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.
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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
Click here for information on our Sunday School & Hebrew School. Register now for 2016 - 2017
Our Social Action Committee is busy with projects for the Family Kitchen and Back Door Café. read more
Greetings from Rabbi Hershenson
The miracle of light, the day's-worth vial of oil that lasted eight days keeping the flame of the eternal light aflame, sometimes veils the historic significance of Chanukah. Surprisingly the story we know of the evil, Hellenized King Antiochus who tried to stifle Jewish worship and practice doesn't exist in the early accounts of the Maccabean war. Instead the conflict appears to have been the start of a civil war between Hellenized and traditional Jews. Hellenized Jews likely called upon Syrian Hellenized patrons for support.
Rabbi Michael Strassfeld (in A BOOK OF LIFE, 2002) asks: Is this a fight between liberals and fanatic fundamentalists or between traditionalists and self-hating assimilationists? If our recent election taught us anything, it might be how easy it is to demonize and hate our neighbor.
The turkey soup is simmering on the stove and we've eaten the last piece of pie. Visiting family has departed and the linens changed.
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Partly for the food, I admit, and also for the reminder to be thankful. And there is much to be grateful for this year.
Family and friends have blended beautifully. Without immediate family living nearby, our friends from Temple Beth Tikvah have become our family - the people we know that we can rely on in good times and bad.
It is especially good to be reminded to be thankful this year, when the presidential election has divided the country and our community. I have spoken with friends who I know voted differently than I. We did not speak about the election specifically, instead we affirmed our friendship and made plans to do things together.