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Please join us for dinner Friday, December 13, at 5:30 pm. There will be a simple family-friendly catered meal which will include a vegetarian or a gluten-free/vegan option as well as salad and simple dessert. Pre-register here by Tuesday, Dec 10, at noon.
Eugene Carbon Free Challenge Follow Up! December 9, 6:30 pm at TBI
“Rabbi Shammai says: Establish a fixed practice; do little and say much; and greet everyone with a cheerful countenance.” (Pirkei Avot 1:15). Put this ancient wisdom into practice around your climate goals by joining the Temple Beth Israel team of the Eugene Carbon Free Challenge. Receive tips and inspiration and expand your sense of community by participating in monthly check-ins with a supportive small group. There will be an orientation for newbies, a Q&A session, and tech support. Plus, bring your Toby’s and Nancy’s containers to recycle.
Want to dive deeper into a conversation about the food that’s on your plate? Rabbi Jacob Siegel will be leading a pair of sessions on the topic, culminating in the screening of the film Eating Animals. The first session will cover a series of intense and meaningful Jewish and ethical topics all sparked by the idea of eating meat. In the second session we will show the film, and Rabbi Jacob will lead a Q & A. You may attend one or both sessions. Keep reading. . .
Purim 2020: Join the Fun!
This year’s Purim shpiel (play), “The Wonderful World of Shushan: a Disney Parody Play,” is a musical retelling of the Book of Esther featuring some of your favorite songs from Disney movies like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Frozen, and more! You can read the script here.
The play is inclusive: everyone who wants to be on stage is welcome—no singing or acting skill required. To join the cast or crew, sign up here.
All who would like to be considered for a lead or featured singing role will need to attend auditions on Sunday, January 12, from 1–3 pm (please sign up using the link above). Talmud Torah students can earn one JEWL credit!
If you are auditioning, please prepare no more than 16 bars of your favorite Disney musical song to perform either a capella or with a karaoke backing track you provide.
Rehearsals will be on Sundays from January 19–March 1, 1–3 pm, with a final dress rehearsal on Sunday, March 8, 1–5 pm. The performance is on Monday, March 9, at 6:30 pm. Not every person will be required to attend every rehearsal, but roles may be assigned in part based on availability for rehearsals.
Jam Band Shabbat celebrates Shabbat and the winter solstice, featuring guest musicians, new music, ecstatic singing & dancing, and moments of mindful meditation. Click the poster to enlarge it. If you’re a musician who can improvise and would like to join, please contact Rabbi Ruhi Sophia by December 16th.
Jewish Meditation Shabbat Retreat with Barry Nobel Saturday, December 14, 1:30 – 5:00pm
Reconnect with the deepest parts of yourself. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome. If you usually meditate by yourself, come and enjoy the support and encouragement of other like-minded souls. Continue reading here.
Hebrew Reading Crash Course with Gail Harfe Mondays, Jan 6—Feb 10 (no class Jan 20) 4:00—5:30 pm
This 5-week course is designed for those with little or no background in Hebrew and concentrates on teaching the Hebrew alphabet and reading skills. Materials provided. FREE. Pre-registration required by December 29th. The curriculum was created by NJOP. Please pre-register here.
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Sign Language Interpretation Some services and events have interpreters scheduled. Please notify the office if you would like interpretation at additional upcoming services or events.
Shabbat Lunch: TBI provides a light lunch following Shabbat morning services when there are no B’nai Mitzvah. Everyone is invited, and you don’t need to attend services to join in. If you would like to support this program and ensure that it continues, click here to volunteer to set up, clean up, sponsor a lunch, or make a donation in an amount you are able to afford.
Sign up here to host an onegfollowing Erev Shabbat services! Share the spirit of our community, greet friends, meet new friends. Celebrate a milestone, honor a family member or friend, remember a loved one. Co-host with someone. Life is busy, so keep it simple.
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You can find the High Holiday services, The Purim Shpiel, This American Jewish Life talks by TBI members, and more. Full HD videos and live streaming where available.