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Temple Beth Tikvah Newsletter
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In This Issue
Annual Business Meeting Info
Abi Hershenson Bat Mitzvah
Divrei Tikvah From Rabbi Hershenson
President's Message
Special Author Talks with Book Signings
Poker Tournament Wrap-Up
Board Notes
Committee News
Religious Committee Happenings
Social Action Update
Song of Miriam Honors
Fundraising Committee Info
Progressive Dinner Notes
Men's Gathering Info
About TBT
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Temple Beth Tikvah
P.O. Box 7472
Bend, OR  97708



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June Celebrations
Celebrations in June honor the following:
  Ceil Hermann      June  9
  Linda Brant        June 10
  Justin Finestone June 11
  Allison Cogen     June 12
  JoAnne Shapiro  June 26
  Ron Ruby          June 27
  Marijane Krohn and 
  Mel Siegel
         June 1st
  George and Linda Brant
         June 7th
  David and Lisa Uri
         June 7th
  JoAnna Abrams and 
  John Dalfonsi
         June 10th
  Victor and Naomi
         June 10th
  Lisa and David Rosen
         June 10th
  Alex and Sara 
  Charney Cohen
         June 14th
  Gary and Judy Liberson
         June 18th
  Terry and Gary Reynolds
         June 19th
  Mark and Johanna
         June 24th
  Ralph and Marcia Uri
         June 26th
  Jessica Hammerman and
  Isaac Peterson
         June 28th
  David Kalov and
  Jolie Fiore
         June 30th
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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Temple Beth Tikvah is pleased to welcome our newest members:
Jan Freeman Bauer & Larry Bauer
and daughter, Brianna
June Calendar of Events


   June  1  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School

               10:00 a.m. - Song of Miriam Awards in Portland

   June  3    4:30 p.m. - Hebrew School

                 7:00 p.m. - Adult Education

   June  7    5:30 p.m. - Progressive Dinner

   June  8  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School

                5:05 p.m. - Men's Club - Bend Elks Game Night

   June 10   4:30 p.m. - Hebrew School

                5:30 p.m. - Annual Congregational Meeting

                                        sign-in 5:30, business begins 6:00

   June 20   5:00 p.m. - Thanksgiving on Shabbat at Evie's

   June 21   9:00 a.m. - Munch & Torah

               10:30 a.m. - Shabbat Torah Service

   June 22   7:00 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting

   June 23  11:59 p.m. - July Newsletter Deadline

   June 27   7:00 p.m. - Erev Shabbat Service

   June 28  10:30 a.m. - Bat Mitzvah of Abi Hershenson



   July 26th - Bat Mitzvah of Corinne Smith

   August 17th - Annual TBT Picnic at Pioneer Park


JUNE School Activities:

Sunday School: (10:00 a.m. Shalom Bayit):  6/1, 6/8

Hebrew School:  (4:30 p.m. Shalom Bayit):   6/3, 6/10


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


Annual Congregational Business Meeting - Tuesday, June 10th


Our Annual Congregational Meeting is coming up on Tuesday, June 10th. It is important that we get a quorum of members in attendance to vote for TBT's new Board members and next year's budget.


There are several changes in this year's program.  The meeting itself will be a little more casual and streamlined.  We will be meeting in the Social Hall of the church.  Instead of sitting in rows of chairs, we will be seated at tables to be more conducive to eating and socializing. There will be snacks and appetizers to munch on before and during the meeting.  We are inviting people to arrive between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m. to sign-in, get some snacks, and schmooze with friends.  The actual business session will start promptly at 6:00 p.m., assuming we have a quorum, with the objective of finishing by 7:00 p.m.


Prior to the Annual Meeting, members will be sent a packet of information that will include the Agenda, the Proposed Budget for 2014-15, Reports from each of the Committees on their accomplishments and plans, and Notes from the Leadership Development Workshop that took place in the beginning of May.  Please read the information packet before the meeting. This will alleviate taking time during the meeting to present this information.


We look forward to your presence and participation at our upcoming Annual Congregational Meeting.  It is a unique opportunity to play an intimate role in the governing and leadership of this organization.  As an added bonus, this will be the first time our Rabbi will be in attendance and involved in our meeting.  If there are any general questions, please contact Mark Schindel: 

schindelme@yahoo.com or any of our Board Members.


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Bat Mitzvah of Abi Hershenson

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From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson


It is June and June is the month for our annual congregational meeting!


In addition to electing a new board, accepting a new budget, and congratulating ourselves for a job well-done last year, the congregational meeting is a time for people to weigh in on where it is we are going as a Jewish organization in the future.


Of course, we have the ongoing responsibility of creating space for celebrating Shabbat and Jewish holidays, continuing our own Jewish learning, and supporting a community religious school that prepares young Jews to begin cultivating their own Jewish identities.


I wonder what more we can do.  I dream about what more we might mean to one another and to the greater community. 


In addition to providing services, we ought to be building relationships that transcend the superficiality we have with neighbors and colleagues but don't carry the baggage of family history.  We ought to be a recognizable asset to our beautiful city and contribute in some way to the quality of life here in Central Oregon, furthering our shared values and visions.


In order for us to develop and mature in a meaningful way, we need to take time and really reach out to get to know one another.  We need to find the common ground upon which people can really explore what being Jewish means today and experiment with sharing that part of our identity with others.


At our last board meeting I asked board members and committee chairs what they think increasing the level of engagement in our congregation means.  Here are some of the ideas that were shared:


More engagement in the congregation means:

~ More members step up to the plate and take charge.

~ More people show up at events.

~ More interaction among members at events and outside events.

~ More people feel they are part of TBT.


More engagement in the congregation is important because:

~ We get to meet more Jews.

~ Everything doesn't fall on the rabbi or the same lay leaders.

~ It means our synagogue will be inclusive.

~ It means we can reach our potential as a welcoming, warm Jewish community.

~ We do more events that people want.


If nothing changes about the level of member engagement at TBT:

~ I would keep trying.

~ I would be surprised.

~ We will fall apart or rely on hiring more people.

~ We will lose members and not retain our ability to be an extended family.

~ I would still support the congregation because it is that important to me.


I learned that our board members and committee chairs really do care about Temple Beth Tikvah and want to share their feelings of pride about the past six years and optimism about the future with more Jewish Bendites. 


Please come to the congregational meeting and share your ideas.  If you can't make it, write me, johannahershenson@me.com.  There is a lot we can do together. Like any relationship, we'll get from it in proportion to what we put into it.


Rabbi Hillel taught:  If I am not for myself, who will be for me?  If I am only for myself, what am I?  We each have a gift, a talent, a skill that we can give Temple Beth Tikvah.  And we each deserve to be nourished in return.  A community organization can choose to be a force in the lives of its members. In the end, this is what I hope for...that Temple Beth Tikvah should mean something special to everyone who either passes through our midst or engages with us for the long term. 

~~ 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 ~

As we wind up our sixth year as a congregation, and look forward to our "sabbatical" (seventh) year, we have so much for which to be thankful and proud.  This was our first year with a resident Rabbi; and what a difference that has made.  Rabbi Hershenson has brought such an amazing new energy and spirit to our congregation.  I personally want to thank her for the leadership and counsel she has provided me in helping guide TBT throughout this past year.


While we are a relatively new and still fairly small Congregation, we are very large in terms of what we accomplish and the many activities we offer.  We are able to achieve these great opportunities because of the dedication, time, and effort supplied by our many volunteers.  By my rough estimate, about 75% of our members have volunteered in some way on various activities - in leadership roles, on committees, simply helping out on events, or in other support capacities.  That is an amazing level of participation and I want to make sure they know how much we appreciate their time and contributions.  We could not function without all this work.


There are a few key people who go above and beyond the normal efforts often taking on multiple leadership or support roles.  To my fellow Board members, Committee Chairs, and other key individuals, we truly owe a great debt of gratitude for the many long hours and extra efforts that you provide that allow all of us to benefit from the varied activities and events we enjoy.


One of our most important events took place in May, with the Dynamic Jewish Organizational Leadership Development Workshop retreat that was largely the result of the Rabbi's tireless efforts in planning, leading, and summarizing the information.  We gratefully thank the many members who gave of their time and ideas at this session.  The informative discussions to improve our organizational structure, to better define key roles and responsibilities, and to gather goals and objectives for our future direction have provided a strong starting point for our next year's focus.  We will be sharing this information with the entire congregation, looking to inspire more ideas and involvement as we strive for even greater accomplishments in the coming years.


June also has a significant event coming up, our Annual Congregational Meeting on the 10th.  We hope to see all our members at this session, where we elect our new Board members, approve our new Budget, and deal with other key matters.  In addition to our regular activities of services, Torah Study, and Adult Education, we have some other very special events.  On June 7th, there will be a Progressive Dinner.  These have been especially fun and enjoyable gatherings in the past.  We appreciate the Social Committee, under the direction of Diane Dober, for all the planning; and for the hosting homes for making people feel so welcomed.  On June 28th, Abi Hershenson will become a Bat Mitzvah.  We look forward to supporting her and her family on this special occasion.


Looking ahead into the summer, there are plans for several outdoor services, picnics, and other fun events.  We hope you will participate and enjoy what it means to belong to such a wonderful, caring community.


Finally, on a bittersweet note, on behalf of all of TBT, I want to extend to Pastor Thom all our best wishes as he moves on to a new chapter in his life.  Reverend Larson has been the Pastor at the First United Methodist Church all the years TBT has been there.  His gracious, welcoming, and supportive friendship has allowed us to feel at home sharing their space.  We wish Pastor Thom and Cindy a most enjoyable and relaxing retirement.  We will forever be grateful to him and the entire Church staff and congregation for helping us get our start.



Mark Schindel


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Author Talks and Book Signings July 8th


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Poker Tournament Wrap-Up   
Poker Tournament
THE BIG THANK YOU, AND CONGRATULATIONS!   We want to thank all of the members that played in the poker tournament and hope a fun time was had by all.  Thanks to George Brant who put the evening together.
CONGRATULATIONS to Rabbi Hershenson on winning first place, and to Kathy Schindel and Gerald Greenbach for second and third places respectively.  WOMEN were the big winners - five ladies, out of nine finalists at the final table, and the first and second prizes went to the ladies!


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TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:   June 22nd, 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 Happenings

Ann Rosenfield and Jill Muinch, Committee Co-Chairs


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We started May with a wonderful small plates Shabbat dinner at the home of Johanna and Mark Hershenson.  It was well-attended and gave us all an opportunity to eat and socialize.  We also had a Munch and Torah study and service.  We ended the month with a wonderful musical Erev Shabbat service led by Rabbi Hershenson with special guest, Marshall Voit.


June will be a busy month.  Adult education will be held on Tuesday, June 3rd at the Hershenson home.  The topic of discussion will be Tikkun Layl Shavuot.


We have a special evening planned for Friday, June 20th.  Evie Lerner is hosting Thanksgiving on Shabbat at her home.  We will be feasting on turkey, mashed potatoes and all the trimmings, plus enjoying a short service, playing games, and singing.


Saturday Munch and Torah study and service will be held on June 21st at the church. 


Finally, we will end the month celebrating the Bat Mitzvah of Abi Hershenson.  Friday evening services will be held at the church at 7:00 p.m. followed by an Oneg.  Saturday morning will be Abi's Bat Mitzvah, followed by a light reception in the social hall.


This summer there are other events to put on your calendar.  Don't miss the annual Shabbat service and picnic at Shevlin Park on Friday, July 11th.  Corrine Smith will celebrate her Bat  Mitzvah on July 26th.  We will hold another outdoor Shabbat service on Friday, August 8th, and a Havdallah social event at the home of Marcia and Ralph Uri on Saturday, August 9th.



Social Action Update

Burt Litman, Committee Chair


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In the month of May TBT members participated in preparing meals for both the residents of Bethlehem Inn and the Back Door Cafe. 


Bethlehem Inn: The adult b'nai mitzvah class of 2010 holds firm the bond created in their shared accomplishment.  They continued this bond by working together to cook, purchase and serve dinner for the residents of the Bethlehem Inn on Thursday, May 15.  We thank those participating:  Beverly Adler, Leslie Conley, Jeanne Freeman, Corrie Grudin, Ceil Herman, Terry Reynolds,  Ann Rosenfield, Lorraine and Lawrence Schecter, Kathy Schindel, Shari Winicki, and Burt Litman who worked with the group.

Back Door Cafe:  BDC has a dedicated group of TBT member volunteers.  Guests were served breakfast on Wednesday, May 21 by a group of TBT's seasoned kitchen crew. Many thanks to Jeff Adler, Vivian Freeman, Jerry Greenbach, Joe Jezukewicz, Ann & Michael Rosenfield, Bonnie Ruby, Kathy Schindel, and Ralph Uri.


If you are interested in participating in Social Action activities please contact Burt Litman: blitman@bendbroadband.com



Song of Miriam Honors
Terry Reynolds, Membership Committee Chair

At our May 23rd Shabbat service we recognized Kathy Schindel as our Song of Miriam honoree.  We presented Kathy with a beautiful inscribed vase filled with flowers. We have created a perpetual plaque to document the names of TBT Song of Miriam honorees.  This plaque now contains 2 names: Allison Cogen honored in 2010, and this years Song of Miriam honoree, Kathy Schindel.


Fundraising Committee Meets June 12th
Gerald Greenbach, Committee Chair

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The Fundraising Committee will have their first meeting of the Spring/Summer season on Thursday, June 12th, 6:00 p.m., at Gerald Greenbach's house.  Please let Gerald know if you want to attend this planning session.


Progressive Dinner Notes
Diane Dober, Social Committee Chair

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We are looking forward to the Progressive Dinner on June 7th. Reservations are now closed. Those who have reserved will be hearing soon where they are going. We thank all our hosts for their gracious cooperation. We thank all our guests for their cooperation as well. 
Many thanks to Bonnie Ruby and Cathy Wynschenk for handling the reservations and assignments. 
Watch for the email that tells you where you will have cocktails and dinner. We expect everyone to have a great evening!


July Newsletter Deadline:  JUNE 23rd

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 23rd 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 - Sunday, June 8th

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The next TBT Men's Gathering will be Sunday, June 8th, at Vince Genna Stadium, located at 401 SE Roosevelt Ave., Bend, OR.  The Bend Elks will be playing the Corvallis Knights.  Game time is 5:05 p.m. Hope to see you there!  For more info, contact Fred Rafilson at  fredrafilson@gmail.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 PJ Library Fund, the Rabbi Fund, the Rabbi's Caring Fund, the Tzedakah 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 Stephen and Eileen Katz, in memory of Harris Katz.
  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, in memory of Harry Solomon.
  • From Jerry and Phyllis Greenbach, in honor of Kathy Schindel receiving the Song of Miriam award.
  • From Larry Barker, in memory of Harold Barker.
  • From Jo-Ann Ray, in memory of Dinah Siven Goberg.  
  • From Gary and Terry Reynolds, to the Tzedakah Fund.  
  • From Mark and Kathy Schindel, in memory of Aaron Jack Schindel.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, congratulations to Kathy Schindel for being our Song of Miriam honoree for 2014.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, wishing continued good health to Corrie Grudin.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, wishing a speedy recovery to Jill Munich.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, wishing continued good health to Mindy Lauren Olander.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, wishing continued good health to Kathy Schindel.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, wishing a speedy recovery to Evie Lerner's daughter, Lawrie.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, wishing continued speedy healing to Ralph Uri. 
  • From Phyllis and Jerry Greenbach, in memory of Eva Greenbach.
  • From Tully Ellsberg, in memory of Thomas Ellsberg.
  • From Lawrence and Lorraine Schechter, to the Tzedakah Fund.
  • From Jeffrey and Beverly Adler, in honor of Kathy Schindel receiving the Song of Miriam award.
  • From Jeffrey and Beverly Adler, in memory of Alvin Shultz.
  • From Jeffrey and Beverly Adler, in memory of Beverly Wilson.
  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, Mazel Tov to Kathy Schindel.  

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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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