October 2020   
 
    הקשר HaKesher  
                                                 "The Connection"      
  



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Celebrations
TBT Board Members
 President:
   Sheila Luber  
 
  Past President:
    Ann Rosenfield

 Vice President
    Kerrie Zurovsky
      
 Secretary: 
   Terry Hoogstede
    
 Treasurer: 
   Mark Schindel
   
 Members-at-Large:
    Lester Dober
    Jillian Frankl
       
TBT Committee Chairs
Budget & Finance
   Chuck Shattuck

Membership 
    Terry Reynolds
   
Program Oversight
    Kathy Schindel

TBT Team Leaders
Adult Learning
    Mel Siegel

Bikur Cholim
    Suzanne Schlosberg
    Evie Lerner
    Linda Brant

Calendar Keeper
    Kathy Schindel

Chevra Kadisha
    Ralph Uri

Communications & PR
    Kathy Schindel
    Shiela Luber

Connections
    Sheila Luber

Fundraising
    TBD

Membership
    Terry Reynolds

Music
    Julie Geveshausen

Newsletter
    Eileen Katz

Onegs
    Jan Freeman-Bauer

Program Coordinator
    Lauralei Garrity

Religious Education
    Melissa Wikler

Rituals
    TBD

Social Action
    TBD

Venue Logistics
    Mark Schindel

Webmaster
    Jeanne Freeman
   
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Temple Beth Tikvah is pleased to welcome our newest members:
                      
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October Calendar of Events 
 

 Events and Activities
   October 2 - 9:00 am - Sukkah Construction
   October 4 - 4:00 pm - Sukkah Celebration
The following Events are held via Zoom:
   October 2 - 6:00 pm - Kabbalat Shabbat
   October 10 - 7:00 pm - Havdallah and Simchat Torah       October 14 - 4:00 pm - Board Meeting 
   October 18 - 10:15 am-Tikkun Olam Group       
   October 23 Shabbat:
                5:45 pm - Tot Shabbat
                6:00 pm - Proneg (an Oneg before Shabbat)
                6:20 pm - Erev Shabbat
                6:45 pm - Meaningful Conversations
Rabbinic Judaism
Rabbinic Judaism will start again on October 15.  More details to come.

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

Leadership News
 
 President's Message  
Sheila Luber 
Sheila

We've been blessed with the most wonderful High Holy Days services we could have imagined for our congregation during a pandemic. Creativity, focus and effort are always key to delivering a meaningful Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur experience. But this year with the addition of COVID-19? Like a trip to a place you've never been, traveling there seems to take forever.
 
In light of our present day challenges, how do we honor our ritual observances and what does that actually look like? Rabbi Johanna and those of us involved in planning for the HHDs were swimming in information, facing countless decisions and filtering input from numerous sources. With many moving parts, steep learning curves, and technical issues to overcome, figuring out what to do demanded considerable thought and preparation. Lest you think I'm being dramatic. I'm not. As a small congregation, we forged our way with Rabbi Johanna leading the charge.
 
Thank you dear members. Thank you for your confidence, your participation and your openness to change. I can assure you what was new to you was new to us. Your many kind words of genuine appreciation and satisfaction have meant so much when expectations are always so High! Holy! Days! Everyone who contributed to this sacred work is breathing a sigh of relief.
 
First and foremost, on behalf of us all I want to express our deep respect and gratitude to Rabbi Johanna. Our fearless Rabbi put herself on full view for praise and criticism. She opened herself up and she was all in. She never faltered and she held back nothing as she battled spotty Wifi signals, complicated software, computer glitches, and then, of course, hazardous smoke and tight deadlines. Rabbi Johanna gave us a beautiful gift worthy of our traditions. Her services were warm, thoughtful and relevant. She delivered, and your positive responses have been overwhelming. Please send her a note if you haven't already. And if you haven't seen her video services...please do.
 
Thank you to our wonderful musical ensemble: Julie Geveshausen, Jo Booser, Eileen Heaton, and Janet Gesme. It was a treat to see them on the small screen, which served to amplify how beautifully they each play as individuals, and together.
 
Thank you to Kathy Schindel, our HHD committee chair, for helping to adapt our plans to suit these unusual times. Thank you to Ginger Weeden for sharing the finer points of video production to help Rabbi refine her editing techniques. Thank you to Lauralei Garrity for keeping everyone on track with google docs and assignments to do, and for the fun we had co-writing copious amounts of HHD copy that Kathy published with good humor.
 
Thanks also to Lauralei for food shopping and assembling the lion's share of our sweet Mitzvah Madness Gift Bags. (And for distributing the bags, despite the smoke, at the Rosh Hashanah Roll-By alongside Rabbi and Jeff German, who deserves thanks as well!) Thank you to Kerrie Zurovsky for designing and printing the gift bag labels and HHD materials and securing the packaging. Thank you to Jeanne Freeman for managing the heck out of the website to provide our members with HHD information and access to our offerings. Thank you to Mel Siegel for helping Rabbi upload the videos in her time of need and Mark Schindel for providing technical support to members.
 
Rabbi Johanna ushered in the High Holy Days with a special Selichot event on Zoom featuring rabbis and cantors from around the country. Now, with the Days of Awe behind us, members of TBT are invited with Chabad of Central Oregon to celebrate Sukkot at Congregation Shalom Bayit on October 4th. Look for details in this newsletter and the September 30th TBT Happenings.
 
Lastly, please take a moment to contemplate supporting our ongoing Social Action programs. This year, the High Holy Days Tzedakah Projects are REACH and The Giving Plate. It's never too late to donate. Please click https://bethtikvahbend.org/high-holy-days-2020-tzedakah-donation-form/. Thank you!
 
May you be sealed in the book of life for a good year!

L'Shalom,
Sheila 

Divrei Tikvah  RJohannaHeadShot
From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

Happy Autumn, Temple Beth Tikvah. May the year, 5781, be a year of companionship, satisfaction, and learning!
 
The High Holy Days continue this month of October with Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Our High Holy Day season actually began a month ago with the new moon of Elul and preparation. Two weeks ago, the new moon of Tishri and Rosh Hashanah. And, now as the moon finishes waxing and begins to wane, Sukkot emerges.
 
Sunday, October, 4th, we join Shalom Bayit and Chabad in the large outdoor Sukkah at Shalom Bayit. Saturday, October 10th, we gather on Zoom for Havdallah and a Simchat Torah trivia game. This time of year, I often catch myself somewhere between: "Yeah, another holiday!" And "Really? Another holiday?"
 
And then, will come the Hebrew month of Cheshvan...bitter Cheshvan, bitter because it bears no holy days. We are holiday free until Chanukah!
  
We sometimes refer to the calm before a storm. For me, October (and the month of Cheshvan) is the calm after the storm. The High Holy Days stir the soul, and the month of no holidays allows the mind to quiet and settle into the autumnal rhythms.
 
Clean, crisp air. Cool mornings and evenings. Sparkling Central Oregon skies. Anticipation of snow and winter's wonderland. School is taking shape. No matter pandemic, politics, fires or hurricanes...life does go on.

L'Shalom,
Johanna

~~ 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.

Spotlight On Our Board


Mark Schindel
Treasurer

This is the second in a series of bi-monthly spotlights on our board members. Eileen Katz, Newsletter Ed.

Mark is TBT's "man for all seasons." Willing to take on any task, Mark has served as President of TBT and now is serving as Treasurer. You can see him at most events, passing out prayerbooks, unlocking doors, setting up tables or taking down decorations. When you talk with Mark you get a sense of his strong commitment to the Jewish community and to its legacy.

Mark grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, the oldest of four children. When he was a child, his family joined a new synagogue, Temple Emunah in Lexington, the neighboring town. There he attended Sunday school and Hebrew school through Confirmation. The temple was affiliated with the Conservative Movement, which at the time was quite different from Reform. However, today's Reform Movement has more emphasis on Hebrew and Jewish study, so it is now more similar to those Conservative beginnings that Mark experienced.

Mark majored in math at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. During one bitterly cold winter he decided that he definitely wanted to live in a warmer climate. Upon graduation, Mark moved to Southern California to attend Claremont Graduate School and obtain a teaching credential. In 1972, he took a position teaching Junior High math in La Habra, California. The next summer Mark took a job teaching tennis and one of his students happened to be Kathy. They were married in 1974.

Both Mark and Kathy were teaching in the same school district when declining student enrollment resulted in lay-offs for untenured teachers. Mark chose a new career path and began a 24-year career at Southern California Edison first as a computer programmer and later taking on various management positions in their Information Technology department. While at Edison, Mark went back to school and earned a Master of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in EDP Auditing. After retiring from Edison in 2000, Mark spent a few years as an independent consultant until a friend suggested he join Orcom, a privately owned company in Bend that offered billing assistance to electric, gas, and water utilities. So, in 2003, Kathy and Mark left Southern California to begin their new life in Bend.

Mark is now mostly retired, doing occasional math tutoring and has recently worked part-time in a local Financial Advisor's office, while still actively involved with TBT. He and Kathy enjoy the beautiful outdoors and all that Central Oregon has to offer. As soon as he completely recovers from his recent knee replacement surgery, he hopes to get back to tennis, pickleball, softball and maybe even return to playing basketball.

Although Mark and Kathy's three daughters were raised in Southern California, they all love visiting Bend as often as possible and one daughter and two grandchildren are in the process of relocating to Bend.

Since arriving in Bend in 2003, the Central Oregon Jewish community has grown from one congregation to the three that are here today. In 2008, Mark and Kathy became founding members of TBT.

Mark encourages members to get involved with TBT starting with small steps like volunteering at an event. Volunteering "will give you a glimpse of the inner workings of TBT, and who knows, you might even find a new friend."


TBT Highlights
Celebrate Sukkot 
Lauralei Garrity

TBT members are invited to join Congregation Shalom Bayit (CSB) on Sunday, October 4 for a one of a kind outdoor celebration, honoring the Festival of Booths.
 
Rabbis Feintuch, Feldman, and Hershenson will help us perform the mitzvah of the blessing and shaking of the Lulav and Etrog, as we walk through the Sukkah while physically distancing and wearing our masks. Bring your own picnic or enjoy a boxed treat from CSB. (There will be an ADA porta-potty on-site.)
 
You are also invited to join CSB's "Sukkah Angel" volunteers to help construct the Sukkah at 9:00 AM on October 2.
 
If you want to attend the Sukkot celebration or help build the Sukkah, please email your RSVP to Lauralei Garrity at lauralei.garrity@gmail.com by Thursday, October 1 at noon. Include your name and number attending, if you are able to help with Sukkah building on October 2, and if you'd like a boxed treat from CSB on Sukkot.
 
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Tikkun Olam -Do the Work
Lauralei Garrity 

Temple Beth Tikvah's Tikkun Olam-- A Do-the-Work Group will be meeting for the first time on Sunday, October 18 from 10:15 am - 11:45 am. Meetings will fall on the third Sunday of each month. Facilitators Rabbi Johanna Hershenson, Lauralei Garrity, and youth facilitator Eliana Cañas Katz welcome TBT members of all ages and backgrounds to join the on-going conversation.
 
The Tikkun Olam group offers TBT members a space to learn more about race, ethnicity, gender, and identity, guided by the values and teachings of Jewish wisdom. As we repair the world, each in our own way, the Tikkun Olam group empowers us through education, practice, and communal support.
 
If you are interested in attending the first meeting, please email program coordinator Lauralei Garrity at lauralei.garrity@gmail.com.
 
Tzedakah-High Holy Days Fund Appeal
High Holy Days Committee

Donations are being accepted until October 15 for The Giving Plate and REACH, the two non-profits designated as recipients of our High Holy Days funds appeal.

Every month the Giving Plate provides food to 4,000 individuals across Deschutes County through three hunger-relief programs serving low-income families, children and the elderly.

REACH delivers assistance and outreach to those experiencing homelessness, providing access to critical resources and referrals to local agencies. Assistance includes medical and health services, transportation support, employment placement, and donations of items such as sleeping bags and tents.

This year, C.O.J.Y - Central Oregon Jewish Youth - participants are using donations to the Tzedakah Fund on behalf of REACH to purchase items for Hygiene, First Aid, and Survival.

Please consider even a small contribution, or a generous one if you can, to deliver peace of mind to those in need.

You can designate which of the funds you want your donation applied to or allow your donation to be divided between the two.

To make a donation to our Tzedakah Fund projects click here.


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Board and Committee News
TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  Wednesday, October 14, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Board Meetings are now held the second Wednesday of each month from 4:00 to 6:00

Due to COVID-19, all board meetings are being held via Zoom. If you would like to attend, contact Lauralei Garrity at lauralei.garrity@gmail.com.

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 .
 

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.

Shalom,
Eileen
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TBT Tributes
Temple Beth Tikvah gratefully acknowledges the following contributions:

  • Rudy Gold In Memory of Muriel Gold
  • Shelley Grudin In Memory of Corrie Grudin
  • Christopher Judy To Gary Reynolds Memorial Fund in Memory of Gary Reynolds
  • Eileen & Stephen Katz In Memory of Walter Kollman
  • Eileen & Stephen Katz In Memory of Randall Katz
  • Burt Litman & Jeanne Freeman In Memory of Elaine Freeman Litman
  • Adrienne & Ben Phillips In memory of Adrienne Harkins
  • Terry Reynolds To Gary Reynolds Memorial Fund In Memory of Herb Reynolds
  • Lorraine & Lawrence Schechter To Gary Reynolds Memorial Fund In Honor of the B'nai Mitzvah of Toby & Ian Spencer
  • Mark & Kathy Schindel In Memory of Zelda Schindel
  • Mark & Kathy Schindel In Memory of Fran Lerman
  • Mark & Kathy Schindel In Memory of Rose Bernstein
  • Suzanne Schlosberg & Paul Spencer To TBT Goodwill Fund In Honor of the B'nai Mitzvah of Toby & Ian Spencer
  • Suzanne Schlosberg & Paul Spencer To Gary Reynolds Memorial Fund In Honor of the B'nai Mitzvah of Toby & Ian Spencer
  • Chuck & Marilyn Shattuck In Memory of Millie Pick
  • Randi & Zac Zlatkus To Gary Reynolds Memorial Fund In Honor of the B'nai Mitzvah of Toby & Ian Spencer
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
   - Gary Reynolds Memorial 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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