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TBT Board Members
Board Officers:

   Mark Schindel

 Vice President:
   Michael Rosenfield
   Justin Finestone

   Jeff Adler

   Cathy Wynschenck

   Fred Rafilson
   Marti Fields Johnson

TBT Commitee Chairs
 Bikkur Holim
   Suzanne Schlosberg
   Evie Lerner

   Ralph Uri

   Jeanne Freeman

   Kathy Schindel

   Mark Schindel
   Ralph Uri
   Lester Dober

   Jerry Greenbach

   Lauren Olander

   Terry Reynolds

 Religious Services
   Ann Rosenfield
   Jill Muinch

 Social Action
   Burt Litman

 Social Activities

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February Calendar of Events

   Feb.  2  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study @Evie's
   Feb.  3    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
   Feb.  4       -- Tu B'Shevat --
   Feb.  7    1:00 p.m. - Chevra Kadisha Workshop
                 3:45 p.m. - Pilot Butte Hike 
                 5:00 p.m. - Tu B'Shevat Havdallah/Seder 
   Feb.  8  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School
                7:00 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting
   Feb.  9  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Feb. 10    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
                 7:00 p.m. - Adult Education @Hershensons
   Feb. 13    6:00 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat - "Love"
   Feb. 16  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
                               - Online Reservations Open for
                                 TBT Community Passover Seder 
   Feb. 17    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
   Feb. 18    5:30 p.m. - Men's Night @COCC Elevation
   Feb. 21    9:00 a.m. - Munch & Torah
                10:30 a.m. - Shabbat Torah Service
   Feb. 22  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School
   Feb. 23  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Feb. 24    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
               11:59 p.m. - March Newsletter Deadline
   Feb. 27    7:00 p.m. - Erev Shabbat Service

   March 4th - Purim Celebration
   April 3rd - TBT Community Passover Seder
   May 16th -TBT Auction!

FEBRUARY School Activities
All activities at Shalom Bayit unless otherwise noted.
Sunday School 10:00 a.m: - 2/8, 2/22
Hebrew School 4:00 p.m: - 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24

FEBRUARY Torah Study
Weekly-Monday noon at Evie's: 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23
Monthly-Saturday 9:00 a.m. at Wesley Room: 2/21

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


TBT Highlights
Tu B'Shevat Hike, Havdallah & Seder

Saturday, February 7th
Pilot Butte Hike:  3:45 p.m.
Havdallah & Seder:  5:00 p.m.

Faith Christian Center
1049 NE 11th Street 
Bend, Or 97701

3:45 p.m. -  a community hike up Pilot Butte. Meet at the Faith Christian Center at 11th and Greenwood to join the group. There will be some fun things during the hike.


5:00 p.m. - Havdallah and Tu B'Shevat service celebrating our natural resources, at Faith Christian Center. 


Not a potluck but it's a mitzvah to help.  Food is provided so please respond to your Punchbowl invitation by February 4th if you will be attending.

Kabbalat Shabbat - "Love"
Friday, February 13th 6:00 p.m.

A Kabbalat Shabbat evening celebrating our February theme of "Love."

Shabbat potluck at the home of Lynne and Ed Connelley.  All ages invited and welcome.  Please respond to the Punchbowl invitation to let the hosts know how many are coming and what you will bring. (The potluck is fish/vegetarian. There is a list of potential potluck choices when you respond on the Punchbowl site.) As usual a beverage to share is always welcome. 


The Whole Megillah - March 4th
7:00 p.m. at the Hershensons

Celebrate Purim with the art of story-telling!

Queen Esther hides her Jewish identity until she is forced by circumstance to reveal herself. Join Rabbi Hershenson for an evening of Purim stories. Everyone is asked to bring a personal story about a moment of reveal. 


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From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

February means Valentine's Day, and Valentine's Day means cards, flowers, candy...oh yes, and LOVE! 


One of my favorite movie moments ever comes from Fiddler on the Roof.  Tevye's wife is exhausted by Tevye's difficult time in making decisions over who his daughters should marry and she asks him, "Do you love me?"  The look on Tevye's face is priceless.  He has no idea what she's talking about.  Who questions love?


Of course marriage and love are different endeavors.  We hope and expect them to overlap.  But Tevye's wife asks if beneath all the labors of love, providing, cleaning, cooking, raising children, is there something left that we might call actual love.


I can't help but notice that our ritual call to love God, like marriage, seems to come with a list of "honey-do's."  V'ahavta et YHWH elohecha...Love YHWH, your God...by keeping commandments, observing the Sabbath, maintaining dietary restrictions, passing the instructions forward to the next generation.


We, Jews, are commanded to love God by doing for God.  I wonder, like Tevye's wife wonders, if beneath the labors of love there is something left that we might call actual love.


But, what is love?  Is love a feeling?  Is love a choice?  Is love a vow of loyalty and commitment?


One of my teachers, Rabbi and Professor Arthur Green suggests that our love for God develops as we develop.   Initially we experience the divine as we are taught in the surface meaning of our stories and legal traditions.  God is like a king.  Our love is an exchange of loyalty and obedience for protection and blessing. 


Eventually we seek deeper meaning in this relationship.  We want it to make sense to our awakening rational minds.  We enter into a partnership like that of a wise master and disciple.  Our love manifests in curiosity and wonder.  We build constructs of meaning and purpose.  What we once took literally becomes symbolic for experiences that we share. 


The mystics among us, those inclined to revel in the more intuitive realms than the empirical, finally enter into a relationship with God that is like that of lovers.  There is a mutuality in this relationship, a blur between the lines of the physical and metaphysical.  One experiences union with the divine.  Usually these moments are fleeting.  The mystics engage in meditation practices in order to increase the frequency and intensity of such moments.


For me, the lesson is that love is a varied and nuanced experience.  Sometimes it is as simple as cultivating loyalty and commitment.  When we are lucky or diligent in our practice, love opens our eyes to beauty and kindness that is always around but easy to overlook.  When our love employs some curiosity, our satisfaction increases.  In our best and most precious moments we get to bask in the warmth and intimacy of feeling totally connected...to a lover, a beautiful sunset, a perfect powder day, an instrumental jam, lost in a book, with a child, so on and so forth...

~~ 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.

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Mark Schindel photo President's Message
From TBT President Mark Schindel

Members & Friends ~


Is this really winter?  It sure hasn't felt like it lately.  Of course, our unusually warm temperatures can disappear quickly.  While the skiers are quite disappointed with the lack of snow, it is still great to get outdoors and enjoy whatever weather we are having.


Meanwhile, we are in a lull as far as Jewish holidays are concerned.  There were no significant Jewish holidays in January, and only Tu B's

Shevat (New Year for Trees) in February and Purim in March, before we hit the jackpot with Passover in early April (stay tuned for information on our Community Seder on April 3rd).  Still we have plenty of our regular TBT activities to keep us busy.


In January, Leslie and Joe hosted the Adult Education session on "Joy".  The weekly Torah Study at Evie's house (Noon to 1 p.m.) is gathering more and more interested participants.  Besides the opportunity to follow the Torah narrative on a week-by-week basis, Evie always has some wonderful and healthy food to nosh on.  Of course the Rabbi still has her monthly Munch and Torah session, which tends to focus on a more specific topic within that particular week's Torah portion.


Our Kabbalat Shabbat in January was a special treat of Israeli Dancing instruction from Sara Charney Cohen.  It was a most delightful and energetic evening for both young and old(er).  We especially want to thank Joy Victor for allowing us to use her Dance Studio for this event.  Lawrence and Lorraine Schechter were kind enough to invite the congregation and friends to share in a house blessing and affixing of their mezuzah at their new home.  Our January events culminated with a wonderful Shabbat Shira (Sabbath of Song) service with beautiful music (Lauren Olander on flute, Julie Geveshausen on piano and harp, Nate Kitt on drum) and voices (Debbie Pattison and guest vocalist Eileen Heaton) to lead us in prayer and celebration.  We are so grateful to Lauren for putting together such a lovely event.


Looking ahead to February, besides our regular monthly services and events, we will be celebrating Tu B'shevat with a hike up Pilot Butte, a special Tu B'Shevat Seder, and a Havdallah social.  You should have received a Punchbowl e-vite, but if not, please contact Evie for details.


As we continue to grow and mature as a congregation and organization, we are always excited to expand our opportunities and offerings.  With our growth and financial stability in the last several years, we have reached the point where we could consider offering some modest payments for TBT work done by some of our key people.  For the past several years we have paid our Sunday School and Hebrew School teachers a small stipend for the time and efforts they provide to make our Religious Education program so special.  Now, the TBT Board has expanded our paid positions to include Music Coordinator, Religious School Director, and B'nai Mitzvah tutor.  Admittedly, we cannot fully compensate these valuable resources for all the time and efforts they give that make these programs so significant for our community.  However, it is an important start that recognizes and in some small way shows in a tangible form how much they are valued and appreciated.


We look forward to the time, with continued growth and maturity, when we will be able to offer more and more ways to tangibly reward and recognize the important work done by key individuals.  Yet, it is also important to understand, that we will never be able to fully reward ALL the many valuable efforts that people put forth - that is just the nature of non-profits.  Ultimately, we succeed (or fail) based on enough people caring strongly enough about TBT to volunteer and give of themselves so that all of us can benefit.  That is part of our Jewish tradition and what makes TBT so amazing.  So for all of you who have done so much, while you may not have the tangible rewards we would like to be able to give you; you have something maybe even more valuable - our love and appreciation for all you do.


 Mark Schindel


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TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  February 8th, 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Stonebriar Apartments Clubhouse

Your TBT Board meets monthly and everyone is invited to attend. Dates and times of Board meetings are on the TBT calendar at:  bethtikvahbend.org/calendar

If you would like to read 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, Religiouscolorful star Committee Co-Chairs

January's activities were wonderful for the theme of Celebration and Joy. Our monthly Kaballat Shabbat was held at Joy Victor's dance studio for a great night of Israeli dancing led by Sara Charney Cohen. The celebration continued on Friday, January 23rd, with Shabbat Shira, the Sabbath of song. It was a joyous evening of remarkable music.


On Saturday, February 7th, we will be having a unique event celebrating Tu B'Shevat. For those who want to participate in the nature walk up Pilot Butte, we will be meeting at 3:45 p.m. at the Faith Christian Center. Those who choose to come later will meet at the Faith Christian Center at 5:00 p.m. for food, a Tu B'Shevat service, and Havdallah celebrating our natural resources. Please respond to the Punchbowl Invitation if you have not done so already.


Adult Education will be held on Tuesday, February 10th at the Hershenson home. Special friends of Rabbi Johanna and Mark Hershenson, Fiver Locker and Stuart Turner are visiting from Birmingham, England.  Fiver will share her recent book, Looking for Africa. Through photography and humor, Fiver will share how an ambitious adventure - driving from South Africa to Germany - challenges preconceptions about Africa, poverty, development, and human nature.


Our theme for February is Love, and we will celebrate love at our Kaballat Shabbat service and dinner at the home of Lynne and Ed Connelly on Friday, Feb. 13th at 6:00 p.m. This will be a vegetarian potluck and Lynne will be providing a special dessert. A Punchbowl Invitation will be going out shortly.


Munch and Torah will be held on Saturday, February 21st, and our Erev Shabbat service will be held on Friday, February 27th. We hope you will enjoy the festive events planned for this month.


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Burt Litman, Social Action Chair

The Social Action committee will be meeting soon to plan for the projects that we'll be participating in this coming year. If you have a project that you're working on and would like participation from Beth Tikvah members, please email Burt Litman at blitman@bendbroadband.com.


Back Door Café


The need for social action to help feed those in need was emphasized in January when we served 125 meals at the Back Door Café.  


Many thanks to our kitchen crew: Jeff Adler, Jeanne Freeman, Phyllis & Jerry Greenbach, Joe Jezukewicz, Burt Litman, Bonnie Ruby, Kathy Schindel and Ralph Uri. It was a non-stop morning and according to Ann Hand of FUMC, it's been that way for the last few weeks.


If you're available and would like to participate in the mitzvah of cooking and serving future breakfasts, please email Burt Litman at blitman@bendbroadband.com.


2015 Interfaith Advocacy Day

Wednesday, February 11th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


With the theme of "raising diverse voices of faith to strengthen Oregon communities," Interfaith Advocacy Day will bring together several hundred people of many religious traditions from throughout Oregon for a day of prayer, dialogue and advocacy with state legislators. For more information and to register, www.emoregon.org.

Fundraising News 
Jerry Greenbach, Fundraising Chair

It's time to start thinking about the TBT AUCTION on MAY 16th. We are accepting donations now. If you have something to contribute or can obtain gift certificates from your favorite restaurants, personal trainers, and hair & nail people, etc., we'd appreciate it. Do you own a time-share or vacation property that you can donate?

Please contact Beverly Adler for pick-up or delivery:

fiber12@gmail.com or 541-318-6216. Thank you!


Passover's Coming! Please Save the Date and Sign Up to Help 
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TBT's Community Passover Seder

FRIDAY, April 3rd


Get ready for a festive, family-friendly Seder! Rabbi Hershenson will again lead our annual Passover Community Seder on Friday, April 3rd at St. Charles Hospital's event room. Our Seder is open to members, 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! Invitations and online reservations will be available to you starting February 16th. Reservations close on Friday, March 27th.


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 starting on February 16th. **Reservations are required by Friday, March 27th.**


The Butcher, the Baker, the Haroset Maker


The best part of any meal is dessert!! This is especially true when the desserts come from the kitchens of our fabulous bakers. For the most delicious of Passover desserts, we are again asking our members and friends to please bake for us. Please call or email Naomi Chudowsky at 541-318-0481 or email at naomic@bendbroadband.com to let her know what you can bring. We need pick-up goodies, like bars and cookies.


Randi Zlatkus is coordinating the haroset makers.

Please let her know if you'd like to make a batch. 541-504-4048 or randizla@yahoo.com.


MARCH Newsletter Deadline:  February 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 Sara: sarrava@gmail.com by the 24th of each month for the following month's publication.  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 - Feb. 18th

The TBT monthly Men's Night will usually be on the third Wednesday of each month during 2015.  The next TBT Men's Night will be Wednesday, February 18th, 5:30 p.m. happy hour at Elevation Restaurant at the Cascade Culinary Institute, located at 2555 NW Campus Village Way Bend, OR 97701, phone 1-877-541-CHEF. All men of TBT are invited. For more info, contact Lawrence, Ralph, or Fred.


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Community News
Ladies Who Lunch

The JCCO Sisterhood is expanding to include activities open to all Jewish women in Central Oregon.  They asked that we send out an invitation to our women members.  See the invitation below.

The next Ladies Who Lunch is coming up on Sunday, February 8th at 11:30 a.m.  We'll be enjoying a wonderful no-host breakfast or lunch (your choice) from Next Level Burger on Century Drive in the Century Center.  If you haven't been, I assure you this is a wonderful opportunity. Plant based food, that tastes wonderful.
This is a great chance to mingle with all of our Jewish "Sistahs" and everyone is welcome.  Make new friends and catch up with old friends.
If you have already sent your RSVP, we look forward to seeing you. If you haven't yet responded, please do so.  We'd like to give the restaurant a heads up as to how many we will be. RSVP to ellyce2009@hotmail.com
We are SO looking forward to seeing you!
Ellyce & Jerri 

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Taizé Service
Next Taizé:  February 5th

All TBT members are invited to Taizé - an evening 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. Clare'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 Music Fund - including Adopt-a-Musician, 
   - the Library Fund, 
   - the Rabbi Fund, 
   - the Rabbi's Caring Fund, 
   - the Social Action Fund, 
   - the Corrie Grudin Memorial 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:
  • Jeff and Beverly Adler, in memory of Marian Shultz.
  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, in memory of Ida Levinson.
  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, in memory of Mary Solomon.
  • From Gary and Terry Reynolds, wishing a speedy recovery to Ari Halpern.
  • From Jeanne Freeman and Burt Litman, in memory of Phillip Freeman.
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About Temple Beth Tikvah

Temple Beth Tikvah is a growing Jewish congregation based in Bend, Oregon. We are affiliated 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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