Community Education

Feed Your Mind and Soul

Temple Beth Israel 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 Temple Beth Israel, 1175 E. 29th Ave., Eugene unless otherwise noted.

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

Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Saturday, May 19th, 8:30 pm

Join in the celebration of the holiday that marks the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people. We’ll begin with chanting and Havdalah with Rabbi Ruhi Sophia and continue with diverse teachings offered by community members on a variety of Torah themes. If you are interested in offering a teaching, please contact Oriana Kahn-Hurwit at by Friday, May 11th. Please bring a dairy-based potluck dish to share.

Live Music
with Joel Chapman, Katy Stephan, & Tim Silva

Wednesday, June 27th, 7:00 pm
$15 Suggested Donation

Eugene native Joel Chapman returns with two of his Bay Area friends for a night of music and laughs. Three songwriters with one piano and one guitar, venturing genre-blind over untamed terrain between pop, classical, musical theatre and cabaret with wit, harmonies, heart, and humor.

During the summer months, programming at TBI slows down. This is to allow staff time to address other congregational needs as well as prepare for the High Holidays. Please stay tuned for new programming in the fall!

Jewish Literature Group – 7:00 pm

FREE; Donations gratefully accepted

May 24: The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
June 28: Dinner at the Center of the Earth  by Nathan Englander
July 26: Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss
Aug. 23: Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman

Lunch and Learn w/Meredith Keith-Chirch

Thursday, June 7th, 12:00 pm

Details to come.

Jewish Genealogy Group

Wednesday, June 13th, 7:00 pm
Hasidic Culture in Eastern Europe
Eliezer Froehlich and Hap Pondel present an overview, followed by details from Northern Lithuania. More info here.

0-5 Parent Chavurah and Support Group – Every 3rd Sunday, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

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!

Jewish Meditation Group w/Barry Nobel – Fridays, 8:30 am 

New and experienced meditators welcome! The central element of this group will be meditating for 20 minutes, and the format for the remained of the time will be determined by group needs.