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January Celebrations
TBT Board Members
Board Officers:

   Mark Schindel

 Vice President:
   Fred Rafilson
   Naomi Chudowsky
   Lester Dober

   Marti Fields Johnson

   Joe Jezukewicz

   Marijane Krohn
TBT Committee Chairs
 Adult Education
   Burt Litman

 Bikkur Holim
   Suzanne Schlosberg
   Evie Lerner

 Calendar Keeper 
   Ann Rosenfield   
   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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TBT Event Planning
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January Calendar of Events  

   Jan.  1    2:00 p.m. - Family Kitchen Dinner
   Jan.  4  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Jan.  5    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
   Jan.  6    6:30 p.m. - Adult Ed. - Making Prayer Real 1
   Jan.  8    6:00 p.m. - Shabbat@Home
   Jan. 10  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School
                 6:30 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting
   Jan. 11  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Jan. 12    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
   Jan. 16    9:00 a.m. - Shabbat Torah Study*
                10:45 a.m. - Shabbat Torah Service*
   Jan. 18  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Jan. 19    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
                 5:30 p.m. - TBT Men's Club
   Jan. 20    6:30 p.m. - Adult Ed. - Making Prayer Real 2
   Jan. 22    7:00 p.m. - Erev Shabbat Service*
   Jan. 24    3:00 p.m - Family Tu B'Shevat Program
                11:59 p.m. - February Newsletter Deadline
   Jan. 25  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Jan. 26    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
   Jan. 30    7:00 p.m. - Havdallah and a Movie Adult Ed.
* Please note the new venue for our regular monthly events. Monthly Torah study, Erev Shabbat, and Shabbat morning Torah services are now being held at the First Presbyterian Church (FPC), 230 NE 9th St. in Bend, unless otherwise noted. (map)

   February 21st - Purim Katan Program
   February 27th - Havdallah With a Purpose

JANUARY School Activities
All activities at Shalom Bayit unless otherwise noted.
Sunday School:  1/10 - 10:00 a.m.,  1/24 - 3:00 p.m.
Hebrew School 4:00 p.m: - 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26

JANUARY Torah Study
Weekly-Monday noon at Evie's: 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25
Monthly-Saturday 9:00 a.m. at FPC Library: 1/16

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

TBT Highlights
Important Information About TBT Event Planning
A Message from the Communications Group

To streamline our event planning and avoid conflicts, we have appointed Ann Rosenfield as Calendar Keeper to manage our TBT activities.

Before scheduling an event - whether it's ritual, social action, educational, social, fundraising, or other - check the TBT online calendar to make sure there isn't a conflict.

Then, send an email to Ann at ann@rosenfieldonline.com, including the date, time, location, and any details you'd like on the calendar. Ann will send you a confirmation.

Remember that any changes to your event date or time must also be sent to Ann.

To publicize your event via TBT's Weekly Happenings email, the monthly Newsletter, the TBT website, and/or the TBT Facebook pages, after you've gotten Ann's confirmation of the date and time, send an email including all the details of your event to our Communications Group, which includes Sara Charney-Cohen, Jeanne Freeman, Evie Lerner, and Kathy Schindel.

Thanks for helping us to schedule and publicize your events to our community.
Making Prayer Real
Adult Learning Encounters in Five Modules
Temple Beth Tikvah
Adult Education Learning Course

Wednesday evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 PM,
at Rabbi Hershenson's home

"At its best, religion is myth, jazz, poetry, and play...When we take it too seriously we rob ourselves of joy, lose all hope of discovery, and suck the very life out of faith."  
Rabbi Rami Shapiro

"When we free ourselves of rules and expectations and explore Judaism with an open mind, we encounter moments of awe, deepen our relationships with others, and find meaning in the situations of our lives." 
Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

Making Prayer Real
Join Temple Beth Tikvah members and friends in a playful and relevant exploration of Jewish prayer and prayers, meditation, and lessons in spiritual practice.

"A time to tear down and a time to build up..."

Winter Module 2016
Making Prayer Real  P'sukei d'Zimra - Verses of Song

  • January 6th: #1 Obstacles to Jewish Prayer Practices
  • January 20th: #2 Spiritual Dynamics
  • February 3rd: #3  Heart Stirring Moments
  • February 17th: #4 Daily Practice

RSVP to Burt Litman at bjlitman@gmail.com . Snacks and beverages welcome; please let Burt know what you'll bring.

Shabbat@Home - Game Night!
Friday, January 8th

What do you want to PLAY?

Mexican Train and Sequence
@Home with Jeffrey and Beverly Adler


@Home with George and Linda Brant

Charades and Pictionary
@Home with MJ Krohn and Mel Siegel or Ed and Lynne Connelley

Ticket to Ride and Air Hockey
All Ages Fun!
@Home with Vivian Freeman

TBT Members should have received an email with information about the upcoming Shabbat@Home game night.  Each host/location will feature different games.

Please respond to your email
: let us know who's coming, and indicate both your first and second choices for games.

Your host will follow up by email with your location address and potluck requests.
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NEW Special Interest Groups Added

Two new special interest groups are ready to get started! If you're interested in any of these activities, contact the group organizers listed to get meeting and activity details.

(We won't be listing all the dates that each group is meeting in the newsletter calendar.  Each group will have
it's own internal contact list, so if you are interested in  getting information about the activities even if you won't be able to participate regularly, contact the group organizer to get on the email/notification list for that group.)

NEW: Cross country skiing, please contact Ann Rosenfield ann@rosenfieldonline.com.

NEW: Movie Club, (going to see movies in the theater,) contact Sara Charney Cohen sarrava@gmail.com
Downhill skiing (advanced and beginner groups), to meet every Thurs morning at Mt Bachelor starting in January. If you're interested, please contact Larry Barker and Jo Ann Ray at joannbray1940@gmail.com.
Book club, contact Bev Adler at fiberartist@bendcable.com.
Families with young children, to start around January, if interested please contact Allison Cogen at allisoncogen@gmail.com.
Men's Club, contact Mark Hershenson at markhershenson@me.com.
Mah Jongg, email Jill Muinch at jmuinch@msn.com
Knitting, (incl. crochet, needle & fiber arts,) Sara Charney Cohen at sarrava@gmail.com.
If you have a special interest idea and would like to get a group together,  please let us know and we'll add your group to the next newsletter!  Email the info to Sara sarrava@gmail.com.
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From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

Our precious snowy start of winter lays forth a plush white carpet. Like catching the first chair on a bluebird day, untouched runs, symbolic of yet another clean slate as another new year, 2016, takes hold.

I sincerely hope that during the holidays members connected with family and friends, enjoyed winter wonderlands or sunny southern excursions, savored good conversation along with good food and drink, and played.

As school kicks back into session and work schedules return to normal, tourist density lessens and traffic eases, Temple Beth Tikvah is getting busy...

January 6th kicks off a new adult learning adventure, Making Prayer Real: a playful and relevant exploration of Jewish prayer and prayers. We'll meet twice in January and twice in February for the Winter Module of the course entitled DECONSTRUCTING SPIRITUALITY. TBT members and friends are welcome.

A couple days later, Friday, January 8th, we've all been invited to shabbat@home Game Night!  Please check your email and RSVP. Playing games is a great way to get to know one another better.    

We will celebrate Shabbat Shirah (Sabbath dedicated to Song) for our Erev Shabbat service on Friday, January 22nd, at First Presbyterian Church. Don't miss this musical gift from Lauren Olander, Julie Geveshausen, Jo Booser, and special guest vocalist, Eileen Heaton.

Finally Tu B'Shevat, a Jewish arbor day, falls in January this year. Temple Beth Tikvah is hosting our local Jewish Community School students and families on Sunday, January 24th, for a family program and Tu B'Shevat Seder.

Our ritual and learning calendar is rich with opportunity, and so are efforts to build community through shared interests. Take a look at special interest groups that are forming. Pay attention to emails and this very newsletter for meet-up's - to share a drink after a ski, to discuss a good book, to knit and crochet, watch a film, try a new restaurant...

A new year is a new year, whether it's Rosh Hashanah or January First. Either way, just like fresh snow, we're all looking once again at a clean slate. What will take form on the canvas of our lives from this day forward? It's time to take chances, time to make choices about the quality of our lives. Opportunities to enrich our experiences, connect with one another, do something nice for somebody, even receive a kindness from somebody.

Happy New Year, friends!

~~ 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 ~

On behalf of the Board, we wish you all a very happy, healthy, safe, and meaningful year in 2016. Hopefully you are enjoying the winter wonderland we have experienced in December with ideal conditions for all the skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, and outdoor enthusiasts.

We were fortunate to have two significant Chanukah celebrations in December. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts by Rabbi Yitzchok and Mimi Feldman of Chabad, on the first night of Chanukah the community was treated to their annual outdoor Chanukah Menorah Lighting ceremony, with aerial acrobatics, plenty of latkes and warm beverages. Then, on the sixth night, we had our own TBT Family Chanukah Celebration with games, singing, dinner, and more delicious latkes. We extend our sincere thanks to the coordinators of that event, Evie Lerner and Suzanne Schlosberg; to the Men's Group participants who prepared all those wonderful latkes under the leadership of Mark Hershenson and Fred Rafilson; and to the cooks who provided the dinner.

We closed the year with a wonderful gathering on Christmas evening, for our now annual "Vindaloo with the Jews" buffet dinner at Taj Palace, thanks to the coordination efforts of Suzanne Schlosberg.

We open the New Year with a new tradition of serving dinner to those in need at the Family Kitchen, sponsored by the Trinity Episcopal Church. We have signed up to serve dinners on alternating first Fridays, beginning in January on New Year's Day. A special thanks to the Social Action Committee, chaired by Jeanne Freeman, for making the arrangements.

January continues with a number of important events. Rabbi Hershenson is teaching another outstanding education program, Making Prayer Real, which will span five modules over this coming year. The first module, Deconstructing Spirituality, starts on January 6th at 6:30 pm at the Hershenson's home. This course is intended for everyone - whether you are strongly religious or not; familiar with the Jewish prayers or not; if you grew up with a strong Jewish education or not. Dates and further information on this special educational opportunity were e-mailed to all and reminders will be forthcoming in our Weekly Happenings e-mails.

On January 8th at 6 pm, join us for our second Shabbat@Home. This time it is Game Night at five locations. You should have received your special e-mail invitation with the details.  Please make sure to RSVP as soon as possible with your first and second choices, as there are limits on how many each home can host on a first-come, first-serve basis. This should be another entertaining evening with the chance to get to know other members. Don't miss it.

January begins our use of the First Presbyterian Church as our new home for monthly Erev Shabbat services and Torah Study. While still retaining our relationship with the First United Methodist Church through Back Door Café and other worthwhile projects, we are now establishing a strong relationship with the First Presbyterian Church and look forward to getting involved in their community projects. They have been most welcoming and helpful in assisting us in this transition. On Saturday morning at 9 a.m., January 16th, we will have our monthly Torah Study with Rabbi Hershenson in the Library at the First Presbyterian Church. The following Friday evening at 7 p.m., we will have our Erev Shabbat service in their main sanctuary.

Making the transition to this new location with all our necessary supplies and materials will take some effort. If you are available to assist in sorting through the supplies we currently have stored at the First United Methodist Church to determine what should go with us to the First Presbyterian Church, or helping organize storage of these things at the new location, please contact Fred Rafilson, Naomi Chudowsky, or Ralph Uri. We greatly appreciate their time and coordination in leading this transition.

2016 is off to a very busy start for us. With many special interest activities underway, and more to be added, we want EVERYONE to find something and someone that they can connect with through TBT.  Help us create the Jewish Community we all want to be part of and can feel proud of.

   Mark Schindel
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TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  Sun. January 10th, 6:30 p.m. 
Location:  Stonebriar Apartments Clubhouse (map)

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
Adult Education News 
Burt Litman, Committee Chair
Temple Beth Tikvah Adult Education Committee is planning several activities for the coming year. The first is an adult education learning course on "Making Prayer Real" that will meet twice monthly at the Rabbi's home. The course is intended to help bring prayer into our lives in a meaningful way rather than merely as part of a ritual ceremony. The course will be a combination of viewing a DVD segment followed by discussion. There are five modules in the course to be studied over the next year. The first to be explored this winter deals with "Deconstructing Spirituality" (please see the accompanying flyer  for details).  Secondly, TBT will be doing its own version of "munch and movie". So put "Havdallah and a Movie" on your calendar for Saturday, January 30th. More information as to time, place, and movie is to follow. 

If you would like to participate in the Adult Education Committee, please contact Burt Litman, bjlitman@gmail.com.
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Jeanne Freeman, Social Action Chair

TBT's members have been busy helping to feed the hungry during this very cold and stormy winter. At Back Door Café, hot breakfasts were provided to 114 people on November 18th and to 152 men, women and children on December 23rd.  At the December breakfast, while we cooked and served, members of FUMC distributed Christmas gifts and sang carols with the guests.

We have met people from all walks of life while working for the Back Door - some are homeless and unemployed; some are employed in low-paying jobs and can afford rent but not food; some are seniors or disabled living on a fixed income. All are grateful for our service in providing them with food and somehow, no matter how difficult their situation, most greet us cheerfully.

Thank you to the TBT members and friends who have supported our work at Back Door Café all year long: Jeff Adler, Linda & George Brant, Jan Freeman Bauer & Larry Bauer, Vivian Freeman, Gail Fridstein, Phyllis & Jerry Greenbach, Joe Jezukewicz, Burt Litman, Sue Morgan, Neil Pyne, Ann & Michael Rosenfield, Bonnie Ruby, Lorraine Schechter, Kathy & Mark Schindel, Lauren Schindel, Marilyn & Chuck Shattuck, Ralph Uri and Jeanne Freeman.

On Friday, January 1st we begin our regular every-other-month shift at the Family Kitchen. While this month's crew is set, we are accepting names for future service.

We greatly appreciate the many members and friends of TBT who participate with us at both Back Door Café and Family Kitchen. At Back Door we require 9 or 10 people to cook, serve, and clean; at Family Kitchen we need 10 or 11. We are fortunate that so many of our members want to volunteer for these worthy groups, but that sometimes means that our non-member friends don't get work shifts.

Anyone interested in volunteering for Back Door Café outside of our TBT mornings can contact Ann Hand at annhand@bendcable.com to participate; to volunteer for Family Kitchen, call 541-760-5677.
Fundraising News 

We now have two easy ways to earn money for TBT while you shop:
Here's a great opportunity to make money for Temple Beth Tikvah with no cost to you! It's Easy! Just click on the link below and sign-up to access the eScrip Online Mall and shop as you normally would. That's it! No card registration, coupons or special downloads required. The problem some experienced in trying to register with their 97703 Zip Code has been resolved. The site now accepts 97703.
Fred Meyer Community Rewards  
Earn money for TBT by using your Fred Meyer Rewards Card. Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to TBT at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards

You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number: 82505.     

FEBRUARY Newsletter Deadline:  JANUARY 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 - Tue. Jan. 19th

The next TBT Men's Night will be a dinner gathering on Tuesday, January 19th, 5:30 p.m. at Orchid Thai Restaurant located at 1900 NE Division St. #110, Bend, OR 97701  541-388-5177.  All men of TBT are invited. For more info, contact Mark Hershenson, Fred Rafilson, or Ralph Uri.
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Community News
Warm Winter Clothing Needed

As we have moved into the colder months in Central Oregon, the Methodist Church is collecting warm coats, hats, gloves, and socks to give to those who may need them.  They will accept new items or clean, gently used items.  All sizes are needed, especially sizes for adult men.  Items may be dropped off at the Methodist Church office Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.
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INCO Guest Speaker - January 12th 

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Psalm Yoga Wednesdays at Noon,
Begins January 6th

At Victor School of Performing Arts

This is a unique yoga class that moves to the spoken words of the Psalms in English with portions also learned in Biblical Hebrew. You receive a beautiful notebook to store your weekly lessons in.

This is a progressive course so it is best not to miss because then you miss the instruction about the meaning of the verses, the pronunciation of the Hebrew along with your new movement flow. Each week you receive the lessons which are quite deep to absorb and meditate about. This course is designed for Jews, Christians and any who are seeking deeper connection with God.

For more information about the class and the instructor, visit the Victor School of Performing Arts website, or call Joy Victor, Director, at 269-876-6439.
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Weekend In Quest: March 4th-6th 

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. 
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The weekend promises to be a dynamic,
For more information, visit:

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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 Gary & Terry Reynolds, in loving memory of Herb Hochstetter.
  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, in loving memory of Wolfe Nichols.
  • From Selma Nichols, in honor of Terry Reynolds' birthday.
  • From Murray Kitner, to the Rabbi's Caring Fund, in honor of Terry Reynolds' birthday.
  • From Susan Richman in memory of Max Richman.
  • From Tully Ellsberg, to the Music Fund,   in memory of Cana Ivy.
  • From Tully Ellsberg, to the Music Fund, in honor of Gary Reynolds.
  • From Marilyn & Chuck Shattuck, in memory of Richard "Dick" Pick.
  • From Mel Siegel, in memory of Robert Siegel.
  • From Larry Barker, in memory of his mother, Ceila May Barker.
  • From Stephen Katz, in memory of Edith Katz.
  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, in memory of Mary Solomon and Annie Solomon, mother and grandmother of Liz Levinson.
  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, in memory of Steven B. Solomon, brother of Liz Levinson.
  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, in memory of Paul Levinson, father of Paul Levinson.
  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, in memory of Ida B. Levinson, mother of Paul Levinson.
  • From Katie Bailey, to the Music Fund.
  • From Rudy Gold.
  • From Shelley Grudin, to the Corrie Grudin Memorial Fund.
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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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