Community of Welcoming Congregations

TBI joins the Community of Welcoming Congregations (CWC)

In December 2005 the TBI Board unanimously voted to join Community of Welcoming Congregations (CWC). This was a natural evolution of our synagogue's warm and successful movement in being a welcoming congregation.

In the not distant past, Temple Beth Israel, like so many other religious organizations, was neither welcoming nor active in challenging negative attitudes towards gays and lesbians. Through over two years of the successful work by clergy leadership and an ad hoc committee devoted to making TBI a welcoming congregation, Temple Beth Israel made a major turnaround. In a full congregational retreat about 12 years ago, a survey of congregants' priorities revealed that 97% wanted TBI to focus on being a welcoming congregation.

Now GLBTQ folks have become integrated congregants, functioning on all levels of TBI organization at one time or another. For us, being welcoming is now taken for granted. But this is not true for the rest of the Eugene community or thestate.

The Community of Welcoming Congregations is an Oregon and southwest Washington interfaith association of religious and spiritual congregations that welcome, affirm, and promote people of all sexual orientations, and encourage congregations to become welcoming. In Portland, five other Jewish organizations have already become members. TBI's joining demonstrates our values, and recognizes that this work must go on actively throughout the state.

Welcome to TBI!

Temple Beth Israel is the Center for Jewish Life in Eugene, embracing traditional wisdom with contemporary insight.

We promote the spiritual, educational, and social well-being of our members, the Jewish people of Lane County, and the larger community.  TBI is a member of the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities and of the Community of Welcoming Congregations (CWC).

We welcome people of all Jewish backgrounds, interfaith families and people exploring Judaism.  Whether you are religious, cultural, atheist, agnostic or searching, there is a place for you at TBI!

Temple Beth Israel
1175 E. 29th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97403
541.485.7218

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Want to know more about membership at Temple Beth Israel?

We welcome people of all financial means.

To find out more about the community, call us at 541.485.7218 or complete an inquiry form here.

You are invited to join us for a Shabbat service, where you can meet our Rabbi and our warm and friendly congregation.

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