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Temple Beth Tikvah Newsletter
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In This Issue
An Evening of Purim Put-Ons
TBT Community Passover Seder Info
Divrei Tikvah From Rabbi Hershenson
President's Message
Seeking Oneg Hosts
Author Eric Kimmel in Bend
St. Charles Luncheon
Havdallah With a Purpose for Reach Another Foundation
Board Notes
Committee News
Religious Committee Update
Fundraising Events in Planning
Men's Club Bowling Event
Taizé Service Info
About TBT
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Temple Beth Tikvah
P.O. Box 7472
Bend, OR  97708



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March Celebrations
Celebrations in March honor the following:
  Maricela Feldman Mar.  8
  Paul Levinson     Mar.  8
  Evelyn Chernoff  Mar. 13
  Arnie Fingerhut   Mar. 13
  Kim Rafilson       Mar. 13
  Mike Goldstein    Mar. 20
  Ari Halpern        Mar. 20
  Joseph Jezukewicz 
                         Mar. 26
  Jeff Olander       Mar. 26
  Dan Fishkin        Mar. 27
  Vivian Freeman   Mar. 31
  Shelley & Corrie Grudin
         March 6th
  Lynne & Ed Connelley
         March 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 Schlosberg
   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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March Calendar of Events


   March  3   7:00 p.m. - A Taste of Judaism 2.2 at

                                    St. Charles Med. Ctr.

   March  6   7:00 p.m. - Taizé Service at St. Francis

   March  8   9:00 a.m. - Munch & Torah Study

                10:30 a.m. - Torah Service 

                  4:30 p.m. - Paul Levinson 2nd Bar Mitzvah

   March  9  10:00 a.m - Sunday School

                  1:00 p.m. - Eric Kimmel at Barnes & Noble

                  7:00 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting

   March 10   7:00 p.m. - A Taste of Judaism 2.3 at

                                    St. Charles Med. Ctr.

   March 14   7:00 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat Service

   March 15   7:00 p.m. - An Evening of Purim Put-Ons

   March 16  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School

                 11:00 a.m. - Purim Carnival at Shalom Bayit

   March 18   7:00 p.m. - Adult Education

   March 20   5:30 p.m. - Serving at Bethlehem Inn

   March 23  12:00 p.m. - Men's Club Bowling Outing

   March 24  11:59 p.m. - April Newsletter Deadline



   April 5th - Havdallah with a Purpose

   April 14th - TBT Community Passover Seder

   May 21st - TBT Poker Tournament


MARCH School Activities:

Sunday School: (10:00 a.m. Shalom Bayit):  3/9, 3/16

Hebrew School:  (4:30 p.m. Shalom Bayit - all classes):

     3/4, 3/11, 3/18


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


An Adult Evening of Purim Put-Ons
March 15th, 7:00 p.m.    
Come join us for an adults only Purim Put-Ons party.  It is March 15th, 7:00 p.m., at the home of Bev and Jeff Adler.

Since we are commanded to drink until we can't distinguish between Haman and Mordechai, we are asking everyone to bring a bottle of wine - AND- either an appetizer or dessert.

Homemade hamantaschen will be supplied by Bonnie Ruby and Hallie Smith. Costumes are optional.

Please respond to the evite or call Cathy Wynschenk 541-633-7979.


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Make Your Reservations Now for TBT's Community Passover Seder
Monday, April 14th

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Get ready for a festive, family-friendly Seder, led by TBT's Rabbi Johanna Hershenson.

Rabbi Hershenson will lead our annual Passover Community Seder on Monday, April 14th at St Charles Hospital's event room. The event is open to members and their guests and to the public. Doors open at 5:15 p.m., and the Seder begins promptly at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner. Don't miss out; RSVP today. Reservations close on Monday, April 7th.


This year we'll be enjoying a buffet dinner with your choice of Grilled Chicken with Artichoke Hearts, Grilled Salmon with Whole Grain Mustard Vinaigrette or Vegetarian Stew of Tempeh.  And, yes, matzo ball soup will be served!


You are welcome to bring wine to enjoy with your dinner for a $6 corkage fee or you can purchase from a selection of fine wines for $20 - $24 per bottle. Ceremonial wine will be provided.


For more information and to make your reservations, please go to the TBT website:



**Reservations are required by Monday, April 7th.**



The Butcher, the Baker, the Haroset Maker


The best part of any meal is dessert (at least mother said so!) and that is especially true when the baking is done by our fabulous bakers. We'll be sharing our Seder at the St Charles Hospital event room this year, catered by their excellent culinary crew. But for the most delicious of Passover desserts, we are again asking our members and friends to please bake for us. Please call or email Randi Zlatkus at 541-504-4048 or randizia@yahoo.com to let her know what you can bring. We need pick-up goodies, like bars and cookies.


Randi is also coordinating the haroset makers. Please let her know if you'd like to make a batch.





We're all looking forward to another festive and memorable community Seder.  If you have a Seder plate that we can use for the evening, Kimberly Rafilson will be collecting them and you can email her at kimrafilson@icloud.com to let her know and coordinate a drop-off.  Remember to put your name on the bottom of the plate.  And, please, no priceless antiques or family heirlooms.


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From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson


Remember when the High Holy Days and Chanukah seemed so early this year?  The Hebrew calendar is in a state of adjustment as this is a leap year.  As we enter into the month of Adar for a second time, I feel confident that Pesach is going to come right on time. 


For now, it's Adar II and Purim is close. 


Did you realize that the Scroll of Esther never mentions God?  Some scholars suggest that the work is less of a historic account and more of a melodramatic comedy. 


Think about it...Jewish characters named for ancient Near Eastern gods like Marduk and Ishtar, a king trading in an old wife for a new model, a wife using sex to get what she wants, and the clincher...as compensation for their trouble, the king gives the Jews a finite amount of time during which they are encouraged to loot and murder all over the countryside. 


The Scroll of Esther raises issues for which there is no real outlet to discuss openly: misogyny, sexuality, abuse of power and use of violence among the rich and powerful.  Literature and drama can be great tools for injecting these subjects into communal discourse and drawing attention to paradigm shifts regarding what we deem socially acceptable.


Film and television artists have joined writers and dramatists to fill this role in our society today.  Think about movies and shows that used humor and drama to point us in the direction of rethinking our assumptions.  I Love Lucy made us think about what it means to treat women like children.  All in the Family shook our prejudices around race, gender, sexual preference, and modernity.   One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest turned our attention to mental health standards.  House of Cards, today, reveals significant flaws in our democracy.  All fictions.  All edgy for their time. 


What I like most is the recognition at some point in the intellectual history of the Jewish people that we need multiple and varied invitations to engage in discourse over significant changes in social consciousness.  Our literature and our mythology can play a role in affecting public discourse and facilitating interaction and experience with ideas that once seemed foreign and unimaginable. 


Food for thought for Purim:

How do art and music, comedy and drama, literature, stage, and screen create opportunities for me to talk with other people and build networks that support my world view and what it is I'd like the next generation to know?


~~ 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,


We finally had a strong dose of winter in February.  With the major storm early in the month, we had to cancel a Sunday School session and our scheduled Board Meeting.  However, our other events were fortunate to occur during the milder weather conditions of the month.  After a great start of Rabbi Hershenson's "Taste of Judaism" educational series in January with a three-class program dealing with the "Rhythms of Jewish Living", we had our first class of the second series on the "Mechanics of Jewish Sacred Literature".  The second and third classes of this series will continue in March.  The final series explores "The 'G' Word (God)" in April and May.  We greatly appreciate the time and effort Rabbi Hershenson has put into these exceptional presentations and we encourage all to attend.


As if this amazing educational series wasn't enough, the Rabbi is also planning (with the help of the Rabbi Liaison Group) a Leadership Development Workshop retreat for sometime in the Spring.  This workshop will be open to all members, but is especially targeted for current members in leadership positions and potential future leader candidates.  The reality of being a small congregation is that we must rely on all members to assist in the operation of the organization.  While many of us may not think of ourselves in leadership positions, we often have the talents and capabilities to do a great job at it, if only there were some helpful training and guidance.  So, among the goals of this Leadership Development Workshop is to provide that necessary training and guidance that will strengthen the skills of our current leaders while developing the capabilities in others as future leaders.  This program will be critical for our long term success and survival.  Stay tuned for further information and details.


Meanwhile, we want to send our support and prayers for healing to those in need this past month, including a hip-replacement surgery, a heart surgery, a scheduled cancer surgery, and others having difficulties.  Whether you provide significant assistance or simply offer a kind word and encouragement, any level of support is always meaningful and valued.  This value of caring is the essence of our community.


Mark Schindel


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Oneg Hosts Still Needed

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There are still some service dates on the calendar in need of Oneg hosts.  Oneg hosting is easy and can also be shared. For those of you who haven't had the opportunity yet, we welcome you to join us.  In the event that you have a special celebration such as a birthday or anniversary coming up in the future, let us know ahead of time, so that we can put you on the calendar.  We'll let you know exactly what you need to do to make it as easy as possible.


We look forward to everyone participating in celebrating their special dates with us.


Please contact Vivian nanaviv@bendbroadband.com, or Lorraine lorbigsur@gmail.com


For those of you who have already hosted, we appreciate your contributions and thank you for making this such a lovely event.


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Author Eric Kimmel Coming to Bend March 9th  

of Bend and Central Oregon Presents:



Award-Winning Jewish Children's Author

Eric Kimmel




2 Appearances in Bend Sun. March 9th!


Temple Shalom Bayit - JCCO 10 to 11 am

21555 Modoc Lane, Bend 97702 (541) 385-6421


Barnes & Noble 1 to 3pm

Forum Shopping Center, 2690 Hwy. 20, Bend 97702 (541) 318-7242


Free - All Welcome


Eric Kimmel has written over 55 books including: Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (Caldecott Honor Medal), Hanukkah Bear (National Jewish Book Award), When Mindy Saved Hanukkah, The Golem's Latkes (National Jewish Book Award), A Hanukkah Treasury, The Chanukkah Guest (Sydney Taylor Award), The Story of Esther, Wonders and Miracles (National Jewish Book Award), the Mysterious Guests, Even Higher, Gershon's Monster (Sydney Taylor Award), Zigazak!, In the Mouth of the Wolf (Sydney Taylor Award) and many, many more!


PJ Library® of Bend and Central Oregon is sponsored by the Jewish Community of Central Oregon, Oregon B'nai Brith Camp, Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, Temple Beth Tikvah, and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. For more information, go to https://pjlibrary.org or call 541-504-1160 or email pjlibrarybend@gmail.com

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St. Charles Cancer Center Informative Lunch with Dr. Chang March 21st, 12:00 p.m.       

A Note from Evie:

   Please join me for an informal and informative luncheon with Dr. Linyee Chang, Medical Director of the St. Charles Cancer Center. Dr. Chang will visit with us and talk about cancer care in Central Oregon and how the new center at the Bend campus will support patients and families facing cancer.
   St. Charles is pioneering innovative approaches to health care and has been recognized nationally and internationally for its efforts. The new integrated cancer center is a shining example of the future of health care in our country.
   I am very excited to have Dr. Chang talk with members of our synagogue and give us a tour of the new cancer center.
   I think you will enjoy this luncheon and I look forward to seeing you.


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Havdallah With a Purpose for Reach Another Foundation - April 5th

Please join us for Havdallah with a Purpose on April 5th to hear Dick Koning, MD, FACS, and medical director of the Reach Another Foundation, share an amazing story about Ethiopia. We invite you to enjoy authentic Ethiopian treats and to hear about how this local Central Oregon group saves the lives of children in Ethiopia at an amazingly low cost.

In Ethiopia each year, at least 2500 children are born with 'water on the brain', hydrocephalus. Until recently all these babies died. Reach Another Foundation helps these children get surgery, which, when done early enough,
will allow them to grow up as normal adults. In 2012 the Reach Another Foundation provided operations to 200 babies in partnership with Ethiopia's neurosurgeons and three academic hospitals.

This havdallah is hosted by Leslie Conley and Joe Jezukewicz.  Please rsvp to leslie2conley@gmail.com.


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TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  March 9th, 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 Update

Anne Rosenfield and Jill Muinch, Committee Co-Chairs


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Because Spring Break occurs at the end of March, all the services and activities are being held between March 3rd and March 18th.  Hopefully a lot of you are enjoying the second series of classes being taught by Rabbi Hershenson which started on Monday, February 24th. The topic for this series is "Mechanics of Jewish Sacred Literature."  During the three classes we will explore the dynamic evolution of Jewish literary interdependence in order to grasp how it is that the "study of Torah" is the key to Jewish continuity. The March classes will be held on Monday March 3rd and 10th.


Two special events are taking place in March. First, on March 8th we will celebrate Paul Levinson's second bar mitzvah. Don't miss this special traditional evening when Paul will have a "bar mitzvah " - 70 years after his first call to the Torah. We will all have the opportunity to experience this amazing service and then enjoy a wonderful social evening celebrating Paul's birthday.


Also in March is Purim. Purim is a holiday that we need to celebrate with a party!! Join us on Saturday, March 15th at the home of Beverly and Jeff Adler. Costumes are optional, but having a fun evening is mandatory!


In addition, mark your calendar for Munch and Torah service and study on March 8th, and our Erev Shabbat service on March 14th. Our regular Adult Education will be held on Tuesday March 18th, the location to be determined. 


Fundraising Committee Events in Planning 

Gerald Greenbach, Committee Chair


The Fundraising Committee will have a telephone meeting the week of March 9th.  The agenda includes: 1. Discussion of the Poker Tournament scheduled for Wednesday night, May 21, 2014, at Sidelines Pub in Bend. 2. Discussion of the Mystery Dinner (date to be determined). 3. Discussion of the Auction tentatively scheduled for Spring 2015, and 4. Other Fundraising Committee business.



April Newsletter Deadline:  MARCH 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 Club Bowling Outing Sunday, March 23rd at Lava Lanes

Bowling fun for everyone!  All men are invited as well as any family members, friends, kids, etc., that want to tag along.  Meet at Lava Lanes,  1555 NE Forbes Rd, 541-241-2153, at 12:00 p.m.  Cost is $10/person which includes bowling, shoes and food.  (That's a pretty good deal!)


Please RSVP to Fred Rafilson Fred@iosolutions.org if you think you might attend and indicate how many people.  This is just to make sure we reserve enough lanes - no worries if you don't show up or if you do show up without having RSVP'd.


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Taizé Service    
Next Taizé: March 6th

All TBT members are invited to Taizé - an Evensong of Interfaith prayerful meditation, peace, and silence. Taizé services are held the first Thursday of each month, October through May, 7:00 p.m. at St. Claire's Chapel, St. Francis Catholic Church, 2450 NE 27th St. in Bend, OR. Everyone is invited to attend and participate.
Sponsored by the Sacred Art of Living Center and the Interfaith Community of Central Oregon.


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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 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 Marijane Krohn, in memory of Albert Wideman.
  • From Vivian Freeman, wishing a happy bar mitzvah birthday to Paul Levinson.
  • From Vivian Freeman, wishing happy birthday to grandkids - Joseph and Britanny.
  • From Harriet and David Dietz, wishing a speedy recovery to Ralph Uri.
  • From Harriet and David Dietz, wishing a speedy recovery to Kathy Schindel.
  • From Harriet and David Dietz, sending birthday wishes to Phyllis Greenbach.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, wishing a speedy recovery to Ralph Uri.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, wishing a speedy recovery to Lauren Olander.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, wishing a speedy recovery to Evie Lerner.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, wishing good health to Corrie Grudin.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, wishing good health to Kathy Schindel.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, happy birthday to Paul Levinson.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, happy birthday to Phyllis Greenbach.
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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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