On June 1st, Temple Beth Tikvah celebrated the 5th anniversary of its founding with a dinner at the Mountain Room of the Deschutes Brewery. The evening honored the vision of the founding families that were instrumental in bringing the dream of a Reform Jewish congregation to Central Oregon.
In May 2008, a small group of 22 families had a dream of establishing a Reform Jewish congregation. Within the year, they were 40 families strong. Today, a membership of nearly 70 families meets regularly for Shabbat and holiday services at the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in downtown Bend.
The evening celebration included entertainment by The Quons, Central Oregon’s husband and wife duo Kathy and Mark Quon and a slideshow highlighting events of the past five years. The event organizing committee included Diane Dober, chair, Vivian Freeman, Lorraine Schechter and Phyllis Greenbach.
In his introduction to the evening, president Mark Schindel commented, "In our brief five years of existence, many things have changed and improved with Temple Beth Tikvah, but the heart and soul of TBT has remained constant. Our care and compassion for each other and community are what brought us together in the first place, and remain the glue that holds us together. So, it is in that spirit of togetherness that we celebrate tonight – our wonderful achievements as a congregation over these past five years, and to honor our Rabbi, Glenn Ettman."
The previous evening, a musical Shabbat service entitled Dream On provided a farewell tribute to Rabbi Glenn Ettman who served as Temple Beth Tikvah's rabbi for the past three years. The community wishes him all the best in his new full time position at Temple Sinai of Palm Desert, CA. Rabbi Ettman helped to build a strong foundation in the Jewish adult education program for the Beth Tikvah community. Temple Beth Tikvah welcomes a new resident rabbi on July 1st and looks forward to a new chapter in our community.