March 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 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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March Calendar of Events 

School Activities

Sunday School 10:00 am: - 3/3, 3/17
Hebrew School 4:00 pm: - 3/5, 3/12, 3/19

Other Events and Activities

   March 1 -  2:30 pm - Family Kitchen
   March 8, - 7:00 pm - Erev Shabbat
   March 16, 10:00 am- Torah Service
   March 16, 7:00 pm - Havdallah with a Maven
   March 19, 1:00 pm - Board Meeting
   March 20, 7:30 am - Back Door Cafe
   March 20, Erev Purim
   March 22, 5:00 pm - Shabbat Tish, Purim Pierogies
                                  and Poetry
Torah Study
Weekly-Friday 10:00 am at Evie's: 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29 (no Torah Study March 1)
Monthly-Saturday 10:00 am at FPC Library: 3/16


   April 20 - Passover Seder for Members and their Guests
   May 3-5 - Weekend of Learning and Growth with                    Scholar in Residence, Rabbi Samuel Joseph, PHD
   June 9 - Annual Congregational Meeting and Social                   Gathering

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

Leadership News
Message From 
Sheila Luber and Ann Rosenfield
New High Holy Days Prayer Books
Rabbi Johanna had started down the path of creating our own High Holy Days prayer book when three anonymous donors stepped forward offering to buy 125 new Reform machzors for our congregation. Thank you and what a mitzvah! The beautiful Mishkan HaNefesh: Machzor for the Days of Awe will enrich everyone's worship experience on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. The modern, two-volume Reform Jewish prayer book offers fully transliterated liturgy, expanded Torah readings, study texts with background and context, contemporary poetry and alternate readings, rich commentary from Jewish tradition, and new translations capturing the beauty of the Hebrew. Members will have an opportunity to purchase tribute bookplates in their own name or in memory of loved ones. Information coming soon.
Continuing Work on Safety & Security
At our Shabbat Tish gathering at the church several weeks ago, an uninvited guest knocking at the door was a jolt of reality. How do we balance our safety in light of our Jewish values? Immediately after the event, we asked the security task force to assemble a preliminary policy to guide us. We are now working through their recommendation and grappling with important, sometimes difficult questions that touch our core. Of course, safety is the ultimate answer and we are making our way to a final policy that makes sense for our security.
2019 Song of Miriam Award Honoree
Every year since 1993, the Jewish Women's Roundtable, Portland, has hosted the Song of Miriam Brunch in June to recognize women volunteers from Jewish organizations and congregations in Oregon and southwest Washington. This year the nominating committee is honoring Evie Lerner for her contributions to the success of our synagogue and the warmth of our community. In addition to being recognized at the Awards Brunch in June, we will honor Evie at a Shabbat service and her name will appear in the May issue of Oregon Jewish Life. Congratulations, Evie!

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From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

Johanna's article will resume next month.  She is ill with the flu and we wish her a speedy recovery.

~~ 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
Save the Date!
  Annual Congregational Meeting and   Social
 WHEN: Sunday, June 9 th
            3:00 - 6:00 PM
     WHERE:  To Be Announced
    This event will include catered appetizers and desserts, an opportunity to socialize followed by our TBT Board Elections and Budget Approval               

Passover's Coming!
The Butcher, the Baker, the Haroset Maker  
The best part of any meal is dessert!! This is especially true when the desserts come from the kitchens of our fabulous bakers. For the most delicious of Passover desserts, we are again asking our members to please bake for us. Please contact Jan Freeman-Bauer  to let her know what you can bring. We need finger-food goodies, such as Passover macaroons, bars and cookies.

Jan is also coordinating the haroset makers. Please let her know if you'd like to make a batch at
Save the Date April 20 and Sign Up to Help
         Passover Seder

  Saturday, April 20th  
For TBT's Members & Their Invited Guests
Join Temple Beth Tikvah for this year's Passover Seder. Come for  an inter-generational Seder with music and song, games for all ages, a taste of the Seder plate and a delicious buffet dinner. 
Rabbi Hershenson will lead our annual Passover Community Seder. The event is open to members and their invited guests. Doors open at 5:00 pm, and the Seder begins promptly at 5:45 pm.
The meal includes all the tastes of Passover - hard-boiled eggs, haroset, matzo ball soup, horseradish and a very special treat of the Rabbi's homemade gefilte fish. Dinner buffet includes your choice of salmon, chicken, or a vegetarian entree.
The Seder is open to TBT members and their invited guests at a cost of $35 for adults, $15 for children 6 - 12, and no charge for children age 5 and under for those who RSVP by Sunday, April 7th.
Based on space limitations and the need to have reservations in on time, those RSVPs received April 8 through April 13th will be charged a premium of $40/adult and $20/child 6-12. No reservations will be accepted after April 13th.
Wine for the dinner table is available to purchase, or you are welcome to bring your own bottle for a $15 fee. Ceremonial wine will be served at the table.
Once again, we are having open seating, however, we will set aside a group of tables for families with children to be together. Also, if your family and guests number 6 or more, we will make sure that you are seated together.
For more information about the Seder or to make your reservation:

Questions about reservations? Contact Marilyn Shattuck at or (847) 951-6598.
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Board and Committee News
TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  March 19  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, Mary Jane Eisenberg
New Board Members Needed
Paul Jacobs
TBT Board Elections will be held Sunday, June 9th at our annual membership meeting. If you are interested in serving on the board and would like to know more about the responsibilities of a board member, please contact Paul Jacobs at

Havdallah with a Maven
Mel Siegel
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Multi-Talented Jana Will Entertain Us

Saturday, March 16 at 7:00 pm
Adult Center at FPC

TBT's own Jana Zvibleman is Poet Laureate of her own backyard. She has collaborated with sculptors, painters, buskers, and a flugelhornist (trumpet like instrument). Also an author, photographer, artist-on-the-loose, blogger, and budding playwright, her focus meanders from humor to grief, from real to fiction-ish. You can find her works in books, plays, and live performances. And she teaches her tricks. Jana will entertain us with a selection of her Jewishy stories and other tsuris and mishegaas.

For questions, please contact Mel Siegel,
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Michael Shapiro-London

Make Money for TBT When You Shop 

After we joined TBT, I was on the temple website in Shop & Share under the Give tab to learn about our donation programs. I wondered if I could set up items to order on Amazon based on our shopping style and purchase frequency while feeding donations to TBT.
If you're like us, you probably already use Amazon. So I searched to see if the site had some standard household and pet items we routinely purchase from local stores. It was easy to set up our shopping needs with AmazonSmile though it did take some time to figure out how to organize the items on monthly and bi-monthly orders... but I did it. Now my online purchasing fits seamlessly with our buying practices for the two of us.
As new members, we are so happy to do our part to maximize donations with even more purchases to benefit TBT. I'd love you to join us in creating a steady stream of donations to TBT. With AmazonSmile accounts, we can all Shop & Share to donate every day in a really fun way! (Plus, don't forget about Fred Meyer Rewards!)
To learn how to set up an AmazonSmile account and add TBT as your community donation recipient, click Smile.Amazon.Com Set Up Instructions
To learn how to set up a Fred Meyer Rewards account online and add TBT to receive your Reward Points Rebate as a donation, click Fred Meyer's Set Up Instructions
Need help? Please contact me at   Michael Shapiro London

April Newsletter Deadline:  Sunday March 24 

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
Taizé Service
Next Taizé:  Thursday, March 7

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:

  • Alyson Belcher and Mary Jane Eisenberg in memory of Geralyn Belcher
  • Tully Ellsberg in memory of my beloved daughter "Cana Ivy"
  • Jeanne Freeman and Burt Litman in memory of Philip Freeman
  • Vivian Freeman in memory of Helen Cohen Malorius, Carole Goldstein and Obie Malorius
  • Daniel Litman in loving memory of my mother, Elaine Litman
  • Kathy and Mark Schindel: A speedy and full recovery for Burt Litman
  • Lee and Merilee Silverstein in memory of David Rifkin and Albert Silverstein
  • Randi and Zac Zlatkus in memory of Irving & Sheri Trachman
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 General Fund,
   - the Youth Education Fund,   
   - the Music Fund, 
   - the Rabbi Compensation Fund, 
   - the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, 
   - the 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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