TBT News - April 2017 

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April Celebrations
TBT Board Members
Board Officers:

 President:
   Jeanne Freeman
   jgfree925@gmail.com

 Vice President:
   Naomi Chudowsky
  Secretary:
   Marijane Krohn
   mak11@pitt.edu 
 
 Treasurer:
   Lester Dober
   tbttreasurer@gmail.com

 Past President:    
   Mark Schindel
   schindelme@yahoo.com
 

 Members-at-Large:

    
   Marilynn Jacobs
   mkjsend2bend@
   bendbroadband.com

   Chuck Shattuck
   ckshat@aol.com 
   
TBT Commitee Chairs
 Adult Education
   Mary Jane Eisenberg 
   maryjanee112
   @yahoo.com  

 Bikkur Holim
   Suzanne Schlosberg
 
 Calendar Master
   Ann Rosenfield
 Chevra Kadisha 
   Ralph Uri
 
 Communications/PR
   Ann Rosenfield 
 
 Facilities
   Mark Schindel

 Finance
   Mark Schindel
   schindelme@yahoo.com                   
 Fundraising 
   - TBD - 

 Library
   Beverly Adler
   fiber12@gmail.com

 Membership Engagement
   Terry Reynolds
            -and-
   Marilynn Jacobs
   bendbroadband.com

 Men's Group
   Joe Jezukewicz
   joe38jez@gmail.com

 Music
    - TBD - 
 
 Onegs
   Tully Ellsberg
   tullyell@gmail.com
            -and-
   Jan Freeman Bauer
   janetlynnfreeman
   bauer@gmail.com
            -and-
   MJ Krohn
   mak11@pitt.edu 
 
 Religious Education
   Kathy Schindel
 Rituals
   Ralph Uri 
             
 Social Action
   Burt Litman 

 Website Development
   Sheila Ross Luber

 Youth Group 
   Naomi Chudowsky

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TBT Event Planning
Quick Guide
Special Interest Group Contacts
Quick Links
April Calendar of Events 

APRIL EVENTS SCHEDULE 
Apr.  2  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School
Apr.  3  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
             5:00 p.m. - Adult Hebrew Class
Apr.  4    3:30 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting
             4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School 
Apr.  8    9:00 a.m. - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Judaica Class
            10:30 a.m. - Shabbat Torah Service
Apr. 10    5:00 p.m. - TBT Passover Seder
Apr. 17    5:00 p.m. - Adult Hebrew Class
Apr. 18   4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
             6:30 p.m. - Adult Education Program
Apr. 19   7:30 a.m. - Back Door Cafe
Apr. 21   7:00 p.m. - Erev Shabbat Service
Apr. 22  10:00 a.m. - Bat Mitzvah of Eliana Cañas Katz
                              (RSVP by April 12, see below)
Apr. 23  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School
Apr. 24  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
             4:00 p.m. - Holocaust Remembrance Day
                              Program at COCC
             5:00 p.m. - Adult Hebrew Class
            11:59 p.m. - Deadline for May Newsletter
Apr. 25   4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School


ON THE HORIZON
   May 6th - Havdallah and a Movie
   May 27th - Bat Mitzvah of Camille Smith
   June 24th - Bat Mitzvah of Leila Slate

April Torah Study
Weekly-Monday noon: 4/3, 4/24, not held during Pesach

April School Activities - at Shalom Bayit unless noted otherwise
Sunday School - 10:00 a.m:  4/2, 4/23
Hebrew School - Tues. 4:00 p.m:  4/4, 4/18, 4/25

For more details about any TBT events, see our complete schedule of Services, School activities, and Events online:
www.bethtikvahbend.org/calendar
  
 Seder
TBT Highlights
TBT's Member & Guest Passover Seder - 1st Night of Passover,  
Monday, April 10th


Join Temple Beth Tikvah for this year's Passover Seder. Come for  an inter-generational event with learning and discussion for  adults, performance by the kids, music and song for all, a taste  of the Seder plate and a delicious buffet dinner. And it's all being  held at the Mt. Bachelor Village conference center.

Rabbi Hershenson will lead our annual Passover Community Seder on Monday, April 10th. The event is open to members and their guests. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and the Seder begins promptly at 5:45 p.m. 

The meal includes all the tastes of Passover - hard-boiled eggs, haroset, matzo ball soup, horseradish and a very special treat of the Rabbi's homemade gefilte fish. Dinner buffet includes your choice of salmon, chicken, or a vegetarian entree.

The Seder is open to TBT members and their guests, by prior reservation, at a cost of $32 for adults, $15 for children 6 - 12, and no charge for children age 5 and under.

Wine for the dinner table is available from Mt. Bachelor for $22/bottle, or you're welcome to bring your own bottle for a $15 corkage fee.

Questions? Contact Liz Levinson at 541-318-4640 or plevinson856@aol.com.

For more information about the Seder:

The Butcher, the Baker, the Haroset Maker

The best part of any meal is dessert!! This is especially true when the desserts come from the kitchens of our fabulous bakers. For the most delicious of Passover desserts, we are again asking our members to please bake for us. Please contact Janet Lichtenberg at jlichtenberg13@gmail.com to let her know what you can bring. We need finger-food goodies, such as Passover macaroons, bars and cookies.

Janet is also coordinating the haroset makers. Please let her know if you'd like to make a batch at jlichtenberg13@gmail.com.

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Counting the Omer: 
Kabbalah and Sephirot Explained

Adult Education Class

April 18th, 2017

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
 
Location: Home of Evie Lerner
Please park in Evie's driveway or on the opposite side of the street
 
RSVP to Mary Jane Eisenberg at maryjanee112@yahoo.com or 415-572-1741
 
Snacks and Drinks are Welcome!  


Sneak preview for the May 16th Adult Education Class:
The topic will be:  Israel - Then and Now
For this class Rabbi has asked that we read Ari Shavit's book: "My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel." For more info, see the Adult Ed section in Committee News below. Save the date and get reading!

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Bat Mitzvah of Eliana Cañas Katz

Please join Stephen and Eileen Katz

in celebration of the
Bat Mitzvah
of their granddaughter

Eliana Cañas

Saturday, April 22nd
10:00 a.m.

All  TBT  members are welcome.
Kiddush luncheon following service. 

RSVP for luncheon needed by April 12th.
Reply to eileentam@aol.com.
   
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Holocaust Remembrance Day 
April 24th at COCC
    


Holocaust Remembrance Day
 
April 24th, 4:00 p.m.  
Hitchcock Auditorium at COCC.

This year we will be screening "Denial," 
a film about the Holocaust on Trial. 
Following the film, Dr Jessica Hammerman 
will lead a discussion about history, memory,
 and the importance of factual evidence. 


 
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Divrei Tikvah  RJohannaHeadShot
From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

April  means Passover. The commandment for observing Pesach  is to eat matzah  on the first night and to remove chametz , all forms of food with leavening from our diet and homes throughout the festival week.

The rabbis are serious about removing chametz  from our homes. First we carefully clean every place in our house where food is eaten or prepared. The cleaning is followed up by b'dikat chametz , the search for chametz  before Passover begins. This ceremonial investigation is performed by candlelight with a feather. It can be a lot of fun with young children.

The obsessive search and removal of chametz  from our homes has spiritual as well as ritual overtones.  

For the ancient rabbis, yeast symbolizes arrogance. 
On account of yeast, bread rises above the level of lowly matzah.  

Yeast is not necessary. We can eat matzah and be satisfied. Yet it brings us great pleasure to eat yeasty breads.

The rabbis continue, identifying yeast as a symbol of the restless force of yetzer hara , the inclination within us to excessively serve our own interests.  

Just as yeast causes fermentation in bread and wine, it also turns them sour when not controlled. Similarly, the instinctual forces, desire and ambition, can contribute to progress but also to discontent and corruption.

The medieval Spanish rabbinic scholar, Abravanel, taught that eating matzah during Passover recalibrates our measure of simplicity.  

Our freedom is inextricably linked to a rejection of the "fleshpots of Egypt."

The ritual practice of rejecting the luxury of breads and beers during the week of Passover is an opportunity to exercise discernment about what we really need in life and what we consume without thought.

Have fun cleaning the chametz  from the house!  And also, take some time to consider the chametz  in life that takes the form of gluttony and narcissism. Let it go as well!  Spring cleaning for the soul...


~~ 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 

Dear TBT members & friends,

 

We've been talking about Finding Our Connections this year; about connecting our community. But just what does that mean?

 

First, it is attendance. Coming to TBT events - Shabbat services, holiday parties, adult ed programs, Tot Shabbats, Kabbalat Shabbats, b'nai mitzvahs and more. It's also playing mahjong, attending a book group, or sharing dinners. It is coming together with other members -- to belong, to engage, for spiritual fulfillment, for opportunities to learn, for joyous celebrations, for socializing. Being a member gives each of us the opportunity to share our best selves with each other, to expand our circle of friends, to claim a larger family.

 

Connection is more than just being there, it is participating with others. Singing the Shabbat prayers together as a community; welcoming someone you've never seen or haven't seen in a while; introducing yourself to someone you haven't met before; exchanging ideas; sharing in conversation. Engaging with others opens us to new ideas, new friendships, to finding something that we have in common.

 

Connection is involvement, beyond the interactions. Teaching our Sunday School students a new skill in the Chugim program; organizing the Purim party; planning the Passover Seder; becoming an active member of one of our many organizing committees. Becoming involved gives us the opportunity to set direction for TBT, to make decisions about the present and the future, to determine how we will grow as a Jewish community.

 

Connection is commitment -- to ourselves, to each other, to our community, to our Judaism. Developing new programs; improving processes; creating opportunities for the community to come together; stepping up to make a difference. Making a commitment to Temple Beth Tikvah ensures that a Jewish community, an extended family, will exist, not just for us, but for the generations that follow.

 

In the next weeks we begin the process of nominating candidates for the board of directors. The term of four members of the current board is coming to an end. Please consider joining the board and helping to direct the future of TBT.

 

Thanks to all who joined in the first of our "Finding Our Connections" programs. We learned from Elad Vazana how to be present, to share our stories and to listen to the stories of others. You can read more about the program in this newsletter.

 

Our next program is scheduled for Sunday, May 21st. Our goals: to arm people with the tools for engaged, respectful discussion; for each of us to be our best selves in the discussion; to frame our program in the context of Jewish values; and to bridge our differences by finding our commonalities. I hope to see you there.

 

B'shalom,

Jeanne 
 
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Board and Committee News
TBT Board Notes 
 
Next Board Meeting:  Tue. April 4th, 3:30 p.m. 
Location:  Stonebriar Apartments Clubhouse

Your TBT Board meets on the first Tuesday 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.
 
Upcoming Adult Education Events  
Mary Jane Eisenberg


April 18th, 2017
Counting the Omer: 
Kabbalah and Sephirot Explained

Details in TBT Highlights above.
 
 

Book--AND--
 
 
Save the Date!
 
Adult Education Class - May 16th, 2017
Location: Lynne and Ed Connelley
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
 
Topic: Israel: Then and Now

For this class Rabbi has asked that we read Ari Shavit's book:
 

But - PLEASE COME TO THIS ADULT ED CLASS! - even if you only read the Introduction, or a few chapters, or did not have time to read the book at all - please join us for class!  This will be the last adult ed class before fall.
 
RSVP to Mary Jane Eisenberg at maryjanee112@yahoo.com or 415-572-1741
Snacks, Appetizers, and Drinks are Welcome!!
Movie

Also in May:  Havdallah and a Movie
 
The theme for May's events is  "Contemporary Israel"
 
Movie: The Other Son
 

While preparing to enter the Israeli military for his compulsory service, young Joseph Silberg learns he was accidentally switched at birth with the son of an Arab couple from the West Bank -- a shocking revelation that sends both families reeling. (Netflix) The Director is Lorraine Levy
 

May 6th, 2017
Location: First Presbyterian Church
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
 
RSVP to Mary Jane Eisenberg at maryjanee112@yahoo.com or 415-572-1741
Snacks and Beverages are welcome!


Shalom Teva Youth Group News    
    
Our high school BBYO chapter "Shalom Teva" and middle school youth group-COJY are growing and we welcome new participants! We now have members representing all 3 high schools and most of the middle schools in Bend. If you know a tween or teen in grades 6-12 who might be interested in participating, please contact Naomi Chudowsky:   naomic@bendbroadband.com no temple affiliation required.
 
On March 3rd, the high school and middle school groups joined forces to cook and serve dinner at Family Kitchen. Chuck Shattuck and Burt Litman shared their recipes and processes for getting dinner out to a large group of hungry diners in need of a healthy meal. Shalom Teva continued its community service efforts by helping the Bend Food Project one Saturday morning. They hung tags on front doors of homes in Northwest Crossing asking for food donations.
 
Upcoming events:


 

- Passover sleepover retreat on April 8th-9th for the middle school group. Cooking, games, mock seder, and movie. Please contact Jillian Frankl at j.frankl@hotmail.com for more details.


 

- BBYO "Election Conclave" convention April 28th-30th in Seattle. Inspirational speakers, leadership training, regional BBYO planning. Shalom Teva has a group going and more are welcome. If interested please contact Naomi Chudowsky at naomic@bendbroadband.com


 

"Finding Our Connections" Program
Builds Community

Nearly 50 synagogue members met at the church on March 18th for a special community event under TBT's program initiative-Finding Our Connections. We came together to hear an Israeli peacemaker and dialogue facilitator, Elad Vazana, speak about his life and ended up sharing our own stories.
  
We made new friends, strengthened existing relationships and learned about ourselves in the process. It was serious and fun, engaging and insightful.  We experienced how good it feels to have someone listen deeply to a personal story we tell, and to happily return the honor. Practicing open, respectful communication, we connected with each other and discovered what we have in common.
  
Many thanks to Elad for his wonderful workshop presentation, Our Stories: The Bridge Between Humans, and to the TBT members who participated. Here's what a few attendees had to say:

"The energy of the room completely shifted during the session with Elad. People came in with chatty, superficial connection, mostly from their head. During the workshop, the community grounded themselves and became present. At the end, the energy was heartfelt connection with people feeling truly heard. Or I could just say God walked into the room." ~ Marlis Beier

 " I left my time with Elad feeling inspired to listen more than to talk. I was also further inspired to seek out those in my community and my country who have differing views, differing experiences, and differing backgrounds than myself. I was inspired to see their humanity and to seek out our similarities." ~ Ari D. Halpern

" I felt that the presentation at the Connections workshop was very professional. Those in attendance felt it was an extremely positive experience. My hope for the future is that we will repeat this experience and expand it to those who were unable to attend this first workshop." ~ Liz Levinson
 
A Lovely Poem
Florence Beier was instrumental in bringing Elad to TBT, having heard of him through mutual friends. On Sunday morning, the day after the event, she walked along the Deschutes River with Elad and his family. Inspired by nature, her experience with Elad, and the workshop activities she enjoyed, Florence wrote the following poem to encourage us all to continue finding our connections:
 
Connections
Pine needles, path laden,
Cross, pile, scatter.
Fallen yet connected,
Each supporting next.
Sand and soil create art
At shallow river's edge.
Tan streaks touch together
On brown background.
Minerals erupted long ago,
Merged to basaltic boulders,
Hosting lichen community
Fungus, algae, intimate moss.
Humans strewn, unlinked,
Failing to face or hear
Others unlike us,
Can listen one-to-one
Randomly walk in silence,
Open eyes-to-eyes,
Join hands in all directions,
Making connections.
~ Florence Beier
 
Your Great Ideas
Based on the success of this event and requests for more by most everyone attending...The Steering Committee is planning other events throughout the coming year. Please email your ideas and suggestions to Naomi Chudowsky at naomic@bendbroadband.com or Sheila Luber at sheilarl@me.com .
    

MAY Newsletter Deadline:  April 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.

Shalom,
Sara Charney Cohen
    
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URJ Spotlight
Get to Know Your URJ:

Why - and How - Should We Embrace Audacious Hospitality?
 
By Carly Goldberg, DSW, LCSW, 3/21/2017
 
The Reform Movement's Audacious Hospitality work seeks to understand and support the realities of modern Jewish life. At the heart of our team's holy work is the belief that all of us can stand stronger when we welcome and incorporate Jewish diversity into all facets of Jewish communal life.
 
And yet, Audacious Hospitality is a paradox. Here are three opposing ideas we encounter regularly in our work - and why we're working to embrace them:
 
1Urgency and Spaciousness: To meet congregations' diverse needs, we feel a real urgency to "get it right." We hurry to check off all the boxes to be able to say, "OK, we've got this!" before moving on to the next task. At the same time, this work requires time and space for evaluation and observation. We need to learn to build relationships so that the work we're doing isn't merely transactional - focused on tasks in return for rewards solely to maintain the status quo. Rather, we must concentrate on creating transformational change by building trust, intimacy, and relationships, all of which will move the congregation toward meaningful growth.
 
2Knowing and Not Knowing: As this adage, attributed to Aristotle, rightly states, "The more you know, the more you know you don't know." As we continue to learn about differences across lines of race, gender, sexuality, ability, class, and age, we've come to realize that we can never fully know any one person's reality or experience. Even as we attain a certain level of subject matter expertise, it's equally important that we be comfortable in our "not knowing." As such, it's OK not to know about the identity, needs, or reality of every person we encounter. At the same time, we are learning to listen deeply, ask respectful questions, and admit when we're wrong or have made a mistake.
 
3Safety and Vulnerability: Typically, when we engage in business as usual, we know what to expect and how to respond, but engaging in the work of audacious hospitality pushes us up against our own uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. We may encounter our own biases, prejudices, or blind spots in our knowledge about others and their experiences - all of which may leave us feeling ashamed or guilty, resentful or contemptuous. Left unexplored, such feelings may lead us to lean heavily on tradition, forsake experimentation, or withdraw from the community. Feeling unsafe or vulnerable can also inhibit our compassion or be a barrier to forming close, meaningful relationships.
 
Despite the challenges that inhibit us from doing this work as effectively or comprehensively as we might like, we must learn to embrace the paradox and live in the tension between opposing ideas. Only in that space can we truly transform our communities by fostering understanding, connecting deeply, and facilitating meaningful and memorable experiences for all .
 
Embracing these tensions takes courage! By being courageous, by being comfortable not knowing, and by embracing our vulnerabilities, we are learning to invite opportunities for innovation and leadership.
 
~~Carly L. Goldberg, DSW, LCSW is the associate director for the URJ's Audacious Hospitality initiative.
    
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Community News
 Save This Date!

Shabbaton Weekend with Rabbi Shefa Gold
Healing the Spirit, Transforming the Mind, Deepening the Love
 
September 8th-10th, 2017
Shalom Bayit Synagogue, 
   Bend Oregon
 
"Chant is  the bridge between the inner life and the outer expression,  between the solitary practice and the shared beauty of fellowship."
 
In preparation for the High Holy Days. this Shabbaton Weekend Includes:

*Friday night service*
*Enchanting Saturday morning Torah Service*
*Saturday afternoon Women's Workshop exploring sacred phrases through study, melody, harmony, rhythm and meditation*
*Evening Havdalah celebration and catered dinner*
*Sunday - applying the magic of Hebrew Chant*
 
Cost: $36 for Friday night only, $72 for entire Shabbaton weekend (For info: Tully Ellsberg 541-410-9044 or Ellyce Whalen ellyce2009@hotmail.com)

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TBT Tributes
You may honor the lives and achievements of friends and relatives via a tribute with a donation to TBT. You can do this online, or by sending a check and the name and address of the person being honored to TBT at P.O. Box 7472, Bend, OR, 97708.

Donations may be designated to a specific fund, including:
   - the Youth Education Fund,   
   - the Music Fund - including Adopt-a-Musician, 
   - the Library Fund, 
   - the Rabbi Fund, 
   - the Rabbi's Caring Fund, 
   - the Social Action Fund, 
   - the Corrie Grudin Memorial Fund,
   - the Youth Group 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  Alyson Belcher, in memory of Geralyn Belcher.
  • From Mary Jane Eisenberg, in memory of Richard Eisenberg.
  • From Tully Ellsberg, in memory of Lillie Mae Winecoff.
  • From Vivian Freeman, in memory of Helen Cohen Malorius and Obie Malorius.
  • From Shelley Grudin, in memory of Leo Grudin.
  • From Beverly Adler, in memory of Randi Zlatkus's father.
  • From Randi & Zac Zlatkus, in memory of Sheri G. Trachman and Irving Trachman.
  • From Susie Richman, in memory of Beatrice Richman.
  • From Terry and Gary Reynolds, in memory of Pauline Siegal.

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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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