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February 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
 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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Temple Beth Tikvah is pleased to welcome our newest members:

                      Paul and Marilyn Jacobs
February Calendar of Events 

   Feb.   1  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Feb.   2    4:15 p.m. - Hebrew School
   Feb.   3    6:30 p.m. - Adult Ed. Making Prayer Real #3
   Feb.   5    6:00 p.m. - Shabbat@Home
   Feb.   7  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School
                  7:00 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting
   Feb.   8  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Feb.   9    4:15 p.m. - Hebrew School
   Feb. 13    9:00 a.m. - Shabbat Torah Study*
                10:30 a.m. - Shabbat Torah Service*
   Feb. 15  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Feb. 16    4:15 p.m. - Hebrew School
   Feb. 17    6:30 p.m. - Adult Ed. Making Prayer Real #4
   Feb. 18    5:30 p.m. - TBT Men's Night @Lava Lanes
   Feb. 19    7:00 p.m. - Erev Shabbat Service*
   Feb. 21    3:00 p.m. - Family Purim Katan Program
   Feb. 22  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Feb. 23    4:15 p.m. - Hebrew School
   Feb. 27    7:00 p.m. - Havdallah With a Purpose
   Feb. 29  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study

* 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)

   April 23rd - TBT Community Passover Seder
   May 4th - Yom HaShoah Program

FEBRUARY School Activities
All activities at Shalom Bayit unless otherwise noted.
Sunday School: 2/7 10:00 a.m., 2/21 3:00 p.m.
Hebrew School 4:00 p.m: - 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23

FEBRUARY Torah Study
Weekly-Monday noon at Evie's:
             2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29
Monthly-Saturday 9:00 a.m. at FPC Library: 2/13

For more details about any TBT events, see our complete schedule of Services, School activities, and Events online:
TBT Highlights
Shabbat@Home - February 5th

Come and Celebrate
February 5th, 2016 at 6:00 PM
 Temple Beth Tikvah
A Taste of Torah
 Each gathering will welcome Shabbat with candles, wine, and challah, and enjoy a shared meal, and tackle a challenging puzzle rooted in the legal principles of the weekly Torah portion, Mishpatim which illustrates what the Ten Commandments mean in daily life.
You will soon after receive an email indicating your Shabbat@Home host and what sort of dish you are requested to bring.
We look forward to another meaningful communal Shabbat experience!
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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
  • 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.

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Feb. 27th Havdallah With a Purpose:
Children's Art in Bereavement

Join us for Havdallah with a Purpose on Saturday, February 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Kim and Fred Rafilson. Say farewell to Shabbat, nosh a little, visit with your friends, and learn about the Children's Art in Bereavement Support programs.

When children experience a loss, they may not have the vocabulary to accurately express their grief. But children love art, and art can help children who are grieving express those feelings.

In the Children's Art in Bereavement programs, kids are encouraged to express themselves through artistic projects. Whether they are painting a portrait of how they see themselves, remembering those they love, or expressing what it feels like to experience the death of someone they love, they are releasing their feelings about death and loss. They create keepsakes, such as memory boxes, to remind them of those things they cherished about the person who they loved and lost.

Offered through Partners In Care, the Children's Art in Bereavement programs serve approximately 170 children each year and offer a variety of opportunities and support for kids and their families, including:
  • School-based Grief Groups - offered weekly for kids in grades K - 12.
  • My Friends House - 8-week program working with families dealing with loss.
  • Camp Courage - 4-day, free summer art camp.
Donations to the Children's Arts in Bereavement program are greatly appreciated, if you are so inclined, and help support their programs.

Join us for Havdallah, dessert and wine, and find out more from Eileen Grover, director of Children's Art in Bereavement, about how we can help make a difference in the life of a child.

Bring wine and/or dessert to share.  The Rafilson home is a PEANUT-FREE zone; nothing made with peanuts or peanut butter is allowed! RSVP to Kim at kimrafilson@icloud.com.

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From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

Just a couple days ago the families of our Jewish Community School in Central Oregon gathered to celebrate the holiday of Tu B'Shevat. Among other activities, our students planted greens to serve as karpas at our Passover seder in April.

Imagine that, already thinking and planning for Passover... Tu B'Shevat marks the blossoming of almond trees in the land of Israel. In Mediterranean climates, Spring transitions the wet season into the dry season. It's already happening.   In the Pacific Northwest, who's given thought to Spring yet?  I, for one, am still thoroughly enjoying this Winter's generous snowfall.

And yet, we all know time flies. It's never too early to get started...on pretty much anything.  

This year in the Hebrew calendar is a leap year. The month of Adar repeats. We'll really feel it next Fall when the High Holy Days seem to come late, early October.  

Purim falls in Adar. Remember the rabbinic adage for Adar?  Marbim b'simcha - Increase the joy! Our students in the Jewish Community School will celebrate Purim Katan in late February because the actual holiday of Purim falls during Spring Break this year. We'll celebrate Purim in Temple Beth Tikvah in March. And as it does every year, Purim will fade into Passover in April.

As the year passes before our eyes, I'd like to revisit the invitation I extended during the High Holy Days to get involved personally in aspects of congregational life that you find meaningful.

The social action committee is securing more projects that get more people into hands-on community service and has revitalized Havdallah with a Purpose, introducing TBT members to the generous work of local non-profit organizations.

Our informal special interest email groups are facilitating meet-ups for skiing, snowshoeing, and reading and discussing good books. Shabbat@home is bringing small dinner groups conducive to more intimate conversation and getting to know one another.

Our men are bonding in traditional pub nights, among arcade games, frying latkas, and bowling. They've promised some serious catering at some point later in the year.

Our newly established adult learning committee is organizing Havdallah and Movie nights, exploring Israeli and Jewish content films. Twenty-five adult learners are enrolled in Making Prayer Work, a recently piloted course that explores prayer and mindfulness practice in a Jewish context.  

I can't begin to articulate how rewarding it is for me, personally and professionally, to partner with our members to create the inviting as well as intellectually and spiritually stimulating environment we provide as a congregation.  

Soon a nominating committee will be advancing
experienced board members and seeking new ones.  Committees will shift a little to the left and a little to the right. Transition time is a great time to get involved and/or change the way you are involved.  What inspired you this
year?  What did you regret missing?  What would you like to do at TBT for the next year or so?  Give it a think, and let me know...


~~ 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 ~

The new year has started off with a bustling schedule of Temple Beth Tikvah activities. One of the most significant is our transition to a new "home" - at the First Presbyterian Church located at 230 NE 9th Street, across from Bend High School.

During the past few months, we have established a new partnership and agreement with the First Presbyterian Church to use their facilities for TBT events. But, with committed dates in January for our monthly Torah Study session and Erev Shabbat service, we still needed to get our supplies and materials moved over from the First United Methodist Church. Largely due to the efforts of Naomi Chudowsky, with great assistance from her husband Vic, our key supplies and materials, including our Torahs, were successfully transported and stored at the new facility. Also, thanks to the coordination from Lawrence Schechter, the beautiful Ark was carefully moved into its new spot in the Sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church. Meanwhile, other members graciously provided assistance in organizing our books, supplies, and materials to be ready for our events.

In a most generous gesture, Pastor Steven Koski created a special inviting Sunday service for his congregation to welcome Temple Beth Tikvah as regular guest users of their facilities. He and Rabbi Hershenson shared teachings at those two Sunday morning services. In turn, we extended our invitation to their congregation to join us the following Friday evening for our special Shabbat Shira service.  It was very nice to see many of our members at their service and their members at ours. Certainly, this was a great start to our new partnership. Our Shabbat Shira was truly a memorable service thanks to the amazing direction from our Music Director, Lauren Olander, with our regular musicians Julie, Jo, and Nate along with special guest cellist Zeta Gesme and the gifted voice of Eileen Heaton.

Also, in January, a planned 18 month education program, Making Prayer Real, led by Rabbi Hershenson, began with the first two sessions. These first meetings explored the dynamics on what prayer means to individuals and how we might best achieve those goals. Even if you were not able to make it for these initial sessions, you are still most welcome and encouraged to attend in February and beyond.

On January 8th, our Shabbat@Home celebration was a Game Night hosted at different locations - the Adlers, Brants, Connelleys, and Vivian Freeman. We greatly thank these hosts for opening their homes for a fun and entertaining evening, and the opportunity to get to know other TBT members. Coming up, on February 5th at 6:00 p.m., please join us for our next Shabbat@Home with another interesting theme.

While it is nice to start our new relationship with the First Presbyterian Church, we haven't neglected our important relationship with the First United Methodist Church. Thanks to the sponsorship by our Social Action Committee, we had another busy and successful morning serving breakfast to those in need through the Back Door Café project. Besides this very worthwhile community effort, the Social Action Committee has arrangements for other important projects, such as the Family Kitchen and Bethlehem Inn. But, they are always looking for new projects to support and volunteers to assist. Your participation in Tikkun Olam "does a body good".

For our Tu B'shevat holiday celebration, we had a program for our Community Religious School families developed by Rabbi Hershenson and the Sunday School teachers.  Immediately following, there was a delicious Tu B'Shevat Seder and plant-based vegetarian potluck dinner open to the entire Jewish community. Our special thanks to Evie Lerner for all her hard work in planning and coordinating the Seder and dinner event.

We closed January with a nice gathering for Havdallah and a movie in the Library of the First Presbyterian Church. Their spaces are so inviting and their attitudes so hospitable making it easy for us to feel comfortable in this new "home".

With so many wonderful activities available each month, we hope to see you taking advantage of these opportunities.  Know that you are warmly welcome at all our events. But besides the enjoyment you may receive by attending, also know that your own volunteering and participation bring enjoyment to others. That's what makes our community.

 Mark Schindel
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TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  Sun. Feb. 7th, 7:00 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
Temple Beth Tikvah's Annual  
Passover Seder
Saturday, April 23rd - the Second Night of Passover
put this on your calendar
Why will this night be different from all other nights? Because this year we are
planning a very different, very special Passover Seder. Of course there will still be
matzoh and haroset and the four cups of wine, but don't expect to sit around the
table pointing out the ceremonial items on the Seder plate!

Come for a surprise! Come for the kids! Come for the food!
Come to a new venue!
Come to share the holiday with your TBT family!

Open only to TBT members and their guests. Don't miss out; mark your calendar.

For members looking for a home Seder for the first night, we will try to do informal matching of homes and people.

Watch for more info coming soon.
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Jeanne Freeman, Social Action Chair

January was a busy month for TBT's kitchen crews.

Many thanks to the January crew Jeff Adler, Gail Fridstein, Neil Pyne, Marilyn and Chuck Shattuck, Kathy and Mark Schindel, Burt Litman and Jeanne Freeman. As the ranks of the Back Door kitchen crew have grown and we're no longer dependent on the travel plans of a small group, we've agreed that we will now work the Café on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

On a very cold New Year's Day we served chicken with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad and dessert to a small group of hungry folks who braved the weather to come out to Family Kitchen. Thanks to Jeff Adler, Lynne and Ed Connelly, Leslie Conley and Joe Jezecuwicz, Jill and Kim Muinch, Kathy and Mark Schindel, Burt Litman and Jeanne Freeman.

Our next dinner service at Family Kitchen is Friday, March 4th and will continuing on 1st Fridays of alternating months.

This month we will speak with our new hosts at First Presbyterian Church to see if they have ongoing Social Action programs that we might participate in. Lorraine Schechter has already mentioned an opportunity for quilters to join in making quilts for residents of Bethlehem Inn, Shepherds House and others. We'll update you on other opportunities as we learn of them.

If you're interested in participating in any of our ongoing programs, or you have an idea for a new Social Action project, please contact Jeanne Freeman at jgfree925@gmail.com.

We hope to see you at this month's Havdallah for a Purpose to benefit the Children's Art in Bereavement support programs.
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.     

MARCH Newsletter Deadline:  February 23rd**  

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.

** Because February is a short month, the deadline is a day earlier than usual in February.

Sara Charney Cohen
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TBT Men's Night - February 18th

The next TBT Men's Night will be Thursday, February 18th, 5:30 p.m. at Lava Lanes for bowling, noshing and fine conversation. Lava Lanes is located at 1555 Forbes Rd in Bend. 541-318-5656. All men of TBT are invited. For more info, contact Mark Hershenson, Fred Rafilson, or Ralph Uri
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Community News
Beth Hamon House Concert Feb. 6th

Shalom Bayit invites the community: 
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Interfaith Network of Central Oregon  
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Weekend In Quest Mar. 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. 
The weekend promises to be a dynamic, Institute for Judaic Studies logo
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 Daniel Litman, to the Social Action Fund, in loving memory of my mother Elaine Litman.
  • From Jeanne Freeman and Burt Litman, in memory of Philip Freeman
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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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