October 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
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

   Mark Schindel
   Chuck Shattuck
 Finding Our Connections
   Sheila Luber
   Char Diamond
   Kerrie Zurovsky
 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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TBT Highlights
In Gratitude...

Torah and shofar
The High Holy Days of 2018 are behind us. A new year, 5779 commences and many of you have shared that you enjoyed and were inspired by our High Holy Day services and events. These services and events require a lot of planning and the efforts of many people. We rely on volunteers within our congregation for so many of the tasks involved, resulting in beautiful and meaningful services for our members and our guests.
We of course owe our thanks to Rabbi Hershenson for creating and leading such beautiful services which give deep meaning to the High Holy Day season. And what would our services be without our wonderful music? We are grateful to Julie, Jo, and Eileen for providing the music that enriches our services and feeds our souls.
There are many folks who work behind the scenes to ensure the success of our services and events. We give our thanks to:
Lester Dober for reaching out to our members and encouraging them to participate in our services with readings in English and Hebrew. It adds to our sense of community with so many of our members participating.
Linda Brant for organizing the Rosh Hashanah Oneg and with other members baking delicious desserts and helping with set-up and clean-up.
Phyllis and Jerry Greenbach for again sponsoring the Tashlich picnic and taking care of set-up and clean-up details, as well as procuring all the food and drink. Everyone had a great time and loved this year's location at Millers Landing Park!
Jan Freeman Bauer and Rose Jackman for organizing our informal Break Fast following the concluding service on Yom Kippur.
Evie Lerner and Lynne and Ed Connelley for opening their homes for our Break the Fast dinner. Their generosity and hospitality are greatly appreciated.
Jeanne Freeman for arranging the volunteers for the sign-in table and the greeters for our services. And thank you to those who helped with sign-in and greeting. Welcoming our members and guests is such an iintegral part of who we are as a TBT community.
Leslie Conley for obtaining our floral arrangements for the Bima.
Mark Schindel for keeping track of reservations, taking the lead on service set-up and clean-up, and for always being there to help me pull together any loose ends.
Although we often think of the High Holy Days as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Actually, it also includes Sukkot and Simchat Torah. And so, we also thank...
Marlis Beier and Dean Sharpe for their gracious hospitality for hosting our Sukkot celebration, Alex Charney Cohen and Mark Schindel for building our Sukkah and Missie Wikler and Marissa Groza for an amazing job organizing and facilitating the Sukkot activities for the kids.
In addition to those named, there were many of you who just pitched in with set-up, clean-up, or providing rides to services and events for those who did not have transportation. Whatever your contribution may have been, it is greatly appreciated.
As the year 5779 unfolds, think about ways in which you might contribute to our TBT community. There are lots of opportunities to help and we welcome whatever time you have to give.
Again, thank you all for making our High Holy Days so rich and meaningful.
Kathy Schindel
High Holy Days Chair  
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Havdallah With a Purpose:
Children's Art in Bereavement

When:  Saturday, October 27th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Jeanne Freeman & Burt Litman's home
Join us for Havdallah with a Purpose on Saturday, October 27 th at 7:00 pm at the home of Jeanne Freeman and Burt Litman. Say farewell to Shabbat, nosh a little, visit with your friends, and learn about the Children's Art in Bereavement Support programs.
When children experience a loss, they may not have the vocabulary to accurately articulate their grief. But children love art, and art can help children who are grieving to express those feelings.
Come meet Eileen Grover, director of Children's Grief Support at Partners in Care and learn more about the programs that help children in the Bend-LaPine school district deal with loss including:  
  • School-based Grief Groups - offered weekly for kids in grades K - 12.
  • My Friends House - 8-week program working with families dealing with loss.
  • Camp Courage - 4-day, free summer art camp.
  • Individual Support
Donations to the Children's Arts in Bereavement program are greatly appreciated, if you are so inclined, and help to support their programs.
Bring dessert and/or wine to share. RSVP to Jeanne at  jgfree925@gmail.com

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Upcoming Connections event: Jewish Survival in the Age of Distraction
Sheila Luber, Connections Committee Chair  

The Finding Our Connections committee has been busy planning our next event on November 3, 2018. In the course of our preparation, we have made a few changes. Our committee is now positioned under the Adult Education umbrella. We moved our committee to underscore the role of Connections events in promoting shared learning experiences within the framework of Jewish values, an integral part of Adult Ed. We have decided to bring our topics of conversation closer to our hearts as members of a Reform Jewish congregation. At upcoming events, we plan to present, discuss and learn about issues that are relevant to those of us born into Judaism and those who have made it a choice.
Save the date for our next event on Saturday morning, November 3, for a light breakfast and hearty discussion on Jewish Survival in the Age of Distraction. Jewish continuity is a key question at the core of who we are and what we wish for our children and grandchildren. Rabbi Johanna will actively participate in the event as a co-facilitator with Bryn Hazel from the Center for Compassionate Living and our primary discussion leader at last year's event. Together they will engage us in a lively conversation about the future of Reform Judaism as it relates to our congregation and Jews of all levels of observance. We will discuss trends and impacts including interfaith marriages, aging populations, and young people's waning interest in congregational life.
There are so many perspectives to consider.  We hope that opening this dialogue will engage us in a meaningful discussion that also helps us explore how to better serve our congregants' desires and needs across multiple generations, now and in the future.
Save the date: November 3. More details to come. 

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                   Message From  Co-Presidents  
Sheila Luber and Anne Rosenfield

Temple Beth Tikvah has been blessed with a meaningful High Holidays season from Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur through the joyful celebrations of Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Thank you to our beloved Rabbi Johanna for her wise words and inspirational sermons. Thank you to Kathy Schindel and her amazing committee for planning all the many details. Thank you to temple members that participated in our services and helped organize them. To our wonderful musicians Jo and Julie, and Eileen who sings with such feeling. Thank you to our guest cellist, Janet Gesme, and our guest flutist, Lauren Olander. We are a truly remarkable congregation.
The High Holy Days are a time of reflection when we look to the twelve months ahead and think about what we can do differently. Our board has much to do as we attend to temple business for the coming year. Most importantly, during the month of October we intend to finalize our most important goals, a process we began prior to the holidays.
There are many goals to accomplish and it is important to prioritize what we should accomplish first. We have many areas that require improvement to ensure that our members of all ages are engaged, our programming processes run smoothly, fundraising is in place and our finances are stable. The board will continue to work on identifying the most important items and brainstorming workable solutions. Please let us know your thoughts and suggestions as we appreciate all input. We will keep you informed of our progress and invite you to attend any of our board meetings. This is your congregation; participate and let your voice be heard.
Ann and Sheila

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Divrei Tikvah  RJohannaHeadShot
From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

With the start of the month of October, our High Holy Day season draws to a close with Simchat Torah, October 1, 6:30 PM. We finish our yearly reading cycle of Torah and before we close the book, begin it again.
I love the ritual tradition of starting a new cycle immediately upon finishing the last. Such wisdom for living life fully and with satisfaction. Finish one book. Start the next. No pause.
I am reminded of those among us who once considered putting off schooling in order to work or start a family. Some of us got back to that schooling and some of us did not. It is difficult to start something we put off for a stretch of time. So Simchat Torah teaches us not only to rejoice in the Torah with singing, parading, and dancing, but also to get an immediate start on the next reading cycle. Were we to put it off, we might not get started.
It is fitting to learn this message particularly at the conclusion of our High Holy Day season. All the goals set on Rosh Hashanah and all the promises made on Yom Kippur are mere words and thoughts until we push our sleeves up and get to work.
The lesson brings up a philosophical question, is there value in finishing one project if it is not followed up by the next step or the next project? On the one hand, closure and completion are experiences that give us confidence and solidity. On the other hand, engaging with what's next generates optimism and continuity.
So, as we conclude one High Holy Day season, I invite those among us who are interested to begin working on our next High Holy Day season. Our Rituals Committee, led by Alex Charney Cohen, decided, during the summer, to invite congregants to form an editorial working group to compile and publish our own Temple Beth Tikvah High Holy Day Machzor (prayer book) and our own Temple Beth Tikvah songbook in time for next year's High Holy day season.
The Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis has just completed a new Reform machzor (High Holy Day prayerbook) as a companion to Mishkan Tefillah, the Shabbat and weekday prayerbook we currently use. While Shabbat comes weekly and we want members of Temple Beth Tikvah to be familiar with the Reform movement's prayerbook, our rituals committee concluded that the uniqueness of the High Holy Day season lends itself to creating our own liturgical experience.
Do you write? Do you read wisdom literature that addresses the themes of return and recalibration, forgiveness and acceptance, humility and faith? Would you be interested in participating in this special Temple Beth Tikvah project? Please contact me by text 541-213-9880 or email johannahershenson@gmail.com and I will invite you to join the working group.
Our editorial working group will begin with a lesson in High Holy Day liturgical themes. Then we will give the working group time to collect and compose material.
I will compile the material into a working text including
the prayers and music that traditionally frame the services. Our working group will generate feedback and edit the  machzor and songbook until we agree we are ready to publish in-house.
Finishing one season and beginning preparation for the next...Mah tovu...How good it is to be engaged in the ongoing process of growing and developing 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: johannahershenson@gmail.com, or by phone at 541-213-9880.

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Board and Committee News
TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  October 9, 1:00 to 3:00pm 
Location:  Stonebriar Apartments Clubhouse

Your TBT Board meets monthly and everyone is 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.
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Ritual (Religious) Committee News
Alex Charney Cohen colorful star

I want to thank everyone for our wonderful High Holiday Services, most particularly the High Holiday Committee which operates out of the limelight to ensure that everything happens as it should. 

I also want to thank the community for showing up and participating.

The Ritual Committee will try to balance our attention between short term activities such as Monthly Shabbat services and events and longer-term activities like drafting a Machzor (Prayer book) for High Holiday services next year. I am very excited to see what our congregation will generate, as I believe we have many talented, thoughtful and spiritual folks in our congregation. I hope that you will consider contributing something to the process, whether it is an original work, a favorite poem or thought-provoking paragraph.

Please keep in mind October Ritual Committee activities:
1)   Simchat Torah, 1 Oct, 6:30-8:30, Heritage Hall at First Presbyterian. Come dance with the Torah as we celebrate our love of Torah and Study. Special guest Jared Charney Cohen will join our amazing Julie and Jo to provide a musical setting for merriment!

2)   Shabbat Morning Service, 13 Oct, 10:00-12:00, Library at First Presbyterian. We always have a lively discussion to accompany our Torah Service. If you haven't been in a while (or ever) we'd love to see you!

3)   Erev Shabbat, 19 Oct, 7:00-9:00, Heritage Hall at First Presbyterian. Prayer, community and fellowship. Consider hosting an Oneg.

Alex Charney Cohen

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Social Action Updatetikkun olam earth
Lynne Connelly

Social Action Committee has scheduled a TBT participation day for Friday, October 5th to build a Habitat for Humanity home.  

Please call Bob Pollack at 310-622-5386 to let him know whether you want a morning or afternoon shift.  No building expertise or experience is necessary.  Please keep in mind the ongoing Diaper Drive for Mt. Star Family Relief Nursery and bring boxes of diapers to TBT functions.  In October, November and early December we will partner with Assistance League of Bend in fulfilling Christmas gift wishes of low income seniors in their Secret Santa program.  Please contact Lynne Connelley at 541-408-6720 to participate.
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Youth Group Happenings
Fisher Isenberg

We are Shalom Teva BBYO #5029, the Jewish youth group of Bend, Oregon. Our chapter is part of the Evergreen Region. BBYO is the leading pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. As a chapter, we participate in community service, fun events, team bonding activities that help us grow closer together, and events that teach us about our Jewish heritage. BBYO and Shalom Teva provides our members with a way to connect with each other and make lifelong friends along with providing a Jewish experience from the post B'nai Mitzvot adolescence into adulthood. One goal of our chapters is to provide a safe and enriching environment for the teens involved in this organization.  
  • Havdallah + Sleepover + Convention Hype Night - Saturday, September 22nd
  • Business Meeting - Sunday, September 30
  • Business Meeting - Sunday October 14
  • Shabbat + Sleepover - Friday, October 19th
  • Kehillah, Fall Convention - November 9th - November 11th
  • Speed Dating Hanukkah Harry Event - Saturday, November 17th
  • Business Meeting - Sunday, November 25th
  • Community Service Event - Wednesday, November 28th
  • Global Shabbat/Hanukkah Event - Friday, December 7th
  • Chapter Elections - Sunday, December 16th. 
To contact us email:
Natalie Devina-Goldberg, Chapter Mazkirah (Secretary)
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Shabbat oneg update:
Jan Freeman-Bauer 

Thank you!  Thank you!
Thank you in advance to Evie Lerner who is providing and hosting our TBT Oct 19th oneg. We are especially looking forward to that Shabbat!
Please consider sponsoring a future Shabbat oneg. You don't even need to be present. Send a donation of $50-$75 to our fabulous treasurer Lester along with a note of the Shabbat date (listed on our website) you want to sponsor so we can acknowledge your generosity. ❤️

I can shop, set up and clean up if you desire or can't attend.

If you would like to sponsor an oneg, please contact me by email: 

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November Newsletter Deadline:  October 24th 

This newsletter is emailed to both members and non-members each month.  As of November, Eileen Katz will be the new newsletter editor.  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.

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Taizé Service
Next Taizé:  Thursday, October 4

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:
  • Liz and Paul Levinson in memory of Michael J. Levinson
  • Pati and Daniel Boyd in honor of Gary Reynolds
  • Marilyn and Chuck Shattuck in memory of Millie Pick
  • Terry and Gary Reynolds in memory of Gary's Father, Herb Reynolds
  • Lester Dober in celebration of Diane's 80th Birthday.
  • Mickey and Mike Freundlich in honor of Diane Dober's 80th Birthday.
  • Mark and Kathy Schindel in memory of Rose Bernstein
  • Mark and Kathy Schindel in memory of Zelda Schindel
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 a specific fund, including:
   - the Youth Education Fund,   
   - the Music Fund - including Adopt-a-Musician, 
   - 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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