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One of the most important traditions of Judaism is a dedication to lifelong learning. At TBS, we support this tradition through a variety of learning opportunities for Jews of all ages. We strive to encourage interesting educational programs that are not only thought provoking, but fun and engaging.

Join us in our quest for knowledge, understanding, and a connection to our community, our people, and our commitment to Judaism and the land of Israel.  Our goal is to expand our knowledge and understanding of Judaism and what it means to us as an individual and as a community.  We challenge all members to think, question, and contribute creatively to our common journey.  Our Jewish education and exploration is an ongoing journey.  We hope to offer something of interest to everyone, and to encourage our members and friends to search for a deeper meaning and understanding through study and reflection.

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2023-24 JCEC events

JCEC events are scheduled from fall through spring with the summers off.  More events will be added when they are confirmed.

Sunday, October 15, 2023
In Person ONLY

Jewish Humor

Ever since childhood as a class clown, Mark Levy has been making friends and strangers alike laugh at the foibles of modern life. Hailing from the east coast, he cut his comedy cuspids in the Catskills for 20 years, until the buildings couldn’t take it anymore. He is also known as a singer of older Jewish folk songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, and is an un-ordained cantor who has served many synagogues and temples throughout the country. Having moved to Oregon in 2019, he continues to travel the land bringing Jewish humor and music to far flung areas, shedding light on why and how Jews are funny and how we got over ourselves in the New World. 

Sunday, October 22, 2023

A Taste of Mussar with Rabbi Harvey Winokur

Rabbi Winokur will lead an online presentation on this treasured body of teachings and practices that provides distinctively Jewish answers to the questions we all ask about life.

§  Why do I keep making the same mistakes over and over?

§  What steps can I take to bring my life closer to my spiritual potential?

§  Are there lessons I can learn from the experiences of previous generations?

§  How can I create a better version of my self?

Mussar also guides you in identifying your unique, personal path of spiritual growth and offers practices to assist you on your journey.

A Taste of Mussar was developed by Dr. Alan Morinis, founder of The Mussar Institute. This orientation will introduce you to the experience of Mussar. You will learn about the anatomy of the soul and how this curriculum is the basis for personal growth. You will explore some of the middot, or traits of the soul.