From the Rabbi
I wrote in this month’s newsletter that, as part of encouraging you all to fulfill the mitzvah of hakhnasat hager – welcoming the stranger – on Pesach, I would be happy to offer any household a Haggadah of your choice from the gift shop, and a gift certificate to Rhythm and Blooms – if you are hosting two or more other households for Seder. It is not too late to take this up! Please let me know by this Friday, and I will arrange to have the gift certificates available for pick-up at the synagogue by Sunday. As we say on Pesach – let all who are hungry come and eat – let all who are lonely share the celebration of Pesach!
Preschool Director Position
Carole Diller is retiring at the end of this school year and we are hiring a new Preschool Director to run our 5-star rated school.
In the Presence of Love with author Ani Tuzmani
Thursday, March 22nd, 7:00 pm
Ani will read from The Tremble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov followed by discussion and book signing. Set in the richly textured Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth of the 1700s, this exquisite reimagining of one of history’s most revered and revolutionary mystics transports readers back in time to experience the true meaning of power and the timeless grace of love. Ani’s passages will be framed by music from TBI musicians, both transporting us back in time and into the timeless sanctuary of the heart. Followed by discussion, book signing and more!
Ani Tuzman is a novelist, award-winning poet, and writing mentor. Ani grew up the daughter of Holocaust survivors and became captivated by legends of an eighteenth-century Eastern European mystic rabbi known as the Baal Shem Tov. When Ani turned fifty, she experienced an inner call to write about this spiritual master.
Jam Band Shabbat
Friday, March 23rd, 7:30 pm
Join Rabbi Ruhi Sophia and Cantorial Intern Evlyn Gould for a Jam Band Shabbat, featuring guest musicians, new music, ecstatic singing and dancing, and moments of mindful meditation. Suitable for congregants and friends of all ages.
Help Kasher the TBI Kitchen
Sunday, March 25th, multiple shifts
TBI maintains a kosher for Passover facility throughout the 8th day of Passover. Please do not bring bread or other leavened products into the building. If you would like to help kasher the kitchen, sign up to volunteer here.
Mitzvah Kitchen: Passover Macaroons
Monday, March 26th, 2:00-5:30 pm (various shifts) at TBI
Come to the Mitzvah Kitchen and make Passover Macaroons for the TBI Community Seder. You’ll learn how to make delicious coconut, chocolate dipped macaroons with Diane Schechter as we bake over 200 cookies for the community. And you’ll get to take home a half-dozen for your Seder or holiday treat. No previous baking experience needed. Children over 12 are welcome, it’s a great spring break activity. Sign up to participate here.
Jewish Literature Group
Thursday, March 29th – 7:00 pm
This month: The Outside World by Tova Mirvis. All are welcome! FREE; Donations gratefully accepted
Community Passover Seder
Saturday, March 31st, 6:00 pm
Join us for a joyful Seder experience with song, insight, and discussion while enjoying Passover ritual foods. Children of all ages, extended family, and friends are all welcome. Reservations required by March 23rd. We are sorry we cannot accommodate drop-in guests. Register for dinner here or call 541.485.7218.
Shabbat Morning Planning Meeting
Sunday, April 8th, 2:00-3:30 pm
In November, there was an open meeting for Shabbat morning service attendees to share ideas, feedback and concerns about Saturday morning services. Out of that meeting came a draft policy for kids in the sanctuary (published in the “Shabbat Morning Service Guide” at the entrance to the sanctuary) and the pilot 2 months of Shabbat lunches.
We are holding a follow-up meeting to check in about how those experiments are going, and (if time) to move along to other topics that came up in the November meeting, such as liturgical and time flexibility vs. standardization. Please join us.
If you are unable to join us or uncomfortable sharing your opinion in an open format, you are welcome to send a comment for Rabbi Ruhi Sophia to read during the meeting. Feel free to share this message to others.
Reading with the Rabbi
Sunday, April 8th – 3:30 pm
Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit. 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!
Queer Chavurah: Beyond Inclusion
Sunday April 8th – 5:00-6:30 pm
The Queer Chavurah is hosting a taco bar dinner and a community discussion. The purpose of this gathering is to envision and strategize future direction and activities for the TBI Queer Chavurah. We’ll discuss what it means to be a queer Jew, the needs of Jewish LGBTQ people, and what we have to offer the larger community. We’ll also explore what projects we want to take on in the coming year. All Jewish queer people and allies are invited to join in the discussion and to eat tacos.
Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day
Wednesday, April 11th
6:30 pm – Commemoration Service
7:30 pm – Songs of the Holocaust with Rachel Joselson and Réne Lecuona
In “The Songs of the Holocaust,” Rachel Joselson, music professor at the University of Iowa and soprano, revives music composed by Terezin inmates. The project began when Joselson, who is Jewish, heard a recording of a few songs composed at Terezin. Intrigued, she began to search for other works that were rarely or not yet recorded. “When I found out that there is a vast repertoire created in the camps, composed, and performed under the most inhumane living conditions, I was fascinated to know more,” she said.
She got in touch with colleagues in Germany and Israel, who sent her scans of unpublished or out-of-print music. Joselson has recorded a CD and shared these moving songs at colleges, synagogues, and special events. Joselson will be accompanied on piano by Réne Lecuona who is also a professor at the UI Music School.
For more information on “Songs of the Holocaust,” click here.
July 23rd-27th, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Temple Beth Israel offers a fun-filled week of Jewish summer day camp. Activities include outdoor games and play, songs and stories, crafts, a mitzvah project, and informal Jewish learning. Join old friends, make new friends, and have fun with our amazing teen counselors! Find details and register here!
Sign Language Interpretation
Some services and events have interpreters scheduled. Please notify the office if you would like interpretation at additional upcoming services or events.
Fill Up at SeQuential BioFuels and Support TBI!
TBI earns 5 cents a gallon every time you fill up. Add a cup of coffee and a treat at the store and they’ll donate 5% of the purchase. It’s easy – just mention “TBI.” Locations: 86714 McVay Hwy. and 18th & Chambers in Eugene.