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.

Queer Chavurah Presents: A Great Ride
Sunday, November 17, 4:00pm

A Great Ride is a 30-minute documentary about lesbians aging with dynamism and zest for life. When they were young they forged a social movement to come out as true to themselves. Now they face the challenge of growing old. Their response? Deep friendships, determination, engagement, and quirky, death-defying humor. Pioneers once again, they are courageous role models for aging, which they do with an independent and irreverent spirit and a heartening delight in living. Meet the filmmaker, Deborah Craig (Sally Sheklow’s cousin-in-law), who will take questions and facilitate discussion following.

Eating Animals with Rabbi Jacob Siegel
Wednesdays, December 4 & 11, 6:30pm
Please pre-register here.

Want to dive deeper into a conversation about the food that’s on your plate? Rabbi Jacob Siegel will be leading a pair of sessions on the topic, culminating in the screening of the film Eating Animals. The first session will cover a series of intense and meaningful Jewish and ethical topics all sparked by the idea of eating meat. In the second session we will show the film, and Rabbi Jacob will lead a Q & A. You may attend one or both sessions.

Based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals is an eye-opening look at the environmental, economic, and public health consequences of factory farming. The film charts how farming has gone from local and sustainable to a corporate monster that offers cheap eggs, meat, and dairy at a steep cost: the exploitation of animals; the risky use of antibiotics and hormones; and the pollution of our air, soil, and water. Spotlighting farmers who have pushed back against industrial agriculture with more humane practices, Eating Animals offers attainable, commonsense solutions to a growing crisis while making the case that ethical farming is not only an animal rights issue but one that affects every aspect of our lives.

Rabbi Jacob is a certified shochet (kosher butcher) who has led presentations across the country with Jewish communities on the topic of sustainability and meat. He has served as a rabbinic fellow with Hazon, the premier Jewish environmental organization. He raises chickens in his backyard.

Jewish Meditation Shabbat Retreat with Barry Nobel
Saturday, December 14, 1:30 – 5:00pm

“The surrender of oneself on the Sabbath is not simply a matter of nonactivity but of opening oneself to the influence of the higher worlds and thereby receiving the strength for all the days of the week that follow.” —Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

Reconnect with the deepest parts of yourself. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome. If you usually meditate by yourself, come and enjoy the support and encouragement of other like-minded souls.

Alternate short periods of silent sitting and walking, and brief sharing about the why’s, how’s, and what-have-you’s of practicing Jewish mindfulness meditation to experience greater peace in our busy lives. Late-comers and early-leavers are welcome. To obtain an outline for the afternoon, email barrynobel@yahoo.com.

Barry Nobel, PhD, is the author of “Mindfulness in Judaism” and “Pursuing Peace: Mindfulness-based Conflict Engagement.” Barry has taught at LCC, UO, PSU, UPS, & UCSB. He earned a PhD in Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Learners’ Service Shabbat

9:00-10:00am, Saturdays
Upcoming: Nov 23 (C); Dec 14 (D)

Not just for b’nai 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.

Jewish Genealogy Group

Save these dates. Programs TBA
November 10, 1:00pm
December 8, 1:00pm

Learn more here.

The Vinkl (Yiddish Corner)
1st & 3rd Monday of the month (Subject to change)

Why come to the Vinkl? 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 receive encouragement.

Jewish Meditation Group with Barry Nobel
Thursdays, 8:30- 9:15am

New and experienced meditators welcome! Each Thursday morning in the TBI Library, we meditate for 24 minutes after a very short mindfulness reading. New participants are always welcome.

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.


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

Upcoming: November 7, December 12

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.

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

Fall 2019

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

Contact Martha Ravits

September 26
Spies of No Country by Matti Friedman

October 24
Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

December 12
The Extra by A. B. Yehoshua

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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.