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
High Holy Days
Join our congregation, along with Rabbi Johanna Hershenson and Cantor Adelle Nicholson for Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur services. For information on service times and to make reservations, click here.
Greetings from Rabbi Hershenson
The August heat can stop neither summer's end nor autumn's call. Outdoor concerts and festivals fade, school bells and the sound of the shofar call the new year into our midst.
The Hebrew month that begins during August is Elul, twenty eight days of opportunity to prepare ourselves for Rosh Hashanah. A lunar cycle dedicated to moving us from frolicking through our sparkling Central Oregon summer days to purchasing school supplies, setting up new routines, and if we take the time, thinking about what is truly important in our lives and how the New Jewish Year can usher in our best selves.
Enjoy the wild flowers before they are gone. Breathe in the warm high desert air before the chill lays plant life dormant and snow coats our seven peaks. Death and life go hand in hand. Winter's rest makes spring's rebirth wondrously appear. Decay literally nourishes the earth from which grasses sprout, trees grow, and cattle graze. One chapter must end so that the next can begin.
Two very special members of our congregation reached the end of their days this summer. Both in their ninth decade, both blessed with children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. We miss them dearly.
Ceil Hermann, a feminist before feminism was a word. We so loved her strength, wit, and zest for enjoying life, and, we admired her relationship with Ann.
Rolf Beier, a most gentle gentleman. The improbability of his life story aroused wonder in us and taught us to embrace one another without presumption.
Both children of the depression. Both veterans of World War II. Both witness to incredible change and transformation - in their own personal lives and in the world.
Members & Friends,
On August 1st, we will celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Ben Finestone. Then, on August 22nd, we will celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of David Feldman. These are the culmination of a remarkable ten months in which we have had six Bar and Bat Mitzvahs at Temple Beth Tikvah, all special and amazing - Jared Charney Cohen back in October, Sid Rafilson and Rebecca Uri on back-to-back Shabbats (a first for us) in June, and Sophie Chudowsky last month. Six Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in the last year is almost as many as we have had in our previous six years of existence.
While a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a very joyous occasion for family and friends, it is actually a service open to the entire community to share in the wonderful celebration with the family. If you haven't attended, I would definitely encourage everyone to join us for these special services. You will be inspired by the poise and capabilities of our young people. They put in a lot of work and preparation for their big day. But also, they receive a lot of support and encouragement from their parents, family, teachers, Rabbi, and congregation. It is a collective community effort to nurture our children to the point that they have the confidence and ability to lead a service, read from the Torah, and share a teaching moment with their community.
What personally comes to mind when I attend these services is realizing that I am seeing the future of our Jewish community. In twenty or thirty years, these young people will likely be leaders in congregations somewhere; maybe not here at Temple Beth Tikvah, but wherever their dreams and journeys take them.