From the Rabbi

Purim Sameach! I hope to see many of you at the Shpiel and Megilla reading this evening, and/or at the Megilla reading and Seudah (festive meal) tomorrow. As we prepare to dress up in costumes and share goodies with friends, let’s remember, however, that Purim is not just the “Jewish Halloween,” but rather a holiday that has the potential to be deeply subversive, if we take the opportunity to be challenged. Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi writes about how careful attention to Megillat Esther can subvert not only our notions of gender, but of how power is organized in the world

TBI Updates

Shabbat Alive! with student cantor Evlyn Gould and Emily Fox, Saturday, March 23, 10:00 am. A Community Potluck follows at noon.


Sisterhood Town Hall w/Abraham Lincoln, Sunday, March 24, 2:00 pm. This first-person portrayal of our 16th President is presented by Steve Holgate, an actor of over 40 years’ experience. The audience will take on the role of Civil War era journalists when the Town Hall meeting is opened for questions. FREE. All are welcome.


Director of Community Education Candidate Shabbaton Last Weekend. TBI members, if you attended one of the Shabbaton activities or had an opportunity to interact with the candidate in another way, the search committee wants to hear from you! Please click the green login button at the top of this page, then click Members in the top menu. You must be logged in to see the information. Also, if you’d like to volunteer to help with setup or cleanup for next candidate Shabbat dinner April 12, and/or would like to attend the dinner, please go to the same web page.


Calling for Jam Band Shabbat Musicians. If you’re a musician who can improvise and would like to join, please contact Rabbi Ruhi Sophia by March 26th. Click the poster for full info


For March, we are collecting for In the Bin: Bags of Love. Loose leaf notebook paper, 12-pack colored pencils, small flashlights, baby washcloths and diaper cream, boys & girls jeans or sweatpants. Click here for more info about this Lane County-based non-profit.


Mapping the Haggadah with Rabbi Ruhi Sophia 
Sundays, March 31 and April 7, 4:00 pm

Join Rabbi Ruhi for 2 one-hour sessions on the structure and content of the Passover Haggadah. We’ll discuss questions such as: Who’s the Aramean? How many plagues were there, and are we happy or sad about them? What exactly is matzah supposed to symbolize? – as well as any questions that YOU bring!

Free. Donations gratefully accepted.


Passover at TBI
For details about events and services, please click here.


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.

Sign up here to host an oneg following 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. Cookies and fruit is all that’s needed!  Instructions and reminders provided. Questions? Contact Jody  in the office.

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’d like to sponsor a lunch in celebration of an occasion, to honor someone, or to remember a loved one, please send in a check or DONATE ONLINE and select “Shabbat Lunch Fund.” Sponsorships are a minimum of $100.
We also need help with set-up and clean-up. Volunteer here.

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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.