TBT News - June 2017 

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June Celebrations
TBT Board Members
Board Officers:

   Jeanne Freeman

 Vice President:
   Naomi Chudowsky
   Marijane Krohn
   Lester Dober

 Past President:    
   Mark Schindel


   Marilynn Jacobs

   Chuck Shattuck
TBT Commitee Chairs
 Adult Education
   Mary Jane Eisenberg 

 Bikkur Holim
   Suzanne Schlosberg
           ---and ---
   Evie Lerner

 Calendar Master
   Ann Rosenfield
 Chevra Kadisha 
   Ralph Uri
   Ann Rosenfield 
   Mark Schindel

   Mark Schindel
   - TBD - 

   Beverly Adler

 Membership Engagement
   Terry Reynolds
   Marilynn Jacobs

 Men's Group
   Joe Jezukewicz

   Julie Geveshausen
   Tully Ellsberg
   Jan Freeman Bauer
   MJ Krohn
 Religious Education
   Kathy Schindel
   Ralph Uri 
 Social Action
   Lynne Connelley
   Kim Rafilson

 Website Development
   Sheila Ross Luber

 Youth Group 
   Naomi Chudowsky

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June Calendar of Events 

 June  4  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School
 June  5    5 :00 p.m. - Adult Hebrew class
 June  6    3:30 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting
               4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
 June  9    5:30 p.m. - Family Shabbat
 June 10   9:00 a.m. - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Judaica class
             10:30 a.m. - Shabbat Torah service
 June 11  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School
               3:45 p.m. - Year-End Social Gathering and
                                Annual Business Meeting
 June 12     5:00 p.m. - Adult Hebrew Class
 June 19     5:00 p.m. - Adult Hebrew Class
 June 21    7:30 a.m. - Back Door Cafe
 June 23    6:00 p.m. - Shabbat by the River
 June 24  10:00 a.m. - Leila Slate Bat Mitzvah
             11:59 p.m. - July Newsletter deadline
 June 26     5:00 p.m. - Adult Hebrew Class
 June 27    3:30 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting

   July 8th - Bar Mitzvah of Maxwell Friedman
   July 21 - Shabbat in the Park
   August 26th - Bar Mitzvah of Chase Frankl

June School Activities - at Shalom Bayit unless noted otherwise
Sunday School - 10:00 a.m:  6/4, 6/11
Hebrew School - Tues. 4:00 p.m:  6/6, 6/13, 6/20

For more details about any TBT events, see our complete schedule of Services, School activities, and Events online:
TBT Highlights
Family Shabbat - June 9th

Everyone is Welcome!
5:30 p.m.
Fellowship Hall at
First Presbyterian Church

We begin with Shabbat Blessings and a potluck dinner. 

Please bring a dish and/or beverage to share. 

Our after dinner activity is called Midrash Factory:  A Storytelling Extravaganza! The ancient rabbis loved to tell stories, and better yet, they loved to add on to each other's stories. We'll play a storytelling game to create our own rabbinic stories.    
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TBT's Year-End Social Gathering & 
Congregational Business Meeting  

We've turned our Annual Meeting into a fun social gathering that includes childcare with fun activities provided!

Sunday, June 11th 
3:45 PM - 6:00 PM 

First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE 9th St. Bend
Wellness Room (Downstairs)

Come and schmooze with the TBT members you know and meet our newcomers! Find out what's going on with your synagogue.

Highlights of our gathering include:
*Appetizers and dessert from Kebaba - BYOB!
*Games for young and old
Please  RSVP to Terry Reynolds at tlrsboard@yahoo.com- including regrets - by Monday, June 5th! ( Let Terry know how many people are attending and if you need child care.)

If you can't make it for the social, please arrive by 4:45 p.m. for our TBT Board election and budget approval. ( A PDF of the proposed budget was emailed for you to review prior to the meeting.) 

We look forward to seeing you there! 
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Shabbat by the River - June 23rd

Friday, June 23rd 
6:00 p.m. 
at the home of 
Sara Jo & Brad Slate 
near Sunriver

Music provided by Neil Weinstein.

Finger foods potluck ( NO tree nuts or peanuts please.)

Please RSVP by  June 9th to  sarajoslate@icloud.com for address and directions.
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Bat Mitzvah of Leila Slate

Please join Sara Jo and Brad Slate

in celebration of the
Bat Mitzvah
of their daughter

Leila Ava

Saturday, June 24th
10:00 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church

All  TBT  members are welcome.
Kiddush luncheon following the service 
at St. Charles Medical Center (main entrance.)

If you will be attending the luncheon, please RSVP to sarajoslate@icloud.com by June 9th.
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Bar Mitzvah of Maxwell Friedman

Please join Kory and Jason Friedman
and Linda and George Brant

in celebration of the
Bar Mitzvah

Maxwell Friedman

Saturday, July 8th
10:00 a.m.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
61980 Skyline Ranch Road

All TBT members are welcome.

Kiddush luncheon following the service.

If you will be attending the luncheon, 
RSVP Required by June 15th to lindybrant@aol.com.
Linda will reply to all RSVPs to confirm your response. 

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Divrei Tikvah  RJohannaHeadShot
From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

As June carries us into our summer season, I find myself reflecting on Temple Beth Tikvah's fiscal year. As if Judaism's four new years weren't enough, our TBT fiscal and program year ends in June and begins in July. 
Hence our annual meeting each June: to report on budget and program from the past year and propose budget and program for the next year. I hope to see a great turn out at that meeting. It is the place, after all, to ask questions and make suggestions, and even better yet, choose an area of TBT life and get involved.
I like having so many "new years" during the year. Our fiscal year. Rosh Hashanah. Tu Bshvat, the new year for trees. January 1st. Fresh starts. 
It's not that each one is really a total start over. Rather each "new year" is a pause for the purpose of reflecting on a specific aspect of life. Rosh Hashanah is when we check in on our values and whether or not our lives manifest what we say is important. Tu Bshvat is for taking note of trees, nature, and sustainability. Our fiscal year is an opportunity to evaluate our Temple Beth Tikvah experience and refine our shared goals for enriching Jewish life and community in Bend.
Through the fog of chemotherapy and just plain having cancer, I've noticed our board cultivate a network of grass roots lay leadership. Our members continue to step forward and take responsibility for our communal offerings:
Our rituals committee has facilitated Shabbat and festival celebrations with the support of our High Holy Days committee and our Passover seder committee. Our social action committee has employed member volunteers to feed the hungry. Our adult learning committee has kept our minds busy with Tuesday evening courses and Havdallah Saturday nights with Israeli films and mavens - TBT members with interesting expertise.
Our religious and Hebrew school parents have taken volunteer shifts to support Kathy Schindel and the teachers with set up, clean up, and distributing snack. Our families with babes and tots have taken Tot Shabbat out of the church library and brought it into each others' homes. Our youth committee has generated two enthusiastic youth groups (middle school and high school).
Finding Your Connections committee has awakened our desire to develop closer relationships with one another and is exploring best practices for integrating opportunities to engage meaningfully in all our services and gatherings. Our finance committee has reworked our spending to meet our needs and use our (and your) money wisely as well as honestly. Our facilities committee (aka Mark Schindel) has secured venues, sound, set up and clean up for almost all our events. Our PR and communications committee has reworked our logo and website to reflect what Temple Beth Tikvah means to us, as surveyed by our membership committee who woos prospective members and is practicing how to enrich our experience as members once we're already in the proverbial door.
As the only Jewish community professional in the organization, I say, THANK YOU! Thank you, to each and every lay leader and volunteer who served on a committee or was a worker-bee on behalf of a committee. Thank you, to each and every board member and committee chair who took responsibility for providing our members with varied opportunities to engage and for weathering the challenges the past year presented us. Thank you, to each and every Temple Beth Tikvah member. That you join and support a synagogue in this day and age is something I value greatly. A philanthropist I knew in Los Angeles once suggested that every identifying Jew today is a Jew by choice.
I really do believe that every identifying Jew today is a Jew by choice. It is utterly unnecessary to identify, and yet we do. We yearn to share our language and food, our values and teachings, our experiences of amazement and our celebration of holy days. 
Our congregation is what we make it, the sum of its parts...our congregation is us. Speak up. Step up. We're all in this together.  

~~ 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 

Dear TBT members & friends,

The vision for Temple Beth Tikvah is for a community that is connected, each one to the other, by our Jewish values. A place to celebrate Judaism for children, and families, and singles, and couples, young and old and everyone in between.
Our synagogue can be a place where we connect to something larger than ourselves, to more than our community, to ideas that can transform our world, and to new and transcendent experience. Our Judaism should be meaningful and relevant; it should challenge our mind and soul.
For that vision to succeed, we need each one of you to share in the vision. The secret to converting vision into reality is to make it happen through our human connection. It's about more than what you do, it is who you do it with, how you interact, how you connect.
I hear the questions, "Why should I belong to Temple Beth Tikvah? What does a synagogue offer me, and my family?" As one who has asked those same questions, I have some thoughts on the pros and cons of membership.
First, let me share the pros to TBT membership with you.
  • You have a rabbi on call when you need one. For celebrations and at times of crisis. For counsel, support and guidance. And she knows and cares for you and your family.
  • You have a community. You may not love everything about the community, or everyone in the community, but it is your community. It is your opportunity for lifelong friendships with people who have your shared Jewish values.
  • Your community cares about you. They will sing and dance in celebration with you, they will feed you, drive you and care for you in sickness, and they will mourn with you.
  • You have a place for your children to learn about their history, their Judaism. To create friendships with a Jewish peer group. To celebrate Bar/Bat Mitzvah. To learn about Jewish values and about Tzedakah.
  • You have a place to use your talents as a volunteer with adults and with children. In large and small ways - whether chairing a committee or handing out prayer books. Helping in the Religious School or baking for an adult ed program. Playing an instrument or sharing your knowledge.
  • You can grow spiritually and intellectually; enrich your Jewish identity, engage in meaningful acts of social justice.
  • You have a minyan with whom to pray and to sing. Musical Shabbats, Kabbalat Shabbats, Shabbat Torah Service.
  • You have a community with whom to learn. About Judaism. About Torah. About Jewish values.
  • You have a community with whom to play. Mahjong. Book clubs. Skiing.
  • And by supporting your synagogue, Temple Beth Tikvah, you contribute to the future of Judaism and the knowledge and wisdom it has brought us. You support our combined voices speaking for Jewish values.
To be fair, there are cons to synagogue membership.
  • It costs money. Having our rabbi available always. Renting facilities. Paying musicians. Ritual celebrations. But if money is tight, talk with our treasurer about reduced dues. Don't let money keep you away.
  • Sometimes there is conflict. Not everyone is your best friend. But some people are. And we can learn even in conflict how to disagree with respect, how to listen to the stories of others.
  • You are asked to donate, to volunteer, to help, to bake, to participate. But you are free to say, "No," though we hope that sometimes you will say, "Yes."
  • You don't agree with the decisions that are made or the way that things are done. But we are small and you can raise your voice to help change the way that we do things.
Membership in Temple Beth Tikvah isn't cheap. It costs money, time and heart. Sometimes it is aggravating. But the pros far outweigh the cons. And if we do not support our synagogue, then when we need our synagogue, it won't be there for us.
It is our connection to each other that makes Temple Beth Tikvah our connection to Judaism.

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Board and Committee News
TBT Board Notes 
Next Board Meetings:  Tue. June 6th, 3:30 p.m.
                                  Tue. June 27th, 3:30 p.m.
Location:  Stonebriar Apartments Clubhouse

Your TBT Board meets on the first Tuesday of each month 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 Marijane Krohn:  mak11@pitt.edu.
Social Action Update        tikkun olam earth
Burt Litman, Committee Chair   

As Social Action Chair and organizer of Back Door Cafe, Family Kitchen, and Bethlehem Inn, I have been impressed by the willingness of the group of volunteers who readily give of their time to participate in these mitzvot.  The spirit of caring for those in need has filtered down to our youth. Members of the BBYO and COJY youth groups worked in the Family Kitchen in March and indicated an interest to do so again. Sophie Chudowsky chose to participate in Back Door Cafe for two months for a school project. Jonah Henneberg has participated in both Family Kitchen and Back Door Cafe. It is wonderful to see the spirit of tzedakah so strong in our community and being passed on to our youth.

I am happy to pass the chair of Social Action on to Lynne Connelly and Kim Rafilson, who will serve as committee co-chairs. Their task will be to broaden the range of social action activities beyond the feeding the needy programs we now participate in. So if you have great ideas of new programs that provide opportunities for our members to participate in, please contact either Lynne  lynne@mybendproperty.com, or Kim kimrafilson@icloud.com.  If you have an interest in any of the programs that feed the needy, contact Burt Litman bjlitman@gmail.com

JULY Newsletter Deadline:  JUNE 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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URJ Spotlight
Get to Know Your URJ
On Friday, May 26th, 2017, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) was received in a private audience by Pope Francis at the Vatican.
The Holy Father and Rabbi Jacobs discussed various themes relating to the promotion of peace and collaboration in the world through interreligious dialogue, assisting immigrants and refugees, and learning to love one's neighbor as oneself.
Rabbi Jacobs said of the meeting: "Pope Francis is one of humanity's most compelling moral voices. I found him personally warm and thoroughly inspiring. I was honored to say to him that his leadership isn't only for the Church but also for all humanity."
"We discussed refugees and migrants, the focus of the powerful conference taking place at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. We shared our respective concerns about the US Administration's approach to immigration in particular. I told him that I hoped that his meeting with President Trump would have an impact on that and other issues. I informed him about the Reform Jewish Movement's work opposing the Administration's current efforts to close the gates to refugees, including our endorsing the circuit court decision against the discriminatory ban, and that we will join with others to continue to oppose the presidential ban all the way to the Supreme Court."
"I was deeply honored to have had the opportunity to tell Pope Francis how appreciative we are of his work on interfaith relations and cooperative endeavors for the common good. His words, actions and teachings on the poor, the refugee, the marginalized, on protecting our environment and God's creations are an inspiration to ignite a world in deep need of leadership on these issues and compassion toward all. We also applaud his efforts to secure Middle East Peace based on a two-state solution that embraces Israel's security and well-being as well as the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people."
"I said that there were painful chapters in the history of the Church and the Jewish people but that today's chapter has moved from fear to love."
"At the end he asked that we pray together. We stood, we held hands-he blessed me in Italian then I blessed him in Hebrew, with the ancient words of the Priestly Benediction. It will remain one of the most profoundly spiritual and memorable moments of my life."
Rabbi Jacobs was at the Vatican for a world gathering of the group Religions for Peace, for their meeting on Ethics in Action 3: Migrants and Refugees. Rabbi Jacobs is a co-president of the group, along with other religious leaders from across the globe. Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath (z"l), one of Rabbi Jacobs' predecessors as President of the URJ, was a founder of Religions for Peace.
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Community News
 Save This Date!

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 service*
*Enchanting Saturday morning Torah Service*
*Saturday afternoon Women's Workshop exploring sacred phrases through study, melody, harmony, rhythm and meditation*
*Evening Havdalah celebration and catered dinner*
*Sunday - applying the magic of Hebrew Chant*
Cost: $36 for Friday night only, $72 for entire Shabbaton weekend (For info: Tully Ellsberg 541-410-9044 or Ellyce Whalen ellyce2009@hotmail.com)


Tully recently returned from a retreat led by Shefa Gold and had this to say:

Clarity on the Mesa
After a year of intense family caregiving, I was blessed
to spend a week at Jemez Springs in the mountains of New Mexico, in May of 2017. Arriving exhausted and emotionally spent, the enchantment of this amazing place immediately began to sooth my weary soul.

Rabbi Shefa Gold led a week-long meditation and chanting retreat. There were 12 of us, and as I looked around at my f ellow pilgrims, I realized that the countenance of each one of us was showing wear and tear from dealing with the fast-paced world we had come from.  The deep blue sky and warm sunshine seemed to melt our  worries and fears as we passed thru the week.

Spending time chanting and sharing our deepest wisdom thoughts by a gurgling river took us to a new level of
experiencing life at its purest and most profound.  On our last day together, looking around, I realized that
our faces actually sparkled. I am looking forward
To returning next year for another dip into the Pure Life
Of Jemez Springs at the Father Fitzgerald Retreat and Renewal Center.

~Tully Ellsberg

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Mazal tov to the Freeman Bauers on the birth of their granddaughter!
Brooke Alexandria Bauer
May 8th 1:40 pm
6 lbs. 12 oz.
19 1/4" + lots of dark hair!

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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  Jeanne Freeman and Burt Litman, in memory of Rose Freeman.
  • From Eileen and Steve Katz, to Rabbi's Caring Fund, in honor of Eliana CaƱas Bat Mitzvah.
  • From Vivian Freeman, in memory of Arthur Freeman.
  • From Jo Ann Ray, in memory of Dinah Siven Goberg. 
  • From Larry Barker, in memory of Harold C. Barker. 
  • From Mark and Kathy Schindel, in memory of Aaron Jack Schindel.
  • From Jan Freeman Bauer & Family, to the Music Fund, in memory of Ruth Brenner Freeman and Lewis H. Freeman. 
  • From Larry and Jan Freeman Bauer, to the Youth Education Fund, in honor of birth of granddaughter, Brooke Bauer.  
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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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