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Temple Beth Tikvah Newsletter
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In This Issue
Yom Kippur Service Schedule
Bar Mitzvah of Jared Charney Cohen
President's Message
High Holy Day Tzedakah Appeal
Board Notes
Committee News
Religious Committee Happenings
High Holy Days Committee Report
Social Action Update
Men's Night Info
Taizé Service Info
About TBT
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Temple Beth Tikvah
P.O. Box 7472
Bend, OR  97708



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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.
October Celebrations
Celebrations in October honor the following:
  Mickey Freundlich Oct.  1
  Sara Jo Slate        Oct.  2   Pamela Hamilton  Oct.  3
  Marijane Krohn     Oct.  3
  Michael Wynschenk
                            Oct.  6
  Michael Feldman  Oct. 10
  Sheila Ross Luber
                            Oct. 17
  Leslie Conley       Oct. 18
  Jeffrey A Lebowitz
                            Oct. 22
  Rochelle Heyman Oct. 26


  Seana & Ron Jollo
         October 2nd
  Hallie & Tracy Smith
         October 20th
  Jeffrey & Beverly Adler
         October 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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Temple Beth Tikvah is pleased to welcome our newest members:

                        Phillip & Ruth Ruder

                         Adam & Rochelle Heyman, and their

                              children Joshua and Dalia

October Calendar of Events


   Oct.  3   7:30 p.m. - Kol Nidre Service

   Oct.  4 10:00 a.m. - Yom Kippur Morning Service

              12:45 p.m. - Adult Education

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

                3:00 p.m. - Afternoon Service

                4:30 p.m. - Yizkor

                5:30 p.m. - Neilah Service

                6:30 p.m. - Break-the-Fast Dinner

   Oct.  7   4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School

                6:00 p.m. - Men's Group Annual Dinner 

   Oct.  8    -- Sukkot begins at sunset --

   Oct. 10  3:00 p.m. - Sukkah building at Fishkins

   Oct. 11  3:00 p.m. - Tea Time in the Tabernacle

                                      Sukkot Celebration at Fishkins

   Oct. 12 10:00 a.m. - Sunday School

                7:00 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting

   Oct. 14   4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School

   Oct. 16   5:00 p.m. - Simchat Torah

   Oct. 18      TBA       - Leadership Development Wkshp.

   Oct. 21   4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School

   Oct. 24   7:00 p.m. - Erev Shabbat Service

   Oct. 25 10:30 a.m. - Jared Charney Cohen Bar Mitzvah

   Oct. 26 10:00 a.m. - Sunday School

   Oct. 28   4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School




   November 20th - Serving Dinner at Bethlehem Inn

   December 20th - Latke Palooza!


OCTOBER School Activities:

(All activities at Shalom Bayit)

Sunday School 10:00 a.m.:  10/12, 10/26

Hebrew School 4:00 p.m.:  10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28



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


High Holy Day Services 2014, 5775
shofar and star
We invite you to join Rabbi Hershenson, Cantor Nicholson, and our wonderful musicians, Lauren, Julie, and Jo for this year's Services.  We welcome all to attend any or all of our services.

Yom Kippur Schedule:


Fri.  Oct. 3rd    7:30 p.m.    Kol Nidre Service


Sat. Oct. 4th   10:00 a.m.  Yom Kippur Morning Service

                       12:45 p.m.   Adult learning/discussion

                                             following the morning


                         2:00 p.m.   Children's Service

                         3:00 p.m.   Yom Kippur Afternoon


                         4:30p.m.    Yizkor Memorial Service

                         5:30 p.m.   Neilah Concluding Service

                         6:30 p.m.   Break-the-Fast Dinner*


                                             *reservations required

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Tea Time in the Tabernacle
A Sukkot Celebration

An all-ages celebration with edible crafts, harvest munchies, tea, and singing!

Saturday, October 11th, 3:00 p.m.*
at the home of Laurel and Dan Fishkin.

Please RSVP to the Punchbowl email invitation.  If you did not receive the invitation, please contact Evie at 

*Sukkah builders needed!  Fri. Oct. 10th, 3:00 pm.  
Come help build the Sukkah and bring a picnic dinner to enjoy afterwards. RSVP to Laurel if you can help:  
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Bar Mitzvah of Jared Charney Cohen

Please join 
the Charney Cohen Family 
when our son
Jared Ruth
is called to the Torah 
as a Bar Mitzvah

Saturday, October 25th 10:30 a.m
in the Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church
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President's Message
From TBT President Mark Schindel

Members & Friends ~


Happy New Year.  Hopefully, you were able to enjoy our wonderful Rosh Hashanah services.  It was such a pleasure to have Cantor Adelle Nicholson back to lend her beautiful voice and renditions of the High Holy Days liturgy.  Rabbi Hershenson's services were so moving and meaningful; and her teachings very inspirational.  Lauren Olander, as Music Director, along with the amazingly talented musicians, Julie Geveshausen and Jo Booser, created the perfect mood and feeling for the services.  

Under the leadership of Kathy Schindel, chair of the High Holy Days Committee, many members contributed a great deal of time and effort to make the services and events run so smoothly and successfully.  Even the weather cooperated, so that our outdoor Tashlich service and picnic took place under dry skies.  A special thanks to Jerry and Phyllis Greenbach for again sponsoring the delicious and fun Tashlich family picnic event.  We are eagerly looking forward to more great services and activities on Yom Kippur.  May you be inscribed for a Good Year. 

Also in September, Seana and Ron Jollo graciously hosted a backyard Kabbalat Shabbat and potluck dinner at their home on the banks of the Deschutes River -- such a beautiful setting and a perfect evening to enjoy welcoming in Shabbat with good friends.  A special Selichot Shofar flash mob took place just before Rosh Hashanah with a number of people from the Jewish community gathering at the bridge in the Old Mill to hear the sounding of the shofars from several in the gathering - the perfect wakeup call to get prepared for the High Holy Days.  Our Jewish Community Religious Education program kicked off with a "Meet and Greet" session for parents and children with teachers in Compass Park.  Our first sessions of Sunday School and Hebrew School got underway in September.


After Yom Kippur, on October 3rd & 4th, we have a number of other important holidays and events planned.  For Sukkot, which runs from October 8th to the 15th, we will have a special family gathering for "Tea Time in the Tabernacle" on October 11th at the home of the Fishkins.  Simchat Torah immediately follows Sukkot and we will have a fun family celebration on October 16th.  The Leadership Workshop that was postponed from last month has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 18th.  We hope that as many members as possible will be able to join us for this important meeting.  The month culminates with the Bar Mitzvah of Jared Charney Cohen on Saturday, October 25th, preceded by our regular Erev Shabbat service on Friday night, October 24th.


While September had many fun and enjoyable events, it wasn't immune to the realities of life and death.  Tragically, Corrie Grudin lost her valiant fight against cancer.  We are all deeply saddened by the loss of such a beautiful person - a loving and caring wife, mother, founding member, and friend.  We offer our sincerest sympathy and support to her husband Shelley and the entire Grudin family.  We were so blessed by her spirit, inspiration, and tireless efforts on behalf of Temple Beth Tikvah.


L'Shana Tova Tikatevu,

  Mark Schindel


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Jewish National Fund & High Holy Days Tzedakah Appeal
TBT's Social Action Drive for HHD 5775 

Each year at the High Holy Days we ask that you support social action causes. This year we are asking you to participate in long-term support of Israel as well as in our High Holy Days Tzedakah drive.


The Blue-Box Drive


A vital part of Zionist history, Jewish National Fund purchased much of the land that would become the State of Israel, then helped develop that land into a thriving nation - planting over 240 million trees, building over 200 dams and reservoirs, developing over 250,000 acres of land, and creating over 1,000 parks. And since 2000, JNF has taken children from rocket-ravaged areas to summer camps where they can experience laughter instead of bombs.


The new box highlights JNF's work in seven program areas: Community Building; Forestry & Green innovations; Water Renewal; Research & Development; Zionist Education and Advocacy; Heritage Sites; and Accessibility & Therapeutic Services. Jewish National Fund is improving life for the people of Israel and building a better future for generations to come.


Please support JNF and Israel. Hopefully, you took a blue-box during the holidays; if you didn't get one, contact Liz Levinson. Please, share it with your children, and fill it with your change.


Every 60 days, we'll send you a reminder to empty the box, count your change and send it to Liz Levinson - who would prefer that you send it in the form of a check made out to JNF.


High Holy Days Tzedakah Project


This year, the High Holy Days Tzedakah Project has designated two opportunities for tikkun olam - healing the world: the Rabbi's Caring Fund and the Tzedakah Fund.


The Rabbi's Caring Fund assists any temple member who is in need of financial assistance. Rabbi Hershenson administers it discreetly and in strictest confidentiality. When we asked Rabbi Hershenson about the Caring Fund and her goals for it, she spoke of scholarships for Jewish Camp and youth programming that would allow our kids to participate in regional and national programs.


Despite an improving economy, the number of homeless individuals and families is worsening in Central Oregon. The annual January Count, conducted by the Homeless Leadership Coalition, shows homelessness is up this year: 2,410 individuals, including 116 veterans - 420 more than last year. The numbers are higher among the youth, elderly, and the disabled.


Temple Beth Tikvah members cook, serve and clean for breakfast once each month at the Back Door Café in the Methodist Church. The number of guests varies, from as few as 45 to a record 95 in August!


We serve dinner every other month at the Bethlehem Inn; the Inn has been at nearly maximum capacity for most of the year. You have no idea how much joy and gratitude a piece of chicken can bring to someone - and the desserts are a little slice of heaven for hungry people.


Our members participated in the Central Oregon Great Giveaway and at Project Connect.


While most of what social action does is measured in volunteer hours, there are costs involved. Dinner at Bethlehem Inn can cost up to $200 for their 90 residents. Breakfast at Back Door Café costs an average of $125 each week.


The annual budget for social action is only $500 - not more than a couple of dinners or a few breakfasts. This year we established the Tzedakah Fund and for our High Holy Days request, we ask you to please give to this fund. 100% of your donation will go directly to helping those who most need it in Central Oregon.


In Deuteronomy 15:11 we are commanded, "There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be open-handed toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land." Please open your heart and your purse and donate.


Donation envelopes are available at all High Holy Day services. Donations can also be made online at :

http://www.bethtikvahbend.org/donations. Thank you.

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TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  October 12th, 7:00 p.m
Location:  TBA

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 Happenings

Ann Rosenfield & Jill Muinch, Committee Co-Chairs


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September was a somewhat quiet month for the Religious Committee as we wanted to have a minimum of activities knowing that the High Holy Days, Sukkot. and Simchat Torah would keep us all busy.  We started the month with a Kabbalat Shabbat service at the home of Seana and Ron Jollo.  There was an extremely large crowd at the Shabbat outdoor event. The evening on the river was warm and the food delicious.


The kickoff for the holidays began with a unique Selichot Shofar Flash Mob held at the Old Mill.  What a great way to welcome in the new year. The High Holy Days committee has worked hard to make sure that our congregation has a wonderful ten days to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.


Fall provides many opportunities for families to celebrate our Jewish faith. After services for Rosh Hashanah and a day of fasting and prayer for Yom Kippur, the season continues with the holidays of Sukkot and Simchat Torah. We will celebrate Sukkot with Tea Time in the Tabernacle on Saturday, October 11th at 3:00 p.m. at the Fishkin home.  Then, Simchat Torah will be celebrated on Thursday, October 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the social hall of the church. Be sure to mark your calendars and bring the entire family for these two events!


Also, on Friday, October 24th at 7:00 p.m., we will celebrate Erev Shabbat with music and service in the sanctuary. And finally, the bar mitzvah of Jared Charney Cohen will be on Saturday, October 25th at 10:30 a.m.



High Holy Days Committee Report

Kathy Schindel, Committee Chair


Torah and shofar

Wow!  What amazing Rosh Hashanah services and events we have just experienced, and when you receive this Newsletter, Yom Kippur will be just a day or two away.


Our opportunity to experience such meaningful and inspirational services and events comes about as a result of the hours and hours of planning put in by a good many people.  First and foremost, I would like to thank Rabbi Hershenson for her most inspirational and thought-provoking sermons, and all of her time preparing for these services, Cantor Nicholson for lending her beautiful voice, and our talented musicians - Lauren Olander, Julie Geveshausen, and Jo Booser.  The music was so moving and added so much to our services.  Thank you all!


The High Holy Days Committee begins its work months before the holidays arrive.  Our PR and Communications Chair, Jeanne Freeman, starts her marketing and advertising campaign early and also takes care of getting all of our High Holy Days information up on our website. 


This year our Rosh Hashanah oneg chair was Naomi Chudowsky.  Naomi and her helpers baked our delicious oneg treats, as well as coordinating all of the set-up and clean-up for that event.  We all appreciate their efforts.


Our Tashlich picnic was again sponsored by Phyllis and Jerry Greenbach, who not only sponsor the event, but do the planning, shopping, much of the preparing, and with the help of some able-bodied recruits, the set-up and clean-up. 


The beautiful Bima floral arrangements for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur were handled by Leslie Conley.


Liz Levinson and Beverly Adler are overseeing all of the plans and arrangements for the Break Fast Dinner which will be held at the conclusion of our Yom Kippur services.  We look forward to that community event.


Terry Reynolds and her crew took care of the check-in table at services, and served as greeters, welcoming our members and guests as they arrived.


Thank you to Lorraine and Lawrence Schechter for hanging the beautiful banners behind the Ark.  For anyone who has watched, you know this is no easy feat.


This year Lester and Diane Dober graciously accepted my offer to handle the task of assigning participation parts for the services.  Thank you Lester and Diane and all those who participated in the services.


Burt Litman and Jeanne Freeman, along with Liz Levinson, worked together in planning for our High Holy Days tzedakah project and our ongoing campaign to raise money to help the State of Israel.


In addition to the people mentioned, we have other wonderful members who are ready and willing to lend a hand when and where needed.


Thank you to all who worked tirelessly (and are still working) to enable us to enjoy such meaningful High Holy Days services and events.  Please consider joining us in the future.  We do this every year and would graciously welcome your help and participation.


Social Action Update
Burt Litman, Committee Chair

READING MATTERS - Another volunteer opportunity in Central OR

Every child should be able to read. With your help they can.
S.M.A.R.T. - Start Making A Reader Today - needs volunteer readers at various elementary schools. Reading with a child for ONE HOUR per week can make a lifetime of difference. It is a weekly commitment October-May, occasional absences okay.

Please contact Jan Freeman-Bauer for more information:
cell 503-750-4926 or email:  


If you know of worthwhile volunteer opportunities that TBT members can participate in, please send the information to Burt Litman blitman@bendbroadband.com   and we will include one such opportunity in the newsletter each month.


NOVEMBER Newsletter Deadline:  October 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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5th Annual Men's Group Celebration!
Tuesday, October 7th

The 5th Annual TBT men's group celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, October 7th at 5:00 p.m. at the Loft of Bend, 919 NW Bond St. Suite 201 (above Zydeco).  Spouses and significant others are welcomed and encouraged to attend. The event will be catered by Zydeco. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served and a no host bar will be available. You can bring your own wine if desired.  The cost is $40 per person which includes gratuities and room charge.  We need to have an accurate head count to ensure having adequate food on hand.  RSVP to Ralph Uri at raduri@bendcable.com.   

This event is a perennial favorite,  and we encourage as many to attend as possible.  It is very important that we have reservations/RSVPs by no later than NOON on Thursday, October 2nd.  If you plan to attend and have not yet replied, please contact Ralph ASAP.  He has to call in final numbers on Thursday afternoon.  
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Taizé Service    
Next Taizé: Oct. 2nd

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, 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 Gary and Judy Liberson, in memory of Sylvan Siegler.
  • From Gary and Terry Reynolds, in memory of Herb Reynolds.
  • From Tully Ellsberg, in honor of new members Marlis Beier and Annaliese Sharpe.
  • From Pamela Miller, in thanks for being a great organization in our community and for use of the Chuppa for my recent wedding.
  • From Cheryl and Neil Schlackman, in memory of Corrie Grudin.
  • From Jeff and Beverly Adler, in memory of Corrie Grudin.
  • From Vivian Freeman, in memory of Corrie Grudin.
  • From Carl and Judith Schlosberg, in memory of Corrie Grudin.
  • From Pati and Daniel Boyd, in memory of Corrie Grudin.
  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, in memory of Michael J Levinson.
  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, in memory of Steven B Solomon.
  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, in memory of Corrie Grudin.
  • From Tully Ellsberg, in memory of Corrie Grudin.
  • From Robert and Idelle Weinstien, in memory of Corrie Grudin.
  • From David and Harriet Dietz, in memory of Corrie Grudin.
  • From Burt Litman and Jeanne Freeman, in memory of Elaine Litman.
  • Anonymous donation, in memory of Corrie Grudin.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, in loving memory of Corrie Grudin.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, to Shelley Grudin, our prayers are with you.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, in honor of Phyllis & Jerry Greenbach - thank you for Tashlich picnic.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, to Vivian Freeman in sympathy on the loss of her sister.
  • From Ralph and Marcia Uri, in memory of Corrie Grudin.
  • From Ralph and Marcia Uri, in honor of Lauren Olander and our wonderful musicians.
  • From Mark and Kathy Schindel, in memory of Corrie Grudin.
  • From Vivian Freeman, in memory of her sister, Carole Goldstein.

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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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