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
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Greetings from Rabbi Hershenson
February means Valentine's Day, and Valentine's Day means cards, flowers, candy...oh yes, and LOVE!
One of my favorite movie moments ever comes from Fiddler on the Roof. Tevye's wife is exhausted by Tevye's difficult time in making decisions over who his daughters should marry and she asks him, "Do you love me?" The look on Tevye's face is priceless. He has no idea what she's talking about. Who questions love?
Of course marriage and love are different endeavors. We hope and expect them to overlap. But Tevye's wife asks if beneath all the labors of love, providing, cleaning, cooking, raising children, is there something left that we might call actual love.
I can't help but notice that our ritual call to love God, like marriage, seems to come with a list of "honey-do's." V'ahavta et YHWH elohecha...Love YHWH, your God...by keeping commandments, observing the Sabbath, maintaining dietary restrictions, passing the instructions forward to the next generation.
Members & Friends,
Is this really winter? It sure hasn't felt like it lately. Of course, our unusually warm temperatures can disappear quickly. While the skiers are quite disappointed with the lack of snow, it is still great to get outdoors and enjoy whatever weather we are having.
Meanwhile, we are in a lull as far as Jewish holidays are concerned. There were no significant Jewish holidays in January, and only Tu B's
Shevat (New Year for Trees) in February and Purim in March, before we hit the jackpot with Passover in early April (stay tuned for information on our Community Seder on April 3rd). Still we have plenty of our regular TBT activities to keep us busy.