January 2019     
    הקשר HaKesher  
                                                 "The Connection"      

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TBT Board Members
Board Officers:

   Sheila Luber  
   Ann Rosenfield 
   Mary Jane Eisenberg
   Lester Dober

 Past President:
   Jeanne Freeman
   Paul Jacobs

   Kerrie Zurovsky

TBT Commitee Chairs
 Adult Education
   Mel Siegel
 Bikkur Holim
   Suzanne Schlosberg
   Evie Lerner
   Linda Brant
 Calendar Keeper
   Kathy Schindel 
 Chevra Kadisha
   Ralph Uri
 Communications & PR
   Kathy Schindel

   Sheila Luber

   Mark Schindel
   Chuck Shattuck

 Membership & 
 Member Engagement
    Jeanne Freeman
   Julie Geveshausen
   Eileen Katz
   Jan Freeman Bauer
   Alex Charney Cohen
 Religious Education
   Sara Jo Slate
 Social Action
   Lynne Connelley 
   Mark Schindel
 Youth Group
    Jillian Frankl
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January Calendar of Events 

 School Activities

Sunday School 10:00 am: - 1/13, 1/27
Hebrew School 4:00 pm: - 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29

Other Events and Activities

   January 4 - 2:30 pm Family Kitchen
   January 8 - 1:00 pm Board Meeting
   January 11- 7:00 pm Shabbat Shirah
   January 13- 7:00 pm Adult Education
   January 16- 7:30 am Back Door Cafe
   January 19- 6:30 pm Havdalah with a Purpose
   January 21- Tu B"Shevat/Snowshoe Hike
   January 25- 5:00 TBT Tish
Torah Study
Weekly-Resumes in February
Monthly-Saturday 10:00 am at FPC Library: 1/19


   February 16 - Havdalah with a Maven
   February 22 - Shabbat at Home

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

TBT Highlights
Jan Freeman-Bauer

Our TBT Chanukah dinner and celebration was a huge success. There was tasty food and lots of fun. Thank you to our amazing volunteers. We couldn't have done it without you ! If you didn't attend, we hope to see you next year.
Shabbat Shirah
Alex Charney Cohen

On January 11 at 7:00 pm, please join us for Shabbat Shirah.  Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of Song, is a perennial favorite at TBT and I expect it will be memorable this year as well. 

For more information see the Rabbi's Divrei Tikvah below.
Havdallah with a Purpose
Ronald McDonald House
Hallie Smith
Join us for Havdallah with a Purpose on Saturday, January 19th at 6:30 pm at Ronald McDonald House at 1700 NE Purcell in Bend. Say farewell to Shabbat, nosh a little, visit with your friends, and learn about Ronald McDonald House and all it does to support families who have children with serious medical issues. For more than 30 years, Ronald McDonald Houses have offered families comfort, support and a place to stay just minutes away from their child's bedside.

Bring an appetizer or dessert to share. Alcohol is NOT allowed on the premises, and drinks will be provided.

RSVP to Hallie Smith by January 17th.
(541)390-9883 or
There is an opportunity to fix dinner for the residents that night. If you would like to come early to fix dinner, contact Theresa Braun at 541-318-4950 to make arrangements.
You are also encouraged to go to the Ronald McDonald website and bring something from their wish list https://rmhcoregon.org/houses/bend-house/.  Or bring a can or two of beans, soups or chili to help stock their pantry.  
TBT's First Tish
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January 25th, starting at 5:00

  5:15  The Sounds of Shabbes
      •   Shabbat singing and storytelling
      •   Exploration of exotic instruments and      their sounds
             6:00 Shabbat Dinner
              6:45 Meet our Members Mixers

For More information see Rabbi's Divrei Tikvah below.
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Leadership News
                   Message From  Co-Presidents  
Sheila Luber and Anne Rosenfield

As lay leadership whose work is a labor of love, sometimes we don't have all the answers. When we invite you to "email or call us with your feedback and suggestions," we really mean it. And we wonder if perhaps we haven't been strong enough to convey how serious we are.

So, to be clear... tell us what's important to you and how to make things better. When you see a problem, please take the time to let us know. If possible, take one more step and describe the solution you imagine. When asked your opinion, please give it. If you see an opportunity for improvement, without question please speak up. Even the smallest suggestion can make an enormous difference. Provide timely, thoughtful input and you become a force for change.

We can't guarantee that every idea is feasible, but we can promise to share those that are with the board or with the appropriate committee for consideration.

You are a valued member of this community and your temple experience matters to us. We can join together to find solutions that meet your needs. Please email your feedback and suggestions to Ann and Sheila. Or pick-up the phone and give one of us a call. 

Sheila and Ann

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Divrei Tikvah  RJohannaHeadShot
From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

The year 2019 is upon us! As during our High Holy Day season, the crisp winter air cleanses the palate from last year's regrets and sufferings. Each new year's blank slate is redolent with possibility.
Early this month, January 11th, Shabbat Shirah invites sounds of Jewish music to resonate in us, inspiring hope and curiosity as we grow into ourselves. This year Julie Geveshausen, Jo Booser, and Eileen Heaton are preparing a number of compositions and arrangements by my dear teacher and friend, Bonia Shur (z"l). The service will include excerpts from an interview with Bonia entitled "Profiles in Faith" in which Bonia shares how his life experiences impacted his faith and the music he composed and arranged for synagogue life. We will meet at First Presbyterian Church at 7 PM for this very special Erev Shabbat service.
Another opportunity to continue filling this year's blank slate with meaningful companionship is our first TBT Tish on January 25th. The tish  refers to the Chasidic Rebbe's table, around which students and their families would gather on Friday night to welcome Shabbat with singing, stories, and a meal. Our goal with our first TBT Tish is to welcome shabbat in a joyful and playful manner, share a meal, and get to know each other a little better.

Don't forget that Tu B'Shevat falls during this month. Linda Brant has communicated with the Forest Rangers at MT. Bachelor and we are invited to take in the beauty of our pine forest with a snow shoe, ranger-guided hike on Monday, January 21st. Pay attention to Weekly Happenings for detailed information.
Welcome back from winter break! Let's lean on one another to bring in a new year filled with companionship and joy...the fleeting moments add up! Shanah tovah!

~~ 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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Board and Committee News
TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  Tuesday, January 8 1:00 to  3:00 p.m. 
Location:  Stonebriar Apartments Clubhouse, 21255 E. Highway 20, Bend.

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

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 Cohen
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The Machzor (High Holiday Prayer book) Editorial committee met in December with the Rabbi to learn about the themes and flow of the High Holy Day services, as well as our responsibilities for collecting readings and reviewing the first draft. Many thanks to Jana Zvibleman, Julie Geveshausen, Kathy Schindel, Jo Booser, and of course Rabbi Johanna Hershenson for participating in this committee.  We are optimistic that we will have a version of our own "homegrown" Machzor for High Holiday Services this fall (2019).
Social Action 
Burt Litman

There's a new opportunity to earn mitzvah points with TBT's Social Action committee!
The Bethlehem Inn's new kitchen facility is open and ready. There is a shift available on the second Thursday every other month beginning in February. If we accept this mission, we will be providing one dinner each alternating month to Bethlehem Inn and on the opposite months, a dinner at Family Kitchen.
Bethlehem Inn is limited to feeding only its residents, who must be on a sober path and employed, or looking for work. On average, we will be cooking and serving 100 to 120 men, women and children each month.
Our responsibilities include shopping for the needed ingredients, cooking the meal, plating and serving, and cleaning the cooking area. Dishwashers take note: the residents clear the tables, do the dishes, wash all pots and pans and do all cleanup. We need fewer people to work at Bethlehem Inn; approximately 10 cooking and serving.
Are you interested in participating at Bethlehem Inn on alternating months? And are you available to work on Thursday, February 14th? Please contact Burt Litman at bjlitman@gmail.com if you'd like to join the kitchen crew for February or in the future.

Social Action Updatetikkun olam earth
Lynne Connelley

Thank you to all who have participated this year in our social action projects.  The organizations with which we have participated have been Assistance League of Bend, Mt. Star Family Relief Nurseries and Habitat for Humanity. These organizations serve low income seniors, high-stressor families with young children and low income residents of Central Oregon seeking to own their own homes.

For ALB's Secret Santa program in November and December 18 TBT members (an increase from last year's 11) shopped for and created 21 beautiful gift bags for low income residents of senior facilities in Bend and Redmond.  Thank you all.

Huge thanks to TBT members who continue to participate in our ongoing Diaper Drive program dropping off cartons of diapers (sizes 2, 3 and 4) at Mt. Star at 2125 NE Daggett Lane or bringing them to our events for Lynne to take to Mt. Star.  Please put this on your shopping lists and commit to one box or more per month.  This is not just a financial issue for Mt. Star's families but a serious health concern for people with limited budgets.  Food stamps do not cover this critical item.  Checks to Mt. Star also would be welcome.  For questions or pick-up please call Lynne Connelley 541-408-6720.  You can mail checks made out to Mt. Star to 22222 Erickson Road, Bend 97701. 

Also ongoing is our participation in Habitat For Humanity.  On December 7 several of our members who participated in builds joined at least 100 others who attended the very gratifying dedication of a duplex to two families who are now homeowners.  TBT gave HFH a total of 66 volunteer hours that have a total value of close to $1,900.00.  Jews With Power Tools rocks!!!! 

Bob Pollack, who is our liaison with Habitat, is in communication with HFH and proposes two options for us in 2019.  First would be working in the ReStore for one or more half days per month.  ReStore, the thrift store for HFH, provides 100% of the funds for builds.  Secondly, HFH builds throughout the year, so call Bob and he will help you sign up to help individually.  TBT is planning a build day for this spring, probably April.  Please call Bob Pollack at 310-622-5386 if you would like to participate.

Religious Education Report Aleph Bet blocks
Sara Jo Slate

As we look back on 2018, we share with you our values, programs and activities in our Community Religious School.
It's been an exciting fall for our Community Religious School! Our thirty-seven students (grades K-7) from TBT, Chabad, and JCCO, are divided into four classes. Each school day begins and ends with Kehillah, which parents are encouraged to attend. Our Opening Kehillah brings everyone together to start the day and always includes a song or two! Our Closing Kehillah is an opportunity to once again join together for music and for each class to share/present what they've learned. While our younger students focus on mitzvot and stories, our older students learn about Jewish values, biblical origins of traditions, and history.
Our K-1 class, taught by Mimi Feldman with teen assistants Chase Frankl and Jonah Henneberg, is working on their "Mitzvot I Can Do" series.  They are learning to say different body parts in Hebrew and exploring mitzvot that they do with that specific body part. This month, they learned that "yadayim" is the Hebrew word for "hands." The two mitzvot they studied that they can do with their yadayim are giving tzedaka and reaching up to touch a mezuzah as they walk through a doorway. 
Our 2-3 class, taught by Rabbi Johanna Hershenson with teen assistant Soli Lachman, focuses on Jewish stories and the lessons they teach.   This term began with the story of Adam and Eve, the patriarch Abraham's adventure, and a story in which blessings turn out to be curses and curses turn out to be blessings. In the next term, they will explore themes of connecting with nature around Tu BShevat, fitting in and standing out in the Purim story, freedom and responsibility in the Passover story, and different ways of knowing from the story of the giving of the Torah as we approach the holiday of Shavuot. 
Our 4-5 class, taught by Judy Shupack with teen assistant Katie Jackman, focusses on the Aleph-Bet of Jewish values.   They explore midot, or character traits, such as humility and kindness.  They do this through stories, plays, songs, and discussion. They also weave in the holidays and traditions while building a community within the classroom. We have all enjoyed learning new songs from the 4th and 5th graders during Kehillah!
Our 6-7 class, taught by Alex Charney Cohen, has studied a range of topics related to the Bible and Jewish history,  including how to navigate chapters and verses in the Bible, the origins of Shabbat in the Bible, traditionally prohibited activities during Shabbat, and the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. During Kehillah, Kitah Daled students have surprised us with some unusual kosher foods, showed us how they surveyed biblical architecture out on the grass behind the school, and even joined the K-1 class for an Israeli dance!
The new parent group hosted our Chanukah Party on December 2nd. Many thanks to Jillian Frankl and Kerrie Zurovsky for chairing the event. Our busy students made applesauce, ate latkes, played dreidel, made a full set of candles for the last night of Chanukah, listened to stories, and made edible dreidels. After the party, families joined together at the menorah lighting at the Old Mill. Our parent group has also taken the lead in communicating parent feedback to TBT's safety task-force. Parents should look for an email update as new security protocols will be in place when we meet next. Parents interested in joining the Parent Advisory Board should contact Kerrie Zurovsky at  kerriefayez@icloud.com
In addition to our Community Religious School, our Hebrew School, with seventeen students divided into four classes, continues to meet weekly. New this year is school-wide Hebrew cursive (previously limited to some classes), which all of our students now learn beginning in their second year.
It gives me great joy to be a part of our school and to see a new generation of children connect as a community and cultivate Jewish identity. I'm looking forward to a second term of both Community Religious School and Hebrew School full of meaningful learning, joyous celebrations, and new friendships among our students. See you in 2019!
Youth Group Happenings

The local chapter of BBYO, Shalom Teva, recently installed a slate of new officers. Bob Pollack is the adult Volunteer Advisor. 

Shalom Teva is looking for projects with which they can help, so if you have organizations that you think would be a good fit call Bob at 310-622-5386.

February Newsletter Deadline:  January 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 Eileen Katz:  eileentam@aol.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.

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Community News
Taizé Service
Next Taizé:  January 3

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
Temple Beth Tikvah gratefully acknowledges the following contributions:
  • Mary Clark in memory of Gary Reynolds
  • Leslie Conley and Joe Jezukewicz in memory of Gary Reynolds, Oliver Gold and Corrie Grudin
  • Leslie Conley and Joseph Jezukewicz in memory of Lester Kaplan, father of Marcia Koff
  • Vivian Freeman and Family in memory of Buddy (Ernest) Goldstein
  • Rudy Gold in memory of Minnie Gold
  • Diana and Bill Hochstetter in memory of Gary Reynolds
  • Jo Ann Ray and Larry Barker in memory of Celia May Barker
  • Suzanne Schlosberg and Paul Spencer in memory of Gary Reynolds

Donations listed above were made to the Temple's general fund unless otherwise specified.

You may honor the lives and achievements of friends and relatives via a tribute with a donation to TBT. You can do this online by clicking here, 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 Rabbi Compensation Fund, 
   - the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, 
   - the Social Action/Tzedakah Fund, 
   - the Corrie Grudin Memorial Fund,
   - or to the General Fund.

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About Temple Beth Tikvah

For Jewish families, retirees and singles at every level of faith in Central Oregon, Temple Beth Tikvah provides a comforting embrace for the soul of your DNA. We are a dynamic Reform Jewish congregation with friendly, giving, active people drawn to Bend and Central Oregon because of the active lifestyle we find here.
We come together in different ways, inspired and informed by our common thread of Jewishness. Whether you were born Jewish, love someone who is Jewish or choose to be Jewish. Practice Judaism a little, a lot or not at all. TBT can serve as the heart of your vibrant, connected life.
We can be your primary source of friendship, purpose, spiritual and intellectual pursuit. Or a side note adding flavor and dimension how and when you want. Whichever you choose, TBT offers an inclusive, communal foundation on which to build your relationships, experiences and practice. From social activities to social action, worship to study, participation to leadership. It's your choice, in this community of yours.  

Please contact us at 541-388-8826 or info@bethtikvahbend.org for more information.
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