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August Celebrations
TBT Board Members
Board Officers:

   Jeanne Freeman

 Vice President:
   Naomi Chudowsky
   Marijane Krohn
   Lester Dober

 Past President:    
   Mark Schindel


   Marilynn Jacobs

   Chuck Shattuck
TBT Commitee Chairs
 Adult Education
   Mary Jane Eisenberg 

 Bikkur Holim
   Suzanne Schlosberg
   Evie Lerner
 Calendar Master
   Ann Rosenfield
 Chevra Kadisha 
   Ralph Uri
   Ann Rosenfield 
   Mark Schindel

   Mark Schindel
   Kim Rafilson    

   Beverly Adler

 Member Engagement
   Marilynn Jacobs

   Terry Reynolds

 Men's Group
   Joe Jezukewicz

   Lauren Olander
   Tully Ellsberg
   Jan Freeman Bauer
   MJ Krohn
 Religious Education
   Kathy Schindel
   Ralph Uri 
 Social Action
   Burt Litman 

 Website Development
   Sheila Ross Luber

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Temple Beth Tikvah is pleased to welcome our newest members:

 Jillian and Paul Frankl, 
and their children, Chase, and Mya. 
August Calendar of Events 

   Aug.  1  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study @Evie's
   Aug.  3    6:30 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting 
   Aug.  4    5:30 p.m. - Men's Group @Bethlehem Inn
   Aug.  8  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Aug. 12    6:00 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat
   Aug. 14      ---  TISH'A B'AV  ---
   Aug. 15  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Aug. 17    7:30 a.m. - Back Door Cafe Breakfast
   Aug. 20  10:30 a.m. - Shabbat Torah Service
   Aug. 21  10:00 a.m. - Unveiling for Ceil Hermann
                 4:00 p.m. - New Member Event
   Aug. 22  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Aug. 24  11:59 p.m. -  Sept. Newsletter Deadline
   Aug. 26    7:00 p.m. - Erev Shabbat Service
   Aug. 29  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study

   Sept. 10th - Havdallah With a Purpose
   Sept. 23rd-25th - Central Oregon Teen Weekend
   Oct. 2nd-3rd - Rosh Hashanah
   Oct. 11th-12th Kol Nidre/Yom Kippur

August Torah Study
Weekly-Monday noon @Evie's: 8/1, 8/8, 8/15,
                                            8/22, 8/29

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

We would like to invite
the TBT community
to a headstone unveiling for
Cecilia Hermann
Sunday, August 21st  10:00 a.m.
Pilot Butte Cemetery

- Ann and Mike Rosenfield -
Adult B'nai Mitzvah Course

Torah w/star (color)If you're an adult interested in doing a Bar or Bat Mitzvah and would like to be part of the upcoming Adult B'nei Mitzvah class, Please send Rabbi Johanna Hershenson an email at johannahershenson@gmail.com, to indicate your interest.

Mid-week Hebrew reading will be team-taught by Kathy Schindel, Sara Charney Cohen, and Rabbi Hershenson, and will be open to all members as well as the Adult B'nai Mitzvah students. We will learn to decode the letters and vowels and then work on reading skills, grammar that will be helpful in breaking down big words, and vocabulary related to prayers and our Torah portion.

Jewish Learning will take place monthly on Saturday mornings preceding or following Temple Beth Tikvah's monthly Shabbat Morning Service. We will explore Jewish literature, historical contexts to radical shifts in Jewish thought, as well as Jewish ritual practice in community and in the home.

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Divrei Tikvah  RJohannaHeadShot
From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

Ever wonder what the rabbi does during the summer...besides kayak, run, hike, camp, float the river, and go to concerts?

Summertime for me, professionally, is an opportunity to study and strategize for the coming calendar year at Temple Beth Tikvah. Of course that calendar begins in the Fall with our High Holy Days.

Our incredible board and committee chairs have worked diligently to calendar dates for services, Sunday school and Hebrew school, social action projects, adult learning, and social events for the Jewish year 5777, also known as 2016-2017.

Since I returned from England early July, I've been exploring that calendar, holidays, and feedback from TBT members and committees. So far, I am studying and collecting texts to nourish the thematic calendar that follows.

In September and October we will seek to define COVENANTAL RELATIONSHIP between the Jewish people and God, and amongst ourselves. The High Holy Day season calls us to cheshbon hanefesh, an honest audit of our souls, and teshuvah, returning to our core values.

During November and December we will examine FREEDOM AND DIVERSITY. Thanksgiving and Chanukah challenge us to match freedom with responsibility and embrace the diversity freedom generates.

RITUAL AND PRACTICE will be the focus of the months of January and February. Tu B'shevat reminds us that there are multiple new year's in the Jewish calendar. How do we mark the seasons of the year and our lives?

During March and April, the season that juxtaposes the nonsense of Purim with the profound nature of Passover, we will discover efforts to address MEANING AND PURPOSE in Jewish literature and thought.

Finally, L'DOR VADOR - FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION, will occupy our minds during the months of May and June. We receive the Torah each year, again and again, on the evening of Shavuot. What does it mean to be Jewish? Religious? Spiritual? Cultural? in America today? in Israel today?

If you have any thoughts on these themes, feel free to send them my way (johannahershenson@gmail.com). If you haven't been asked to help out with next year's programming, don't worry, it'll happen soon. Email me if you are waiting for something in particular.

I hope to see folks around at all the summer spots in Bend this month! Have fun. Relax and refresh. Have an adventure. Be safe. Get ready for an awesome year ahead with Temple Beth Tikvah!

~~ 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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President's Message
From TBT President
Jeanne Freeman

Founded in 2008, Temple Beth Tikvah is still a very young and evolving congregation.

In the beginning, each of the original founders had their own vision as to what they wanted this new Jewish community to be. They talked in small groups and large, then pooled their ideas and established Temple Beth Tikvah. There were itinerant rabbis to hold services for the wandering Jews. And from the beginning the values that are still part of our mission and vision were there: Community - Gemilut Chasadim; Education - Torah; Ritual - Tefilah; and Social Action - Tikkun Olam.

As years passed new members joined, the community grew, and Temple Beth Tikvah evolved to become the organization that we know today. But for all that we have grown, we aren't stagnant, but continue to develop.

In September the board is holding a retreat to discuss our goals for the coming year. What are the projects that we would like to complete in this year to enhance the congregation's development? What ideas should we discuss? Are we achieving your vision of the community? And that is where we need you.

The board members are your elected representatives. It is not our ideas that are most important, but how we represent your vision of Temple Beth Tikvah. In the coming weeks, please share your ideas with me - call or email me. Tell me about the synagogue that you want to participate in; share your ideas for our future. I cannot promise that every idea will be employed, but every idea will be heard and considered.

And finally, those of you who thought that our Kabbalat Shabbat might be canceled by the weather missed out on a lovely, rain-free Shabbat amidst the pines. Many thanks are needed: to MJ Krohn who helped organize the event; to Suzanne Schlosberg for shopping; to Paul Spencer and Victor Chudowsky for barbecuing; to Lauren, Jo and Julie for the beautiful music for our service; to our Rabbi Johanna Hershenson for the beautiful service; and to all who brought side dishes and desserts and came together to celebrate and welcome Shabbat.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Jeanne Freeman

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URJ Spotlight
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Since its founding in 19th-century Germany, the Reform Movement has embraced modernity, incorporating innovation into all facets of Jewish tradition, education, and life. Reform Judaism's commitment to social justice for all - women, the disabled, and, indeed, people from all faiths and backgrounds who lack civil and human rights - is a key pillar of the movement, contributing to its popularity among North America's Jews.

The Reform Jewish Movement comprises nearly 900 congregations in the U.S. and Canada, more than 1,200 congregations worldwide, and the organizations and institutions that support the lay leaders, clergy, and Jewish professionals among its ranks.

Meet your URJ is a new column in our newsletter. We will use it to share the benefits TBT has from membership; information about URJ; and policies and platforms of the Reform Movement.
Why Advocacy is Central to Reform Judaism: 

"Reform Jews are committed to social justice. Even as Reform Jews embrace ritual, prayer, and ceremony more than ever, we continue to see social justice as the jewel in the Reform Jewish crown. Like the prophets, we never forget that God is concerned about the everyday and that the blights of society take precedence over the mysteries of heaven. A Reform synagogue that does not alleviate the anguish of the suffering is a contradiction in terms."
-- Rabbi Eric Yoffie, speech to the UAHC Executive Committee, February 1998 

How Do We Implement This Mandate to Pursue Justice Within the Reform Movement? 

The Commission on Social Action (CSA) of Reform Judaism provides guidance to the Movement as it wrestles with the challenge of applying our progressive Jewish values to the public affairs agenda. The CSA is a joint commission of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Union for Reform Judaism, and is comprised of representatives of all the affiliates of Reform Judaism throughout North America. It oversees the work of Reform Judaism's Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) in Washington, D.C., which pursues social justice and religious liberty by mobilizing the American Jewish community and serving as its advocate in the capital of the United States.

Ultimately it is the members of Reform congregations who set the policy for the Movement. During the Union for Reform Judaism's Biennial General Assembly, delegates from the over 900 member congregations consider and vote on resolutions that reflect the consensus positions of our membership. This democratic process and the commitment of the Reform Movement to speak out on issues of concern is as old as the Movement itself, and is evidenced by the hundreds of resolutions adopted since its inception.

Search the URJ's database of resolutions. Click here to  view the social justice statements in the major platforms of the Central Conference of American Rabbis since 1875.

Are Individuals Bound by the Policy of the Reform Movement? 

The resolutions adopted by the Union for Reform Judaism neither bind the members of individual congregations, nor do they presume to speak for all. Joining a Reform congregation does not mean one subscribes to a particular political perspective. In any group, there will be divergent opinions, and policymakers understand that when religious bodies take positions, there may very well be individuals in the group who disagree with the stated position.

Yet, our diversity need not deter us from fulfilling our prophetic mandate. Reform Judaism stands for certain principles, and those who join our congregations take pride in our long history of "speaking truth to power." Just as most members know that a hallmark of Reform Judaism is an openness to the "other" - whether lesbian or gay, interfaith families, or those with special needs -- they should also know that there will be a strong social action component - mitzvah days, collection drives, social justice sermons, and education about current issues of concern. And it should be expected that through our congregations we will make a collective effort to bring our progressive, Reform Jewish values to bear in the community at large. We will be engaged on issues of local, national and global concern; we will participate in interfaith coalitions and activities; we will speak out on behalf of the vulnerable; and we will seek justice for all. This is who we are.

(For the full article and more information: http://www.rac.org/advocacy-activism- why-advocacy-central- reform-judaism)
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Board and Committee News
TBT Board Notes 

Next Board Meeting:  Wed. Aug. 3rd, 6:30 p.m. 
Location:  Stonebriar Apartments Clubhouse

Your TBT Board meets on the first Wednesday of each month 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 Marijane Krohn:  mak11@pitt.edu.
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Ralph Uri, Committee Chair

Please join us for our Kabbalat Shabbat evening on Friday, August 12th, (Location TBD,) as well as our Torah Service on Saturday morning, August 20th, and our Musical Erev Shabbat service on Friday, August 26th, both at the First Presbyterian Church (FPC,). Look for details in upcoming TBT Happenings.  

The Kabbalat Shabbat event at Shevlin Park on July 8th was successful and well attended.  I want to thank all who had a part in making this event so enjoyable.

Social Action Update    tikkun olam earth
Burt Litman, Committee Chair

Several opportunities presented themselves in July to help those in need in Central Oregon doing both Family Kitchen (FK) and Back Door Cafe (BDC).

Thanks go out to the following for giving up some of their beauty sleep and serving at BDC: Ann Rosenfield, Burt Litman, Jeanne Freeman, Jeffrey Adler, Jerry Greenbach, Joe Jezukewicz, Kathy Schindel, Mark Schindel, Michael Rosenfield, Phyllis Greenbach, and Vivian Freeman. FK has the advantage of allowing the servers to sleep in and thanks go to: Ann Rosenfield, Bev Adler, Burt Litman, Charlene Dimond, Chuck Shattuck, Jana Zvibleman, Jeanne Freeman, Jeff Adler, Jerry Greenbach, Jill Muinch, Kathy Schindel, Kim Muinch, Liz Levenson, Marilyn Shattuck, Mark Schindel, Michael Rosenfield, Paul Levinson, and Phyllis Greenbach.

Future events:

On August 4th, Bethlehem Inn Dinner: The men's Group will be preparing a BBQ dinner for the residents at the Bethlehem Inn.

August 17th BDC: TBT will be serving breakfast at BDC. We still need a crew.

If you would like to participate in FK, BDC, or BI meal preparation or serving please contact Burt Litman, bjlitman@gmail.com. You can be put on the contact list for any of these events.

August 13th is the Annual Great Giveaway organized by the LDS Church. There are opportunities to both volunteer and donate clothes and household goods. More information is available at www.cogga.net.

September 10th, 7:00 p.m. 
Havdallah With a Purpose
Join us and learn about SMART, Start Making A Reader Today, in Central OR and how you can make a difference. Jan Freeman-Bauer and area manager Diane Turnbull will give an overview of the SMART Program and talk about volunteer opportunities. SMART is a non-profit, volunteer-driven tutoring program unique to Oregon for at-risk K-3 readers. Here in Bend-LaPine School district, you will find SMART serving kindergarten students in many of the schools, including Three Rivers Elementary in Sun River. Most of the volunteers work just 1 hour per week during the school day.(Times vary by school.) More detailed information will be presented on the evening of September 10, following our Havdallah service, along with sign-up opportunities. This event will be held at the home of Marilyn and Chuck Shattuck.
Adult Education Events 
Mary Jane Eisenberg, Adult Education Chair

Adult Learning 2016-2017 - Save these Dates!

Please join Rabbi Hershenson and fellow Temple Beth Tikvah members for Adult Learning classes and Havdallah events this year. We hope that all of you will find the adult education offerings intriguing, evocative, and enjoyable.

Adult Learning Class: Tuesdays 6:30 p.m.
This year we are offering eight once-a-month stand-alone special topic classes with Rabbi Hershenson. Look for information regarding the topic and location in the newsletter and weekly emails. Save these dates: September 13th, November 8th, December 13th, January 17th, February 14th, March 14th, April 18th, and May 16th.

Adult Learning Havdallah: Saturdays 6:30 p.m.
Havdallah and a Movie - Come to Havdallah. Watch a movie and engage in a lively discussion with Rabbi Hershenson.

Havdallah with a Maven - A "Maven" is a Temple Beth Tikvah member who has knowledge and an expertise in an area that is of interest to us all. Join us for Havdallah. Enjoy listening to a Temple Beth Tikvah "Maven" discuss a topic that is relevant to our community.

More information on Havdallahs with Movies and Mavens will be included in the monthly newsletter and weekly emails. Save these dates: November 5th, December 3rd, January 7th, February 4th, March 4th, and May 6th.


It is time to re-enroll in the Fred Meyer Rewards Program that will benefit TBT.  Everyone should link their Fred Meyer card to TBT by referencing our organization number 82505.



You will need to log into your account to register your card. 

SEPTEMBER Newsletter Deadline:  August 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 Club - Thur. August 4th 
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TBT Men's Group will be serving a BBQ dinner at the Bethlehem Inn.  Since we do not have a crew yet, this is a good chance for those who have not participated in this mitzvah to do so. 
Those interested may contact Joe Jezukewicz, joe38jez@gmail.com.
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Community News
Jewish Teen Weekend Sept. 23-25
Gerald Greenbach, Committee Chair

In September, Temple Beth Tikvah teens, along with all Central Oregon Jewish youth, will come together in the formation of an affiliated Jewish Youth Group.  This means that our post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah teens will be able to travel to, and enjoy regional, state-wide, and national conventions and confabs; meet other Jewish teens, make life-long friends, and be a part of the emerging Jewish youth interests.  

TBT has formed a committee to assist in the formation of the local chapter.  Committee members are Sara Charney Cohen, Fred Rafilson, Naomi Chudowsky, Jeanne Freeman, Mark Schindel, Ralph Uri, David Uri, and Gerald Greenbach, as acting chairperson.

After the initial set up, organizational and funding needs, etc, our own Jewish teen leaders will undertake the direction of the group, its plans and projects.  They will lead the group.

We are currently planning a Central Oregon Teen Weekend for September 23rd - 25th for Jewish youth from the region. The details are still being worked out, so watch for more information, coming soon! 

We are excited that this organization is coming to fruition, offering a Jewish connection for the post Bar/Bat Mitzvah teens.  Call Gerald, 760-861-7373, for further information or to volunteer to assist.
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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 Pati and Daniel Boyd, in memory of Seana's mother.
  • From Lawrence and Lorraine Schechter and James and Marilyn Elliott, to the Rabbi's Caring Fund, for heartfelt thanks to the Rabbi and TBT family for their care attentiveness after the death of JoAnn Shapiro.
  • From Tully Ellsberg, in memory of Nadine Hatley.
  • From Rudy Gold, in memory of Harry Gold.
  • From Jessica Hammerman and Isaac Peterson and Ruby, In celebration of the birth of Warren/Eliyahu Lampert.
  • From Christina Rouhoff and Ross Lampert, in honor of Dr. Jennifer Lachman for Warren Lampert's Brit Milah.
  • From Bonnie Chaikind, in memory of Caroline Chaikind. 
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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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