January-February 2018      
 
    הקשר HaKesher  
                                                 "The Connection"      
  



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January Celebrations
February Celebrations
TBT Board Members
Board Officers:

 President:
   Jeanne Freeman
    jgfree925@gmail.com

 Vice President:
   Sheila Luber
 Secretary: 
   Mary Jane Eisenberg
   maryjanee112
   @yahoo.com 
  
 Treasurer: 
   Lester Dober

 Members-at-Large:
    
   Marilynn Jacobs
   mkjsend2bend@
   bendbroadband.com

   Chuck Shattuck
 
   
TBT Commitee Chairs
 Adult Education
   Mel Siegel
    mws@cmu.edu 

 Bikkur Holim
   Suzanne Schlosberg
            -and-
   Evie Lerner
            -and-
  Linda Brant
 
 Calendar Keeper
   Ann Rosenfield
   online.com
 
 Chevra Kadisha
   Ralph Uri
 
 Communications & PR
   Ann Rosenfield
   online.com
 
 Facilities
   Mark Schindel
 
 Finance
   Chuck Shattuck
 
 Finding Our Connections
   Sheila Luber
 
 Fundraising
   Char Diamond 
    @gmail.com 
           -and- 
   Kerrie Zurovsky
 
 Library
   Beverly Adler

 Membership & 
 Member Engagement
   Vivian Freeman
           -and-
   Andrea Casey
   @icloud.com 
 
 Music
   Julie Geveshausen

 Newsletter
   Sara Charney Cohen
 
 Onegs
   Jan Freeman Bauer
 
 Rituals
   Alex Charney Cohen
   @gmail.com 
 
 Religious Education
   Kathy Schindel
 
 Social Action
   Lynne Connelley 
       
 Webmaster
   Mark Schindel
 
 Youth Group
   Naomi Chudowsky
           -and-
   Jillian Frankl

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Temple Beth Tikvah is pleased to welcome our newest members:

     Arielle Metz & Martin Meinig
          and their children, Maccabee and Alina Meinig
     Roberta Spiro and Wendell Brown
     Bob and Margie Pollack 
 
January & February Calendar 

JANUARY EVENTS SCHEDULE 
   Jan.  9    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew & Religious School
   Jan. 12   7:00 p.m. - Erev Shabbat Service @FPC
   Jan. 14  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School
   Jan. 16   4:00 p.m. - Hebrew & Religious School
   Jan. 17   7:30 a.m. - Back Door Cafe
                7:00 p.m. - AdultEd: Jewish Mindfulness part 1
   Jan. 19  10:00 a.m. - Coffee & Commentary with Rashi
                                Torah Study Class begins
                5:30 p.m. - Tot Shabbat
   Jan. 20   9:00 a.m. - Torah Trope/Chanting class
                9:30 a.m. - Jewish Mindfulness Sitting
               10:00 a.m. - Torah Service and Study
                6:30 p.m. - Havdallah With a Purpose
   Jan. 23    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew & Religious School
   Jan. 24   7:00 p.m. - Adult Ed: Jewish Mindfulness pt. 2
   Jan. 26  10:00 a.m. - Coffee, Commentary & Torah
                6:00 p.m. - Shabbat Shiraz
   Jan. 28  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School
                3:00 p.m. - Family Tu B'Shevat Seder
   Jan. 30    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew & Religious School
   Jan. 31    7:00 p.m. - Adult Ed: Jewish Mindfulness pt. 3

FEBRUARY EVENTS SCHEDULE 
   Feb.  2  10:00 a.m. - Coffee, Commentary & Torah
                4:00 p.m. - Shalom Teva Shabbaton
   Feb.  3    7:00 p.m. - Havdallah With a Maven
   Feb.  6    3:30 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting
                4:00 p.m. - Hebrew & Religious School
   Feb.  9  10:00 a.m. - Coffee, Commentary & Torah
                7:00 p.m. - Erev Shabbat Service @ FPC
   Feb. 11  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School
   Feb. 12   7:00 p.m. - Adult Ed: Power of Storytelling
   Feb. 13   4:00 p.m. - Hebrew & Religious School
   Feb. 16  10:00 a.m. - Coffee, Commentary & Torah  
                5:30 p.m. - Tot Shabbat
   Feb. 17   9:00 a.m. - Torah Trope/Chanting class
                9:30 a.m. - Jewish Mindfulness Sitting
               10:00 a.m. - Torah Service and Study
   Feb. 20    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew & Religious School
   Feb. 21    7:30 a.m. - Back Door Cafe
   Feb. 23  10:00 a.m. - Coffee, Commentary & Torah
                 6:00 p.m. - Shabbat@Home
   Feb. 24  11:59 p.m. - March/April Newsletter Deadline
   Feb. 25  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School
   Feb. 27    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew & Religious School
   Feb. 28    6:00 p.m. - Purim PG-13 Happy Hour
               

ON THE HORIZON
   March 14th - Passover Recipies
   March 15th - Wine Tasting Fundraiser
   April 6th - TBT Passover Seder


JANUARY & FEBRUARY School Activities
All activities at Shalom Bayit unless otherwise noted.
Sunday School 10:00 a.m: - 1/14, 1/28
                                         2/11, 2/25
Tuesday School 4:00 p.m: - 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30
                                        2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27

JANUARY & FEBRUARY Torah Study
Weekly-Friday 10:00 a.m. at Evie's: 1/19, 1/26
                                                  2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23
 
Monthly-Saturday 10:00 a.m. at FPC Library: 1/20, 2/17

For more details about any TBT events, see our complete schedule of Services, School activities, and Events online:
www.bethtikvahbend.org/calendar

 

Shiraz
TBT Highlights
Shabbat Shiraz - January 26th

Friday night, January 26th, is Shabbat Shirah, our annual Shabbat dedicated to song.  
 
All of TBT is invited to participate in an evening of song dedicated to Shabbat and the experience of radical amazement at what is.  Please join us on Friday, January 26th at 6:00 p.m. at FPC/Heritage Hall. Our celebration, this year, will be called "Shabbat Shiraz"...an evening of sabbath joy, good food and drink, and grass roots music and poetry.
    Rashi
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Coffee and Commentary With the Rabbi and Rashi
New Torah Study Format Begins January 19th

 
TBT will be restarting Torah study in January with a fresh approach. If you've been meaning to get to the weekly Torah study, but hadn't gotten started yet, this is the perfect time to begin. Study sessions will begin on Friday, January 19th, with our new format - Revisiting the Torah text through the commentary of Rashi. Rabbi Johanna Hershenson will be leading the weekly Friday sessions from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the home of Evie Lerner.
 
Rashi was an 11th century rabbi from the Provence region of France. He was a vintner and opened a yeshiva. Rashi's Torah commentary seeks to clarify ambiguities in text through the filter of the whole of classic Rabbinic literature. In effect, Rashi employs the midrash interpretations he deemed essential to most accurately understand a Jewish reading of Torah and Jewish Law. Rabbi Johanna will select several of Rashi's comments to guide each week's Torah study discussion.
 
For this class, we would like RSVPs from those who are planning to attend so that Rabbi Johanna can prepare and send a week-by-week PDF study guide. The guide will start with the first three months, so please try to plan for 12-13 weeks of participation. A regular "core" group makes for richer discussions. Rabbi Johanna also suggests downloading onto your mobile device the free Sefaria app, which is an immense Jewish library that includes Rashi's commentary on the Torah. For those who wish to view the information on their computers, the website link is: www.sefaria.org/texts/Tanakh/Commentary/Rashi  
 
  • 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays, beginning January 19th, at the home of Evie Lerner
  • Coffee, tea and nosh provided
  • Pre-registration requested so Rabbi Johanna and Evie know how many to plan for and who needs the study guide
  • Please plan for a 3-month commitment. While we understand that nobody can attend every session, we would like a regular "core" group of participants.
  • Parents with pre-schoolers are welcome. Please let Evie know if you are bringing children.
     
For RSVP and/or host questions, contact Evie at evielerner60@gmail.com.
For questions about the study, contact Rabbi Johanna at johannahershenson@gmail.com.
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Havdallah With a Purpose - Jan. 20 
 
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
At the Home of
Lynne and Ed Connelley

Come schmooze with TBT friends and learn more about Mt. Star Family Relief Nursery as Kayla Rotunno, Mt. Star's Development Director, explains the organization. Mt. Star is the only program in Central Oregon providing crisis intervention, family support and the therapeutic services targeted at protecting young children ages zero to 5 from abuse and neglect. 
 
Learn about the Birthday Bag program for the children, funding for the IED emergency devices being purchased for classrooms, purchasing and delivering diapers (a health issue) and/or even becoming a Fairy Godparent for a child or helping in classrooms.   
 
Come join the dialogue on how we want to partner with Mt. Star for 1st quarter of 2018.   
 
RSVP kindly requested by Jan. 15th:
lynne@mybendproperty.com or 541-408-6720. 
Desserts, appetizers, and beverages are welcome.    

If you are unable to attend and wish to donate, contact Lynne. See
mtstar.org for more information.

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TBT Ski Days Begin January 11th

TBT Ski Days start in January for members interested in skiing together. The first meeting is Thursday, January 11th at 8:30 a.m. at Sunrise Lodge.  If you have questions or wish to RSVP, contact Larry Barker, cell: 541-480-5816.
  Tots
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Tot Shabbats
January 19th  5:30 p.m.
February 16th  5:30 p.m.

Tot Shabbat and potluck family dinner. For location and more information, please contact Jessica Hammerman at jesshamm@gmail.com
 
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Desperately Seeking Editor 
Sara Needs to "Retire"

You may have noticed that the frequency of our newsletter has dropped from monthly to every other month. Our current editor, Sara Charney Cohen, has been editing and publishing our monthly newsletter for about 6 years, but due to an increasingly busy work and travel schedule, she no longer has the time to devote to it that she once did, and urgently needs to pass the baton to someone else. If you're interested in helping TBT in this capacity, or would like more information about it, please contact Jeanne Freeman jgfree925@gmail.com.
 
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Divrei Tikvah  RJohannaHeadShot
From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

Happy 2018! Happy twenty-chai! As the gematria suggests, may this new year be a year of life, health, and abundance!
 
Since the High Holy Days, we have been bringing attention to mindfulness in our services. We have taken time to sit quietly and notice our breath, notice the tension and discomfort we carry unwittingly, notice that we have the capacity to notice, that we are significantly more than the projections of our minds.
 
Our worship services are always a balance between traditional and innovative modes of creating a shared experience that connects us to one another and whatever it is that is beyond us but also pulses through us. Some of our melodies and verses are ancient, others are new and unpolished but resonate deeply.
 
While we will continue to hold space in our services for mindfulness, for drawing attention to everyday obstacles and gifts, we will further explore Jewish modes of mindfulness practice outside our regular worship opportunities.
 
Beginning January 20th, our monthly Saturday mornings will begin an hour earlier, at 9:00 a.m. rather than 10:00 a.m. From 9:00 until 9:30 a.m. we will learn trope (Torah chanting) together, and then from 9:30 until 10:00 a.m. we will practice sitting meditations, utilizing a combination of Jewish mindfulness techniques. Once we have learned the Torah trope, the entire hour, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. will be dedicated to alternating meditative chanting and guided sitting practices. At 10:00 a.m. our monthly Shabbat morning service and Torah study will take place.
 
Also take note of our adult learning series beginning in January, on Wednesday evenings. We will take a look at Jewish mindfulness practices, some from rabbinic and medieval sources, and many from neo-chasidic and early Jewish Buddhist writings. In this course, we will explore and discuss the practices, and perhaps experiment a little bit. Saturday mornings will be for the actual sitting and practice.
 
Returning to the theme of cultivating balance with traditional modes of study and worship, our weekly Torah study begins again on January 19th, Friday mornings. Together we will explore the classic Torah commentary of Rashi. Rashi's commentary on the Torah builds the next layer of a foundational understanding of Jewish intellectual history following the stories of the Torah in their own context. As our congregation and Torah study regulars mature, so does our study of Torah increase in sophistication. Rashi integrates what he considers the most important ancient rabbinic exegesis with an emerging consciousness of the subtleties of language. He compares languages and word usage in a driven desire to promote an "accurate" understanding of the Torah.
 
Opening ourselves to what emerges freely in mindfulness practice and simultaneously filtering our regular reading of Torah through the lens of a teacher like Rashi will hopefully create a dynamic tension from which we might learn something new together this year. It is by connecting with others within the context of a whole that we experience the fullness we individually seek...


~~ 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  

Another New Year. Another opportunity for teshuvah. Turning to look back and then looking forward. Do we need to make corrections or adjust the course that we are traveling? When we created our Mission and Vision Statements more than seven years ago it was about creating the community that we wanted to become. Did we succeed?
    
Our Mission:  
Community - Gemilut Chasadim
 
We especially support our Jewish community, valuing friendship, diversity and the social enrichment of Jewish life.
 
We have created a community that cares deeply for its own members and for the greater community beyond. We are a community that is connected on many different levels. We are a community of friends that have forged meaningful, long-lasting, intensely satisfying friendships with other temple members that we value and enjoy. We stand by each other in sickness, in celebration and through all of life's cycles. We cook and shop and drive for those of us in need of help. We work and play, laugh and pray, give and take together.
 
Our Mission:
Education - Torah 

We greatly respect lifelong learning of Judaism, Torah, Jewish holidays, Jewish heritage and culture, and the Jewish experience.
 
We come together at all ages to learn in Religious School and Hebrew School, in Adult Ed and Finding Our Connections programs, and in Torah Study. Mastering Hebrew, learning about the Jewish holidays and customs, meeting Mavens and learning about other charitable groups.
 
This past year, we joyfully celebrated eight adults and six kids who became b'nai mitzvah - a celebration of the culmination of Jewish learning and being called to the Torah. We are fortunate to have an excited group of Kindergarten through 2nd graders in our Religious School who give us promise that it will repeat in 6 or 7 years. Our BBYO kids are continuing their Jewish learning, creating their own connections.
 
Are you excited to continue learning? Join us for a new approach to Torah study on Friday mornings when we will discuss Torah in the context of Rashi's commentaries.

Our Mission:
Worship - Tefilah

We sincerely cherish uplifting religious experiences in Jewish observances and events, enlivened by musical instrumentation and our congregation united in song.

Our worship services bring us together in a multiple of ways. We share in exquisite musical services with gifted musicians who lift us in song. In Tot Shabbats with potluck suppers. In Shabbat@Home dinners that introduce us to new friends and allow us to learn more about old friends.
 
Do you want to try something a little different? There are new things happening in our worship. Come to our new monthly Saturday mindfulness service. Our worship expands with the addition of meditation to center us in Shabbat and poetry to enhance the experience.

Our Mission:
Social Action - Tikun Olam

We generously invest resources, time and energy in a host of nonprofit organizations through social action, caring about the wellbeing of our local citizenry and helping to heal the world.

Ask any among Central Oregon's homeless population and they'll tell you that TBT members serve the best breakfast in Bend (at Back Door Café) and a delicious dinner too (at Family Kitchen). This year we are participating in more than feeding those who are hungry. We are working with other non-profits that serve families, children, seniors, the environment and more. Join us for Havdallah with a Purpose and learn about some of the good works performed by organizations in Central Oregon and how you can get involved.

So, are we living up to our Mission? I think that we are. Is our mission still valid? I think that it is and it has guided us in becoming the synagogue that we wanted to be.

Wishes for a healthy and happy New Year to all.

B'Shalom,
 Jeanne
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Board and Committee News
TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  February 6th, 3:30 p.m. 
Location:  Stonebriar Apartments Clubhouse

Your TBT Board meets monthly and everyone is invited to attend. Dates and times of Board meetings are on the TBT calendar at:  bethtikvahbend.org/calendar

If you would like to read minutes of previous board meetings, you can request a copy from Board Secretary Mary Jane Eisenberg  maryjanee112@yahoo.com.
 
Ritual (Religious) Committee News
Alex Charney Cohencolorful star 

Happy New Year! I want to wish you and your families a happy, healthy and interesting (in the best possible way) new year! I am very excited by a few upcoming events on our calendar in the next two months. In chronological order:

1)Shabbat Shiraz (Jan 26th): A twist on our traditional Shabbat Shirah which has been a highlight of the year for our Shabbat services. This year, instead of focusing on performances by our wonderful professional musicians, we are asking anyone in the congregation who has an interest (or at least willingness) in participating, to step up and share their gifts with us all. If you are interested, please contact Alex Charney Cohen, Julie Geveshausen, or the Rabbi.

2)  Shabbat@Home (Feb 23rd): This event has been a hit since we started a couple of (few?) years ago and more people participating makes the event that much sweeter! Please volunteer your home or attend!

3)  Purim (Feb 28th): Purim is a very accessible holiday which we usually like to share with our children, but this year, we will celebrate separately, with the youngsters celebrating through Sunday School, and the rest of us celebrating on Erev Purim (Wednesday night) with a PG13 Happy Hour. We will visit the story of Esther and have a rip-roaring good time! If you have any interest in performing in the Purimshpiel (play which tells the story of the Book of Esther) please contact Alex Charney Cohen.


Upcoming Ritual Committee Events:

- Fri. Jan 12th - Erev Shabbat Service  7:00-8:30 p.m @FPC Heritage Hall
- Sat. Jan 20th - Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Study  10:00-11:30 a.m.  @FPC
- Fri. Jan 26th - Shabbat Shiraz - Celebrate Shabbat with performances (singing, instrumental, spoken word) by your fellow congregants!  6:00 p.m. @FPC Heritage Hall
- Sun. Jan 28th - Community Tu B'Shevat  3:00-5:00 p.m.  location TBD
- Fri. Feb 9th - Erev Shabbat Service  7:00-8:30 p.m. @FPC Heritage Hall
- Sat. Feb 17th - Shabbat Morning Service and Torah Study  10:00-11:30  @FPC
- Fri. Feb 23rd - Shabbat@Home  6:00 p.m.
- Wed. Feb 28th - Purim PG13 Happy Hour  6:00-8:00 p.m.  @FPC Heritage Hall
 
We hope to see you and your family at some of these upcoming events in the next couple of months.
Cheers!

Social Action Updatetikkun olam earth
Lynne Connelly

This past quarter, we partnered with the Assistance League to provide Secret Santa gifts for people in 8 care facilities in Bend and 4 in Redmond. These residents are on Medicaid and have little or no family in the area. The ALB identifies qualifying residents and delivers hundreds of gifts to those residents. These gifts may well be the only ones they receive during the holiday season. Thank you to the Assistance League (and its president, our own Bev Adler,) for allowing us to participate in this wonderful program. And a huge thank you to our members who bought gifts, wrapped them, and delivered them: Gail Fridstein, Marcia Uri, Kerrie Zurovsky, Rabbi Johanna, Mel Siegel and MJ Krohn, Susie Richman, Marilyn Shattuck, Bev Adler, Linda Brant, and Leslie Conley. A successful mitzvah indeed.

In the first quarter of 2018 we will turn our caring to the Mt. Star Family Relief Nursery. Established in Eugene in the 1980s, it has expanded all over the state of Oregon.  Mt. Star has four campuses in Central Oregon - two in Bend, one in Prineville and one in Madras. Their mission is, "Strengthening Families to Keep Children Safe." They are the only program in Central Oregon providing crisis intervention, family support and therapeutic services targeted at protecting young children from abuse and neglect. They have classrooms for kids from infancy through 5 years old, and safety net services for the children and their families. Mt. Star is often what keeps these families out of the foster care system.

We have several ways our members will help this amazing organization, and you will be introduced to them at Havdallah With A Purpose on January 20th at the home of Lynne and Ed Connelley.  Look for further info in the weekly email.  We are excited to be part of this program.  Please contact Lynne Connelley by email lynne@mybendproperty.com, or phone, 541-408-6720, to volunteer for social action activities in connection with Mt. Star, or to get more information in advance of HWAP.
  
Bikkur Holim
Evie Lerner

Bikkur Holim: the care and feeding of the Jewish Community

We have added another member of our 'caring' committee: Linda Brant joins Suzanne Schlosberg and Evie Lerner to help organize meal trains, rides, visits and any other needs for members of our synagogue, and sometimes others in the unaffiliated larger community. 

However, we can't help if we don't know about it, so please let us know if you hear of anyone who is ill, facing surgery, having a baby, major unexpected home disasters, or even someone who just needs a ride to services.  Helping each other out is part of our family obligation.
Shabbaton
Youth Group Happenings

SAVE THE DATE
Feb 2-3, 2018 (sleepover)
Shalom Teva Shabbaton
at Chase Frankl's house in Sisters
Mark your calendars, more info coming soon!

TBT's Private Members Group on Facebook Facebook logo
Evie Lerner

We have a discussion group on Facebook that is private for TBT members for purposes of sharing celebrations, honors, discussions, general Judaic information, reminders of happenings, and whatever anyone wants to share. It is named Temple Beth Tikvah Bend, Or -Members Group. The administrators are Kerrie, Evie, Sara, and Jeanne.   
 
We share information (i.e.birthday greetings) only if it is noted on your public facebook page - never information you have chosen to keep private on facebook.  
 
(If you don't get a birthday greeting in the group on your birthday, it's because you haven't opted to share your birthday on facebook. You can change this in your profile privacy settings if you wish.) 
 
It's great if you post to the group too - kids graduations, vacations, great recipies, recommendations around town, anything really. Since we don't all have a chance to meet in person regularly, at least we can get to know each other through this medium.   Happy facebooking!
 
 
Please note: We also have a public facebook page where anyone - Members and non-members/public - can get information about TBT. If you haven't already done so, please check out and "Like" our public page too: https://www.facebook.com/TempleBethTikvahBendOr/  

Finding Our Connections
Sheila Luber, Committee Chair

Breakfast & Civil Discourse Event Wrap-up and Feedback 

"People who are heard...are more likely to hear "    
 
That's one temple member's description of a lesson learned after attending Breakfast & Civil Discourse, our November 4th Finding Our Connections event. On a Saturday morning, 38 congregants enjoyed a tasty breakfast with plenty of schmoozing, then took their seats for a workshop facilitated by Bryn Hazell, a local communication expert.
 
As co-founder of Bend-based Center for Compassionate Living, Bryn has enabled hundreds of people in Central Oregon to communicate better with family, friends and colleagues. Building on Rabbi Johanna's introduction on Jewish values, Bryn helped us understand and practice how to listen and speak with compassion and respect. Everyone was engaged and talkative during the group discussion, small group brainstorming, and two-person exercises. Two BBYO teens provided onsite childcare for three children, allowing their parents to experience this enriching adult time.
 
Twenty-four members that attended the workshop (of 38) responded to a post-event questionnaire giving us feedback, including:
  • 79% rated the workshop "excellent" (remaining 21% ratings - very good/good)
  • 71% responded they "would attend another similar event"
  • Every survey respondent (but one) noted something valuable they learned
Answering the survey question-what did you like most about the workshop-an attendee answered, "format, information, energy." Another... "Honest dialog. Bryn's presentation" That pretty much sums it up. Considering that the workshop was three hours plus breakfast, it was surprising to read that a few folks thought the workshop could have been longer, even all day.
 
The FOC committee is proud, happy, and relieved that response and participation was so positive. We've needed a little break and will soon meet again to plan the next event. To quote one more thoughtful workshop participant..."You don't have to be right. Listen, repeat, process, and look for others' needs."
 
If you have suggestions or constructive feedback for the next Finding Our Connections event, please email Sheila Ross Luber at sheilarl@me.com .


MARCH & APRIL Newsletter Deadline:  February 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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Meet TBT: Member Spotlight
Get to Know Florence Beier 
By Jana Zvibleman and Florence Beier 
 
Florence Beier and her husband, Rolf, visited Bend since 1983 to spend time with daughter Marlis and family, and to ski, camp, and hike. They moved here in 2014. After Rolf died a year later, Florence continued many of her same interests.
One way to get better acquainted with Florence is to read Reaching for New Rides, her 2007 collection of stories about the people, places, and adventures of her life. It stretches back to her multi-talented New Mexico pioneer grandfather Ludwig and her Bostonian mother Bertha. (It's available in ebook or print if you google her name.)

She tells about the love of her life, Rolf, who was drafted into the German army, surrendered to the Americans, and was a prisoner of war. He and Florence met after World War 2 at a Quaker seminar for reconciliation among international students. The book also describes the growing years of their three children and the sad death of their son. With her geologist husband, she and their family lived in four western states and Turkey, before settling down in Michigan and then California.

Florence's diverse professions included journalist, teacher, communications consultant, and mediator. Her passion was interfaith activities. Now she is an active contributor to the TBT community, specially the communications committee. She walks by the river daily, swims, hikes, and snowshoes. At Touchmark, she meditates, exercises, plays Jeopardy, and leads a book group. When not hanging out with her granddaughters and three great-grandsons, she takes photos and writes poetry. It would be good to read Florence's older stories quickly - she is creating new ones as we speak.

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Community News
BendFilm presents...In Case You Missed It:  "BIG SONIA"  
 
Thursday, January 11th
5:30 p.m. - doors open 4:30   
McMenamins St. Francis School 
Tickets are $12
 
An astonishing story of a 91-yr-old seamstress who is determined to share the horrific experiences of her internment in concentration camps in order to inspire compassion in her community. Her spirit is indomitable as she commutes daily to her tailor's shop wearing bright red lipstick in a leopard print lined car. This is a Holocaust survivor film unlike any you've seen, told with love by a filmmaker who does not hesitate to include the quirky and humorous sides of her grandmother. The film has been a hit around the country and gets an Audience Score of 99% on the Tomato Meter.

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Weekend In Quest
An Exhilarating Study Weekend in Astoria, OR on the beautiful coast, Friday afternoon through Sunday noon, March 2nd-4th, 2018
Jewish Masculinity and Femininity  
 
in the Premodern World
 
 
Professors Rena Lauer and Yiftakh (Kevin) Osterloh, Oregon State University
 
Sponsored by the Institute for Judaic Studies of the Pacific Northwest
 
Session 1: Masculine Mythologies and Diplomatic Realities: Jewish Foreign Policy in the Days of the Hasmoneans (Maccabees)
Session 2: Jewish Manliness and the 'Effeminate' Greek: How Ancient Jews Imagined Self and Other
Session 3: How Medieval Jewish Women Fought (and Used) the Patriarchy
Session 4: Converts, Lovers and Litigants: Finding the Women in Medieval Jewish-Christian Relations
 
In addition to the study sessions, we will gather for
  • Shabbat services Friday evening and Saturday morning, led by Rabbi Joshua Rose of Congregation Shaarie Torah, Portland
  • five meals together: Friday and Saturday dinners, Saturday lunch, and (for those staying overnight at the hotel) Saturday and Sunday breakfasts
  • enjoyable Saturday evening program
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For questions and further information, visit www.weekendinquest.org  or contact Mimi Epstein 503-203-2671, mimiepstein42@comcast.net.

 
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Taizé Service
Next Taizé:  Feb. 1st (*Oct.-Apr.)

All TBT members are invited to Taizé - an evening of Interfaith prayerful meditation, peace, and silence. Taizé services are held the first Thursday of each month, October through May, 7:00 p.m. at St. Clare's Chapel, St. Francis Catholic Church, 2450 NE 27th St. in Bend, OR. Everyone is invited to attend and participate. Sponsored by the Sacred Art of Living Center and the Interfaith Community of Central Oregon.

 

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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 Jo-Ann Ray and Larry Barker, in memory of Sarah Waldman, mother of Jo-Ann.
  • From Terry and Gary Reynolds, in memory of Dina Lewinter.
  • From Lisa Uri, in memory of Doris Schlachman.
  • From Phyllis and Gerald Greenbach, in memory of Goldie Gervitz.
  • From Murray Kitner, in honor of Terry Reynolds' birthday.
  • From Rudy Gold, in memory of Minnie Gold.
  • From Ralph and Marcia Uri, in memory of George Brant's mother.
  • From Larry Barker, in memory of Celia May Barker.
  • From Nancy Novak, in honor of Terry Reynolds' birthday and Hanukkah.
  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, in memory of Ida Levinson, Mary Soloman, and Annie Soloman.
  • From Phyllis and Gerald Greenbach, in memory of Evelyn Brant, George's mother.
  • From Vivian Freeman, in memory of George Brant's mother.
  • From Gary and Terry Reynolds, in loving memory of Herb Hochstetter.
  • From Gary and Terry Reynolds, in loving memory of Helen Reynolds.
  • From Gary and Terry Reynolds, in loving memory of Murray Kitner.
  • From Gary and Terry Reynolds, in loving memory of Wolfe Nichols.
  •  From MJ Krohn, in memory of her mother, Ella Wideman.
  • From Chuck and Marilyn Shattuck, in memory of Helen Shattuck and Sandra Shattuck.
     
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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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