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November Celebrations
TBT Board Members
Board Officers:

   Mark Schindel

 Vice President:
   Fred Rafilson

   Naomi Chudowsky
   Lester Dober


   Marti Fields Johnson

   Joe Jezukewicz

TBT Commitee Chairs
 Adult Education
   Burt Litman

 Bikkur Holim
   Suzanne Schlosberg
   Evie Lerner

   Ralph Uri

   Jeanne Freeman

   Mark Schindel
   Ralph Uri
   Jerry Greenbach

   Lauren Olander

   Terry Reynolds
 Religious Education
   Kathy Schindel

 Social Action
   Jeanne Freeman

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Temple Beth Tikvah is pleased to welcome our newest members:

                    Michael and Karen Hecker, 
                 and their children, Ian and Matt.
November Calendar of Events

   Nov.   1  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School
   Nov.   2  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Nov.   3    3:00 p.m. - Teens Social Action Meet&Cook                    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
                  5:00 p.m. - Teens Bethlehem Inn Dinner
   Nov.   7    7:00 p.m. - Havdallah With a Purpose
   Nov.   8  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School
                 2:00 p.m. - Chevrah Kadishah Workshop
                 6:00 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting
   Nov.   9  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Nov. 10    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
   Nov. 12    5:30 p.m. - TBT Men's Club
   Nov. 13    5:00 p.m. - Central Oregon Jewish Women's
                                  Retreat  (through 11/15)
   Nov. 16  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Nov. 17    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
   Nov. 20    6:00 p.m. - Shabbat@Home Dinner Evening
   Nov. 21    9:00 a.m. - Shabbat Torah Study
                10:45 a.m. - Shabbat Torah Service
   Nov. 23  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Nov. 27    7:00 p.m. - Erev Shabbat Service
   Nov. 28  10:00 a.m. - B'nai Mitzvah Service of
                                  Kyle and Kahlan Snyder
   Nov. 30  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study

   December 6th - Chanukah First Night at Old Mill
   December 11th - Shabbat Latkapalooza!
   January 24th - Family Tu B'Shvat Program

NOVEMBER School Activities
All activities at Shalom Bayit unless otherwise noted.
Sunday School 10:00 a.m: - 11/1, 11/8
Hebrew School 4:00 p.m: - 11/3, 11/10, 11/17 

NOVEMBER Torah Study
Weekly-Monday noon at Evie's: 11/2*, 11/9, 11/16,        11/23, 11/30 (*11/2 meets at Stonebriar Clubhouse.)
Monthly-Saturday 9:00 a.m. at Wesley Room: 11/21

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

TBT Highlights
Havdallah With a Purpose - Nov. 7th

Join us for Havdallah with a Purpose on Saturday, November 7th at 7:00 pm at the home of Marilyn and Chuck Shattuck. Come learn about the importance to our community of the Cancer Resource Centers in Bend and Redmond and hear about the volunteer opportunities and needs. 
The American Cancer Society is currently looking for caring, compassionate, committed and reliable volunteers to work in the Resource Centers. The gift we give of our time not only changes a cancer patient's day and their cancer journey, but it will change us as well. Volunteer commitment can be as "small" as 4 hours a week.
Cancer Resource Center volunteers can make a cancer patient's day better by sitting with them during their infusion treatment and keeping them company; helping a woman going through chemotherapy look good and feel better about herself; sharing all the resources available to cancer patients to make their cancer journey less difficult. 
Join us for Havdallah, dessert and wine, and find out more from Marti Fields Johnson and Lauren Olander about how we can volunteer time to help make a difference in the life of a cancer patient. Bring wine and/or dessert to share.  RSVP to Marilyn at mpshattuck@gmail.com
Shabbat@Home - Nov. 20th
November Theme: "Fabulous Feasts"

During Rosh Hashanah the new Shabbat@Home program was mentioned, and it will kick off this month.  The idea for Shabbat@Home is that one Friday evening each month, Temple Beth Tikvah members will be invited into one another's homes to celebrate Shabbat and get to know each other better. 
Each month, there will be 3-4 hosts for each of the event dates.  Each host will receive a guest list and a Shabbat@Home kit with the Shabbat blessings and conversation starters.

Hosts will need to supply entertaining space in their homes, dishes and cutlery (paper goods are fine,) candles for Shabbat candle lighting, wine for kiddush, and a challah. 

Guests will help with potluck meals. Some months will have themed foods, some may not. 
Following are the dates for planned Shabbat@Home events for 2015-2016.  Please take a look, talk with the members of your household, and volunteer to host one of the evenings by email to johannahershenson@gmail.com 
or text to 541-213-9880.  Also let her know if you'd like to help coordinate themes or guest lists behind the scenes.

Nov. 20th - "Fabulous Feasts" - Each host has an ethnic or culinary theme for potluck (i.e. Chinese or Asian Fusion, Mexican, Italian, etc.)

Jan. 8th - "Game Night" - Small plates potluck, and each host has a category of games - poker, trivia, charades/pictionary, checkers/backgammon/chess, etc.

Feb. 5th - TBD
March 4th - TBD
April 8th - TBD
May 6th - TBD
June 10th - TBD
July 8th - Picnic and BBQ at Shevlin Park

A big thank you to everyone who has volunteered to host so far, and we hope to see you all @Home soon!
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B'nai Mitzvah of Kahlan and Kyle Snyder  - November 28th

Please join our family in celebration
of the B'nai Mitzvah of

Kyle and Kahlan Snyder

28 November 2015
Ten O'Clock a.m.
At Temple Beth Tikvah

Lynne and Ed Connelley
Miriam and Chris Snyder
Special music by cantorial soloist Miriam Snyder, accompanied by dad Chris Snyder.  Kiddush luncheon following the service with yummy food from Tate & Tate. 

RSVP to Lynne by Nov. 18th for a head count for the luncheon, 541-408-6720 or LynneConnelley@yahoo.com.
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Divrei Tikvah  RJohannaHeadShot
From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

Thank you, Temple Beth Tikvah, for being such a caring and nurturing community during my time of need.
As you know, my grandmother died on Yom Kippur.  The day after her funeral, my sister and I discovered my mother had died unexpectedly during the night.  On the third night of observing shivah for my mother, the volunteer from her synagogue who came to lead a brief service suffered cerebral hemorrhaging in our living room and flat-lined in our driveway.
I am generally well, but also deeply wounded.  My husband and daughters have been warm, loving, and patient.  My father, sisters, and I are finding comfort in one another and building new relationships. 
You, Temple Beth Tikvah, have so sweetly embraced me and my family.  Calls, emails, Facebook messages, and beautiful old-school sympathy cards poured in immediately.  My parents' kitchen was brightened by the lovely flowers the board sent.  Mark, Abi, and I devoured the meals you brought and even shared them with friends and neighbors who stopped in to visit.  Thank you. 
I already felt a deep connection between us, rabbi and congregation.  When our family came to Bend, a couple dozen of  you unloaded our moving truck.  Others stocked our kitchen with staple food items.  Our board has always demonstrated concern about protecting me when my part-time hours get out of hand. 
I asked you on Rosh Hashanah to take part in facilitating TBT activities that strengthen our character as human beings living in community.  Before Yom Kippur arrived many of you were already busy. 
A youth social action program emerged.  Thank you Naomi Chudowsky and Kim Rafilson.  A commitment to Havdallah with a Purpose rekindled.  Thank you Jeanne Freeman and Marilyn and Chuck Shattuck. Many of you have stepped forward, offering to host intimate Shabbat gatherings in your homes throughout the course of this year. Thank you.
There are many occasions to say the prayer, Shehecheyanu.  Lately, I find myself saying it daily. 
Blessed are You, YHWH our God, Ruler of the Universe, for gifting me with life, sustaining me in life, and bringing me to this moment in my life - I am so happy I have a loving family and live in a thoughtful, nurturing community.

~~ 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 ~
About a year ago, during the High Holy Days, I mentioned an historic event that was coming up - elections for delegates to the World Zionist Congress.  What was so amazing was that any adult Jew could participate in this election!  The election took place from January to April of this year.  Hopefully, you exercised this precious right by casting your vote for selecting the members of the delegation from the United States.
The significance of the World Zionist Organization is that it holds the purse strings in a number of key areas affecting Israel.  Although it is not associated directly with the Israeli government, it does have special influence on policies and direction.  The World Zionist Congress is a special meeting of delegates representing Jewish groups from all over the world that gathers in Israel to debate and pass a number of resolutions that have political, financial, or administrative impacts on Israel.
The results of the World Zionist Congress election were not known until June of this year.  For the US delegation, ARZA (Association of Reform Zionists of America) received the most delegates with 56 out of the 145 total; more than the next two groups combined.  This was significant in allowing the Reform and Progressive point-of-view to carry more influence at the World Zionist Congress.  For more details on the election results you can use this link: http://blogs.rj.org/arza/2015/06/05/and-the-envelope-please/.
The actual World Zionist Congress meeting took place in Jerusalem recently, October 20th - 22nd.  As you might imagine, when you gather 509 Jewish delegates together to discuss, debate, argue, and vote on 170 resolutions, it can get rather messy.  Nonetheless, there were some important victories for several reform and progressive platforms.  For more insights on what went on during the 37th World Zionist Congress session, you can use this link: http://blogs.rj.org/arza/category/world-zionist-congress/.
Israel is the Jewish State.  It is a country specifically set up for the Jewish people.  As with any country and government, you don't always have to agree with everything it does; but, as Jews, we at least need to care about and try to understand Israel.  Some of you may have family or friends in Israel.  Some of you may have visited there.  Some may have very little connection with Israel.  Regardless, we have a responsibility to be concerned and supportive of other Jews throughout the world; and Israel has the most significant concentration of Jews.
So far, Temple Beth Tikvah has not had a strong connection to Israel.  Starting at last year's High Holy Days, we initiated a campaign to support the Jewish National Fund through contributions using their little "blue" boxes.  Also, a few years ago, we provided some financial support that allowed a young member, Lauren Goldstein, to travel to Israel for the Maccabiah Games as part of the United States contingent.  Sara Charney Cohen has provided Israeli dance classes.
But we can do more.  The Taglit-Birthright Israel program provides an expense-paid trip to Israel for Jewish young adults, ages 18 to 26, who have not participated in a peer educational trip since they turned 18 nor lived in Israel past the age of 12.  The URJ/ARZA is working on a special Israel tour for members of small congregations.  Recognizing this need for more awareness of things associated with Israel, we decided to establish an "Israel Connection" as part of our new organizational structure.
So, if you have ideas for ways we can better connect with Israel or wish to work on programs that have an Israeli connection, please contact Board members Marti Fields Johnson or Marijane (MJ) Krohn and let them know.  We are looking forward to the exciting opportunities this might open.

 Mark Schindel
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TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  November 8th, 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
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Jeanne Freeman, Social Action Chair

The September 30th Back Door Café breakfast was quieter than anticipated  -- the 5th Wednesday is generally busy as benefits run out -- with only 67 meals served; but those 67 were most grateful. Thanks to Jeff Adler, Jerry & Phyllis Greenbach, Joe Jezukewicz, Neil Pyne, Marilyn & Chuck Shattuck, Ralph Uri, and Burt Litman and Jeanne Freeman for cooking, serving and cleaning. Back Door Café dates are scheduled through year's end on October 28th, November 18th, and December 23rd. While the crews are filled with new and old members, we're always open to those interested in participating.
On Friday, November 6th, some of the members of the Social Action committee are cooking and serving dinner at the Family Kitchen. If this 'test flight' is successful, you'll find future opportunities for your participation.
And on Saturday, November 7th, our first Havdallah With a Purpose will bring us together to share dessert, wine, knowledge, and friendship.
If you'd like to volunteer for one of our social action projects, or if you have an idea to present to the social action committee, please contact Jeanne Freeman at jgfree925@gmail.com

New Zip Code?  New E-mail??

Do you live in the new Bend zip code area?  Have you changed e-mail addresses?  Please let us know so we can update our records and keep you up to date with all the latest happenings. Please send all address or email updates to Lester Dober: tbttreasurer@gmail.com

DECEMBER Newsletter Deadline:  November 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 - November 12th

The next Men's Group Meeting will be all fun and games! We will meet on Thursday, November 12th, at 5:30 p.m. at the Vector Volcano Arcade located in downtown Bend at 111 Oregon Ave. It costs $10 for unlimited use of the games or $5 for one hour. They have sodas and craft brews. (Website: http://www.vectorvolcanoarcade.com/
All men of TBT are invited. You can just show up, or RSVP to markhershenson@me.com.
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Central Oregon Jewish Women's Retreat - Nov. 13th-15th

A Central Oregon Jewish Women's Retreat will be held November 13th-15th at Eagle Crest Resort. All women are invited. The program will include Shabbat dinner, ice breaker activities, Jewish discussions, a walk-and-talk, meditation and yoga sessions, Holiday card making, and Havdallah among the activities. Spiritual leadership will be provided by Rabbi Hershenson, Judy Shupack, and Mimi Feldman. 

Full weekend and partial packages are available. A limited number of overnight accommodation spaces are available at Eagle Crest. A separate email with two attached fliers was sent out with detailed information about the retreat,  One flier describes costs and the various packages offered. The second flyer gives the schedule of events for the weekend.  

For questions, please contact either
Jerri Barss: peacefuljerri@msn.com
Ellyce Whalen: ellyce2009@hotmail.com, or 
Debra Brown: hdjbrown@msn.com.  

Reservations should be made directly with Debra.
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Community News
Teen Social Action Group Forming
First Event November 3rd

Mothers Naomi Chudowksy, Rachel Lemas, and Kimberly Rafilson, are creating a Jewish teen social action group. Our goal is to get our kids to build a stronger Jewish identity through tikkun olam. Repairing the world is the responsibility of every Jew and begins at home through modeling and encouraging empathy and action in our children. 

Community service for teens is a requirement for graduation and it's a great way for them to build their resumes and skill sets. Volunteering can be a life-changing experience, one that allows teens to expand their horizons and foster meaningful relationships.
Our first activity will entail preparing and serving dinner to residents of Bethlehem Inn on Tuesday, November 3rd.  During food prep we will discuss other organizations that could use help from our youth and let them decide what is meaningful to them.  

Initial ideas we will share with the group include FAN (Family Access Network), Sparrow Club, Camp Courage, Habitat for Humanity and/or adopting a family in need; fundraising ideas also include creating a PPP team.  Our thought is that if kids are helping other kids it may be more meaningful to them.  These are merely suggestions and we hope our kids will bring other ideas and will choose what organization(s) they want to help in the coming year. The goal is to participate in at least 4 community service activities during the year, and Rabbis Hershenson and Shupack will sign off on community service hours for school credit.

Please share the attached flyer with your children and encourage them to join Sophie Chudowsky, Abi Hershenson, Zi Lemas, and Sid Rafilson on the 3rd, and for future community service activities.  Please also forward this to any Jewish families in central Oregon who you think would be interested in participating. 

For more info, contact Kimberly Rafilson:
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Central Oregon Chevrah Kadishah Workshop - November 8th
Writing Your Own Viddui
(Spiritual bucket list)
We never know when we will die, only that we will. This workshop will help participants write their own reflections about finding peace at death.
The Viddui prayer is part of our Yom Kippur worship and is also traditionally said before death.
"I revisit and modify mine yearly. A viddui addresses and helps us define our relationship with that which is beyond us. It acknowledges our life's accomplishments and engages us in a forgiveness process." - Dr. Marlis Beier
Date:  Sunday November 8 from 2-4 pm 
Location:  Home of Marlis Beier  
Bring paper or computer and willingness to write and process.
Call Marlis if you have any questions.
541-389-6474 home, and 541-480-4944 cell.

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Weekend In Quest 2016

Is There a Future for Jewish Peoplehood?

The tenth annual Weekend in Quest, a Shabbaton or study weekend, will be held on the weekend of March 4th - 6th, 2016, in Astoria, Oregon. Weekend in Quest is sponsored by The Institute for Judaic Studies of the Pacific Northwest, in Portland.

The 2016 scholar-in-residence will be Dr. Noam Pianko, the Samuel N. Stroum Chair of Jewish Studies and Associate Professor in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Professor Pianko also directs the Samuel and Althea Stroum Center for Jewish Studies and serves as the Herbert and Lucy Pruzan Professor of Jewish Studies.

Professor Pianko is an expert in the area of Jewish "peoplehood." He will present four lectures, addressing the evolution of that term through the past century, and its future, including a proposed model for Jewish peoplehood that would offer a relevant definition of Jewish collectivity for a rapidly changing Jewish community in the United States and Israel.

Also included in the shabbaton will be Shabbat services led by David Fuks, Chief Executive Officer of Cedar Sinai Park, plus catered kosher-style meals including a festive Erev Shabbat dinner, kiddush lunch and Saturday evening dinner with entertainment by David Fuks and social time.

The weekend promises to be a dynamic, spiritual and
educational experience. Registration will open in October 2015.

For more information, visit:
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S.M.A.R.T. Needs Volunteer Readers

S.M.A.R.T., Start Making a Reader Today needs Volunteers in the current school year!

We rely on 5,000 volunteers across Oregon to spend an hour each week reading one-on-one with students in their local schools. This year, our incredible volunteers will help us reach 10,000 students - the most we've served in nearly a decade!

SMART needed to recruit 1,500 new volunteers by November 1, and we fell short. We need 150 more volunteers to meet our goal and ensure we can reach the kids who need us.

For 24 years SMART has brought volunteers and children together to read. In the next few weeks, SMART volunteers will complete a 1 hour training and meet their SMART students. YOUR SUPPORT will make the difference for children who need the undivided attention and care. 

SMART recruits volunteers to read one-to-one with K-3 children in need of literacy support. Most CO schools serve kindergarten only.  It is a one or two hour commitment weekly, October through early May. Substitute readers take your shift when you can't be there. Each SMART student gets to take home two brand new books per month during this program. 

Please consider this opportunity to make a difference in our community.

TBT contact and SMART volunteer: 
Jan Freeman-Bauer 503-750-4926 or 

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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 Rudy Gold, in memory of Muriel Gold.
  • From Vivian Freeman, to the Music Fund, in memory of Eileen Rodgers.
  • From Jerry & Phyllis Greenbach, to the Rabbi's Caring Fund, in memory of the Rabbi's mother, Eileen Rodgers.
  • From Chuck & Marilyn Shattuck, to the Music Fund, in memory of the Rabbi's mother and grandmother.
  • From Mary Jane Eisenberg, in memory of Mina Eisenberg.
  • From Ed & Lynne Connelley, to the Rabbi's Caring Fund, in memory of the Rabbi's mother and grandmother.
  • From Alyson Belcher, in memory of Joseph W. Belcher.
  • From Dan and Pati Boyd, to the Rabbi's Caring Fund, in memory of Rabbi's Mother and Grandmother.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, with deep sympathy to Rabbi Hershenson & her family on the passing of her mom, Eileen Rodgers. 
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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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