November 2019      
    הקשר HaKesher  
                                                 "The Connection"      

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TBT Board Members
   Sheila Luber  
   Ann Rosenfield 
   Terry Hoogstede
   Mark Schindel
     Lester Dober
     Paul Jacobs
    Kerrie Zurovsky
TBT Committee Chairs
Budget & Finance
   Chuck Shattuck

     Terry Reynolds
    Michael Rosenfield

Program Oversight
    Kathy Schindel

TBT Team Leaders
Adult Learning
    Mel Siegel

Bikur Cholim
     Suzanne Schlosberg
    Evie Lerner
    Linda Brandt

Calendar Keeper
    Kathy Schindel

Chevra Kadisha
    Ralph Uri

Communications & PR
    Kathy Schindel
    Shiela Luber

    Sheila Luber


    Julie Geveshausen

    Eileen Katz

    Jan Freeman-Bauer

Religious Education
    Sara Jo Slate

    Lee Shapiro-London

Social Action
    Lynne Connelley

Venue Logistics
    Mark Schindel

    Jeanne Freeman
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Temple Beth Tikvah is pleased to welcome our newest members:
Glenn Cantor & Inge Eriks
Gene & Linnea Epstein
November Calendar of Events 

Events and Activities

   November 1 -  2:30 pm - Family Kitchen
   November 2 -  7:00 pm - Havdallah with a Purpose 
   November 8 -  7:00 pm - Erev Shabbat Service
   November 20 - 7:30 am - Back Door Cafe
   November 21 - 6:00 pm - Interfaith Thanksgiving
   November 22 - 6:00 pm - Shabbat at Home
Torah Study - Philosotea
   Thursdays 4:00 pm - November 7, 14 & 21

   December 7 -   Havdallah with a Maven
   December 22 - First Night of Chanukah
   December 27 - Shabbat and Chanukah Celebration

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

Leadership News
                   Message From  Co-Presidents  
Sheila Luber and Ann Rosenfield

The High Holy Days have passed and many of us are relieved as it always takes a lot of work to prepare, organize, set up and facilitate all of the services, music and food. This year's Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services seemed particularly beautiful to us and we think the new prayer books played a big part. We loved the modern English used, the option to read other prayers, and the flow of the services. The Yizkor service on Yom Kipper was more meaningful this year with a new candle lighting portion and lyrical music. Rabbi Hershenson did a wonderful job selecting thoughtful readings from our new prayer book and with Lester's help, included so many of us in the services. We hope you also enjoyed the new Mishkan HaNefesh prayer books and that you too felt this year's services were especially enriching.

It takes a lot of people to pull it all together and though we thanked everyone at the services, there is one special person we want to acknowledge--- Kathy Schindel. Kathy has chaired the High Holy Days committee for many years and she is the person who organizes the effort, ensures that all the moving parts are in sync, and finds the individuals to take care of the myriad jobs. There is much to do even before the holidays start and Kathy makes it all happen- advertising, updated website, ways to register, rooms reserved, people to work, etc. Kathy and her husband Mark also set up the sanctuary for each service and put it all away after the service is over. They take care of storing the prayer books and this year also placed in our new prayer books the book plates so many of you bought to honor or memorialize your loved ones. Temple Beth Tikvah is grateful to have the Schindels as such hard working members.

With a short breather after the high holy days season, your board is now returning its attention to congregational business. Members of the board have met to set goals for the coming year and beyond. We believe it is time to extend our view into the future and though we are currently planning for 2019/2020, we are also setting our sights on what to address and how within a five-year horizon. Over the next month, we are finalizing this year's short list of goals while also deciding on some ways to gather your valuable input to support longer term thinking. Stay tuned; we will want temple members to weigh in on a range of issues and opportunities.

Sheila & Ann

Divrei Tikvah  RJohannaHeadShot
From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

Happy November!
Happy Cheshvan (the current Hebrew month)!
Thank you, Temple Beth Tikvah, for a magnificent High Holy Day season. Kathy Schindel, once again you manage the big picture seamlessly. Thank you. Membership committee, thank you for filling tables with greeters and collecting information from guests so we can invite them back. Lester Dober, thank you for inviting members to read parts in the services and easing nerves.

All our readers, blessers, ark openers, Torah  holders, Torah  chanters, service greeters...thank you. It is an honor to share the bima with you. Julie Geveshausen and your team, Jo and Eileen, Janet and Kathi, thank you for weaving our services together with your instruments and total presence. Your generosity in learning our liturgy and opening your hearts and minds to its fruits seems infinite. Zoe Hershenson for scanning the service texts into PDF's so the musicians could integrate the liturgy into their music and engage in the service as well as play and sing. Sheila Luber, thank you for recruiting Paul Jacobs and tailoring our security protocol to High Holy Days service scale. 

Thank you, Pastor Steven Koski and First Presbyterian volunteer greeters who brought a spiritual and hospitality-based element to our security protocol. Finally, thank you to all of our book plate donors. Your generosity funded our new High Holy Day prayerbooks, Mishkan Hanefesh. Its introduction into our congregation generated a whole new feeling during our services. Its words and ideas, its explanations and simple structure allowed us to connect with the themes of the season in a tangible and relevant manner. And finally, thank you, Evie Lerner, for hosting a break-fast full of flavor, warmth and good company.
Of course our High Holy Days linger beyond Yom Kippur. Kudos to our members who braved the unpleasant forecast and celebrated Sukkot out on the ranch with me and Mark and Zoe. Thank you for allowing me to share my mohair harvest and Mark to share his renovation progress on our old homestead house. As for Simchat Torah and our Torah and Tequila trivia quiz and happy hour at Barrio on Wall Street, thank you, to members, Amy and Steve Draheim for allowing us to congregate in your establishment. Next quiz night, we will be sure to have a big screen so every one can follow the game.
The season is past. Just like that. November is here, bringing with it Mar Cheshvan, the bitter month of Cheshvan. Why is it bitter? Because it contains no holidays. On the heels of the High Holy days, it sounds like an oasis in time to me.
This November I am turning my attention to catching up with teens and tweens in Temple Beth Tikvah. We began building a youth group a couple years ago. Jerry Greenbach, Naomi Chudowsky, Jillian Frankl, and Kerrie Zurovsky have all worked tirelessly to try to keep momentum. We have just recently pulled out of BBYO affiliation in favor of mentoring our teens locally. All youth programs have their up seasons and down seasons. We have a strong base and I am enthusiastic about bringing our young adults together for fun and purposeful activities.
The one thing we learned about our teens and tweens is that they appreciate opportunities to engage in community service. Accordingly I hope to see them choose a couple projects for the remainder of the school year and see them through. Our teens have been well appreciated volunteers in Family Kitchen and Bethlehem Inn. This month we invite them (and you) to meet The Giving Plate, Bend's local food pantry, at Havdallah with a Purpose, November 2nd at 7 PM.
Social action engagement also meant a great deal to me when I was a teen. I lived close to Washington, DC, and was fortunate to spend a great deal of time with a rabbi who was a role model for me. He directed the Religious Action Center, the Union for Reform Judaism's lobbying arm. There I learned to research political issues and discuss them with Senators and Representatives. I practiced lobbying on Capitol Hill. The Religious Action Center runs weekend retreats for teens in the Reform Movement. Perhaps our teens would like to work toward taking such a trip together. Or maybe we take a trip to a densely populated Jewish center and see the sights? Or a North American Federation of Temple Youth convention or kallah? As we get to know each other, our young adults will tell us what they most need from us and what they can contribute to our community. I look forward to seeing this chapter unfold.

. ~~ 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.

TBT Highlights
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High Holy Days Thank You 
Kathy Schindel
Our beautiful High Holy Days services and events are behind us and many of you have expressed how much you enjoyed them. So much time and effort went into planning and executing these events and so many people contributed that I wanted to acknowledge those who helped out.

First our sincere thanks to Rabbi Hershenson, our gifted singer Eileen and our talented musicians Julie, Jo, Kathi, and guest musician, Janet Gesme for the inspirational services. The services seemed particularly meaningful this year with our new High Holy Days prayerbooks which contained so many relevant readings. We are grateful to our anonymous donors for this generous gift.

Our Erev Rosh Hashanah oneg was organized and coordinated by Leslie Conley, Marcia Uri, and Jan Freeman-Bauer, with contributions from all of our wonderful TBT bakers.

The Tashlich picnic was coordinated by Linda and George Brant and generously sponsored by Phyllis and Jerry Greenbach. Even though the weather was not ideal, many families came out and enjoyed the event.

Break the Fast after Yom Kippur services was coordinated by Jan Freeman-Bauer. We are grateful that Evie Lerner opened her home and welcomed everyone for her annual Break the Fast.

Sheila Luber, using recommendations from our Security Task Force, organized our security plan for services. We were also appreciative of the assistance offered by FPC members who helped as greeters at the doors before and during services.

We thank all who participated in the services leading blessings, reading Torah, and offering readings. Lester Dober worked hard to include as many participants as possible. We are so grateful for all of his time and contributions.

It takes effort and coordination setting up before and cleaning up after our services. Special thanks to Mark Schindel, Ann and Michael Rosenfield, and Terry Reynolds for your help which was greatly appreciated.

Thank you to those who helped out as greeters for our services and those who helped with check-in, graciously welcoming our members and guests.

While many of us may feel that the Break the Fast on Yom Kippur ends High Holy Days, Rabbi Hershenson reminds us that these holidays also include Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Thank you to Rabbi Johanna and Mark for hosting a wonderful Sukkot celebration last Saturday. We enjoyed delicious soup, hot cider, and other harvest dishes contributed by our members. It wasn't a warm day, but the weather cooperated enough to gather in the Sukkah.

Monday night, October 21, a large group gathered at Barrio for a Simchat Torah adult Trivia Night. Delicious food and drink and a fun trivia contest created by Rabbi Johanna was fun for all.

In addition to those mentioned, there were many of you who offered a hand at the various services and events. We are all blessed to be a part of this helpful, warm, and caring community.

With gratitude,
Kathy Schindel
High Holy Days, Chair

Havdallah with a Purpose

Saturday, November 2 at 7:00 pm
The Giving Plate, 1245 SE Third St,
in Scandia Plaza off Division

The Giving Plate  opened its doors in April 2010 through the efforts of Gary & Debra Kelso. Their passion was to serve the community during a poor economic time where many were struggling to make ends meet.  Initially, they thought helping 500 families have food on their table would be amazing, but within months from opening they had registered that 500th family and they began to realize the need was much bigger than they ever imagined. The community need for food continued to rise at an astounding rate, and has not let up.  The Giving Plate  strives to serve its guests with compassion and hospitality, and works to remove the "clinical experience" of entering a food bank.

Bring a snack to share and come find out about this wonderful organization and what they offer our community.

RSVP to Lynne Connelley,
TBT Tribute Bookplates

A beautiful bookplate capturing the character of Central Oregon awaits your words of loving tribute to grace our prayer books for Shabbat services and the High Holy Days. 

With so many orders for our new two-volume HHD machzors, we decided to also offer tribute bookplates for our Shabbat prayer books that we use more often. You can designate which prayer book you want for your bookplate when you complete the order form.
Each bookplate is only $18 to honor and celebrate someone special in your life. It's wonderful to open a prayer book and read a heartfelt dedication on the bookplate inside. We would love to sell enough to fill all of our HHD and Shabbat prayer books.
Order your tribute bookplate on our website: 
Questions? Contact Kathy Schindel at  or (541) 617-7018.
Afternoon Philosotea  
Jewish Thought and Thinkers

Join Rabbi Hershenson at her Blissful Heart Wellness Community office (45 NW Greeley Avenue, Harmony Room) on Thursdays at 4:00 pm for afternoon tea and ongoing exploration of Jewish Thought and Thinkers.

Sage Advice: Pirkei Avot by Rabbi Irving Yitz Greenberg 
November 7, 14, 21

The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness by Rabbi Rami Shapiro
December 5, 12, 19

Jewish Living: Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice by Rabbi Mark Washofsky
January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Shabbat at Home 
Friday, November 22

Join TBT friends to welcome Shabbat and enjoy a delicious potluck dinner in a member's home. 

RSVP to Marilyn Shattuck by November 14, If you would like to be a host for this event, let Marilyn know. About a week before the event you will be contacted by your host who will let you know what you can contribute to the dinner.
An Introduction to Arurveda
Save the Date!
Saturday, December 7

Taught by Marilynn Jacobs, get an overview of this ancient health-giving system from India, the healing aspect of the Yoga tradition, and discover why Ayurveda has endured for over 5,000 years and is considered the "Mother" of all the Great Healing Systems.  For information:
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Board and Committee News
TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  November 12,  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:

If you would like to read minutes of previous board meetings, you can request a copy from Board Secretary, Terry Hoogstede
Social Action Updatetikkun olam earth
Lynne Connelley

Stay tuned for the upcoming Secret Santa program in which we partner with the Assistance League of Bend in fulfilling Christmas gift wishes of low income seniors in  Redmond, Bend and LaPine.  

Bikur Cholim-Care and Feeding of the Community of TBT
Evie Lerner

We welcome referrals! Evie Lerner, Suzanne Schlosberg and Linda Brant are the go-to people for any illnesses, surgeries, new babies, transportation to appointments, lending of walkers or other medical equipment, or just visiting.  

We don't know if you don' t tell us! And you can call any of us and we'll get everything organized. Meal trains, rides, and visits are our specialties. We also always welcome additional committee members!

The Holidays are Coming!
Jeanne Freeman
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No-sweat, no-hassle, no-cost fundraising for TBT!! 
Sign up for Fred Meyer Community Rewards and and every time you shop a percentage of your total purchase is donated to Temple Beth Tikvah. 
There is no cost to you and you continue to get any and all discounts that you are already signed up for with both companies.
Be a shopping hero when you shop online for the holidays through and at Fred Meyer. Click here for more information about how to register with both of these programs.

December Newsletter Deadline:  November 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: 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
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service (and Pie Fest)
Building a Village for our Children

November 21, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Community Presbyterian Church
529 NW 19th St., Redmond

Interfaith Network of Central Oregon (INCO) is sponsoring an interfaith Thanksgiving service at Community Presbyterian Church in Redmond. The service will be focused on programs and services to "Build a Village." There will be music and a short video about Youth Villages followed by a Pie Fest.

Please bring a non-perishable food item and maybe a pie to share.

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TBT Tributes
Temple Beth Tikvah gratefully acknowledges the following contributions:

  • Burt Litman & Jeanne Freeman in memory of Elaine Freeman Litman
  • Jerry & Phyllis Greenbach in memory of Murray Gurvitz
  • Terry Reynolds in memory of Gary Reynolds
  • Selma Nichols 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:

   - General Fund
   - Youth Education Fund
   - Music Fund    
   - TBT's Goodwill Fund
   - Social Action/Tzedakah Fund
   - or the Corrie Grudin Memorial 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 for more information.
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