Adult Education

Feed Your Mind, Body, and Soul! TBI provides a range of Jewish cultural and educational experiences.
Programs and classes are open to all, and we welcome students from within TBI and from the larger community.

Current Offerings

Fall 2020 offerings will be up soon!

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Getting Religion Right in a Time of Crisis: New Books by Sister Helen Prejean and Rabbi Michael Lerner

Sponsored by : The Global Justice Program; the School of Journalism and Communication; the College of Arts and Sciences; the Oregon Humanities Center: the Department of English; the Department of Comparative Literature; the Clark Honors College; the Prison Education Program; the UNESCO Chair in Transcultural Studies, Interreligious Dialogue, and Peace; and the University of Oregon-UNESCO Crossings Institute, First Christian Church & Temple Beth Israel

Sister Helen Prejean
Wednesday, October 14, 7 :00pm

Rabbi Michael Lerner
Wednesday, October 21, 7 :00pm 

Sister Helen, author of River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey (Random House, 2019) and Rabbi Lerner, author of Revolutionary Love: A Political Manifesto to Heal and Transform the World (University of California Press, 2019), will discuss their recent books.

Presented in partnership with UO-UNESCO Crossings Institute. Links will be forthcoming.  

Year-Round

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Torah Study with Rabbi Ruhi Sophia

Thursdays, Noon — via Zoom

All are welcome to join Rabbi Ruhi Sophia for an engaging discussion of this week’s Torah portion and how it impacts our lives.

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The Vinkl (Yiddish Corner)

Two Mondays per month, 2:00pm — via Zoom
(Check the calendar or contact Ellen Rifkin)

Yiddish, or mama-loshn, is one of several languages with which we Jews are blessed. Known for its warmth and wit, it may evoke memories for you, or perhaps be the gate to new knowledge and pleasures. Join us for leyenen (reading), shmuesn (that’s right—shmoozing!), lively debate, and almost always, music with heart-stirring lyrics. New learners encouraged!

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Shabbat Torah Study

Saturdays via Zoom, 9:00 am
(8:30 am when b’nai mitzvah celebrated at Shabbat Services)

All are welcome to join a lively exploration of the weekly Torah portion. Torah study is either rabbi-facilitated or lay-led. All levels of experience welcome. Text study is done in English, with occasional close examination of the Hebrew text in an inclusive manner.

Want to share your love of reading?
We have lots of opportunities!

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Jewish Literature Series

Contact Martha Ravits

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Reading with the Rabbi

with Rabbi Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein
FREE — Donations gratefully accepted

Join Rabbi Ruhi Sophia for a spirited discussion of a relevant contemporary issue, as informed by a work of non-fiction chosen by the rabbi.

This is on hold during the pandemic.

General Information

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Each program may have different registration details. View the individual program listing for details and contact information.

Fees or donations for programs scheduled on Shabbat must be paid in advance (or after) Shabbat). We will not collect money on Shabbat.

No refunds will be given to registrants who drop classes after the registration deadline.

If classes or events are cancelled due to lack of enrollment (or other unforeseen circumstances), full refunds will be given to prepaid registrants.

All programs meet at Temple Beth Israel unless otherwise noted.

If you are interested in joining the Community Ed Committee or have ideas for teaching or for a class offering, please contact Nina.