TBT News - July/August 2017  

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July & August Celebrations
TBT Board Members
Board Officers:

   Jeanne Freeman

 Vice President:
   Sheila Luber
   Mary Jane Eisenberg
   Lester Dober

   Marilynn Jacobs

   Chuck Shattuck
TBT Commitee Chairs
 Adult Education
   Mel Siegel

 Bikkur Holim
   Suzanne Schlosberg
   Evie Lerner

 Calendar Keeper
   Ann Rosenfield

 Chevra Kadisha
   Ralph Uri

 Communications & PR
   Ann Rosenfield

   Mark Schindel

   Chuck Shattuck

 Finding Our Connections
   Sheila Luber

    Kerrie Zurovsky
      --- and ---
   Charlene Dimond

   Beverly Adler

 Membership & 
 Member Engagement
    Vivian Freeman

   Julie Geveshausen

   Sara Charney Cohen

   Jan Freeman Bauer

   Marijane Krohn

 Religious Education
   Kathy Schindel

 Social Action
   Lynne Connelley
        --- and---
   Kim Rafilson

   Mark Schindel

 Youth Group
   Naomi Chudowsky
        --- and---
   Jillian Frankl

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July & August Calendar of Events 

   July  7    7:00 p.m. - Shabbat Flash Mob
   July  8  10:00 a.m. - Bar Mitzvah of Maxwell Friedman
   July 10  10:00 p.m. - Adult Hebrew Class
   July 17    5:00 p.m. - Adult Hebrew Class
   July 19    7:30 a.m. - Back Door Café
   July 21    6:00 p.m. - Shabbat in the Park
   July 24    5:00 p.m. - Adult Hebrew Class
   July 31    5:00 p.m. - Adult Hebrew Class

   Aug.  1        --- Tisha B'Av ---
   Aug.  7    5:00 p.m. - Adult Hebrew Class
   Aug. 14    5:00 p.m. - Adult Hebrew Class
   Aug. 16    7:30 a.m. - Back Door Café
   Aug. 17    9:30 a.m. - Board Retreat
                  2:00 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting
   Aug. 21    5:00 p.m. - Adult Hebrew Class
   Aug. 24  11:59 p.m. - September Newsletter Deadline
   Aug. 25    6:45 p.m. - Erev Shabbat & Dessert Buffet
   Aug. 26  10:00 a.m. - Bar Mitzvah of Chase Frankl
   Aug. 28    5:00 p.m. - Adult Hebrew Class

   September 8th-10th - Shabbaton with Shefa Gold
   September 20th - Erev Rosh HaShanah
   September 21st - Rosh HaShanah
   September 29th - Kol Nidre
   September 30th - Yom Kippur

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

TBT Highlights
Shabbat in the Park  
Shevlin Park - Fri. July 21st

Join us at 6:00 p.m. for Grill'n and Chill'n at TBT's all-ages Shabbat in the Park, a musical celebration of summer and Shabbat with guitar, accordion and storytelling, fun, food and family and friends. Additional details in the Punchbowl invitation sent last week. Please reply to your Punchbowl invitation. 
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Erev Shabbat & Dessert Buffet

August 25th  
6:45 p.m.
Home of Jillian and Paul Frankl

In honor of Chase's bar mitzvah, the congregation is invited to join us at our home on Friday evening, the 25th of August, for Erev Shabbat services followed by a coffee and dessert buffet oneg. 

RSVPs for both events kindly requested by August 10th. 
If you have any questions, or to RSVP, please contact Jillian  jfrankl@hotmail.com .
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Bar Mitzvah of Chase Frankl 

RSVP to Jillian Frankl by August 10th. 503-332-7145 or j.frankl@hotmail.com

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Please Review and Update Your Membership Information

By the time you read this you should have received a membership data form. If you have not reviewed this form, please do, and send any corrections or additions to Lester Dober so we can have our member information up to date. You can send e-mail to tbttreasurer@gmail.com or, call Lester at 310-490- 1823. 

Please review your address, telephones, e-mail, birthdays and anniversaries, yahrzeits, etc. Thanks for your cooperation.
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Divrei Tikvah  RJohannaHeadShot
From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

When I first moved to Bend, people told me one cannot count on summer being summer until after July 4th. July has taken hold and so has summertime.
What is it about the summer that excites us so? School's out! The sun feels so good. Fewer hours at work. More hours in the day.
In Bend, it's tourist season. Thousands of people pass through our town on their vacation. We see their holiday grins, stressless shoulders. Floating the river. Savoring their way through our eateries and breweries. Shopping our local businesses. Frolicking in our many festivals and outdoor concerts.
Musician, Michael Franti, is part of the Bend landscape each summer: inviting Bendites to practice yoga together or take a bike ride together before wowing us with his happy-go-lucky, feel-good tunes.
Lately, one of his songs has been running through my head. Summertime is always on my mind.  Even in the winter I want the sunshine...Yes I believe what I believe and I believe that summertime is in our hands.
I think summer brings up our playful inner selves. Cold water makes us squeal, no matter what our age. Ice cream and popsicles are fun to eat. Period. Pickle ball or paddle board. Summer is about play.
When I moved to Alaska to serve a congregation in Anchorage, the president gave me one piece of advice for adjusting to winter there. He told me to go outside and play for at least one hour each day. Cross country ski. Snowshoe. Jog. Walk.
I discovered, following his advice, that when you associate good feelings, i.e., playfulness, to winter, and stop trying to avoid the elements, it becomes at best fun, and at least not all that bad.
Summertime is a season, but it can also be a state of mind. Playfulness and laughter connect us to joy.
One of my favorite places I've visited in the world is a Buddhist garden in Auckland, New Zealand. Throughout the gorgeously, contemplatively manicured garden are statues of fat little boys in monk's robes being silly. As you encounter them you can't help but smile. The whole effort of the monks there is to give guests a taste of pure, unadulterated joy.
As we head out for summer play, let's keep in mind how good it feels. Let's be a little silly and imagine what it would feel like to bring that little bit of silliness into other seasons of the year.
Summertime can be always on our minds...summertime is in our hands!

~~ 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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President's Message
From TBT President 
Jeanne Freeman  

As a young teen I had the opportunity to work in my father's business and learned from him that to be successful one had to hire and empower the best people to do their best job. That guidance has proven true throughout my career and in my position at Temple Beth Tikvah. My job as president this year has been made easier by the large group of dedicated individuals who have accepted the "job offer" and participated in leadership roles in our community.

To the outgoing members of our Board - Naomi Chudowsky, MJ Krohn and Mark Schindel - and to our continuing members - Lester Dober, Marilynn Jacobs and Chuck Shattuck - I extend my personal thanks and those of our congregation. You have served our interests well during your term in office. Thank you for your hard work, your excellent ideas, your concern for our members, and your willingness to be a leader in our community. And thank you all for continuing to take on leadership roles even as some of you depart from the board.
To those of you who stepped up and took leadership roles as committee chairs and co-chairs during this past year and prior, thank you. You have helped us deliver a robust calendar of educational, spiritual and social programming to meet the wide range of age groups and interests.
Ralph Uri, Marilyn Shattuck, Suzanne Schlosberg, Mark Schindel, Kathy Schindel, Ann Rosenfield, Terry Reynolds, Sheila Luber, Burt Litman, Liz Levinson, Evie Lerner, Joe Jezukewicz, Marilynn Jacobs, Jessica Hammerman, Jillian Frankl, Mary Jane Eisenberg, Naomi Chudowsky, Sara Charney Cohen, Jan Freeman Bauer, and Beverly Adler - thank you. Each of you has helped to keep our congregation connected.
And to all of you who served on a committee and helped turn ideas into events, thank you. We could not have been successful without your effort and involvement.
Looking back at the last year, we should all be proud of our accomplishments as a community. We have both middle and high school youth groups with COJY and BBYO. There are eight adults participating in our b'nai mitzvah class. The monthly Tot Shabbats are bringing together our families with young children and introducing young, non-members to our community. We have introduced Finding Our Connections.
And now we look forward. Many of our committees are transitioning to new leadership with past Chairs staying on to support the incoming Chairs. But every committee needs more than strong leadership, it needs diverse people to generate new ideas and new ways to do things. Even our successful programs need new and different ideas to evolve and grow with the needs of our members. 
What is your strength; what is your passion? Can you help us plan a Social Action event or arrange for our 10 th Anniversary? Do you have new ideas for Shabbat or Holiday celebrations; or an exciting program for Adult Ed? Will you co-chair our High Holy Days or Passover Seder? Can you assist in our school?
Please, step up to help us. Please, say "yes" when asked. Our most valuable resource is you, our members. You make our synagogue the thriving Jewish community that it is. Thank you for your past involvement. Thank you for your continuing participation. Thank you for being a member of Temple Beth Tikvah.
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Board and Committee News
TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  August 17th, 2:00 p.m. 
Location:  TBA

Your TBT Board meets monthly and everyone is invited to attend. Dates and times of Board meetings are on the TBT calendar at:  bethtikvahbend.org/calendar

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.
Religious Committee News
Ralph Uri, Outgoing Religiouscolorful star Committee Chair

First of all let me thank you for permitting me to serve as Ritual Chair this past year. MJ Krohn will replace me and I am certain that we will continue to have meaningful programming under her able guidance. 
In July, we have the Bar Mitzvah of Maxwell Friedman on Saturday, July 8th, at at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Please come and support Maxwell as well as the Friedman and Brant families on this wonderful occasion. Our final ritual event for July is our annual "Shabbat in the Park" on July 21st at Shevlin Park. We will again have a BBQ and expect a large turnout. Come and experience the wonderful natural ambiance of the park under the spiritual guidance of our Rabbi, surrounded by our temple family. It is always a joyous event! (Don't forget mosquito repellent.) Please check the weekly "TBT Happenings" for more details.

Finding Our Connections
Sheila Luber, Committee Chair

Let's Find Our Connections!
Temple Beth Tikvah is a caring, tight knit community. Yet we are still not immune to the toxic political rhetoric swirling around us since the 2016 presidential campaign.
Politics can drive a wedge between friends and family if we don't know how to bridge our differences. To remind us of what we have in common, TBT leadership developed a new program initiative - Finding Our Connections.
Our mission is to provide opportunities for members to learn and practice the communication skills we need for positive, respectful conversations - even, and especially, when we disagree. In addition to holding special events during the year, we are also introducing games and icebreakers into most meetings and gatherings so that we can get to know each other better. And we want to promote activities that bring together multiple generations.
The kick-off event for Finding Our Connections was the workshop presentation on March 18th with Israeli dialogue facilitator and peacemaker, Elad Vazana. Turnout was terrific with fifty (50!) curious TBT members attending. The highlight of the morning for almost everyone was when we broke into pairs with another member we didn't know well or at all, and shared our stories in response to a question posed by Elad. Talking and listening attentively, we found a common bond and forged a connection on which we could build a strong relationship.
The FOC committee is now planning the next special event for the fall, researching topics and presenters from a handful of experts in Central Oregon. Although at some point we may open an event beyond TBT, for now we are focused on our membership only. We will talk with incoming board members and committee chairs to help them carry the concepts of civility and respectful conversations forward into their programming. FOC committee members, including Florence Beier, an experienced mediator, will help other committee chairs incorporate techniques, exercises, games and core messages into board meetings, worship services, onegs, havdallahs and more. We don't want to "hit you over the head" with these activities, we just want you to smile, learn and feel the connection.
To speak with compassion and listen deeply without judgement is something to which we can all aspire. It's the foundation for meaningful conversations and shared experiences... and it simply takes awareness and practice to make it a natural part of our lives.
Be sure to contact the committee chair, Sheila Ross Luber sheilarl@me.com, with your ideas and suggestions. 

Youth Group Happenings
Sid Rafilson, Youth Group President

These past few months have been fantastic for Shalom Teva! We have elected a three person board consisting of a President (Godol), Vice president of programming (S'gan) and a President of membership (Moreh). Sid Rafilson, Jaden Root and Fisher Isenberg are excited to serve in these positions for the next six months. Secondly, we have found an outstanding advisor, Dror Kogot. Dror knows so much about BBYO and we are all excited to have her help and support.
Now that our chapter has begun to take off, three of our members went to hang out and talk to the middle school group about BBYO. We can't wait to have them be a part of our chapter, they have so much spirit "ruach." In addition, our new board has already planned some events for the summer. We will be hosting fun Saturday night programs filled with Jewish education and bonding activities. The middle school group will be invited to these as well! Finally we loved attending Family Kitchen recently and will be volunteering there again in September.

All in all, as a chapter we have really gotten things moving and are figuring it all out. We've overcome some of our biggest obstacles already and have set the stage for a fabulous year in Shalom Teva.

SEPTEMBER Newsletter Deadline:  August 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 Sara: sarrava@gmail.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.

Sara Charney Cohen
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Community News
Shabbaton Weekend with Rabbi Shefa Gold
Healing the Spirit, Transforming the Mind, Deepening the Love
September 8th-10th, 2017
Shalom Bayit Synagogue, 
   Bend Oregon

"Chant is  the bridge between the inner life and the outer expression,  between the solitary practice and the shared beauty of fellowship."

In preparation for the High Holy Days. this Shabbaton Weekend Includes:

- Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat service at 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday morning Torah service at 10:00 a.m.
- Saturday afternoon "Torah Journeys Workshop" at 4:00 p.m.
- Saturday evening Hebrew Chant and Havdalah at 6:00 p.m.
- Sunday morning "The Practice of Forgiveness" workshop at 10:00 a.m.

Rabbi Shefa Gold is a leader in Aleph: the Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and received her ordination both from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. She is the author of Torah Journeys: The inner Path to the Promised Land, In the Fever of Love: An Illunination of the Song of Songs, and The Magic of Hebrew Chant: Healing the Spirit: Transforming the Mind, Deepening Love.

Cost: $36 for Friday night only, $72 for entire Shabbaton weekend

For Info: Tully Ellsberg 541-410-9044, or Ellyce Whalen ellyce2009@hotmail.com.

To register:
Please make your check(s) payable to: JCCO 
(Please reference Shefa Gold Weekend as a memo entry.)
Include your name, address, phone number, and email address.

Please mail to: 
Shefa Gold Shabbaton
c/o Tully Ellsberg
1031 NW Stoneridge Loop
Bend, OR 97703

From Marlis Beier:
I'm SO excited about the Shabbaton that Shefa Gold is leading from Sept. 8th to 10th. I wanted to put my personal enthusiastic endorsement for anyone considering taking the time to come.  Shefa's teaching and chanting have been central in my ability to understand Torah in a personal way and helping me set intention for my days. She truly has the ability to take confusing texts and put them in context so that they are useful for me in how to live my life and understand Judaism.

The intention of the session is to prepare for the High Holy Days. Every year at Rosh Hashanah, I try to ask forgiveness of anyone I have hurt knowingly or inadvertently. It really is anyone that I have interacted with on a regular basis as my personality can get in the way of my soul's intention to be loving.  Then I work on self forgiveness in order to find compassion for myself, which then spreads to everyone around. All this prepares me for Yom Kippur to do true Teshuvah - return to who I really am and make peace with Hashem.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call me 541-480-4944 or email  mbeiermd@hotmail.com.

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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 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,
   - the Youth Group 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 Tully Ellsberg, in memory of Thomas Ellsberg.
  • From Sheila and Jay Luber, in memory of Bernard Ross.
  • From Phyllis and Gerald Greenbach, in memory of Eva Greenbach.
  • From Bonnie Chaikind, in memory of Emory E. Chaikind.
  • From Gary and Terry Reynolds, mazel tov to Eliana Cañas on becoming a Bat Mitzvah.
  • From Gary and Terry Reynolds, mazel tov to Camille Smith on becoming a Bat Mitzvah. 
  • From Gary and Terry Reynolds, mazel tov to Leila Slate on becoming a Bat Mitzvah.
  • From Rudy Gold, in memory of Harry Gold.
  • From Bonnie Chaikind, in memory of her mother Caroline.
  • From Marti Fields Johnson, in honor of all the b'nai mitzvah: Camille Smith, Maxwell Friedman, Eliana Cañas, Leila Slate, Chase Frankl, and Katie Jackman. 
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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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