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August 2011
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In This Issue
PJ Library Program for Young Children
Rabbi's Greeting
President's Message
New Books for TBT Library
TBT Board Notes
TBT Mens Night
About Temple Beth Tikvah
Contact Us

Temple Beth Tikvah
P.O. Box 7472
Bend, OR  97708



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August Celebrations


Celebrations in August honor the following:


  Ezra Cook                    Aug. 9
  David Cohen                Aug. 15
  Lauren Goldstein         Aug. 15
  Harrison Laz Glickman Aug. 17
  Kathleen DeMarco       Aug. 18
  Jamie Danek                Aug. 26
  Ionie Konigsberg         Aug. 27
  Logan Danek               Aug. 31


  Grant Tittsworth & Bill Herz
       Aug. 1
  Mark & Kathy Schindel
        Aug. 4
  Ed & Evelyn Chernoff
        Aug. 17
  Michael & Maricela Feldman
        Aug. 18
  Loren & Scott Radzik
        Aug. 18
  Howard & Marcia Koff
        Aug. 23
  Jo Ann Ray & Larry Barker
       Aug. 27
  Audrey Ellen & Ezra Cook
       Aug. 28

TBT Board Members

 Board Officers:
     Lisa Uri 
  Vice President:
    Leslie Conley
    Kathy Schindel

 Members at Large:

    Victor Chudowsky
    Jeanne Freeman


    Lisa Rosen
    Ralph Uri
TBT Committee Chairs
  Communications and

  Public Relations

     Jeanne Freeman



     David Uri



     Harriet Richard



  Membership and

  Bikkur Cholim

     Terry Reynolds



     Marcia Uri



  Planning and Finance

     Mark Schindel



  Religion and Music

     Lauren Olander



  Social Action

     Beverly Adler



     Bonnie Ruby



  Social Activities

     Corrie Grudin




     Ron Ruby


Newsletter Sponsors


Please mention their ads and remember to thank our sponsors next time you're in one of these shops:



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 Dudley's Bookshop Cafe 



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Temple Beth Tikvah is Pleased to Welcome our Newest Members:

          Adam & Hilary Diskin & their children Hannah & Julie



August Calendar of Events


    July 31      11:00 a.m. - TBT Picnic at Pioneer Park

   August 8    --  Tisha B'Av--

   August 9    7:00 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting

   August 16   5:00 p.m. - Men's Night Out

   August 20  11:59 p.m. - Deadline for Sept. Newsletter
   August 26   6:30 p.m. - Erev Shabbat Service w/Rabbi
   August 27  10:00 a.m. - Lauren Goldstein Bat Mitzvah

                                    at Aspen Hall
   August 28  10:30 a.m. - Adult Education w/Rabbi



   September 16 - Shabbat Service
   September 17 - Logan Danek Bar Mitzvah
   September 28 - Erev Rosh Hashanah
   September 29 - Rosh Hashanah 



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


Make PJ Library a Gift for your Grandchildren (and Children)


Are you blessed with young grandchildren? Would you like to support your grandchildren's Jewish upbringing in a gentle, loving way, by providing them with quality Jewish children's books free of charge?  We're excited to let you know about an amazing resource that teaches young children about their Jewish heritage-the PJ Library.


 PJ Library logo


Here's your opportunity and here's how it works. The PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, delivers age-appropriate books about Jewish custom, holidays, history and more each month to your grandchildren.


If your wunderkind live in Central Oregon, click here to sign them up with our local branch of PJ Library: http://pjlibrary.org/Communities/Enroll-in-a-Community.aspx?id=211


Kids live out of state?  There are more than 150 communities that sponsor the PJ Library throughout the US and Canada.  First, click here: http://www.pjlibrary.org/Communities.aspx, and then click on the map to see if your grandchild's area is served by PJ Library.  If it is, then click here: http://pjlibrary.org/Communities/Enroll-in-a-Community.aspx?id=211 to register your grandchild(ren) to receive books about Judaism each month. 


If your kids live in an area not served by PJ Library, you can still give them the gift of Judaism.  For only $60 annually, your grandchild will receive a book or CD each month connecting them to the Jewish Community.  Click here: 

http://www.pjlibrary.org/donors-and-funders/purchase-a-gift-subscription.aspx and sign your grandchild(ren) up today.


While we'd love to provide books for all of our members' children and grandchildren, we are limited to sending books only to those children who actually live in our area.  You can provide the legacy of Judaism for your grandchildren outside of Central Oregon through the PJ Library at the links above.


In case you're wondering, "PJ" stands for "pajamas," because we often read to our children at bedtime when kids are wearing their pajamas.


Sign up today! If you have any questions, please contact our local PJ Library administrator, Pat Givens at 

pgivens@ cocc.edu or 541-504-1160.

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Greetings from Rabbi EttmanRabbi Ettman photo


Dear Friends,


Recently, there was an interesting article in the New York Times.  It was the paper's weekly travel column where frequent fliers are invited to share their experiences.  This
particular story was about the author, Lisa Unger, and her daughter.  While the story was
about how carefree a three year old can be during travelling, there was a particular statement
which seemingly relates to all of us.  We are, after all, travelling, daily, through our lives, our
challenges, our hopes and our dreams.


Lisa Unger explained this:


"Adults have this idea that we can control our lives when travelling.  But we can not.  My daughter knows this.  She has no mental model of how things should be.  Rather, she
just deals with travel turbulence like delays and cancellations without a second thought. 
As long as she has her crayons and doodle pad, she is ok."


It is such a simple reminder of the innocence of children but also an important reminder for us.  So many times in our lives, we feel a level of turbulence and confusion.  We may want
things to be a certain way.  We may even have said "I want the hard part to be over," or, "I just
want to know how it all ends."  But, like the various travel delays we all face in our modern
world, we can not control life, rather we confront it.  In this case, we confront it with things that
can make us feel more normal.  While we may not have our own crayons and doodle pads, we
do have elements of life which can help bring us towards a sense of wholeness and fullness. 
Quite simply, we need to look at life as ten (10) percent what happens to us and ninety (90)
percent what we make out of it.

In this month of August, as we grow ever closer to our High Holy Days, let us begin to think about how we can deal with life's turbulence in a positive and meaningful way.  May each of
us find our own crayons and doodle pads that remind us of the simpler times in our lives.  And
may, wherever our journey takes us, it be filled with blessing, wholeness and hope and peace.think about how we can deal with life's turbulence in a positive and meaningful way.

Sincerely always,
Rabbi's signature jpeg 
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.
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President's MessagePhoto of Lisa Uri
From TBT President Lisa Uri


I consider myself to be very fortunate. I have my health, a wonderful husband and 3 beautiful daughters, a roof over my head, a job, food on the table and a spiritual home.  There is not much more I could ask.

In contrast, there are many in our community who are not so fortunate.  I am proud to be part of an organization that cares about those in need.  Our social action committee, led by Bev Adler and Bonnie Ruby, is tasked with making connections in our greater Central Oregon where those more fortunate can help those who are in need.


Temple Beth Tikvah has stepped in in many ways and there are many opportunities for us all.  I ask each of you to find something where you can give a little of your time.  For example, every six weeks, TBT provides dinners at the Bethlehem Inn.  Each time, a different group such as the Board, Religious school, or the Men's Group coordinates meals for more than 60 people.  I encourage you to look at our calendar and find a date that works for you to help cook and serve a meal.


Bonnie attends and represents TBT monthly at the Bend Interfaith Network, a regional, nonprofit organization dedicated to ending poverty in Bend.  If that interests you, please contact Bonnie.  The more people we can rally to stamp out poverty, the better.


Other opportunities include several upcoming "Havdallahs with a Purpose."  Our first one is Saturday, November 5th, at the home of Jeff and Beverly Adler.  The Adlers are planning a wine and dessert evening to support a program called "Bringing Baby Home."  It includes a baby shower for the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Charles.  TBT provides for families who need assistance with clothing and other items after the hospitalization of their newborn child.
"Latkes and Love" happens in December.  We plan to enjoy latkes and desserts while supplying 3-5 needy families with specific items to make their holiday fulfilled.  More information regarding these get-togethers follows in the months to come.

If you are passionate about a social action issue, please contact Bonnie or Beverly and get involved.  Many of us could find few hours to give to others who struggle daily.  Take a look at your life, say thank you for the comforts you have, and imagine what it would be like if those comforts were taken from you.  Hopefully, you can find it in your heart to show your gratitude and get involved with these worthwhile endeavors.


Lisa Uri
President, Temple Beth Tikvah
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New Books for Temple Bethstacked books image

Tikvah's Library 


Did you know that TBT has a library?

It is currently located at Tully Ellsberg's house.  These are some of the new books available and especially suited for summer reading while school is out:
Rebecca, of The American Girl Collection, Books 1-6, plus a Rebecca board game.
Painting Liberty, by Jane Yolen, tells parallel stories of two young ladies' arrival in the United States.  (Grades 1-4)


Castle on Hester Street, about a young girl visiting her grandparents who learns the story of their immigration to the U.S. and about their life on the Lower East Side of N.Y.  (Grades K-2)


You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! by Jonah Winter, tells the story of his rise from a Jewish boy in Brooklyn to one of the all-time great baseball players.  (Grades 2-6)


The Journey that Saved Curious George, by Louise Borden, tells the true story of the author's escape from France in 1940.  (Grades 3-6)


A Bottle in the Gaza Sea, by Valerie Zenatti, is a hopeful, yet honest, story about the relationship between an Israeli girl and a Palestinian boy via e-mail.  The confusion, anger and exhaustion is portrayed by teens during the 2003 intifada.  (Grades 9-12)

How to Ruin my Teenage Life, by Simone Elkeles, can provide great summer reading for your young teen.  The title says it all!

To check out any of these or any of the TBT Library's books or media, contact Tully Ellsberg.
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TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting: August 9th, 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
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Committee News


September Newsletter Deadline: August 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 and Sara Charney Cohen
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MensNightTBT Mens Night - August 16th
Level 2 logoThe next TBT Mens Night will be Tuesday, August 16th, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Level 2, located in the Old Mill, 360 Powerhouse Drive #210, (above Saxon's Jewelers,) 541-323-5382.  All men of TBT are invited. 
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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 Mark & Kathy Schindel in honor of the Reynolds' anniversary and Ceil Hermannn's birthday.
  • From Shelley & Corrie Grudin in honor of Terry and Gary Reynolds' anniversary.
  • From Arlene & David Multz in honor of the Levinson's 53rd anniversary, Corrie Grudin's birthday, and Lia Taus' bat mitzvah.
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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 info@bethtikvahbend.org for more information
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