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This diamond watch is one of the many fabulous prizes available at the TBT Auction May 16th!
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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This gorgeous hand-carved menorah could be yours at the TBT Auction! Put May 16th on your calendar and plan to join us for a fun evening!
Temple Beth Tikvah is pleased to welcome our newest members:

                      Joan & Stanley Kuperstein


April Calendar of Events

   April  3    5:30 p.m. - TBT Community Passover Seder 
                                 at St. Charles Medical Center
   April  5  10:00 a.m. - Passover Potluck Brunch at
                                 Farewell Bend Park
   April  6  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   April  7    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
   April 10   6:00 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner
                                  and Service @Pappy's Pizza
   April 12  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School
                 7:00 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting
   April 13  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   April 14    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
   April 15    5:00 p.m. - Yom HaShoah Commemoration
                                  at COCC   
   April 16         ---  Yom HaShoah ---
                 5:30 p.m. - TBT Men's Night @Worthy
   April 18    9:00 a.m. - Munch & Torah
                10:45 a.m. - Shabbat Torah Service
   April 20  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   April 21    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
   April 22         --- Yom HaZikaron ---
   April 23         --- Yom HaAtzma'ut ---
   April 24    7:00 p.m. - Erev Shabbat Service
                11:59 p.m. - May Newsletter Deadline
   April 26  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School
   April 27  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   April 28    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
   April 30    Last Day of Voting for World Zionist
                 Congress Election

   May 16th - Silent Auction and Dinner
   June 7th - Song of Miriam Awards Brunch
   June 13th - Bar Mitzvah of Sid Rafilson
   June 20th - Bat Mitzvah of Rebecca Uri

APRIL School Activities
All activities at Shalom Bayit unless otherwise noted.
Sunday School 10:00 a.m: - 4/12, 4/26
Hebrew School 4:00 p.m: - 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28

APRIL Torah Study
Weekly-Monday noon at Evie's: 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27
Monthly-Saturday 9:00 a.m. at Wesley Room: 4/18

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


TBT Highlights
TBT's April Highlights 
April's Theme: Israeli Culture and Achievement

Friday, April 3 - First night of Passover & Community Seder (with prior reservations.) Brunch

Sun. Apr. 5 - Passover Potluck Brunch.  10:00 a.m. at Farewell Bend Park.  Family-friendly community gathering. Meet to the right of the children's playground, near the metal horse sculpture. Bring a blanket, your own plates, utensils, and your favorite Pesach dish to share. At 11:00 a.m. there will be a "Find the Afikoman" (Matzah) for kids.  Come one, come all!

Wednesday April 15 - Community Yom Hashoah / Holocaust Remembrance Day Event. 5:30 p.m. at COCC. Film and discussion led by Dr. Jessica Hammerman and Rabbi Hershenson.  See details below.

Friday, April 24 - Erev Shabbat service. 7:00 p.m. in sanctuary. Celebrating Israel Independence with music and Oneg. Auction
Silent Auction and Dinner - May 16th



Bid on a 2bd/2bth condo at the Marival Luxury Resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We also have a diamond watch, framed photography, art, wine, and many other fabulous prizes!  Look for your Evite coming soon. 

Contact Beverly Adler, fiber12@gmail.com, for auction questions and for delivery of your donations.
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Divrei Tikvah  RJohannaHeadShot
From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

This year, early April ushers Passover into our homes. From Friday, April 3rd until Friday, April 10th, many of us will abstain from chametz, leavened foodstuffs.


Those of us who gathered last month at Marcia Uri's for a Pesach Snacks and Desserts cooking demonstration by Laurel Fishkin learned that eating kitniyot, grains that do not rise or leaven, is becoming more and more acceptable among observant Jews from Ashkenazi (Central European) upbringing. It used to be that only Sephardi (Spanish) and some Mizrachi (Middle Eastern) Jews considered eating kitniyot acceptable during Passover.


The truth of the matter is that the rabbis of the Talmud found it absurd to refrain from eating grains that don't undergo a leavening process. Many Modern Orthodox halachists have argued that rabbinic laws that are downright silly ought to be overturned.


I think the increased acceptance of eating kitniyot reflects a profound integration of Jewish diversity into Jewish practice. 


For centuries, the rabbis of an emerging Western Civilization believed they were smarter and more civilized than the Torah scholars and ritual artists of the Muslim world, including Spain and North Africa in the Middle Ages, Holland and Turkey in the 1500's, and Iraq and Syria since the Roman exile. I think the rise in political power of Sephardic and Mizrachi Jews in Israel since the 1980's, and more recent alliances of religious political parties in opposition to Israel becoming a secular state, have transformed relations among Sephardi, Mizrachi, and Ashkenazi Jews from strangers to family.


It's just no longer weird in religious communities in Israel to see people eating corn tortillas or rice during Passover. The official Rabbinate in Israel even declared recently that if eating kitniyot is one's custom during Pesach, it is acceptable.


I remember years of developing a plausible storyline to infuse my lineage with Sephardic ancestry so that I could justify eating kitniyot during Passover. I loved that Jews from Turkey and Morocco and Yemen ate these grains that don't rise. Why couldn't I embrace that part of Jewish heritage? 


Jews are so incredibly ethnically diverse. Our customs and foods differ, yet we share common stories and perceptions of self because we are Jews. Jews have lived in India for 2000 years! There was once a Jewish community in China that became extinct only in the last century or so. Jews from Ethiopia are finally integrating into Israeli social and political institutions. How about the Dutch Jews who have lived in Kingston, Jamaica since the 1600's? 


As eating kitniyot is becoming more halachically acceptable, I notice that media depicting Jews illustrates more and more ethnic diversity. We Westerners are learning to embrace our Eastern brothers and sisters. Jewish civilization is more beautiful.


This Passover, I celebrate the lack of debate over kitniyot.  Increased acceptance means Mizrachi and Sephardi Jewish practices are valued as much as Ashkenazi practices. Jewish civilization is embracing its diversity and all the beauty and dynamic tension that come with diversity. We, the Jewish people, are better for it.  Amen v'amen.

~~ 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 ~


Spring is officially here; although most of this winter felt a lot like spring.  March came in like a lamb and went out like a lamb.  Speaking of lambs and spring, I want to extend a special wish to you all for a wonderful Passover with family and friends.


To help people with some of those tricky Passover dishes, Marcia Uri graciously hosted a fun Passover Preparation Workshop led by Laurel Fishkin.  Our Community Passover Seder on April 3rd is sure to be a delicious and entertaining event, thanks to the fine organizing by Cathy Wynschenk, Kim Rafilson and the many great helpers.


Also in April, in addition to our regular monthly services and events, there is an important and somber reminder of the terrible events of the Holocaust in our Days of Remembrance event for Yom HaShoah on April 15th.  This year's event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Students' and Historical Clubs at COCC.  We hope you will join us for this event to honor the memory of those who suffered in that tragedy as well as recognize what we need to do even today to prevent similar episodes.


Many of you contributed valuable ideas and suggestions at our Leadership Development Workshops on ways we could improve the efficiency and effectiveness of TBT.  With the experienced guidance of Rabbi Hershenson, the Board has taken those ideas and suggestions to rethink how we are structured and how we operate.  We will be rolling out our new structural alignment right after Passover.  But, let me share a brief preview of some of the significant aspects of these planned changes.


In the short seven years of our existence, Temple Beth Tikvah has grown in size and maturity.  Yet, we realize that to reach our potential, we consistently need to challenge ourselves to make critical improvements in the way we do things.  Our ability to accomplish our lofty goals and objectives is ultimately linked to our members - all our members.  We succeed or fail based on how much we invest in ourselves.


We are always thankful and appreciative of our members who volunteer in so many ways.  Yet, we do not always make it easy for those willing to volunteer. To improve our member involvement, we will have a new area of focus under Membership Engagement to provide better instruction, guidance, support, and recognition for our important volunteers.  Knowing that volunteering is much more gratifying when you can have fun and enjoyment while doing it, we also plan to create Chavurah groups that facilitate members finding others with similar interests to strengthen our connections and sense of a broad Jewish community-family.


Of course, in order to make sure these plans and ideas reach fruition requires strong leadership.  To improve our selection, development, and support for our leaders, we have added this new area of focus on leadership to our Finance and Planning.


The heart of being a Jewish organization rests on our schedule of religious events, education, social action, and simply enjoying our togetherness.  To improve our capacity for more activities, we are developing a Handbook that documents the "How To" for many of these events. The first two sections are ready to distribute - the Event Planning Guide and Oneg Shabbat checklist.  With the development of the Handbook, which will be available on our website, it will be much easier for people to help out in many small ways that collectively make it possible to do more of what we find so meaningful about belonging to TBT.  The more we can share the workload, the more we can get done.


As part of the rollout of our new organization structure and initiatives, you will be given the opportunity to select those areas you feel most interested in.  We encourage every member to choose at least one area or role in which to become involved.  The coming months and years will be exciting times for TBT.  We look forward to your participation, support, and feedback in helping us to create a vibrant and enriching organization to belong to and enjoy.



    Mark Schindel


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TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  April 12th, 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

The beginning of April brings us the holiday of Passover.  We will be celebrating with our Community Seder on Friday, April 3rd.  We hope to see many of you that evening as we tell the story of the exodus from Egypt.  


We all love the traditional Passover foods, but nonetheless, going 7 days without bread, pasta, and the many foods we normally eat, is always difficult. Don't miss the opportunity to end the week of Passover by attending our Kaballat Shabbat on Friday, April 10th at Pappy's Pizza.  Join us at 6:00 p.m. to enjoy a delicious meal of pizza as the theme of that Sabbath will be "Shabbat with Leavening."  The evening will include a short service for adults and kids, lots of food and plenty of time to socialize. Please respond to this event on the upcoming email invite.


Our community Yom HaShoah event will be held on Wednesday, April 15th at 5:00 p.m. at COCC.  There will be a film and a discussion led by Rabbi Hershenson and Jessica Hammerman.


Our monthly Munch and Torah with Torah service will be on Saturday, April 18 at 9:00 a.m.  The discussions about the Torah portion are always lively and very interesting.  The Torah service at 10:30 a.m is very informal, short and enjoyable.


We will end the month with an Erev Shabbat service on Friday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m. This evening we will be celebrating Israeli Independence.  Come enjoy the beautiful music, led by Lauren Olander, and a delicious Oneg Shabbat following the service.


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Jerry Greenbach, Fundraising Chair

Auction Coming Soon - 

Donations Wanted!


The TBT Auction is coming next month on May 16th. We are still accepting more donations to make this fun-filled evening a real success!


Please ask the people with whom you do business for a gift certificate if possible.


Do you have a special talent or service you might offer? Contribute to the auction in your own special way. Susie Richman is donating $120 worth of dog sitting, for example.


Donate a nice bottle of wine for the wine grab. Though we'd love a bottle with a retail value of at least $30, we are happy to accept whatever wine gift you might offer us.


To donate, or for auction questions, please contact Beverly Adler, fiber12@gmail.com. Thank you.


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Beverly Adler, Library Curator

The TBT library now has 3 books recommended by Marlis Beier:

(all filed under 222.5)


- Chesed Shel Emet: The Truest Act of Kindness-Exploring the Meaning of Taharah 


- Kaddish


- A time to Mourn, a Time to Comfort  


We also received A Torah Commentary for Our Times, Vol. 1 - 3 (filed under 016,) and a paper Torah scroll for Torah study at Evie Lerner's.

MAY Newsletter Deadline:  April 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 - Thur. April 16th

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The TBT monthly Men's Night will usually be on the third Wednesday of each month during 2015, but to avoid conflict with the Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance event, it has been moved to Thursday this month.  

The April Men's Night will be Thursday, April 16th, 5:30 p.m. at the great Worthy Brewing Company, located at 495 Bellevue Dr., 541-639-4776. All men of TBT are invited. For more info, contact Lawrence, Ralph, or Fred.


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Community News
Yom HaShoah - April 15th
Holocaust Remembrance Day

Commemoration Ceremony and Film Screening at COCC

Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day at COCC, Campus Center, Wille Hall.  The French film, "A Secret" will be shown at 5:30, Doors open at 5:00. In "A Secret," a young boy discovers his family's secrets during WWII, which sheds light on the suffering of French Jews under the Nazi regime.  Following the film, Dr. Jessica Hammerman will lead a discussion about the contemporary situation for Jews in France.  This will be followed by a memorial ceremony led by Rabbi Johanna Hershenson.  Free and open to the public.  Refreshments provided.

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World Zionist Congress Elections
Deadline to Vote is April 30th

Elections for delegates to the World Zionist Congress, open to ALL Jews, started on January 14th and will run through April 30th.  This is truly a rare opportunity to have a say in the future of Israel and Jewish matters throughout the world.  If you have not voted yet, you should!


The following material is simply for your information and you are free to use it as you see fit.  This is not an endorsement or requirement that you vote for any specific set of candidates. You are free to vote for the delegation of your choice. 


Because we are affiliated with the Union of Reform Judaism, we are sharing with you information from the Association of Reform Zionists of American (ARZA) which is sponsoring a delegation to the World Zionist Congress.  


For information about the election and the ARZA (Reform Movement) delegation, you can directly access their website at: https://www.reformjews4israel.org/about-us/.


This election is world-wide.  The World Zionist Congress is comprised of three separate sets of delegates:

  • Israel - 190 delegates
  • United Sates - 145 delegates
  • Rest of the world - 165 delegates

Any Jew over 18 is eligible to vote (based on the honor system of self declaration).  To vote in the selection of the delegation from the United States, you also have to be a citizen of the U.S. and pay a $10 fee to cover costs of the election ($5 if you younger than 30).  The fee can be paid via credit card, eCheck or PayPal.  You are allowed only one vote for whichever delegation group you choose. 


For more information about the election and ALL the slates that are competing in the US, visit the American Zionist Movement web site at: 



Every vote counts, so make a difference.


If you have any questions regarding the elections, contact Mark Schindel, schindelme@yahoo.com


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Song of Miriam Awards Brunch - 6/7
Save the Date!

Temple Beth Tikvah has chosen Jeanne Freeman as our honoree for this year's Song of Miriam award.

Please save the date: Sunday, June 7th, for the Jewish Woman's Round Table annual Brunch as we gather to recognize Jeanne and all organizations' honorees.  The award event is held in Portland at the Jewish Community Center. Watch for more details. Contact Terry Reynolds for reservations, tlrsboard@yahoo.com.


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Taizé Service
Next Taizé:  April 2nd

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:
  • From Burt Litman and Jeanne Freeman, in memory of Bertha Litman.
  • From Tully Ellsberg, in memory of Lillie Mae Winecoff.
  • From George and Linda Brant, in memory of Beatrice Richman.
  • From George and Linda Brant, in memory of Max Richman.
  • From Mary Jane Eisenberg, in memory of Richard Eisenberg.
  • From Randy and Zac Zlatkus, in memory of Sheri Trachman.
  • From Shelley Grudin, in memory of Leo Grudin.
  • From Allen Magid, in memory of Marilyn Magid. 
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, in memory of Pauline Segal, Terry's beloved Grandma.
  • from Gary & Terry Reynolds, speedy recovery to Sid Rafilson. 
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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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