TBI Updates

Kids Shabbat

Friday, January 19th, 6:30 pm

Bring in Shabbat with stories, singing, and dancing. Suitable for kids ages 6 to 10 and their families. Regular Erev Shabbat Services at 7:30 pm.

From Generation to Generation: Healing Intergenerational Trauma Through Storytelling
with Emily Wanderer Cohen

Sunday, January 21st, 10:00 am-12:30 pm (with a break)
$10-$15 suggested donation. Minimum participants is 6 maximum of 20.  Please pre-register using the link below.

Bring up the Holocaust in a conversation and you’ll often hear, “That was so long ago. It’s over. It’s history.” But to descendants of Holocaust survivors, it’s anything but. What most people don’t realize is that the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of those who survived the Holocaust live with the invisible weight of the trauma they didn’t experience first-hand—every single day. In a time when anti-
Semitism is back in fashion, understanding the phenomenon of intergenerational trauma has never been more important. Emily Wanderer Cohen will discuss how intergenerational trauma can appear both mentally, physically, and emotionally and then she’ll lead a hands-on workshop to demonstrate how writing about trauma can help you heal from it. More info: www.fromgentogenbook.com

Dues Task Force Community Meetings

Sunday, January 21, 1:00 pm

Please join The Dues Task Force and Rabbi Ruhi Sophia at one of the following community gatherings to kick off a values-based discussion about membership dues. Meetings will be at TBI. Visit the membership section of the TBI website for more information and updates on the process.

Support TBI

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).

The TBI Dream Auction is March 11th – Spring Forward!

We are seeking donations of gift certificates to restaurants, food carts, wine bars, breweries, and bakeries. Love to cook? Prepare a theme dinner for bidding in the live auction. Do you or your friends have a vacation home to donate for a getaway? Contact Jerrica in the office to donate or fill out the form below. And, mark your calendar to attend TBI’s biggest fundraiser!

Parenting Support Group – New!

Sunday, January 28th, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Location: Parenting Now! – 86 Centennial Loop, Eugene
Childcare and Lunch provided, please RSVP below!

Calling all Parents of Tinies! Join other Jewish parents for a brainstorming session for a new monthly parent support group. Help us determine time, location, potential topics, and childcare option. Geared toward parents of kids ages 0 to 5.

Co-Sponsored by PJ Library and Temple Beth Israel. Please RSVP to Jerrica by email or at (541) 485-7218 ext.103

Poetry Workshop with Ana Lara

Sunday, January 28th, 2:00-5:00 pm 

In this workshop we will explore our individual and collective experiences of Jewish belonging, migration, home and memory through a range of poetic forms. We will draw on works from established poets to explore our own voices, examine poetic elements such as line breaks, syntax, structure, sound, etc. More than anything, this workshop is an opportunity to enjoy some of what poetry has to offer in terms of personal and creative expression. Minimum of 4 people max 10. Suggested donation $15-$25. Age range: 13 and up Writing levels: All. Breaks and light snacks provided.

Visit the Community Education page to read Ana Lara’s bio.

Usher Training

Sunday, January 28th, 4:00 pm

The Safety Committee is looking for TBI members interested in keeping our community safe during services and other gatherings at the synagogue. Please sign up to join the Safety Committee to learn more about this effort to be aware and serve the community.

Tu B’Shvat Programming for all Ages

Wednesday, January 31st

Tu B’Shvat, the traditional New Year of Trees, is an opportunity to look for how signs of spring stir in our own souls as well as in the outer world. Though it is mentioned in the Bible, the idea of a Tu B’Shvat seder was developed relatively recently, in the 16th century. Historically, It has been celebrated as a mystical holiday, a Zionist holiday, and an ecological holiday. Here at Temple Beth Israel, we blend many of Tu B’Shvat’s connotations, offering exclusively adult as well as mixed family/adult-oriented options.  Join us for as much of the program as appeals to you and your family, as we celebrate the hints of spring.

5:00-6:00 pmContemplative Tu B’Shvat Journey in Song & Silence
5:45-6:30 pmDinner Reserve below, sliding scale
6:30-7:30 pmIntergenerational Tu B’Shvat Dessert Seder

Visit the Community Education Page for details on upcoming events including:  Reading with the Rabbi, lectures, films, and more.

Upstander/Bystander Workshop

Saturday, January 20th, 9:00 am
First Congregational Church (1050 E. 23rd Ave, Eugene)

This registration for members of the First Congregational Church is Sold Out! For more details, contact Rev. Melanie Oommen  or Judy Boles.

 All Are Welcome

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!

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.

Membership at TBI

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.

Online Oneg Sign Up

The TBI community relies on our members to periodically host an oneg Shabbat following Erev Shabbat services. Onegs provide members and visitors an opportunity to mingle and enjoy a nosh after services. Offering to host an oneg is a mitzvah, and your gift of time and effort are greatly appreciated. You can host in honor or in memory of a loved one, or simply to partake in the mitzvah. All instructions on hosting will be provided to you, as will reminders the week of your scheduled hosting date. For any questions, contact Jerrica in the office.

Shabbat Lunch

TBI provides a light lunch following Shabbat morning when there is no B’Nai Mitzvah. Following kiddush and motzi, everyone is invited to stay for lunch. If you would like to sponsor a lunch in celebration of an occasion, to honor someone, or in memory of a loved one, please send in a check or donate online and select “Shabbat Lunch Fund”. Lunch sponsorships are a minimum of $100. Sign up to help with set-up and clean-up below. You don’t need to attend services to join for lunch.

Free Online Hebrew Learning

TBI is pleased to partner with Learn Hebrew Pod to offer FREE Online Hebrew Learning. Through this special partnership you can receive a FREE trial, and special pricing on additional courses.

Community Education

Visit the Community Education Page for details on upcoming events including: Reading with the Rabbi, lectures, films, and more.

Membership Policies

Temple Beth Israel is evaluating our membership policies using a Values Based decision making process. To learn more about this very important process, including how to get involved. Please visit the Membership Policy page. (logged-in members only) The task force is also looking for some feedback from the community. All can take a short survey here.

Divrei Torah & Torah Commentaries

Check out our Archive of divrei Torah here. Rabbi Ruhi Sophia’s most recent offering on Mattot-Masei and Black Lives Matter is now available.

Follow TBI

Check us out on YouTube!

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.