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TBT Board Members
Board Officers:

   Mark Schindel

 Vice President:
   Michael Rosenfield
   Justin Finestone

   Jeff Adler

   Cathy Wynschenck

   Fred Rafilson
   Marti Fields Johnson

TBT Commitee Chairs
 Bikkur Holim
   Suzanne Schlosberg
   Evie Lerner

   Ralph Uri

   Jeanne Freeman

   Kathy Schindel

   Mark Schindel
   Ralph Uri
   Lester Dober

   Jerry Greenbach

   Lauren Olander

   Terry Reynolds

 Religious Services
   Ann Rosenfield
   Jill Muinch

 Social Action
   Burt Litman

 Social Activities

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June Calendar of Events

   June  1  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   June  2    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
                 7:00 p.m. - Adult Ed. at Hershensons
   June  7  10:00 a.m. - Song of Miriam Awards Brunch
   June  8  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   June  9    6:00 p.m. - Annual Congregational Meeting
   June 12   6:00 p.m. - Erev Shabbat Service
   June 13  10:00 a.m. - Bar Mitzvah of Sid Rafilson
   June 15  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   June 17   5:30 p.m. - TBT Men's Night
   June 19   6:00 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat at Chabad
   June 20  10:00 a.m. - Bat Mitzvah of Rebecca Uri
   June 22  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   June 28   7:00 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting
   June 29  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
                 5:00 p.m. - Bethlehem Inn Dinner

   July 18th - Bat Mitzvah of Sophie Chudowsky
   August 1st - Bar Mitzvah of Ben Finestone
   August 16th - Annual Picnic in Pioneer Park
   August 22nd - Bar Mitzvah of David Feldman

JUNE School Activities
All activities at Shalom Bayit unless otherwise noted.
Sunday School 10:00 a.m: - No classes in June.  Classes resume in September. 
Hebrew School 4:00 p.m: - 6/2

JUNE Torah Study
Weekly-Monday noon at Evie's:
     6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29

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


TBT Highlights
TBT June Highlights 
June's Theme: Masculinity AdultEd

Tues. June 2nd - Adult Ed. 7:00 p.m. at the Hershensons. "A Serious Man" film and discussion. Bring dessert and/or wine to share.

Tues. June 9th - Annual Congregational Meeting 6:00 p.m. at Methodist Church Social Hall. We need a quorum to conduct business. Please plan to attend this very important meeting.

Fri. June 12th - Erev Shabbat Service at the Methodist Church sanctuary.  Sermon: Fathers

Sat. June 13th - Bar Mitzvah of Sid Rafilson  10:00 a.m. at Tetherow  BatMitzvah

Sat. June 20th - Bat Mitzvah of Rebecca Uri  10:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church

Annual Congregational Business Meeting - Tue. June 9th 6:00 p.m.
Location: First United Methodist Church Social Hall

On Tuesday, June 9th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Social Hall of the First United Methodist Church, we will be having our Annual Congregational Meeting.  While it is a great time to come socialize with your fellow members, it is also an important meeting for official TBT business.  At this session, we elect our new Board members and approve the Budget for the coming fiscal year. 

We can only conduct our official business if we have a quorum of members (30%) as indicated in our Bylaws. Therefore, we request that at least one person from each member unit come to this meeting. We will have some light food and refreshments for your enjoyment.

To help make our meeting go more smoothly and efficiently, we have sent the meeting agenda in a previous email. Part of the meeting will include discussions about our new organizational structure and budget. Information about both of those were also included in the email. If you have any questions about any of this, please feel free to contact Mark Schindel  schindelme@yahoo.com.

Please mark you calendars and attend this important meeting.


We look forward to your attendance at our Annual Congregational Meeting.  Thank you for your support and participation.


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Divrei Tikvah  RJohannaHeadShot
From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

During the month of June, in deference to Fathers' Day, we are exploring men and manliness in Jewish culture and tradition.


In academic circles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries two appellations described two very different kinds of Jewish men.  There was the coffee house Jew and the muscle Jew. 


The coffee house Jew was an intellectual who pondered philosophy, literature, art, and music.  He was well educated and refined.  He was utterly detached from the landscape and sports.  He was a banker or lawyer, a professor or a doctor.


The muscle Jew was a Jewish man who sought to prove the stereotypes that degrade Jewish men wrong.  If he stayed in Europe, he was part of a sporting movement, excelling in gymnastics, wrestling, and swimming. Or he was a pioneer in Palestine turned Israel, engaging in agriculture on a kibbutz or developing the image of the new Maccabee in forming a Jewish military.


It is amazing to see the struggle to define manliness doesn't change a whole lot over time.  Our patriarch, Isaac, sires twins: Jacob and Esau.  Esau is wild, loves adventure and the hunt.  Jacob stays home with the women, tending to flocks and gardens.  Isaac favors Esau and Rebecca favors Jacob.  Our story must continue through Jacob, so hanging out with the women, creating strategies to beat strength with smarts become the traits we Jews tend to value in our men.  Yet, a piece of us, like Isaac, yearns for the taste of wild game and the camaraderie of sport and rough play.


As always, the challenge is to find the balance between polar opposites.  Too much manliness makes community organization difficult to achieve.  Too little manliness leaves us hungry and vulnerable.


We put a great deal of thought into gender inclusion in our communal structure, study, and prayer.  And this is important as women integrate into spaces once reserved for men.  At the same time, I think we also ought to put thought into our gender differences.  How can we benefit from gender diversity?   How do we honor men and women in a manner that celebrates attributes and traits that make the sum of us greater than our whole?

~~ 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 ~


As our seventh year of existence draws to a close, it is a good time to reflect back with pride on our many accomplishments this year, but also look forward with excitement to the new opportunities and achievements awaiting us.


We look forward to seeing our TBT members at the Annual Congregational Meeting on June 9th at 6:00 pm in the Social Hall of the First United Methodist Church. In addition to being a fun get together, with food and refreshments provided by your Board, we have important business to conduct and need your presence. We have four new Board members to elect - Naomi Chudowsky, Lester Dober, Joe Jezukewicz, and Marijane (MJ) Krohn. We will also have a special opportunity to become more familiar with our new organizational structure and to see how each of us fits in.


In just her second year as our resident rabbi, Rabbi Hershenson has made a tremendous impact in our community with her spiritual, educational, and organizational leadership, as well as with her outgoing and engaging personality. Last year the Board was fortunate to arrange a 2-year contract agreement with Rabbi Hershenson. As we look forward to next year and beyond, we have a challenge to continue our growth and development so that we can retain her for the long term as our rabbi. Our new organizational structure is part of our strategy for creating a more engaging and participatory community that will help us reach our goals for growth and development.


We have also achieved extraordinary accomplishments in our Religious Education program. Under the direction of Kathy Schindel, we have successfully partnered with Congregation Shalom Bayit and Chabad to create the combined Jewish Community School of Central Oregon for children's Sunday School and Hebrew School education.  In its few years of existence, it has been so successful as to now be financially self-sustaining. Yet, we still face a serious challenge to develop equally successful programming for our teens and post-b'nai mitzvah youth.


We have many other examples of great achievements in Membership under Terry Reynolds, Bikkur Cholim (caring for sick and those in need) under Evie Lerner and Suzanne Schlosberg, Music under Lauren Olander, Fundraising under Jerry Greenbach, Communications and PR under Jeanne Freeman, and Social Action under Burt Litman. Many more members have done amazing work on all our wonderful events and activities and celebrations that we enjoy so much. However, with a diversity of backgrounds, interests, and availability, we recognize the need to be thinking of new ways to remain a warm and welcoming congregation that can engage new members as well as our current ones.


As President of Temple Beth Tikvah, I feel very honored and privileged to be working with such an inspiring group of members. We can feel very proud of all that we accomplished this past year and before. I feel strongly that we have more greatness in our future. But, no one person or small group can achieve that greatness by themselves. It will take ALL of us participating and contributing in our unique and special ways to reach our lofty goals and vision for this congregation. I encourage everyone to step up to that challenge. A good start will be to come to the Annual Congregational Meeting and learn more about where your talents and interests can help. I look forward to seeing you there.


 Mark Schindel


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TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  Sunday, June 28th, 7:00 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 Justin Finestone: finest14@yahoo.com
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Committee News
Religious Committee News
Ann Rosenfield and Jill Muinch, Religiouscolorful star Committee Co-Chairs

June is a very active month. We begin with Adult Education on Tuesday, June 2nd. We are showing the film "A Serious Man," a story about a Jewish professor coming apart at the seams who seeks advice from 3 rabbis. This is a great film and discussion will follow. It will be held at the Hershenson home at 7:00 p.m. Popcorn will be served! Bring a dessert and/or wine to share.


Friday, June 12th is an Erev Shabbat service at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.  The theme for June is masculinity and the service is entitled "Fathers." PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE FROM OUR USUAL EREV SHABBAT SERVICES. A Kiddush will follow the service, but there will NOT be an Oneg as we are encouraging everyone to go out together for dinner afterwards.


Saturday, June 13th marks the Bar Mitzvah of Sid Rafilson at 10:00 a.m. at Tetherow.


Friday, June 19th is a community Kaballat Shabbat at Chabad located at 61023 Snowberry Place. It will start at 6:00 p.m., Marshall Voit will be performing the music, and a lovely dinner will follow the service.


June 20th is the Bat Mitzvah of Rebecca Uri at 10:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church.


We hope you will all try to come to these scheduled events and support our TBT community and families. 


Social Action Update
Burt Litman, Social Action Chair

Back Door Caf?

Breakfast was served at the Back Door Caf? on May 20th to more than 70 grateful men and women.  With a lull in the traffic at 9:00 a.m., we thought we were finished serving and made a loaf of French toast with the leftover uncooked eggs - and not surprisingly, every last piece of it was consumed by those who continued to arrive through 9:30. Many thanks to our cooks and servers Phyllis and Jerry Greenbach, Joe Jezukewicz,

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Ann and Michael Rosenfield, Bonnie Ruby, Kathy Schindel, Ralph Uri, Burt Litman and Jeanne Freeman. 


Bethlehem Inn dinner

TBT offers a very special thanks to our Men's Group for cooking and serving a barbecue dinner to 85 residents of the Bethlehem Inn on May 21st. Lawrence Schechter and Ralph Uri shopped for the groceries and Jeff Adler, Lester Dober, Jerry Greenbach, Gene Hudson, Joe Jezukewicz, Ron Jollo, Paul Levinson, Mark Schindel and Lawrence cooked and served. The rain didn't deter these hearty souls who moved the backyard barbecue to the shelter of the front overhang. Special thanks to Marcia Garon who graciously made 8 sheet cakes for the dessert.

Fundraising News
Beverly Adler, Auction Chair

Auction Success-Many Thanks


The TBT auction earned $10,500. The success of the evening is because of many, many people. Thank you to the generous donors as well as their individual efforts in securing wonderful items for this event.  Cathy Wynschenk played a crucial role in planning and making the evening run smoothly. Additional accolades must be extended to the following people who worked to make the evening a hit: Jeffrey Adler, Larry Barker, Linda & George Brant, Lester & Diane Dober, Jeanne Freeman, Jerry & Phyllis Greenbach, Joe Jezukewicz, Burt Litman, Jo Ann Ray, Ann & Michael Rosenfield, Terry Reynolds, Kathy & Mark Schindel, and Ralph & Marcia Uri!

Nominating Committee Info

With the outstanding work of the Nominating Committee (Michael Rosenfield, Ralph Uri, and Paul Levinson), we have four excellent candidates to fill our new Board positions:

                    Naomi Chudowsky

                    Lester Dober

                    Joe Jezukewicz

                    M J Krohn


Please attend the Annual Congregational Meeting on June 9th to participate in the official elections and decisions for the upcoming year.  

JULY Newsletter Deadline:  June 24th

This newsletter is emailed to both members and non-members each month.  If you have something you want to include in the newsletter, please e-mail it to Sara: sarrava@gmail.com by the 24th of each month for the following month's publication.  As always, you will continue to receive "e-minders" before important events take place.

Sara Charney Cohen
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TBT Men's Night - June 17th

The TBT monthly Men's Night is usually on the third Wednesday of each month during 2015.  The next TBT Men's Night will be Wednesday, June 17th, 5:30 p.m. Venue TBA. Email to follow with details. All men of TBT are invited. For more info, contact Lawrence, Ralph, or Fred.
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Community News
Community Kabbalat Shabbat
With Musical Guest Marshall Voit 

 Community Kabbalat Shabbat
at Chabad

Celebrating the Bat Mitzvah of
Rebecca Uri

      Friday, June 19th    6:00 p.m.
    61023  Snowberry Place   Bend, OR 97702


Pre-Shabbat Musical with Marshall Voit followed by a Shabbat candle lighting ceremony and buffet dinner. 


RSVP's are greatly appreciated.


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Jewish Women's Round Table  presents the

 23rd Annual "Song of Miriam" Awards Brunch


Honoring Outstanding Women Volunteers

Sunday, June 7, 2015

10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


Mittleman Jewish Community Center    

6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland


TBT's honoree this year is Jeanne Freeman! Naomi Hall of Shalom Bayit will also be honored at this event.


Tickets for the brunch are $32. Children 12 & under are $10.  For more info, or to reserve your tickets, contact Terry Reynolds tlrsboard@yahoo.comCome support Jeanne and Naomi and have fun in Portland!


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Welcome Rosa Marie Anderson Cook!

Audrey and Ezra's daughter, Rosa Marie, was born at St. Charles on May 21st. At 8 lbs. 7 ozs., Audrey classified Rosa Marie as "tiny" when compared to her other babies!  
As is our tradition at TBT, Suzanne has sent information about a Meal Train to help the Cook clan through the early weeks. If you can help provide a meal for Audrey, Ezra, and their boys,  Elijah, Izaak, and Ira, please sign up to reserve your date on the Meal Train web site. (Suzanne sent an email with the details a week ago.) Many slots are still open in the next couple of weeks.  If you have any questions about the meal train, or did not receive the Meal Train email, please contact Suzanne: schlos1@gmail.com.
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Israeli Dancing, Anyone?

Sara Charney Cohen has secured a space to teach beginner Israeli folk dancing this summer for 8-10 weeks.  Classes would be held either Wednesday or Thursday evenings. Cost would be approximately $5 per class. 

Please contact Sara at sarrava@gmail.com or 360-606-4123 to let her know of your interest and availability or preference for Wednesdays or Thursdays.  Classes will be scheduled on the evening that works best for most people. 

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Jewish Trip to Cuba 

Cuba is so close to the United States but for about 60 years it has been so far away.  Just thinking of Cuba makes us think of beaches, cigars, tropical nights, salsa dancing, and colonial cities.

Cuba has culture and a fascinating history.  Today, it is a little easier to visit than it has been in the recent past.

How would you like to visit Cuba? Share part of Shabbat with the Jewish community?? See tobacco fields, local jazz clubs, Hemingway's home, a Sephardic synagogue, art and architecture, cool, old but still operating cars, smoke a cigar???

Would you be interested in a seven day trip starting and ending in Miami?  Please contact   Diane Dober at  541-550-7020  or  dobersbend@gmail.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,
   - 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 Linda Brant, to acknowledge the achievement of 45 Years of marriage to George, and acknowledging 65 years of a wonderful life.
  • From Mark and Kathy Schindel, in memory of Aaron Jack Schindel.
  • From Jan Freeman-Bauer and Larry Bauer, in memory of Ruth Freeman.
  • From Phyllis Greenbach, in honor of Jerry Greenbach's birthday.
  • From JoAnn Ray, in memory of Dinah Siven Goberg.
  • From Larry Barker, in memory of Harold Barker. 
  • From Jeanne Freeman and Burt Litman, in memory of Samuel Litman.
  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, in memory of Harry Solomon.

  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, in memory of Annie Solomon.

  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, in memory of Mollie Magazine.

  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, in memory of Joe Solomon. 

  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, in honor of Burt Litman's Birthday.

  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, Mazel Tov to Jeanne Freeman for winning the Song of Miriam Award.    

  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, wishing a speedy recovery to Ceil Hermann.

  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, mazel tov to Audrey & Ezra Cook & family on the birth of Rosa Marie.

  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, congratulations to Zoe Hershenson on graduation from High School.

  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds congratulations to Josh Heyman on graduation from High School.

  • From Art and Maurie Negrin, in honor of Sid Rafilson's Bar Mitzvah, with love from Aunt Maurie, Uncle Artie, Mikey and Matt Negrin. Mazel tov!

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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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