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June 2011
Temple Beth Tikvah Newsletter


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In This Issue
June Rabbi Weekend and Havdalah
"Arab Spring" Lecture Series
Rabbi's Greeting
President's Message
TBT Board Notes
Committee News
TBT Men's Night
About Temple Beth Tikvah
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Temple Beth Tikvah
P.O. Box 7472
Bend, OR  97708


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June Birthdays

  Celebrations in June honor
  the following:



    Ceil Herman           June 9
    Linda Brant            June 10
    Justin Finestone     June 11
    Ruth Baser             June 12
    Allison Cogen         June 12
    David Dietz             June 16
    JoAnne Shapiro      June 26
    Lia Taus                  June 26
    Ron Ruby                June 27
    Dominic DeMarco    June 30
    Sarah Feldman       June 30



  George & Linda Brant  June 7
  David & Lisa Uri           June 7
  Stan & Melinda Seaman
                                     June 9
  Naomi & Victor Chudowsky
                                     June 10
  Lisa & David Rosen     June 10
  Alex & Sara Charney Cohen
                                     June 14
  Terry & Gary Reynolds June 19
  Ted & Carol Rosen      June 26
  Ralph & Marcia Uri      June 26 

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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June Calendar of Events



   June 1  7:00 p.m. -  Annual Meeting at The Depot

                                     Clubhouse at Village Wiestoria,  

                                     corner of 8th and Revere
   June 3  6:00 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat Service

                              with Rabbi Ettman
   June 4  9:00 a.m. - Torah Study w/Rabbi Ettman

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

              7:00 p.m. - Hors d'oeuvres and Dessert


   June 5 11:00 a.m. - Adult Ed. class - location TBD. 

                              Please check web calendar for


              2:00 p.m. - Arab Spring Lecture Series

                              at Bend Public Library

   June 6  7:00 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting with both

                              incoming and outgoing Board

   June 12  2:00 p.m. - Arab Spring Lecture Series

                               at Bend Public Library 
   June 21  5:30 p.m. - Men's Night at Fox's Billiards






    Sunday School (4:00 p.m.):  June 5th - last class w/party 

    Hebrew School (4:30 p.m.):  June 6th, June 13th  



   July 31st - TBT Picnic at Pioneer Park


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


Rabbi Weekend - June 3rd-6th

 Torah w/star (color)

Another exciting, educational and spiritually fulfilling weekend with Rabbi Glenn Ettman begins with Erev Shabbat services on Friday night June 3 at 6:00 p.m. Torah study begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, June 4 followed by Torah Service at 10:30 a.m.  And on Sunday afternoon, Sunday School at 4:00.
HavdalahSaturday Evening Havdalah - Sat. June 4th, 7:00 p.m.
There will be a Havdalah gathering for members and invited guests on Saturday, June 4th, 7:00 p.m. at Village Wiestoria.  Hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be served.  The Havdalah will sponsored by Gary and Terry Reynolds in honor of their 40th anniversary.  Please RSVP to Terry at tlrsboard@yahoo.com.


LectureJune Adult Ed. Lecture Series:

Events and Implications of Middle East "Arab Spring"
June 5th, June 12th at Deschutes Public Library - Bend 

Please join us for informative and non-partisan lectures conducted by Alan Eisenberg, Adjunct Professor of History and Political Science, COCC on two Sundays: June 5 and June 12 at 2:00 p.m. at Deschutes Public Library's downtown Bend branch.
Eisenberg discusses what the media has dubbed 'The Arab Spring' -- the events marking the determination of the Arab peoples of the Middle East to advance their lives towards modernization and democracy. What do these national uprisings mean? How do religion, politics, economics and age demographics provide motivation for potential outcomes?
"The traditional balances of power are changing - perhaps forever - and the nations of the region, the US and European Union have enormous stakes at risk," said Eisenberg. "NATO has intervened in Libya, but what of Syria and Yemen? Saudi Arabia has sent military forces into Bahrain and feels its strategic trust in the US has been betrayed. Could the changes in progress lead to another war between Israel and its neighbors," asked Eisenberg.
This series, sponsored by Temple Beth Tikvah and the Jewish Community of Central Oregon, includes the following lectures:
June 5: Current events in the region as well as in the individual countries; the causes, motivations and forces behind the popular discontent and demand for significant change. How have the US and its allies responded?
June 12: What are the implications - both to the nations of the region and those beyond? How have the balances of power been changed? Already engaged in three military actions in the region, is a new US/NATO regional policy emerging? Will Israel be faced with a return to isolation and the risk of renewed hostilities? Can the region's traditional monarchies survive and, if not, will it result in catastrophic price increases for petroleum that could shake the global economic system to its very core?
This series is free and open to the public.

Greetings from Rabbi EttmanRabbi Ettman photo


Standing Again...Being Ready to Hear.
Dear Friends,

Are you ready? Have you gotten yourself prepared? What will you hear this year?
In the next few weeks, the Jewish community will relive one of the most magical and holiest moments in all of human history. On June 7 we celebrate the festival of Shavuot. On this holiday, traditionally one of the three pilgrimage festivals, we celebrate the great moment at Mt. Sinai when God's eternal teaching was revealed to us.

According to the text, this moment was awesome in the truest sense of the word. People saw the fierce lightning and heard the intense rolling thunder. To me, the moment visually is akin to Disney's Sorcerer's Apprentice with an explosion of color and images. Imagine what it would be like to stand there and hear,
see and feel.

Our tradition teaches us that this moment is not just for and about our ancestors; but we learn that each one of us actually stands at the base of that mountain in the desert. Revelation is eternal and we each receive it every year since.

So I ask you this: as the summer approaches and school year is winding down, are you ready to stand and hear? Are you ready witness a revelation that you have not anticipated? And what are you going to do?

The most interesting element of revelation at Sinai is that it happened only when the people were ready to hear. They were silent. They were ready. And they were open to the words.

This is my prayer for each of us. May we be ready to stand at Sinai again and hear the words that we have to hear. May we quiet our lives to hear the voices of the eternal. And may our new moments bring us hope, promise and learning.
May each of us continue to be a blessing to this world.
With blessings of love and hope,
Rabbi's signature jpeg 
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. during Rabbi weekends.

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


"And from that day on, whenever Meshka would start to complain and say 'Oy vey,'  she quickly said instead  'Things are good and I am happy.'  And soon she was."  I recently read this in a book my kids received from the PJ Library called "The Tale of Meshka the Kvetch" (The PJ Library is a wonderful resource and is free for children in Central Oregon. Go to www.pjibrary.org for details.)  It was a very cute story and this is what was written on the last page.  These few lines summed up the book and I think it sums up the way we could all live our lives.   We all do our share of kvetching.  Everyone needs to kvetch.  It's a normal way of expressing ourselves.  But does it solve anything?  Sometimes yes, sometimes no.   If it helps us to solve a problem, open dialogue, share thoughts, then maybe it is a good way to communicate. Kvetching with a purpose can be helpful.  I always welcome kvetching, constructive criticism, feedback and suggestions.  That is how we learn from each other, improve our programming and grow our congregation.  I hope they next time you think "Oy vey", consider how far we have come and what an amazing group of people we have at Temple Beth Tikvah, and remember that we are "good" and "happy".  And we will be.


Lisa Uri
President, Temple Beth Tikvah
TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting: June 6th, 7:00 p.m. 

Your TBT Board meets monthly and everyone is invited to attend.   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

Committee News


fundraising thermometerFundraising Committee

Harriet Richard, chair



Big congratulations go to everyone for their participation in this year's very successful Temple Beth Tikvah auction. The auction's net was over $14,000, with eighty people in attendance. The evening was fun for all and almost every item was sold. Thank you to Beverly Adler, Linda Brant, Marcia Uri, Randi Zlatkus, Liz Levinson, and Matte Konigsberg and to George Brant who served as master of ceremonies.

Also thank you to everyone who donated auction items, helped set up on the day of the auction, and held my hand when I became hysterical on a bi-weekly basis for fear that we would not achieve our goal. I need not have worried! Next year's planning is already in the preliminary stages with two events on the
horizon. Thank you again for all your help and support and for your ongoing trust that things work out in the end.




Religious CommitteeStar of David b/w

Lauren Olander, chair


Thank you to our Sunday school kids and teachers for all the hard work that made our last lay-led service such a wonderful experience. A special thanks goes to David Uri and Alex Charney Cohen for all of their efforts. It was wonderful to see how much our children are learning in Sunday school and how they bring new energy and enthusiasm into our Friday night Shabbat experiences.

They show us that with a some effort and creativity, that anyone and everyone can lead a Friday night service. Every month the opportunity arises! The religious committee and Rabbi are available to guide you through the service. The music committee is available as well. Leading a service is a wonderful mitzvah that gives a Shabbat experience to our temple community.

The Rabbi, education committee, board and religious committee are spending time over the summer to
create exciting programming and musical experiences for upcoming Shabbat evenings.




Social Action Committee

Beverly Adler and Bonnie Ruby, co-chairs
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TBT's first B'nai Mitzvah and friends prepared and served dinner at the Bethlehem Inn in May.  Special
thanks are extended to Linda Brant, Leslie Conley, Ceil Herman, Terry Reynolds, Ann Rosenfield, Bonnie Ruby, Kathy Schindel, Lawrence Schecter, Lorraine Shapiro, and Shari Winicki.



July Newsletter Deadline: June 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 Men's Night - June 21st
The next TBT Men's Night will be Tuesday, June 21st, 5:30 p.m. at Fox's Billiard Lounge, 937 NW Newport Ave. Bend, OR  97701. (541) 647-1363.  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 or use PayPal from the Donations page on the TBT website.  Donations are made to the temple's general-purpose fund unless otherwise specified.

Temple Beth Tikvah gratefully acknowledges the following contributions: 
  • From Nancy and Norm Gunvalsen in memory of Sheri Trachman, mother of Randi Zlatkus.
  • From Linda Ostome in honor of Lila Charlotte Cogen's birth. May she grow and enjoy good health and happiness and be a constant reminder of the great grandmothers for whom she is named.
  • From Alice and John Meyer in memory of Sheri Trachman, mother of Randi Zlatkus.
  • From Ralph and Marcia Uri in Memory Of Randi Zlatkus' mother.
  • From Gary and Judy Liberson for Music Fund and Prayer Book Fund - Thank you for the services and activities while we were in town.

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