Temple Beth Tikvah, based in Bend, Oregon, is a Jewish Reform congregation serving Central Oregon and affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism.
We welcome interfaith families, Jews by choice and Jews of all religious backgrounds.
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Services are held at First United Methodist Church, 680 NW Bond Street, Bend
Contact us at 541-388-8826 or firstname.lastname@example.org
P.O. Box 7472
Bend, OR 97708
Our Social Action Committee is busy with projects for the Bethlehem Inn and Back Door Café. read more
Greetings from Rabbi Hershenson
My family in Israel are primarily settlers in the West Bank. During the days of the British Mandate they were Jewish terrorists...literally terrorists. My cousin Chanah nursed her son, Yossi, sitting in a rocking chair while British soldiers routinely searched her house for members of the Stern Gang, the Lechi. The floorboards beneath her rocker were movable and beneath them lay lists of names, guns, and grenades she and her husband had indeed stored for the Lechi.
Her husband, Max, manned the only machine gun of its caliber in Jerusalem during the War of Independence, darting from one end of the city to the other to make it seem like there were multiple Jewish units with such machine guns and not just one.
His brother, Dudu, was captured by the British literally in the act of attempting to murder the governor general of Palestine. He was imprisoned in Djibuti until the end of the War of Independence because the British considered him an escape risk. He had broken out of British jails in Palestine many times.
Max and Chanah eventually moved to the United States with their four sons. Dudu eventually settled in the West Bank, where he married, raised children, and was a superintendent for the school system in Judea and Samaria in the eighties and first half of the nineties.
When I visited Israel in high school, and again in my college and graduate school years, I did not really click with my Israeli family, but I did very much fall in love with the country. As a young woman interested in becoming a rabbi, I offended the religious sensibilities of my family. Among my peers, I found a sense of home and belonging in the Jewish state that I simply never felt as a Jew anywhere else in the world.
Members & Friends,
I hope you are enjoying another beautiful summer in Central Oregon. July was certainly a very busy month with so many events - 4th of July Fireworks, SummerFest, Cascade Cycling Classic, Balloons Over Bend, Tour of Homes, Oregon Classic Horse Jumping Competition, and more. Temple Beth Tikvah also had a full schedule of activities - Munch & Torah Study, two Social Action activities: a BBQ dinner cooked & served by the Men's Group at the Bethlehem Inn and the Back Door Café breakfast prepared & served at the Church, Kabbalat Shabbat Family Picnic and service in Shevlin Park, and the lovely Bat Mitzvah of Corinne Smith. These wonderful events required the extraordinary volunteer efforts of many members to make them all so successful, and we Thank everyone for their time and effort.
Fortunately, we have more great events in August - Kabbalat Family Shabbat at the Connelley's, Adult Education hosted by the Rosenfields, a Havdallah social at the Uri's, Munch & Torah Study, our Annual TBT Family Picnic in Pioneer Park, Back Door Café breakfast for the needy, Erev Shabbat service, a special Rosh Chodesh Elul service and dedication of the new Gan Shalom cemetery marker, and a family river rafting outing. Come join us and see how much fun and meaningful being Jewish can be in Central Oregon.
In our six short years of existence, we feel that we have accomplished quite a lot in building a warm, welcoming, vibrant, Reform Jewish community. Apparently, it has not gone unnoticed. Temple Beth Tikvah just recently received a most generous anonymous gift from a total stranger. This benefactor has made donations to 126 different synagogues throughout the United States, so far. How or why we were chosen is not known. But, I would like to think that all the fine work, welcoming, caring, educating, and community building that we have exhibited must have caught this person's attention. If you are interested, there is a website (Chai Minded) that explains the mission and lists the recipients athttp://chaiminded.org/. Since the TBT Board and leadership are currently in the process of planning our short and long term goals, we will hold off on any specific uses for these unexpected funds until we complete that work. Of course, we will make sure to honor the donor's mission that we "provide a spiritual haven and comforting community for members and guests".