Temple Beth Tikvah 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.
Come check us out!
Services are held at
First Presbyterian Church
230 NE Ninth Street, Bend
Contact us at 541-388-8826 or email@example.com
P.O. Box 7472
Bend, OR 97708
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Our Social Action Committee is busy with projects for the Family Kitchen and Back Door Café. read more
Family Simchat Torah Celebration
Monday, October 24
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Downstairs Fellowship Hall at
First Presbyterian Church
Sing & Dance with the Torah
Celebrate with us as Rabbi Hershenson reads
the final section from Deuteronomy
and the opening section of Genesis
Pizza and Cupcakes for the kids
Supper in the Sukkah
Join Your TBT Friends and Family for Supper in the Sukkah!
This Saturday, October 22 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm
At the home of
Marlis Beier & Dean Sharpe
21833 Los Serranos, Bend
Bring the kids for family fun, activities, games and a potluck supper.
Our family Shabbat that coincided with our BBYO introduction brought a host of young faces out to share in the celebration. It was a joyous and fun-filled Shabbat, beginning with each of us wearing a paper with a saying related to the High Holy Days taped to our foreheads and having to ask others for clues to help us guess our phrase! It was a tremendous icebreaker and an opportunity to connect with new and old member families.
We were also gathered together to watch one man's dream finally come to fruition. Jerry Greenbach has been trying to get a Jewish youth group organized in Central Oregon for at least 4 years.
Greetings from Rabbi Hershenson
For a moment he felt shame. He had been away so long. So much time had passed since he last saw his home.
Then he said to himself: I must not be ashamed to come back. After all, it is to my own ancestral property that I return.
(Midrash Sifrei Devarim)
This midrash reminds me of the emotions Rosh Hashanah stirs in so many of us. The shofar calls us back to synagogue and services even if we don't really connect to the words of the machzor - the prayer book for the High Holy Days.
We feel guilty for all the services and Sunday school sessions we missed, despite when we missed them it was because we were busy and engaged in life: work, school, extra-curriculars, getting out into nature, bonding with our kids and grandkids, catching up with friends and neighbors, so on and so forth.
And then at some point our inner-monologue shifts: Wait a minute, if the synagogue is our spiritual home, it should be ready and waiting for us when we're ready to return.
And it is.