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In This Issue
Rabbi Weekend Info
Rabbi's Greeting
President's Message
Taizé Service
Weekend In Quest March 1st-3rd in Astoria, OR
Board Notes
Committee News - Featured Vocalists Coming in January
Community Meal Programs Update
Advertising Opportunity in this Newsletter
Men's Night
About TBT
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Bend, OR  97708


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December Celebrations
Celebrations in December honor the following:


  Lester Dober     Dec.  1
  Cassidy Rosen   Dec.  1
  Howard Koff      Dec.  4
  Terry Reynolds   Dec.  4
  Lawrence Schechter
                         Dec.  7
  Galen Krohn       Dec. 10
  Izabella Quinn    Dec. 13
  Lisa Rosen        Dec. 14
  Jesse Isaac Fishkin
                        Dec. 15
  Mark Schindel    Dec. 18
  Beverly Adler     Dec. 28


  Dan & Laurel Fishkin
         Dec. 4th
  Nan & Tom Malin
         Dec. 9th
  Ron & Bonnie Ruby
         Dec. 11th
  Burton Litman & 
  Jeanne Freeman
         Dec. 13th
  Michael & Mickey
         Dec. 23rd
  Carl & Judith Schlosberg
         Dec. 25th
  Leslie Conley & 
  Joseph Jezukewicz
         Dec. 27th
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TBT Board Members
Board Officers: 


   Mark Schindel


 Vice President:
   Jeanne Freeman

 Interim Secretary:
   Diane Dober

Members At Large:

   Victor Chudowsky

   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


Religion and Music:
   Lauren Olander


Social Action:
   Burt Litman


Social Activities:
   Diane Dober


   Evie Lerner
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December Calendar of Events


   Dec.  2  10:00 a.m. - Community Sunday School

               12:15 p.m. - Camp Kalsman Information

                                 Session at Sunday School

   Dec.  6   7:00 p.m. - Taizé Service

   Dec.  7   6:30 p.m. - Family and Children's Kabbalat

                                Shabbat Service w/Rabbi Ettman

   Dec.  8    --  Chanukah Begins - 1st Candle --

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

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

                6:30 p.m. - Adult Ed. and Social Evening w/

                                Chanukah candle lighting and 

                                Havdallah at Larry & JoAnn's

   Dec.  9  10:00 a.m. - Community Sunday School

                3:00 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting

                5:00 p.m. - Community Menorah Lighting

   Dec. 18   5:30 p.m. - TBT Men's Night at Scanlon's

   Dec. 21   6:30 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat Service

   Dec. 24  11:59 p.m. - January Newsletter Deadline


ON THE HORIZON - Save the Date now!

   January 25th - Special Musical Shabbat with featured

                        Guest Vocalists

   March 25th - TBT's annual Passover Seder

   June 1st - TBT's 5th Anniversary Celebration


December School Activities:

Sunday School  10:00 a.m. Shalom Bayit:  12/2, 12/9

Hebrew School:  

   First Year  Tuesdays w/David, 3:45 p.m. at Dudley's

        12/4,12/11, 12/18

   Second Year  Thursdays w/Ronit, 4:30 p.m. at Brants':         12/6, 12/13, 12/20

   Fourth Year  Tuesdays w/Sara, 4:40 p.m. at Dudley's:

        12/4, 12/11, 12/18




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



Rabbi Weekend December 7th-9th,

First Candle December 8th, Community Candle Lighting 12/9

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Our upcoming Rabbi weekend, December 7th-9th, 2012, is packed with opportunities for all ages to celebrate Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. Our Friday night Shabbat Family service will be filled with music, fun and the building of a human menorah. A human menorah, you ask? Yes!  A human menorah!  And that's not the only surprise in store. Please join us on Friday night to help with the building! 
Saturday morning will be filled with Torah study and a morning service with Rabbi Ettman.  For Saturday evening's adult education and social event, we will gather at JoAnn Ray and Larry Barker's home for some learning, some noshing, some latkes, lighting our first candle on the first night of Chanukah and ending our Shabbat celebration with Havdallah blessings.  Feel free to bring your very own special Menorah.  
On Sunday evening, we will join Central Oregon's three Jewish communities - Temple Beth Tikvah, Chabad of Central Oregon and Shalom Bayit - as we gather together to light the menorah on Sunday, December 9th at 5:00 p.m. at the Old Mill District (beside The Gap). Following the candle lighting, we'll have latkes, hot drinks and music. We hope to see everyone there.


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Greetings From Rabbi Ettman 


Rabbi Ettman PhotoDear Friends,


There is so much we can learn from this time of year and the main Jewish holiday that shapes it. We have reached our season and festival of lights. Chanukah is upon us and with its celebration comes an eternal message for each one of us.


Chanukah is more than just a festival where we give presents to each other and light candles and celebrate as a family. It is a holiday about hope. It is a holiday about courage. And it is a holiday about the strength to live life.


The main focal point of the holiday itself is the miracle that occurred when a single jar of oil lasted for 8 days.  We commemorate this moment by lighting the Chanukiah - the Chanukah Menorah. But more than the message of the miracle it is the resilience of the people to believe.  

See, what is curious, is that Chanukah is one of the two major holidays where there is no direct reference to God. (The other holiday is Purim.) It is the tenacity, the strength and the hope of the people that we celebrate.


Listen to what the Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks has to say to us that can guide us to understand what I believe is the eternal message of this great holiday:


"What Chanukah tells us is that what lasts is not what makes the news at the time. It's the candle of hope kept alive in people's hearts. There's nothing logical about hope; no proof that tomorrow will be better than today; but it's real, it changes lives, and sustains the courage we need to build a better world."


This month, more than many others in our lives, this message rings true. Not only do we celebrate the beauty of Chanukah because it is our tradition, but we must heed the message of hope of which it reminds us.


My friends, we are boldly moving forward in our personal lives and the life of our congregation. Hope is what brought us to be, and remains as a defining element in our very name - the House of Hope. And we must have the courage to keep building our world. Because when we do, I know deep in my heart, that we will continue to create something even more special than we have now.


My prayer for each of us this month is this: "May the candles of your Chanukah menorah illuminate a part of your life and guide you towards hope. May you have the strength to believe that tomorrow will be better than today. And mostly, may we have the courage to keep building our world with love, compassion, cooperation and peace."


With blessings of light and love,

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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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President's Message
From TBT President Mark Schindel


TBT Members and Friends,


I hope everyone had a very enjoyable Thanksgiving.  We certainly had a lot to be thankful for with TBT this month.  Because of the generosity of an anonymous donor willing to match up to $2,500, and the Congregation stepping up to meet that challenge, we were able to enjoy an additional visit from Rabbi Ettman this month.  As usual, the services and educational sessions were excellent.  The Adult Education topic - "Jewtopia: attempting to create a sustainable, thoughtful, and strong Jewish Community" was especially profound. I recommend EVERYONE read his presentation (contact me if you need a copy).  It provides a thought-provoking look at the significance that Jewish communities can provide to a vital, thriving society and the valuable role that being a member of a congregation plays in the strength of that Jewish community.


Also in November, many of us enjoyed a beautiful evening of good food and great company at our Progressive Dinner event.  We offer a special thank you to Diane Dober and her wonderful Social Committee for organizing this enjoyable evening. The Jewish Book Fair held at Barnes & Noble was organized by Beverly Adler and Pat Givens for the benefit of the Bend Jewish Library and provided a great opportunity to pick up some unique Jewish books and listen to some of the distinguished speakers.


TBT also participated in two important Social Action events.  One morning several members, under the expert guidance and leadership of Jeanne Freeman and Burt Litman, helped serve breakfast to those in need as part of the Back Door Café program, sponsored by the First United Methodist Church.  Then the Board and Committee Chairs took a turn in providing and serving a home cooked dinner for the residents of the Bethlehem Inn.  Thank you to all who participated in these worthwhile efforts of Tikkun Olam.


The Board is moving forward on the Rabbi Search Process. We are presently working on recruiting the Rabbi Search Committee and should have further updates in December. 


Unfortunately, we will have to move forward without the valued services of Lisa Rosen and Lisa Uri on the Board, both of whom resigned due to personal circumstances.  We greatly thank them for their valuable contributions to TBT as Board members. 


One other significant Board item is an update on the New Ark and a presentation of its design.  The New Ark is being coordinated through the dedicated efforts of Jerry Greenbach, and the design is lovingly being handled by Lawrence Schechter.  For those who have been fortunate to see the design of the new Ark that Lawrence has presented, it is awe-inspiring.  It will be a most beautiful and sacred addition to our worship services in the future.  If you have not had the opportunity to see the design, I would strongly encourage you to contact Lawrence so you too can be amazed and inspired by its beauty and impact.


Coming up quickly, in December, will be Chanukah (first night on Saturday the 8th).  We are fortunate that Rabbi Ettman will be here for that first weekend.  So, I wish all of you a very Happy Chanukah celebration.




Mark Schindel

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Taizé Service December 6th

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All TBT members are invited to join in this season of introspective, spiritual meditation and music. Taizé is held the first Thursday of each month, October through May, at 7:00 p.m.  The location is the same as last year: St. Clare Chapel at St. Francis Church on 27th Street in Bend.  
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Jews, Conversos, and Crypto-Jews in the Iberian World
Weekend in Quest, March 1st-3rd, Astoria, Oregon  
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The Institute for Judaic Studies of Portland's "Weekend in Quest" is presenting a weekend with Matthew Warshawsky, a professor at University of Portland.  He has studied and written extensively about "New Christians prosecuted by the Inquisition tribunals of

colonial Mexico and Peru during the 1600s for the heresy of secretly practicing Judaism. The term 'New Christian' describes Spanish and Portuguese Catholics whose Jewish ancestors were forcibly baptized."


Temple Beth Tikvah is one of the sponsors of this unique learning experience, which is offered Friday evening through Sunday noon, March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2013. The event takes place at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites in Astoria, OR.


Every year, the Institute for Judaic Studies facilitates programs that link individuals together in learning and understanding our complex and challenging world. They provide a forum where intellectual people can learn from each other and from nationally and intellectually acclaimed scholars, contemporary artists and musicians.


Shabbat services Friday evening and Saturday morning will be led  by Ilene Safyan who is an integral part of Portland's Jewish music community. She is the Music Coordinator at Congregation Havurah Shalom and serves as Cantorial Soloist at both Neveh Shalom and Havurah Shalom. She has received national acclaim for her award winning compositions and recordings of Jewish music.   


The weekend includes the lectures, Shabbat services, a special program Saturday evening, five meals and a river-view room for $265/person based on double occupancy.


For more information and to register go to:



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TBT Board Notes

Next Board Meeting:  Sunday, Dec. 9th, 3:00 p.m.**

Location: Wesley Room, 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.


**Please note the time change for this month's board meeting.  This is to accommodate the Community Menorah Lighting event in the Old Mill Shopping Center.


If you would like to read the minutes of previous board meetings, you can request a copy from Board Secretary 

Diane Dober: dobersbend@gmail.com.

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Committee News  


Special Musical Evening coming in January 

Religion and Music Committee Report

Lauren Olander, Committee Chair

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and are ready to move into our Festival of Lights. We have many wonderful events coming up through December to celebrate Chanukah, (details above), and look forward to a truly wonderful musical service in January.

Thanks to the generosity of our anonymous donors and our entire TBT community, Rabbi Ettman will be returning in January for another rabbi weekend, January 25th-27th, 2013.  We'll have another weekend filled with music, learning and celebration. 
Our Friday night Shabbat service will be an amazing musical experience, blending the wonderful voices of our very own Audrey Ellen Cook and Melissa Bagwell. (Melissa honored us with her voice two years ago during our service in memory of Debbie Friedman.) This is a musical Shabbat experience that we will all remember for a very long time.

On Saturday night, January 26th, 2013, we will have an evening filled with celebration and learning about the holiday of Tu B'Shevat, and sharing in a wonderful Havdallah service. These celebrations will take place at the home of Shelley and Corrie Grudin, where we will also share in the Rabbi's blessing of their new home.

Keep an eye out for emails with further details about all of these events. If anyone is interested and willing to help coordinate details and set up for Rabbi weekends, please contact Lauren Olander at mlolander18@gmail.com for details on how you can help. Thank you goes out to Ann and Michael Rosenfeld for all their help in coordinating these past weekends.  Without them, our weekends would not run so smoothly.

Helping with Community Meal Programs

Social Action Committee Report

Burt Litman, Committee Chair

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The Social Action Committee followed up on the High Holiday theme of providing support for those in need by providing meals in two venues. In September, October, and November, a group of TBT members served breakfast to between 30 and 50 guests at the Back Door Cafe run by the First United Methodist Church. Our goal is to have TBT sponsor and serve at the Back Door Cafe every 4-6 weeks. As part of our ongoing support of the Bethlehem Inn, the TBT Board sponsored and served dinner in November.  Both of these activities represent a continuing effort on the part of TBT to provide support for those in need in our area. Many thanks for those who have participated in these activities. With the coming of winter, there is even more need for these programs. Donations to both the Bethlehem Inn and the Compassionate Care Fund at the First United Methodist Church will help support these worthy programs. Contact me if you have any questions, blitman@bendbroadband.com.


Beverly Adler, Committee member

THANK you to all the Board and Committee members who cooked and served at the Bethlehem Inn this month.  We are most appreciative of: Beverly Adler, Vic Chudowsky, Jeanne Freeman, Evie Lerner,  Jill & Jesse Polay, Terry Reynolds, Bonnie Ruby, Mark & Kathy Schindel and Suzanne Schlosberg.

Stay tuned because the Religious School will take the lead in January. 


Advertising Opportunity

Communications and PR Committee Report

Jeanne Freeman, Committee Chair


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Would you like to reach TBT's audience with your business's message? Each month our newsletter is sent to 190 individuals - members of TBT and those who have expressed interest in knowing what's happening at the synagogue. You can reach our audience every month with an ad in the TBT newsletter.


Take a look at the test ads in the left-hand column. Your ad should measure 150 pixels wide and 215 pixels high and should be in JPG or GIF format. Ads can be full color or black & white. Ad cost is only $15 per month.


If you'd like to place an ad, contact Jeanne Freeman at jfreeman@bendbroadband.com.



January Newsletter Deadline:  December 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 - December 18th

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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, December 18th, 5:30 p.m. at Scanlon's at the Athletic Club of Bend, located at 61615 Athletic Club Drive Bend, OR 97702 Phone: (541) 385-3062.  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 Leslie Conley & Joe Jezukewicz, in memory of Oliver Gold.
  • From Ruth Baser, in memory of Michael Goldstain, Louis Goldstein & Bertha Baser.
  • From Terry & Gary Reynolds, in memory of Dina Lewinter.
  • From Larry Barker and JoAnn Ray, in memory of Sarah Waldman.
  • From Holly Hazan, in honor of her new grandchild.
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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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