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In This Issue
Sukkot and Simchat Torah Events
Rabbi's Greeting
President's Message
New Taizé Season Info
Fiddler on the Roof at Summit H.S.
Board Notes
Committee News Education Update
Newcomers Invited to Help With Onegs
TBT Library Update
Social Action Update from St. Charles NICU
3rd Annual Men's Night Celebration
About TBT
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Temple Beth Tikvah
P.O. Box 7472
Bend, OR  97708


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October Celebrations
Celebrations in October honor the following:


  Mickey Freundlich Oct. 1
  Pamela Hamilton   Oct. 3
  Marijane Krohn     Oct. 3
  Charly Charney Cohen
                          Oct. 5
  Michael Feldman Oct. 10
  Leslie Conley     Oct. 18
  Jared Charney Cohen
                        Oct. 19
  Michele Clark     Oct. 21


  Seana & Ron Jollo
         Oct. 2nd
  Hallie & Tracy Smith
         Oct. 20th
  Jeffrey & Beverly Adler
         Oct. 30th
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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:
   Lauren Olander


Social Action:


Social Activities:
   Diane Dober


   Evie Lerner
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October Calendar of Events


   Oct.  3   4:00 p.m. - Community Sukkah Hop

   Oct.  4   7:00 p.m. - Taizé Service 

   Oct.  6   3:30 p.m.- TBT Sukkot Picnic

   Oct.  8   6:00 p.m. - Simchat Torah Celebration

   Oct. 26   6:30 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat Service w/Rabbi

   Oct. 27   9:00 a.m. - Torah Study w/Rabbi

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

   Oct. 28  10:30 a.m. - Adult Education Discussion 

                                 w/Rabbi at the Multz's

                4:00 p.m. - 3rd Annual Men's Night Celebration

                7:00 p.m. - Board Meeting



   November 10th - Progressive Dinner, children included

   November 11th - Bend Jewish Library Book Fair at 

                           Barnes & Noble (volunteers needed)


OCTOBER School Activities:

Sunday School (10:00 a.m):  10/7, 10/21

Hebrew School (4:30 p.m.):  10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, & 10/30


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



Sukkot and Simchat Torah at TBT 

lulav and etrog

We are fortunate to be able to have two wonderful Sukkot events coming up.  The first Sukkot event will be a Community Sukkah Hop on Wednesday, October 3rd.  We will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the JCCO Sukkah at 21555 Modoc Lane.  At 4:30, we will move to the Fishkin's for the TBT Sukkah, and we will end at the Chabad Sukkah at 61023 Snowberry Place around 6:00 p.m. and enjoy spaghetti in the Sukkah.  Cost for this event is $10 per child.  Please RSVP by Sunday, September 30 to Kathy Schindel  at schindelke@aol.com
Parents will be responsible for transporting their children to/from each Sukkah.  Route maps will be distributed.  Late comers can call Kathy at 541 610-9892 or Mimi at 541 550-9356 to find out where we are.
sukkah The TBT Sukkot Picnic will be on Saturday, October 6th at the Fishkin home at 3:30 pm.  There will be crafts for the kids and decorating of the Sukkah.  We will shake the Lulav, smell the Etrog, and learn a little about Sukkot.  Bring a picnic dinner for your family.  TBT will provide the drinks and an ice cream sundae and fruit bar for dessert.  Bring chairs and/or blankets to sit on and don't forget jackets.  We will do Havdalah outside at the conclusion of the evening.  Bring a friend, but please RSVP  by Thursday, October 4th, to Kathy Schindel at schindelke@aol.com
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Simchat Torah
On Monday, October 8th at 6:00 pm TBT will celebrate Simchat Torah with a family-friendly, short service and simple oneg.  More details to follow, but please mark your calendars and plan to join us for this joyous celebration!

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Greetings From Rabbi Ettman 


Rabbi Ettman PhotoDear Friends,


The dust is settling and the New Year's celebrations have subsided.  We came together to learn, to pray and to continue to create this holy community that we have.  Now, there is still great work to be done.


I encourage you to consider what this year will continue to be like for you.  I challenge you to dream about the possibilities that exist.  And I hope that we each can pursue our passions, hopes and dreams.


The following is the open meditation that I wrote for Erev Rosh Hashanah.  I believe that the words are as relevant now as they were a few weeks ago.  Meditate on them and consider them.  This year has a lot of promise.  It is my prayer that we each can see its potential.


A Meditation for the New Year


What a difference a year makes.

What a difference.


Each and every year we celebrate a newness that is dawning.

Each and every year we are allowed to begin again.

To return

To forgive

To make changes that we need to make

To reflect

And to hope that this coming year will be different.


More fulfilling

And certainly, we hope, full of promise...


What a difference a year makes

As we head into this New Year, 5773

We look towards the stars to see what beams on the horizon.

Because there are moments we want to move past and grow from.


May this year be for us like the Higgs Boson Particle discovery,

Where we are able to get a glimpse into how we came here

And forcing us to look for the questions to the answers we already have...


May this year be for us like the Mars Rover Curiosity

Reminding us to see our world in a new light

And realize that we are merely a part of something greater.

And that there is more if we are willing to have the courage to take that leap.


May this year be for us like the true legend of Neil Armstrong

A hero in every sense of the word who dared to boldly go where no person has ever gone before

And took generations along with him.

And continued to inspire anyone who either looked up at the stars

Or just merely took that first step small step in their life.


Rosh Hashanah is here again...

Wow, what a difference a year makes....

We gather here ready for what comes dawning on the horizon.

We join together amazed at what happened,

Curious to understand how it can all be...

Anxious to mend our broken-ness...

And hopeful that time will bring good things.


May this year be one where we all reach for our stars...

See the world in a new way....

And simply dare to take that first small step...

...which may just be that giant leap that we needed to make.


This is real

And we are completely unprepared.

But this is our prayer.

And this is our new year...

So let's begin...



Sincerely always,
Rabbi's signature jpeg 




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


Dear TBT Members & Friends,


What an amazing September this has been for Temple Beth Tikvah!  So many wonderful events and celebrations.  Obviously, the highlight would have to be the High Holy Days.  Rabbi Ettman and Cantor Bruner orchestrated such a beautiful and meaningful set of services throughout Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Add on top of that the stirring and moving music that Lauren Olander put together with Julie Geveshausen, Jo Booser, and Audrey Cook (who also provided another cantorial-like voice), with guest musicians David DeWilde for Kol Nidre and Mark Barringer for Yizkor.  The combination was such a powerful and spiritual High Holy Days experience for all those who attended.  Then, to finish it off, we had the most delicious Break-the-Fast buffet dinner, courtesy of the co-chairs Laurel Fishkin and Arlene Multz, with the marvelous baking and cooking talents of Vivian Freeman, Marilyn Lebowitz, and Liz Levinson.  Our Tashlich ceremony was in the beautiful setting of Pioneer Park, with the benefit of a gorgeous day in Bend, and made all the more enjoyable by a hosted picnic from Jerry and Phyllis Greenbach, and the assistance from a number of diligent helpers.  For pulling ALL of this together with such effectiveness and skill, we are indebted to the entire High Holy Days Committee, under the guidance and leadership of Kathy Schindel, as Chair.


But, there was so much more that happened in September:

  • We successfully kicked-off our new joint Community Sunday School with Shalom Bayit Congregation and Chabad.  This Jewish Community Sunday School had an introductory "Shofar Factory" and crafts program on September 9th, with the first official Sunday School classes on September 23rd.  The opportunity to bring ALL the Jewish children together to share in this wonderful Religious Education program has received rave responses from parents and teachers.  We are so thankful for the dedicated and hard-working efforts of Kathy Schindel from TBT and Judy Shupack from Shalom Bayit for putting this great education program together.
  • Our special "TBT at the Tower" fundraising event, organized by Liz Levinson and Arlene Multz, not only brought in close to $500, but was such an enjoyable social gathering. Only Mel Brooks could come up with such a humorous, irreverent show as "The Producers".  Our local cast of actors did an outstanding job with this performance.  It was truly a memorable evening.
  • The Planning Group completed the important task of taking ALL the information gathered from the congregational Focus Sessions and other sources and writing the draft versions of the new TBT Mission and Vision Statements.  After the Congregation had the opportunity to weigh in on the FINAL edit, the new TBT Mission and Vision Statements were presented to and approved by the Board at their monthly meeting on September 20th.  The statements have since been e-mailed to all the members, posted on our website, and framed for display at our services and events.  Everyone is encouraged to read and reread these significant statements, since they are our foundation and guide for all our future endeavors.  Our thanks to the Planning Group under the chairmanship of Mark Schindel (pardon my conflict of interest), Lester Dober, David Kalov, Terry Reynolds, and Lawrence Schechter for their tireless devotion to this effort.  But, equally, our thanks to the entire Congregation for their participation and support in sharing ideas, feelings, and information that contributed to the final result.


As a special blessing this month, an anonymous donor has come forward willing to match up to $2,500 in funds, to be collected in September, designated for additional Rabbinic services to fill-in the months that we currently do not have scheduled.  While we have received a number of generous donations so far, we still have not met the targeted matching figure.  So, the donor has graciously extended the deadline, and we encourage anyone wishing to contribute to send in their donation as soon as possible.  If sending in a check, please just make a note that it is for the "Matching Rabbinic Fund" (mail to P.O. Box 7472; Bend, OR 97708) or if donating online, simply select "Other" for the Donation Designation, and add the note of "Matching Rabbinic Fund" in the "Other" field below.


We still have fun holidays to celebrate!  Sukkot runs from September 30th to October 7th, followed by Simchat Torah on October 8th.  Again, we will be having a gathering to celebrate and eat under our Sukkah.  We are also planning a Simchat Torah service and celebration to dance around with the Torahs and to complete our annual Torah reading cycle by reading the very last Torah portion and the very first Torah portion.  Both these holiday events will be kid-friendly.  Look for upcoming details about these events in e-mails.


Finally, as you can see, there are SO many great things happening at TBT.  We don't want you to miss out.  As a helpful reminder to existing members, if you have not yet filled out and sent in your Annual Membership Renewal form, please do so as soon as possible.  For those who may not be members yet, hopefully this gives you a taste of what you can enjoy by joining.  If interested in joining, please contact our Membership Chair, Terry Reynolds at tlrsboard@yahoo,com .


Best wishes for a joyous and sweet New Year.


L'Shana Tova, 

Mark Schindel

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New Taizé Season Begins

Taize candles

All TBT members are invited to join in another season of introspective, spiritual meditation and music.  The location will be the same as last year:  St. Clare chapel at St. Francis Church on 27th Street in Bend. Date and time again on the 1st Thursday of the month, 7:00 p.m., October through May.

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Fiddler on the Roof at  Fiddler logo

Summit High School


Summit High School Drama will be performing Fiddler on the Roof this month.  Performances are scheduled for October 19th, 20th, 26th, & 27th at 7:00 p.m., and October 21st at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors.  TBT member Hannah Goldstein is in the show! 

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lit yahrzeit candle Thanks from The Uris


We just wanted to express our heartfelt thanks to the TBT community for all of your cards, calls, and donations in memory of Marcia's father.


Thank you,

Marcia and Ralph


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TBT Board Notes

Next Board Meeting:  Sunday, October 28th, 7:00 p.m

Location:  Wesley Room at FUMC


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 Update

Kathy Schindel, Committee Chair

Aleph Bet blocks

Sunday, September 23 was a momentous occasion in the Central Oregon Jewish community.  It marked the first day of our community Jewish Sunday school which brought together children from TBT, JCCO, and Chabad.  We have four classrooms of children ranging from kindergarten through 7th grade.  On this first day, the children learned about Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot.  Many learned the story of Jonah which is read on Yom Kippur.  Age appropriate engaging activities were enjoyed in each of the classes.  It was a beautiful day and some of the learning took place outdoors.  The younger classes enjoyed a few minutes of outdoor play and all of the classes gathered around the table outdoors engaging in the Rosh Hashanah tradition of dipping apples in honey with the wish for a sweet new year.  At the end of the session all of the classes gathered together for singing and were given the opportunity to hear the blowing of the shofar.


Thanks to all of the wonderful teachers for their planning of such engaging activities and learning opportunities for the children.  It was truly a morning of warmth, excitement, and positive energy.  I look forward to a wonderful school year with the children of our community.


If you have not yet registered your children, please follow this link to register:  http://www.bethtikvahbend.org/


%20Form%202012-13.pdf.  Please remember that you also need to have current TBT membership.  To renew your membership for 2012, please follow this link: 




Finally, if you know of someone who would like to become a TBT member and register their child for Sunday school please direct them to our website at 



I am looking forward to seeing all of the children at our next Sunday school session on Sunday morning, October 7th, from 10-12:30.


With wishes for a happy and healthy year ahead.


Kathy Schindel


New to TBT?  Come Help With Onegs!

Corrie Grudin, Oneg Coordinator

shabbat items image

If you're new to Beth Tikvah and want to get your feet wet, come help me with the Oneg Shabbats once a month.  We have sponsors for most months, but helping with set-up and clean-up is a good way to meet members, learn to make coffee and pour wine.  I'm not looking for sponsors, just helpers. Adults and children over 12 only.
Contact me!
Corrie Grudin   541-389-8772 


TBT Library News 

Beverly Adler


Books on shelf


Our library has grown to 250 items, and we now need a second bookcase. If anyone has one, please let Tully Ellsberg know at  tullyell@gmail.com.


Some items that might be of interest to you during this Holiday season include the following:



  • New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story 
  • Even Higher: A Rosh Hashanah Story
  • When the Chickens Went on Strike: A Rosh Hashanah Tale
  • Sammy Spider's First Sukkot
  • The Mysterious Guests: A Sukkot Story and Sukkot Treasure Hunt

Slightly older children might enjoy: 

  • Secret Shofar of Barcelona



  • Preparing your Heart for the High Holy Days: A Guided Journal
  • Renewing Your Soul: A Guided Retreat for the Sabbath and Other Days of Rest 
  • Jewish Holidays: A Guide & Commentary 


We also need volunteers to work the table during the upcoming Jewish Book Fair on November 11th.  Please contact Beverly Adler at fiber12@gmail.com if you can help.  


Social Action Update - Thanks from St. Charles NICU

Beverly Adler

Hands around the world drawing

The following letter about families using gas cards donated by TBT was recently received by Linda Brandt.  Our work is appreciated!
To: Linda Brant
Subject: Going home cards


I keep forgetting to pass on two more stories for you! I am SOOOO sorry!

1)      A family with 5 children, who were here from Lakeview, and had to leave AMA a day before their baby was going to be discharged were extremely grateful for the card! They were in poverty and had very little resources and support. The dad finally got a job and had to get back that day or he would have missed his first day. So, they had to leave and make the drive literally with the gas money you helped provide, and were able to get home in time. They had good follow up scheduled with a doc down there and the baby is thriving. 
2)      A couple that was very young had only the basic necessities. They had no family in town for support and they lived in LaPine. The gas voucher got them home at discharge and a way to feel confident that they could come to their follow up pediatrician appointment the next week. 

These truly make such a big difference Linda! Any way I can write a thank you card to all these folks again? I want them to know how much I so sincerely appreciate the generosity!  
Sara Mosher, RN, BSN, MHA 
NICU Clinical Practice Coordinator 
& MOD Family Support Specialist 



November Newsletter Deadline:  November 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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3rd Annual Men's Night Celebration

Sunday, Oct. 28th

Five Fusion logo

While the TBT monthly Men's Night is generally held on the third Tuesday of each month, this month is different.  It's time for the Third Annual Men's Night Celebration! The next TBT Men's Night will be Sunday, October 28th, 4:00 p.m. at Five Fusion and Sushi Bar, located at 821, NW Wall St., Bend, 541-323-2328.  We'll be meeting for Happy Hour on the mezzanine.  All men of TBT are invited and asked to bring a significant other.  RSVPs requested by October 20th for this one.  To RSVP, or 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 Lester & Diane Dober, to the Music Fund, in honor of the birth of the Malin's baby.
  • From Leslie Conley and Joe Jezukewicz, in memory of Harry Becker, Marcia Uri's father.
  • From Paul & Liz Levinson, sending condolences to the Herbert Silver family upon the passing of their son Martin Harris Silver.
  • From Paul & Liz Levinson, Mazel Tov to Seymour Waterman on the occasion of his 90th Birthday.
  •  From Ruth Baser, in honor of her wonderful helpers.
  • From Lester and Diane Dober, in memory of Loyd Livstone.
  • From Terry and Gary Reynolds, in memory of Herb Reynolds.
  • From Burton Litman & Jeanne Freeman, in memory of Elaine Litman.  
  • From Marilyn & Philip Ettman, in honor of Rabbi Ettman.
  • From Marilyn & Philip Ettman, in appreciation for being so welcoming to us.
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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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