September 2019      
    הקשר HaKesher  
                                                 "The Connection"      

   Come be a part of our growing Reform synagogue. All are welcome!

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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:
Kurt Brickner and Isaac Brickner
Jeremy and Gina Breslau and sons Nathan & Noah
September Calendar of Events 

School Activities

Sunday School 10:00 am: - 9/15, 9/22
Hebrew School 4:30 pm: - 9/10, 9/17, 9/24

Other Events and Activities
   September 5 -  4:00 pm - Philosotea
   September 6 -  2:30 pm - Family Kitchen
   September 10- 1:00 pm - Board Meeting
   September 13 -7:00 pm - Erev Shabbat Service
   September 14 -9:00 am - CPR/AED Class
   September 18 -7:30 am - Back Door Cafe
   September 21 -7:00 pm - Selichot Havdallah
   September 29 -7:00 pm - Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
   September 30 -10:00 am- Rosh Hashanah Service
Afternoon Teshuvah:
   Thursdays 4:00 9/12, 9/19


   October 8   -  Erev Yom Kippur
   October 9   -  Yom Kippur
   November 2 - Rescheduled Havdallah with a Purpose,                            The Giving Plate

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

Summer has flown by and it's hard to believe September is here. Hopefully you have been able to enjoy Central Oregon's beautiful weather, gorgeous scenery and abundant activities. Since outdoors is definitely the place to be, we took advantage with two summer picnics - our annual Shabbat at Shevlin Park was wonderful, drawing more than 75 members and friends, and we recently enjoyed a "pop-up" Shabbat at Pioneer Park. Bringing our own dinners, blankets and chairs, we mixed and mingled, munched and schmoozed while happy youngsters ran around the green grass and rolled down the gentle hills. We had a fun time with great conversations and savored our moments of connection. We are truly grateful for our loving community, for our pristine parks and for Rabbi Johanna's sweet service by the river. With more than 40 members and several guests attending, our evening was delightful.

There is still time to sign up for the CPR course scheduled for Saturday, September 14. It is critical that we have members who know what to do if someone needs help. With proper CPR training, you could be instrumental in saving lives. The cost is $66.00 per person. Contact Mel Seigel if you are interested in attending the class.
With Fall around the corner, we will soon be celebrating the High Holy Days together. Rabbi Johanna is planning our services with our new machzors and Lester Dober is contacting members to participate by reading text in Hebrew or English. Please say "yes" when Lester calls. It is a sacred and special honor to step forward to the bima as a cherished member of our temple. Announcements and reservations for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur go online the first week of September.
Our congregation does an amazing job with social action activities and we are constantly surprised at the number of members who participate on a regular basis to help others in need. We truly live  Tikkun Olam and have set our sights on adding a new organization to those we support. The Giving Plate provides food to more than 3000 individuals a month and needs volunteers and funding. The late August Havdallah to introduce the Giving Plate has been rescheduled for November 2. It's never too early to mark your calendars.

Sheila & Ann

Divrei Tikvah  RJohannaHeadShot
From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

Even though the next presidential election does not take place until November, 2020, politics is consuming traditional cable news networks, social media, and public discourse. The conversations taking place are not particularly civil, let alone friendly.
We each have our points of view about what matters should consume the attention of our lawmakers, whether or not we should be concerned about the security of global economies, how to address bigotry big and small, and what to do about climate change here and now. We should each have our own points of view about these matters.
The problem in our public discourse is not having points of view. The problem is that we are rapidly losing the capacity to listen to points of view other than our own. We are taking the bait from forces that thrive off chaos and nihilism. As one outrage trumps the next, we seem to be retreating either into our own team's corners or isolation.
Just this past week I learned about a conversation that took place at one of our events during the past year. Around a table, folks were invited to share something distressing they were experiencing. Someone responded, "Republicans." Many around the table agreed, expressing anger and disappointment. Nobody meant to hurt anybody else's feelings. But...another couple sitting at that table, perceived the message that as Republicans or Conservatives (I don't know as I didn't ask) our congregation is not a comfortable space for them in their efforts to connect with Jewish life and celebration.
The truth is that Jews have been Republicans for decades. Demographic studies suggest 35-40% of American Jews register with the Republican Party. Another truth is that in the last presidential election approximately 75% of voting Jews voted for the Democrat, Green, Independent candidates, or did not vote the top of the ticket.
I, along with many in our congregation, have strong feelings about the current state of our union and 2020's presidential election. It seems to me that it is impossible to keep politics out of our conversations. We care too deeply about the matters we care about.
That being said, I also think that the divisiveness that stems from intolerance of Republicans or Democrats, Democratic Socialist or free market advocates, climate change believers and disbelievers is dangerous to our democracy and our communities small and large.
As we roll into a New Jewish Year, I hope we practice independent thinking around our values and how to improve upon civilization with curiosity and kindness. Let's practice disagreeing respectfully. Let's not suppress others' opinions or concerns about the issues that keep us all up at night, but rather try to understand where they are coming from. It is absolutely AOK to deeply disagree about the way to build a better world. It is not acceptable to discount one another's humanity or intelligence in the process.
The Talmud presents a desirable illustration of how to be in disagreement. In making legal decisions, the authors of the Talmud had to sometimes win an argument and sometimes lose one. Minority opinions are always recorded in the text and often become important decades and centuries later when conditions change. The Talmud records: "These and these are the words of the living God." An argument won or lost is not the end of the story. Living together, sometimes humbly and sometimes proudly, but living together...that is the end of the story. That is what we ought to aspire to manifest in our congregation.

~~ 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
High Holy Days
September 29-October 9

Happy New Year RH
Join us in celebration of the High Holy Days.

For information, a complete listing of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Service times, go to: 

To make your reservations, go to:

Join Rabbi Hershenson on September 12 and September 19 at 4:00 pm for afternoon tea and teshuvah discussion:

Rabbinic insights on the inner work of the High Holy Days

For information on the afternoon discussions, email Rabbi Johanna at
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Back to School Shabbat
Johanna Hershenson
When: Friday September 13
Time:  7:00 pm

Join Temple Beth Tikvah in celebrating the start of school. 

Do you or your children know a local teacher or school administrator who deserves to be thanked for his or her contributions to learning and developing relationships with students?
Please tell me that teacher's or administrator's name and school and something special about your experience with him or her.  I will call and invite that teacher to be honored at our Back to School Shabbat Service. You can email me at

Please see the Social Action Update below for information about the diaper drive at this Shabbat service
When:  Saturday, September 14, 
Time:     9:00 am - 12:30 pm

This important class will be taught by the Cascade Training Center. Cost is $66 per person, which is well worth the fee to learn to SAVE A LIFE. RSVP to Mel  Siegel, .         
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Board and Committee News
TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  September 10,  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

Big thanks to Bob Pollack once again for organizing Jewish Builders of Bend for a Habitat Build in August, and thanks to our TBT members who participated.

We are looking forward to a huge diaper drive for Mt. Star Family Relief Nurseries to take place at the September 13 Shabbat celebrating Back to School Night.  Please purchase either in stores or online diapers sizes 4, 5 or 6 to bring that night or arrange for a pick-up by emailing Lynne Connelley at .  Our goal is at least 2,500 diapers, which Mt. Star uses as it supports families in crisis in our community.  This is a critical health need for these families, all of whom have children from newborn to 5 years of age. 

Education Report Aleph Bet blocks
Sara Jo Slate

Another year of Religious School and Hebrew School is right around the corner! Staff is planning, rooms are being set up, and class lists are coming together. We're ready for another fun and meaningful year! 
Religious School is available for children grades K-7 and meets twice a month. Our K-2 students are introduced to Judaism, our grade 3-4 students study Jewish values (culminating in a service project!), our grade 5-6 students study Jewish history, and our grade 7 students participate in a pre b'nai mitzvah seminar with Rabbi Johanna Hershenson. This year, we're welcoming some enthusiastic new staff and helpers to our team. They will be assisted by returning teens Jonah Henneberg, Katie Jackman, and Soli Lachman. 
Hebrew School is available for children grades 3+. Our youngest students are introduced to Aleph-Bet while students in year two and up learn to write, translate, and speak Hebrew.
New this year, digital registration forms are available on the TBT website. If you have not done so already, please register as soon as possible:
Calendars, emergency forms, and other pertinent documents will be emailed directly to families.
Our Parent Advisory Board will meet close to the start of the school year. In addition to planning special activities, such as our Passover Plate fundraiser and Purim Carnival, the Parent Advisory Board helps guide the future of our school. This year, in addition to other parent-identified goals, they will focus on the continued development of our music component and our curriculum. If you are interested in participating, please contact Kerrie Zurovsky at .
I'm looking forward to another year working with our growing school and its wonderful students, parents, staff, and volunteers. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact me at .

Fundraising News 
Jeanne Freeman

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 through and every time you shop at Fred Meyer. Click here for more information about how to register with both of these programs. 
Oneg Report
Jan Freeman-Bauer 

Thank you to Judy and Gary Liberson for sponsoring our upcoming oneg following our Shabbat service on September 13.
Another thank you to all our congregants who have contributed to our summer onegs when needed.

October Newsletter Deadline:  Tuesday, September 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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TBT Tributes
Temple Beth Tikvah gratefully acknowledges the following contributions:
  • Pati and Danny Boyd in Honor of the Greenbach's 60th anniversary
  • Pati and Danny Boyd in Honor of Jollo's anniversary
  • Pati and Danny Boyd in Honor of Rabbi Johanna Hershenson
  • Marijane Krohn in Memory of Galen Krohn
  • Marijane Krohn in Memory of James Widerman 
  • Bob and Margie Pollack In Memory of Helen Pollack
  • Jo Ann Ray In Memory of Maurice Brostoff

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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