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TBT Board Members
Board Officers:

   Mark Schindel

 Vice President:
   Michael Rosenfield
   Justin Finestone

   Jeff Adler

   Cathy Wynschenck

   Fred Rafilson
   Marti Fields Johnson

TBT Commitee Chairs
 Bikkur Holim
   Suzanne Schlosberg
   Evie Lerner

   Ralph Uri

   Jeanne Freeman

   Kathy Schindel

   Mark Schindel
   Ralph Uri
   Lester Dober

   Jerry Greenbach

   Lauren Olander

   Terry Reynolds

 Religious Services
   Ann Rosenfield
   Jill Muinch

 Social Action
   Burt Litman

 Social Activities

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Temple Beth Tikvah is pleased to welcome our newest members:

               Greg & Shannon Pollack, and son Josh
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March Calendar of Events

   Mar.  1  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School
   Mar.  2  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Mar.  3    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
   Mar.  4    7:00 p.m. - Purim Spiel at the Hershensons
   Mar.  5         ---  PURIM  ---
   Mar.  8    7:00 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting
   Mar.  9  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Mar. 10    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
                 7:00 p.m. - Adult Ed. Series at COCC
   Mar. 13    6:00 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat at 
                                  Schlosberg/Spencer home
   Mar. 15  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School
                 2:00 p.m. - Passover Prep. Workshop at
                                  home of Marcia Uri
   Mar. 16  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Mar. 17    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School
                 7:00 p.m. - Adult Ed. Series at COCC
   Mar. 18    5:30 p.m. - TBT Men's Group at Crux
   Mar. 21    9:00 a.m. - Munch & Torah Study
               10:45 a.m. - Shabbat Torah Service
   Mar. 23  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Mar. 24  11:59 p.m. - Deadline for April Newsletter
   Mar. 25  11:59 p.m. - Reservation Deadline for Seder
   Mar. 27    7:00 p.m. - Erev Shabbat Service at FUMC
   Mar. 30  12:00 p.m. - Weekly Torah Study
   Mar. 31    4:00 p.m. - Hebrew School

   April 3rd - TBT Community Passover Seder
   May 16th - Auction and Dinner
   June 13th - Bar Mitzvah of Sid Rafilson
   June 20th - Bat Mitzvah of Rebecca Uri

MARCH School Activities
All activities at Shalom Bayit unless otherwise noted.
Sunday School 10:00 a.m: - 3/1, 3/15
Hebrew School 4:00 p.m: - 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/31

MARCH Torah Study
Weekly-Monday noon at Evie's:
             3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30
Monthly-Saturday 9:00 a.m. at Wesley Room: 3/21

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


TBT Highlights
March Highlights - Themes of Jewish Humor and Laughter 

Purim:  The Whole Megillah
Story-telling with the Rabbi.  Bring dessert or wine and a story from your life where you had to reveal a secret.
Wednesday, March 4th, 7:00 p.m. at the Hershensons.

Funny Kabbalat Shabbat
A gathering for all ages.  Bring a creative dish to share - foods with an unusual or fun presentation (funny face appetizers?), AND bring a Jewish joke to tell!  Friday, March 13th, 6:00 p.m. at the Schlosberg/Spencer home. 
Jewish Humor in Hollywood
We will explore radio, TV, and film clips to identify and discuss themes in American Jewish humor  
March 10: Laughing at ourselves, in general
March 17: Laughing at ourselves, mothers and sons  
Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. at COCC (COCC room TBA, will be published in weekly email.)


TBT's Community Passover Seder

Friday, April 3rd

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 ** Reservations due by Wed. March 25th.**

Get ready for a festive, family-friendly Seder! Rabbi Hershenson will again lead our annual Passover Community Seder on Friday, April 3rd at St. Charles Hospital's event room. 


Our Seder is open to members, their guests, and to the public. Doors open at 5:15 p.m., and the Seder begins promptly at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner. Don't miss out! Reservations are required and can be made onlineReservations close on Wednesday, March 25th.


This year we'll be enjoying a buffet dinner with your choice of Grilled Chicken with Artichoke Hearts, Grilled Salmon with Whole Grain Mustard Vinaigrette or Vegetarian Stew of Tempeh. And, yes, matzo ball soup will be served!


You are welcome to bring wine to enjoy with your dinner for a $6 corkage fee or you can purchase from a selection of fine wines for $20 - $24 per bottle. Ceremonial wine will be provided.


For more information and to make your reservations, please go to http://www.bethtikvahbend.org/worship/jewish-holidays-passover.


The Butcher, the Baker, the Haroset Maker


The best part of any meal is dessert!! This is especially true when the desserts come from the kitchens of our fabulous bakers. For the most delicious of Passover desserts, we are again asking our members and friends to please bake for us. Please call or email Naomi Chudowsky at 541-318-0481 or email at  naomic@bendbroadband.com to let her know what you can bring. We need pick-up goodies, like bars and cookies.


Randi Zlatkus is coordinating the haroset makers.

Please let her know if you'd like to make a batch. 541-504-4048 or  randizla@yahoo.com.


If you did not receive your invitation, or for more information please contact Cathy Wynschenk-541-633-7979 or thewriteinvite4u@aol.com.


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Win This View!

Want to see this?  Bid on a 1-hour scenic tour with lifelong, commercially-trained pilot Kim Muinch in his Grumman Yankee airplane at the TBT Auction May 16th! A camera is a must for this special trip! 

For a chance at this and our other special prizes, make plans to attend the auction and dinner. Put May 16th on your calendar now, and watch for more information in your email and in future newsletters.  

The auction will also include a Wine Wall. Please consider donating a bottle of wine with a value of at least $30 to the auction. Deliver to or contact Beverly Adler,  fiber12@gmail.com541-318-6216, no later than April 15th, please.


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From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

March means the Hebrew month of Adar...about which the rabbis of the Talmud say, marbim b'simcha, "Increase joy!" 


Adar is associated with joy because it contains the holiday of Purim.  On Purim we are invited to get silly-drunk.  An evil villain tries to destroy us, and to remember the day we get silly?  We get drunk?


I would argue that the Megillah is, in fact, a comedy.  Observations that lead to my conclusion are:


 - The name of God never appears in the book.


 - The male hero, Mordecai, is named after an ancient Near Eastern god called Marduk.


 - A Jewish uncle, playing a father role, marries his niece off to a non-Jewish king.


 - The innuendo of King Achashverosh extending his golden scepter to Queen Esther as he promises her anything her heart desires.


 - The fact that the Jews get three days to pillage their neighbors' property and violate their wives in retribution for Haman's crime's against them, and they do it!  This final scene in the book of Esther (usually left out of family friendly megillah readings) reminds me of the feeling of hilarity I experienced watching Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds, a film about a band of Jewish soldiers during WWII who kill Nazis and ultimately assassinate Hitler.


Humor is a magnificent tool for processing our deepest fears, expressing discomfort with our socially inappropriate urges, and coping with the truths that underlie stereotypes we see in ourselves.


Jews have used humor well in literature, theater, radio, film, and TV.  Philip Roth and the Coen Brothers explore ideas about manliness among Jewish men.  Woody Allen, Albert Brooks, and Jerry Seinfeld have caricatured Jewish mothers.  Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner play with our history of persecution.


Anybody who has ever been involved in a relationship with another person intuitively knows the power of humor.  Laughter, especially at ourselves, is truly medicine for the soul.


Explore many opportunities during the month of March to laugh and have fun with TBT.  Storytelling on the evening of Purim, family fun with the Jewish Community School of Central Oregon, adult learning evenings at COCC exploring Jewish Humor in Hollywood, bring a Jewish joke to our Kabbalat Shabbat, and finally an Erev Shabbat dedicated to debating whether the latke or the hamantaschen is the quintessential Jewish holiday food. 

~~ 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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From TBT President Mark Schindel

Members & Friends ~


Hope everyone had a LOVE-ly February.  While we can't claim Valentine's as a Jewish holiday, we were able to celebrate Tu B'shevat (New Year for the Trees) with a special seder organized by Evie Lerner, followed by Havdallah and a delicious meal.  We thank Evie and all the preparers and helpers that made it such a wonderful family event.


While on the topic of a seder, our Community Passover Seder on April 3rd is fast approaching, so please make sure to get your reservations turned in.  You can find the reservation form on our website.  We look forward to another wonderful seder and meal being planned by organizers Cathy Wynschenk and Kim Rafilson, with a host of many excellent helpers.  To get in the spirit of Passover, Marcia Uri is hosting a Passover Preparation Workshop on March 15th, but space is limited.


Also in March, besides our regular monthly services and events, there is a Purim celebration at Sunday School on March 1st.  Then, there will be a fun adult Purim evening of storytelling on March 4th.  Further details can be found in the Newsletter and Happenings e-mail.


In a recent e-mail concerning the notes from our follow-up Leadership Development Workshop, there were a lot of good ideas and suggestions to consider.  The Board is currently working on how best to use those ideas and suggestions to restructure our committees, groups, and roles to be able to more effectively and efficiently provide the desired level of ritual, social, educational, and community-minded activities, within the limits of our finances. 


The challenge is that the more we grow and want to have more activities, the more we need members to help make all those wonderful events happen.  So, we are particularly focused on developing ways that people can help out in smaller, more incremental ways that can easily fit into their busy schedules.  We are creating more checklists and notes on how to do an event with step-by-step instructions and breakdowns of the work that can be handled by different people.  Of course, we will need your input and feedback to make sure it all works.


While we will still require certain roles that have greater responsibilities and time commitments, the goal is to make it so anyone can participate and help out in our many exciting activities, which we all get to enjoy.  By spreading the workload, it places less of a burden on any one or small group of individuals, plus it creates a more close-knit and engaged community.  We look forward to keeping you apprised of the rollout on this information, and hope you will get involved as much as possible.  We greatly appreciate your support.



    Mark Schindel


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TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:   March 8th, 7:00 p.m.
Location:   Stonebriar Apartments Clubhouse

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 Justin Finestone: finest14@yahoo.com
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Committee News
Religious Committee News
Ann Rosenfield and Jill Muinch, Religiouscolorful star Committee Co-Chairs

Coming up in March is a fun filled month with activities centered around Purim, Passover, and the theme of Jewish humor and laughter.  


It starts on March first with a Megillah reading for everyone at the Jewish Community School of Central Oregon (which meets at Shalom Bayit) followed by games and activities for families. 


On Wednesday, March 4th, we will be presenting The Whole Megillah story-telling evening at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Mark and Johanna Hershenson.  Come prepared to listen to some great story-telling, plus be prepared to share your own "reveal" story if desired.  You don't want to miss this great evening of food, stories, and laughter.


Tuesdays, March 10th and 17th we will present an adult education series at COCC on the topic of Jewish Humor in Hollywood, using radio, TV, and film clips to identify and discuss themes in American Jewish humor.


Friday evening, March 13th is a Kabbalat Shabbat evening at the Schlosberg/Spencer home. Bring the kids as well as the seniors as this will be a fun evening with plenty of laughter.  We expect you to even bring "funny" food - like appetizers with faces, meatloaf cupcakes or any creative food idea you can think up - AND a Jewish joke.  Watch for the Punchbowl evite.MarciaPrep


On Sunday, March 15th, we will start thinking about preparing for Passover.  We are presenting a Passover workshop at the Marcia and Ralph Uri home at 2:00 p.m. The participants will learn some new Passover recipes as well as how to make our home Seders more fun.


For those of you who have never attended our Saturday morning Munch and Torah, consider coming in March.  The discussion about the Torah portion is always very interesting and everyone has an opportunity to participate.  We seem to always see the same people at the Torah study and we wish that more of you would try it once because we are sure you will be surprised how enjoyable a morning you will have.  Also, there is always good food and coffee - another good reason to attend!  Put the date of Saturday, March 21st, 9:00 a.m. on your calendar and give Torah study a try. Or come at 10:30 a.m. to attend our very casual, short, and enjoyable Saturday morning Torah service.


We will end the month of March with a lovely, musical Erev Shabbat on Friday, March 27th. This will be a different and interesting service involving the kids in a debate about latkes versus Hamentaschen. We hope to see you all at the service.


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Burt Litman, Social Action Chair

Personal Stories From the 
Back Door Cafe
by Jeanne Freeman

It hasn't been that cold a winter, fortunately, but hunger and cold don't necessarily go hand in hand. At the Back Door Caf� breakfasts served on Wednesday mornings are on the rise. In February, Temple Beth Tikvah members served 110 meals; in January we served 125. On the Wednesdays that our friends from the Methodist Church serve, they are also seeing an increase.


But when I walk among the tables chatting with people, after the early morning rush to the food has slowed, I am always amazed that hunger and homelessness hasn't damaged the spirit of the people we serve.


I've been helping in the kitchen for more than three years; as a group, our members have been helping for more than two years. And in that time, you get to know the people and you worry about them.


I saw "Doris" in January after an absence of weeks; she's in her late 70s, married to the same man for 54 years. They have a place to live, but they are just getting by and Back Door and the other kitchens are a means of eating. We hadn't seen her because she had colon cancer and there were complications and she was hospitalized for quite a while. But she's feeling just fine, and glad to be alive, and soon she hopes to be able to eat more than the oatmeal and scrambled eggs that are easy to digest. And Doris blesses us for cooking breakfast.


"Charlie" is recovering from hernia surgery - "the size of a grapefruit," the doctor told him. He's got his tools and with his buddy "Dave" they're hoping they can buy an old truck and start picking up some jobs on the side. Both men work, they just don't earn enough to get by, but they do tell stories and they do laugh and smile.  And they really appreciate our getting up so early to come cook them a hot meal.


"Tom" calls me "Boston" - he caught my accent my first day at Back Door. My accent! He is serious Boston. He always asks me about my girls; I show him pictures of the snow. We danced at the Patriots victory and cried at the Red Sox loss. And we share a hug every week. He did complain a little during the November storms that his bike got buried and he had to walk a few miles from his tent to get back to the road to get breakfast. But it was delicious and worth the walk.


And "Patty" is playing on the Special Olympics basketball team; "Lisa" is just starting her second trimester and "David" just gushes about her; and everyone is staying out of "Steve's" way because he is obviously off his medications and babbling and belligerent; and yes there is "Jack" who is always grumpy and grumbling and doesn't understand how life has dealt him this blow. There is alcohol abuse and drug abuse and mental illness and disabilities and there are men and women who once had homes and normal lives and have lost everything.


And each and every one of our guests give us a smile, chat or joke, offer us thanks, bless us for our kindness - okay, except for "Jack" who grumbles at us.


It takes 8 - 10 of our members to efficiently prepare, cook, serve and clean up; we are fortunate to have 15 stalwarts who are willing to rotate through on a regular basis. Thank you to our always efficient, always smiling February Back Door Caf� crew - Ann Rosenfield on eggs; Bonnie Ruby on English muffins and serving; Burt Litman for always shopping and filling in at multiple slots; Jeff Adler on the grill; Joe Jezukewicz on ham; Kathy Schindel at the oatmeal station; Mark Schindel egg scrambling; Michael Rosenfield on dishes; Neil Pyne on kitchen prep; Vivian Freeman serving. And thank you also to those who'll be there in the coming months - George and Linda Brant, Gerry and Phyllis Greenbach, and Ralph Uri.


Admittedly, the Temple Beth Tikvah Back Door Caf� kitchen crew is not in need of new members - it's always a full crew. But we are there only one Wednesday per month. Every other Wednesday members of the Methodist Church prepare, cook, serve and cleanup. Ann Hand is in charge of the other days - Jan Freeman Bauer and Larry Freeman work some of those days and I know they can always use the help.


If you'd like information or to join a crew, email Burt Litman at blitman@bendbroadband.com.


All of the names have been changed; all of the stories are true. And me, they let me think that I'm in charge of the kitchen!


--Jeanne Freeman  

APRIL Newsletter Deadline:   March 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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TBT Men's Night - Wed. March 18th

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The TBT monthly Men's Night will usually be on the third Wednesday of each month during 2015.  The next TBT Men's Night will be Wednesday, March 18th, 5:30 p.m. at Crux Fermentation Project, located at 50 SW Division St., Bend, OR. 541-385-3333 All men of TBT are invited. For more info, contact Lawrence, Ralph, or Fred.
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Community News
See Soul Harmony in Portland

Join others in our community for a trip to Portland to attend Soul Harmony, a new musical co-written by Temple Beth Tikvah's first Rabbi, Alan Berg.  Group tickets are on hold for Saturday, April 18th, 7:30 p.m. for $26 each. 

Carpools are being organized for travel to Portland either Friday afternoon or Saturday afternoon. We will be organizing some group gatherings and possible hotel room sharing. 

Contact Evie Lerner evielerner60@gmail.com541-388-3840, to reserve your ticket or for more information.
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World Zionist Congress Elections

Elections for delegates to the World Zionist Congress, open to ALL Jews, started on January 14th and will run through April 30th.  This is truly a rare opportunity to have a say in the future of Israel and Jewish matters throughout the world.  If you have not voted yet, you should!


The following material is simply for your information and you are free to use it as you see fit.  This is not an endorsement or requirement that you vote for any specific set of candidates. You are free to vote for the delegation of your choice. 


Because we are affiliated with the Union of Reform Judaism, we are sharing with you information from the Association of Reform Zionists of American (ARZA) which is sponsoring a delegation to the World Zionist Congress.  


For information about the election and the ARZA (Reform Movement) delegation, you can directly access their website at:   https://www.reformjews4israel.org/about-us/.


This election is world-wide.  The World Zionist Congress is comprised of three separate sets of delegates:

  • Israel - 190 delegates
  • United Sates - 145 delegates
  • Rest of the world - 165 delegates

Any Jew over 18 is eligible to vote (based on the honor system of self declaration).  To vote in the selection of the delegation from the United States, you also have to be a citizen of the U.S. and pay a $10 fee to cover costs of the election ($5 if you are younger than 30).  The fee can be paid via credit card, eCheck or PayPal.  You are allowed only one vote for whichever delegation group you choose. 


For more information about the election and ALL the slates that are competing in the US, visit the American Zionist Movement web site at:   http://www.azm.org/2015elections.php


Every vote counts, so make a difference.


If you have any questions regarding the elections, contact Mark Schindel, schindelme@yahoo.com

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Taiz� Service
Next Taiz�:  March 5th

All TBT members are invited to Taiz� - an evening 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. Clare'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 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. 

Donations listed below were made to the Temple's general purpose fund unless otherwise specified.

Temple Beth Tikvah gratefully acknowledges the following contributions:
  • From Bruce and Susan Levin, to the  Corrie Grudin Memorial Fund.
  • From Alyson Belcher, in memory of Geralyn Belcher.
  • From Tully Ellsberg, in memory of Cana Ivy.
  • From Selma Nichols, to the Music Fund, to help cover the cost of the new Music Director.
  • From Mark and Kathy Schindel, in memory of Nathan Bernstein.
  • From Jerry and Phyllis Greenbach, Get Well wishes to Lauren.

  • From Jerry and  Phyllis Greenbach, Happy Birthday to Burt Litman.

  • From Lester and Diane Dober, in memory of Goldie Dober.

  • From Lester and Diane Dober, speedy recovery of Lauren Olander.

  • From Gary & Terry Reynolds, a speedy recovery to Mindy Lauren Olander.

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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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