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
I am currently reading "Death of a King", a new book written by Tavis Smiley of PBS notoriety.
Smiley writes about the last year or so of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. It is a year filled with failed expectations, social and political isolation, and even betrayal.
Our historical memory of Dr. King, according to Smiley, has been whitewashed. We remember the heroic face of the civil rights movement.
During and certainly after many achievements in the Civil Rights marches, speeches, and bus rides, in 1967, Dr. King began speaking out against the war in Vietnam and about poverty in the US and worldwide.
King lost support and trust from Lyndon Johnson, and became a more pressing interest to J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. Younger African American leaders began to mock Dr. King's nonviolent practice and embracing expressions of power and declaring chaos victory.
In his last year of life, Dr. King began to appear out-dated and out of touch. His closest colleagues (including Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel) warned him to stay out of the discourse around Viet Nam. Black leaders felt that joining the antiwar movement would weaken and dilute their cause.
Members & Friends,
October was a busy month for celebrations. It started with the solemn observance of our Yom Kippur services and culminated in the joyous celebration of the Bar Mitzvah of Jared Charney Cohen. With a lot of "special" events, it is important to recognize the extraordinary efforts by so many people to make these programs possible and so magnificent.
For the High Holy Days, Rabbi Hershenson, with Cantor Adelle Nicholson and the musicians under the direction of Lauren Olander, spent many hours rehearsing and perfecting the beautiful services we enjoyed. The High Holy Days Committee, led by Kathy Schindel, needed many people to step up to help organize, set-up, clean-up, bake, participate, and assist in a variety of tasks that made the holiday so meaningful for all of us.
The Religious Committee, led by Ann Rosenfield and Jill Muinch, worked with the Rabbi to plan the fun celebrations for Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Laurel Fishkin again organized the Sukkah building party; and the Fishkins graciously hosted the entertaining Sukkot activities in their backyard.