|Celebrations in October honor the following:
Mickey Freundlich Oct. 1
Sara Jo Slate Oct. 2
Marijane Krohn Oct. 3
Charly Charney Cohen
Leila Slate Oct. 7
Michael Feldman Oct. 10
Paul Jacobs Oct. 14
Michael Rosenfield Oct. 15
Bernice Weinberg Oct. 15
Sheila Ross Luber Oct. 17
Leslie Conley Oct. 18
Jared Charney Cohen
Sophia Chudowsky Oct. 21
Jeffrey A Lebowitz Oct. 22
Rochelle Heyman Oct. 26
Greg Pollack Oct. 29
Seana & Ron Jollo
Hallie & Tracy Smith
Jeffrey & Beverly Adler
Mary Jane Eisenberg
- TBD -
Sheila Ross Luber
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Special Interest Group Contacts
Cross Country Skiing
Larry Barker and
Jo Ann Ray
Families With Young
Knitting & Yarn Arts
Sara Charney Cohen
Sara Charney Cohen
Temple Beth Tikvah is pleased to welcome our newest members:
and their children,
and their children
October Calendar of Events
OCTOBER EVENTS SCHEDULE
Oct. 2 7:00 p.m. - Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Oct. 3 10:00 a.m. - Rosh Hashanah Service
4:00 p.m. - Tashlich and Picnic
Oct. 4 4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
6:30 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting
Oct. 9 10:00 a.m. - Sunday School
2:00 p.m. - Kever Avot - Pilot Butte Cemetery
3:00 p.m. - Kever Avot - Deschutes Memorial
Oct. 10 12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
5:00 p.m. - Adult Hebrew Class
Oct. 11 6:15 p.m. - Children's Program
7:00 p.m. - Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Service
Oct. 12 10:00 a.m. - Yom Kippur Morning Service
1:30 p.m. - Adult Ed. Discussion
3:00 p.m. - Yom Kippur Afternoon Service
4:30 p.m. - Yizkor Memorial Service
5:15 p.m. - Ne'ila Concluding Service
6:00 p.m. - Break-the-Fast Dinner
Oct. 15 9:00 a.m. - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Judaica Class
10:30 a.m. - Shabbat Torah Service
Oct. 16 --- Erev Sukkot ---
Oct. 17 12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
5:00 p.m. - Adult Hebrew Class
Oct. 18 4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
Oct. 19 7:30 a.m. - Back Door Cafe
Oct. 22 3:00 p.m. - Sukkot Program and Potluck
Oct. 23 10:00 a.m. - Sunday School
Oct. 24 12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
5:00 p.m. - Adult Hebrew Class
7:00 p.m. - Simchat Torah Celebration
11:59 p.m. -
November Newsletter Deadline
Oct. 25 4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
Oct. 31 12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
5:00 p.m. - Adult Hebrew Class
ON THE HORIZON
Nov. 5th - Havdallah With a Maven
Nov. 18th - Shabbat@Home
Dec. 3rd - Havdallah and a Movie
Dec. 24th - First Night of Chanukah
October Torah Study
Weekly-Monday noon: 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31
October School Activities - at Shalom Bayit unless noted otherwise
Sunday School - 10:00 a.m: 10/9, 10/23
Hebrew School - Tues. 4:00 p.m: 10/4, 10/18, 10/25
For more details about any TBT events, see our complete schedule of Services, School activities, and Events online:
Please join Temple Beth Tikvah for
High Holy Days Services 2016/5777
Unless otherwise noted, all events are at
First Presbyterian Church
230 NE Ninth Street
Bend. OR 97701
Sun. Oct. 2nd
7:00 p.m. Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Mon. Oct. 3rd
10:00 a.m. Rosh Hashanah Service
4:00 p.m. Tashlich, Family Fun, and picnic at
Sun. Oct. 9th
2:00 p.m. @Pilot Butte Cemetery
3:00 p.m. @Deschutes Memorial Gardens Chapel
Tues. Oct. 11th
6:15-6:45 p.m. Children's Program
7:00 p.m. Kol Nidre Service
Wed. Oct. 12th
10:00 a.m. Yom Kippur
1:30 p.m. Adult Education w/Rabbi Comins
3:00 p.m. Yom Kippur Afternoon Service
4:30 p.m. Yizkor Memorial Service
5:15 p.m. Neilah Concluding Service
6:00 p.m. Break-the-Fast Dinner
3:00 p.m. Sukkot at
the home of Marlis Beier and Dean Sharpe. Please contact Marlis for information:
Mon. Oct. 24th
7:00 p.m. Simchat Torah Celebration @FPC
Break-the-Fast Bakers Needed
We still need bakers & kugel makers for the Break-the-Fast meal after Yom Kippur. If you can make a kugel or bake desserts for the Break-the-Fast, please contact Liz Levinson email@example.com ASAP.
From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson
Once there was a prince who sailed to faraway countries. Many years passed, and at last the prince thought of coming back.
For a moment he felt shame. He had been away so long. So much time had passed since he last saw his home.
Then he said to himself: I must not be ashamed to come back. After all, it is to my own ancestral property that I return.
(Midrash Sifrei Devarim)
midrash reminds me of the emotions Rosh Hashanah stirs in so many of us. The shofar calls us back to synagogue and services even if we don't really connect to the words of the
machzor - the prayer book for the High Holy Days.
We feel guilty for all the services and Sunday school sessions we missed, despite when we missed them it was because we were busy and engaged in life: work, school, extra-curriculars, getting out into nature, bonding with our kids and grandkids, catching up with friends and neighbors, so on and so forth.
And then at some point our inner-monologue shifts: Wait a minute, if the synagogue is our spiritual home, it should be ready and waiting for us when we're ready to return.
And it is.
What I like best about the High Holy Day season is the double blessing of return and discovery. I love seeing people I haven't seen in some time. And I love the new faces, recent transplants to Bend finally finding their way to Jewish life here.
When we connect with organized Jewish community, we engage in relationship. There is an unspoken covenant. We agree to show up. The synagogue agrees to welcome us and accept us as we are.
The thing is, we are people, a collective of individuals. The synagogue is an institution, an organization, an entity. It really doesn't exist in time and space except for us - its members, friends, and visitors. Without our own physical home, we get it in a way larger, established synagogue communities don't.
Temple Beth Tikvah is us. The covenantal relationship between Temple Beth Tikvah and its members is nothing short of our own willingness to receive one another and create space together for Jewish living and learning.
I find it very exciting in our small community to get to know each other and create spaces that work for the diverse ways in which we live Jewishly and the diverse curiosities that guide our shared Jewish learning.
As this Jewish year comes into being we are seeing our tweens and teens committing to building a Jewish youth presence in town. The first Bnai Mitzvah of my tenure here with Temple Beth Tikvah are leading the charge. Who knows what they will form with their ideas and interests? I look forward to finding out.
Our Central Oregon Sunday School is experiencing a little turbulence that in my opinion will birth a new way for families to bond with one another and take control over the Jewish community experience their children will someday consider ordinary. The hard part is watching families choose not to attend Sunday school because their lives are so rich with school, music, sports, and art. The joy is seeing those who can no longer bear the old-school way of doing things reach out to one another and get together in a new manner. Something new and exciting will emerge and change the way we hand Judaism down to the next generation.
The adult learning and ritual committees in Temple Beth Tikvah are bringing back oldies but goodies as well as introducing new kinds of events.
Havdallah with a Maven (first one is in November) will give us the opportunity to learn from our own members who are experts in all sorts of areas. This year we'll hear from a retired police officer who worked in gang violence, a National Guard volunteer preparing for an inevitable Cascadia event, and a scientist dealing with the ethics of robotics and self-driving cars.
Our informal monthly Friday night events will rotate among family Shabbat programs, Kabbalat Shabbat gatherings in fun, public spaces (or large homes), and shabbat@home smaller dinner gatherings in private homes.
This month of October is filled with the pomp and circumstance of the High Holy Days. Enjoy it. Reconnect with Temple Beth Tikvah at its best and most formal. And remember, beneath the layers of new clothes, sweet New Year's treats, and exquisite musical renderings of our most sacred prayers - Temple Beth Tikvah is us, each and every one of us.
Celebrate the new year redolent with opportunity by meeting someone new and signing up to do something different. Share your passion with us and we'll respond with new social action initiatives. Open your home to us and we'll show up with good food and drink in hand, and good intentions in our hearts.
Shanah tovah! May it be a good New Year together, for all of us! Amen.
~~ Rabbi Hershenson's office hours are by appointment. If you would like to set up an appointment, please contact her by email at:
, or by phone at 541-213-9880.
| President's Message
From TBT President Jeanne Freeman
Our family Shabbat that coincided with our BBYO introduction brought a host of young faces out to share in the celebration. It was a joyous and fun-filled Shabbat, beginning with each of us wearing a paper with a saying related to the High Holy Days taped to our foreheads and having to ask others for clues to help us guess our phrase! It was a tremendous icebreaker and an opportunity to connect with new and old member families.
We were also gathered together to watch one man's dream finally come to fruition. Jerry Greenbach has been trying to get a Jewish youth group organized in Central Oregon for at least 4 years.
Jerry brought the idea to the board, and with the help of Naomi Chudowsky, Fred Rafilson, Mark Schindel, Ralph Uri,
, and me, it began to take shape. Rachel Uri and Abi Hershenson agreed to be the teen advisors to the committee and Sara Charney Cohen and David Uri signed on. New member Jillian Frankl, who met her husband Paul through BBYO, agreed to be the fledgling group's adult advisor. The dream was becoming reality.
A representative of BBYO and two teens, both leaders in their respective BBYO chapters came to meet our teens, spend the weekend, and share what BBYO has meant to them. We were all impressed by the poise, confidence and speaking skills exhibited by our two teen guests, Jen Caplan from Portland, and Ron Miasnikmorgan from California. Their BBYO training and experience has made them exceptional young leaders.
The youth group, including our kids in grades 7-12, spent Saturday, over-nighting to Sunday in Sunriver. Jillian, David, Naomi, and Victor Chudowsky managed the daytime activities and Jillian, David and Fred chaperoned overnight. (see the Youth Group article for more information)
We know that the work isn't done yet; the Youth Group is not a "fait acompli." But we do have the start of our Central Oregon Jewish Youth (COJY) group for grades 7-12, which will soon become a local BBYO chapter. Members of our youth group will become BBYO members starting in 8th grade.
Our heartfelt thanks to Jillian, Naomi, Ralph, David, Vic and Fred who put in tremendous effort to make this weekend a success and to Jerry for all that he has done to bring this program to life.
We adults know that it will be up to our kids to make these groups successful - BBYO mandates that these are student-led and driven. Our kids will have to invite other Jewish kids to attend and create programming that will keep them and their friends interested.
But we can support them, and that is what we ask of you. Please, if you have a child (or grandchild) who is in grade 7-12, encourage them to give it a try. Those in attendance this weekend were surprised at how much fun they had with old and new friends.
If Judaism is to survive, it will be in the hands of our children to make it happen. Giving our kids a way to maintain their connection, whether or not they are bar/bat mitzvah, will strengthen them as individuals and all of us as Jews.
A MESSAGE FROM
This past January, Prime Minister Netanyahu made a commitment to the entire Jewish people. His government passed a resolution that included all forms of Jewish worship at the Western Wall, with detailed plans to build an egalitarian prayer space, administered by a pluralistic group including our rabbis. For the first time in the history of the Jewish state, Reform rabbis would join an official government-supported religious body. It was a great shared victory!
Unfortunately, in the months since, the government has successfully avoided implementing its own commitment. We are encouraged by the recent statements of two Supreme Court Justices, urging us to appeal to the government to implement its decision. The appeal will be submitted before Rosh HaShanah.
But we need your help.
We need you to convey to the Israeli government the urgency and significance of equality for Reform and progressive Jews in Israel. For Israel to be a true democracy, and the home for all Jews, the government must take action. Our insistence on democracy, pluralism and equality in Israel is an expression of our love and commitment to Israel.
We, the leadership of the Reform Movement, are coming together to ask all of our supporters and members to reach out to Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstien, and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennet, and ask them to fulfill their commitment to make Judaism's holiest site a home to all Jews.
Please join us in making 5777 the year our joint victory at the Kotel is complete and Israel really is a home to all Jews. We believe that by this time next year we will hear the shofar blast from a Western Wall that represents the best of our values and our diversity.
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President URJ
Daryl Messinger, Chair
Follow this link to send a message:
Demand Equality at Israel's Holiest Site
TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting: Tue. Oct. 4th, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Stonebriar Apartments Clubhouse
Your TBT Board meets on the first Tuesday of each month (please note that this is a change from previous) and everyone is invited to attend. Dates and times of Board meetings are on the TBT calendar at:
If you would like to read minutes of previous board meetings, you can request a copy from Board Secretary Marijane Krohn:
Ritual Committee News
Ralph Uri, Ritual Committee Chair
We had two Shabbat services this month both of which were well attended and unique. The first was held on a Saturday morning earlier in the month and included an uplifting teaching by our Rabbi, a Torah reading and interpretation including the entire congregation and as always beautiful music. This new format was well received and hopefully will be repeated in the future. The second service was a family Shabbat held last Friday night in a relaxed clubhouse setting. Johanna's creativity engaged both young and old and was followed by a catered dinner and BBYO presentation including out of town teens that were both quite impressive. Additionally, we had our monthly Torah service at mid-month.
Next month is filled with High Holy Day activities, the schedule of which you have already received. Additionally we will have our monthly Torah service on
Oct. 15th, a Sukkot celebration on Saturday afternoon
Oct. 22nd, and a Simchat Torah celebration on
Mon. Oct. 24th. Please look for "Happennings at TBT" for specific times and locations.
At this season of introspection and self assessment I and my committee want to wish you and your families a heartfelt "shanah tovah." May we all be inscribed in the book of life for a year of health, happiness and contentment.
Social Action Update
Burt Litman, Social Action Chair
September was a very busy month for us. We fed more than 200 people. The Social Action Committee organized crews for Back Door Cafe, Family Kitchen, and Bethlehem Inn, serving about 70 guests at each location.
We want to thank Chuck and Marilyn Shattuck, Vivian Freeman, Lynn and Ed Connelly, Seana and Ron Jollo, Karen Higgins, Neil Pyne, Char and Steve Dimond, Phyllis and Jerry Greenbach, Jan and Larry Freeman Bauer, and Kathy and Mark Schindel for preparing and serving dinner at Family Kitchen. Thanks also go out to Vivian Freeman, Jeanne Freeman, Burt Litman, Ann and Michael Rosenfield, Joe Jezukewicz, Ralph Uri, Bonnie Ruby, and Jeff Adler for serving at Back Door Cafe. Last but not least we thank the following members of the Men's Group for preparing and serving dinner at Bethlehem Inn: Chuck Shattuck, Burt Litman, Ralph Uri, Michael Rosenfield, Steve Dimond, and Paul Levinson.
We find that those coming to the Back Door Cafe, Family Kitchen, and Bethlehem Inn represent a wide age span, including families with small children, and seniors stretching their food budgets. All are very appreciative of our efforts and many comment on how much they like the meals we prepare. This was evidenced in the comment made by one of the regulars at Back Door Cafe when I was dropping off the food for the next day's breakfast. He asked if I was part of the Jewish group. When I answered yes, he said that we do the best breakfasts. We are happy to have a reputation for doing tasty and nutritious breakfasts and dinners.
If you have an interest in participating in these programs, please contact Burt Litman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Ed. Happenings
Mary Jane Eisenberg,
Adult Education Chair
Please join Rabbi Hershenson and fellow Temple Beth Tikvah members for two events coming up in November: our first Havdallah with a Maven on November 5th, and the second Adult Ed class on November 8th. Havdallah with a Maven will introduce you to some of our Temple Beth Tikvah members speaking about their areas of expertise. This first one features Adam Heyman on the topic of Policing, and our adult ed class on November 8th will acquaint us with Spinoza's Heresy. Intrigued? Please join us for 2 dynamic learning sessions!
Havdallah with a Maven
Adam Heyman, Policing
November 5th, 2016
home of Jeanne Freeman & Burt Litman
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Adult Education Class
Spinoza's Heresy: Free Will vs. Determinism
November 8th, 2016
Location: To be announced
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Snacks and drinks are welcome!
COJY Teen Group News
Naomi Chudowsky and Jerry Greenbach, Teen Activities Chairs
Last weekend, our Central Oregon Jewish Youth (COJY) group got off to a great start! Ten teens, grades 7-12, had a fantastic time at Sunriver learning about the BBYO Jewish youth movement, getting to know each other, and planning for the future. We had two teens visit from the Bay Area and Portland, who are involved in BBYO in their own communities, along with a BBYO staffer, who shared what BBYO has to offer.
BBYO is an international pluralistic movement for Jewish teens. The purpose is to deliver post Bar/Bat Mitzvah fun and meaningful experiences that inspire a lasting connection to the Jewish people. There are hundreds of chapters all over the world. Our youth group will soon become affiliated with BBYO so that our teens can take part in their conventions, leadership training, and more at the regional, national, and international levels.
We started the weekend off with an informal Shabbat and informational session with our BBYO visitors. Rabbi Hershenson led some icebreaking games and discussions, followed by a short Shabbat service and dinner. Then we enjoyed a presentation on BBYO.
Saturday, the teens headed down to Sunriver for an overnight event planned by TBT's new member, Jillian Frankl. We enjoyed bike riding, games, barbeque, Havdalah, and a visit to the Sunriver Observatory where we saw the rings of Saturn! We parted with plans already underway for upcoming events...WATCH FOR MORE INFORMATION TO COME!
The teens are enthusiastic about expanding COJY to include more Jewish teens. COJY will consist of two chapters: one for middle schoolers (starting the second semester of grade 6 - grade 8) and one for high schoolers, grades 9-12. All Jewish teens are welcome, regardless of affiliation. The teens are already planning their next events and notices will go out to all TBT members and our growing list of families with Jewish teens in our area.
In addition to Jillian Frankl, we want to thank Ralph Uri, Rachel Uri, Abi
Hershenson, David Uri, Fred Rafilson, Victor Chudowsky, Rabbi Hershenson, and Jeanne
Freeman for making this weekend a success!
NOVEMBER Newsletter Deadline: October 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:
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
Meet the Author: Phyllis Greenbach
Please join us on October 23rd for an interesting discussion of The Blessing and the Curse, by local author, Phyllis Greenbach
Phyllis, who lives part of the year in Bend and is a member of Temple Beth Tikvah, will be in attendance and speak about this very personal story of her family's life.
Who among your circle of friends or family has not been caught up in one or more of these dilemmas: family problems, a difficult choice between an abortion or adoption, an unjust legal system or loss of career, drugs or alcohol dependency, a religious identity crisis or thoughts of suicide? Perhaps someone you know is a Holocaust victim or their descendant, or been touched by assimilation problems. It is all here, in a compelling saga, based on the lives of two Jewish families that converge over an adopted child. A sealed adoption agreement is breached, and the birth-mother and adoptive-mother are forced to confront each other's complicated histories. Spanning seventy years and two continents, the tragedies and triumphs of both families are woven together, ultimately leading to redemption.
In recent years there have been a number of books written by a birth-mother forced to give up her child or by the adopted child reuniting with her biological parents. This book is unique. The Blessing and the Curse is written
from my point of view, as the adoptive-mother, with the cooperation of the birth-mother and her family. It cracks open the facade of family life, digging deeper into who we are and why. Nothing happens in a vacuum. This saga poignantly reveals the ups and downs, the real life dramas, that funnel our choices and define who we are.
The discussion and presentation will take place on October 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at the home of Vivian Freeman. Refreshments will be served.
Phyllis will bring copies of her book to sell and also be happy to sign your personal copies of The Blessing and the Curse. You can find the book through Amazon, book stores and at our local library.
Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged.
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 Marilyn and Jeff Lebowitz, in memory of Fay Shaw, Jeff's mother.
- From Chuck and Marilyn Shattuck, in memory of Millie Pick.
- From Kathy and Mark Schindel, in memory of Zelda Schindel.
- From Kathy and Mark Schindel, in memory of Rose Bernstein.
- From Shelley Grudin in memory of Corrie Grudin.
- From Gary & Terry Reynolds, in memory of Herb Reynolds.
- From Eileen and Stephen Katz in memory of Alice Kollman.
- From Eileen and Stephen Katz in memory of Walter Kollman.
- From Eileen and Stephen Katz in memory of Randall Katz.
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.