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.

Have a look at our previous offerings:

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.

Introduction to Judaism for Adults with Rabbi Jacob Siegel
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30pm, January 9 to March 19 (no class 2/20)
$80 for members of TBI. $100 for non-members
Registration is now closed.

This 10-session interactive course will offer an introduction for those seeking to deepen their connection to Jewish heritage and tradition. We’ll cover everything from prayer, to Shabbat, to dietary laws, to lifecycle events. The course will aim to offer basic framing and building blocks for key Jewish practices and concepts, and to offer resources and direction for those seeking to learn more, and will cover a pluralistic range of Jewish practices. Reading materials will be provided. No prior knowledge of Judaism or Hebrew necessary. Minimum of 10 students required to run the class.

Jewish Genealogy Group

March 8: 10:30am, Hollywood Public Library 4040 NE Tillamook St, Portland, OR 97212
Sex, Lies, and Genealogical Tape, by Ron Arons

Through two related examples Ron shows how one can piece together an ancestor’s life by collecting as much documentation about him as possible as well as looking at the environments where he lived.  He introduces a few tools to help this procedure/process.  The process allows a genealogist the possibility to go far beyond names, dates, and places (the answers to the questions who, when and where).  It allows us to explore the far more interesting questions of why and how.  Why did our ancestors act the way that they did?  How did their behavior have an impact on our lives?

Learn more here.

The Vinkl (Yiddish Corner)
Two Mondays of the month (Check the calendar)

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 – 1:00pm (NOTE NEW TIME) FREE. Donations gratefully accepted 

Upcoming: Mar 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!)

Spring 2020

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

Contact Martha Ravits

April 2
The Topeka School, by Ben Lerner

April 30
July’s People, by Nadine Gordimer

May 28
Kaddish.com, by Nathan Englander

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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.

February 2, 3:30pm

This term’s book is: We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast. By Jonathan Safran Foer. Everyone is welcome! Each meeting will stand alone, so feel free to come only when you are particularly interested in the topic. If you only had time to read a review, you are still welcome to observe the discussion. This is not a ‘club’ but a dynamic group of people who love books, reading, discussions and expressing strong opinions.