September 2018      
    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 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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Temple Beth Tikvah is pleased to welcome our newest members:
Debbie Rief-Adams and 
Ella Adams

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

TBT Highlights
Happy New Year RH


We invite you to join us for High Holy Day Services. We welcome all to attend any or all of our services. We do ask that everyone (including TBT members) make reservations by going to: or by calling TBT at (541) 388-8826. We would appreciate receiving your reservations as soon as possible, but no later than Labor Day, September 3.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are at
First Presbyterian Church
230 NE Ninth Street
Bend. OR 97701


Sun. Sept. 9 @ 7:00 pm:  Erev Rosh Hashanah

Mon. Sept. 10 @ 10:00 am: Rosh Hashanah                                                         
Mon. Sept. 10 @ 4:00 pm: Tashlich, Family Fun, and picnic at Miller Landing Park

Sun. Sept. 16 @ 2 PM: Kever Avot: Pilot Butte Cemetery

Sun. Sept. 16 @ 3 PM: Kever Avot: Deschutes Memorial Gardens

Tues. Sept. 18 @ 7:00 pm: Kol Nidre Service

Wed. Sept. 19 @ 10:00 am: Y om Kippur Morning 

Wed. Sept. 19 @ 12:45 pm: Adult Learning and Discussion (@conclusion of AM Service)

Wed. Sept. 19 @ 3:00 pm: Yom Kippur multi-generational Afternoon Service. Families & individuals of all ages, with and without children

Wed. Sept. 19 @ 4:30pm: Yizkor Memorial Service

Wed. Sept. 19 @ 5:15 pm: Neilah Concluding Service

There is no charge to attend services for TBT members. If you are not a member and would like to attend, we are requesting a minimum donation of $150 per adult or $250 per family. This entitles you to attend any or all of our services. If you decide to become a member of TBT in 2018, your donation will be applied to your
membership support contribution. Of course, additional donations in honor of the High Holy Days from members and non-members are always appreciated. If the donation request presents a financial hardship, please contact our Treasurer, Lester Dober at to make special arrangements. Your request will be kept strictly confidential.


We also invite you to join us for a simple Break-the-Fast following concluding services on Yom Kippur. If you would like to be included in our home Break-the Fast potlucks, please indicate that on your res ervation form.

Yizkor Memorial Booklet

We are in the process of putting together our Yizkor Memorial booklet for Yom Kippur. If you would like the name or names of departed loved ones included in the booklet, please include that information in the appropriate section of your online reservation form. The cost is $36 for as many names as you wish. 

Names for the booklet must be received by Monday, September 3.

For questions about the Yizkor booklet, please contact Kathy Schindel at

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Erev Sukkot party! 

Saturday,  September 23, 3-6 pm at home of Marlis Beier and Dean Sharpe.  

Bring snack or beverage to share. Art supplies for decorating the sukkah will be available. 

Save the date: Simchat Torah celebration, October 1, at First Presbyterian Church. More information to come.
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Divrei Tikvah  RJohannaHeadShot
From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

On the verge of an empty nest for the first time, I am experiencing the pending arrival of this Rosh Hashanah (Jewish new year) season as warm yet powerful winds of infinite possibility...
Gratitude. I turned fifty this past summer and I feel an excitement similar to that of my youngest anticipating her freshman year in college.
Gratitude. Mark and I, after more than thirty years and just short of ten venues for life and work, feel equally landed in a home community. That we both want to stay where we live and work and play right now is a new and profoundly grounding sensation.
Gratitude. Knowing we want to live permanently in Central Oregon and knowing that the people who make up Temple Beth Tikvah have become as important to us as our own families, Mark and I pinch ourselves. How lucky are we, as a rabbinic couple? Very.
Gratitude. I took a risk a year and a half ago, deciding to enter a Masters of Counseling course of study and practice just as I finished my breast cancer treatments. While it has been intellectually and professionally exhilarating, my studies have required sacrifice. My family has endured my frenetic pace. The people who make up our congregation have embraced my journey with substantial patience. Eight more months until graduation. As much as I love Temple Beth Tikvah, it is a gift for me to cultivate financial security that is independent of the congregation without compromising my ability to serve its mission. I believe the two part-time professional commitments will blend easily once the requirements of full time graduate school are fulfilled.
Weird observation. Mark and I are noticing that as the loose strings in our lives are coming together, we are simultaneously experiencing thoughts about legacy and grandchildren. Neither of our daughters are in committed relationships and yet we feel a drive to build a home designed for having so much fun, our future grandchildren will want to come often.
Big news, if you haven't heard already. Mark and I have sold our home and entered escrow on a rustic, off-grid historic ranch that lies twenty-five minutes east of Bend. Our intention is to create a recreational ranch, a place for creative and nature-based play. We look forward to welcoming Temple Beth Tikvah to our new home for all sorts of activities, celebrations, and retreat.
Warm yet powerful winds of infinite possibility...
What is your metaphor from the natural world for this High Holy Day season?
Shanah tovah umetukah - May the New Year bring goodness and sweetness into our lives.
~~ 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.

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Message from the Co - Presidents
Sheila Luber and Anne Rosenfield 

The High Holy Days arrive early this year and we hope that you have made your reservations. Please... volunteer to help because lots of hands are needed to put on so many activities in such a short time. Agree to read at Services whether in English or Hebrew, and consider donating to TBT's Social Action Fund to support worthy causes during this season of giving. Above all, please enjoy a rich and fulfilling High Holy Days experience. (For information and to make your reservation through September 3rd, go to TBT's website,  

Two years after redoing our website , the URJ, which is our website host, decided to migrate client synagogues to the WordPress platform by August 31st. Though we are (technically) happy about this, it has been a little painful. Thank goodness for Tracy Smith who helped ease the transition with his knowledge of WordPress. Our thanks to Jeanne Freeman who recruited Tracy and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to keep us on track, reconstruct our forms and write content with an assist from Sheila Luber. 

As always, a big thank you to Mark Schindel, our webmaster extraordinaire, for ensuring that all the pieces came together seamlessly on our website. The real kicker... everyone worked hard so that you, our dear members, would barely notice the change when you visit TBT's new WordPress website.

Rabbi Johanna and members of our new board met on July 24th for a 4-hour retreat. Our purpose? First, we wanted to lay a foundation of trust and connection to support our collaboration. Second, we wanted to clarify the role of board member. Third, we wanted to identify the congregational goals we need to accomplish this year and define what board members, committee chairs, and the rabbi must do to achieve these goals.

At our retreat, so many thoughtful ideas were shared that we ran out of time to consider them all. We met again on August 27th to finish our goal setting, and will share the results with you soon.

Ann & Sheila

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Board and Committee News
TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  October 9th: 1:00 to 3pm p.m. 
Location:  Stonebriar Apts.

Your TBT Board meets monthly and everyone is 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
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Something NEW from the Oneg and Inventory chair, Jan Freeman-Bauer...

As many of you know, the last few years we have been asking congregants to contribute goodies to our Shabbat oneg tables to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and honoring our loved ones who have passed.
So, here's the something new...

You and your family may be interested in hosting the whole oneg solo! Bar and Bat mitzvah families have hosted in the past. I already have a family hosting an oneg in October and one in December.

I would be happy to share tips, but you would be prepping, setting up, providing goodies and clean up.
Some months there may be more than one Shabbat oneg, so check out the dates on the TBT website and give it some thought.

Please email me if you choose a date so I have a heads up before I begin my planning.

Thank you,

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Social Action Update tikkun olam earth
Lynne Connelly

Congregants have partnered with Habitat for Humanity this quarter building a duplex which will house two Habitat families. Not only did our members enjoy the project but also the Habitat team loved our energy and enthusiasm. We have been welcomed to participate on future builds, so Bob Pollack has coordinated with them for a build day for October 5. He will need two crews of 5 to 7 people each, one from 8 to noon and one from 1 to 5. 

Please call Bob at 310-622-5386 or email him at for this build or one in the future as we will be doing a build with them approximately every two months. No building expertise is required. And it's fun!!!

TBT will again fulfill the wishes of needy residents, mostly seniors, in facilities throughout Central Oregon in the Assistance League's Secret Santa program.   We will receive the residents' wish lists at the end of October, and TBT members wanting to participate will shop for requested items and package them in gift bags which we will take to ALB in early December. Last year we had 11 members participate and one who lives out of the area for the winter who made a donation. This year we hope to increase participation as ALB is expanding the program to include two additional facilities, both in LaPine. Please email Lynne Connelley at

We continue our ongoing partnership with Mt. Star Family Relief Nurseries and are grateful to the BBYO who once again have stepped up to provide birthday bags for the Madras facility. Not only do the toys and books in the bags delight the children on their birthdays but also the contents include paper goods, cake mix and baking tins to enable the families to put together parties for their children. Mt. Star is a critical organization in family welfare in Central Oregon directly helping families with high stressors cope and thrive in our community. For more information see

Our year-round partnering with Mt. Star is the Diaper Drive initiated early this year. We donated over 1,000 diapers and additional funds for Mt. Star during our initial drive the first quarter of 2018 even partially funding a defibrillator for a classroom. Diapers are a serious health issue for families stretching their funds beyond the breaking point. Mt. Star uses these diapers in the classrooms and offers them to families in need. Whenever you are shopping and think about it, toss a box of diapers sizes 3, 4 or 5 into your cart for Mt. Star. 

Drop off options:
  • call or text Lynne at 541 408 6720 for pick-up
  • drop at the Mt. Star campus on Daggett Rd (a few minutes east of Costco across from Ensworth Elementary School)
  • or drop at Lynne's office, which is Stellar Realty 109 NW Greenwood, Suite 105.
Thank you for your support in these endeavors!
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Religious Education Update 
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Sara Jo Slate

I'm honored to be the new administrator for our religious school and Hebrew school programs and I look forward to working with you and your children.
Based on results from a survey organized by parents, we have decided to return to religious school on Sundays for all grades. 

Religious school will begin on Sunday, September 16 from 10:00-12:00

Hebrew school will begin on  Tuesday, September 25 from 4:00-5:00 pm. Both meet at Shalom Bayit.
Please fill out the registration forms so that they are received prior to the start of school on September 16 and 25.  Registration information, including our school calendar, is available on the TBT website. Please go to:

Please note that our  Parent Advisory Board  will meet close to the start of the school year. In addition to planning special activities, such as a Hanukkah Party and Purim Carnival, the Parent Advisory Board will help guide the future of our school. If you are interested in participating, please contact Kerrie Zurovsky at m  

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torah and yad
Please note that Torah study will start again on Fridays from 10-11:30 on September 21st.  All are welcome.  Our study emphasis for this next session will be announced soon.  
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Youth Group Happenings
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 provide 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.
September Events:
*Bend/Eugene Kickoff - Saturday, September 8th.
*SHARC - Sunday, September 16, 4:00 to 5:45pm
*Convention Registration begins on 9/17/2018
*Havdallah + Sleepover + Convention Hype Night -    Saturday, September 22nd

To contact us email:
Natalie Devina-Goldberg, Chapter Mazkirah (Secretary) 

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October Newsletter Deadline: September 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 Marilynn Jacobs: 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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TBT Tributes
Temple Beth Tikvah gratefully acknowledges the following contributions:

  • Stephen and Eileen Katz in memory of Walter Kollman and Randall Katz
  • Shelley Grudin in memory of Corrie Grudin
  • Bonnie Chaikind in memory of Emory Chaikind and Caroline Chaikind
  • Rudy Gold in memory of Harry Gold
  • Tully Ellsberg in memory of Nadine Hartley
  • Marcia and Sid Garon in honor of Liz and Paul Levinson's 60th anniversary
  • Pati and Dan Boyd in honor of Liz and Paul Levinsons' Anniversary 
  • Bob and Margie Pollack in memory of Helen Pollack
  • Marijane Krohn in memory of my brother Dr. James Wideman
  • Ralph Uri in Memory of Max & Fritzi Uri
  • Diane & Lester Dober in memory of Lloyd Livstone
  • Larry Bauer in honor of Jan's 65th Birthday
  • Cantor Louise Treitman, thank you to the Rabbi and entire congregation for warm welcome.
  • Terry and Gary Reynolds in honor of Selma Nichols 99th Birthday
  • Vivian Freeman in honor of Diane Dober's Birthday
  • Vivian Freeman wishing Buddy Goldstein a speedy recovery
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 for more information.
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