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Temple Beth Tikvah Newsletter
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In This Issue
Vindaloo With the Jews
Divrei Tikvah From Rabbi Hershenson
President's Message
Fundraising Thanks
Board Notes
Committee News
Fundraising Coming Attractions
Religious Committee Update
Library News
Social Action Update
Men's Gathering Info
Friday Women's Hike
SuperForum Coming to Central Oregon
Taizé Service Info
About TBT
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P.O. Box 7472
Bend, OR  97708



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December Celebrations
Celebrations in December honor the following:
  Lester  Dober      Dec.  1
  Neill Fingerhut     Dec.  3
  Howard Koff        Dec.  4
  Terry Reynolds    Dec.  4
  Lawrence Schechter    
                             Dec.  7
  Lisa Rosen         Dec. 14
  Mark Schindel     Dec. 18
  Beverly Adler      Dec. 28
  Dan & Laurel Fishkin
         December 4th
  Nan & Tom Malin
         December 9th
  Ron & Bonnie Ruby
         December 11th
  Burton Litman & 
  Jeanne Freeman
         December 13th
  Robert & Eileen Krause
         December 21st
  Michael & Mickey
         December 23rd
  Fred & Kim Rafilson
         December 24th
  Carl & Judith Schlosberg
         December 25th
  Leslie Conley & 
  Joseph Jezukewicz
         December 27th
TBT Board Members
Board Officers:

   Mark Schindel

 Vice President:
   Michael Rosenfield
   Diane Dober

   Jeff Adler

   Justin Finestone

   Suzanne Schlosberg

   Cathy Wynschenk
TBT Committee Chairs

 Bikkur Holim:
   Suzanne Schlosberg
   Evie Lerner

   Harriet Richard Dietz
   Ralph Uri

   Jeanne Freeman

   Lauren Olander

   Kathy Schindel

   Mark Schindel
   Ralph Uri

   Lester Dober

   Jerry Greenbach

   Lauren Olander

 Religious Services
   Ann Rosenfield
   Jill Muinch

   Terry Reynolds

   Corrie Grudin
   Vivian Freeman
   Lorraine Schechter

 Social Action
   Burt Litman

 Social Activities
   Diane Dober
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Temple Beth Tikvah is pleased to welcome our newest members:

                   Cynthia Kamesar Strutin & David Strutin

                   Susan & Bruce Levin

                   Gary & Judy Liberson

December Calendar of Events


   Dec.  2     5:00 p.m. - Chanukah Party

   Dec.  3     7:00 p.m. - Adult Ed. at the Levinsons'

   Dec.  5     7:00 p.m. - Taize Service at St. Francis

   Dec.  6     9:15 a.m. - Women's Hike

   Dec.  8   10:00 a.m. - Sunday School

                   7:00 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting

   Dec. 11    5:30 p.m. - Men's Gathering at Greg's Grill

   Dec. 15  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School

   Dec. 20    6:00 p.m. - Family Shabbat Celebration with

                                     Potluck dinner

   Dec. 21    9:00 a.m. - Munch & Torah

                 10:30 a.m. - Shabbat Torah Service

   Dec. 25    5:00 p.m. - Vindaloo with the Jews

   Dec. 27    7:00 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat Service

   Dec. 28    2:00 p.m. - Snowshoeing and Chili Feed



   January 13th - A Taste of Judaism - first series begins



DECEMBER School Activities:

Sunday School: (10:00 a.m. Shalom Bayit):  

     12/8, 12/15

Hebrew School:  (4:30 p.m. Shalom Bayit - all classes):

     12/3, 12/10, 12/17


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


Vindaloo With The Jews! 
Christmas Dinner at Taj Palace 

TBT's traditional "Moo Shoo with the Jews" Chinese dinner on Christmas is out; Indian is in! We will gather at Taj Palace downtown at 5:00 p.m. for a full Indian buffet. $11.95 for adults, $6.95 for children ages 5 to 11, and kids 4 and under eat free. Such a deal! No more kvetching, people. Taj Palace is a big step up! An Evite will go out shortly. We have told Taj Palace to expect 40 to 50 people. Let's make it happen! For more info, look for the Evite coming soon, or contact Suzanne: schlos1@gmail.com
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Snowshoeing With The Rabbi 12/28
Warm up after with Chili and Havdalah

Join TBT for a day of winter fun! Meet at the Virgina Meisner Sno-Park parking lot at 2:00 p.m. Bring your own snowshoes and warm winter wear.  After the snowshoe hike, we'll warm up with a Chili feed in the River Lodge at Touchmark at 4:30 p.m. 

The Virgina Meisner Sno-Park is located on the north side of the highway about 11.5 miles past the Reed Market/Century Dr./Mt. Washington roundabout on the way to Mt. Bachelor along the Cascade Lakes Highway (a.k.a. Century Drive). Touchmark at Mt. Bachelor Village is at 19800 SW Touchmark Way, Bend, OR 97702.  
Please respond to Diane Dober if you will be attending: dobersbend@gmail.com


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From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

December begins and Chanukah is already halfway over!  Wow!  The mash up between Thanksgiving and Chanukah has filled Facebook news feeds, tweets and even TV commercials.  I am personally reminded about what I believe is the true lesson of Chanukah. 


First, a little history.  The Maccabees fought the Hellenist empire, the Greek-Syrians.  Antiochus determined that there would no longer be religious freedom and insisted Jewish rites be replaced with the religion of the Greek gods.  Mattathias rebelled.  His sons, the Maccabees, joined him.  They won and rededicated the Temple.


The Talmud only refers to the miracle of the oil when the rabbis ask "What is Chanukah?"  The accounts of the war between the Maccabees and the Greek-Syrian army is left to the books of Maccabees which are not even included in the Hebrew bible.  How is it possible such an important victory would be left out?  Why don't the rabbis discuss it at all?


The truth is that the rabbis were not pleased with the results of the Maccabean war.  While it is great that the Temple was rededicated, the actions of the Hasmonean dynasty were not behaviors the rabbis appreciated or wanted to celebrate.  The descendents of the Maccabees continued to love the Helleninst lifestyle.  They gave their children Greek names.  They built a gymnasium on the Temple Mount.  They even supported a medical procedure that reversed the appearance of circumcision so that Jewish men could participate in wrestling matches.


While the Maccabees fought for religious freedom their successors teach us the real challenge of their time, and ours.  How do we adopt customs and ideas we like from our neighbors and simultaneously maintain our Jewish identity with integrity?  This is a great question and one that stands throughout time. 


We are so fortunate to live in a world where people share tradition and culture with one another generously.  I can say I have learned a great deal about myself and about Judaism because I've had the opportunity to compare our practices and ideologies with Christians and Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus.  I have also incorporated new habits and ways of thinking as a result of those interactions.  My Judaism looks and sounds quite different from that of my grandparents and certainly of ancient times. 


Assimilation and cultural exchanges present great opportunities.  With these opportunities comes also the responsibility to know ourselves and honor our historical legacies as well.  I think this is the true message of Chanukah: to be a part of the world but to be true to ourselves in it.

~~ Rabbi Hershenson's office hours are by appointment.  If you would like to set up an appointment, please contact her by email at: johannahershenson@me.com, or by phone at 541-213-9880. 
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President's Message
From TBT President Mark Schindel

TBT Members & Friends ~


I hope you had a great Thanksgivikah (or is it Chanuksgiving).  Actually, latkes and turkey seem to make a very tasty combination.  While Thanksgiving is over, there are still a few days left for celebrating Chanukah. On Monday, December 2nd, we had wonderful TBT Family Chanukah gathering.  A great THANK YOU to Suzanne Schlosberg and Kim Rafilson for organizing this amazing event; and to the many latke makers and other helpers that made it such a success.


We also hope you take advantage of the many other wonderful activities from TBT in December (see the Calendar section for the full list).  Additionally, in December this year, the Reform movement (URJ) will be having its Biennial event in San Diego.  Rabbi Hershenson, Kathy Schindel, and I will be attending.  This Biennial event brings together thousands of members from Reform congregations across North America for several days of intense learning, sharing, schmoozing, connecting, worshipping, and simply enjoying the Jewish experience.  This will be the first time attending this event for the three of us, and we look forward to gaining new insights and ideas that we can bring back and share with the congregation.


Of course, December is also a time for reflection - looking back at the past year on what went well for us and what didn't; as well as, looking forward to a New Year and what we can improve and what new opportunities there are for us.  For Temple Beth Tikvah, we can reflect on the past six months of having a new, resident Rabbi and our potential for the future.  We are very thankful for finding such a wonderful spiritual leader in Rabbi Johanna Hershenson, who had the faith in us and our community to move her family here to Bend.  


Having a resident Rabbi has allowed us to do more and different activities as a congregation.  While we still have monthly Erev Shabbat services, Family Shabbat Celebrations, Torah Study, Torah services, and Adult Education, these events are now distributed throughout the month, making it more flexible for people's schedules.  Through the inspired leadership of our Fundraising committee, our congregation has responded with generous contributions for additional funding to support added opportunities for Rabbi Hershenson - such as more Jewish holiday celebration activities, additional pastoral care opportunities, greater involvement in Religious Education, stronger presence in the broader Central Oregon faith communities, and coming up early next year, a multi-topic, multi-session educational series on a "Taste of Judaism".  At the suggestion of the Rabbi, we now have weekly women's hikes on Friday mornings.  And that's just the beginning!  Having a resident Rabbi is a new experience for us, so we are still figuring out together with the Rabbi all our possibilities.  In the coming months and years, it will be exciting to watch us evolve into an even better Jewish community.


We invite all those reflecting on life and looking to find more meaning and involvement, to please check out all the many wonderful activities and offerings being provided by TBT.  Chances are there will be several that you will find quite appealing and enjoyable.  In addition, the welcoming and supportive people you will meet and get to know will enhance your network of friends and caring community.


Finally, it is with deep sadness that I must report that TBT member Ray Kilpatrick, beloved husband of Lita Kilpatrick, passed away on November 26th.  Lita and Ray had been long time residents of Central Oregon before moving to the Los Angeles area for a brief time, but they returned to Bend recently.  Our sincerest sympathies go out to Lita and her family.  She will be needing much love and support from our community to help her through this difficult time.  More information will be forthcoming.


Best wishes for a Happy Chanukah and Happy New Year.



Mark Schindel


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A Special Thank You from the Fundraising Committee 

A very special thank you
to all of our members who were able to contribute to the Rabbi Fund fundraising appeal.  As a result of your generosity, TBT has raised more than sufficient funds to extend Rabbi Hershenson's time for this fiscal year, as well as 2014/2015.  I know that we ask you to open your wallets many times during the year.  This appeal was something special as we all want to enjoy the many religious and secular benefits of having Johanna in our midst.  So, on behalf of the Fundraising Committee and TBT, we say THANK YOU. 

Gerald Greenbach
Fundraising Committee


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TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting: Sunday, Dec. 8th, 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Wesley Room, FUMC

Your TBT Board meets monthly and everyone is invited to attend.  Dates and times of Board meetings are on the TBT calendar at http://bethtikvahbend.org/calendar.
If you would like to read the minutes of previous board meetings, you can request a copy from Board Secretary Diane Dober: dobersbend@gmail.com. 
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Committee News 

Fundraising Committee 

Jerry Greenbach, Committee Chair



The Fundraising Committee is resting at this time.  However, in the works are 1. another poker tournament for mid-May 2014; 2. a one man show late April or early May; 3. an auction for sometime after mid-October.  George Brant is working on the poker tourney, Joe Jezukewicz is in charge of the one man show, and Harriet Dietz and Bev Adler are planning the auction.  Also, Ralph Uri is looking into TBT sponsored tours with a fee going to the temple from each participant.  Whew!


Resting on our laurels, we had a very successful Rabbi Time appeal and the poker tourney, although it did not meet our financial expectation, did raise some money for TBT all the while everyone involved had a BALL!  My thanks to Michael, Suzanne, Ralph, Ed, George, Joe, and new members Bev and Harriet.  A great committee!



Religious Committee Report

Ann Rosenfield and Jill Muinch, Committee Co-Chairs


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November was a busy month, ending with Thanksgiving AND Chanukah. The month of December begins with a Chanukah party on Monday December 2nd and Adult Ed on Tuesday, December 3rd at the Levinsons.


The month continues with a Family Shabbat and potluck on December 20th. The following day, December 21st is Munch and Torah study and service. The following week on December 27th we will gather again for an Erev Shabbat service. On December 28th, we end the month with a snowshoeing outing with Rabbi Hershenson followed by Havdallah and a chili feed.


We are excited to announce that Rabbi Hershenson will be teaching a series of classes entitled "A Taste Of Judaism." Each series consists of three consecutive Monday evening classes. These classes will be free to TBT members, and we will also be offering these classes to the public at a cost of $18 for each of the three series.


The first series called "Rhythms of Jewish Living," begins on Monday, January 13th. The second series "Mechanics of Jewish Sacred Literature" starts on Monday, February 24th, and the third and final series beginning Monday, April 21st is entitled "The 'G' Word."


We loved seeing everyone at our Chanukah celebration on Monday, December 2nd.



Library News 
Beverly Adler, Committee Chair

The Kar-Ben Book Fair raised approximately $125 to be used for the TBT library or our Sunday school children.  Thanks to all of you who graciously participated.


REMEMBER, our entire catalog is online and easy to search from anywhere. Click on this link, http://opac.libraryworld.com and type in Bend Jewish Library to begin your new adventure into Judaica.  You can simply request your items via an email (which comes directly to Beverly) and we make arrangements for you to obtain the items you wish to checkout.


AND LibraryWorld Mobile Login is also available from mobile phone devices with a user interface specifically designed for that purpose.

Everything is automatic. To search your library though Library Mobile:

  1. Enter http://www.libraryworld.com/mobile on your computer or phone browser. This will bring up the login page.
  2. Enter "Bend Jewish Library" and press the Sign-in button.
Social Action Update
Burt Litman, Committee Chair

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Bethlehem Inn

Thank you to those who participated in cooking and serving dinner for the residents of the Bethlehem Inn in November. Preparing a dinner of roasted chicken, potatoes, salad, rolls & butter and dessert are: Jeff Adler, Linda Brant, Harriet Dietz, Vivian Freeman, Jeanne Freeman & Burt Litman, Ann & Michael Rosenfield, Lorraine Schechter, Terry Reynolds, Suzanne Schlosberg,Cathy Wynschenk, and Marcia & Ralph Uri.


And special thanks to our servers: joining TBT's Corinne Smith were CJ Fritz and Gillian Fritz of Shalom Bayit and Aleh Rapoport of Chabad of Bend. Supervising the kids in the kitchen was Hallie Smith who said it was a great experience for all of the kids.


According to Hallie, "The residents LOVED the food and were so appreciative. One commented that nobody ever sticks around as long as they did tonight. I said it was because they were watching the game, he said it was because they were savoring the great food."


Our next dinner is scheduled on Thursday, January 30th. If you are interested in cooking or serving please contact Burt Litman at blitman@bendbroadband.com .


Christmas Morning at Back Door Caf� Back Door Cafe Compassionate Care Ministry

Are you available to cook and serve breakfast on Christmas or New Year's Day morning?


The holidays fall on a Wednesday this year and the Back Door Caf� will be serving their scheduled breakfast. Members of the Methodist Church will be handing out gifts to our breakfast guests and could use some assistance in the kitchen. We've got a few people scheduled but need some additional help.


Please, if you're available, contact Burt Litman at blitman@bendbroadband.com and we'll put you on the schedule.


Thank you to those who assisted in the kitchen in November: Jeff Adler, Vivian Freeman, Jan Freeman Bauer, Jeanne Freeman and Burt Litman, Joe Jezukewicz, Ann & Michael Rosenfield and Bonnie Ruby. 



January Newsletter Deadline:  December 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 sarrava@gmail.com by the 24th of each month.  As always, you will continue to receive "e-minders" before important events take place.



Sara Charney Cohen

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TBT (New and Improved) Men's Gathering News 

Ok guys, in keeping with progress in other facets of our lives, we have determined that it's time to update the format of the men's gatherings.  Along these lines, some of our new goals include bringing new and potential TBT members to gatherings and increasing attendance of younger men (over 13 only please.)    We realize this may be challenging, so we have expanded our plans to include some enticing gatherings - but don't panic, we wouldn't think of discontinuing our monthly drop-in happy hours.  Without letting the cat out of the bag, we can tell you that our plans include seasonal activities like winter sports, taking advantage of the beautiful trails and outdoor beauty that Bend has to offer, Elks games (bring the kids!) and of course, community service activities, etc.  Of course, it wouldn't be right not to include events that highlight Bend's brewing capabilities as well, so you may want to dream about brewery tours, cycle pub tours and other equally exciting events.  Keep an eye out for more information as we announce events and dates.


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December Men's Gathering:
The next meeting of the TBT Mens' Gathering will be Happy Hour at Greg's Grill, December 11th (2nd Wednesday of month this time to avoid the holidays) from 5:30 to 7:30pm.  Greg's Grill is always festive this time of year and we haven't been there for a long time. All TBT men are welcome.  We're putting out this announcement to determine if we have enough men (6 min.)  to hold the meeting this time of year. Please RSVP to Lawrence Schechter (susarch@bendbroadband.com). Greg's Grill is located at 395 SW Powerhouse Drive, Bend, OR 97702   phone: 541.382.2200.

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Friday Women's Hike 12/6

Meet for coffee between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m. at Tumalo Coffee House, corner of Cook and 4th.   At 9:30 we will carpool to hike at Twin Bridges -- a beautiful flat hike along the river.   We should finish by 11:30 a.m.  Contact Leslie Conley if you are coming and want us to wait until 9:30 for you. leslie.conley@bendbroadband.com
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SuperForum: Shaping the Future of Central Oregon    

Two organizations serving the advancement of our community will welcome special guests Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes as keynote speakers at an extraordinary event on January 21, 2014 at 7 PM at the Tower Theatre. 

This event is being presented through a unique collaboration of Bend 2030 (stewards of Bend's community generated 25 year vision) and the City Club of Central Oregon (forum hosts that extend the conversation of community leaders).
The SuperForum will address how "Prosperity with a View: balancing growth with livabilitycan be possible for Central Oregonians and will include an interview with the Governor and First Lady, a preview of Bend 2030 vision accelerator projects that are making a difference in our community, and real-time audience electronic polling.
Please visit www.superforumCO.com for more information on the SuperForum as well ticketing.
As chairman of the event and member of both host organizations, I enthusiastically invite you to this special event . 
B' Shalom,
Lawrence Schechter 


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Taiz� Service    
Next Taiz�: Thur. December 5th

All TBT members are invited to Taiz� - an Evensong of Interfaith prayerful meditation, peace, and silence. Taiz� services are held the first Thursday of each month, October through May, 7:00 p.m. at St. Claire'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

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 High Holy Days Fund, the Music Fund including Adopt-a-Musician, the Library Fund, the Rabbi Fund, the Rabbi's Caring Fund, or to the General Fund. Donations listed below were made to the Temple's general purpose fund unless otherwise specified. 

Temple Beth Tikvah gratefully acknowledges the following contributions:
  • From Gary and Terry Reynolds, in memory of Dina Lewinter.
  • From Lester and Diane Dober, in memory of Loyd Livstone.
  • From Lester and Diane Dober, in memory of Ida Livstone.
  • From David and Harriet Dietz, for Ceil Herman's recovery.
  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, mazel tov to the Uri Families upon the Bat-Mitzvah of Rachel.
  • From Paul and Liz Levinson, in memory of Mary Solomon upon her Yahrzeit.
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri, to the Rabbi Fund, in honor of Rachel Uri's bat mitzvah.
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri, to the Rabbi Fund, in memory of Ray Kilpatrick. 
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri, to the Rabbi Fund, wishing a speedy recovery to Terry Reynolds.

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About Temple Beth Tikvah

Temple Beth Tikvah is a growing Jewish congregation based in Bend, Oregon.  We are affilliated 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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