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.
Come check us out!
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
Hereditary Cancer: Are You At Risk
Thursday, August 6, 7:00 pm
St Charles Bend Conference Center
A highly informative free event on "Hereditary Cancers" featuring three expert speakers will be held on Thursday, August 6th, from 7 – 9 p.m. at the St. Charles Bend Conference Center at 2500 NE Neff. The event will feature information on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations associated with a higher risk of both breast and ovarian cancers.
Speakers are Katya Lezin, an author, humorist, speaker, and ovarian cancer survivor; Dr. Cora Calomeni, an oncologist specializing in cancer genetics at St. Charles Cancer Center; and Marianne Lotito, a genetic counselor with Myriad Genetic Laboratories.
Even though she claims the extent of her Jewish lineage is a keen appreciation for a good bagel and lox, Katya Lezin is enough of an Ashkenazi Jew to inherit the BRCA-1 genetic mutation. Her indoctrination into the world of hereditary cancer came when Lezin was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in May 2011. Despite the fact that her cancer journey has included a recurrence (in November 2014), multiple surgeries and months of chemotherapy, she thinks "the Big C" has brought more good than bad into her life. She chooses to laugh rather than cry at some of the indignities she has suffered along the way and is a big believer in grabbing her moments of joy and mirth wherever she can.
Greetings from Rabbi Hershenson
During the month of June, in deference to Fathers' Day, we are exploring men and manliness in Jewish culture and tradition.
In academic circles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries two appellations described two very different kinds of Jewish men. There was the coffee house Jew and the muscle Jew.
The coffee house Jew was an intellectual who pondered philosophy, literature, art, and music. He was well educated and refined. He was utterly detached from the landscape and sports. He was a banker or lawyer, a professor or a doctor.
The muscle Jew was a Jewish man who sought to prove the stereotypes that degrade Jewish men wrong. If he stayed in Europe, he was part of a sporting movement, excelling in gymnastics, wrestling, and swimming. Or he was a pioneer in Palestine turned Israel, engaging in agriculture on a kibbutz or developing the image of the new Maccabee in forming a Jewish military.
Members & Friends,
With summer upon us and the weather heating up, so too did our activities heat up in June. We had our Annual Congregational Meeting. Later we had TWO beautiful B'nai Mitzvot celebrations on back-to-back weekends. But sadly, in between those two wonderful events our beloved 97 year old Ceil Hermann passed away. These diverse events seem to capture the essence of who we are and why we exist as a congregation.
At our Annual Congregational Meeting we elected four new Board members. The new Board takes over starting this month. Also, at the Annual meeting, Rabbi Hershenson provided an overview of our new organizational structure, explaining the various areas where we need help in staffing and participation. Many members in attendance added their names to these areas of need. But, we still have opportunities for others to get involved. In the coming weeks, the new Board will be reaching out to members to help fill various roles. Please be open and willing to help out.