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In This Issue
Bend Jewish Library Online
Social Committee Seeks Info
Rabbi's Greeting
President's Message
TBT Boys in "Crazy About Me" at Second Street Theater
Taizé Service Info
Oregon Jewish Life Magazine
Board Notes
Committee News
Help TBT Fight Hunger
Fifth Anniversary Celebration Dinner
Music Committee Notes
Seder Thanks
Seeking Oneg Coordinator
TBT on Facebook
Men's Night
About TBT
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P.O. Box 7472
Bend, OR  97708


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April Celebrations
Celebrations in April honor the following:


  Naomi Chudowsky 
                         Apr.  3
  Evie Lerner         Apr.  3
  Audrey Ellen Cook 
                         Apr.  4
  Lynne Connelley  Apr.  8
  Margaret Finestone
                         Apr.  8
  Gary Reynolds     Apr.  8
  Tully Ellsberg      Apr. 15
  Grant Tittsworth
                         Apr. 15
  Alex Charney Cohen
                         Apr. 15
  Hallie Smith        Apr. 16
  Cathy Wynschenk
                         Apr. 16
  Shelley Grudin    Apr. 17
  Pauline Lerner    Apr. 17
  Marcia Garon      Apr. 18
  Stephen Johnson
                         Apr. 25
  Bonnie Ruby       Apr. 27


  Justin & Margaret 
         April 22
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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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Temple Beth Tikvah is pleased to welcome our newest members:

                            Lita & Ray Kilpatrick

April Calendar of Events


   Apr.  4   7:00 p.m. - Taizé Service at St. Francis

   Apr.  7  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School

                6:00 p.m. - Community Yom HaShoah event 

                                at CTC's Greenwood Playhouse 

   Apr.  8   -Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day

   Apr. 14   7:00 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting

   Apr. 15  -Yom HaZikaron - Israel's Memorial Day

   Apr. 16  -Yom HaAtzma'ut - Israel's Independence Day

               5:30 p.m. - TBT Men's Night at Kayo's

   Apr. 19   6:00 p.m. - Family Shabbat Celebration

   Apr. 28   -Lag B'Omer

              10:00 a.m. - Sunday School




   June 1st - TBT's Fifth Anniversary Celebration Dinner


APRIL School Activities:

Sunday School (10:00 a.m. Shalom Bayit):  4/7, 4/28

Hebrew School:  

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

        4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30

   Second Year  Weds. w/Ronit, 4:30 p.m. at Brants':               4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24

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

        4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30


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


Bend Jewish Library Now Online!

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The Bend Jewish Library is a reality! The three Jewish communities of Bend, Shalom Bayit, Chabad, and Temple Beth Tikvah, are merging our library collections into one super catalog, the Bend Jewish Library (BJL), a cloud-based library catalog.  Pat Givins and Beverly Adler received a grant to fund the BJL for the next three years.   


You can search the catalog in the same way you might search the Deschutes Public Library. When you see an item you like, click on it for viewing, click the request item link, and complete the email form. Your email request will be received, and arrangements will be made for pickup. You, and any Central Oregonian, can check out a book or video from the Bend Jewish Library. TBT is currently way ahead of the other libraries in getting our collection online.


Visit the BJL online catalog at opac.libraryworld.com and type in 'Bend Jewish Library' to begin your new adventure into Judaica.  


A helpful hint for browsing the catalog:  If you simply want to browse without a particular author, title, or subject in mind, enter an asterisk (*) into the search field to see the entire A - Z list of entered titles. 

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Social Committee Seeks Info 
The Social Activities Committee is seeking information about items that were donated at the founding of TBT. If anyone has a list of items donated, or if you donated something to the congregation at the Founders Dinner, Please let Diane Dober know.  Photos??? Even better! 

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Greetings From Rabbi Ettman 


Rabbi Ettman PhotoDear Friends,


I was inspired by a quote, the other day, that is an important reminder for each of us in our congregational life and community.

The twentieth century Rabbi and teacher, Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan, once explained that "synagogues are places for belonging, behaving, and believing."

This struck me as both very true and very relevant for our lives at Temple Beth Tikvah.  In the coming months, we are going to go through a transition as we welcome a new Rabbi and I begin my tenure in the Desert.  And while that transition happens, it is important to remember the many reasons a community exists.

Rabbi Kaplan reminds us that a Jewish community is comprised of at least three elements.  But what is truly most profound about his statement is this - each idea starts with the letter "B" as a way of reminding us that there is no hierarchy to the statement.  No matter what, how or why someone comes to our community is important.  No matter what, how or why we do things as a community is important.  And no matter what, how or why we change and grow is paramount.

One of the gifts of Temple Beth Tikvah is that we are warm and welcoming.  To me, certainly, you have become like family.  And while we are looking to grow and change we must remember our core concerns and value everyone's opinions.

There is great work to be done my friends, but the future is bright.

I am honored to help us along our way and know that through elements of belonging, behaving and believing we will continue towards our promised land. 


With Blessing of Hope 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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President's Message
From TBT President Mark Schindel


TBT Members and Friends,



What a wonderful way to end March, with another successful and meaningful Community Passover Seder.  Our thanks to Jeanne Freeman and her entire Passover Committee for doing such an outstanding job on this event.


Spring is about new beginnings.  So, it is appropriate that we look forward to the continued efforts of our Rabbi Search Committee.  We know that they have been working diligently to find our next Rabbi, and we eagerly await the next stages of their process.  


Also, we await the latest news from Jerry Greenbach and Lawrence Schechter on their dedicated work for our new Ark.  The latest designs were magnificent, and we wish them well on their efforts to bring this holy creation to fruition.  


Meanwhile, Lester Dober has headed up a By-Laws review group with Mike Freundlich and Paul Levinson to recommend updates.  They recently presented a draft proposal to the Board for consideration.  But, the group would welcome ideas and suggestions from other members, if anyone is interested in contributing.


Coming up in April, on Sunday the 7th at 6 p.m., there will be a community-wide Yom HaShoah Day of Remembrance event in remembrance of the Holocaust.  This year's event is a collaboration by our entire Jewish community, but special acknowledgement goes to Alice Huskey for taking a leading role in the organization of the planned presentation.  While this topic is not a pleasant one to deal with, nonetheless, it is important that we honor and remember those lost in this horrific tragedy to give purpose and meaning to their sacrifice.  The Day of Remembrance event will be held at Cascade Theatrical Company's Greenwood Playhouse, 148 NW Greenwood, Bend, OR, 97701. I hope to see you there.


I hope everyone has had an enjoyable Passover, and savors the last of the Matzah, before getting back to our leavened world.



Mark Schindel

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Two TBT Boys in Upcoming Play at 2nd Street Theater

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Crazy About Me, April 12-27

Seana and Dr. Ron Jollo's son, CJ, plays Avi Feldman, the lead, and Sara and Alex Charney Cohen's son, Jared, is also appearing in the upcoming Second Street Theater production of Crazy About Me. It is a comedy about a schizophrenic college student whose physician father wants him to go to medical school, and his overbearing Jewish mother who is trying to run his life. (And no, CJ did not write the script!) 


The show runs from April 12th, 2013 and ends April 27th, with show times on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m. For tickets or more information about the play, see www.2ndstreettheater.com/season/74-crazy-about-me.  The telephone number for the playhouse is 541 312-9626. Hope to see you there!


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Taizé Service - April 4th 

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You are invited to participate in an hour of prayerful non-denominational Taizé music and silence at our monthly ecumenical Evensong Service, 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 4, at St Francis Catholic Center (St. Clare Chapel), 2450 NE 27th St.,Bend.  For more information call 383-4179.


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Oregon Jewish Life Magazine Now Available Online Oregon Jewish Life magazine logo

Oregon Jewish Life Magazine now has an online newsletter version. At their website, you can sign up to receive their new newsletter: 



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TBT Board Notes

Next Board Meeting:  Sunday, April 14th, 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  


Join TBT in Our Continuing Efforts to Help Curb Hunger in Central Oregon 

Burt Litman and Beverly Adler, Social Action Committee


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Back Door Cafe Compassionate Care Ministry

On Wednesday April 24th we will again serve breakfast at the Back Door Café, located in the social hall of the First United Methodist Church. Our volunteers are now serving breakfast one Wednesday each month. Many thanks to those who participate on a regular basis: Jeff Adler, Jeanne Freeman & Burt Litman, Corrie & Shelley Grudin, Joe Jezukewicz, Arlene & David Multz, Ann & Michael Rosenfield, Kathy & Mark Schindel, Ralph Uri, and Gary Schwartz, (the Multz's son,) and his sister-in-law, Katia, who has been visiting from Columbia. We have served breakfast to as many as 80 people each week; the average number is 50.  


Bethlehem Inn

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The Bethlehem Inn is an emergency shelter for men, women and children. Thanks again to the temple members who generously gave their time to cook and serve at the Bethlehem Inn in March: Beverly Adler, Evelyn Chernoff, Vivian Freeman, Gerry Greenbach, Liz Levinson, Jill & Jesse Polay, Terry Reynolds, Ann Rosenfield, Kathy Schindel, and Marcia Uri. We next serve dinner at the Bethlehem Inn on Thursday, May 16th, with the B'nai Mitzvah class hosting, and anyone else who would like to help is welcome. 


Both of these organizations serve the local community in need and are opportunities for us to perform greatly appreciated mitzvahs. Email Burt Litman to volunteer: blitman@bendbroadband.com.


Fifth Anniversary Celebration Coming Soon  

Diane Dober, Social Activities Chair

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Temple Beth Tikvah's Fifth Anniversary Celebration Dinner will be Saturday, June 1st, at 6:15 p.m., at the Deschutes Brewery, in the Mountain Room.  Watch for more information but save the date.  We will be honoring our Founders and Rabbi Ettman. The Social Activities Committee looks forward to seeing you and sharing this special occasion.

Music Notes
Lauren Olander, Music Chair

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A special thank you goes out to Julie Geveshausen and our very own Audrey Ellen Cook.  For those of you who attended Shabbat services on March 22, 2013, you had the wonderful experience of our very own musicians taking our services to a whole new level.  Not only did Julie and Audrey bring their beautiful voices and instrument, we had the added pleasure of a rich deep voice join Audrey on the Bima.  Mason Cooper joined us on the bimah Friday night, as well as brought his rich voice to our Saturday morning Torah service, along with Julie on piano.  The musical sounds and depth we have created here at Temple Beth Tikvah these past few years would not have been possible without the musicianship and deep love for Jewish music that Julie, Audrey and Ann Hand have consistently brought to services, and now the added voice of Mason.  Donations to the Music Fund are always welcomed and encouraged in order for the committee to continue to add music and meaning to all of our upcoming services and celebrations!


Passover Seder Thanks 

 Jeanne Freeman, Seder Committee Chair


This year's community Seder was a tremendous success with nearly 120 people in attendance. Aspen Hall is a lovely venue and was transformed by the hundreds of daffodils that filled our matzah vases.


Special thanks to the members of the Passover Committee who worked to create this special event: Lynne 

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Connelly, Corrie Grudin, Marijane Krohn, Jill Muinch, Terry Reynolds, Cathy Wynschenck and Randi Zlatkus. Special thanks go to JoAnne Shapiro who did a tremendous job with the community PR. And many thanks to Rabbi Ettman for a beautiful and fun ceremony.


Thank you to the volunteers who assisted with setup: Linda & George Brant, Hallie Smith, Gary Reynolds, Shelley Grudin, Troy Grudin, Kim Muinch, Burt Litman, and Sharon & Randy Jill's brother and his wife, and Naomi Chudowsky. And to the many of you who helped at the end putting away tables and chairs, our gratitude.


And to the butchers, and bakers and haroset makers amongst us: Linda Brant, Hallie Smith, Marti Fields Johnson, Leslie Conley, Audrey Cook, Corrie Grudin, Liz Levinson, Ann Rosenfield, Anne Arathoon and Cathy Wynschenk - thank you for the sweetness in our meal. 


Oneg Coordinator Needed


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Corrie Grudin is stepping down as Oneg organizer.  This position only involves getting one or two people to organize an Oneg Shabbat once a month when the Rabbi is in town.  Learning how the Oneg runs is not difficult and if you're a relatively new member it's a good way to begin knowing our wonderful congregation on a one to one basis.  Please call Corrie to let her know you're interested.


Jeanne Freeman, PR and Communications Chair


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Have you joined the TBT Members Group on Facebook?  If you're new to TBT, or new to Facebook you can find us at:



This is a closed discussion group, which means that although others may see the Group's content, only group members may post on the board. Membership to this group is limited to TBT members only. This is a place where our members can share and discuss with each other things that are not necessarily relevant to the public. 


We hope the expanded online presence will help make it easier for newcomers to find us, and provide a place where our members who are on Facebook can connect with each other online.


Note: In addition to our closed Members Group, there is also a public page on Facebook where everyone can get more info about TBT.  If you're on Facebook, please be sure to "Like" our public page too:  facebook.com/TempleBethTikvahBendOr.



May Newsletter Deadline:  April 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 - Tues. April 16th

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The TBT monthly Men's Night is generally held on the third Tuesday of each month.  The next Men's Night will be held on Tuesday, April 16th, 5:30 to 7:00pm, at Kayo's Dinner House and Restaurant, located  at 415 NE 3rd St. (541) 323-2520. Meet at the bar (main floor) for Happy Hour. 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, the Rabbi's Caring 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 Tully Ellsberg, in memory of her daughter, Cana Ivy.
  • From Kathy & Mark Schindel, in memory of Nathan Bernstein.
  • From David & Harriet Dietz, to the music fund, in honor of Lauren Olander.
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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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