This Week @ TBI

From the Rabbi

There has been much news from Israel this week. This Monday, the 70th Gregorian anniversary of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, the American Embassy in Israel moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. That same day is observed by Palestinians as the Nakba, the catastrophe.  As many news organizations have covered, 59 Palestinians were killed and several hundreds wounded at the Gaza border. It is hard for me to know how to speak or even think about this. There are many confounding factors, including the desperation of the people of Gaza and the disproportionate scrutiny that Israel faces in the global media. These two voices both from Israel reflect the different ways to understand what’s going on there: Rabbi Donniel Hartman and Ha’aretz.

Kids Shabbat
Friday, May 18th, 6:30 pm

Bring in Shabbat with stories, singing, and dancing. Suitable for kids ages 6 to 10 and their families. Regular Erev Shabbat Services begin at 7:30 pm.

This American Jewish Life with Carole Diller
Friday, May 18th, 7:30 pm

This American Jewish Life is a series of Friday night personal narratives by TBI Members. These talks provide an opportunity for members of TBI to share the story of their Jewish journeys with the community and create connections between Torah and our own life experiences. Attend and support Carole Diller as you enrich our shared understanding of what it means to be a Jewish person in North America.

Learners’ Service (E)
Saturday, May 19th, 9:00 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.

Baby Shabbat
Saturday, May 19th, 10:00 am-Noon, drop-in

Babies, toddlers, and their siblings and caretakers gather at TBI one Saturday each month from 10:00 am – noon. This is an informal drop-in group to connect with other families. Attendees should feel free to flow between playtime in the family room and services in the sanctuary according to the needs of your little and big family members.

Tot Shabbat
Saturday, May 19th, 10:45-11:15 am

Join Shira Rubenstein for singing, stories, and more, followed by blessings with challah and juice. Suitable for kids ages 5 and under, and their families. Regular Shabbat Services begin at 10:00 am.

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.

10th Anniversary & Shavuot Community Potluck Lunch
Sunday, May 20th, Noon-1:30 pm

Come celebrate 10 years in the TBI building with a community potluck lunch! TBI will provide the main dish and cake, please bring a side dish to share. Free and open to all! Let us know if you’re coming by signing up here, RSVP helpful but not required.

Shavuot Services
Sunday, May 20th, 9:30 am 
Monday, May 21st, 9:00 am (includes Yizkor)

Celebrate the receiving of the Torah. Talmud Torah students will participate in the Torah service on Sunday. Families are invited to join them. Please join for a community potluck lunch following Sunday’s service.

0-5 Parenting Chavurah and Support Group
Sunday, May 29th, 2:00-4:00 pm, drop-in

Meet up, chat, and play! This meeting will be celebrating Shavuot (receiving of Torah) by reading stories before enjoying some dairy treats. Feel free to bring a snack to share. Meeting is in the TBI preschool room.

Delgani IV — Viennese Masters 
Sunday, May 20th, 3:00 pm
Temple Beth Israel (1175 E. 29th Ave, Eugene)

Guest violist Elizabeth Freivogel of the award-winning Jupiter Quartet joins Delgani for celebrated viola quintets by Mozart and Brahms. Tickets here.

Jewish Literature Group
Thursday, May 24th, 7:00 pm

FREE; Donations gratefully accepted. This Month: The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

Shabbat Alive! w/Evlyn Gould & Emily Fox
Saturday, May 26th, 10:00 am

An alternative renewal-style service that experiments with renewed meanings for prayer, including lively songs and music, embodied practices, meditation, rhythmic energies, and prayerful thoughts on Torah.

Mitzvah Day
Sunday, June 3rd, 10:00 am

The Jewish Federation of Lane County in partnership with TBI will be holding its 10th annual Mitzvah Day on Sunday, June 3. Continental breakfast at 8:45 at TBI followed by projects from 10a-1p.  Join us as we make a difference in our community. If you are not available on Mitzvah Day, we have some other ways you can  help before and after the event. Please check out the Jewish Federation website for this information. To register for all projects for a list of this year’s projects, click here.

Carole Diller Retirement Party
Sunday, June 10th, 12:00 pm

Carole Diller is retiring after 30 collective years at TBI. Come celebrate her leadership, service, and infectious enthusiasm and energy. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND! If you’d like to make a contribution to Carole’s retirement gift or to the Preschool Special Fund, click here. If you’d like to volunteer to help set-up and/or clean-up on June 10th, click here. If you would like to contribute a dish to share at the celebration, click here.

Camp Chaverim
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!

We Still Have Some Dream Auction Items Available!

Please contact Jerrica in the office (541.485.7218 ext.103) if you’re interested in any of these items. They will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. More details 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.