The TBI Dream Auction Is Around the Corner!

(Sunday, March 3rd, at 5:00 pm)

You can RSVP here for this fun-filled and delicious fundraiser! If you’d like to donate a service, business product, vacation home, or tickets to a sporting event or theater, click here.

For a preview of live auction items, click here.

From the Rabbi

This week’s parasha is Tetzaveh, which continues the narrative begun last week about how to build a sacred dwelling place in which the divine will dwell. Though the Torah is largely concerned with blueprints and logistics (which is very important), as your rabbi, I am equally concerned with the relational needs that go into creating sacred space. How do we envision sacred community? Who is a part of it? And when we strive to be welcoming, how do we succeed, and when and why do we fail? In the spirit of interrogating those questions, I want to share this essay on Radical Inclusion, by poet and philosopher Aurora Levins Morales, on the Reconstructing Judaism Evolve website (a wonderful resource for those who don’t already know about it). Morales’ essay is not explicitly about Parashat Tetzaveh, but I believe that it has everything to do with creating holy space, and I hope it will challenge you as it challenges me.

TBI Updates

Wednesday, February 13, 7:00 pm

Dr. Kari Marie Norgaard, Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, UO.

Dr. Norgaard will be speaking on the politics of fire and climate change, specifically the importance of indigenous cultural burning as a way to prevent the type of very large fires, like the ones that have happened recently. Dr. Norgaard will be joined by Ryan Reed, Karuk Tribe, UO student.

This event is FREE. 

Lunch & LearnThursday, February 14, noon to 1:00 pm.

Join Rabbi Ruhi Sophia for a reading and discussion based on a traditional Jewish source. NO HEBREW NECESSARY. Set aside an hour of your day to learn, eat, and socialize. Feel free to bring a vegetarian lunch. FREE. Donations gratefully accepted.

Sunday, February 17th – 4:00 pm
$5-$10 donation at the door

Brivele is a Seattle-based anti-fascist klezmer folk-punk trio, who braid together oral history, Yiddish language, contemporary and old-country musical genres, American vaudeville, and visual arts.

Get a preview at and put this concert on your calendar!

Understanding Shabbat Services: Mapping the Liturgy and Flow of the Services
with Rabbi Ruhi Sophia
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm

FREE. Donations accepted. Click here for details.

The last class is February 20: Intricacies and background of the Shabbat Torah service. 

The Tikkun Olam Committee is sponsoring a Town Hall on local Climate Change Solutions on Thursday, February 21 at 6:00 pm at TBI. Rabbi Ruhi Sophia is a keynote speaker. See the info contained on the poster below. It is free and open to the public, and registrations are streaming in. If you are interested in attending please register here. ONLY A FEW SEATS ARE LEFT!! Click the poster for more information.

Mark your calendar for the TBI Dream AuctionSunday, March 3, at 5:00 pm.  You can RSVP here for this fun-filled and delicious fundraiser! And if you’ve got a business or service, a vacation home, sports event, or theater tickets to donate, click here.


In the Bin: Please bring to TBI personal hygiene items for Opportunity Village – hand soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, hair brush, comb, shampoo, disposable razors.


Dues Task Force Update

With unanimous approval by all those who attended the congregational meeting, we have adopted a new membership model to better align TBI’s finances with our values and provide more transparency. This new financing model has been adopted by many Reconstructionist and other synagogues throughout the United States in response to changing social and financial realities. The new financing model will go into effect for our new fiscal year, which begins July 2019.  At that time, each member household will be asked to determine for itself the annual membership contribution it will make, based on the member household’s circumstances and TBI’s needs. No one is telling you how much you “should” contribute, but you must contribute to be a member. Continue reading 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.