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
The Hebrew month of Elul has begun and that means the High Holy Days are just around the corner. What a busy and exciting time of year!!
The ancient rabbis suggest that we use the entire month of Elul to prepare ourselves for Rosh Hashanah. This is the time of year when Jews think about what it is we really want in life and are we fulfilling our own expectations.
It is easy to forget about our big picture goals and aspirations when we get caught up in the busy-ness of life. I, myself, feel utterly scatter-brained balancing all the back to school preparation in my household with preparations for the High Holy Days and planning for another great programmatic year at Temple Beth Tikvah, not to mention making an effort to grab the last tasty morsels of summer before it's gone. It's hard to pay attention to esoteric notions like, am I happy? Do I contribute to a greater whole?
I appreciate the call of the month of Elul and watching the moon fill and wane as Rosh Hashanah approaches. I need to be reminded to check in with those big picture goals and aspirations.
Members & Friends,
As summer draws to a close here in Central Oregon, I hope everyone takes advantage of our beautiful weather and outdoors. With fall around the corner, that means the High Holy Days are fast approaching. We welcome you to attend any or all of our High Holy Days services and events. You can get the details regarding this information in the Newsletter and on our website.
Meanwhile, in August, we took advantage of our great summer to have several events outdoors. We gratefully acknowledge the members who helped make these events so special for all of us. Lynne & Ed Connelley opened their home for a warm Kabbalat Family Shabbat partially under the stars. A spirited Adult Education discussion on the Israeli conflict in Gaza was hosted by Ann and Michael Rosenfield. Marcia and Ralph Uri hosted a Havdallah social in their backyard with delicious appetizers and desserts brought by many of the wonderful cooks we have in our community. Our annual Family Picnic, coordinated by Lawrence and Lorraine Schechter, was another fun get together in the beautiful setting of Pioneer Park. On a more solemn note, we had a special Rosh Chodesh Elul (Kever Avot) service at the Jewish cemetery in the Deschutes Memorial Garden. Finally, a fitting end to the month was a thrilling family river rafting outing organized by Fred Rafilson on behalf of the Men's Group. With many more enjoyable social, educational, and religious events in the future for all ages and backgrounds, please come join us.