Sept 17-23, 2020  / 28 Elu 5780-5 Tishrei 5781

This Week                 

(Most events are online. See Spotlight section below for details.)


Thursday, Sept 17

11:30 am - 1:30 pm  HHD Packet Pickup for TBI Members (Last chance before Rosh Hashanah!)
Noon  Torah Study w/Rabbi Ruhi Sophia

Friday, Sept 18

7:30 pm  Erev Rosh Hashanah Service (YouTube)

Saturday, Sept 19

9:00 am  Youth & Family Service (Zoom)
9:30 am  Rosh Hashanah Morning Blessings & Songs (YouTube)
10:00 am  Rosh Hashanah Service (Zoom & YouTube)
7:30 pm  Rosh Hashanah Service (Zoom)

Sunday, Sept 20

9:30 am  Rosh Hashanah Morning Blessings & Songs (YouTube)
10:00 am  Rosh Hashanah Service (incl. Shofar service) (Zoom & YouTube)
2:30 pm  Shofar Services & Tashlich (various locations, smoke permitting)

Wednesday, Sept 23

5:30 pm  Wednesday Minyan

Rabbi’s Message               

My dear community, I hope you are all safe and sheltered. If any of you are struggling, please do reach out.

For all of us, this Rosh Hashanah is not only going to be very far from the ideal of us gathering in community, but it also looks like the careful plans we had made about how we could safely gather to hear shofar outdoors may not work out if we cannot safely breathe outdoors. Rabbi Yitz’s shofar service has already moved online. We will determine in the next couple of days whether or not the other two shofar/tashlich services will go forward as scheduled.

The thing about our year cycle is that it happens, whether or not it happens in its ideal form or according to our careful plans. A new year begins this weekend no matter how ready or unready we feel; may it be for blessing! If you have an internet connection, if you have a device with a screen, I hope you will join us as you can for our services starting this Friday evening, to welcome that New Year, as together as we can be.

And in case you want to practice some of our sweet liturgy in advance, I offer you these videos of our special High Holiday Kaddish Titkabal and Yom Kippur’s Ya’aleh.
Spotlight On...

Torah Study w/Rabbi Ruhi Sophia

Thursdays, Noon

Join Rabbi Ruhi Sophia this week as she leads an engaging and interesting discussion of the weekly Torah portion.

»  Click here for Torah Study

High Holidays 5781/2020 Schedule

The complete schedule of services is on our website!

TBI members, if you go to the website and login with the green button at the top of the home page, you will see a complete description of all services. Some are on Zoom so that you can have an interactive experience during the service. And the Zoom links will be emailed to you many times throughout the High Holiday season.

For security reasons, you will need to provide your first and last name to be admitted to Zoom services. Click here for instructions on how to make sure your first and last name are displayed.

Guests: We understand that, particularly in this time of physical distancing, connection to community is essential, and we welcome all who are interested in joining us for the upcoming High Holidays.

»  See complete schedule

TBI Members: Packets & Calendars Available After Rosh Hashanah

Stop by after Rosh Hashanah

TBI members, if you can't get here tomorrow, feel free to come by in the next few weeks (during regular business hours) to get your calendar and honey.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Service (YouTube) 

Friday, September 18, 7:00pm

Gather with the community for songs and prayers to begin the New Year! Rabbi Ruhi Sophia leads the service, and there will be a sign language interpreter.

»  Click for RH service on YouTube

Rosh Hashanah First Day

Saturday, September 19

9:00 am  Youth & Family Service w/Rabbi Solomon, Mina Wegner & Shira Rubenstein (Zoom)

9:30 am  Introductory Blessings & Songs w/Rabbi Yitz (YouTube)

10:00 am  Rosh Hashanah Morning Service (Interactive Zoom for members & advanced registrants, YouTube available)

7:30 pm  Rosh Hashanah Evening Service w/Rabbi Yitz (Interactive Zoom for members & advanced registrants)

Rosh Hashanah Second Day

Sunday, September 20

9:30 am  Introductory Blessings & Songs w/Richard Argosh (YouTube)

10:00 am  Rosh Hashanah Second Day Service (incl. brief Shofar service) (Interactive Zoom for members, YouTube available)

2:30 pm  Shofar Services & Tashlich (Register by Sept 17, at noon, for location. If space is an issue for the two in-person services, TBI members will be given priority.)
  • w/Rabbi Ruhi Sophia and Mitch Zammarelli, Alton Baker Park
  • w/Cantor Evlyn Gould and Hap Ponedel, South Eugene
  • w/Rabbi Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin & Cantor Yosi Weintraub (Shofar Service Only), Zoom only (no in-person)

Wildlife Response—Volunteers Needed

People needed to staff meal shifts

If you are interested, and available, the Red Cross continues to need help staffing these meal shifts. The shifts generally are 2-3 hours long at 11am and 5pm. You bag lunches or dinners, and then in teams drive to hotels and deliver the meals door-to-door. You will be provided a list of hotel rooms, etc.  It’s a great way to support our neighbors who need our help.

Click below to sign up. You will receive an email a couple days before your shift with the location where to meet and other information

» Sign up here

We Want to See You!

Send us a photo!

Thank you to Debi Strochlic and her family for sending us this lovely photo! You can click on it to enlarge. (We're collecting photos of community members—in your garden, on a walk, watching TV, whatever. We'll share them here in the e-news and at TBI virtual events.)

» Email photos

Wednesday Minyan

Wednesdays, 5:30pm

»  Click here for Wednesday Minyan

Join the TBI Board of Trustees!

We're seeking candidates

The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the TBI Board of Trustees. Candidates should be willing to participate in monthly board meetings, actively support one or more committees or board projects, and be able to work collaboratively with others. If you are a member in good standing and are interested in serving on the Board or would like to nominate someone, please contact the committee or visit the member’s section of the TBI website for an application and information. TBI committee experience is preferred but not required.
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Synagogue Connect

TBI partners with Synagogue Connect, which offers free access to Jewish young adults for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (virtual or physical distancing) services. Please ask someone you know to visit and search for TBI.
Ways to Help Those Affected by Holiday Farm Fire

White Bird Clinic has compiled information about resources and needs in the community, and ways you can help.

» Click for more information

Golden Calf, Clouds of Glory
Free Online Class at Beit Avichi in Jerusalem

Between the High Holidays, the three-part series will explore Moses’ rejected final prayer, the enigmatic ending of the book of Jonah, and the connection between the Golden Calf and the Clouds of Glory.

»  Learn more, and register here

Community Supported Shelters: Job Opening

This position serves the organization by spearheading coordination of infrastructure projects designed to meet basic needs of the people living in CSS sanctioned communities.

»  Read about this job opening

Jews and Climate Justice Workshop: Building a United Front

Online International Workshop, Wednesday September 23, 7-8:30 AM 
Jews have a long history of bold action for justice. To help create a sustainable future, we must build alliances with all people, and overcome the impacts of centuries of oppression. We will share perspectives about the role of anti-semitism in dividing progressive movements, as well as tools for healing the damage, increasing our effectiveness, and preventing burnout. 
»  For more info & to register, contact Cameron Hubbe.

Digital Copy of High Holiday Machzor

»  The High Holiday Machzor can be found here.
• • •   Save the Date   • • •
Sept 27  Memorial Service at Masonic Cemetery
Sept 27  Sisterhood FFLC Food Drive
Sept 27  Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre 
Sept 28  Yom Kippur
Oct 2  Erev Sukkot and Shabbat Service
Oct 3  Sukkot Service
Oct 8  Sukkot Seed Prayer
Oct 9  Hoshanah Raba & Second Friday Early Shabbat Service
Oct 10  Sh'mini Atzeret (incl. Yizkor) & Simchat Torah Celebration
Oct 11  Simchat Torah
Oct 14  Sister Helen Prejean
Oct 21  Rabbi Michael Lerner
The following yahrzeits will be observed this Shabbat.
Irving Sarnoff
Lita Palman Kent
Michael Rifkin
Morris Silver
Ilene Levy
Barbara Norberg
Eleanor Mailman
Harold Singer
Jakob Brenner
Simon Simonton
Kendra Daniels
Jack Dinsfriend
Lester Goldschmidt
Devorah Miriam Holland
Ruth Landis 
Sara Rubenstein
Suzanne Rubenstein
Joy Ungerleider-Mayerson
Dr. Robert Yokel
Douglas Steven Brodoff
Charles Hirsch
Richard Leonard
Samuel Luks
Dr. Matthew Phelps
Burton Ross Zahler
Celia Tannenbaum

Digital Copies of our Prayer Books

Community members who do not have a printed copy of Kol Haneshamah can view and/or download a PDF file of the Daily Prayerbook or Shabbat Vehagim, and follow along with livestreamed services from home. Here is the link for Prayers for a House of Mourning. Please note: If you have trouble downloading from here, please go to our home page, scroll down a bit, and download.
• • •  Todah!  • • •

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