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September Celebrations
TBT Board Members
Board Officers:

   Mark Schindel

 Vice President:
   Fred Rafilson
   Naomi Chudowsky

   Lester Dober 


   Marti Fields Johnson
   Joe Jezukewicz
   Marijane Krohn

TBT Commitee Chairs
 Bikkur Holim
   Suzanne Schlosberg
   Evie Lerner
   Ralph Uri
   Jeanne Freeman
   Kathy Schindel
   Mark Schindel
   Ralph Uri
   Jerry Greenbach
   Lauren Olander
   Terry Reynolds
 Social Action
   Burt Litman
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Temple Beth Tikvah is pleased to welcome our newest members:

                      Marilyn & Chuck Shattuck
September Calendar of Events 

   Sept.  5    7:00 p.m. - Selichot & Film at Hershensons
   Sept. 13   7:00 p.m. - Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
   Sept. 14  10:00 a.m. - Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
                  3:00 p.m. - Family Event at Pioneer Park
                  4:00 p.m. - Tashlich & Picnic at Pioneer Park
   Sept. 17    5:30 p.m. - Men's Group at Bethlehem Inn
   Sept. 20    2:00 p.m. - Kever Avot Pilot Butte Cemetery
                  3:00 p.m. - Kever Avot Deschutes Memorial
                  6:30 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting
   Sept. 21  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Sept. 22    7:00 p.m. - Kol Nidre Service
   Sept. 23  10:00 a.m. - Yom Kippur Morning Service
                  1:30 p.m. - Family Jonah Experience
                  3:00 p.m. - Yom Kippur Afternoon Service
                  4:30 p.m. - Yizkor/Memorial Service
                  5:15 p.m. - Neilah/Concluding Service
                  6:00 p.m. - Break-the-Fast Dinner
   Sept. 27    3:00 p.m. - Erev Sukkot Jewish Community
                                   School Gathering
   Sept. 28  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study

   October 3rd - Havdallah in the Sukkah
   October 4th - Simchat Torah
   October 21st - 6th Annual Men's Group Celebration
   October 28th - Annual Poker Tournament
   November 28th - B'nei Mitzvah: Kyle and Kahlan Snyder

SEPTEMBER School Activities
All activities at Shalom Bayit unless otherwise noted.
Sunday School: Family Kickoff Event 9/27 3:00 p.m
Hebrew School 4:00 p.m: Classes begin Oct. 6th

September Torah Study
Weekly-Monday noon at Evie's: 9/21, 9/28

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


TBT Highlights
High Holy Days at TBT

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Rosh Hashanah
Sun. 9/13 Evening Service  7:00 p.m.
Mon. 9/14 Morning Service  10:00 a.m.
               Family Fun Event 3:00 p.m.
                  at Pioneer Park
               Tashlich Ceremony 4:00 p.m.
                  at Pioneer Park, with Picnic

Sun.  9/20 Kever Avot 2:00 p.m. Pilot Butte Cemetery
               Kever Avot 3:00 p.m. Deschutes Memorial
                                            Gardens - Gan Shalom  

Torah and shofar
Yom Kippur
9/22 Kol Nidre Service 7:00 p.m.
9/23 Morning Service 10:00 a.m.
       Family Jonah Experience 1:30 p.m.
       Afternoon Service 3:00 p.m.
       Yizkor Memorial Service 4:30 p.m.
       Neilah Service 5:15 p.m
                               Break-the-Fast 6:00 p.m.

We invite you to join us for High Holy Day Services.  We welcome all to attend any or all of our services.  We do ask that everyone (including TBT members) make reservations by going to: http://www.bethtikvahbend.org/high-holy-days-reservation-form/form/6-high-holy-days-reservation-form or by calling TBT at (541) 388-8826We would appreciate receiving your reservations as soon as possible, but no later than September 7th.

There is no charge to attend services for TBT members.  If you are not a member and would like to attend, we are requesting a minimum donation of $100 per adult or $200 per family.  This entitles you to attend any or all of our services.  If you decide to become a member of TBT in 2015, your donation will be applied to your membership support contribution.  Of course, additional donations in honor of the High Holy Days from members and non-members are always appreciated.  If the donation request presents a financial hardship, please contact our Treasurer, Lester Dober at TBTtreasurer@gmail.com to make special arrangements.  Your request will be kept strictly confidential.  BreakFast

Break-the-Fast Dinner
We also invite you to join us for a Break-the-Fast dinner at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23rd following the concluding Yom Kippur services.  Cost for the dinner is $18 per adult TBT member, $9 for children members 5-12 years, and children under 5 years are free.  The charge for families with more than one child under age 12 is a maximum of $54.  The charge for non-member guests is $20 per adult and $10 for children 5-12 years. **Reservations for the Break-the-Fast must be received by Monday, September 7th.

Yizkor Memorial Booklet
We are in the process of putting together our Yizkor Memorial booklet for Yom Kippur.  If you would like the name or names of departed loved ones included in the booklet, please include that information in the appropriate section of your online reservation form. The cost is $36 for as many names as you wish. Names for the booklet must be received by Monday,September 7th. For questions about the Yizkor booklet, please contact Kathy Schindel at schindelke@aol.com .

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Bakers and Helpers Needed

Baking: We are requesting volunteers to assist baking easy-to-serve desserts for the Rosh Hashanah Oneg and Break-the-Fast supper. We also need 4 noodle kugels for Break-the-Fast.

For Erev Rosh Hashanah on Sept. 13th, please email Martha & Neil Pyne at
For Break-the-Fast on Sept. 23rd, please email Liz Levinson at plevinson856@aol.com.

Set-up Help: Liz and Beverly need help setting up the room for the Break-the-Fast supper on Wednesday, Sept. 23nd. Please respond to Liz at plevinson856@aol.com if you can assist us during or after the morning service. Beverly will be setting up in the morning after 10:00. We do not have access until after the Backdoor Café that day! We also need help with clean-up for both events.
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Divrei Tikvah  RJohannaHeadShot
From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

The full moon wanes. Once it's fully gone and the first silvery sliver of the new moon appears, Rosh Hashanah will bring us together to greet another year in the Jewish calendar.
If we allow the season of repentance to move us, we examine the ups and downs of the past year and imagine what might be in the new year.
We begin with our general state of happiness. Usually we turn to our relationships and networks of support and camaraderie. We recalculate our work pleasure ratios. We remember unpleasant moments and renew our efforts to correct mistakes.
Paying attention to our relationships and how we spend our time are beginner levels of Jewish repentance practices. Repentance, teshuvah in Hebrew, can go deeper. Beyond recalibrating our lives in relationship to our values, we can proactively identify and manifest our values in our living.
Synagogue is the place we can explore values, our own and many more articulated in the wisdom literature of our people. As Jews, and family and friends of Jews, we share narratives and cultural experiences. We get each other.
Shared stories, rituals, and ethics give us a springboard from which we can consider how to create and sustain purpose and meaning in our doings. Temple Beth Tikvah can be more than the places in which we hold services and learn and socialize. Temple Beth Tikvah can be a social-spiritual home. A safe place for sharing life's celebratory moments and tragedies and asking questions.
In this day and age we sometimes wonder what does the synagogue mean to us? How do we pass our love of Judaism to the next generation? Of course some folks will never be interested in what we do. But among us who are already here, the question of the season ought to be:
What kind of congregation do we want?
What am I doing to participate and reinforce that vision?
I believe we want to mark the seasons of the year and infuse meaning in them. Shabbat and holiday celebrations. I believe we want to mark the milestones along the journey of life and even if only ceremonially connect ourselves to those who came before us. I believe we want to explore Torah and Jewish literature for meaning and wisdom that is relevant to the challenges we face individually and as human beings in general.
This Jewish year, my vision for Temple Beth Tikvah is to grow... to grow more deeply connected in our relationships with one another. I'd like to see us hang out with one another more often, engage in the kinds of conversation that expand our thinking and capacity to understand one another. I'd like to go to the mountain in a couple months and see a bunch of TBT folks share lunch or libation after a good ski or snowshoe. I'd like to see a youth group generate momentum - Jewishly nurturing our teens to develop volunteerism and leadership skills while having fun. I want to watch more films together and talk about them. I want to learn more about members I think I know.
And you,
What do you want from Temple Beth Tikvah this Jewish year?
Let's do it...
Shanah Tovah!

~~ 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 ~
I hope everyone has been enjoying a wonderful (although hazy of late) summer in Central Oregon. Before turning our thoughts to the upcoming High Holy Days, we were able to share a number of special events in August.
We had two beautiful Bar Mitzvahs this past month, for Ben Finestone and David Feldman. Both young men did a fabulous job in their preparations and delivery for their service. Our congratulations to the Finestone and Feldman families for the fine performances by Ben and David, and our thanks for sharing their lovely celebrations with the community. We also wish to recognize the extraordinary work by Kathy Schindel in tutoring the students for their Bar Mitzvah, Rabbi Hershenson for the final preparations and leading the meaningful services, and Lauren Olander for coordinating the lovely music including the wonderful guest musician and songleader, Beth Hamon. Knowing that David Feldman was a big baseball fan, who would have thought that the musicians could make the concluding song of Adon Olam fit perfectly to the melody of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"? A priceless memory to conclude that Bar Mitzvah.
What would summer be without a picnic? So, we had TWO this past month. Seana and Ron Jollo graciously hosted a Kabbalat Shabbat picnic in their backyard by the river. Then, the Men's Group put on its Annual TBT Picnic in Pioneer Park, with a special thank you to Lawrence and Lorraine Schechter for coordinating this event. We were fortunate to have beautiful summer days to fully enjoy both these great events.
Before we know it, the High Holy Days will be upon us. We are currently in the Hebrew month of Elul, which precedes Rosh Hashanah, and is a time for preparation and reflection for the Days of Awe and Repentance. We hope that you will join us during the High Holy Days for our services and events. You can check out the full schedule on our website at: www.bethtikvahbend.org/worship/jewish-holidays-highholydays/. Please submit your reservations for whichever services and activities you might wish to attend. The reservation form also includes the list of names of loved ones that you wish to have included in our Yizkor booklet.
While the High Holy Days are certainly a primary focus in September, they are not the only Jewish holidays we will be celebrating. On the heels of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the fun and family-friendly holidays of Sukkot and Simchat Torah. The Jewish Community Sunday School will kick-off with a family gathering in the Sukkah. Details on all these activities will be forthcoming on our website and weekly Happenings e-mails.
We wish everyone a healthy, safe, and meaningful New Year. We look forward to your joining us at many holiday celebrations, fun social gatherings, inspiring educational programs, and enjoyable community activities this coming year. Thank you for all your support and contributions.
L'shanah Tovah,
   Mark Schindel

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TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  September 20th, 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

High Holy Days are just two weeks away!  We ask all members and guests to go to our website to sign up for services, Break-the-Fast Dinner, and our Yizkor Memorial Booklet.  Please follow this link to sign up:  http://www.bethtikvahbend.org/high-holy-days-reservation-form/form/6-high-holy-days-reservation-form. Please see High Holy Day info above, or visit our website for a full list of High Holy Day services and events. Reservations should be made by September 7th.
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Burt Litman, Social Action Chair

Back Door Café
Seventeen dozen eggs were cooked, along with 14 pounds of ham, and served up by the Back Door Café kitchen crew to more than 100 hungry folks.
Many thanks to George & Linda Brant, Jeff Adler, Phyllis & Jerry Greenbach, Joe Jezukewicz, Michael Rosenfield, Kathy & Lauren Schindel, and Burt Litman.
Our next breakfast is September 30th at 7:30 a.m. Email Jeanne Freeman at jfreeman@bendbroadband.com if you'd like to help out.
Bethlehem Inn Dinner
Next Bethlehem Inn Dinner is scheduled on Thursday, September 17th when the TBT Men's Group serves up BBQ to the residents. If you'd like to participate with the group contact Fred Rafilson, Lawrence Schechter, or Ralph Uri.

We're looking for Social Action Projects
Is there an organization that you volunteer with that has opportunity for our Beth Tikvah members to participate in? Is there a social action project that you'd like to involve our TBT members in?
We've worked construction projects with Habitat for Humanity, formed a team for Relay for Life, and held information nights and fundraisers for a variety of groups like: Reach Another Foundation which provides life-saving treatment for children born with hydrocephalus in Ethiopia; Equine Outreach which facilitates the rescue, rehabilitation and permanent placement of abused, neglected and unwanted horses; "Keeping Warm for the Winter" collecting gently used coats and jackets, socks, hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves.
If you have a project that we can help with, please email Jeanne Freeman at jfreeman@bendbroadband.com and we'll bring it to our committee.

Social Action Committee
We are looking for members to join our social action committee. If you would like to help in determining the projects and planning our activities please email Jeanne Freeman at jfreeman@bendbroadband.com.

Education Report Aleph Bet blocks
Kathy Schindel, Education Chair

It is time to register for Religious school!  Sunday school kicks off with our Sukkot Family Program on September 27th.  More details coming soon. Hebrew school begins October 6th at 4:00 p.m. and meets weekly.

We would appreciate receiving your Registration Forms as soon as possible to help us with planning.  Please follow this link to register:

For questions, please contact Kathy Schindel, schindelke@aol.com.
Fundraising News  
Jerry Greenbach, Fundraising Chair


Poker Tournament
TBT Poker Tournament


Wednesday, October 21st

Details coming soon, but mark it on your calendars now!

Do You Have a New Zip Code?
Bend recently had a zip code split, adding a new zip code to some Bend-area addresses.  If your address changed zip codes, please notify Lester Dober at tbttreasurer@gmail.com so that our TBT records can be updated accordingly.
It's JNF Blue Box Collection Time!
Your Jewish National Fund "Blue Box" must be very heavy by now.  Our last collection was in March!! 

We have a "fix" for that full "Blue Box"...our next collection date will be September 18th.  If you don't have a JNF Blue Box, they will be available at Rosh Hashanah services. 

Since we began this project, we have donated $761.40 and JNF thanks you!  Please empty your boxes and send your check payable to Jewish National Fund to Liz Levinson:  62028 Fall Creek Loop, Bend, 97702.  Jewish National Fund and Temple Beth Tikvah thanks you!


OCTOBER Newsletter Deadline:  September 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 - Thurs. Sept. 17th

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The TBT monthly Men's Night will usually be on the third Wednesday of each month during 2015.  However, in September, the TBT Men's Night will be Thursday, Sept. 17th. We will begin by cooking and serving dinner at the Bethlehem Inn at 5:30 p.m.  After Bethlehem Inn, we will head over to Wubba's BBQ Shack, located at 63055 Layton Ave, (just north of Empire Ave.,) Bend, OR, 541-213-2121.  All men of TBT are invited. For more info, contact Lawrence, Ralph, or Fred.
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Community News
Hereditary Cancers Info Video Online

Last month, Temple Beth Tikvah sponsored an informational evening at St. Charles Hospital which focused on hereditary cancer risks and featured a number of very informative guest speakers. Mark Hershenson recorded the event, and video of the event is now available to view online: https://vimeo.com/137789527
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Jewish Mission to Cuba
March 20-27

Miami, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, Havana

Itinerary Highlights:
* Private meetings with synagogue leaders in Cienfuegos and Havana
* Walking tours of Cienfuegos and Havana, both UNESCO sites
* Ferry to Castillo de Jagua, the fortress protecting Cienfuegos
* Cigar Factory tour, an actual working facility
* Intimate meeting with eminent Cuban professor/architect
* Jewish cemetery, site of the first Shoah memorial in the western hemisphere
* Hemingway's former home and 'hangouts'
* Shabbat services with the Havana Jewish Community
* Art museums including Fuster, the Cuban Picasso
* Wonderful restaurants both state and private (paladares) included

8 days starting in Miami, includes 1 night Miami, 2 nights Cienfuegos,4 nights Havana. For more details call or email Diane Dober 541-550-7020 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 Allan & Nancy Meyer, to the youth education fund, in memory of Ceil Hermann.
  • From Virginia Hermann, in memory of Ceil Hermann.
  • From Janet Rice & Peter Bachman, in memory of Ceil Hermann, loving mother of Gary and Ann Hermann.
  •  From Ralph and Marcia Uri, to the Social Action Fund, in loving memory of my wonderful parents Max and Fritz Uri.
  • From Carol Jimenez, to the Music Fund.
  • From Susan & Lonnie Edelheit, in memory of Ceil Hermann, a much loved woman.
  • From Martha and Neil Pyne ,in sympathy to Florence Beier, Marlis Beier and family in memory of Rolf Beier.
  • From MJ Krohn, in memory of Dr. James Wideman.
  • From Jessica Hammerman and Isaac Peterson, in honor of the Bat Mitzvah of Sophia Chudowsky.
  • From Lester Dober, to the music fund, in celebration of my 55 years of being married to Diane.
  • From Vivian Rebenstein-Freeman and Family, in memory of Fred Jaffe.
  • From Jo Ann Ray and Larry Barker, in memory of Maurice Brostoff.
  • From Lester and Diane Dober, to the music fund, in memory of Lloyd Livstone.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, mazal tov to Ben Finestone on becoming a Bar Mitzvah.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, mazal tov to David Feldman on becoming a Bar Mitzvah.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, in memory of Herb Reynolds.
  • From Mark and Kathy Schindel, in memory of Zelda Schindel.
  • From Mark and Kathy Schindel, in memory of Rose Bernstein.
  • From Jeanne Freeman and Burt Litman, to the Social Action Fund, in memory of Elaine Litman.
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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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