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Rabbi's Greeting
President's Message
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Board Notes
Committee News
Men's Night
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P.O. Box 7472
Bend, OR  97708


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August Celebrations
Celebrations in August honor the following:


  Ezra Cook       Aug.  9
  Nan Malin        Aug. 12
  Tom Malin       Aug. 27


  Grant Tittsworth & 
     William Herz  Aug.  1
  Mark & Kathy Schindel
         Aug.  4
  Lester & Diane Dober
         Aug. 14
  Ed & Evelyn Chernoff
         Aug. 17
  Michael & Maricela
     Feldman  Aug. 18
  Loren & Scott Radzik
         Aug. 18
  Jo Ann Ray & Larry
     Barker  Aug. 20
  Howard & Marcia Koff
        Aug. 23
  Audrey Ellen & Ezra 
     Cook  Aug. 28
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TBT Board Members
Board Officers: 


   Mark Schindel


 Vice President:
   Jeanne Freeman


   Lisa Rosen
 Past President:
   Lisa Uri
Members At Large:
   Victor Chudowsky
   Diane Dober

   Suzanne Schlosberg
TBT Committee Chairs
   Suzanne Schlosberg
   Evie Lerner


Communications and
Public Relations:
   Jeanne Freeman

Congregational Development:
   Lauren Olander


   Kathy Schindel


   Ron Ruby




   Terry Reynolds

Oneg Coordinator:
   Corrie Grudin


   Mark Schindel


Religion and Music:


Social Action:


Social Activities:
   Diane Dober
   Evie Lerner
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August Calendar of Events


   Aug.  5   2:00 p.m. - Wedding of Lawrence & Lorraine

   Aug.  8   4:45 p.m. - Pre-Game Picnic at Larkspur Park

                6:30 p.m. - Bend Elks Game at Genna Stadium

   Aug. 11 10:00 a.m  - Relay for Life Begins (24 hrs.) at

                                High Desert Middle School

   Aug. 17   6:30 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat Service w/

                                 Rabbi Ettman

   Aug. 18   9:00 a.m. - Torah Study w/Rabbi

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

                7:00 p.m. - Havdallah

   Aug. 19   7:00 p.m. - Board Meeting

   Aug. 21  5:30 p.m. - TBT Men's Night at Greg's Grill

   Aug. 31  6:30 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat Service



   September 15th - TBT at the Tower Theater

   September 16-17 - Rosh Hashanah Services

   September 25-26 - Yom Kippur Services


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


Relay for Life - Aug. 11-12

Come Walk With TBT's Team Heal the World 

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Relay for Life is NEXT WEEKEND, August 11-12, 2012.  Please come out for the Survivor Lap at 10 a.m. and support those in our community who have fought back and won their personal battle against cancer!  Additionally, we need people to sign up for times to walk during the 24 hour event.  Each team is encouraged to have at least one member on the track for the entire 24 hours.

Please contact Lauren Olander directly at mlolander18@gmail.com to let her know what shifts you can take for walking.  

Lastly, the luminaria ceremony begins at dark.  This is one of the most moving parts of the Relay event, where the entire track at High Desert Middle School is lined with white bags with candles inside.  These candles are lit In Memory of those loved ones who have lost their battle to cancer and In Honor of those who have fought back and won their battle.  Our team gets together at our campsite around the track and socializes and visits (and usually shares some wine, in brown paper bags, of course) and walks together in unity for the Remembrance Lap.

Please take a moment out of your 24 hours from 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 11th through 10 a.m. on Sunday, August 12th and be a part of the fight against cancer.  Show up at the track at High Desert Middle School and show your support.  There will be a Kids Zone open all day on Saturday for fun activities for the kids as well.  Remember, this is a walk - all you need is a pair of shoes to be part of the fight.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lauren directly.


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Greetings From Rabbi Ettman 


Rabbi Ettman PhotoDear Friends,


This past month, the worlds of science and religion collided at the CERN Super-collider in Switzerland where it is believed that scientists identified the Higgs-Boson particle; or more simply, I have come to learn, the particle that is believed to have given form to matter at the big bang.  This is being regaled as one of science's biggest discoveries.  It is also being seen as a potential microcosm of how God effected the creation of the universe.  Some are moved to see this particle as the "God Particle", laying claim that this is what the first chapter of Genesis talks about in the creation story.  Others are pointing out that this reaction is what makes matter in our world, thus being the foundation of all living things.  No matter what, it is big deal.  The conversations go on and on - and even today, the internet is full of commentary (some humorous and some serious) about this scientific moment.


While I believe that it is truly amazing and am actually a bit fascinated by this, what strikes me as unique and uniquely relevant to us is how science came to look for this particle.  We knew that the world existed, we now had to find out how and by what process it came to exist. Simply, it seems, we knew the answer but we had to find out the question.

This paradigm is relevant to us in so many ways in our lives.  We have many answers in our lives.  We have many realities with which we have to deal.  But we need to stop and ask ourselves the questions - or at least be honest with ourselves to look for the questions and not just focus on the outcomes.

As I sit and write this message to you, this metaphor seems far too relevant.  My mind is reeling with news of senseless killings in Bulgaria and Colorado as well as the lack of official memorial of the Israeli Olympians who were killed 40 years ago.  These actions are the outcomes; the reality of the world today is that there is senseless hate and violence which plagues us.  In the Jewish tradition, it is believed that senseless hate, SINAT CHINAM, was the reason for the eventual destruction of the first two Temples in Jerusalem 2000 years ago...perhaps it was behavior similar to this.  But we do not and should not live with this horrible reality and do nothing about it.  We must strive to act in our corner of the world and we have to find the question.

That question, I believe, is found in the opposite of senseless hate and that is senseless love, AHAVAT CHINAM.  Senseless love can bring a community together.  Senseless love can brighten a person's day.  Senseless love can open the eyes of people who only see darkness and shadows on their paths.  And senseless love can help eventually repair our world.

This month, may we pursue acts of senseless love AHAVAT CHINAM.  May we act in the ways that we want to see the world for our families and our children.  May we smile, laugh, treat each with respect, be honest, and pursue a sense of Shalom - wholeness and completeness.  Through this path, we will begin to find our breakthrough moments of discovery and keep creating our world that continues to break before us.

With blessings of senseless love and peace, 


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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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Mark Schindel photo

President's Message
From TBT President Mark Schindel


TBT Members & Friends,


Although it took awhile, we are finally enjoying another beautiful summer in Central Oregon.  On July 13th, we had a lovely outdoor lay-led Erev Shabbat service at Sawyer Uplands Park.  The special service was developed by Lauren Olander, and led by Diane Dober, with lovely music provided by Audrey and Ezra Cook.  The park setting was ideal for the many children attending, as well as for adults socializing after the service with a BYOD (Bring Your Own Dinner) gathering.  We look forward to seeing everyone at our next worship with Rabbi Ettman on August 17th for Erev Shabbat service and August 18th for our morning Torah service, immediately after Torah Study.  Our next lay-led Erev Shabbat service will be on August 31st, so stay tuned for further details.


Also in July, we were very fortunate to have a wonderful and informative visit by Rabbi David Fine, the URJ West Region Small Congregations Rabbinic Director.  In various sessions with the Board and Members, Rabbi Fine graciously shared his wisdom and experience on what it takes to be a successful, young, small congregation.  His basic message for us was to use the closeness and intimacy of our small community to our benefit in creating a warm, inclusive congregation that cares for each other and that supports our temple.  In order for us to accomplish our dreams, we must rely on each other.


The new Board had its first official Board Meeting on July 10th, at which time we approved new officers and new committee chairs: 

     Board Vice President - Jeanne Freeman, 

     Board Secretary - Lisa Rosen, 

     Treasurer - Evie Lerner, 

     Assistant Treasurer - Jeff Adler, 

     Finance Chair - Ron Ruby, 

     Congregational Development - Lauren Olander, 

     Religious Education - Kathy Schindel, and 

     Social Chair - Diane Dober.  

The Board also recognized and expressed sincere gratitude for the great work done by last year's Board and Committee Chairs.  In addressing the needs for this year, though, the Board created its "Top 10" list.  From that list, we have chosen the following as our "First Five" (items to be addressed immediately):


    1)   Religious Education program for the upcoming year;

    2)   New Spiritual Leader search process;

    3)   Rebuilding committees and member involvement;

    4)   Defining Board roles & responsibilities;

    5)   Developing our new Mission & Vision statements.


Item #1, Religious Education, is making very good progress under the Committee Chair leadership of Kathy Schindel.  A joint program for children's Sunday School with Congregation Shalom Bayit has been developed which will include teacher participation from all the Jewish communities.  A few details remain to be worked out, but the new program will be in place for the start of Sunday School right after Rosh Hashanah.  


Item #5, Mission & Vision, is also making progress through the Planning Committee.  With results from the Focus Groups and other inputs, a draft version of the Mission & Vision statements will be forthcoming in the next month, with a special congregational meeting to be scheduled for final editing.  


Items #2, #3, and #4 are in the planning stages by the Board and we will be reporting updates on those issues by our next Board Meeting, which will be on Sunday, August 19th at 7 p.m. in the Wesley Room of the Church.  Board Meetings are open to all members.


Finally, just over the horizon, in September we have the High Holy Days.  This year, Rosh Hashanah will be on September 16th (evening service) and 17th (morning service, with afternoon Tashlich event), and Yom Kippur will be on September 25th (Kol Nidre, evening service) and 26th (morning & afternoon services, followed by our Break-Fast "dinner").  Again, we are most fortunate to have Cantor Bruner joining Rabbi Ettman to lead the services.  More details will be forthcoming as we get closer.  


Just before the High Holy Days, we have another special event - our social fundraiser "TBT at the Tower".  On September 15th, for the evening performance of the musical, "The Producers", we obtained a special block of tickets to enjoy this wonderful performance together.  Rabbi Ettman, in his adult education presentation on Jewish Theater, called this one of his favorite shows.  And fortuitously, he will be joining us at this wonderful event at the Tower Theatre.  So, come be part of the fun and enjoyment, before getting down to the seriousness of the High Holy Days.  Tickets from our special block are already being sold by Liz Levinson and Arlene Multz, so contact them for further details.  Help make this 5th year as a congregation our best yet!



Mark Schindel

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Evening of Theater - Sept. 15th

Join TBT For "The Producers" at the Tower Theater

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September 15th, 2012

Curtain - 8:00 p.m.


Pre-Theatre Social  (no-host)

Bend d'Vine

916 NW Wall St.

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Cat Call Productions presents "The Producers".


TBT is sponsoring a fund-raiser by offering a LIMITED number of premium seats at $40.00 per person (a portion will be tax deductible).


Tickets will be issued based upon receipt of check. When our block is gone, it's gone!!  Make checks payable to Temple Beth Tikvah and send to Liz Levinson.


Any questions: call Liz Levinson 541-318-4640 or Arlene Multz 541-317-5175.


Since this is a fund-raiser, please include a self-addressed

stamped envelope. Tickets will be sent to you.

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TBT Board Notes

Next Board Meeting: Sunday, August 19th, 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 Lisa Rosen: lisallr@gmail.com.

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Committee News  


Religious Education - Community Sunday School Coming Soon

Kathy Schindel, Committee Chair

Aleph Bet blocksOur beautiful summer in Central Oregon is in full swing and already it is time to think about religious school in the fall.  For several months, I have been meeting with representatives from the JCCO and Mimi Feldman from Chabad.  With the support of the TBT Board, we 

have decided to combine our resources and have one community Sunday school for the 2012-2013 school year.  This plan will allow us to approximately double the Sunday school enrollment, creating four classes with larger, yet still manageable numbers in each class.  We will be able to combine our teaching staff utilizing teachers from all three synagogues.  We will be meeting in a Jewish facility at Shalom Bayit (JCCO).  I have personally spoken with most of our TBT families with children and have received a very positive response.


Registration forms for the 2012-2013 school year will be up on the TBT website sometime in August.  I will be sending an email to all families with children with registration information, the Sunday school calendar dates, meeting times, etc.


Please mark your calendars for Sunday, September 9 at 10:00 am.  We will be having "Bagels and Back to School High Holy Days Workshop".  This will be an opportunity for the parents to meet each other and their children's teachers, for the children to get together and participate in the Shofar Factory, where all of the children will make their very own shofars.  We hope to see all of our families there.


Stay tuned for more details.


September Newsletter Deadline:  August 24th


This newsletter is emailed to both members and non-members each month.  If you have something you want to include in the newsletter, please e-mail it to sarrava@gmail.com by the 24th 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 -  August 21st 

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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, August 21st, 5:30 p.m. at Greg's Grill located at 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 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 may be designated to a specific fund, including the Youth Education Fund, the High Holy Days Fund, the Music Fund, the Library Fund, or to the General Fund. Donations listed below were 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 Malcolm Freudenheim. 
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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 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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