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 email@example.com
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
December means Chanukah. Maccabees and latkes...
We don't often talk about the fact that the Maccabees' record is marred. We idolize their victory over superior and more numerous Hellenist forces. We forget that they counted Jews among their enemies. Some Jews did well under Hellenist rule and the Maccabees thirsted for their blood, just like the blood of those who defiled the Temple in Jerusalem.
In later generations of the dynasty established by the Maccabees, Jews continued assimilating to Hellenist cultural trends. Descendents of the Maccabees adopted Greek names and ideas.
Notice the pattern. In hard times, we demonize our enemies. In fat years, we indulge in luxury and the exotic.
Back and forth, and back again.
Chanukkah reminds me to consider what I call the isolation - assimilation continuum. In one generation we try super hard to blend in. In another, we long to be among our own.
It is natural to want to fit in and its natural to feel comfortable among one's own. It is also fun to discover new stories and perspectives from others.
We are fortunate to live in a time during which different is a plus, the exotic is sexy. Never before in human history have we had access to so many different cultures, ways of thinking, and ideas at once, from wherever we are.
Members & Friends,
I hope everyone had a very enjoyable and delicious Thanksgiving. For many of us, this was a repeat performance thanks to the gracious hosting and cooking by Fred and Kim Rafilson and the many great dishes that people brought to our lovely Thanksgiving Kabbalat Shabbat gathering.
Also, we are most grateful to the First Presbyterian Church for the use of their beautiful sanctuary for our Erev Shabbat service in November when we had a conflict with the First United Methodist Church. We are very blessed to have such a supportive community.
The Board has continued to follow-up on the fine work our members provided at the Leadership Development Workshop. While the full notes will be shared with the congregation shortly, one significant finding is that the key to our success has been our special combination of warm, welcoming openness to a diverse Jewish community, strong commitment and dedication from our members, and all our important social action efforts that benefit our broader community.