June 2019    
    הקשר HaKesher  
                                                 "The Connection"      

   Come be a part of our growing Reform synagogue. All are welcome!
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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 Committee 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
   Lee Shapiro-London
 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:

Kathi and Abraham Essinger
June Calendar of Events 
School Activities

Sunday School 10:00 am: - 6/2 (last day)
Hebrew School 4:00 pm: - 6/4, 6/11 (last day)

Other Events and Activities

   June 2 - 10:00 am - Song of Miriam Honoree Evie                        Lerner- JCC Portland
   June 8 - 10:00 am Bat Mitzvah of Amanda Uri
   June 8 - Erev Shavuot
   June 9 - 3:45 pm Annual Congregational Meeting
   June 11 - 1:00 Board Meeting
   June 14 - 6:00 pm Shabbat at Home
   June 19 - 7:30 am Back Door Cafe
   June 22 - 5:30 pm Havdallah with a Maven
   June 23 - 4:00 pm New Member Mixer
   June 27 - 7:00 pm Kids Center Presentation
   June 28 - 7:00 pm Erev Shabbat Service
   June 30 - 3:00 Rabbi Hershenson's Open House

   July 12 - Shabbat in the Park
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

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at our TBT Annual Meeting which will be held on Sunday, June 9th. It is important that we have a quorum to conduct a small amount of business. Mostly the Annual Meeting is a great time to see and socialize with members you haven't met or haven't seen in a while. We plan to honor those who have worked hard to continue to make Temple Beth Tikvah such an amazing congregation. Also, we hope to entice some of you to get involved and join a committee. We are always open to ideas from any of you to improve the congregation.

We have several learning opportunities coming up. First, on Thursday, June 27th, Marcia and Ralph Uri will be hosting an adult education evening when you will have the opportunity to attend the class called from Darkness into Light. The Kids Center teaches this class about sexual abuse. It gives adults tools for recognizing the signs of sexual abuse and responding to suspicious behavior. The course gives simple ways to minimize opportunities for abuse in organizations and in our community. A member of TBT already took this class and thinks it would be worthwhile for all of us to protect our children, grandchildren or the kids in our congregation.

We would also like to offer a CPR class for any interested members of our congregation. The American Red Cross teaches the class which trains the attendees in First Aid and identifying and responding to fainting, seizures, strokes, allergic reactions, poisoning and diabetic emergencies. Training also includes CPR/AED training to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies. We feel it is important for our community to have people at our events who can handle these kinds of emergencies. In order to offer this class, we need at least 8 people to sign up. The cost is $100 per person. If you are interested in attending this kind of class, please let us know as we need to schedule it. Let us know also whether you prefer offering the class this summer or wait until Fall.

Divrei Tikvah  RJohannaHeadShot
From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

Turn it and turn it, everything is in it...
(Talmud, Ben Bag Bag)
The seasons continue to turn, summer laying its claim to our Central Oregon landscape. The wildflowers are blooming in the high desert. The school year is coming to a close, as is our Temple Beth Tikvah fiscal year.
The fun-filled promises of summertime require preparation. Students are frantically finishing coursework. Graduations mark transitions into adulthood and new experiences of competence and growth. Summer is the season of well-deserved rest and recreation, an oasis in time that quenches our thirst for connecting with the elements and each other. Vacations, hikes, floats, picnics in meadows, live music...
In Temple Beth Tikvah, volunteers and leaders are reflecting on the program of events and offerings from the past year and planning and budgeting for next year. Our Annual Meeting on June 9th is the place to share what we learned over the course of the past year and discuss what it is we wish to accomplish together in the coming year.
Our board, devoted volunteers, and active participants in Temple Beth Tikvah gatherings generate the vibrancy that makes our congregation feel like a place of thriving. We are truly a grass roots organization that values inclusion and appreciates that synagogue models are in flux. We understand that it is on us to figure out how to negotiate needs and preferences in our congregation to be the best Temple Beth Tikvah we can be.
Our Temple Beth Tikvah mission addresses three general areas the Talmud suggests as a litmus test for Jewish community vibrancy:
  • Torah - Our willingness to learn, to engage in intelligent conversation, to draw lessons from treasure troves of sacred literature and thoughtful discourse that provide insight for what we experience here and now:
    • Rabbi's Afternoon Philoso-tea (weekly discussion in Jewish thought)
    • Facebook Torah Study Group (new)
    • Mind Body Series: Jewish folkdance, Bellydance, Yoga and Chanting (new)
    • Havdallah and a Film Series
    • Havdallah with a Maven Series
  •  Avodah - Our joyful celebrations and reflective practice of rituals and ceremonies that follow the rhythm of the Jewish calendar and life cycle rites of passage: 
    • Erev Shabbat and holiday services and celebrations
    • Shabbat@home dinner gatherings
    • Havdallah gatherings
  • G'milut Chasadim - Our commitment to the Torah's call "to love your neighbor" within our congregation as we facilitate relationship building among members and in Central Oregon through community service projects and relationships with regional nonprofit partners
    • Backdoor Café
    • Family Kitchen
    • Bethlehem Inn
    • Havdallah with a Purpose Series (meet a local nonprofit seeking volunteers)
    • Central Oregon PRIDE
    • Habitat for Humanity build
Please join us at our annual meeting on June 9 th and participate in the conversations that inform our program and organizational goals for the coming year. Find what interests you most, and ask what you can do to make it happen.
Temple Beth Tikvah is us, we decide!
~~ 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.

TBT Highlights

Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday June 9
3:45 pm  to 6:00 pm

If you plan to attend, and have not yet RSVP'd, please contact Mary Jane Eisenberg, at 

This event will include catered appetizers and desserts with an opportunity to socialize, followed by our TBT Board Elections and Budget Approval.
Bat Mitzvah of Amanda Uri
 Please join David Uri and Lisa Uri

       in celebration of the
          Bat Mitzvah
         of their daughter 
         Saturday, June 8
                                   10:00 am 
                  All TBT members are welcome
Kiddush Luncheon to Follow

Shabbat at Home
 Friday, June 14 at 6:00 pm

Join Other TBT members welcoming Shabbat with blessings over candles and wine and a pot luck dinner in a member's home.

RSVP to Marilyn Shattuck by June 7, mpshattuck@gmail.com You will be assigned to a home, and the host will contact you for what you can bring to the dinner.
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Board and Committee News
TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  June 11  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.
Adult Education-Havdallah with a Maven    
Mel Siegel 
stack of books
June 22, 5:30 pm (note earlier than usual start time)

Come to Happy Hour at the Chudowsky's and meet friend and literary guest, Michael Weingrad, Professor of Judaic Studies at Portland State University and columnist for Jewish Review of Books.

Grab a drink and nosh, schmooze a bunch and hear Michael's summer reading list-the best new books by Jewish/Israeli authors. Michael knows what he's talking about-his essays and reviews in numerous magazines cover topics from Israeli fantasy and science fiction to the Jews of Baghdad.

Bring an appetizer to share. Drinks will be provided. RSVP to Naomi Chudowsky at naomic@bendbroadband.com

Michael Weingrad's website:   https://investigationsandfantasies.com

Adult Education
Kids Center Presentation
Darkness to Light
Mel Siegel 
June 27, 7:00 pm 

Marcia and Ralph Uri are hosting The Kids Center.  The presentation will teach about sexual abuse and give us tools for recognizing the signs of sexual abuse and responding to suspicious behavior.  The presentation will give us simple ways to minimize opportunities for abuse in organizations and in our community.

Bring a nosh and beverage to share.

RSVP to Marcia Uri at  muri@bendcable.com
Education Report Aleph Bet blocks
Sara Jo Slate

The 2019-2020 school year is around the corner! It is much easier to plan for the school year if we know our roster.

For children who are not currently enrolled in either our Religious or Hebrew School, please note:

If you have children who are in grades K-7 and plan to start Religious School for the first time next year OR are in grades 3 and up and plan to start Hebrew School next year, please email me at  sarajoslate@icloud.com . Thanks!

Oneg Chair and Inventory
Jan Freeman-Bauer

Thank you TBT members for all your oneg contributions of yummy items.
A special shout out to those who hosted/sponsored onegs this past year: Lee and Michael Shapiro-London, Evie Lerner, Burt Litman and Jeanne Freeman, Jan Freeman-Bauer, Susie Richman, Linda and George Brant, Ed and Lynne Connelley and to all those who contributed money to support onegs when we run short on contributions. My apologies if I have forgotten somebody. I will do better at keeping track next year
Thank you in advance for letting me know when you need paper goods/table service for TBT sponsored events. 

July Newsletter Deadline:  June 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.

TBT Tributes
Temple Beth Tikvah gratefully acknowledges the following contributions:
  • Larry Barker in memory of Harold C. Barker
  • Ed and Lynne Connelley in memory of Galen Krohn
  • Dan and Laurel Fishkin in memory of Jesse Fishkin, beloved father and grandfather
  • Vivian Freeman in honor of Evie Lerner receiving the "Song of Miriam Reward"
  • Vivian Freeman in honor of Seana and Ron Jollo on their 20th Anniversary
  • Vivian Freeman in honor of Phyllis and Jerry Greenback on their 60th Anniversary and Jerry's 80th birthday
  • Gary and Anne Held in memory of John Cron and Anne Held
  • Liz and Paul Levinson in memory of Ida B, Levinson and Harry Solomon
  • Liz and Paul Levinson in memory of Mary Solomon and Annie Solomon
  • Judy and Gary Liberson in honor of Evie Lerner receiving the "Song of Miriam Reward"
  • Bob and Margie Pollack in memory of Niobe Luis
  • Kathy and Mark Schindel in memory of Aaron Jack Schindel
  • Jana Zvibleman in memory of Leonard Zvibleman


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    
   - 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 info@bethtikvahbend.org for more information.
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