Our Rabbis

Rabbi Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin

Rabbi Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin assumed the position of Senior Rabbi in 2003. His service to Temple Beth Israel began in 1975 when he served as Cantor then taking on increasing responsibilities over the years serving as Religious School Director and Assistant Rabbi. He has served as TBI’s Rabbi since 1995.

Rabbi Yitzhak was ordained as Baal Tefillah by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach z'l, received his cantorial commission from the Cantors' Assembly of the United Synagogue of America, and was ordained as Rabbi by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. 

Rabbi Yitzhak is the past chair of the Committee for Ethical Kashrut of OHALA: The Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal, an affiliate member of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, a member of Rabbis for Human Rights-North America, an associate of CLAL-National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a Hevraya member in the Institute for Jewish Spirituality-Rabbinic Leadership program and is a member of the rabbinic cabinet of J-Street as well as a member of the Oregon Board of Rabbis.

Rabbi Yitzhak has a strong interest in social activism and interfaith dialogue which inform his rabbinic leadership. As a progressive Zionist, he has a particular passion for deepening his personal connection with Israel through his frequent travels there and his co-leadership of tours with his life partner Shonna Husbands-Hankin. Together they have introduced many community members to the beauty and challenges of Israel.

Rabbi Yitzhak brings his love of music to our community through beautiful melodies and songs shared at services, weddings, holidays and special occasions. He is a composer of Jewish liturgical music, a cellist and guitarist. His liturgical music is sung at synagogues throughout the country, in Europe and Israel. He has several recordings to his credit and is currently compiling a songbook of his compositions.

Rabbi Yitzhak is married to Shonna Husbands-Hankin, a highly regarded Judaica artist and a certified Jewish Spiritual Director. They are the parents of two adult daughters, Talya and Shira.

Read more at Rabbi Yitzhak's Home Page

Rabbi Boris Dolin

Associate Rabbi Boris Dolin shares rabbinic duties with our Senior Rabbi. In addition, he supervises the Talmud Torah and Shalhevet (Religious School) programs and works closely with our b'nai mitzvah students.

A native Oregonian, Rabbi Boris began his rabbinic journey in Eugene, working as a Talmud Torah teacher, music teacher, and youth group advisor at TBI from 1999-2001. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon, where he also served as the Interim Program Director of Oregon Hillel.

Rabbi Boris holds a masters degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he focused his studies on informal education, and worked on curriculum development and outreach at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. He is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. While at RRC, Rabbi Boris served as spiritual leader to congregations in Florida, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and as a chaplain for Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Philadelphia. He also worked for many years as a synagogue and preschool music teacher and summer camp song leader, in addition to two years as the Jewish student advisor at Philadelphia University.

Rabbi Boris is passionate about helping to create participatory and holistic Jewish communities, where learning is intergenerational and a part of Jewish life both inside and outside of the synagogue. He brings his love of music and Jewish texts to all of his work, and is an activist with a strong interest in sustainability issues and ethical eating.

An avid runner, Rabbi Boris participates regularly in road races. He also enjoys gardening, vegan cooking, and perfecting his old-time banjo skills. He lives in Eugene with his wife Sarah and their three children, Elijah, Ezra and Nehama.

Read more on Rabbi Boris' Home Page

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