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Temple Beth Tikvah Newsletter


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In This Issue
Jewish Book Fair
Havdallah With a Purpose
Rabbi's Column
President's Message
Taize Service
Board Notes
Committee News
Men's Night
About TBT

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P.O. Box 7472
Bend, OR  97708



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November Celebrations

Celebrations in November honor the following:
  Michael Freundlich
                       Nov. 10
  Hannah Goldstein 
                       Nov. 10
  Vida Halpern     Nov. 12
  David Multz      Nov. 12
  George Brant    Nov. 13
  Liz Levinson     Nov. 13
  Leslee Kalov     Nov. 17
  Lauren Olander Nov. 22
  Jesse Polay      Nov. 23
  Rachel Uri        Nov. 30
  Pati & Danny Boyd
                             Nov. 20
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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:

                            Jill and Kim Muinch                            

                            Jill Polay and son, Jesse

                            Jo Booser

                            Julie Geveshausen

                            Mike and Mickey Freundlich

                            Toma Danley and son, Mattias

November Calendar of Events


   Nov.  4   6:30 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat service w/Rabbi

   Nov.  5   9:00 a.m. - Torah Study

              10:30 a.m. - Shabbat/Torah service

                7:00 p.m. - Havdalah With a Purpose

   Nov.  6   *all day*  - Book Fair at Barnes & Noble

   Nov.  8   7:00 p.m. - Board Meeting

   Nov. 15  5:30 p.m. - TBT Men's Night at Greg's Grill




   December 2 - Kabbalat Shabbat service

   December 3 - Torah Study, Torah Service

   December 4 - Adult Education, Chanukah Party


NOVEMBER School Activities:

Sunday School (4:00 p.m):  11/13

Hebrew School (4:30 p.m.):  11/7, 11/14 & 11/28


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


BookFairJewish Book Fair - Sunday, Nov. 6 

Jewish Book Fair 

Bend's first Jewish book fair takes place at Barnes & Noble on Sunday, November 6th from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm.  Proceeds benefit the Bend Jewish Library's synagogue library automation project that will result in an on-line catalog of Jewish books of all three of Bend's synagogues.


Enjoy a wide selection of kids Channukah books, teen and adult Jewish fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs and games, specially ordered from Barnes & Noble for this event.  Free holiday gift-wrap is available.


A percentage of your purchase goes towards the fundraiser when you mention the Bend Jewish Library Bookfair to the cashier at checkout.  Any item sold at Barnes & Noble counts towards the Bookfair - including Nooks and food.  Friends and family can support the Bookfair remotely by referencing Bookfair ID 10562015 when making online or in-store purchases anywhere in the U.S. from November 6 to 11.


Special author readings for the event include:  Leonard Gross, author of "Last Jews in Berlin" at 11 am; Suzanne Schlosberg, author of "Good Neighbor Cookbook" at 1 pm; and Claudia Hinz, daughter of the author of "When the Music Stopped: Discovering My Mother" at 3pm.  Don't miss them!


Delicious Cheesecake Factory Cheesecakes and Godiva Chocolates can be ordered at the Bookfair.  The order form will follow in a separate email.  Frozen cheesecakes and chocolate ordered on November 6 will arrive by November 11.   These are great for holiday parties and gift-giving, and it all helps support our synagogue library automation project!
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HavdallahHavdallah With a Purpose - Nov. 5
Helping NICU Babies and Families

Hands around the world drawingJoin us at the Adlers, on Saturday, November 5th for the Havdallah With a Purpose ice-cream social and baby shower benefitting newborns in the NICU at St. Charles Hospital.  Please bring donations of any newborn items so we can create gift bags of goodies for these families in need.


RSVP to Beverly at fiber12@gmail.com.  Also, please bring fruit, nuts, candy, sauces, ice cream, wine or soda for the social. 

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Greetings From Rabbi Ettman
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Dear Friends,


All of the Holidays are now over.  We made it.  And I for one want to thank each and every one of you for helping to make the entire High Holy Day season wonderful.  But now that the month of Tishrei is officially over, we ask ourselves, "So now what?"


As we have now entered the month of November in the secular calendar, we have also entered the month of Cheshvan in the lunar based Hebrew calendar.  The month Cheshvan has earned its low-profile status not only because it can't compete in terms of joyous holidays (it has none - unless you count Shabbat,) but also because most Jews are just worn out after the onslaught of holidays that we tend to need a full month to recover before Chanukah.  The month's reputation can actually be most easily summed up by a novelty t-shirt I recently saw online, created by Rabbi Rachel Silverman.  It says, simply, "Rabbis *heart* Cheshvan."


But I have to tell you that I love Cheshvan NOT because there are no Holy Days in it.  I love this month because it is the time where we can focus our daily lives on making holy moments and to take everything that we learned during the High Holy Days and begin to apply it.


A viral email message was sent around the Cyber Jewish community recently, and I mentioned it on Yom Kippur morning.  As we enter this new month, I think it is important that we remember what it read:

Apologizing does not always mean that you are wrong and that the other person is right.  Rather, apologizing just means that you value your relationship more than you value your ego.

What a fitting reminder for us this month as we continue on with our regular lives.  During the High Holy Days, it is commonly understood that we are supposed to say we are sorry to those whom we have wronged in the past year.  And while that is true, the greater importance is that we are able to say we are sorry to God and to ourselves.  But we must not stop there.  We need to take these lessons with us as we continue in our New Year and each new month.


I invite you this month to think about how you can take all that you learned about yourself during the High Holy Days and apply it to your daily living.  If each one of us continues to try to be better, this year will truly be the blessing that we all know it has the potential of being.


With blessings of hope and happiness,

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




Hans Christian Anderson said, "Where words fail, music speaks."  I think we have all experienced that feeling at some point recently during our High Holy Day services.  Music provides us a warm place in which to pray and we are so fortunate to have music, not only during High Holy Days, but also at many of our Friday night Shabbat services.


As I have mentioned to many of you, I think we have all become just a little spoiled.  We all expect that we will hear Lauren on the flute, Julie on the piano and Jo on the violin when we sit in the sanctuary.  I want you to know how much effort they put into giving us those melodies. They make it look easy, but they spend many hours rehearsing.  Lauren has also worked hard to bring in other musicians throughout the year and will continue to do so, as it seems everyone LOVES the music.


I would like to encourage you to tell Lauren and Julie and Jo what it means to you to have such a beautiful addition to our services.  You can either let them know the next time you see them, or consider making a donation to the music fund.  Your donations will allow us to continue to have guest choirs, guest cantors and additional instrumental accompaniment.


We hope to see Cantor Bruner back soon as she enjoyed being here for High Holy Days as much as we enjoyed having her here.  I feel so fortunate to be able to augment our prayer services with music and I love the spiritual tone it sets when we all sing the prayers together.  Please show our musicians your gratitude (by the way, Julie and Jo are now members of TBT!) and remember how fortunate we are to be blessed with the gift of sound.



Lisa Uri

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Taize Service - November 3rd


All members of TBT are invited to participate in an hour of prayerful Taize music and silence at our monthly ecumenical Evensong Service, 7pm, Thursday, November 3, at St Francis Catholic Center (St. Clare Chapel), 2450 NE 27thSt.,Bend.For more information call 383-4179.
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TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting: November 8th, 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

Education Notes

David Uri

Chair, Education


Aleph Bet blocksOur Sunday school and Hebrew school programs are off to a great start.  We have 25 kids enrolled in Sunday school and 15 students in our two weekly Hebrew classes.  It is wonderful to witness the learning that is taking place and we invite all members to join us on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. when we have our music assembly.  


We are very fortunate to be the recipient of an enormous quantity of books from Temple Emanuel in Marblehead, MA.  Over the next few weeks we are creating a modest library of our children's books that all members and families are welcome to use.


We had a wonderful Sukkot celebration hosted at the Fishkin's home and look forward to upcoming events. Please make every effort to attend these community-based celebrations.  On December 4 we will be having a Chanukkah party -- details to follow.


Religious/Music Updates

Lauren Olander

Chair, Religious and Music Committees

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Mazel Tov!  We have all survived the Jewish marathon of holidays - Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah.  One right after the other!  Although I am definitely relieved they are all behind us, and exhausted from them, I am very much blessed to have been part of each and every one of them. 


I have heard so many different comments from congregants, non-members and general members of the community about just how much they enjoyed and were moved by our High Holidays services this year.  I believe Cantor Bruner's beautiful voice and music enhanced our wonderful leadership from Rabbi Ettman.  Clearly, Julie, Jo and Janet brought us haunting and moving melodies that truly deepened our worship services during the holidays.  A general thank you to all of you who have made donations to the Music Fund following High Holiday services.  Your contribution is not only greatly appreciated, but it is because of each of you, that we are able to have such beautiful music at our services.


Thank you goes out to David Uri and the entire Sunday school and especially to the Fishkins for hosting once again our Sukkot celebration at their beautiful home.  


For those of you who attended our most recent celebration, Simchat Torah, you see that we seem to be putting together the TBT Bima Band!  A huge thanks goes out to Adam and Hilary Diskin, Audrey Cook and Julie Geveshausen who helped make our celebration of Simchat Torah filled with song and dance!


Thank you to David and Ralph Uri for reading from our beautiful torahs and Alex and Sara for helping arrange the service.  And I can't say thank you enough to all the people that always seem to be behind the scenes making everything flow so smoothly.  If you would like to join the Bima Band on Friday nights, you know where to find us and you probably know lots of our music already!  Just give me a holler.  We hope to get some regular rehearsals together between the Choir and the Bima Band and see what we can create together.


I hope this newsletter finds you enjoying our beautiful fall weather and foliage!



December Newsletter Deadline: November 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

MensNightTBT Men's Night - November 15th
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The TBT monthly Men's Night is generally held on the third Tuesday of each month.  The next TBT Men's Night will be Tuesday, November 15th, 5:30 p.m. at Greg's Grill located in the Old Mill at 395 SW Powerhouse Drive, Bend, OR 97702   phone: 541.382.2200  All men of TBT are invited.  For more info, contact Mark Schindel at schindelme@yahoo.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 Cheryl & Neil Schlackman in memory of Ada Gustitus
  • From Cheryl & Neil Schlackman In memory of Enid Alterman 
  • From Terry and Gary Reynolds in honor of Logan Danek on his Bar Mitzvah
  • From Terry and Gary Reynolds - Congratulations to Rabbi Ettman and Irra on their engagement
  • From Terry and Gary Reynolds - Mazel Tov to Jeff Adler on his retirement
  • From Terry and Gary Reynolds- Congratulations to Lauren Goldstein
  • From Tully Ellsberg in memory of Tom Ellsberg
  • From Tully Ellsberg in memory of Cana Ivy
  • From Tully Ellsberg in honor of TBT Children's Education, Hebrew and Sunday School Teachers
  • From Ralph and Marcia Uri to the Music Fund in honor of Phyllis and Jerry Greenbach's new granddaughter
  • From Ralph and Marcia Uri to the Music Fund in honor of the music program by Lauren, Julie, and Jo for High Holidays
  • From Ralph and Marcia Uri to the Music Fund in honor of Jeff Adler's retirement
  • From Ralph and Marcia Uri to the Music Fund in honor of Rabbi Ettman and Cantor Bruner for beautiful services
  • From Ralph and Marcia Uri to the Music Fund in honor of Jerry and Phyllis Greenbach for sponsoring our Tashlich Picnic
  • From Ralph and Marcia Uri to the Music Fund for Ruth Baser's continued recovery
  • From Ralph and Marcia Uri to the Music Fund in honor of Robyn Paletz's birthday 
  • From Noah Kirshbaum in memory of Tyler Manchuck
  • From Linda Tobias in memory of Grayce Morris
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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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