July/August 2018      
    הקשר HaKesher  
                                                 "The Connection"      

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TBT Board Members
Board Officers:

   Sheila Luber and
   Ann Rosenfield  
   Mary Jane Eisenberg
   Lester Dober
    Paul  Jacobs

Past President:      
   Jeanne Freeman
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

   Mark Schindel
   Chuck Shattuck
 Finding Our Connections
   Sheila Luber
   Char Diamond
   Kerrie Zurovsky
   Beverly Adler
 Membership & 
 Member Engagement
   Jeanne Freeman
   Julie Geveshausen
   Marilynn Jacobs
   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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Temple Beth Tikvah is pleased to welcome our newest members:
Amy,  Steven and baby Reuben Draheim
TBT Highlights
TBT Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Click here to read more about TBT on the Oregon Jewish Life website.
On a late Sunday afternoon in May, members of TBT gathered in a sun-filled room to celebrate our temple's 10 th anniversary. It was a fun, festive and informative event. We learned how our temple was formed and realized how much we owe to our founding members... their vision is the foundation for the wonderful synagogue we share today. A decade has passed since their inspired work and here we are- thankful as always for the opportunity to connect with each other.

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Progressive Mexican Dinner & Havdallah: 

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Walk, Skip, Run, Ride, or Drive!  August 4th starts at 5 PM.  
Schlosberg/Spencer house for Appetizers, Lerner house for main meal and Drake Pageant Park for Havdallah & Dessert.

Put it on your calendar - watch for an invitation!
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Friday, July 13 @ 5:30 pm
 Shevlin Park at the Covered Picnic Area
Please join us for fun, food, fellowship, and a brief Kabbalat Shabbat service.
There will be roasted chicken provided, and potluck side dishes. Please RSVP to your Punchbowl invitation and let us know what you will bring.
We hope to see you at this always fun, 
TBT annual summer event!

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TBT Member Spotlight:
By, Jana Svibleman

Shirley Hudson

The crow is wearing a neck muffler and matching leg warmers. The little boy in a red and white striped t-shirt has a band aid on his arm, huge golden wings on his back, and a tiny halo over his curly hair. The rooster sports a golden tooth and sprinkles in his comb. The baker is wearily leaning over her tray of bagels.

"Funky," is how Shirley Hudson describes her art. "Goofy, stylized. Almost cartoonish."

But there's nothing goofy about how the newish TBT member has for 18 years perfected her preferred technique: reverse painting on glass and Plexiglas. "It's a challenge," she says. "A long process. You have to start with a really good sketch, and do a lot of planning, before you even get to the paint. Then you have to paint backwards."

Not simply left-to-right backwards. Applying oils or acrylics to the back of a clear panel, she first applies the glints, as in eyes and highlights, as in hair, and proceeds from there, adding layers on, in the opposite order of a "regular" painting.

The results are luminous, decorative, whimsical pieces that are hung on walls . "Not in a window," she says. On most, I paint a layer of black on the back. It doesn't work to look through and see the brushstrokes."   Quite a turn from her careers as a paralegal and as co-owner of a winery.

Shirley and her husband Gene Hudson are beginning their fifth summer in Bend. When asked how long they've been together, Gene replies "25"; Shirley shoots him a look and says, "It's 28."

In the not-summers, they live in Ft. Lauderdale, where they lived on a boat for 15 years. And they spend several weeks during the "shoulder seasons" in their former home in Santa Cruz, California.

Gene, who is retired from his law practice, next got involved in building, and he still runs a property business from home, with Shirley. Five days a week, he does Pilates and other physical training.

Why do they belong to TBT? "I like Jews!" says Gene. "They're smart, and funny."  Neither he nor Shirley identifies as "religious," and she says he is the Jewish one, yet they enjoy the social activities. Shirley just signed up for both the Finance and the Social action committees, and Gene works on the food kitchen efforts.

Gene is an art collector, a self-described connoisseur. His aesthetic: "If it isn't red, it's dead." And his philosophy: "A good piece of art has to have movement, mystery, and . . . What's the other thing, Shirley?'   "Color," she says. 
Her art having it all, Shirley Hudson is Gene's favorite artist.

You can view her crow, women with "inner goofiness," and even a pirate skeleton surfing, at  kelihudsonart.com.
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Divrei Tikvah  RJohannaHeadShot
From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

Values in Action - Tikkun Middot
July - joy/play
August - choice points
Summer vacation is upon us...I hope everyone is taking advantage of school breaks, casual summer work schedules, longer sunnier days, and our proximity to so many accessible entry points to the beauty of the landscapes of the American west!
Jewish values don't go on holiday...though, in honor of summer vacation, our Jewish value for reflection and action during the month of July is JOY and FUN!  This is no joke. The Chasidim aren't the only Jewish intellectuals who contemplated joy and fun. The Lithuanian rabbinical establishment of the late 1700's and early 1800's, who created Mussar-the study and practice of integrating Jewish values into daily living, also had a great deal to say about the importance of cultivating joy in our lives here and now. Even the ancient rabbis demonstrated concern that we engage in activities that generate joy.
On Shabbat we are instructed to eat expensive meat and drink wine. We decorate our Sabbath table with candles and tablecloth, perhaps fresh-cut flowers. Chidur mitzvah is the rabbinic idiom for decorating the mitzvah, that is making it fun and pleasing to engage in the ritual with fancy candlesticks and finer dining than that with which we would indulge ourselves during the work week.
On Passover, even the poorest Jews are required to drink wine. It is the responsibility of the community to make sure even those who cannot afford to buy wine have just enough for four glasses per person on Passover's first evening. On the night we celebrate our redemption from Egypt, each and every one of us is called to feel the joy of a prince or princess who drinks wine like we might drink water.
During Purim, we are called upon to get drunk, so drunk we can no longer distinguish between Mordecai and Haman. Lately these commandments to drink to excess bother me when I think about those in our community whose sobriety I want to support on account of addictions that impair their quality of life. I should note that I don't believe the ritual is drunkenness for the sake of drunkenness, or even that actually engaging in libations are necessary. But rather, I think it is a call to let loose enough to laugh and have fun in the face of real life problems. On Purim we laugh at problems that should make us cry: antisemitism, corrupt governance, and patriarchal sexual objectification of women.
It is no joke to take having fun, cultivating and increasing joy, seriously as a Jewish value. It is my hope and prayer that everybody associated with our community has a summer filled with fleeting moments of pure joy for the miracle of life, for the strength and endurance so many exhibit in life.  It is my hope and prayer that we appreciate the beauty of our landscape and find fun exploring its rivers, lakes, mountains and deserts along trails in and out of Central Oregon. Most of all...it is my hope and prayer that we all take advantage of lighter summer schedules and spend quality time with family and friends, deepening relationships with shared experience and memories of laughter and play.
Until the High Holy Days, Temple Beth Tikvah is here and hosting summer-time activities for the mind and celebrations of shabbat that reflect the season.  Keep in touch!

~~ 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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President's Message

--Ann Rosenfield & Sheila Luber, Co-Presidents
First, we want to thank our past president, Jeanne Freeman, for illuminating our path so brilliantly that we may do our best to follow her footsteps.
On the 1st of July, we became co-presidents of Temple Beth Tikvah. As partners in this leadership role, we are a team that is eager to serve you well over the next two years. While sitting on TBT committees, we got to know each other, work together and become friends. Though we are distinctly different, we have much in common and with our respective skills... we complement one another. We continue to find many things to share and certainly our love for TBT is one.

With two people serving as co-presidents, "we" is the core of our partnership. We will strive to communicate well, listen openly, negotiate fairly, work seamlessly, and make sound decisions with you, for you and because of you. We promise to demonstrate respect, cooperation and collaboration in our approach to governing. Our purpose? To be focused, efficient, productive and responsive as we serve the needs of the community. We are happy to step forward together and apart. Spread the workload and have each other's back. And we also want to have some fun.

Other Jewish communities have implemented the concept of co-presidency. Many have been successful and we plan to be one of those communities. We welcome your input over the coming year. We are both available if you need to contact us with issues, suggestions or feedback to help us become better co-presidents. We need participation from all of you as we continue to build our congregation. Let us know your interests and how you would like to be involved.

We look forward to forming a sacred partnership with Rabbi Johanna, our board, committee chairs and the community at large.

Ann and Sheila
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Board and Committee News
TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  Tuesday, July 24 at 1:30 p.m. 
Location:  home of Sheila Luber

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 Mary Jane Eisenberg  maryjanee112@yahoo.com.
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Social Action Updatetikkun olam earth
Lynne Connelly

Members of the Social Action Committee have met and reviewed the projects TBT volunteers have supported this past year. They are:
  • Assistance League of Bend
  • Mt. Star Family Relief Nursery
  • The Humane Society of Central Oregon
  • Habitat for Humanity (upcoming this summer

Going forward this summer and for 2018-19, starting Q4 of 2018, the SAC determined that TBT will continue to support all but the Humane Society, recognizing that they already have many volunteers, and will be partnering with a homeless outreach organization which provides support for the homeless. Details of this partnership are being worked out.

Please contact Lynne Connelley (541-408-6720 or lynne@mybendproperty.com) to express your interest in volunteering.

For ALB, this may be providing hygiene products with the Senior Caring program or filling Secret Santa gift bags for low income seniors in Bend and Redmond facilities.

For Mt. Star, huge thanks to the youth group for providing Birthday Bags for all 24 children ages zero through 5 in the Madras campus. We are hoping they will continue to do this for the upcoming year.   We are expanding the Diaper Drive so that year-round we will be collecting boxes of diapers and delivering them to the Daggett Rd facility of Mt. Star. This is a critical health need for the kids served by Mt. Star.

 **Also please let Lynne know if you are able to volunteer from 8:30 to 9:30 pm packing up their equipment from the Birdies for Babies fundraising event on August 26. We need about 8 volunteers.

For Habitat , we will be committing to a build July 27 and August 17, Friday mornings, from 9 to 1. There are also volunteer opportunities at the ReStore on a much more flexible schedule. 

Either contact Lynne or Vivian Freeman (541 383 3269, nanaviv@bendbroadband.com.

Stay tuned for an upcoming Havdallah with a Purpose , organization and date to be determined. Also when coming to a TBT function please bring boxes of diapers when possible. Let's help Mt. Star take that line item off their budget!

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Adult Ed Report
Mel Seigel

The Adult Education Committee is well on its way to being
well-organized this coming year. We had a good signup
response at the Annual Meeting, with several new or re-activated members. 

Current committee is Andrea Casey, Susie Richman, Jana Zvibelman, Burt Litman, and Ruth Ruder.   Also we now have six volunteers to host havdallot, so lots of opportunities to hold events in more intimate locations.

Rabbi Hershenson, with just a little help from me, has roughed-out a calendar of events for the next year (and maybe a little more) ... we're now in the process of filling in details.

On the agenda: Sunday, July 29th, we will take a field trip to the Bowman Museum in Prineville (its new director, Sandy Cohen has some professional experience researching Jewish history tidbits).

I'm trying to get organized to schedule a committee meeting within the next few weeks, mostly to establish priorities and fill in specific calendar items, as we already have more ideas and volunteers than we need for the next year or two.

-- Mel
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September  Newsletter Deadline:  August 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 Marilynn Jacobs: mkjsend2bend@bendbroadband.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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TBT Tributes
Temple Beth Tikvah gratefully acknowledges the following contributions:
  • Kerry Zurovsky in celebration of Craig's Birthday
  • Vivian Freeman in celebration of Liz and Paul Levinson's 60th Anniversary
  • Vivian Freeman in celebration of the birthdays for grandchildren Nathaniel and Serena
  • Sheila and Jay Luber in memory of Bernard Ross
  • Florence Beier in memory of Randy Beier
  • Phyllis and Gerald Greenbach in memory of Eva Greenbach
  • Jan Freeman-Bauer in memory of Ruth Freeman
Donations listed above were made to the Temple's general purpose 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, 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 the General Fund or  a specific fund, including:
    - the Y outh Education Fund,   
   - the Music Fund 
   - 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.
(The youth group is a separate entity. Donations for the youth group should be made out to "Central Oregon Jewish Youth" and mailed c/o Naomi Chudowsky.)

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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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