TBI’s Response to COVID-19 To keep our community together, we are live streaming numerous services, classes, and events, and some learning opportunities will be recorded so that you can watch at your convenience. To get the most up-to-date information, subscribe to ThisWeek@TBI, the weekly e-newsletter, sent each Wednesday around 3:00pm. If you are in need of assistance of any kind, or if you have any questions, please call the office at 541.485.7218.
Temple Beth Israel (TBI) is a center for Jewish life, embracing traditional wisdom with contemporary insight. 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 Movement. 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!
Current & Upcoming Events
Monty Python’s Life of Brian Film & Fun w/Rabbi Ruhi Sophia
Saturday, January 23, 6:30pm
The Monty Python Boys actually knew quite a bit about Second Temple Judaism! Join Rabbi Ruhi Sophia on Zoom at 6:30pm for a brief introduction to the period in which the Life of Brian is set, then watch the movie on your own, then we’ll join back together on Zoom and see what we’ve discovered about the realistic references in the film! The film is 1 hour, 33 minutes and is rated 16+.
Reconstructing Judaism Day of Learning— God?: A Reconstructionist Conversation
Sunday, January 24, 9:30am-2:00pm
The program will include interactive small group activities, workshops, and panel discussions, along with a virtual cocktail hour. A minimum donation of $18 is requested.
Tu B’Shevat Seder-ish w/Reconstructionist Communities of the PNW
Wednesday, January 27, 6:30pm
Join an evening of learning and eating meditations as we celebrate the New Year of Trees through an in-depth exploration of the seven species of abundance in Torah: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olive (oil) and dates. We invite you to bring your own samples of each of these items (or their respective derivatives), and journey through the mystical and the mundane as each rabbi explores the significance of one of these items in Jewish tradition, and leads us in a mindful tasting!
Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest w/Rabbi Ruhi Sophia
Friday, January 29, 9:00am Pacific time
An interactive text study/song session, in which we will use the the Song at the Sea from the week’s parasha, Beshallach, as a jumping off point for exploring why and how we can and must weave joy and celebration throughout our activism, even when victories are so small we might not notice them.
Laws of Teshuva w/Rabbi Ruhi Sophia (Zoom)
Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 17, 7:30pm (Pre-registration required)
Though we often think of teshuva in conjunction with the High Holiday season, it is a process that individuals and communities can ideally engage year-round. Join Rabbi Ruhi Sophia on Zoom for an in-depth study of some key laws of teshuva, and guided journaling and discussion about how we can apply them in our individual lives. We will also explore the implications of teshuva for racial injustice as the theme that TBI’s board has chosen for this year. Please plan to attend all three sessions for a depth of engagement.
» Register here (minimum of 5 needed)
Course Conversations: Jews, Race and Religion Online Lecture Series (Zoom)
First one is Wednesday, January 20, 7:30pm
In conjunction with the free online lecture series presented jointly by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College’s Center for Jewish Ethics and the University of Pennsylvania’s Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, the TBI Not Free to Desist Task Force is offering three sessions for TBI members and friends.
The next TBI sessions are:
March 3, 6:00pm w/Rabbi Solomon – Reflections and preparation
April 28, 7:30pm w/Rabbi Ruhi Sophia & Rabbi Solomon – Series wrap up
These are open spaces for conversation, reflection, and a bit of prep for upcoming lectures. All are welcome regardless of your participation in the lecture series. You do NOT have to pre-register for the TBI sessions.
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