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March 2011
Temple Beth Tikvah Newsletter


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In This Issue
Rabbi's Greeting
President's Message
TBT Mens Night
Ladies Night
Community Seder Coming Soon!
TBT Board Notes
Committee News
Looking Ahead - Fundraiser Gala
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About Temple Beth Tikvah
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Temple Beth Tikvah
P.O. Box 7472
Bend, OR  97708


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March Celebrations

Celebrations in January honor the following:


   Owen Max Cogen     Mar. 2
   Rebecca Uri               Mar. 2
   David Feldman          Mar. 6
   Maricela Feldman      Mar. 8
   Paul Levinson           Mar. 8
   Jenna Taus               Mar. 12
   Evelyn Chernoff        Mar. 13
   Melinda Seaman       Mar. 14
   Debbie Walhoff         Mar. 15
   David Kleber             Mar. 18
   David Danek             Mar. 20
   Mike Goldstein          Mar. 20
   Ari Halpern               Mar. 20
   Corinne Smith          Mar. 24
   Joseph Jezukewicz   Mar. 26
   Jeff Olander             Mar. 26
   Dan Fishkin              Mar. 27
   Vivian Freeman        Mar. 31


   Shelley & Corrie Grudin  Mar. 6
   Lynne & Ed Connelley  Mar. 19

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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Temple Beth Tikvah is pleased to welcome our newest members:

Grant Tittsworth

Dara and Russ Ward

March Calendar of Events


   March 11   6:00 p.m. - Erev Shabbat Service and Baby 

                                       Naming w/Rabbi Ettman
                                      Oneg sponsor: Alison & Drew Cogan
   March 11-13                Judaic Institute Study Weekend in

                                       Astoria, Oregon
   March 12   9:00 a.m. - Torah Study w/Rabbi Ettman

                   10:30 a.m. - Torah Service w/Rabbi Ettman

   March 13   9:00 a.m. - Board Meeting at Broken Top

                   11:00 a.m. - Aduld Ed. w/Rabbi at Broken Top

                                       Topic: Who Knows Purim?

   March 15   5:30 p.m. - TBT Men's Night 

   March 20   5:00 p.m. - April Newsletter Deadline

   March 28   6:30 p.m. - Ladies Night

   March 31   5:00 p.m. - TBT serves dinner at Bethlehem Inn




   Sunday School (4:00 p.m. Methodist Church):  March 13th


   Hebrew School (4:30 p.m. Dudley's Bookshop): March 7th, March 14th, March 28th 




  April 1 - Lay-led Erev Shabbat Service

  April 18 - TBT Community Seder
  May 7 - TBT Auction
  June 1 - Annual Meeting


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


Greetings from Rabbi EttmanRabbi Ettman photo


Dear Friends,

Tis a few weeks before our Purim celebration...

A time of revelry, joy and perhaps some inebriation...

We enter a world full of costumes,

Dancing and eating. 

Of mischief and madness and other things fleeting. 

Time to eat sweets

To dance and to drink

To sing and to laugh...

And otherwise, not think. 


We paint our faces. 

And we put on our masks. 

We make noise.

We celebrate our being free and saved - Now THAT is our task...


It is Purim...

And it is not just a holiday for kids...

This is not just Jewish Halloween with fewer goblins and many more Yids...

Sure we dress up in costumes, and sure we eat sweets

But we celebrate something more

And that is what is so neat.


At first glance, Purim may seem similar to being like Halloween

Or Mardi Gras with merry making and the chance to be obscene

But to us and for us Purim is so very much more

The holiday itself is great with great a story and a great message in store... 


We read the book of Esther which in fact is a scroll

And curiously enough, a book where God has no role! 


How can this be?  What kind of world are we in?

A holy book with no mention of God?  Isn't that a sin?

God is supposed to help us...

Overcome and succeed?

So what are we to supposed to do in this time of our need

Whose hand will be mighty?

Whose arm will be strong...?

To whom are we to address our praiseworthy songs?


What then is the importance of us reading this book?

And to dress up in fun costumes and look like a schnook...


But the absence of God teaches us a very important thing. 

It teaches us the power of being a human being.

We have the power to rise up

To challenge - To overcome. 

This book teaches us that human beings

Have the power to be ONE.

To stand up and believe and be who we are

And reveal ourselves...

And not look afar...


From who do we learn this...

Who is the star...

I'll tell you...it is the woman for whom the book is named...

Our very own Esth(a)r.


She stood up and said I am here I'm a Jew

Even despite knowing Haman would say

"Ya know, I have a problem with you"

But she was the Queen and her bravery is what we applaud

She took off her mask when she realized this was odd.

She was true to herself and her people as well

For this is one of the many reasons that for her do we kvell.


Had she not stood up or had she not spoken

Certainly the world that we know would have been broken.

The score would be Haman 1 and the Yids would have zero

Had not Esther and Mordechai become the real hero.


And so too must we...

We must learn from Esther's strength and Mordechai's bravery

On this holiday when we realize the power we have...

We must act and believe and be pro-active.

Humans are the true heroes of our Purim tale 

And we learn that we too have that power

We must use it...and not be afraid to fail.


The true power of Purim is not the great excitement and revelry of our celebration

Or our shpiel or our costumes...or for some, again inebriation

Rather the message of this wonderful and great holiday

Is that we have the power to stand up and say

I am a hero, And I proud to be here

What I have learned from the book of Esther to me is quite clear.


So I ask you, on this Purim...

Who are you? And What mask do you wear?

And how, when it is all over, can we all be more like Esther?



Rabbi's signature jpeg 

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


By the Numbers

Numbers can represent cold hard facts or be a source of pride. I was thinking about how far TBT has come since it's inception and some facts and figures really stand out:

1200+  meals served by TBT at Bethlehem Inn

929 - Chamber of Commerce displays of our website

363 - Absolute unique visitors to BethTikvahBend.org in the last two months
66 - our current membership
55 - Rabbi-led services
35 - children in Sunday school
25 - lay-led services
12 -- men's club happy hours
11 - b'nai mitzvahs
2 - newborns
2 - seders

As we look back we can tally what we have accomplished. As we move forward the numbers gain meaning not just because they are growing and increasing, but because of their significance. Our small community is a source of joy because of the way we come together and support one another in time of celebration and of heartfelt need.


We have something really special in our community and I want to thank each of you for forging the bonds that make the TBT experience important and worthwhile.

Lisa Uri
President-Temple Beth Tikvah

MensNightTBT Mens Night - March 15th Deschutes Brewery logo
The next TBT Men's Night promises a private tour at Deschutes Brewery followed by drinks and grub at the Deschutes Brewery pub on Bond St. Please RSVP to Lawrence Schechter at susarch@bendbroadband.com Our group will meet in the lobby of the Brewery at 901 SW Simpson Ave. All men of TBT are invited.  

LadiesNightLadies Night - March 28thbowling pins


It's Ladies Night at Sun Mountain Fun Center!  Dust off your bowling shoes and join us for an evening of laughs and (a little) exercise.  Monday, March 28. 6:30 p.m.  Cost $3.75 per person, per game.  Shoe rental $2.25.  SMFC is located behind Shopko.  Take River Mall Avenue (between Macy's & Shopko) east toward the parkway and it is on your left.  Please R.S.V.P. to Lorraine, lorbigsur@gmail.com  by Sunday, March 27th. 


Save the Date!seder plate
TBT Community Seder - April 18th

Mark your calendar for TBT's annual Passover Community Seder led by Rabbi Ettman on Monday, April 18th at the Bend Golf and Country Club. Reservations required. Invitations and details coming soon.

TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting: March 13, 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
 Hands around the world drawing


A Big Thank You from St. Charles NICU (Follow-up to August's "Bringing Baby Home" Havdallah With A Purpose)

We recently received a letter from one of the NICU coordinators at St. Charles Hospital who details some examples of how TBT's generosity has helped new families. The following is excerpted from her letter: 

"A family had a pre-term baby in Klamath Falls who had to be transported to St. Charles in Bend. They were a young couple with an 18-month child as well as the newly born child. Neither had jobs and the dad's unemployment was about to run out. They were such great and attentive parents and were given a food and fuel card before going home. They said they were going to save the gas card to make it back up for the follow-up clinic."

"We also gave gas and food cards to a LaPine family whose child had possible brain damage and needed to stay in the hospital until day 100 of life. The parents had very little of anything and were concerned about how to get formula and diapers and pay for gas for the many follow up appointments in Bend. They were so grateful!"

Sara Mosher, RN, BSN, MHA 

NICU Clinical Practice Coordinator &

NICU Family Support Specialist



April Newsletter Deadline: March 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

Looking Aheadsilent auction image
May 7th Fundraiser Gala



Mark your calendars for Temple Beth Tikvah's May 7th gala fundraiser at the beautiful Mount Bachelor Village Convention Center. The silent auction starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and a live auction that includes some surprises that you won't want to miss -- trips to exotic places, fine art, time-shares and more. Check out will be easy because we are using PayPal!

As you know, the silent auction thrives because of you. Please consider making a contribution of your own creation. Last year we had wonderful auction items such as: babysitting, dog sitting, a dozen eggs a month, yoga lessons, knitting lessons, and guided llama and lunch hike.

One of the members of the auction committee will be calling you soon. All contributions and donations are welcome. We can arrange to pick them up, or you can deliver them to auction central at 63060 Casey Place by phoning 541 382 8754 to schedule a time.


tulipsIn Blessed Memory


It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Tully Ellsberg's daughter, Cana Ivy.  Our prayers for peace and wholeness go out to her family. 

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 Vivian Freeman in loving memory of her sister-in-law, Betty Rosenberg.
  • From Ron and Bonnie Ruby for sponsoring the Oneg on 2/1.
  • From Leslie Conley and Joe Jezukewicz in honor of Lisa Uri and Linda Brant's medical travel to Guatamala.
    Heartfelt prayers for Tully on the loss of her daughter, Cana Ivy.  May her memory be a blessing.
    In memory of Cana:
    • From Terry and Gary Reynolds
    • From Ralph and Marcia Uri
    • From Jeffrey and Beverly Adler
    • From Leslie Conley and Joe Jezukewicz
    • From Phyllis and Jerry Greenbach
    • From Harriet Richard and David Dietz
    • From Randi and Alexander Zlatkus
    • From Bob and Claudia Ellsberg
    • From Liz and Paul Levinson
    • From Carl and Judith Schlosberg
    • From Daniel and Pati Boyd
    • From Tom and Katie Bailey

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    Check out the TBT website Donations page:



    You can either fill in the online form and make your donation through PayPal, or download our donation form, complete and mail it along with your check. Thanks to our own Paul 'The Computer Guy' Spencer for making our web site up to the task.


    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