This Week @ TBI


Jewish Meditation Group with Barry Nobel
Fridays, 8:30 am – updated time!

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


Kids Shabbat
Friday, January 19th, 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 at 7:30 pm.


From Generation to Generation: Healing Inter-generational Trauma Through Storytelling
with Emily Wanderer Cohen
Sunday, January 21st, 10:00 am-12:30 pm (with a break)

Bring up the Holocaust in a conversation and you’ll often hear, “That was so long ago. It’s over. It’s history.” But to descendants of Holocaust survivors, it’s anything but. What most people don’t realize is that the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of those who survived the Holocaust live with the invisible weight of the trauma they didn’t experience first-hand—every single day. In a time when anti-
Semitism is back in fashion, understanding the phenomenon of intergenerational trauma has never been more important. Emily Wanderer Cohen will discuss how intergenerational trauma can appear both mentally, physically, and emotionally and then she’ll lead a hands-on workshop to demonstrate how writing about trauma can help you heal from it. More info: www.fromgentogenbook.com

$10-$15 suggested donation. Minimum participants is 6 maximum of 20.  Please pre-register here.


Dues Task Force Community Meeting
Sunday, January 21, 1:00 pm

Please join The Dues Task Force and Rabbi Ruhi Sophia at one of the following community gatherings to kick off a values-based discussion about membership dues. Meetings will be at TBI. Visit the membership section of the TBI website for more information and updates on the process.


Jewish Literature Group
Thursday, January 25th, 7:00 pm

The literature group comes together monthly to discuss classic and contemporary books by Jewish writers from the U.S. and across the world. Discussion is guided by questions prepared by the facilitator to open the political, cultural, and literary dimensions of the book. All are welcome! January’s book: A New Life by Bernard Malamud.


Shabbat Alive! with Evlyn Gould & Emily Fox
Saturday, January 27th, 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. Followed by Shabbat Lunch.


Parenting Support Group – New!
Sunday, January 28th, 11:30 am-1:00 pm

Location: Parenting Now! – 86 Centennial Loop, Eugene
Childcare and Lunch provided, please RSVP below!

Calling all Parents of Tinies! Join other Jewish parents for a brainstorming session for a new monthly parent support group. Help us determine time, location, potential topics, and childcare option. Geared toward parents of kids ages 0 to 5.

Co-Sponsored by PJ Library and Temple Beth Israel. Please RSVP to Jerrica by email or at (541) 485-7218 ext.103


Poetry Workshop with Ana Lara
Sunday, January 28th, 2:00-5:00 pm (w/breaks, light snacks provided)

In this workshop we will explore our individual and collective experiences of Jewish belonging, migration, home and memory through a range of poetic forms. We will draw on works from established poets to explore our own voices, examine poetic elements such as line breaks, syntax, structure, sound, etc. More than anything, this workshop is an opportunity to enjoy some of what poetry has to offer in terms of personal and creative expression.  Minimum of 4 people max 10.

Suggested donation $15-$25 Please pre-register here.
Age range: 13 and up  Writing levels: All
Visit the Community Education page to read Ana Lara’s bio.


Usher Training
Sunday, January 28th, 4:00 pm

The Safety Committee is looking for TBI members interested in keeping our community safe during services and other gatherings at the synagogue. Please sign up here and join the Safety Committee to learn more about this effort to be aware and serve the community.


Tu B’Shvat Programming for all Ages

Wednesday, January 31st

Tu B’Shvat, the traditional New Year of Trees, is an opportunity to look for how signs of spring stir in our own souls as well as in the outer world. Though it is mentioned in the Bible, the idea of a Tu B’Shvat seder was developed relatively recently, in the 16th century. Historically, It has been celebrated as a mystical holiday, a Zionist holiday, and an ecological holiday. Here at Temple Beth Israel, we blend many of Tu B’Shvat’s connotations, offering exclusively adult as well as mixed family/adult-oriented options.  Join us for as much of the program as appeals to you and your family, as we celebrate the hints of spring.

5:00-6:00 pm – Contemplative Tu B’Shvat Journey in Song & Silence
5:45-6:30 pm – Dinner Reserve here, sliding scale
6:30-7:30 pm – Intergenerational Tu B’Shvat Dessert Seder


Shabbat@Home
Friday, February 2nd, 6:00-7:00 pm

Enjoy sharing Shabbat@Home on Friday, February 2nd with new friends. A short, family friendly service will be held at TBI from 6:00-7:00 pm, followed by hosted Shabbat dinners in people’s homes. Come together in community for an intimate gathering to meet each other and celebrate Shabbat with a potluck meal. Participate as a guest or host by filling out this form. Please register by January 29th so that we can organize groupings.

Sign up to host or attend here. Download electronic Shabbat ritual kit here.


Brown-bag Lunch & Lecture with Gil Hoffman
Monday, February 5th, 12:00 pm

Join Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post, at TBI for a brown-bag lunch and lecture. Mr. Hoffman will be discussing Peace, Politics and Plutonium: Israel’s Challenges and Opportunities With The Current American/Israeli Leadership. The event is cosponsored by the Lane County Jewish Federation, TBI Israel Program Task Force, Oregon Hillel, StandWithUS and the Ungerleider Foundation. Feel free to bring a sack lunch – please no meat or shellfish. Visit the Community Ed page for Hoffman bio.


Clocks for TBI Auction

If you have a unique or antique clock you could lend for use in the 2018 Auction, please contact Jerrica in the office.


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.