Community Events

Events with Russian documentary film maker Galina Evtushenko
May 16th & 17th, UO Campus

During the week of May 14th, Russian documentary film maker Galina Evtushenko, who is an active member of the Jewish community in Moscow, will be coming to Eugene as a guest of the UO-UNESCO Crossings Institute and the UNESCO Chair. Ms. Evtushenko is currently a Fulbright Fellow at SUNY Albany. Her documentaries have been shown widely in Russia and around the world, including at the Jewish Museum and at the Tolstoy Museum, both in Moscow.

On Wednesday, May 16th at 6 p.m. in Crater Lake North, EMU on the UO campus (co-sponsored by Judaic Studies Program at the University of Oregon), the UO-UNESCO Crossings Institute and UNESCO Chair will host “Modern Jewish Life in Russia: A Showing of Several Short Documentaries by Galina Evtushenko.”

On the following evening at 7 p.m. in Gerlinger Lounge, Ms. Evtushenko will show her documentary (2016) on Tolstoy and Gandhi (“Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi: A Double Portrait”) followed by discussion.

Spreading Kindness – Free Community Workshop
Sunday, May 20th from 3:00 – 5:00 pm      
1685 W 13th Ave at Chambers in Eugene (Unitarian Universalist Bldg)

Come and discuss specific ways we can bring more kindness into our communities and our personal lives. Let’s counter local hate activities, harsh national discourse, and create more positive role models for our youth. To register (FREE) contact:

PERSONAL KINDNESS  Doug Carnine (mindful kindness teacher and Author of How Love Wins) will share techniques for calming the mind and increasing kindness & happiness on a personal level.


  • Social Media: to share kindness stories, activities, and ideas (David Hazen)
  • Kindness Signs: for yards, businesses, bulletin boards
  • Kindness in the Workplace:  (Bruce Abel and Steve Christiansen)
  • Kindness and Youth: (Helen Park)
  • Kindness into Action: volunteer opportunities (Michael Carrigan)
  • Kindness in Leadership: (Bingham Powell)
  • Communicating with Kindness: Nonviolent Communication (Gary Baran)
  • Mindful Kindness study group opportunities: (Doug Carnine)
  • Brainstorming more kindness ideas (Bhavia Wagner)

Join our Sharing Kindness Facebook group 

Tortoise Teachings by Sara Glater
with special appearances by Bubbe the tortoise

Planetarium Reading with Projected Illustrations
Friday May 25th, 11:00 am
Eugene Science Center in Alton Baker Park (2300 Leo Harris Parkway, Eugene)

Sara’s Studio Book Signing and Retrospective Greeting Card Sale
Saturday, June 9th & Sunday, June 10th, 3:00-5:00 pm
1310 Barber Drive, Eugene (off Old Dillard Road)
**View Original cast paper illustrations

Tortoise Teachings (lessons in the practice of patience) is also available on line at Amazon, Powell’s Barnes & Noble in both soft and hard-cover editions. If you are local, unable to attend events and would like signed copies, you may buy direct from me by calling 541 485-7272 or emailing.

“So You Want to Talk About Race”
with Bestselling author Ijeoma Oluo
Thursday, May 31st, 6:00 p.m.
Downtown Eugene Public Library

On Thursday, May 31, 6:00 p.m., Ijeoma Oluo, author of the national bestseller “So You Want to Talk About Race,” will give a free talk at the Downtown Eugene Public Library. Oluo’s breakout book is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. Harper’s Bazaar named it “One of 10 Books to Read in 2018,” saying “Read it, then recommend it to everyone you know.” Exploring and explaining the complex reality of today’s racial landscape, Ijeoma Oluo is informative, entertaining, and inspiring. She crystallizes big, highly-charged concepts into aha-moment clarity.

Oluo addresses topics including privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, systemic discrimination, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the “N” word. She answers sensitive questions some may hesitate to ask, and offers practical, real-life guidance for constructive reflection, conversation, and action to fight racism. According to the National Review of Books, Oluo’s book “is much-needed and timely. It is more than a primer on racism. It is a comprehensive conversation guide.” The Seattle Times says Oluo “pulls the most exasperated among us back from the brink and reminds us of what’s to be gained from continuing the discussion.”

Ijeoma Oluo is the author of the bestseller “So You Want to Talk About Race.” She came to national attention last year when her interview of Rachel Dolezal for the Seattle Stranger went viral. Her work has been widely featured, including in The Washington Post, NBC News, Elle Magazine, TIME, and The Guardian. Online, she is an editor-at-large at The Establishment and a popular Twitter commentator. Oluo was named one of the The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017 and was honored with the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award by the American Humanist Society. Her work focuses on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts, and personal essay. At the talk, books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the University of Oregon Duck Store. For more information, contact Eugene Public Library: 541-682-5450 or

Donations Needed for OVE

TBI partners with the Jewish Federation of Lane County to help provide much needed donations for Opportunity Village (OVE) residents. OVE  provides tiny houses for people transitioning from homelessness.  There is no electricity or heat, so items that provide warmth are especially important. Please bring donations to the barrel in front of the office. Click here for a full list of needs.

Please let everyone at Temple Beth Israel  know that Opportunity Village is ever so thankful for the donations. We are so appreciative of all that your members do for the village. The blankets are especially appreciated as we have many new villagers who came in with little bedding and now that it is getting so cold they will stay warm.

Alice Gentry
Opportunity Village Council

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