idea that the last two Shabbat services that we had as a community would yield some of the largest amounts of people - for Chanuakah we had 150 people in the sanctuary and our Shabbat Sha-Movie night brought us close to 50.   And look at our school, not only do we have our children running around and learning, but they are having fun and, as I have heard many of your children say, "I love being Jewish!"  Who would have thought that we would be here? 

I for one cannot express to you how lucky, blessed and proud I am to be your Rabbi.  I still hear a paraphrase of one of my favorite lines from one of my favorite movies, Casablanca, running in my head- "This is the beginning of a beautiful relationship..."  And it is...and it is still growing. 

So as we marvel and revel in where we are now, I have to ask, "...so now what?"  Next week, our calendars will flip to a New Year and actually a new decade.  Traditionally our society seems to place a lot of stock on the secular new year filled with oft forgotten resolutions and dreams.  But I ask you to take this New Year a little further.  I want you to ask, "What am I going to do..." And I want you to ask this three times. 

The first time ask yourself, "What am I going to do for my family?"  How can you be a better partner?  What ways can you spend more time with books and movies than errands and to do lists?  How can you listen more? 

Next, as yourself, "What am I going to do for myself?"  This year, how many times a week am I going to take a yoga or pilates class?  When in my day, am I going to find a time to read that novel?  How can I better a person?  What will I do each day to make the world a little better? 

And finally, ask yourself, "What am I going to do for the Temple Beth Tikvah community?"  How am I going to get involved?  In what way can I lend a little time or resources to make our synagogue even better?  How am I investing in our future?  What can I do to help? 

My friends, I realize that these questions and tasks are hard.  As I write them, I am acutely aware of that.  But I pledge to ask these three questions of myself and I hope that you do too. And I invite you to share with me how it is going. 

The secular New Year is upon us.  The journey I know will be amazing; I know it and feel it.  And I am excited to continue on our collective journey and know that next year, we will marvel more at how far we have come. 

May your New Year be blessed with hope, strength, good health and love.  May you each find one thing to do for our synagogue, our family and ourselves.  And may this year be a truly special and wonderful one.

With great blessings and hope,
Rabbi's signature jpeg 


President's MessagePhoto of Lisa Uri
From TBT President Lisa Uri


These past few months have flown by. We have had so many wonderful services and celebrations and we should all be proud of what we have been able to accomplish together.  I am forever grateful and indebted to my "go-to" group of members who are always there for me and allow me to continue to be president of this amazing congregation.  They work tirelessly on every task I present to them and their commitment is "above and beyond." 

 There are many, many others who undeniably contribute on a regular basis to the growth of TBT.  My gratitude goes out to all of you as well.  You have all helped to create a warm, loving, thriving spiritual home.  But we still have so much more growing to do.  We are only in our "toddler years."  We have moved on from our "infancy," we are learning that we have tools to grow and change, and are gingerly trying them out.  We make mistakes, we fall, and we get back up again, brush ourselves off and move on.  And, like a child, we ask for help when needed. 

 One of the things we are learning is that we need more help.  There are several "leaders" of this congregation and the responsibility for growth falls on their shoulders.  We need to ALL start sharing these responsibilities for growth. Everyone in this congregation is a leader in some way.  We are all role models in some form...to each other and to our children.  We need each and every one of you to make this congregation work.  It can be something as time intensive as heading a committee, or as simple as offering to sponsor an oneg or help plan one event.  Please make every effort to help, but more importantly, participate!  Come to services, come to Adult Education, come to Havdalah, or anything else that might interest you.  Be an active participant in Jewish life.  Venture out of your usual routine and attend an activity that you had not really thought of attending in the past. Judaism is sustained by strengthening the institutions of family and synagogue. 

Our next Rabbi weekend is January 7th-10th.  Even if your initial response is "No, I can't go" or "No, I am way too busy to help plan an event," think about whether or not you can devote a few hours to your TBT family.  We want to make TBT a special place for everyone in our congregation.  Use your leadership skills and show the children, and the adults, of TBT how lucky we all are to celebrate Judaism together.  I want everyone to commit to the growth of our temple and to our individual spirituality.  We need everyone's help in continuing to grow and provide a wonderful place for all of us to call home.  

Lisa Uri
President, Temple Beth Tikvah

Community Invitation to Taize
Meditative Community Worship Service


Trinity Episcopal Church, 469 NW Wall St. Bend, OR., hosts the next community Taizé service on Thursday, January 6, 2011 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  All members of the community are invited and welcome to be a part of this meditative service of music, scripture readings and silence.  Since 1998. Taizé services have been offered in Central Oregon, hosted by the faith community for the whole community.  Please join our congregation and friends from the faith community at this special service of contemplative worship.

GameDayLadies Game Dayladies around table clip art - January 29th

Vivian Freeman is hosting a Ladies Game Day at her home on Saturday, January 29th.  Come for soup, salad and fun including some card games, MahJong, chess, air hockey and puzzles galore.  Look for evite later in the month.

TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting: January 9, 9:00 a.m. 
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.  Dates and times of Board meetings are on the TBT calendar at http://www.bethtikvahbend.org/calendar.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 Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Committee News

Social Action Committee

Beverly Adler and Bonnie Ruby, co-chairs
 Relay for Life logo

Relay for Life: Help Wanted!
TBT is searching for someone to head up the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.  Former chair, Lauren Olander, is happy to consult/mentor you, and organize the annual Jackson's Corner lead-off event. Please let Lauren Olander or Beverly Adler know if you will chair this June event.

February Newsletter Deadline: January 20th
This newsletter is emailed to both members and non-members at the end 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 "eminders" before important events take place.

Leslie Conley
MensNightTBT Mens Night - January 18th
The next TBT Mens Night will be Tuesday, January 18th, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at 10 Barrel Brewing Company, 1135 Northwest Galveston Avenue Bldg. A, Bend OR, 97701 (541) 678-5228.  All men of TBT are invited.  

TBT Tributes

You may honor the lives and achievements of 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 unless otherwise specified.

Temple Beth Tikvah gratefully acknowledges the following contributions: 
  • From Cheryl and Neil Schlackman to the education fund in memory of Dorothy Steinback, mother of Ken
    Steinback and in memory of Marian Glickman, mother of Joel Glickman.
  • From David & Arlene Multz in memory of Milton Brickman and Steven Schwartz.
  • From David & Arlene Multz in honor of Marcia & Sid Garon for the new Tzedakah box Sid made.
  • From Jeanne Freeman and Burt Litman in honor of their first anniversary.
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri wishing Liz Levinson a speedy recovery.
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri wishing Tully Ellsberg a speedy recovery.
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri for Ruth Baser's continued good health.
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri In honor of Lita Kilpatrick for a new friendship.
  • From Jeff and Beverly Adler in memory of Jo-Ann Ray's mother.
  • From Terry and Gary Reynolds wishing a speedy recovery to Tully Ellsberg, Harriet Richard and Liz Levinson.
  • From Terry and Gary Reynolds wishing a Happy Anniversary to Judy & Carl Schlosberg.
  • From Terry and Gary Reynolds in memory of Sarah Waldman, mother of Jo Ann Ray.

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 info@bethtikvahbend.org for more information