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In This Issue
January Event Info
Rabbi's Greeting
President's Message
Taizé Info
Weekend in Quest
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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January Celebrations
Celebrations in January honor the following:


  Jo Booser          Jan.  4
  Paul Spencer     Jan.  4
  Sidney Garon     Jan.  6
  Ralph Uri           Jan.  6
  Jill Muinch         Jan. 12
  Zack Olander     Jan. 14
  Jordan Finestone
                        Jan. 16
  Seana Jollo       Jan. 19
  Kirsten Goldstein 
                        Jan. 23
  Thomas Hamilton 
                        Jan. 25
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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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January Calendar of Events


   Jan.  3   7:00 p.m. - Taizé service

   Jan. 11  6:00 p.m. - Family Shabbat service, dinner

   Jan. 13  3:00 p.m. - Sunday School**

   Jan. 25  6:30 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat Musical service

                               featurning Melissa and Audrey

   Jan. 26  --  Tu B'Shevat --

               9:00 a.m. - Torah Study

              10:30 a.m. - Torah service

               6:30 p.m. - Havdallah, Tu B'Shevat celebration

                               and house blessing at The Grudins

   Jan. 27 10:00 a.m. - Adult Education at Adlers

               3:00 p.m. - Sunday School**

               7:00 p.m. - Board meeting



   February 23rd - Adult Purim Costume Party

   March 25th - TBT's annual Passover Seder

   June 1st - TBT's 5th Anniversary Celebration


JANUARY School Activities:

Sunday School (3:00 p.m. Shalom Bayit):  1/13, 1/27-

Hebrew School:  

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

        1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29

   Second Year  Thursdays w/Ronit, 4:30 p.m. at Brants':         1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31

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

        1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29



 ** Please note the new start time for Sunday School.  Sunday School will meet from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Shalom Bayit during January and February.



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


January Events at TBT

Family Shabbat Jan. 11th

Tu B'Shevat Weekend with Rabbi Ettman

Jan. 25th-27th

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On January 11, 2013, we will have our second Shabbat Family Celebration.  Our first celebration in December was a wonderful success and we truly enjoyed singing, celebrating and sharing a Shabbat dinner together.  Our Shabbat Family celebration is a short lively service followed by an indoor picnic and oneg.  The whole program will take place in the Fellowship Hall.  You bring dinner for your family, and we provide the Challah, wine, juice, and goodies.  This is a great opportunity to schmooze with TBT families and friends and to enjoy Shabbat in an upbeat and creative way.  Keep your eyes open for an evite with all the details.

Our upcoming Rabbi weekend, January 25-27th, 2013, is packed with opportunities for all ages to celebrate Shabbat, Havdallah, Tu B'Shevat and many more learning opportunities throughout the weekend.

We'll begin our weekend with a beautiful and moving Shabbat service at 6:30 p.m. highlighting the wonderful voices of Melissa Bagwell and our very own Audrey Ellen Cook.  Please come welcome in Shabbat with the sounds of some of the most beautiful melodies familiar and new. 
Saturday morning, the 26th, will be filled with Torah study and a morning service with Rabbi Ettman in the Wesley Room.  Saturday evening we will gather at Corrie and Shelley Grudin's home to celebrate and learn about Tu B'shevat, enjoy noshing, Havdallah blessings and we'll have the opportunity to bless Corrie and Shelley's new home.     
On Sunday morning, Jan. 27th, we will have Adult Education at the home of Beverly and Jeffrey Adler.  The Rabbi will be helping us learn about creating sustainable programming for the future.  

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Greetings From Rabbi Ettman 


Rabbi Ettman PhotoDear Friends,



There is one thought that is running through my head as I sit here gazing out the window of my study watching the sun begin to set.  That one thought is, "Wow, it has certainly been a year...".  We have now turned our secular calendars over and begun again.  We can now look out on the horizon line of hope that comes with the month of January and see all that we hope to accomplish this year.  But this does not come without reflection of the past. 


Three months ago, we joined together as a community and welcomed in the Jewish new year.  I encouraged each of us to ask ourselves questions about who we are, where we want to be, and how we can be better.  It has been three months, and while this New Year is our secular one, there is no better time for us to stop and reflect on how we are doing on our journey.


On the eve of the Jewish new year I shared some words with you entitled "What a difference a year makes."  Those words run through my mind right now.  For many of us, the start of 2013 will be a welcomed new beginning.  For some of us there is just a beauty in the month of January.  And for all of us, I can venture to bet, we can reflect and say "Wow, what a difference a year makes".


As you read these words, I encourage you to reflect, hope, and resolve to work on yourself.  Each one of us can continue on a path towards being better - it is our eternal quest of life in this universe.  May this year, the secular year 2013, help guide us along our path towards even greater hopes and dreams.  This IS real and we are completely unprepared...


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 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...


With Blessings of hope, happiness and holiness,  

Sincerely always,
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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


Dear TBT Members and Friends,


What a nice way to close out the year.  Fun and joyous Hanukkah festivities, a new family-oriented "Shabbat Celebration" for our Friday night when our Rabbi is not here, a wonderful "Moo Shu with the Jews" gathering, and the selection of our new Rabbi Search Committee.


It was great to have Rabbi Ettman's visit coincide with the beginning of Hanukkah.  Thanks to Lauren Olander and her "Maccababes" (Audrey Ellen Cook and Julie Geveshausen), our Erev Shabbat Service was very entertaining; including a "human" Menorah with the children.  Also, we wish to thank Jo Ann Ray and Larry Barker for opening their home for a special Adult Education and Havdallah social the first night of Hanukkah.  As always, the Rabbi's Adult Education. "Wonders of Wonder, Miracle of Miracles, What Judaism says about Miracles, and why they matter to us", was enlightening and very meaningful; attracting a sizeable gathering.


A couple weeks later, through the efforts of Suzanne Schlosberg and Lauren Olander, a new Erev Shabbat program was successfully introduced.  This family-friendly "Shabbat Celebration" is modeled after our very popular summer Shabbat in the Park; only indoors.  A short service, with a D'var Torah story, is followed by a bring-your-own or share dinner gathering.  Stay tuned for more information on these upcoming Shabbat Celebrations.


Of course, what would Christmas be for us Jews without a Chinese dinner!  Luckily, Suzanne was able to find the only Chinese restaurant in the area actually open on Christmas (the Hong Kong Restaurant), and organized a fun gathering.  Hopefully, if word spreads, more Chinese restaurants will decide to stay open on Christmas, giving us more options.


Finally, after much planning and work, the Board selected and approved our new Rabbi Search Committee.  With Co-chairs, Ann Rosenfield and Kathy Schindel, along with members Sara Charney Cohen, Justin Finestone, Mike Freundlich, and Lauren Olander, this Committee has a lot of experience, knowledge, and skills to do a great job in finding our next Rabbi.  Also, they will benefit from the helpful guidance and insight of Rabbi Ettman.  While we will need to have patience and support as they perform the many tasks necessary in a successful search process, we have full confidence in their efforts.


So, as we close 2012 and look forward to a New Year, it is appropriate to pause and realize how blessed we are to have our TBT community.  The sad tragedy in Newtown only heightens the significance of what it means to come together as a community.  As you think hopefully about a New Year and new possibilities, reflect on all the great friends and support that TBT provides, as well as all the wonderful things TBT does for the broader community.  Without this special organization of Temple Beth Tikvah, and all the volunteered hard work and contributions from so many fine people, our community would not be as remarkable.  For this new year, I hope that you continue to support and to help TBT fulfill its potential.  I wish all of you a very Happy New Year, with good health, much love, and peace.



Mark Schindel

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Taizé Service Jan. 3rd. 

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You are invited to participate in an hour of prayerful non-denominational Taize music and silence at our monthly ecumenical Evensong Service, 7pm, Thursday, January 3, at St Francis Catholic Center (St. Clare Chapel), 2450 NE 27th St.,Bend.  For more information call 383-4179.


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Jews, Conversos, and Crypto-Jews in the Iberian World
Weekend in Quest, March 1st-3rd, Astoria, Oregon  


Institute for Judaic Studies logoThe 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, January 27th, 7:00 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.


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  

Religous Education ReportAleph Bet blocks
Kathy Schindel, chair

Happy New Year!  Our Central Oregon Community Sunday school continues to flourish thanks to our dedicated teachers and all of our wonderful families.  Our attendance has been terrific for our first four months and we anticipate that this will continue.  Thank you for making it a priority in having your children attend  Sunday school regularly.


There were lots of Chanukah activities during our December sessions and on December 9, the entire school came together for Chanukah singing and a "Latke Fest"".  Thank you again to all who made the delicious latkes and those that provided the applesauce. 


Our three Hebrew classes continue to meet weekly thanks to our wonderful teachers David Uri, Ronit Aliskevich, and Sara Charney Cohen.  We are so grateful for all of their efforts.


When Judy Shupack and I began our planning for a Community Sunday school last Spring, one of the issues we needed to address was our meeting time, since they had traditionally met in the mornings and we had our sessions in the afternoon.  We spoke to all of the families to determine if there was a consensus and found, not surprisingly, there was none.  We decided to compromise and have our sessions in the Fall meet from 10-12:30, and then in the winter months we would move our sessions to the afternoons from 4-6 pm.  The issue has been raised again by many of our families.  Some drive long distances and are uncomfortable ending so late in the winter months.  Others expressed concern about the late ending time and trying to prepare for the school week ahead.  Some families had already planned their winter activities based on our plans to meet from 4-6 pm.  We again gave everyone an opportunity to be heard.  The feedback was all given in a most respectful manner and everyone demonstrated their willingness to be flexible.  As a result, on January 13, January 27, and February 10 Sunday school will be held from 3-5 pm. On February 24, because of the Purim Carnival, Sunday school will meet at 10 am followed by the carnival.  Starting with our March 3 session and continuing through June 9, we will again meet from 10-12:30.  Looking to next year and beyond, we plan to have Sunday school meet from 10-12:30 throughout the year.  Thanks again to everyone for their thoughtful input.


Mark your calendars on February 24 for the community Purim Carnival.  We will need volunteers to help, so stay tuned for upcoming details!


Best wishes for a very happy and healthy New Year.



February Newsletter Deadline:  JANUARY 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 - Roller Derby

Saturday, Jan. 12th

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The TBT monthly Men's Night is generally held on the third Tuesday of each month, but January will be an exception.  The next TBT Men's Night will be Saturday, January 12th, 5:30 p.m. at Cascade Indoor Sports, located at 20775 High Desert Lane, Bend Oregon 97701
(541) 330-1183.  Watch the Nerve Agents vs. 12 Gauge
Rage. Bout begins at 6:00 p.m. Tickets on 
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sale at door. Pub grub and drinks following derby, venue to be announced at the event.
All men of TBT are invited. For more info, contact Lawrence at:  susarch@bendbroadband.com.
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In Blessed Memory

It is with much sadness that we report the passing of Pam and Tom Hamilton's son, Timothy.  Our prayers for peace and wholeness go out to their family. 


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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 memory of Ida Livstone.
  • From Lester Dober, to the Music Fund, wishing a speedy recover to Diane Dober.
  • From Arlene & David Multz, to the Music Fund, wishing Diane Dober a speedy recovery.
  • From Arlene & David Multz, to the Music Fund, in honor of Terry Reynold's birthday.
  • From Arlene & David Multz, to the Music Fund, in honor of Lauren Olander's birthday.
  • From David & Arlene Multz, in memory of Steven Schwartz.
  • From David & Arlene Multz, in memory of Milton Brickman.
  • From Liz & Paul Levinson, in memory of Mary Solomon.
  • From Selma Nichols, to the Music Fund, in honor of Terry Reynolds.
  • From Neil & Cheryl Schlackman, in memory of Addy Graham. 
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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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