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   Mark Schindel

 Vice President:
   Fred Rafilson

   Naomi Chudowsky


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July Calendar of Events

  July   6  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study

   July 12    6:30 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting

   July 13  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study

   July 15    5:30 p.m. - TBT Men's Night

   July 17    6:00 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat at Shevlin Park

   July 18  10:00 a.m. - Bat Mitzvah of Sophie Chudowsky

   July 20  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study

   July 26       ---  Tish'a B'Av  ---

   July 27  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study

   July 31    7:00 p.m. - Erev Shabbat Service

   August 1st - Bar Mitzvah of Ben Finestone

   August 6th - Hereditary Cancer Info Night

   August 22nd - Bar Mitzvah of David Feldman

JULY Torah Study
Weekly-Monday noon at Evie's: 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27
Monthly-Saturday 9:00 a.m. at Wesley Room: none in July

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


TBT Highlights

TBT July Highlights  


Fri. July 17th - Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00 p.m. at Shevlin Park. BBQ picnic with guest song leader! Bring potluck side dish or dessert.


Sat. July 18th - Bat Mitzvah of Sophie Chudowsky  10:00 a.m. at Broken Top Clubhouse.


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-Naomi and Victor Chudowsky-

All are invited but an accurate count for the luncheon is needed. RSVP to Naomi at naomic@bendbroadband.com by July 11th.

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

Members & Friends ~


With summer upon us and the weather heating up, so too did our activities heat up in June. We had our Annual Congregational Meeting. Later we had TWO beautiful B'nai Mitzvot celebrations on back-to-back weekends.  But sadly, in between those two wonderful events

our beloved 97 year old Ceil Hermann passed away.  These diverse events seem to capture the essence of who we are and why we exist as a congregation.


At our Annual Congregational Meeting we elected four new Board members. The new Board takes over starting this month. Also, at the Annual meeting, Rabbi Hershenson provided an overview of our new organizational structure, explaining the various areas where we need help in staffing and participation. Many members in attendance added their names to these

areas of need. But, we still have opportunities for others to get involved. In the coming weeks, the new Board will be reaching out to members to help fill various roles.  Please be open and willing to help out.


As a relatively small congregation, we do not have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah that often. So, to have two in one month, on back-to-back weekends, is a really extraordinary occurrence. For Sid Rafilson's Bar Mitzvah, we enjoyed the beautiful outdoor ceremony at Tetherow. For

Rebecca Uri's Bat Mitzvah, we enjoyed the beautiful sanctuary at the First Presbyterian Church. While at some point it may be nice to have our own beautiful facility, for now, it is nice that we have so many venues to enjoy all our different celebrations. Being able to celebrate these momentous occasions with the Rafilson and Uri families is what made them so special. Bar and Bat Mitzvahs are meant to be shared with the community.


Of course, it would be ideal if we only had joyous occasions to share. But, reality dictates that there will be times of sorrow as well. Such was the case, when Ceil Hermann passed away only a few days after celebrating her 97th Birthday. We will greatly miss her positive,

can-do spirit and gracious compassion. It is interesting to note that one of the prayers recited during the B'nai Mitzvah services contained a list of things a Jew should do. In that list, which included "honoring parents, acts of kindness, welcoming guests, celebrating with bride and groom, ..." was also the obligation of "accompanying one who has passed." As a community we were able to demonstrate that responsibility through Tahara (ritual washing of the body), Sh'mirah (sitting with the body), a funeral service, burial, and celebration of life. All these acts of love and caring by the congregation were very much appreciated by Ceil and her family.


It is hard to imagine what it would have been like NOT to come together as a Jewish community for these occasions of joy and sorrow. Yet, without people willing to step

forward in leadership roles, we do not have a Temple Beth Tikvah. Without people willing to handle the work involved in creating the wonderful events we enjoy, we do not have a Temple Beth Tikvah. So, as we reflect on a remarkable set of events in June, and look forward to many more events this coming year, we need to recognize the importance of belonging to Temple Beth Tikvah and how it defines our Jewish community.


The spirit that brings all these diverse events together is Rabbi Johanna Hershenson. At the Annual Congregational Meeting, she was the teacher, instructing the congregation about the new organizational structure and the importance of each person's contribution to it. At the

Bar and Bat Mitzvah, she was the spiritual leader, leading the services and making the ceremonies so meaningful for the participants as well as the families and guests. And in Ceil's passing, she was the compassionate Rabbi, consoling the bereaved, honoring Ceil in the Tahara ritual, helping family and friends come to terms with her death, but in a way that valued and celebrated her life.  We are most fortunate to have such a remarkable Rabbi

leading Temple Beth Tikvah.


While it is tempting to take for granted that somehow there will be beautiful High Holy Days services each year, a wonderful Community Passover Seder, Erev Shabbat services each month, Religious Education for our children, many Jewish holiday celebrations, opportunities

to "Heal the World" (Tikkun Olam), lots and lots of fun social gatherings, and someone there for us in sickness and death; . . . the reality is that these things don't happen by themselves, they take a lot of work. They don't happen unless there is a committed community behind them. We are blessed that in fact we are part of such a community. None of us could do this alone, but together we can (and do) make a Jewish community come alive!  Thank You to our members for all your ways of contributing.

 Mark Schindel
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TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  Sunday, July 12th, 6:30 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 Naomi Chudowsky: naomic@bendbroadband.com
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Committee News
Religious Committee News
Ann Rosenfield and Jill Muinch, Religiouscolorful star Committee Co-Chairs

Summer has arrived with a passion and it brings some fun TBT activities and celebrations! 

July begins with the TBT Annual Kabbalat at Shabbat at Shevlin Park. The picnic BBQ begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17th, and includes hot

dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers. Please bring a potluck side dish or dessert. Our guest song leader, Neil Weinberg, will provide music for us as a prelude to Sophie Chudowsky's bat mitzvah. This is always a really fun event and should not be missed! 

Sophie's bat mitzvah is Saturday, July 18th, at 10:00 a.m. at Broken Top Clubhouse. Neil Weinberg will be leading the singing. All are invited, but please RSVP to Naomi Chudowsky if you are planning on attending. 

On July 31st we will celebrate Erev Shabbat  at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. 

On August 1st at 10:00 a.m. is Ben Finestone's bar mitzvah in the sanctuary. Beth Hamon will be the guest song leader. More information will be forthcoming. 

On the horizon is a Kabbalat Shabbat and picnic potluck on August 14th at 5:00 p.m. at the Jollo home in Tumalo. Be sure to mark your calendars for this well-attended event. The river is always a great spot for a picnic!


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Burt Litman, Social Action Chair

Summertime and the people are hungry....

When we arrived at Back Door Café on Wednesday, June 24th at 7:30 a.m., the people

were already lined up for breakfast. The sun comes up early and if you don't have a roof over your head, the bright light gets you going sooner than you might otherwise want.

By 7:55 we were serving scrambled eggs, ham, English muffins, hot oatmeal, cold cereal and cottage cheese. By 9:30 when we stopped serving we had cooked 15

dozen eggs, 10 pounds of ham and 14 cups (dry) of oatmeal. - which is one 'heckuvalotta' bowls of oatmeal!

Thank you to Jeff Adler, Linda Brant, Jeanne Freeman, Phyllis & Jerry Greenbach, Burt Litman, Neil Pyne, Bonnie Ruby, and Kathy Schindel.

And on Monday, June 29th, Beth Tikvah's June anniversary celebrants gathered under the direction of Linda Brant to provide and serve dinner for the Bethlehem Inn.  MJ & Mel Seigel, Lisa and David Uri, Marcia and Ralph Uri, Victor and Naomi Chudowsky, Alex and Sara Charney Cohen, Mary Jane Eisenberg and Alyson Belcher, Jessica Hammerman and Isaac Peterson, Phyllis & Jerry Greenbach, Pati & Danny Boyd, Terry and Gary Reynolds, Mark and Johanna Hershenson and Burt Litman, in honor of his anniversary to his late wife, Elaine, all pitched in to provide roast chickens, rolls and butter, potato salad, watermelon and dessert.  Dinner was served up by Linda, George, Gary, MJ, and Burt; the summer dinner was a big hit. 

There is a big need in Central Oregon to help the homeless. If you would like to participate in either the Back Door Café breakfasts or Bethlehem Inn dinners, please contact Burt Litman at: blitman@bendbroadband.com; we can always find a place

for those who'd like to help out.


          Web Designer Wanted

The Temple Beth Tikvah communications group is reviewing our marketing website and considering an update for a new and modern look and perhaps a more interactive website.

We are looking for someone who can design and build a website using either Joomla or Wordpress.

If you have the skills and would like to participate, contact Jeanne Freeman at jgfree925@gmail.com or call her at 505-459-7019.

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 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 - July 15th

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, July 15th, 5:30 p.m., location TBA. All men of TBT are invited. For more info, contact Lawrence, Ralph, or Fred.
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Community News

Hereditary Cancer Syndromes Educational Evening - Aug. 6th 

At St. Charles Bend Conference Center

Thurs. Aug. 6 @ 7:00 pmTalk on Hereditary Cancer Syndromes (in the Jewish Community) at St. Charles Hospital Event Center.  Author and speaker Katya Lezin will share her journey through cancer with good humor.  Dr. Cora Calomeni of St. Charles, an oncologist specializing in genetic cancers, and a geneticist from Myriad Labs will also be presenting.  Mark your calendars!

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Intro to Jewish Studies at COCC 
 With Rabbi Johanna M. Hershenson

WEDNESDAYS, 5:45 - 8:25 PM

September 30th - December 9th


COCC-Bend Campus


Health Careers Center, Room 140


Biblical foundations,

Radical transformations,

The emergence of science and reason...


How did ancient tribes evolve into the post-modern religious and surprisingly multi-cultural entity we call the Jewish people?


Come, explore the journey of the Jewish people through sacred literature, primary historical documents, film and music, guest speakers, and lots of class discussion.
Save the dates now, and look for registration info coming soon.
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Jewish Trip to Cuba in January
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Cuba is so close to the United States but for about 60 years it has been so far away. Just thinking of Cuba makes us think of beaches, cigars, tropical nights, salsa dancing, and colonial cities.

Cuba has culture and a fascinating history.  Today, it is a little easier to visit than it has been in the recent past.

How would you like to visit Cuba? Share part of Shabbat with the Jewish community?? See tobacco fields, local jazz clubs, Hemingway's home, a Sephardic synagogue, art and architecture, cool, old but still operating cars, smoke a cigar???

In January, 5 nights in Cuba with a possible 2 night extension out to the beach area.  The trip would include one night at Miami airport, charter flight from Miami to Havana back to Miami. Most meals to be included. The cost depends upon the number of participants. 

If you are interested in participating in a TBT trip, please call or email Diane Dober at 541-550-7020 or dobersbend@gmail.com.
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TBT Tributes
You may honor the lives and achievements of friends and relatives via a tribute with a donation to TBT. You can do this online, or by sending a check and the name and address of the person being honored to TBT at P.O. Box 7472, Bend, OR, 97708.

Donations may be designated to a specific fund, including:
   - the Youth Education Fund,  
   - the 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 Jeff and Beverly Adler, in memory of Alvin Shultz.
  • From Jeff and Beverly Adler, in memory of Beverly Wilson.
  • From Rolf and Florence Beier, in memory of Randy Beier.
  • From Gerald and Phillis Greenbach, in memory of Eva Greenbach.
  • From Tully Ellsberg, in memory of  Tom Ellsberg.

  • From Vivian Freeman, in memory of Ceil Hermann.

  • From Gary and Terry Reynolds, to Ann & Michael Rosenfield with sympathy on the passing of Ceil Hermann.

  • From Gary and Terry Reynolds, Mazel Tov to Sid Rafilson on becoming a Bar Mitzvah.

  • From Gary and Terry Reynolds, Mazel Tov to Rebecca Uri on becoming a Bat Mitzvah.  

  • From Jeff and Beverly Adler, in memory of Ceil Hermann.

  • From Thomas Clifford , in memory of Ceil Hermann.

  • From Jerry and Phyllis Greenbach, in memory of Ceil Hermann.

  • From Bonnie Chaikind, in memory of Emory Chaikind.

  • From Jessica Hammerman and Issac Peterson, in honor of Sid Rafilson's Bar Mitzvah.

  • From Zac and Randi Zlatkus, in memory of Ceil Hermann.

  • From Zac and Randi Zlatkus, in honor of Jeannie Freeman receiving Song of Miriam Award.

  • From Lynne and Ed Connelley, in memory of Ceil Hermann.


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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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