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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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2022-23 JCEC events

Past events are grayed out.   JCEC events are scheduled from fall through spring with the summers off.


May 7, 1:00 pm


JCEC: Bread & Torah

cancelled due to Rabbi Linda’s injury


March 19, 1 pm zoom “So, nu…” a JCEC Brainstorming Discussion

Sunday, February 19, 1 pm

Zoom Only

Salem for Refugees Presentation

Emily Boatwright and Kseniia Hnatovska will present a macro-to-micro overview of the global refugee crisis and what we can do as fellow Salemites (and beyond) to help.


Sunday, January 22 at 1pm

in-person & on zoom

Ellen Eisenberg Discusses Her Latest Book

Jewish Identities in the American West: Wrestling with Pioneers


Sunday, January 8, 11:00 am

Antisemitism and Israel-Related Speech


Join members of the movement’s Joint Israel Commission as well as the authors of two essays expressing contrasting views about a public statement Reconstructing Judaism made in 2021 about the International Holocaust Remembrance Association’s definition of antisemitism and Israel-related speech. Joining us as well will be Professor Amos Goldberg of the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, co-author of the Jerusalem Declaration, one of several recently created definitions of antisemitism addressing Israel-related speech.


Sunday, December 4, 4:00 pm

JCEC Presents via Zoom

A presentation from the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. Amanda Coven will be speaking about Oregon school’s Holocaust education. Amanda leads the Education Department at the OJMCHE and develops dynamic programs for diverse audiences across Oregon. Amanda helped draft Oregon’s Holocaust and Genocide bill (SB664), and since its unanimous passing, works to prepare educators for its implementation.

Sunday, October 23, 1:00 pm

Via Zoom

Is Abortion Legal Under Constitutional and Jewish Law?

Where Are We Now After the Dobb’s Decision?


Sunday, October 2, 1:00 pm

Via Zoom

Shiba helps navigate the complex Medicare system

Wednesday, September 14 at 6:30 pm

via Zoom

Debunking Claims that Israel is an Apartheid State

As a Palestinian human rights expert and peace activist for more than three decades, Bassem Eid offers a unique perspective to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.