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.)

These are free and open to the public.  The next one is:

Wednesday, December 12: Dr. David Frank, Professor of Rhetoric, University of Oregon, “Justice and Mercy” – Using Cain and Abel as a case study in rhetoric. Registration will be open soon.

Save these dates: January 16 and February 13. Additional details will be announced soon.

0-5 Parenting Chavurah and Support Group
Every 3rd Sunday, 10 am – Noon

This drop-in, kid-friendly gathering meets monthly in the TBI preschool, and is a forum for play, discussion, and idea-sharing. Join in the fun, and feel free to bring a vegetarian snack to share!

Learners’ Service Shabbat
Saturdays, 11/17; 12/1; 12/15  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.

Jewish Genealogical Society Willamette Valley Oregon

FREE. Donations gratefully accepted

Sunday, December 9, 1:00pm 

  • The DNA of the Jewish People – Bennett Greenspan
    Celebrate Hanukkah with yummy treats

Yiddish Club
1st & 3rd Monday of the month (Subject to change)

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.


A series of personal narratives by TBI members at Erev Shabbat Services

Barry Nobel – December 28

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Chair Yoga
with Joanne James

Mondays, October 8 – December 10, 11:00 am – Noon.
FREE. Donations accepted.

This class is done entirely in chairs and is suitable for all levels and physical abilities. Joanne has a special interest in “Mussar Yoga,” which blends two different cultural traditions—Judaism and the Vedic practice of yoga. It is a practice of coming to know the self through exploring the physical (yoga pose) dimension of any Mussar trait (e.g., generosity, enthusiasm, gratitude). Above all, this class is a place for finding a deeper relationship with the self and others in community and a place for meditation and peace of mind.

Questions? Please contact Joanne at (541) 505-9910.

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

Jewish Literature Group – 7:00 pm
FREE; Donations gratefully accepted

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Nov 28: Three Floors Up by Eshkol Nevo

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Dec 27: Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

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

Next one: December 13

Join Rabbi Ruhi Sophia and lay leaders for a close reading and discussion of a story from the Talmud and other traditional Jewish sources. 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

Dates and Books TBA 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. Everyone is welcome! Each meeting will stand alone, so feel free to come whenever you are particularly interested in the topic. If you had time to only read a review, you are still welcome to observe the discussion. This is not a “club.” It is a dynamic group of people who love books, reading, discussions and expressing strong opinions.