October 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:

                      Randy Danto & Mark Nordstrom
Eloise Danto, Randy's mother

                           Robin Salant & Erik Jambor
 Daughters B Simone & Aya Rainier Salant Jambor
October Calendar of Events 

Events and Activities
    October 6 -  2:00 pm -   Kever Avot - Pilot Butte Cemetery
   October 6 -  3:00 pm -   Kever Avot - Gan Shalom Cemetery
   October 8 -  7:00 pm -   Kol  Nidre
   October 9 - 10:00 am -  Yom  Kippur Service
   October 16 - 7:30 am -  Back Door Cafe
   October 19 - 3:00 pm -  Sukkah Party & Simchat Torah 
   October 21 - 5:00 pm -  Torah & Tequila
   October 25 - 7:00 pm -  Shabbat event
Torah Study - Philosotea
Thursdays 4:00 pm - October 17, 24 & 31


Saturday, November 2 -   Havdallah with a Purpose   
Thursday, November 21 - Interfaith Thanksgiving

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

The High Holy Days are here amidst a chill in the air and  the leaves turning colors. It heralds our time to think about the bitter and the sweet moments of the past twelve months as we look forward to a wonderful new year. We feel blessed to share prayers and songs and sermons together with our families and community, welcoming TBT members, old and new, as well as our many guests. 

During High Holy Days, we ask you to make contributions for a good cause. This year we are requesting pledges to fund social action activities and expand our music program. We hope you will consider helping the needy in our community or giving money to support more music with guest musicians and song leaders to enhance our services and events over the coming year. Thank you for your generosity. 

Be sure to visit the website to see our calendar of events and reserve the dates that interest you on your own schedule. There are many vibrant opportunities for celebration, good works, learning and rituals, including: Sukkot and Simchat Torah, Shabbat services, Havdallahs, and a Shabbat@Home on November 22, when small groups of members gather at several homes to usher in Shabbat with an intimate meal together. More details soon to come for all events this fall and winter.  

Update: In mid-September, 14 temple members took the CPR and AED course certified with the American Heart Association. It is a great comfort that dedicated  members amongst us know exactly what to do in the case of someone experiencing a heart attack or choking incident. We are now looking into offering a first aid class to add to our knowledge. Please let us know if you are interested in taking a class in first aid and we will arrange. Handling medical emergencies is another important piece of our security plan.

Getting involved with Temple Beth Tikvah is a great way to meet other members, develop friendships and gain more knowledge in Judaism. Since the new year has begun and our calendar is full, we need members to join our teams to help with events or contribute to community service. We can assure you that any and all contributions of time and effort are equally appreciated. Please say "yes" when you are invited to join in, or don't wait- just take the initiative. Visit the website under About for the list of team leaders/committee chairs to contact (refer to your member roster for contact information.) Your participation is always welcomed. 

Shanah Tova, 
Sheila & Ann
Divrei Tikvah  RJohannaHeadShot
From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

First convened in Basel, Switzerland, in 1897, the World Zionist Congress, also known as the Parliament of the Jewish People, currently comprises 500 delegates and meets in Jerusalem every five years. It enables delegates to exert ideological influence on both Israeli society and the global Jewish agenda, as well as allocate financial and other resources to various organizations - including the Reform Movement - in Israel. 
The World Zionist Congress sets the agenda for the Jewish Agency and the World Zionist Organization. The World Zionist Organization is a collective of all the Jewish Zionist movements around the world. The Jewish Agency collaborates with the World Zionist Organization and the Israeli government to foster meaningful relationships between Israel and Jews who live all over the world. Their collaborations manifest in the form of programs and the distribution of funds collected from among Jews in diaspora who give to Israel. The Jewish Agency specifically distributes funds in Israel to organizations and institutions not adequately funded by the Israeli government. 
Representation in the World Zionist Congress substantially influences where Jewish Agency funds go. Currently, the United States has 145 delegates in the WZC, the largest single delegation outside Israel. Thanks to a robust turnout in the 2015 elections, 56 of the 145 delegates (39 percent) represent the Reform Movement and, as a result, have been able to ensure that more than $4 million a year ($20 million over five years) is being directed to the Israeli Reform Movement. By comparison, the Israeli government annually provides nearly 4 billion NIS ($1.1 billion) to Orthodox and Haredi institutions in Israel.
A proportionate showing among non-Orthodox Jews in the World Zionist Congress means support for non-Orthodox institutions and organizations in Israel. A strong election turnout among North America's Reform Jews and our supporters and allies will ensure that financial resources will continue to flow to our Israeli movement - including Reform congregations and institutions. It also will allow us to fill leadership positions in some of Israel's national institutions, including the World Zionist Organization (WZO), the Jewish Agency for Israel, and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael - Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF). 
A leadership role in KKL-JNF will enable us to ensure that decisions about government and public spending over the Green Line, including land purchases, reflect the Reform Movement's values and positions. Only in this way can we continue to build a democratic society in Israel that truly reflects the Jewish values we hold dear: pluralism, equality, economic justice, and peace.
The 38th World Zionist Congress is scheduled to meet in Jerusalem in 2020; the elections to determine the size of the various delegations that will attend are scheduled to be held from January 21 to March 11, 2020
Any Jewish person, who is or shall be at least eighteen years of age on June 30, 2020, who resides permanently in the United States, and who did not vote in any Israel Knesset election in 2019, is eligible to vote in the American Zionist election for delegates to the 38th World Zionist Congress, which is scheduled to convene in Israel in October 2020.
Temple Beth Tikvah members ought to be counted in this election! As the Fall unfolds, more information will be made available via the internet. Registering to vote and voting all happens on line. Pay attention to TBT emails in the month of October. As soon as registration begins, I and our board will make sure all Temple Beth Tikvah members receive a link that will allow us to exercise our right to vote. 
If you would like to help me keep an eye on the appropriate websites and disseminate information as it becomes available, please email ( johannaherhenson@gmail.com ) or call or text (541-213-9880) me.
Shanah tovah,
Rabbi Johanna M. Hershenson

~~ 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
High Holy Days
Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur

Happy New Year RH 
October 8 & 9

Join us in celebration of the High Holy Days.

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

To make your reservations, go to:

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Family Friendly Sukkah Party & Simchat Torah
Saturday, October 19, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
At Rabbi Hershenson's Ranch

Cider, a harvest soup, and harvest treats to share.

Views and plenty of space for outdoor fun, horseshoes, feeding and petting the goats, walks and hikes, bring a mountain bike if you like!

We will provide cider and a harvest soup. Please bring a harvest treat to share and weather permitting, feel free to bring balls and frisbees for outdoor play.

RSVP to: Kathy Schindel at  schindelke@aol.com 
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Torah & Tequila: Simchat Torah Trivia Night for Adults
Barrio Restaurant
Monday, October 21, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Simchat Torah dancer
Tequila, Tacos, and Torah Trivia: Simchat Torah no-host Happy Hour. Brush up on your Torah facts and join us at Barrio on Wall Street for Trivia night. 

RSVP to Kathy Schindel at schindelke@aol.com 
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Afternoon Philosotea
Jewish Thought and Thinkers

Discussions start at 4:00 pm and are led by Rabbi Hershenson. There are handouts at the sessions or you can purchase books on line. ALL are welcome!

October 17th, 24th, 31st, November 7th, 14th and 21st
Pirkei Avot: Sage advice by Rabbi Yitz Greenberg
December 5th, 12th and 19th
The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness by Rabbi Rami Shapiro
January 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th
Jewish Living: Guide to Contemporary Reform Halacha by Rabbi Mark Washofsky

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TBT Tribute Bookplates 

A beautiful bookplate capturing the character of Central Oregon awaits your words of loving tribute to grace our new High Holy Days prayerbooks, the Mishkan HaNefesh: Machzor for the Days of Awe.

With so many of you purchasing Tribute Bookplates for our beautiful High Holy Days   machzors , we are extending the purchase deadline. We want everyone to have the opportunity to celebrate the special people in their lives. If you've already submitted an order and have other names you wish to add... you have a little more time. If you haven't ordered yet, now's your chance.  

You can honor and celebrate your loved ones with a Tribute, which will be placed in one of our new High Holy Days prayerbooks (until all our books are filled)!
You can order your tribute bookplate on our website at: https://bethtikvahbend.org/hhd-tribute-bookplate-order-form/Only $18 for each bookplate.

Questions? Contact Kathy Schindel at schindelke@aol.com or (541) 617-7018.

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Board and Committee News
TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  November 12th,  1:00- 3:00 pm

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, Terry Hoogstede  tahoogstede@bendcable.com .
Ritual Team News
Food Policy for Events & Onegs
Lee Shapiro-London
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With the holidays approaching and opportunities for potlucks increasing, we'd like to remind you of our Temple Beth Tikvah Food Policy. While we do not practice ritual Kashrut (kosher), we plan our event meals in consideration of everyone's needs and ask that any dish you bring adhere to kosher-style. 
So what does kosher-style mean? No pork, bacon or ham. No shellfish (clams, scallops, mussels, lobsters and their kin). No dishes that contain both milk and meat such as cheeseburgers, meat and cheese lasagna, pizza with meat toppings, or nachos with cheese and meat. 
At every event, we provide options for our members who are vegetarian. 
We believe in the Jewish values of stewardship of the earth, sustainable agriculture and ethical treatment of workers and hope you consider these principles in your choices.
If you have any questions, or are unsure about a particular item, contact Rituals team leader, Lee Shapiro-London at  pfieffer@me.com

Social Action Updatetikkun olam earth
Lynne Connelley

Save the Date: Saturday, November 2nd is Havdallah with a Purpose. 
We are fortunate to be guests of The Giving Plate, the largest food bank in Central Oregon, at their facility on Division Street. TGP was opened in 2010 by a family who had lost their home but had faith that they could feed 500 families. They have far exceeded that number in these past years distributing more than 3 million pounds of food in Central Oregon. TGP is a no-barrier program in which recipients are not required to prove need and with a welcoming environment. Their Kids Korner allows children ages 18 and under to shop and take home their own kid-friendly selections, one of the only such programs in the U.S. Truly a phenomenal organization. Save the date and watch for more information in the TBT Happenings.
Stay tuned for our annual participation in the Secret Santa program for Assistance League of Bend (ALB).  Have fun fulfilling a Christmas wish list for a low-income resident of a care facility in Bend or Redmond. We'll be looking for TBT volunteers in November once we get our wish lists from ALB. 

Education Report - Welcome to the New School Year!Aleph Bet blocks
Sara Jo Slate

After a busy August full of teacher meetings, curriculum planning, ordering supplies, and organizing classrooms, school has started! Our thirty-six Religious School students and our nineteen Hebrew School Students began the first week in September. 

This year, we welcome three new teachers to our school community. Aaron Krinsky, new to Bend, is teaching Jewish history to our 5th and 6th graders. Kerrie Zurovsky, who has been involved in our school as the Parent Advisory Committee leader, is teaching Jewish values to our 3rd and 4th graders. Shannah Werner, a parent and volunteer at our school, is now our second year Hebrew teacher. They join long-time teachers Mimi Feldman, Rabbi Johanna Hershenson, and Alex Charney Cohen. I am lucky to work with such an accomplished, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic group of teachers! 

Beyond our dedicated teachers, there is a whole team of people who share their time and talent with the Community Religious School. Gabriel Shapiro, our volunteer song leader, kicks off each Religious School session with a sing-along concert! Michelle Mahony, our Parent Volunteer Coordinator, makes sure a parent is always on hand to help with snack, set-up, and clean-up. Patricia Givens, our community librarian, helps our teachers find curriculum resources and relevant literature to use in the classroom. Kerrie Zurovsky and her team of Parent Advisory Committee members organize special events, review our curriculum, and help direct the future of our school. Katie Jackman and Jonah Henneberg, our teen helpers, serve as role models for our younger students and help our school run smoothly. Please say thank you to these folks when you see them. They are helping a new generation of Jewish children connect as a community. 

I'm looking forward to another year of Community Religious School and Hebrew School full of meaningful learning, joyous celebrations, and new friendships among our students. Shanah tovah!

Bikur Cholim - Care & Feeding of the Community of TBT

Evie Lerner

We welcome referrals! Evie Lerner, Suzanne Schlosberg and Linda Brant are the go-to people for any illnesses, surgeries, new babies, transportation to appointments, lending of walkers or other equipment, or just visiting.  
We don't know if you don' t tell us! And you can call any of us and we'll get everything organized. Meal trains, rides, and visits are our specialties. We also always welcome additional committee members!

Fundraising News fundraising thermometer

No-sweat, no-hassle, no-cost fundraising for TBT!! 
Sign up for Fred Meyer Community Rewards and Smile.Amazon.com 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 Smile.Amazon.com and every time you shop at Fred Meyer. Click here for more information about how to register with both of these programs. 


November Newsletter Deadline:  October 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.

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Community News
Holocaust Education in Schools
Terry Reynolds

House Bill HR5460 is called the Never Again Education Act. This act encourages states to include Holocaust education in their schools. 
There are many sponsors though Greg Walden is not one of them. Since he is our representative in the House, it would be appropriate to call or write him if you would like him to support this bill. If you believe that this bill should be passed, contact Congressman Walden at his DC office at (202) 225-6730, his Bend office at (541) 389-4408 or send him an email through his website .

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TBT Tributes
Temple Beth Tikvah gratefully acknowledges the following contributions:
  • Tully Ellsberg in celebration of Sam's beginning college
  • Jim & Carol Filler to our Youth Education Fund for a wonderful year in Sunday School for grandchildren Fisher & Noah Malin
  • Jessica Hammerman & Isaac Peterson to Youth Education Fund
  • Rudy Gold in memory of Muriel Gold
  • Stephen & Eileen Katz in memory of Walter Kollman & Randall Katz
  • Mark & Kathy Schindel in memory of Zelda Schindel
  • Mark & Kathy Schindel in memory of Rose Bernstein
  • Shelley Grudin in memory of Corrie Grudin
  • Marilyn & Chuck Shattuck in memory of Millie Pick
  • Terry Reynolds in memory of Herb Reynolds
  • Bob Pollack in memory of Abraham (Al) Pollack


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 info@bethtikvahbend.org for more information.
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