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September 2011

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In This Issue
Hebrew, Religious Schools Starting
Introducing Cantor Margaret Bruner
Rabbi's Column
President's Message
OHRC Holocaust Survivor Event
PJ Library Event
New High Holy Day Books at TBT Library
Board Notes
Committee News - HHD Service Info
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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September  Celebrations

Celebrations in September honor the following:
  Randi Zlatkus   Sept. 3
  Jessica Radzik  Sept. 5
  Jeffrey Adler    Sept. 8
  Izaak Cook      Sept. 14
  Marcia Uri       Sept. 14
  Sheila Seitz     Sept. 15
  Elijah Cook      Sept. 16
  Jake Olander   Sept. 16
  Ted Rosen      Sept. 20
  Lisa Cena       Sept. 22
  Ed Chernoff     Sept. 23
  Michael Taus   Sept. 23
  Jeanne Freeman Sep.25
  Amanda Uri     Sept. 28
  Lauren & Jeff Olander
                     Sept. 2
  Adam & Hilary Diskin
                     Sept. 4
  Sidney & Marcia Garon
                     Sept. 8
  Suzanne Schlossberg
  & Paul Spencer
                     Sept. 19
  Zac & Randi Zlatkus
                     Sept. 19
  Jamie & David Danek
                     Sept. 29
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TBT Board Members

Board Officers: 


   Lisa Uri


 Vice President:
   Leslie Conley


   Kathy Schindel
Members At Large:
   Victor Chudowsky
   Jeanne Freeman
   Lisa Rosen
   Ralph Uri
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TBT Committee Chairs

Communications and
Public Relations
   Jeanne Freeman


   David Uri


   Harriet Richard


Membership and
Bikur Holim
   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

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Temple Beth Tikvah is pleased to welcome our newest members:

                     Adam and Hillary Diskin, Hannah and Jolie

                     David and Leslee Kalov

                 Lester & Diane Dober

September Calendar of Events


   September 12   4:30 p.m. - Hebrew School begins

   September 13   7:00 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting

   September 16   6:30 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat Service

   September 17   4:00 p.m. - Logan Danek Bar Mitzvah

   September 18  11:00 a.m. - Cemetery Consecration

                         4:00 p.m. - Sunday School begins

   September 20    5:00 p.m. - TBT Men's Night

                        11:59 p.m. - Oct. Newsletter deadline

   September 24       --  Slichot  --

   September 28    7:00 p.m. - Erev Rosh Hashanah

                                          service with oneg

   September 29  10:00 a.m. - Rosh Hashanah service

                         2:00 p.m. - Children's/Family service

                         4:00 p.m. - Tashlich service and picnic

                                          at Pioneer Park



   October 7    7:00 p.m. - Kol Nidre

   October 8   10:00 a.m. - Yom Kippur Morning service

                   12:30 p.m. - Adult Education session

                     2:00 p.m. - Children's/Family service

                     3:15 p.m. - Afternoon Mincha service

                     4:45 p.m. - Memorial/Yizkor service

                     5:30 p.m. - Neilah service

                     6:15 p.m. - Break-the-fast Dinner

   October 12       --  Sukkot through Oct. 19  --

   October 16                 - Sukkot Party




   Sunday School (4:00 p.m):  Sept. 18th

   Hebrew School (4:30 p.m.):  Sept. 12th, Sept. 19th, 

   and Sept. 26th.



For more details about any TBT events, see our complete schedule of Services, School activites and Events online:


SchoolBack to School! Aleph Bet blocks


The start of religious and Hebrew school is right around the corner.  The teachers are working hard to develop a fun and enriching curriculum for all the kids.  If you have not done so already, please return your registration form so we can properly place your child(ren) in the appropriate classes.  Hebrew classes are every Monday from 4:30 - 5:45 at Dudley's Bookstore Cafe downtown.  The first class date is Monday, September 12th.  Religious school is held at the First United Methodist Church from 4:00 - 6:00 and starts Sunday, September 18th (see TBT Website for all the dates).


Additionally, we are looking for a teacher to co-lead pre-school classes on Sundays. If you are interested, please contact David Uri at daviduri@bendbroadband.com. 

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Cantor Margaret Bruner to Join TBT for High Holy Days
 Cantor Margaret Bruner

We are excited to announce that Cantor Margaret Bruner is joining us for the High Holidays this year. She served as Cantor for Congregation Ahavath Chesed in Jacksonville, Florida for the past ten years, before moving to Pacific Grove, California. She began formal voice training at the age of 14, showing an early love of Baroque and Renaissance music, and attended master classes in Vancouver and the Baroque Performance Institute in Oberlin, Ohio.


Cantor Bruner received a BA in Music from California State University, Hayward (now Cal State East Bay), pursued further training at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and earned a Masters of Music from Indiana University's Department of Early Music. She then pursued a career in Judaic and Hebrew studies, and was ordained a Cantor in 2000 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion with a Masters in Sacred Music.


Explaining her shift in emphasis Cantor Bruner says, "My soul was often stirred by the beauty of Jewish music and its holiness. I wished to express my own connection to God and to the Jewish people through the melodies handed down over thousands of years. I believe the Cantor's role as Shaliach Tzibbur is the ultimate responsibility, the noblest of undertakings, because her voice is the vessel of all prayers."


We are so pleased she will be with us at TBT for the upcoming holidays.

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Greetings From Rabbi Ettman
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Dear Friends,


There is a great scene in the movie Tin Cup where Dr. Molly Griswold is trying to help Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy, the golf pro, rediscover his swing - and himself. She finally tells him, "Roy ... don't try to be cool or smooth or whatever; just be honest and take a risk. And you know what, whatever happens, if you act from the heart, you can't make a mistake."


A fitting message for us, right now, as we begin to rediscover ourselves and prepare to stand before God on the High Holy Days. Our preparation for this great season is upon us. Sermons are being written, music is being rehearsed, parts are being assigned and all the proverbial ducks are being placed in order.  We are rediscovering what has and has not worked in the past and putting everything in order for services.  But before any of us personally can be ready for the High Holy Days, we need to put ourselves in order and rediscover who we actually are. 


For this, I want you all to do something. Take a moment and ask yourself, "How did I do this year? Was I honest? How did I make someone smile? What did I do that made someone cry? To whom do I still have to say I am sorry for acting in a way I am not proud of?  What can I do better this upcoming year?"


My friends, these are hard questions. But we each must ask them and answer them.  No matter how jarring the answers may be. No matter how surprising the outcome may have been. Part of being ready for the New Year is being open, honest and ready to take a risk.


My prayer this year, for each of us, is this: May we live openly, act honestly and live fully with an open heart. Don't be afraid to follow how you feel. I know that we each can reach great heights this year.


Shanah Tovah U'metukah - May this year be good and sweet for you and your family.



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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. to 3:00 p.m.
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CemeteryPresident's MessagePhoto of Lisa Uri
New Jewish Cemetery area for Central Oregon


Over the past several months, Temple Beth Tikvah has been involved in a search for a new Jewish cemetery in Central Oregon. The Jewish cemetery at Pilot Butte is full and there is no room for expansion, hence the urgency for a new burial ground. The Deschutes Memorial Gardens off of highway 97 has agreed to work with the Jewish community in establishing a Jewish cemetery that will meet the needs of the growing, vibrant community of Jews in all of Central Oregon.


One hundred plots have been set aside for Jewish burial. These plots are to be consecrated by Rabbi Ettman on Sunday, September 18th. Deschutes Memorial Gardens retains ownership of the plots and the sale of these plots is to be maintained by the mortuary. However, decisions about who can be buried within are to be determined by a diverse committee of Jewish people from the Central Oregon Community. The committee is to ensure and maintain integrity of the space. The criteria for burial are to be very liberal and encompass all combinations of Jewish observance.


In addition to the cost of burial, a surcharge of $100 is to be collected and held in a separate account for those who cannot afford a proper funeral; one will never be denied a Jewish burial because of lack of funds.


This Cemetery will be named Gan Shalom, or Garden of Peace, and a marker is to be placed in front of the area signifying the beginning of the consecrated ground. Half the cost of the marker is being donated by Deschutes Memorial Gardens. The funds for the other half will come from Temple Beth Tikvah and Shalom Bayit, as well as from donations from individuals in the community.


This cemetery is necessary for the survival of the Jewish identity of our community here in Bend and for Jews living elsewhere in Central Oregon. We have been fortunate to partner with Deschutes Memorial Gardens, who have completely embraced our needs for consecrated land. I am grateful to Harriet Richard and her committee for tireless working on this much needed addition to our community. 



Lisa Uri

President, Temple Beth Tikvah

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Holocaust Survivor Tribute Event 

Sept. 25th 

OHRC logo - smallThe Oregon Holocaust Resource Center (OHRC) announces a special tribute to local Oregon Holocaust survivors that takes place Sept. 25th in Portland. The Friends of Memorial and the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center present this event. It features national entertainer Wendy Westerwelle. Special guest speakers include three generations reflecting on their lives as a grandchild, a child of a survivor and a local survivor all completing the Circle of Life. This tribute dinner and no-host bar is scheduled for September 25, 2011 at 5:30pm at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Reservations can be made for the event by calling the OHRC at 503-245-2733.

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Julie Diamond of OJCF to Attend PJ Library Event in Bend 

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Julie Diamond from the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation is coming to Bend on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16.  She will be attending our first PJ Library event  - PJ Library Pajama Story Time and Havdallah - led by Judy Shupack, on Saturday, October 15th.  OJCF is one of the four local sponsors of PJ Library in Bend and Central Oregon.

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TBT Library - New Books in for the High Holy Days

Preparing Your Heart for the High Holy Days: A Guided Journal

by Kerry Olitzky

In these splendid and heartfelt meditations, Rabbis Olitzky and Sabath weave a colorful tapestry of repentance and renewal from the threads of Scripture and tradition.


Sukkot Treasure Hunt

 by Allison Ofanansky

A family collects the four species needed to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles in the area surrounding their home in Tsfat, Israel. (Preschool-Grade 3)


The Secret Shofar of Barcelona

by Jacqueline Dembar Greene

A concert with "New World" instruments provides the opportunity for Conversos (hidden Jews) to blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. (Grades 2-5)


New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story

by April Halprin Wayland

The author shares memories of community Tashlich at the beach in this loving, charmingly illustrated description of Izzy and his family and friends as they gently apologize for misdeeds, grant forgiveness, and toss breadcrumbs into the sea as part of their Rosh Hashanah observance. (Grades 1-4)


On Sukkot and Simchat Torah

by Cathy Goldberg Fishman

The holidays on the Jewish calendar that follow the High Holy Days are Sukkot, a harvest festival, then Simchat Torah, when the reading of the Torah is completed and begins again. "Who wants to help?" the book begins, and readers watch a family get ready for the Sukkot by building a small shelter, a Sukkah, where parents and children will eat, even sleep. (Grades 1-5)



Please contact Tully Ellsberg to borrow any of these books.

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TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting: September 13th, 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://bethtikvahbend.org/calendar.


If you would like to read the minutes of previous board meetings, you can request a copy from Board Secretary Kathy Schindel: schindelke@aol.com.

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Committee News

NEW - Special Occasion Honors 

Harriet Richard and Beverly Adler

Co-chairs, Fundraising


The fundraising committee is promoting a wonderful way to honor birthdays and anniversaries of members in our congregation and donate to the Temple at the same time. Simply write a check for $108 (six times chai) and send it to Beverly Adler. In return, a beautiful card inscribed with the names of those participating is sent to each adult member of the congregation whose birthday or anniversary occurs during the month. 



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New Year Services    

Lauren Olander

Chair, Religious Committee


As we head into our new school year, we also head into another wonderfully exciting, refreshing and spiritual year with Rabbi Ettman. Please make sure to always check our website for updated information about religious programming, including Shabbat services filled with prayer and song, Saturday morning Torah Study and morning services, as well as Adult Education on Sunday Morning.  We have amazingly rich and wonderful services planned for the upcoming months. 


LoganFor example, join us for Friday night Shabbat services on September 16 to celebrate Logan Danek's Bar Mitzvah. The service will be filled with music and beautiful melodies.  The choir from Nativity Lutheran church is providing some of the most beautiful contemporary Jewish music. Don't miss this opportunity to gain an appreciation for the moving sounds of prayer in our Shabbat services with pianist Julie Geveshausen and violinist Jo Booser.


Following the High Holidays we celebrate Sukkot on October 16.  Watch for further details!


Simchat Torah and consecration of our younger members takes place during Shabbat services on October 21.  Simchat Torah (The Joy of the Torah) is the celebration in which we march and dance with Torah scrolls.  On this joyous day we conclude the last verses of the Torah and immediately begin a new cycle from the beginning of Genesis -- reading from a second Torah scroll. As soon as we conclude studying the Torah, on one level, we start again -- this time to discover new and loftier interpretations.



Picnic Roundup

Lorraine Shapiro and Lawrence Schechter

Picnic Organizers


TBT's first summer picnic is now a fond memory.  Many thanks to all who pitched in to grill, cook, bake, set up, clean up, shop, schlep, greet guests, facilitate the games, make calls, construct the e-vite, and take care of publicity.  Did we leave anyone out?  It is through the efforts of so many that we were able to enjoy a day playing and schmoozing in the park.   Enjoy the rest of your summer!


P.S. If you are missing your white serving dish and/or serving utensils, please contact Lorraine: lorbigsur@gmail.com



Project Connect

Bonnie Ruby and Beverly Adler

Co-chairs, Social Action Committee


Project Connect logo

Project Connect is sponsoring a one-day event at the Deschutes County Fair Grounds on September 24. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to become involved in a volunteer adventure. Any child over the age of nine may help. Project Connect can use 800-900 volunteers just for that day. A fun thing for children is to help veterinarians take care of and groom pets of the homeless. For information, check out www.projectconnectco.org/.


Also, Thanks to the TBT Men's Club for hosting a cookout for residents of the Bethlehem Inn in July. As always, they appreciated having a delicious, "home-cooked" meal.


TBT owes a huge debt of gratitude to Ezra Cook for taking time out of his work schedule to weed and spruce up the Veterans Bridge on Newport Avenue.  He even told the city, that he would haul the "trash" away for them.  Thank you, Ezra for donating your time on a warm workday morning.



October Newsletter Deadline: September 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 e-mail it to leslie.conley@bendbroadband.com by the 20th of each month.  As always, you will continue to recieve "e-minders" before important events take place.



Leslie Conley and Sara Charney Cohen

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MensNightTBT Men's Night - Sept. 20th
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TBT Men's Night activities are generally held on the third Tuesday of each month.  The next TBT Men's Night will be Tuesday, September 20th, 5:30 p.m., at The Brickhouse, located at 803 SW Industrial Way, Bend, 541-728-0334.  We'll meet outside on the deck, overlooking the river.  All men of TBT are invited.  For more info, contact Lawrence at: susarch@bendbroadband.com.  
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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 online or by sending a check and the name and address of the person being honored to TBT at P.O. Box 7472, Bend, OR, 97708.  Donations are made to the Temple's general purpose fund unless otherwise specified.


Temple Beth Tikvah gratefully acknowledges the following contributions:
  • From Terry and Gary Reynolds in honor of Lia Taus for her beautiful Bat Mitzvah.
  • From Terry and Gary Reynolds in honor of Charly Charney Cohen on her wonderful performance in Stephanie Hero.
  • From Mark and Kathy Schindel in honor of their first granddaughter!
  • From Harriet Richard and David Dietz in honor of the Schindel's first granddaughter.
  • From Cheryl and Neil Schlackman, wishing a speedy recovery to Susan Liebman.
  • From Bonnie and Ron Ruby in honor of Jeff Adler's retirement and 65th birthday.
  • From Phyllis and Jerry Greenbach in honor of Jeff Adler. "We wish you the very best of everything in your retirement and on your birthday. The best years are ahead of you."
  • From Paul and Liz Levinson in honor of Jeff Adler on the occasion of his retirement.
  •  From David and Arlene Multz in honor of Jeff Adler's birthday and retirement.
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About Temple Beth Tikvah

Temple Beth Tikvah is a growing Jewish congregation based in Bend, Oregon.  We are affilliated 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 stimulation 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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