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Temple Beth Tikvah Newsletter


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In This Issue
Fishkin Bar Mitzvah & Rabbi Weekend Info
5th Anniversary Gala
Annual Business Meeting
Rabbi's Greeting
President's Message
Last Taizé of Season
Board Notes
Musical Extravaganza in Honor of Rabbi Ettman
Help Curb Hunger in Central Oregon
Men's Night
About TBT
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Temple Beth Tikvah
P.O. Box 7472
Bend, OR  97708


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May Celebrations
Celebrations in May honor the following:


  Lorraine Schechter
                         May  2
  Suzanne Schlosberg
                         May  2
  Jill Polay            May  3
  Sara Charney Cohen 
                         May  5
  Ed Connelley      May  7
  Burton Litman     May  8
  David Uri           May 11
  Gerald Greenbach
                         May 16
  Judith Schlosberg
                         May 17
  Chris Arathoon   May 18
  Zac Zlatkus       May 18
  Arlene Multz      May 19
  Jordana Quinn    May 24
  Riley Goldstein    May 28
  Zack Charney Cohen
                         May 30
  Marcia Koff        May 31


  Gerald & Phyllis
   Greenbach - May 31st

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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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May Calendar of Events


   May  2   7:00 p.m. - Taizé Service at St. Francis

   May  3   7:00 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat Service w/Rabbi

   May  4  10:00 a.m. - Bar Mitzvah of Jesse Fishkin

   May  5  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School 

               2:00 p.m. - Adult Ed w/Rabbi Ettman

               7:00 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting

   May  8   -- Yom Yerushalayim --

   May 12  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School

   May 14   -- Shavuot begins at sunset --

   May 15   7:30 a.m. - TBT Serves at Back Door Café

   May 16   5:30 p.m. - TBT Serves at Bethlehem Inn

   May 17   6:00 p.m. - Family Shabbat Celebration

   May 21   5:15 p.m. - Men's Night at Baldy's BBQ West

   May 31   6:30 p.m. - Shabbat Musical Extravaganza 

                                in Honor of Rabbi Ettman



   June 1st - TBT's 5th Anniversary Gala

   June 4th - TBT's Annual Business Meeting

   August 11th - TBT Summer Picnic at Pioneer Park


MAY School Activities:

Sunday School (10:00 a.m. Shalom Bayit):  5/5, 5/12

Hebrew School:  

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

        5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28

   Second Year  Weds. w/Ronit, 4:30 p.m. at Brants':               5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29

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

        5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28


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



Bar Mitzvah of Jesse Fishkin 

Highlight of Rabbi Weekend 

Rabbi Weekend May 3rd - 5th

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TBT Members - Join us on Saturday, May 4th, at 10:00 a.m., when Jesse Fishkin is called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah. The Torah service will be held in the Sanctuary of the United Methodist Church.  Come help Dan, Laurel, and Jesse celebrate this most special milestone!  
Events for the upcoming Rabbi Weekend:

Fri. May 3 @ 7:00 pm:  Kabbalat Shabbat service.  Oneg to follow sponsored by the Fishkin family in honor of Jesse's Bar Mitzvah


Sat. May 4 @ 10:00 am:  Bar Mitzvah of Jesse Fishkin followed by Kiddush luncheon hosted by the Fishkin family.  All TBT members are welcome


Sun. May 5 @ 10:00 am:  Sunday School


Sun. May 5 @ 2:00 pm:    Adult Education Session at the Levinson home. The topic will be "Understanding Shavuot and Being Ruth"   RSVP to Liz at 318-4640 or plevinson856@aol.com .


PLEASE NOTE:  There will be no Torah Study Saturday morning because of the Bar Mitzvah. We hope everyone will come to support Jesse on his important day.


Also please note that service start times are a little later on Friday and a little earlier on Saturday.

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TBT's Five-Year Anniversary Gala Celebration is June 1st

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On June 1st, we will be celebrating the 5th anniversary of Temple Beth Tikvah.  Considering what it takes to establish a new congregation and be admitted to the Union of Reform Jewish Congregations, we have come a long way. We will be honoring our Founding Members and celebrating these past five years.


The gala dinner will be held at Deschutes Brewery's Mountain Room, 901 SW Simpson Ave., at 6:15 p.m.  The cost is $50 per person if paid by May 15th.  After May 15th, the cost is $55 per person.  Please make checks payable to TBT Anniversary Celebration.

The choices for dinner are Game Hen, Salmon, or Vegetarian.  Please be sure to indicate your choice with your reservation. Submit reservations to Diane Dober, 3028 NW Winslow Dr. Bend, 97701.


*Reservations must be made and paid before May 21.
*Festive Attire is requested.


Hope to see you all there.


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Mark Your Calendars for TBT's Annual Business Meeting - June 4 

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The annual business meeting of Temple Beth Tikvah will be held on Tuesday, June 4th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Environmental Center, located at 16 NW Kansas Ave., Bend, across from the First United Methodist Church.


At the meeting we will elect the new members of the Board of Directors and vote upon the proposed budget. Watch for details coming in a separate email of any additional business matters.


It is very important that as much of our membership attend as possible, so please mark it on your calendars NOW and plan to be there!  

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Greetings From Rabbi Ettman 


Rabbi Ettman PhotoDear Friends,


We are rapidly rounding the corner toward a lot of change in our lives.  May has arrived and, if you are like me, there is a lot of wonder about where the time this year has gone, where we are going, and what the future looks like.

For some of us, the approaching summer means a break from the pace that we take on.  For some it means more time with our kids.  For some it means more time with our partners because we send our kids to camp.  And we may even get to just enjoy the beautiful sunshine and warmth of our Bend climate.

The adage that "April showers brings May flowers" has always intrigued me because of its inherent beauty and metaphor, not the fact that weather may in fact bring blossoms.

The month of May can be for us a time where we see the world anew.  It can be a time of growing; a time where we take stock of the whirlwind of Spring and say to ourselves, "this is where I am right now."  And be grateful for whatever that is - be it joyous or challenges; it is life.

The other day, while I was thinking about this, I came across this quote.  Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche is a Tibetian philosopher and he speaks about how we can approach life. He says:

When someone insults us, we usually dwell on it, asking ourselves, 'Why did he say that to me?' and on and on. It's as if someone shoots an arrow at us, but it falls short. Focusing on the problem is like picking up the arrow and repeatedly stabbing ourselves with it, saying, 'He hurt me so much. I can't believe he did that.' Instead, we can use the method of contemplation to think things through differently, to change our habit of reacting with anger. Imagine that someone insults you. Say to yourself, 'This person makes me angry. But what is this anger?' It is one of the poisons of the mind that creates negative karma, leading to intense suffering. Meeting anger with anger is like following a lunatic who jumps off a cliff. Do I have to go likewise? While it's crazy for him to act the way he does, it's even crazier for me to do the same.

This, my friends, is our message for this month of May.  Look out at where you are on your journey.  And, as hard as it may be, embrace where you are.  This thing called life was never supposed to be easy but it certainly is a gift, and as such, we should celebrate the good we find, and not dwell in minutiae that come in our way.

May we be blessed, this month, with insight, foresight and courage.  Then, I truly know, the flowers of the month of May will blossom for each of us.  



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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,


With only two months left in our organizational year, it seems we have packed quite a bit of activity in this short time frame.  Coming up on May 4th, is the Bar Mitzvah for Jesse Fishkin.  It has been over a year and half since our last such celebration.  I hope everyone will be able to join us for this joyous event.


Then at the end of the month, we will have the bittersweet opportunity to enjoy Rabbi Ettman's last official weekend (of course we hope he comes back to visit on occasion).  A very special Erev Shabbat Service on May 31st is planned which you won't want to miss.  On Saturday evening, June 1st, we will have a wonderful 5th Anniversary Dinner celebration; and a final send-off for Rabbi Ettman.


Right after the Rabbi weekend, we will be having our Annual Congregation Meeting on Tuesday evening, June 4th.  It is at this meeting we elect the new members to the Board.  For members, please make every effort to be there.  We thank the Nominating Committee, Jeanne Freeman (Chair), Naomi Chudowsky, and Vivian Freeman, for their work in selecting our candidates.


So, as my first year as a Board member, and President, draws to a close in another month, I wish to thank the Congregation for their support and considerations.  I have a lot of hope and optimism for Temple Beth Tikvah.  There have been some ups and downs this year, but overall I feel we have made good progress on improvements in our organization and in setting a solid foundation for our future.  I feel very fortunate to be associated with so many wonderful people in this community and it is an honor and privilege to be able to give back in some small way to help make this Congregation succeed and flourish.  We have a rare gift of belonging to a Congregation with the special qualities we ascribe to in our Mission Statement.  We have a sacred task to build on what we have achieved so far, so that future generations will be able to enjoy our community as much as we have.


Mark Schindel

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Final Taizé Service for the Season 

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All members of TBT 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, May 2nd, at St. Francis Catholic Center (St. Clare Chapel), 2450 NE 27th St.,Bend.  For more information call 383-4179.


This will be our last Taizé service until we start again in October.
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TBT Board Notes

Next Board Meeting:  Sunday, May 5th, 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  


May 31st Musical Extravaganza to Honor Rabbi Ettman

Lauren Olander, Music Committee Chair

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The music committee is excited to invite you to a musical extravaganza in honor of Rabbi Ettman on May 31, 2013, starting at 6:30 p.m.  For all of you that have stopped me, Julie, Jo or Audrey and shared that it is the music that brings you back to services, this is going to be a night to remember.  The music committee has been working for months in creating a moving and memorable service to acknowledge, thank, and honor Rabbi Ettman for all that he has done for our TBT community.  In the three years that he has been our Rabbi, we have covered all the life cycle events - baby namings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, conversions, weddings, and sadly, even end of life events.  Rabbi Ken Chasen talks about how you go find yourself a rabbi...TBT has done this well in the last three years!  

Although the details of the service are a surprise for Rabbi Ettman, I can tell you to break out your evening duds and come to the service. Trust us when we say you will laugh, smile and even cry,... but most of all you will leave the sanctuary singing!  I promise!

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

Burt Litman, Social Action Committee Chair


Back Door Cafe Compassionate Care Ministry

Back Door Cafe


TBT is serving breakfast on Wednesday, May 15th at the Back Door Café located in the social hall of the First United Methodist Church. To quote member Michael Rosenfield, Back Door's doctor of dishwashing, "this is doing God's work." It's a wonderful opportunity to provide hands on help to those in need. We begin prepping and setting up at 7:30 am, serving breakfast from 8:00 - 10:00. And we leave knowing that we have made a difference in someone's world.


On Wednesday, April 24th we served breakfast to nearly 50 people. Many thanks to those who cooked and served this past week: Jeff Adler, Jeanne Freeman & Burt Litman, Corrie & Shelley Grudin, Joe Jezukewicz, Ann & Michael Rosenfield, and Mark Schindel.


Contact Burt Litman to sign up or for more information: blitman@bendbroadband.com or 541-504-5368.


Bethlehem Inn

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The Bethlehem Inn is an emergency shelter for men, women and children. 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. Thanks to the many temple members who generously give their time to cook and serve at the Bethlehem Inn. Contact Burt Litman to sign up or for more information: blitman@bendbroadband.com or 541-504-5368.


Both of these organizations serve the local community in need and are opportunities for us to perform greatly appreciated mitzvahs.


If you know of other organizations that TBT can help support, please contact blitman@bendbroadband.com.



June Newsletter Deadline:  May 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 - Tue., May 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, May 21st, 5:15 p.m. at Baldy's BBQ Westside, located at 235 SW Century Dr., Bend, 541-385-7427. Tuesdays feature a baby ribs special and happy hour drinks. 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 Lester & Diane Dober, to the Music Fund, in memory of Goldie Dober.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, in honor of the marriage of David and Harriet Deitz.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, for Zak and Randi Zlatkus, in memory of Zaks mother.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, wishing Jeanne Freeman a speedy recovery.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, in honor of  Jeanne Freeman and the entire Passover committee, bakers, set up & clean up crews and costume crews - thanks for a wonderful Seder!  
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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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