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.

General Information:
  • Registration: Please check individual program listings for details.
  • Programs scheduled on Shabbat: Fees and donations for programs scheduled on Shabbat must be paid in advance or after Shabbat. We will not collect money on Shabbat.
  • Refunds: No refunds will be given to participants 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 pre- paid registrants.
  • All programs meet at TBI 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.

Our synagogue is part of a national project entitled “Scientists in Synagogues,” a grass-roots initiative run by Sinai and Synapses in consultation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion, and funded by the John Templeton Foundation.  (Click to learn more.)

Free and open to the public. 

Next event is Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 pm:

Dr. Gerard Saucier, Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon. Bases of Mass Sociopolitical Violence Found in Psychological Attitudes
Is it possible to identify how perpetrators of genocide, politicide, and ethnic cleansing think? Could we use such knowledge to predict such violence in advance?  Dr. Saucier summarizes research identifying potential dispositional as well as situational factors involved,  as well as how these might relate to variation in culture and individual attitudes in the general population, and to what is found in other forms of sociopolitical violence such as militant extremism.

Our synagogue is part of a national project entitled “Scientists in Synagogues,” a grass-roots initiative run by Sinai and Synapses in consultation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion, and funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Click to learn more.

EXPLORING JUDAISM
Learners’ Service Shabbat

Saturdays, next ones are 4/27 (D), 5/11 (E), and 6/1 (F) at  9:00 am-10:00 am

Not just for b’nei mitzvah students, but for anyone who wants to better understand the flow of the Shabbat morning liturgy. Each session will focus on a different section of the service, in rotation. Consider attending all 6 sections A-F, which will rotate twice, even if you can’t attend them in order.

Yiddish Club
1st & 3rd Monday of the month (Subject to change)
2:00-3:30pm

When did you last hear a Yiddish word? Did your parents speak Yiddish when they didn’t want you to know what they were saying? Do you remember the warm, loving Yiddish words of your grandparents? The club welcomes you to hear, once again, the pleasing words from long ago and to speak the mamaloshen.

Shabbat Torah Study
Saturdays, 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!)

JEWISH LITERATURE SERIES
Winter, Spring 2019

Temple Beth Israel
Library, 6:30-8:30 pm

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Mar. 28
The Coffee Trader
by David Liss

Apr. 25
In the Darkroom
by Susan Faludi

May 23
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
by Heather Morris

June 27
The Puttermesser Papers
by Cynthia Ozick

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EXPLORING JUDAISM
Lunch & Learn w/Rabbi Ruhi Sophia and others
Thursdays – Noon. FREE. Donations gratefully accepted 

Next one: TBD

Join Rabbi Ruhi Sophia and lay leaders for a close reading and discussion of a story from the Talmud and other traditional Jewish sources. NO HEBREW NECESSARY. Set aside an hour of your day to learn, eat, and socialize. Feel free to bring a lunch. Please no meat or shellfish.

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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. Next book will be announced soon.