Rabbi’s Message
To read the latest TW@TBI message from Rabbi Ruhi Sophia, click here.

Dr. Ana-Maurine Lara was our Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Shabbat Speaker Friday, January 17th. She gave an incredible and inspiring dvar. You can listen to it here.

Dr. Ana-Maurine Lara, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at University of Oregon, is a Dominican American lesbian poet, novelist and black feminist scholar. She is a long-time LGBT human rights activist and supporter, having served on the Board of Directors for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.

TBI Updates

Affinity Groups: First Get-Togethers!
Crafts: Sunday, Jan 26, 10:00am
Walking: Sunday, Jan 26, 1:00pm
Books: Wednesday, Jan 29, 4:00pm
Hiking: TBD
Climate: Thursday, Feb 6, 6:30pm
The first get-togethers are happening at TBI! People can meet each other and figure out the nature of the groups and how they should proceed. All are welcome, whether you took the affinity group survey or not.

If you’re interested and want more information or to provide input, email:
Linda Gordon (crafts)
Tracy Tessler (walking)
Diane Baxter (books)
Bruce Kreitzberg (hiking)
Marlene Drescher (climate)

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Israel Program Task Force Presents: Left, Right and Inside: Antisemitism in the Israel Discourse with Rabbi Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein
Wednesdays, January 29 & February 12, 7:30pm

Rabbi Ruhi Sophia was so glad that 40 people joined her for a very difficult conversation last Wednesday evening. If you missed the first session of “Left, Right and Inside: Antisemitism in the Israel Discourse,” you are still welcome to attend the other two sessions as long as you let us know you’re coming and review some notes in advance. For all who are curious, the bibliography from the first class is here.

Project Zug encourages Jews of all backgrounds to take ownership over their studying through one-on-one havruta learning. Register for our spring cycle by March 6th to start learning on March 15th.

Learn more here.

Tu B’Shevat Intergenerational Dessert Seder
Sunday, February 9, 6:30 pm

Join Rabbi Ruhi Sophia for a little bit of learning, a little bit of singing, a little bit of noshing on fruit to celebrate the transition from winter to spring. Kid activities and adult conversation will both be facilitated.


Beyond the Pale in Concert
February 17, 7:00pm 
Get tickets here.

Beyond the Pale are known for stellar musicianship, unique songcraft and exuberant energy. Their genre-defying sound is rooted in klezmer and Balkan styles but shaped by jazz, bluegrass, reggae, chamber-music, and more. They are three-time Canadian Folk Music Award winners (7-time nominees), and have toured extensively across North America and abroad. Beyond the Pale features Aleksandar Gajic (violin), Bret Higgins (bass), Milos Popovic (accordion), Eric Stein (mandolin), and Martin van de Ven (clarinet).


“A rich musical experience which can touch your soul….Born of tradition but living in the here and now. ” — Canadian Musician Magazine

Purim 2020: The Wonderful World of Shushan: a Disney Parody Play
Monday, March 9, 6:30pm

This year’s Purim shpiel (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!

In the Bin: For the month of January, we are collecting warm jackets, raincoats, and sleeping bags for Egan Warming Center. Learn more about Egan here.

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Learn about what’s going on in Reconstructionist communities around the world and gain access to exciting online learning opportunities and resources from the central organization of the movement, Reconstructing Judaism. To subscribe to receive Reconstructing Judaism Today, our e-newsletter, and receive other vital communication from Reconstructing Judaism, click this link and select which communications you’d like to receive.

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 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

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