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Temple Beth Tikvah Newsletter
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In This Issue
Author/Book Talks
Family Rafting Trip
Divrei Tikvah From Rabbi Hershenson
President's Message
Central Oregon Great Giveway Time
Gan Shalom Cemetery
Book Discussion Series Starting
Board Notes
Committee News
Religious Committee News
Social Action Update
Oneg Committee Seeks New Chair
Fundraising Report
TBT Library Info
Men's Night Info
About TBT
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Temple Beth Tikvah
P.O. Box 7472
Bend, OR  97708



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July Celebrations
Celebrations in July honor the following:
  Lisa Uri               July  1
  Scott Radzik       July  5
  Fred Rafilson       July  6
  Kathy Schindel    July  6
  Victor Chudowsky 
                          July  7
  Danny Boyd        July  9
  Loren Radzik       July 12
  Gary Liberson      July 14
  Bonnie Chaikind   July 17
  Johanna Hershenson 
                         July 18
  Isaac Peterson    July 19
  Jan Freeman Bauer 
                         July 21
  Corrie Grudin       July 25
  Pati Boyd           July 30
  Larry Barker        July 31
  Mike & Kirsten Goldstein
         July 3rd
  Paul & Liz Levinson
         July 3rd
  Pamela & Thomas 
         July 17th
  Anne & Chris Arathoon
         July 27th
  Susan & Bruce Levin
         July 27th
  Ari Haplern & Lisa Cena
         July 30th
TBT Board Members
Board Officers:

   Mark Schindel

 Vice President:
   Michael Rosenfield
   Justin Finestone

   Jeff Adler

   Cathy Wynschenk


   Fred Rafilson
   Marti Fields Johnson


TBT Committee Chairs

 Bikkur Holim:
   Suzanne Schlosberg
   Evie Lerner

   Ralph Uri

   Jeanne Freeman

   Kathy Schindel

   Mark Schindel
   Ralph Uri

   Lester Dober

   Jerry Greenbach

   Lauren Olander

 Religious Services
   Ann Rosenfield
   Jill Muinch

   Terry Reynolds


 Social Action
   Burt Litman

 Social Activities
   Diane Dober
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JULY Calendar of Events


   July  5   9:00 a.m. - Munch & Torah

             10:45 a.m. - Shabbat morning Torah Service

   July  8   7:00 p.m. - Zaslow Book Talks

   July  9   5:30 p.m. - Men's Club at Bethlehem Inn

   July 11  6:00 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat Picnic at Shevlin

   July 13  7:00 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting

   July 25  7:00 p.m. - Erev Shabbat Service

             11:59 p.m. - Deadline for August newsletter

   July 26 10:00 a.m. - Bat Mitzvah of Corrine Smith



   August 17th - TBT Annual Picnic at Pioneer Park

   August 30th - Men's Club Family Rafting Trip

   September 24th - Erev Rosh Hashanah

   October 3rd - Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre)



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


July 8th Book Talks 


Book talks by Rabbi and Debra Zaslow, Tuesday, July 8th, 7:00 p.m. at the Methodist Church.  



Bringing Bubbe Home 

A Memoir of Letting Go Through Love and Death by Debra Zaslow is an honest and inspiring memoir of a rabbi's wife who brings her 103 year-old grandmother home to live and die with her family. As Debra midwifes her grandmother to the other side, the two of them sit soul-to-soul in moments of stark tenderness.


Jesus: First-Century Rabbi 

by David Zaslow 

Takes a fresh look at the historical Jesus and the Jewish roots of Christianity. Using cutting-edge, scholarly research, Reb David dispels the myths of disparity between Christianity and Judaism without diluting the unique features of each faith.



Book signing and refreshments served.  RSVP to Tully at tullyel@gmail.com if you will attend and also if you would like to help with refreshments or act as greeters.


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Men's Group Family River Rafting on the Deschutes - August 30th

The Mens Group has arranged a fun-filled family river - rafting event for Saturday, August 30th on the Lower Deschutes!  This All Day Adventure includes a grilled lunch served riverside, where you may also choose to enjoy some beach volleyball. There is also swimming, and even an option of floating through the Upper Elevator rapid outside the boat in your life jacket! 

You'll feel like you're on the set of an old Western as you journey down 13 miles of the Lower Deschutes River, which winds through a big-sky, desert canyon.  The All Day Adventure features thrilling Class III rapids, including the infamous Boxcar Rapids, known for its huge kicker wave! There are also peaceful stretches perfect for taking in the incredible scenery.       

In order to ensure your space, please make your reservations NOW by contacting Sun Country Tours at 541.382.6277 or 800.770.2161
Please also take a moment after reserving your seats to email Fred Rafilson fredrafilson@gmail.com  to let us know that you have reserved your space.  This way we will know who is coming and also make sure we update you with details as necessary.

Some Details:
Sun Country contact:


Crystal Olson
Sun Country Tours
Bend Headquarters & SUP Shop
531 SW 13th Street
Bend, OR 97702

On-river time:  4.5 hours
River mileage:  13 miles
Ages:  Appropriate for kids ages 6 and older
Includes:  Grilled riverside lunch
Departure:  Bend Headquarters
$98 for kids ages 6 to 12
$108 for adults 13+

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From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson


Summer is settling in.  People are travelling to and from Bend.  We are missing friends who spend their summers away and we are welcoming family who come to visit us here.  The bike and hiking trails are calling.  Floating river traffic is increasing.


I, members of our board, and committee chairs are planning and plotting to develop a program of ritual celebrations, lifelong learning, social action, and socializing for Temple Beth Tikvah, beginning with preparation for the High Holy Days.


At our Annual Meeting I invited members of the congregation to weigh in on what we would like to see Temple Beth Tikvah do in the coming year.


I asked people to fill in the blanks in the following sentence:



In the coming year I would like to see our congregation __________________________,

so that ___________________________________________.



Here's what folks would like to see happen:

A number of people indicated that they would like to see Temple Beth Tikvah grow and particularly find a way to get more young families involved so that we could feel more like a big, extended family than a congregation, develop an action plan around finding a physical home, and sustain more rabbinic time.


Interest in having our own religious school and in growing a youth group were also indicated as important goals so that we could better integrate children and teens into our services and social action projects.  There is a deep interest in bringing old and young together.


Another important aspiration expressed was to more deeply commit ourselves as a congregation to improving the quality of life in Central Oregon.  Wouldn't it be great if people from the general population in Bend associated Temple Beth Tikvah with compassion and care in the greater community?


It was also wisely pointed out that we need to bring more people into appropriate leadership opportunities so that we benefit from the talents and gifts among our membership.  We are blessed to have scientists, scholars, doctors, lawyers, teachers, nurses and caregivers, business owners, artists, musicians, and civic leaders among us.  


Finally one respondent indicated an interest in studying the US Constitution and Bill of Rights together, so that our treasure trove of Jewish history and ethics becomes part of our decision making process as Americans.


It is an honor to be part of a congregation like Temple Beth Tikvah.  We are young as an organization and just starting to define ourselves as a community.  This year will be a great year to weigh in and get involved with Temple Beth Tikvah. 


I believe each of us has a personal responsibility to the congregation to put aside some time to think about what it is each of us wishes to contribute to Temple Beth Tikvah in the coming year.  Make a plan.  Call the rabbi or the president or a friend in the congregation and initiate a conversation about what you'd like to do as a member to build our Jewish organization.  There is room for idealism and checking in with reality.  What's important is that we talk to one another and through conversation decide where to put our efforts and attention.


Our Board and Committee chairs will be making decisions this summer about what goals make the most sense for expending energy and time.  Other aspirations will be planned for in coming years.  Be a part of this process.  Put in your two cents or push up your sleeves.  Together we are about to embark on a wonderful journey.  Thank you for coming along.


~~ Rabbi Hershenson's office hours are by appointment.  If you would like to set up an appointment, please contact her by email at:  johannahershenson@gmail.com, or by phone at 541-213-9880. 

Please note: Rabbi Hershenson has a new email address:  johannahershenson@gmail.com.
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President's Message
From TBT President Mark Schindel

Members & Friends ~

 At last, it is summer in Central Oregon, what a beautiful time to enjoy the lovely outdoors.  For Temple Beth Tikvah this summer, besides the usual services and education happenings, we have a number of outdoor activities planned - including several picnic events, a River Rafting excursion, hikes, and other gatherings.  Stay tuned to our Newsletter notices and e-mail reminders to get the details on these events so you can make sure to take advantage of them.  We look forward to your joining us for a fun summer!


Meanwhile, June had some significant events worth noting.  At our Annual Congregational Meeting on the 10th, we elected our three new Board members (Marti Fields Johnson, Fred Rafilson, and Mark Schindel) and approved our new Budget.  At the Board Meeting on the 22nd, the new Board agreed on the following assignment of Officers: Mark Schindel will continue as President, Michael Rosenfield, will continue as Vice President, Jeff Adler, will continue as Treasurer, and Justin Finestone will be Secretary.  We greatly appreciate their willingness to take on these important leadership roles.  


Finally, on the 28th, we had a wonderful service and celebration as Abi Hershenson became Bat Mitzvah.  It was such a joyous and special opportunity to share this occasion with the Rabbi and her family.  For me, and I'm sure for many others, it was a unique experience to watch a Rabbi get to officiate at her own child's Bat Mitzvah.  What a proud moment!  And we have the exciting privilege of celebrating another Bat Mitzvah this month on July 26th with the Smith family for Corrine.  What an abundance of happiness to enjoy this summer.


June also happened to be a busy medical month for several of our members.  Three members had serious surgeries, which thankfully all went well.  We wish a speedy recovery to full health and activity to all three.  Fortunately, through the exceptional generosity and care by our TBT community, they and their families are being well-supported through this time of need.  We gratefully thank all those who have provided care and assistance to our fellow congregants.


While summer is certainly a time to have fun, it will also be a time for some serious work by the Board and Committee Chairs to analyze all the key information that was gathered at our Leadership Workshop and to develop action plans for addressing our top priority issues.  I will continue to keep the congregation informed of the progress and goals we establish.  Of course, we always welcome input, suggestions, and ideas from all sources as we strive to grow, evolve, and mature as a Jewish community. 



Mark Schindel


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The Central Oregon Great Giveaway is a community service effort to collect usable items of clothing, household items, bedding and other goods to give and share with those in need. Everyone is welcome! Items are collected from the community and then given away to anyone who needs them for FREE!!!

We all have items that we aren't using. This is a great way to clear out your excess and share it with those who need it most at no cost to them. All donated items are Tax Deductible.



Acceptable donations include:       


     *    Clothing that is clean, folded and sorted

     *    Shoes and boots

     *    Purses and bags that are like new

     *    Housewares, dishes, pots, pans, silverware and


     *    Clean folded bedding

     *    Towel

     *    Rugs

     *    Curtains

     *    Toys

     *    Books

     *    Sporting equipment

     *    Working small appliances such as toasters,

           microwave ovens, etc...

     *    Holiday items in good repair

     *    Furniture in good repair


Unacceptable items include: Computers, monitors, printers, stereos, electronics, TV's, radios, DVD's, CD's, movies, magazines, phone books, underwear, socks, swimwear, lingerie, baskets, knick knacks and plant pots.


Drop off donations August 14th - 15th between the hours of 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. Please allow time for volunteers to check your items to ensure they fit into one of the acceptable donation categories. Bring your donations to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2555 NW Shevlin Park Road Bend, or 52680 Day Road La Pine.


Would you like to help out this worthwhile community project? Volunteers help set up the event and collect donations as they come in. Volunteer hours are two-hour time commitments. Donations are dropped off August 14-15th between the hours of 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. The event is open to the public August 16th at 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please join us and specify the location you would like to serve. Contact the Great Giveaway at (541) 241-6733 or email cogga.info@gmail.com.


The Great Giveaway makes a special effort to reach out to organizations that work with women, children, veterans and the elderly that have need of such items and would not normally be able to afford it.  Now in its 12th year, the Great Giveaway has provided clothing and house wares for 1,000s of Central Oregonians in need of help.


Please support Central Oregon Great Giveaway with your donations and with your volunteer time. Find out more at http://www.cogga.net.

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Gan Shalom Cemetery

The culmination of three years' work is the establishment of a marker at Gan Shalom, Garden of Peace, the only Jewish cemetery with available gravesites that serves Jews east of the Cascades.

Approximately one hundred grave sites are available for Jewish burial of Jews, Jews by choice and their non Jewish spouses and partners.  The only stipulation is that only Jewish symbols are allowed within the sanctified ground.
A dedication ceremony for the new cemetery marker will be held in August.  Please look for details in next month's newsletter.

This cemetery is a joint effort of Temple Beth Tikvah, Shalom Bayit, and Deschutes Memorial Gardens. For further information on the cemetery contact Ralph Uri, raduri@bendcable.com.

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The Nonviolent Life
Book Discussion Series    

  An Invitation to The Nonviolent Life:  Jesus, Gandhi, Dorothy Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr., all lived nonviolently. You are invited to three (free) reflection/conversations on a book by John Dear about The Nonviolent Life, focusing on the practice of nonviolence (1) toward ourselves, (2) toward others, and (3) toward our world.  The series will conclude with an (optional) activity in September designed by participants to promote nonviolence in our part of the world.


Meetings will take place on dates/times in July-August to be arranged with those expressing interest, at a Bend location (TBA).   Please contact Betsy Lamb by 6/28, at felamb@yahoo.com (541-633-7354 if you lack email) with questions or to sign up.  You are encouraged - but not required - to order the book from paceebene.org or amazon.com.

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TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  Sunday, July 13th, 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 Justin Finestone: finest14@yahoo.com. 
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Committee News 

Religious Committee News

Ann Rosenfield and Jill Muinch, Committee Co-Chairs


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We want to give a big Thank You to Evie Lerner for hosting our Thanksgiving on Shabbat on June 20th.  We had a big crowd, beautiful weather to be outdoors and we enjoyed wonderful turkey with all the fixings.  We are also grateful to Miriam Snyder, Lynne Connelley's daughter, who is visiting from out of state.  She did a great job leading the singing and prayers during our service which we threw together very last minute when we realized that our rabbi was not going to be able to attend.  Lots of our members helped with the event and it was really special.


The month of June ended with the Bat Mitzvah weekend for Abi Hershenson with services on Friday evening and the bat mitzvah on Saturday. 


Mark your calendars for another great Shabbat event on Friday, July 11th.  We have reserved the pavilion at Shevlin Park and will be hosting a BBQ Shabbat dinner with services to follow.  It will be another fun evening for all ages with lots of food, singing and fun. Please watch for an Evite which will be going out soon.


Also in July we will have our Munch and Torah study and service on Saturday, July 5th.  Adult education, previously scheduled for July 8th, will be postponed to allow for attendance at the Rabbi & Debra Zaslow book talks on that evening. We will end the month of July with the Bat Mitzvah of Corrine Smith. Services are on Friday, July 25th and Saturday, July 26th.


We hope you are enjoying our monthly services at a private home or park instead of the church.  We will continue hosting a Shabbat dinner and service outdoors while the weather is warm in August and September.  Let us know what you think about what we are doing, and let us know if you would be willing to host a Shabbat service at your home.


Social Action Update

Burt Litman, Committee Chair


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Back Door Café

Thank you to the many volunteers who arise early on a Wednesday morning to help feed breakfast to those in need.  The dedicated crew cook, serve and cleanup for more than 50 hungry people. Guests were served breakfast by our veteran crew; many thanks to Linda and George Brant, Jeanne Freeman, Jerry Greenbach, Joe Jezukewicz, Ann and Michael Rosenfield, Kathy Schindel and Ralph Uri. We will next be serving breakfast on Wednesday, July 9th. Contact Jeanne Freeman at jfreeman@bendbroadband.com to participate.


Bethlehem Inn

It's barbecue time at the Bethlehem Inn! On Wednesday, July 9th the Beth Tikvah Men's Club will be cooking for the Inn's residents. To participate, contact Lawrence Schechter susarch@bendbroadband.com.



Oneg Committee Seeks New Chairperson(s)

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Lorraine and Vivian are stepping down from their Co-chair positions for Onegs and Hospitality.  Anyone interested in these positions please contact either Vivian nanaviv@bendbroadband.com, Lorraine lorbigsur@gmail.com, or Mark Schindel schindelme@yahoo.com.


Fundraising Committee Report
Gerald Greenbach, Committee Chair
- The 2013/2014 Fundraising efforts were reviewed. It was felt that two poker tournaments a year was too much, and suggested that we have one tourney in the Fall of each year, starting in 2015. The Rabbi extra time fundraising was very successful.
- The discussion of how much fundraising, and for what purpose(s) came to the conclusion that because the congregation's budget is balanced for the coming year, we should direct our efforts to raise funds to benefit social action, and that we can and should involve the general community in this plan.  It was suggested that the Social Action committee ask the Board for $5,000.00 per year for community-wide needs.  The Fundraising Committee would then have that as a minimum goal each year.


- The Auction was discussed.  This would be the main, and possibly the only, TBT fundraising event for the year, with a target of raising funds needed for multiple years. The recipients of the funds would be community needs, educational programs, and youth activities.  It was felt that the event should be expanded to possibly include a "gala", a silent auction, an award to person/persons in the general community that TBT can honor, promotion and sales of tickets/tables to the general community, involve members of the organizations which will benefit from the event (all or any of the above).  We should try to have some guarantors for the minimum basic expenses.  The committee should try to have the main outline for the event within three months of Board approval (not later than the High Holidays).


- The issue of "energy" to carry out this major fundraising event was discussed.  It was felt that all TBT members, including the "new blood" members, could accomplish this undertaking.  A preliminary target would be to raise $25,000.00, apportioned among the participating charities.


- Additional fundraising opportunities suggested included a Murder Mystery evening, and a connection to First Friday Art Walk. 


TBT Library Info
Beverly Adler


You can access the catalog at: http://opac.libraryworld.com and type in Bend Jewish Library to begin searching for a wealth of Jewish books and DVDs.

You can make a request for items from the site or note the call number/s for the item/s you want and contact Evie to arrange pick-up. 541 388-3840 or evielerner60@gmail.com  If you make an email request via our Library World website, I will contact you about obtaining the items.


August Newsletter Deadline:  July 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 - Wed. July 9th

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We are serving a BBQ dinner at Bethlehem Inn on Wednesday, July 9th..
We need six people to help prepare and serve the food. Please be there at 5:30 p.m. and contact Lawrence if you can help.
We'll do our own Happy Hour afterwards, venue TBD.
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 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 Paul and Liz Levinson, in memory of Joe and Annie Solomon.
  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, wishing a speedy recovery to Cathy Wynschenk.
  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, wishing restored good health to Corrie Grudin.
  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, wishing a speedy recovery and restored health to Diane Dober.
  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, happy 96th birthday to Ceil Herman.
  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, mazal tov to Abi Hershenson on her bat mitzvah.  
  • From Bonnie Chaikind, in memory of Emory Chaikind.
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri, to the Tzedakah  Fund, congratulations to Kathy Schindel on your Song of Miriam Award.
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri, to the Tzedakah  Fund, wishing a quick recovery to Cathy Wynschenk.
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri, to the Tzedakah  Fund, happy birthday to Ceil Herman.
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri, to the Tzedakah  Fund, wishing a speedy recovery to Diane Dober.  
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri, to the Tzedakah  Fund, for David and Lisa Uri - Congratulations on your 90th birthday.
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri, to the Tzedakah  Fund, for Harriet and David Dietz - Best of luck on your move.
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri, to the Tzedakah  Fund, Congratulations to Liz and Paul Levinson on marriage of their grandchild.  
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri, to the Tzedakah  Fund, sending healing thoughts to Mark Hershenson and speedy recovery.
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri, to the Tzedakah  Fund, congratulations to Abi Hershenson on the occasion of her Bat Mitzvah. 
  • From Tully Ellsberg, wishing speedy healing to Mark Hershenson.
  • From Tully Ellsberg, in honor of Abi Hershenson on her bat mitzvah. 
  • From Tully Ellsberg, in honor of Corrine Smith on her bat mitzvah.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, wishing a speedy recovery to Diane Dober.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, wishing a speedy recovery to Cathy Wynschenk.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, wishing a speedy recovery to Mark Hershenson. 
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, congratulations to Abi Hershenson on her Bat Mitzvah.
  • From Jeff And Beverly Adler, wishing a speedy recovery to Cathy Wynschenk.
  • From Jeff And Beverly Adler, wishing a speedy recovery to Diane Dober.
  • From Jeff And Beverly Adler, wishing a speedy recovery to Mark Hershenson.

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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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