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
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Saturday, May 16
Bend Golf & Country Club
$40 per person
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Greetings from Rabbi Hershenson
This year, early April ushers Passover into our homes. From Friday, April 3rd until Friday, April 10th, many of us will abstain from chametz, leavened foodstuffs.
Those of us who gathered last month at Marcia Uri's for a Pesach Snacks and Desserts cooking demonstration by Laurel Fishkin learned that eating kitniyot, grains that do not rise or leaven, is becoming more and more acceptable among observant Jews from Ashkenazi (Central European) upbringing. It used to be that only Sephardi (Spanish) and some Mizrachi (Middle Eastern) Jews considered eating kitniyot acceptable during Passover.
The truth of the matter is that the rabbis of the Talmud found it absurd to refrain from eating grains that don't undergo a leavening process. Many Modern Orthodox halachists have argued that rabbinic laws that are downright silly ought to be overturned.
I think the increased acceptance of eating kitniyot reflects a profound integration of Jewish diversity into Jewish practice.
Members & Friends,
Spring is officially here; although most of this winter felt a lot like spring. March came in like a lamb and went out like a lamb. Speaking of lambs and spring, I want to extend a special wish to you all for a wonderful Passover with family and friends.
To help people with some of those tricky Passover dishes, Marcia Uri graciously hosted a fun Passover Preparation Workshop led by Laurel Fishkin. Our Community Passover Seder on April 3rd is sure to be a delicious and entertaining event, thanks to the fine organizing by Cathy Wynschenk, Kim Rafilson and the many great helpers.
Also in April, in addition to our regular monthly services and events, there is an important and somber reminder of the terrible events of the Holocaust in our Days of Remembrance event for Yom HaShoah on April 15th. This year's event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Students' and Historical Clubs at COCC. We hope you will join us for this event to honor the memory of those who suffered in that tragedy as well as recognize what we need to do even today to prevent similar episodes.