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May 2011
Temple Beth Tikvah Newsletter


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In This Issue
Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Service
It's AUCTION Time!
Rabbi Weekend Info
Rabbi's Greeting
President's Message
Taizé Invitation
Author Appearance
TBT Board Notes
Committee News
TBT Mens Night
Marvin Starer z"l
Letter from Tully
About Temple Beth Tikvah
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Temple Beth Tikvah
P.O. Box 7472
Bend, OR  97708


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May Honors

Celebrations in May honor the following:
  Suzanne Schlosberg    May 2
  Lorraine Shapiro         May 2
  Sara Charney Cohen   May 5
  Ed Connelley             May 7
  Burton Litman           May 8
  Gary Seitz               May 10
  David Uri                 May 11
  Russ Ward               May 11
  Gerald Greenbach      May 16
  Judith Schlosberg      May 17
  Zac Zlatkus             May 18
  Arlene Multz             May 19
  Yana Cohen             May 21
  Dara Ward               May 25   Josephine DeMarco    May 27
  Riley Goldstein          May 28
  Zack Charney Cohen  May 30
  Marcia Koff              May 31
  Kit and Naomi Hall     May 25
  Gerald & Phyllis Greenbach 
                               May 31

TBT Board Members

 Board Officers:
     Lisa Uri 
  Past President
    Terry Reynolds

    Ralph Uri
    Jeff Adler

 Members at Large:

    Kathy Schindel

    Leslie Conley 
     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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May Calendar of Events


   May 1  7:00 p.m. - Yom Hashoah Holocaust 

                             Remembrance Service

   May 5  7:00 p.m. - Taizé Service

   May 6  6:00 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat Service

                             w/Rabbi Ettman
   May 7  9:00 a.m. - Torah Study

            10:30 a.m. - Shabbat Morning Torah Service
             5:30 p.m. - TBT Auction and Dinner

                                     at Mount Bachelor Village

   May 8  9:00 a.m. - Board Meeting

             11:00 a.m. - Adult Education w/Rabbi Ettman

   May 17  5:30 p.m. - Men's Night

   May 19  5:00 p.m. - Bethlehem Inn 

   May 20  12:00 p.m. - June Newsletter deadline

               6:00 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat Service




   Sunday School (4:00 p.m.):  May 8th, May 22nd

   Hebrew School (4:30 p.m.):  May 2nd, May 9th, May 16th,

                                                May 23rd. 



   June 1  7:00 p.m. - TBT Annual Meeting 


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



YHashoahYom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Service
Holocaust Memorial Day flame

 Sunday, May 1st, 7:00 p.m.


Please join us for Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance service, on Sunday, May 1 at the First United Methodist Church, 680 NW Bond Street in Bend.  The service, which commemorates the deaths of six million Jews, begins at 7:00 p.m.


The featured speakers are Holocaust survivors Les and Eva Aigner, who will discuss their personal Holocaust experiences and their liberation from concentration camps. The service will feature candle lighting by several Holocaust survivors and others as a remembrance of those that perished, and include music and a poem reading.  The Aigners will be available to answer questions following the service.


AuctionIt's Time for The BIG EVENT!!

The TBT Auction and Dinner!


auctioneer image

May 7th, 5:30 p.m. at

Mount Bachelor Village

Invite your friends and family to our second annual TBT auction and dinner on May 7 at Mount Bachelor Village.  Tickets for the auction are $35 per person and include dinner and a margarita. 


Come early at 5:30 and browse through 100 silent auction items that include such tasty items as infused vinegars, homemade dog biscuits, a night at the Oxford Hotel, wine, and guided hikes.  Items for auction include many wonderful original works of art by fine local artists, beautiful jewelry, and delicious dinners in your home are among the priceless offerings!


Out of town members can designate a personal representative to bid on your behalf at the silent and live auctions.  We will mail a program to you and you can indicate which items you want to bid on.  When the live auction starts your representative will call you.  
Auction Night Program for Children:
Parents Night Out at Athletic Club of Bend


On May 7, the Athletic Club of Bend will be offering a Parents Night Out event from 5:00pm to 8:30pm.  Those attending the Temple Beth Tikvah auction who would like child care are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.  Children from infants to sixth grade and older are welcome to participate, however, there are only two infant slots so if you plan to use this option, register early.  Toddlers are welcome.  Registration will begin after Passover and you are encouraged to call the Athletic Club for registration information.  The program will be providing a pizza dinner, movie, and popcorn.  Kids over six years and older can also swim.  The cost for this program is $12.00 for Athletic Club members and $20.00 for non-members.  Price includes food, movie and swimming. For further information call the Athletic Club of Bend and ask for the Parents Night Out event on May 7.
***Please note: This is an independent program run by the Athletic Club of Bend and is NOT a TBT program.  This information is being provided as a service to parents who may be looking for child care options for the auction.
Auction Donations
If you haven't already done so, please arrange to drop off your auction donations at the home of Harriet Richard. Call for directions 541 382-8754 to deliver them to Harriet's house, or email her to pick them up at your home or place or business, davidharriet@gmail.com. Thank you for your help and cooperation.
Harriet Richard
FundRaising Committee

RabbTorah w/star (color)i weekend

May 6th - 8th 


Another exciting, educational and spiritually fulfilling weekend with Rabbi Glenn Ettman begins with Erev Shabbat services on Friday night, May 6th, at 6:00 p.m.  Torah study begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, May 7th, followed by Torah Service at 10:30 a.m.  And on Sunday morning, May 8th, adult education with Rabbi Ettman begins at 11:00 a.m. 

Greetings from Rabbi EttmanRabbi Ettman photo


Dear Friends,

What a wonderful year this one has been so far!  And how truly wonderful the next one will be as, I am proud to share, I have officially signed on to be your Rabbi for another year!  I for one cannot be happier to continue the wonderful work we have done and continue to grow both in our programs and in our size.  Temple Beth Tikvah is a special place.
Since we began this journey together almost a year ago, we have seen some wonderful growth in our numbers and a great increase in the participation in all of our programs. Regularly we have 15-20 people coming to our lively Torah Study and Adult education.  We have families participating not only in Religious School but also in our Shabbat evening programming where we as a community can see our future right before us.  And, one of the things that I am truly most proud of, is our participation and attendance at Shabbat evening services.  Each month, when I visit, over 50 people come to celebrate Shabbat together.  The goal of the service structure and the timing is precisely to reach out to as many members of our community to make it accessible no matter how old, young or anywhere in between you may find yourself.  Not to mention our Baby Naming, our community programming, our upcoming Bnei Mitzvah and greater socialization.  When looking back and reflecting on the year, each one of us should feel very proud.
But, wait...we are not done here.  My friends, the future of Temple Beth Tikvah is in each one of you reading this article. The future of our congregation is in our children who are eager to learn, sing and celebrate.  The future of our synagogue is in our older families in whose stories we each learn, teach and share with everyone.  And the future of our community is in how we each bring one of our varied gifts to help weave our tapestry of Judaism.  We all have gifts and strengths and here, at Temple Beth Tikvah, it is our goal to celebrate them.
So what can you do...To echo a modern prophetic voice of the twentieth century, I want you to ask NOT what your synagogue can do for you.  But, what YOU can do for your synagogue.  Together we can make incredible moments, memories and meaning.  Ask yourself, seriously, for what am I going to volunteer to do?  Ask yourself, honestly, what can I do to help make TBT even better than it is now?  And finally and truthfully ask, how can I help?  If you are reading this and thinking it all seems too daunting, I have a secret, the first step is just showing up!
Many of our programs this past year have been new and perhaps challenged some of your comfort zones, but they have so far proved to be moving us in the right direction towards the legacy that we as a community has the potential of continuing to create.
An inspirational character of the last century, Willy Wonka, once said, "we are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams."  Let us continue to dream.  Let us continue to make music.  And let us continue to have the strength that we need to continue to create.
There is magic to do...
Rabbi's signature jpeg 

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


Greetings and THANK YOU.
Thank you to the members that created an amazing Passover seder.  It was truly memorable.  Thank you to Rabbi Ettman for being a wonderful spiritual leader.  Thank you to the board members who continue to ensure the stability of our congregation.  Thank you to our membership committee who continues to grow the number of people in our Temple Beth Tikvah family. Thank you to our business and finance committee who makes sure we are fiscally responsible and financially stable. Thank you to our public relations committee who spreads the word to the community about how wonderful Temple Beth Tikvah is.  Thank you to our social action committee who shares our gift of tzedakah with the community.  Thank you to our religious/music committee who spoil us with magnificent services.  Thank you to our fundraising committee who do an amazing job creating opportunities for donations.  Thank you to our social committee for organizing our onegs and making sure we are well fed.  Thank you to our education committee who teach our children to love Judaism.  And thank you to EVERYONE who has contributed to the growth of Temple Beth Tikvah.

I know I have missed some people.  It may be because I have not had the opportunity to work with you.  So I am asking all of you to give me the opportunity to thank YOU. Participate.  Create.  Assist.  Find something that interests you and lend a hand.  Give me chance to express my gratitude to each and every one of you.

We are nearing the end of our fiscal year and change is upon us.  Some of our board members will be stepping down and others will be taking their place.  Some of our committee chairs will be placing their committees in new hands. Fortunately, Rabbi Ettman has agreed to continue to be part of our TBT family for another year and we are thrilled to have him!  I will also continue as President for another year and look forward working hard with Rabbi Ettman and the rest of the TBT "staff" to grow our congregation.  There are plenty of volunteer opportunities for everyone in our congregation. Volunteer once, or volunteer on a monthly basis.  It doesn't matter.....just VOLUNTEER!  Remember on Yom Kippur, I asked each of you to volunteer 18 hours of your time over the year.  How many hours have you spent on your TBT family?  I look forward to be able to say thank you to each and every one of you this year!

Lisa Uri
President, Temple Beth Tikvah

TaizeInvitation to Taizé

Thursday, May 5th, 7:00 p.m.


First United Methodist Church and Temple Beth Tikvah invite you to the community Taizé service on Thursday, May 5th, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the church at 680 NW Bond St.  All members of the community are welcome to be a part of this meditative service of music, scripture readings and silence.


The Taizé service in Central Oregon has its origins in a small monastic community on the village of Taizé, France.  During WWII, a young Lutheran monk named Brother Roger established a monastic community and 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.


Catching Babies Author Readings in Bend - Thursday, May 12th


J.D. Kleinke will appear at Barnes and Noble at 1:00 p.m. and at COCC at 4:00 p.m. in Ochoco 123.

Catching Babies book coverJewish author J.D. Kleinke will be in Bend on Thursday, May 12, 2011 to read selections from his new novel "Catching Babies" at Barnes & Noble at 1:00 pm and at Central Oregon Community College (Ochoco 123) at 4:00 pm.  Mr. Kleinke is a member of Congregation Shir Tikvah in Portland where he serves as music director. 

"Catching Babies" follows the professional and personal lives of a team of OB-GYN residents through their last year of residency at a large urban research hospital and into their first year of private practice as they treat women with high risk pregnancies and conduct research.  From Dan, the Irish Catholic doctor who wrestles with abortion issues to Rebekah, the doctor who experiences a paradigm shift after witnessing a nurse-midwife managed birth, the book raises interesting ethical, religious and medical issues related to childbirth and medical training and has received favorable reviews from both the medical community and the general book trade.  The book readings are free and open to the public.

The TBT library has this book in its collection.  The book has several Jewish references, including the Hebrew blessing given to a pregnant woman ("may it be a good hour"). 
Mr. Kleinke is a medical economist whose previous non-fiction books include "Oxymorons:  The Myth of a U.S. Health Care System" and "Bleeding Edge."  His belief that "for every healthy policy, there is a patient; and for every patient, there is a story" was a motivating factor for this first venture into fiction. 
Sponsors include the COCC Bookstore, COCC Multicultural Center and COCC Nursing Department.  
TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting: May 8th, 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@bethtikvahbend.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
 bethlehem inn logo

Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who cooked and served at the Bethlehem Inn in March.  These kind-hearted people include, Linda and George Brant, Jamie, David and Logan Danek, Maxwell Friedman, Audrey Ellen Cook, Jeanne Freeman, Jamie Goldman, Leslie Conley and Joe Jezukewicz, Seana Jollo, Liz Levinson, Bonnie Ruby, Melinda Seaman, Grant Tittsworth, and Beverly Adler.
We plan to have a baby shower (Havdalah with a purpose) in June to provide baby items for the NICU families at St Charles.  Keep an eye open at our local stores for adorable baby bargains to be able to contribute to this meaningful event.

Religious Committee

Lauren Olander, chair                                

Dor L'Dor - From Generation to Generation
  Star of David b/w
Every congregation has a diversity of members and diversity of interests among those members. The one thing that always remains constant is that the growth of the synogogue relies heavily on our children and the families with children.  Don't misunderstand me in thinking that they are the only important members of our future congregation.  But, do understand me clearly when I remind all of us that the Jewish"ness" and Jewish values, traditions, education and song we expose and teach to the littlest members of our congregation, is exactly what grows the future Jews of this century.

 The childrens' programming that we have created this last year at Temple Beth Tikvah, whether it be the Shabbat Yeladim services on lay-led weekends, filled with music and song and pizza, or the children's programming that occurs during the friday night Shabbat service when Rabbi Ettman is in town, is what not only introduces our children to the Shabbat, it is exactly what keeps them wanting more.  Our children are learning the songs, music, prayers that tie them to every other reform Jewish child in the world.  Our children are learning that being Jewish is fun, filled with song, filled with laughter and learning. 
The goal of the Children's Programming is not only to teach and educate, but is building the Jewish foundation for these children for their future.  It is creating something wonderful that makes them say to their parents "I want to go to Temple tonight!"  What parent is going to say no to their child when they hear those words?
Yes, it is true, having children ever so visibly present on shabbat evenings makes things just a little bit louder, just a little bit sillier, and sometimes just a little bit "less perfect".  But, without those beautiful sounds of laughter and singing and silliness, Shabbat is not the same.  Shabbat is a time for family to be together- no matter the ages of those in the family.
Please remember and be patient the next time you see that littlest congregant go running by smiling, that they may be a future cantor or rabbi, or song leader or Jewish scholar.  Without our Children's Programming and those littlest members being a part of our shabbat celebrations, we take away the opportunity to create the future of our Reform Jewish Movement. 

June Newsletter Deadline: May 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 - May 17th
The next TBT Mens Night will be Tuesday, May 17th at 5:30 p.m.  Details TBA. (As of this publication, Lawrence was still waiting for venue confirmation.  Once he has that, he will send a separate e-mail.  In the mean time, please save the date.) All men of TBT are invited.  For more info, contact Lawrence at: susarch@bendbroadband.com.

In Blessed Memory of

Marvin Starer

lit yahrzeit candle
It is with deep sadness that we share with you that our dear, wonderful Marvin Starer has passed away.  His memory and life will be honored at 3 pm on Friday April 29th.  The memorial will be held at the:

                                Marvin S. Starer Center
                                Marshall High School
                                1291 NE 5th Street
                                Bend, Oregon 97701

His life was a blessing to so many and his 3 beautiful sons, Josh, Paul and Noah were here with him. 

If you have any questions feel free to contact 541-815-4912. 


Limnot Yamaynu~ Teach us to treasure each day.

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 Grant Tittsworth for Passover.
  • From Gary and Terry Reynolds, thanks to all who worked on the Passover Seder.
  • From Gary and Terry Reynolds, wishing a speedy recoery to Shelley Grudin.
  • From Gary and Terry Reynolds, sending condolences to Jeanne Freeman on the passing of her mom.
  • From Gary and Terry Reynolds, in memory of Tully's daughter, Cana Ivy.
  • From Cheryl and Neil Schlackman, in memory of Leslie Rosenbaum, brother of Janice Chanen.
Letter from Tully to the Congregation
Dear TBT Family:
Words cannot adequately express my thankfulness for you.  The outpouring of emotional support, food, comfort and love that I received from you, at the passing of my beloved daughter, Cana, was amazing. Sending special thanks to each of you who made a donation to the Temple in her memory.
                 With a grateful heart,


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