Temple Beth Israel’s services are known for their musicality, warmth and spirit. They feature a blend of creative and traditional liturgy. As a focal point for Jewish spiritual and cultural life in Eugene and Lane County, we seek to involve as many individuals and families as possible in an enjoyable, stimulating, and meaningful community life.
Shabbat services are held throughout the year on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings using the Reconstructionist, Kol Haneshamahsiddur (prayerbook). Services are also held on all Holy Days.
For information on the Reconstructionist Movement visit the Jewish Reconstructionist Movement website.
It is our policy to encourage equal participation of women and men in services; we also encourage our youth to contribute to services as their learning continues. In addition to our weekly Shabbat services, we offer a range of kid-friendly services throughout the month (see below for the schedule). TBI is open and welcoming to Jewish and interfaith families of all kinds.
Music at TBI
Temple Beth Israel is a musical community, and music plays a large role in our religious services. The only way to really experience this aspect of our community is to join us for a service, but in the meantime, you can check out our Music Page for a sampling…
Throughout the year, TBI organizes holiday activities, including highly festive religious celebrations for Simchat Torah and Purim, senior holiday luncheons, Chanukah events, and a community Seder during Passover. All holiday events are open to the larger Jewish community.
TBI offers an alternative and experimental renewal-style service that meets typically on the last Shabbat morning of each month. Check your calendars for Shabbat Alive! services and potluck.
Facilitated by Evlyn Gould and Emily Fox, Shabbat Alive! features community participants, core TBI musicians, lay-leaders, and Rabbi, exploring renewed means for prayer as it grows out of the Torah portion of the week. While we honor the traditional matbeyach or structure of the morning service, this spirited prayer experience encourages collaborative leadership in a comfortable, relaxed environment.
If you would like to participate in crafting services or to share something in them, please contact the office for the coordinator’s information. These services are planned and prepared with intentionality; they are not a jam session or an ecstatic renewal percussion service.
For an archive of recent Divrei Torah click here.
An archive of the Rabbis’ messages to the community can be found here.
7:30 pm Erev Shabbat Service (1st 10 min. schmoozing and community connection time)
9:00 am Torah Study
10:00 am Shabbat Service*
*On Shabbat when a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is taking place the schedule is as follows:
8:30 am Torah Study
9:30 am Shabbat Service
Tot Shabbat Service (for babies, toddlers and their families)
Please check the website calendar for dates and details.
Friends & Family Service
Check the TBI Calendar for dates and details.
Please check the calendar or call the office for specific service times.
Learners’ Shabbat Services
This one-hour service from 9-10 am before the regular Shabbat morning service helps familiarize b’nai mitzvah students and any other interested learners in the meaning and practices of a particular section of the service. They are offered about 12 times during the school year and the generally cover the following sections of the service. Please check the TBI Calendar for specific dates.
A: Opening blessings and Pesukey Dezimrah
B: Shema pt. 1
C: Shema pt. 2 and Amidah pt. 1
D: Amidah pt 2 (choreography and responses)
F: Torah Service