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Temple Beth Tikvah Newsletter


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In This Issue
Rabbi Weekend June 1-3
TBT's Annual Business Meeting June 5th
Spring Shmooze and Nosh Social
Joint Message from the Rabbi and the President
Board Notes
Committee News
Men's Night
About TBT

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



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June Celebrations

Celebrations in June honor the following:
  Ceil Hermann       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
  Ron Ruby              June 27
  George & Linda Brant
          June 7th
  David & Lisa Uri
          June 7th
  Victor & Naomi
          June 10th
  Lisa & David Rosen
          June 10th
  Alex & Sara Charney
          June 14th
  Terry & Gary Reynolds
          June 19th
  Ted & Carol Rosen
          June 26th
  Ralph & Marcia Uri
          June 26th
  David Kalov & Jolie Fiore
          June 30th
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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

Bikur Holim
   Suzanne Schlossberg
   Evie Lerner
Communications and
Public Relations
   Jeanne Freeman


   David Uri


   Harriet Richard


   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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June Calendar of Events


   June  1   6:30 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat service w/Rabbi

                                Ettman followed by Oneg

   June  2   9:00 a.m. - Torah Study in Wesley Room

              10:30 a.m. - Torah Service in Wesley Room

                7:00 p.m. - Havdallah With a Purpose - Wine

                                and Dessert Social

   June  3  10:30 a.m. - Adult Education at the Levinsons

                4:00 p.m. - Sunday School End of Year Event

   June  5   7:00 p.m. - TBT ANNUAL MEETING

   June 12  7:00 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting

   June 16  4:00 p.m. - TBT Spring Shmooze and Nosh

   June 19  5:30 p.m. - TBT Men's Night at Bend d'Vine



   August 5th - Kindly save the date for the wedding of

                   Lorraine Shapiro and Lawrence Schechter.

                   Details to follow.  


JUNE School Activities:

Sunday School (4:00 p.m):  6/3

Hebrew School (4:30 p.m.):  6/4, 6/11


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


June 1-3 Rabbi Weekend

Event Info


Friday, June 1

6:30 pm:  Erev Shabbat Services followed by an oneg hosted by Grant Tittsworth to honor the completion of his conversion.colorful star


Saturday, June 2 

9:00 am:  Torah Study in the Wesley Room. 


10:30 am:  Shabbat Torah Service in the Wesley Room.  Please come and support Grant as he completes his conversion process and is formally welcomed as a member of the Jewish people.


7:00 pm:  "Havdalah with a Purpose" and wine and dessert social to benefit the residents of the Bethlehem Inn will be held at the home of Beverly and Jeff Adler.  RSVP to Beverly at fiber12@gmail.com, or (541) 318-6216. Please bring a dessert and/or bottle of wine to share.


Sunday, June 3 

10:30 am:  Adult Ed at the home of Liz and Paul Levinson.  RSVP to Liz at plevinson856@aol.com or (541) 318-4640.


4:00 pm:  Sunday School

5:00 pm: Sunday School End of Year Celebration

This Sunday will be the last day of Sunday School for this school year.  Everyone is invited to join the children and their families in a special workshop conducted by Rabbi Ettman.  Please come to the church at 5 pm this Sunday, June 3.  Let's all show our support for our TBT youth, their families, and all of the wonderful teachers who volunteer their time.

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TBT's Annual Congregational Meeting is Tuesday, June 5th, 7:00 p.m. 


Plan to Attend!

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The TBT Annual Congregational Meeting is next Tuesday, June 5 at 7 pm at the Environmental Center on Kansas Avenue, downtown.  We will be voting on new Board members and need a quorum present and voting to conduct business.  As per our By-laws proxy votes are not allowed.   


Hope to see you all at the annual meeting.
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Spring Shmooze and Nosh Social on June 16th

nosh and shmooze coffee mugCome celebrate the sunshine with Temple Beth Tikvah. We'll schmooze outdoors and nosh on delicious, homemade Jewish dishes from our top-notch TBT cooks. Pineapple kugel, fresh Israeli salad, and lemon garlic hummus, plus Mandelbrot, blintzes and rugelach - just like Bubbe used to make!

Bring the whole mishpocha. We'll have supervised activities for children, including a spring planting project.


Please respond to the Evite invitation so our hosts know how many to expect.

Questions? Contact Suzanne Schlosberg at schlos1@gmail.com or 541-788-5337.

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Greetings From Rabbi Ettman and TBT President Lisa Uri


Joint message from the desks of Rabbi Glenn Ettman and Dr Lisa Uri.


Rabbi Ettman Photo

Dear Friends,


It is never too soon to begin to think about the High Holy Days, renewal and new beginnings. This month is one of those moments.

Photo of Lisa Uri


During Rosh Hashanah this past year, Lisa read a poem called "An Autobiography in Five Short Chapters."  We have appended it below for you, but the gist is this. Over the course of five examples, a person experiences various learning moments relative to our personal lives. The trope is that she walks down the same road to discover a deep hole. How she responds each time is what changes. First, there is helplessness, next there is blame, then there is some learning, then there is avoidance and finally, there is change.


This poem was shared at the beginning of our Jewish New Year as reminder to each of us about how we can think about life. This poem, we have decided to share today, because it is somewhat relative to the Temple Beth Tikvah New Year on which we are about to embark.


Life is full of mistakes and opportunities to right those mistakes - all the more so as we begin our long introspective journey towards the High Holy Days again. None of us are perfect, in fact no one in the world is truly perfect. What we have - the gift of human beings and more so of the Jewish community - is that we have the ability to pause and reflect, change and be different.


Now is the time for us to do just that; each of us in our own way. Now is the time for us to reflect on which street we have walked, how we have handled the challenges of the journey and how we will now choose where we want to explore today. This is our time to be introspective.


Temple Beth Tikvah is a tremendous community. And we continue to grow. As our children have grown, we have celebrated their changes and maturity and weathered some of their challenges. This is what we need to do today as we start our 2012-2013 fiscal year.


We both, Lisa Uri and Rabbi Glenn Ettman, your President and your Rabbi, respectively, encourage all of you to look at our congregation and the blessings that have been given to us and to look at yourself and ask, how can I be different this year; what will I do to make our congregation even better and more importantly, how can I live with purpose, hope and reflection.


Let us all do our best to make changes that will improve our life and the lives of each other this year. It begins at the top; that is why we have co-written this bulletin article for OUR congregation. Open your heart to those around you to strive for peace and create a better community for all of us.


The past two years for Rabbi Ettman as the Rabbi have been truly wonderful and a great blessing. The past three years for Lisa Uri as your President have been at times exhausting but worth it in the end.  And that worth is seen with all of you.


Life does not just happen to us. We live it. The way the world changes is when we change, when we take collective responsibility, when we get out of our chairs and get involved.  Today is the beginning of our future...and we are excited to boldly continue to walk that long road to our promised land in Bend.


Here is the poem. Please take it to heart and honestly ask, which chapter are you in?


"Autobiography in Five Short Chapters"

by Portia Nelson



I walk down the street

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk

I fall in,

I am lost....I am helpless.

It isn't my fault.

It takes me forever to find a way out



I walk down the same street

There is deep hole in the sidewalk

I pretend I don't see it

I fall in again

I can't believe I am in the same place

But, it isn't my fault

It still takes a long time to get out.



I walk down the same street

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk

I see it is there

I still fall in....its a habit

My eyes are open

I know where I am

It is my fault

I get out immediately



I walk down the same street

There is deep hole in the sidewalk

I walk around it



I walk down another street

Lisa Uri and Rabbi Glenn Ettman


Rabbi Ettman is available via email.  If you want to set up an appointment, please email him at: glennettman@gmail.com.  His office hours are Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:   Tue. June 12th, 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

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Religion and Music

Lauren Olander, committee(s) chair


Temple Beth Tikvah has had another wonderful month filled with beautiful services, inspiring Torah study, engaging adult education, and a wonderful weekend filled with music.  At the start of May, we had our weekend with Rabbi Ettman, which included Friday night services, Torah Study and Adult Education that focused on the development of Yiddish theatre and its great influence on Broadway.  Truly fascinating!  If you have not yet had the chance to attend one of Rabbi Ettman's Torah Study or Adult Education sessions, it's not too late!  We are thrilled to have another year ahead of us to continue learning and being inspired by his teachings.  
In the middle of May, we were blessed with our second Artist in Residence weekend with Cantor Bruner. Her focus was Sephardic Music and it was a treat for us all! Thank you again to our wonderfully generous donors who made this weekend possible.  Please keep in mind that donations to the music committee allow weekends like this to happen.  We hope to bring Cantor Bruner back in our upcoming year.
I have had the honor of chairing the Religious Committee and Music Committee for the last two years.  It has been an honor and pleasure to work with wonderful spiritual leaders such as Rabbi Ettman, Cantor Bruner and Cantor Cahana.  As I get ready to "pass the torch", I do hope that many of you who have enjoyed services and the experiences we have created over the last two years, will consider joining the Religious and/or Music Committees and continue to create beautiful and meaningful opportunities for prayer and learning within our community. 



David Uri, committee chair

I recently received the following from John Houchens of the Humane Society of Central Oregon after our Sunday School children's recent visit:


Hello, David. 


It was a pleasure meeting you and the children yesterday.  Thank you so much, on behalf of our animals and staff, for guiding the children through this project and for donating the results.  The animals in our care will benefit greatly.  Just as importantly, I am sure the kids will benefit.  It is so rewarding to see a love and respect for animals like the children in your program have acquired.


Thanks again.  I'll have something on the shelter's Facebook page tomorrow.




John Houchens

Development Director

Humane Society of Central Oregon

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Editor's note: click to see the Facebook post.  

Social Action

 Beverly Adler, committee co-chair


bethlehem inn logoAs always the Bethlehem Inn was so appreciative of TBT's home-cooked dinner....and TBT thanks the following volunteers for contributing to making May's dinner possible: Beverly Adler, Linda & George Brant + Maxwell, Audrey Cook, Vivian Freeman, Seana Jollo, Terry Reynolds, Harriet Richard, Ann Rosenfield, Bonnie Ruby, Kathy Schindel and Grant Titsworth.  We encourage others to participate in this worthwhile mitzvah.


Havdallah with a Purpose is coming June 2 to benefit the Bethlehem Inn: Items include paper lunch bags, mens & womens deodorant, shaving cream, disposable razors, tampons, lip balm, cough drops, etc.

TOP Immediate Needs:

1. Visa or other retail Gift Cards

2. 33 gallon trash bags

3. Coffee, creamer, sugar

4. Plastic forks, knives & spoons

5. Paper plates and bowls

6. Paper towels

7. Toilet paper



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 e-mail it to sarrava@gmail.com by the 20th of each month.  As always, you will continue to receive "e-minders" before important events take place.



Sara Charney Cohen

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TBT Men's Night - June 19th
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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, June 19th, 5:30 p.m. at Bend d'Vine, located at 916 NW Wall St., Bend, 541-323-3277.  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 Grant Tittsworth, a prayer book, in Memory of his Father, Ronald Tittsworth.
  • From Jeff & Lauren Olander, to the Music Fund, in Memory of Sophie Albert.
  • From Jeff & Lauren Olander, to the Music Fund, in Memory of Edith J. Harrison, Jean Becker, and Isabel Russotto
  • From Cheryl and Neil Schlackman, in Honor of the wedding of Stephanie & Todd Goldenberg.
  • From Cheryl and Neil Schlackman, in Memory of Richard Gibbs.
  • From Cheryl and Neil Schlackman, wishing a speedy recovery to Addy Graham.
  • From Cheryl and Neil Schlackman, wishing a speedy recovery to Kahy Mohl.
  • From Jeanne Freeman & Burt Littman, to the Education Fund, Thanking our TBT family for all the love, support and dinners. Your kindness made recovery easier.
  • From Leslie Conley and Joe Jezukewicz, in Honor of Lisa Uri - Lisa you are a star.  Thank you for three years as President of TBT.

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 be 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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