Divrei Tikvah

Rabbi Johanna Hershenson’s Words of Hope


Our Temple Beth Tikvah logo invites us, and prospective members, to “find our connection.”

As rabbi in Temple Beth Tikvah, I think exploring and practicing our tagline during this TBT year – July 2022 through June 2023 – might help us all find our way back into the groove of living in community.

Let’s admit it, two-plus years of COVID anxiety and social isolation plus too much media reinforcing what divides Americans rather than mutual congratulations for surviving it all…make returning to large gatherings a little scarier than they felt two-plus years ago.

What if we dipped our toes in the water together and created a series of opportunities to get together with TBT members in smaller groups that share an interest or demographic?

I invite each of you to consider sharing with our congregation something you enjoy doing or something you know well that others might like to learn in a Find Your Connection campaign. Tell me what you’d like to do, when and where, and how many people you can accommodate.

Imagine a bagel or pickle making workshop or series. What about a nature walk, meet up or yoga? How about mushroom foraging, painting, Jewish books or films or music? Fiber arts, writing workshops, poetry readings, improvisational arts? Gardening? Community service project?

Click on the link FIND YOUR CONNECTION and complete the form. The information will populate into a spreadsheet on my iPad, and I’ll be in touch within a few days to work out the details.

Please remember you can always contact Rabbi Johanna (541-213-9880) or johannahershenson@gmail.com if you need to schedule an appointment at a time other than what is available via the Calendly link.

Click here to schedule a Zoom meeting.

Click here to schedule an in-person meeting at “Chemple” at FPC..