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Temple Beth Tikvah Newsletter
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In This Issue
High Holy Day Service Schedule
Sunday School Kickoff
Divrei Tikvah From Rabbi Hershenson
President's Message
Coming Attractions - Save These Dates!
Board Notes
Committee News
Reilgious Committee Report
Social Action Update
Men's Night Info
About TBT
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Temple Beth Tikvah
P.O. Box 7472
Bend, OR  97708



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September Celebrations
Celebrations in September honor the following:
  Randi Zlatkus    Sept.  3
  Eileen Katz       Sept.  5
  Anne Arathoon  Sept.  7
  Jeffrey Adler     Sept.  8
  Marcia Uri        Sept. 14
  Lisa Cena         Sept. 21
  Ed Chernoff      Sept. 23
  Stephen Katz   Sept. 23
  Jeanne Freeman
                       Sept. 25
  Jeff & Lauren Olander
         September 2nd
  Sidney & Marcia Garon
         September 8th
  Abby & Patrick Quinn
         September 12th
  Michael & Cathy
         September 12th
  Suzanne Schlosberg &
      Paul Spencer
         September 19th
  Zac & Randi Zlatkus
         September 19th
TBT Board Members
Board Officers:

   Mark Schindel

 Vice President:
   Michael Rosenfield
   Diane Dober

   Jeff Adler

   Justin Finestone

   Suzanne Schlosberg

   Cathy Wynschenk
TBT Committee Chairs

 Bikkur Holim:
   Suzanne Schlossberg
   Evie Lerner

   Harriet Richard Dietz
   Ralph Uri

   Jeanne Freeman

   Lauren Olander

   Kathy Schindel

   Mark Schindel
   Ralph Uri

   Lester Dober

   Jerry Greenbach

   Lauren Olander

 Religious Services
   Ann Rosenfield
   Jill Muinch

   Terry Reynolds

   Corrie Grudin
   Vivian Freeman
   Lorraine Schechter

 Social Action
   Burt Litman

 Social Activities
   Diane Dober
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Temple Beth Tikvah is pleased to welcome our newest members:

                Jay Luber & Sheila Ross Luber

                Drew & Allison Cogen, Owen and Lila

September Calendar of Events


   Sept.  4   7:30 p.m. - Erev Rosh Hashanah Service

   Sept.  5  10:00 a.m. - Rosh Hashanah Morning Service

                 3:00 p.m. - Rosh Hashanah Children's Service

                 4:00 p.m. - Tashlich Service & Picnic

   Sept.  8  11:00 a.m. - Sunday School Family

                                  Meet & Greet at Farewell Bend

                 7:00 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting

   Sept. 11   7:30 a.m. - Back Door Café

   Sept. 13   7:30 p.m. - Kol Nidre Yom Kippur Service

   Sept. 14  10:00 a.m. - Yom Kippur Morning Service

                12:30 p.m. - Adult Study/Discussion

                  2:00 p.m. - Yom Kippur Children's Service

                  3:00 p.m. - Yom Kippur Afternoon Service

                  6:00 p.m. - Break the Fast Dinner

   Sept. 17    5:00 p.m. - TBT Men's Night at Goodlife

   Sept. 18      --- Sukkot Begins at Sundown ---

   Sept. 19   5:30 p.m. - Bethlehem Inn Dinner

   Sept. 21   4:30 p.m. - Sukkot Celebration at Fishkins

   Sept. 22  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School at Shalom Bayit

   Sept. 27   6:30 p.m. - Simchat Torah & Family Shabbat

   Sept. 28   8:30 a.m. - Project Connect



   October 23rd - TBT Poker Tournament

   November 2nd - Ladies Tea

                         Bar Mitzvah of Laz Glickman


SEPTEMBER School Activities:

Sunday School: 

   Sept. 8th  11:00 a.m. at Farewell Bend Park 

   Sept. 22nd 10:00 a.m. at Shalom Bayit (JCCO)


Hebrew School:

   Logistics for Hebrew classes are still being finalized. Details will be sent by email as soon as possible to continuing student's families.  There is still time to register for new Hebrew students.  Classes will be offered at a variety of levels.  Please contact Kathy Schindel: schindelke@aol.com to register, or for more information. 


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


High Holy Day Service Schedule

The High Holy Days are fast approaching.  We welcome all to our services, but request that everyone - including TBT members - fill out our online Reservation Form.  

shofar apple honey jar photo**If you haven't made your reservations yet, please do so IMMEDIATELY as they are overdue.  Accurate numbers are especially needed for planning for the Tashlich Picnic and the Break-the-Fast dinner.** RosHashanah

Rosh Hashanah:

Wed. Sept. 4th  

  - 7:30 p.m.  Erev Rosh Hashanah Service

Thurs. Sept. 5th 

  - 10:00 a.m.  Rosh Hashanah Service 

  -  3:00 p.m.  Children/Family Service at Pioneer Park

  -  4:00 p.m.  Tashlich and Picnic at Pioneer Park - 

                     hosted by Phyllis and Jerry Greenbach

                     **Reservations required.**


Yom Kippur:

Fri. Sept. 13th 

  - 7:30 p.m.  Kol Nidre Service

Sat. Sept. 14th 

  - 10:00 a.m.  Yom Kippur Morning Service

  - 12:30 p.m.  Adult Study/Discussion

  - 2:00 p.m.  Children/Family Service

  - 3:00 p.m.  Yom Kippur Afternoon Service

  - 4:30 p.m.  Yizkor Service (approx. time)

  - 5:15 p.m.  Neilah (concluding) Service (approx. time)

  - 6:00 p.m.  Break-the-Fast Buffet Dinner 

                   **Reservations required.**


All services, with the exceptions of Tashlich and Rosh Hashanah Children/Family Service, will be held in the main sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church on Bond St. in downtown Bend.  The Rosh Hashanah Children/Family Service, Tashlich, and the Picnic will be held at Pioneer Park.



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Back to School:  Meet & Greet September 8th

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Our Community Sunday School will have a family "Meet & Greet" gathering on Sunday, September 8th at 11:00 a.m. at Farewell Bend Park on Reed Market Road.  This is a chance to meet new families and reconnect with friends.  Families will also have the opportunity to meet their Sunday school teachers.  RSVP to Kathy Schindel:  schindelke@aol.com.  Bring a snack to share and let's all meet at the Pavilion at the park.


If you have not sent in your religious school registration forms, please do so as soon as possible.  Forms can be downloaded from the TBT website:



Send the forms to TBT P.O. Box 7472, Bend, OR  97708. You can also bring the forms to the "Meet & Greet".  For questions about Sunday school or Hebrew school, please contact Kathy Schindel.


Hope to see you September 8th!


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From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

The medieval philosopher Maimonides taught:

Every human being has merits and faults. The righteous person has more merits than faults, the wicked one more faults than merits.  The average person is evenly balanced between the two.


The High Holy Days call us to take a good look at ourselves and make a call with regard to our actions and deeds.  Have we done well?  What could we do better?  Where do we need the most correction or adjustment to our attitude?


We call this introspection cheshbon hanefesh, an audit of the soul.  With regard to what we find, the season asks that we make teshuvah, a return to the values and principles we hold dear.  There is an assumption that we have made mistakes, some intentional and some inadvertent. 


Our mistakes cannot really be undone.  Our actions and words bring about consequences that regret and apology do not erase.  Beyond recognizing and acknowledging our shortcomings, we should move on to the adjustments we need to make to our behavior.  The challenge of the season and the real meaning of teshuvah is to focus our intention and effort on doing right, loving more fully, and speaking more compassionately.


A Chasidic master from the 19th century warns: 

When you talk about and reflect upon an evil deed you have done, you become the captive of your thoughts - all your soul is utterly caught up in the evil, for you are what you think...What is the use of weighing and measuring our sins?  In the time I am brooding on this, I could be stringing pearls for the joy of heaven.


Rosh Hashanah points us in the direction of our mistakes and Yom Kippur releases us from them.  The question remains: what will we do in the New Year?  Make a choice to institute some quality time with the family.  Decide to learn something new or serve the community in some way.  Put aside time to nourish your soul.  Share your talents with Temple Beth Tikvah to help us grow and mature as a congregation.  String pearls for the joy of heaven!  Shanah tovah!

Rabbi Hershenson's office hours are by appointment.  If you would like to set up an appointment, please contact her by email at: johannahershenson@me.com, or by phone at 541-213-9880. 
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President's Message
From TBT President Mark Schindel

TBT Members & Friends,


How did summer go by so quickly?  It seems we were just welcoming our new Rabbi and enjoying the warm beautiful summer days of Central Oregon.  And now, just a couple days after Labor Day, we will be celebrating the High Holy Days.  If Rosh Hashanah seems to be rather early this year, it is.  In fact, this is the earliest possible date on which the holiday can occur.  The last time it occurred this early was in 1899, which is why you probably don't remember it.  At least you won't have to wait so long for it to occur again, as the next time it occurs this early will be in 2089.  If you think this feels strange, wait until we get to Chanukah. **Spoiler Alert: we will be lighting the first candle the night BEFORE Thanksgiving!


Meanwhile, August was a busy month for us.  At the beginning of the month we enjoyed another great Adult Education session with Rabbi Hershenson, with special thanks to the Rosenfield's for hosting.  Then, in one weekend - August 10th & 11th - we had our "Team Heal the World" participate in the annual Relay For Life (fight against Cancer) 24-hour event on Saturday 10 am through Sunday 10 am; followed by our annual TBT Picnic on Sunday afternoon.  It should be noted that Rabbi Hershenson and her daughter Zoe took part in the entire 24-hours at the Relay For Life event and then somehow managed to make it to the Picnic - what troupers!  We had another beautiful Erev Shabbat service led by Rabbi Hershenson on August 16th.  On the next Saturday, August 24th, we had a stimulating Torah Study session with the Rabbi and a lovely Shabbat Torah service.  Finally, we concluded the month with an outdoor S'lichot & S'mores service hosted by Lynne and Ed Connelley.


But, we get down to some serious business in September.  Besides starting off with the High Holy Days (see the calendar & High Holy Days section for more details), there will be the Jewish holidays of Sukkot and Simchat Torah to follow.  Also, in September, our Hebrew School and Jewish Community Sunday School sessions will get started.  The growth of our Religious Education program is something we can be especially proud of.  We greatly thank the Director and Teachers who have worked so diligently to achieve this remarkable success.


So, as you reflect back on the past year during the High Holy Days, we have many blessings to be thankful for.  Mainly, as a Jewish Community, we have each other - for the good times and difficult times in our lives.  Individually, each of our members has brought their unique talents and ideas to share with the community; while collectively we have brought a warmth and caring that enriches all of us.  We will face many challenges ahead as we hope to grow and prosper, but may we never lose the heart and soul that brings us together.  Best wishes for a meaningful, inspirational, and peaceful High Holy Days and new year.


L'Shana Tova,

Mark Schindel


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Coming Attractions!!
Save These Dates Now:

TBT Poker Tournament - October 23rd

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WIN $1,000.00 CASH!  Enter the First Semi-Annual TBT Poker Tournament.  A $100.00 tax-deductible entry fee gets you a chance at the first prize of $1,000 cash or the second prize of a $400 gift certificate.  All spouses, all levels of play, are encouraged to join in the FUN on Wednesday, October 23rd, 5:30 p.m., at Sidelines Pub in Bend.  Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m., Poker at 6:30 p.m.  Professional dealers will assist those that may be beginners.  Seating is limited so the first 70 players are assured a seat.  Sign up now, but no later than Saturday, October 5, 2013.  After that date, TBT poker players may invite friends to fill any vacant seats.  Send your $100 check to Temple Beth Tikvah, P.O. Box 7472, Bend, OR 97708 and mark it for Poker Tourney.  This is a charitable fundraiser for TBT.



Ladies Tea - November 2nd  

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Ladies - mark your calendars now for tea on Saturday, November 2nd, 1:00 p.m., at JoAnn Ray's house. This will be High Tea.  Details to follow, but plan now to be there!


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TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  Sun. September 8th, 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 

Religious Committee Report

Ann Rosenfield & Jill Muinch, Committee Chairs


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We had a great month of events in August and thank everyone for their participation.  We are now looking ahead to the High Holy Days and look forward to spending time together as a congregation.  In preparation for the High Holy days, please join us on Saturday, August 31st, at 8:00 p.m., for Selichot and S'mores at Lynne and Ed Connelley's home.  This should be a fun and inspirational event which is being held around the campfire.  Bring the kids and plan on attending.  It will be a great way to kick off the High Holidays.


Jill, Rabbi Hershenson, and Ann have finished putting together the calendar through June of next year.  Our Friday Shabbat services will usually be held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month.  The 2nd Friday will be a Family Shabbat Celebration followed by a potluck dinner.  The 4th Friday will be a traditional Kabbalat Shabbat service with all the beautiful music created by our talented musicians and vocalists, and followed by an Oneg.  Each month we have also scheduled a Torah study and Shabbat Morning service as well as an Adult Education discussion.  We also have planned some holiday celebrations, social events including Havdallah, and some other activities to spend time together as a congregation.  We hope you will all try to attend some of the events on our calendar and then give us feedback on the event, the time scheduled, the food, etc.


Rosh Hashanah starts very early this year and we hope to see most of you at some or all of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.  We will all be busy with the many services and activities during those 10 days.  Then we will finish the month of September celebrating Sukkot at the Fishkin home and Simchat Torah at the church. Both holidays are fun for the children. Sukkot will be filled with food and enjoying the sukkah and Simchat Torah will give you a chance to see the inside of the Torah as well as dance and parade our Torahs around the sanctuary.  Don't miss either of these fun holiday celebrations.

Social Action Committee Report

Burt Litman, Committee Chair


The Jewish tradition of Tzedakah is reflected in this Chinese Zen Buddhist writing:

"How can the spending of thousands of gold coins to form acquaintance with eminent or influential people be as good as pouring half the rice out of a gourd to relieve the hunger of the poor?"

The efforts of the TBT Social Action Committee are in accord with these sentiments. 


Back Door Cafe (BDC):  This past August TBT members participated in BDC and fed a filling and nutritious breakfast to over 90 homeless and in need children and adults.  This may have been a record for BDC, indicating a continued need in the community.  Our next opportunity to participate in BDC will be on September 11th.  Please contact Burt Litman - blitman@bendbroadband.com - if you would like to participate.   


Bethlehem Inn (BI):  BI is one of the few places that both feed and shelter the homeless so as to assist them in finding jobs and achieving independence.  TBT has the opportunity to help by  providing dinner for the BI residents on September 19th.  Please contact Burt Litman - blitman@bendbroadband.com  541-504-5368 - if you would like to participate.


Relay for Life: Thanks to all of you who helped make this year's Relay for Life one of our most successful years.  We raised over $5400 and ranked 5th of 48 Relay teams in terms of funds raised.   

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Project Connect:  Many TBT members have participated in Project Connect in previous years.  Project Connect.
 is scheduled for September 28th this year.  This event provides both onsite services and connects participants to various community services.  These include:  Medical & Immunizations; Urgent Dental care; Mental Health; Children's Services; Social Service Referrals; Vision; Legal & Financial Advice; Veterinary Care; Clothing and Haircuts; Two Hot, Healthy Meals; Housing, Shelter, Employment & Education Information and much more, all at no cost to guests!

Volunteers are needed to help participants register, fill out information forms, and provide various services.  Information on how to volunteer for this event can be found on the following website: http://www.projectconnectco.org/


October Newsletter Deadline:  September 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 - September 17th

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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, September 17th, 5:00 p.m. at Goodlife Brewing Company, located at 70 SW Century Drive, Bend, OR 97702, 541-728-0749.  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 including Adopt-a-Musician, 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 Aaron & Jean Fingerhut, in memory of Freda Fingerhut. 
  • From Vivian Freeman, in memory of Caroline Chaikind, mother of Bonnie Chaikind.
  • From Paul & Liz Levinson, in memory of Caroline Chaikind.
  • From Paul & Liz Levinson, to the music fund, wishing restored good health to Ceil Herman.
  • From Paul & Liz Levinson, to the music fund, wishing restored good health to Corrie Grudin.
  • From Paul & Liz Levinson, to the music fund, wishing restored good health to Harriet Dietz.
  • From Cathy and Michael Wynschenk, to the High Holy Days fund, in memory of Caroline Chaikind.
  • From Jerry and Phyllis Greenbach, to the High Holy Days fund.
  • From Jo-Ann Ray & Larry Barker, in memory of Maurice Brostoff.
  • From Bonnie Chaikind, to the High Holy Day fund. 
  • From Shelley & Corrie Grudin, to the High Holy Day fund.  
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, in memory of Audrey Ellen Cook's father.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, in memory of Alan Eisenberg's mother.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, wishing a speedy recovery to MJ Krohn.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, best wishes to Ruth Baser.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, thank you to JoAnne Shapiro for all her work for TBT.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, to the Adopt-a-Musician fund.  
  • From Ralph & Marcia Uri, in memory of Max and Frieda Uri.
  • From Gary and Terry Reynolds, in memory of Herb Reynolds.  
  • From Kathy and Mark Schindel, in memory of Audrey Cook's father.
  • From Kathy and Mark Schindel, in memory of Bonnie Chaikind's mother, Caroline Chaikind.  
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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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