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JEWISH LIVING IN LANE COUNTY

A Resource Guide for the Jewish Community of Lane County
Published by the Jewish Federation of Lane County

“Let us be like the lines leading to the central point of the circle, uniting there;
let us not be like parallel lines which are always separate.”
~ Hasidic Sayings

JFLC
PO Box 5924
Eugene, OR 97405
541-484-2541
website: http://www.jewishfedlc.org/
email: jewishfederationlc@gmail.com

The Jewish Federation of Lane County (JFLC) serves and advocates for the social, cultural and educational needs of the wider Jewish Community in Lane County, Israel, and the world.

The activities and services of JFLC include:

Community Education and Advocacy

Jewish Family Services — we promote strong, healthy individuals and families, and our Jewish community as a whole, by offering multiple services including: information and referral, support, advocacy, caring assistance and financial aid.

For seniors, we provide referrals to local services for this population and advocate on behalf of individuals when needed. We also offer special programming and friendly home and nursing facility visits. As part of our outreach to individuals and families, we have information to help guide seniors and their families in choosing appropriate housing options.

Contact Social Service Coordinator, Oriana, at 541-484-2541

Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC) promotes mutual understanding among all groups in the community, across religious, racial and ethnic lines. We support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish democratic state, and see a just and lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis as a way to ensure that. We organize community responses to incidents of anti Semitism and racism.

Mitzvah Day is a yearly daylong event bringing people together from the larger Jewish community to participate as volunteers in the task of tikkun olam. We engage in various projects and activities in an effort to contribute in our own community as well as in worldwide social service efforts.

PJ Library — a North American Jewish family enrichment program implemented on a local level. We mail FREE, high quality Jewish children’s literature and music to children ages 6 months to 8 years old on a monthly basis. PJ Library story times, playdates and holiday celebrations are planned throughout the year. PJ Library is available to all families with a Jewish connection, and interfaith families are welcome! To sign up, visit www.pjlibrary.org.

Durable Medical Equipment Lending Library — a new JFLC project, this will be a place to borrow (or loan) items such as crutches, canes, wheelchairs and other such articles for medical needs. Email: medequiplibrary@comcast.net or call 541-484-2541.

Workshops/celebrations — JFLC sponsors periodic educational workshops led by professionals in our community on a wide variety of topics; we also host celebrations and social gatherings. Please check our online calendar on the JFLC website for upcoming programs.

Jewish Youth Experience Scholarships — JFLC offers scholarships, which may be used for Jewish youth conferences, camps and other events, as well as travel to Israel. Amounts of scholarships will be determined according to available funds, number of applicants, and demonstrated need of applicants. Applicants must live in Lane County. Scholarships are available to Jewish youth from 5 to 19 years of age.

Support is also available, by application, to local Jewish educational and advocacy groups.

Application forms are available on our website: http://www.jewishfedlc.org/ click on Services and choose scholarship/grant applications.

International Aid — through our involvement with the national organization, we contribute to efforts to assist Jews in need around the world.

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The following are listings of other resources and services for our
Lane County Jewish community.

CONGREGATIONS and HAVUROT

“To pray is to take notice of the wonder, to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings, the divine margin in all attainments. Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living. It is all we can offer in return for the mystery by which we live.”
~Abraham Joshua Heschel

TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL — Reconstructionist
http://www.tbieugene.org/
http://www.tbieugene.org/page/contact-us
Senior Rabbi: Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin rabbiyitz@tbieugene.org
Associate Rabbi: Rabbi Boris Dolin rabbiboris@tbieugene.org
1175 E. 29th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97403
Phone: (541) 485-7218
Fax: (541) 485-7105
Talmud Torah Religious School: (541) 485-1898
TBI Preschool: (541) 345-7314

Temple Beth Israel is a center for Jewish life embracing traditional wisdom with contemporary insight. We promote the spiritual, educational and social wellbeing of our members, the Jewish people of Lane County, and the larger community. TBI is a member of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation and of the Community of Welcoming Congregations. Temple Beth Israel is an egalitarian, welcoming spiritual community. TBI has a history of strong, community-supported educational programs, from our preschool to Talmud Torah (the religious school) to our teen and community education programs. We are actively involved in interfaith efforts across Lane County, and nationally, toward peace and social justice.

Committees — TBI has a number of committees, offering a range of services for the whole Jewish community. Among those are:

Gift Shop — offering a great selection of Judaica including books, music, menorahs, mezzuzot, seder plates, jewelry, holiday gifts and special orders.
Call the TBI office for hours.
Library — with a wide variety of books ranging from traditional texts to current fiction.
Yiddish Club — for people at all levels of fluency. Meetings provide an enjoyable environment in which to revive skills, exchange and read stories, share jokes and transliterations.
Meets 1st and 3rd Monday of every month.
Community Sisterhood — Sandra Luks, President (541) 343-6296 Community Sisterhood fosters camaraderie across generations and promotes community involvement through service activities.
Open to the community at large.
Chevra Kadisha (Burial Society) The Burial Society, a committee of Temple Beth Israel, ensures that people in the Jewish community, whether synagogue members or not, are treated respectfully and appropriately before burial, and provides community support for families in their time of loss.
Call the TBI office for information: 541-485-7218

Education at Temple Beth Israel

Temple Beth Israel Preschool
Phone: (541) 345-7314
http://www.tbieugene.org/page/preschool

The Preschool Programs at Temple Beth Israel offer the highest quality and developmentally appropriate environment for children ages 2 1/2 through 5 years. Our school opens at 8 AM for early drop off and the morning program runs from 9-2 PM. It is possible to enroll for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days per week. The staff is highly qualified and the program is state accredited.

Weeschool — Especially for children ages 2 1/2 -3 1/2, Weeschool is a nurturing and exciting place where children first learn to work and play together. The teacher child ratio is 1:7 and the emphasis is on hands-on exploration. Children do not have to be toilet-trained to attend.
Preschool — Our Preschool is for children ages 4 through 5 years. Preschoolers enjoy lots of opportunities to learn, explore and play. There is an emphasis on social interactions and special events. Preschoolers are well prepared for entering kindergarten the following year. The teacher child ratio is 1:8.
Judaic Programming — All children experience the richness of celebrating weekly Shabbat circles, making challah and learning about all the Jewish holidays.
School calendar and Summer Program — we follow the 4J school calendar for vacations. A shortened 6 week summer program is offered.

Temple Beth Israel Talmud Torah and Youth Programs
Phone (541) 485-1898
http://www.tbieugene.org/page/talmud-torah

Temple Beth Israel offers a wide variety of programs for Jewish children and youth, covering the spectrum of ages and interests. Our goals are to foster a positive sense of Jewish identity and to increase knowledge of the values and practices of Judaism.

Talmud Torah Our religious school operates from mid-September to mid-June for students in pre-kindergarten through 7th grade. Talmud Torah is dedicated to providing students with a strong foundation in Jewish prayer and ritual, holidays and customs, music, Hebrew, ethical concepts and values, and history. We aim to help students develop a positive Jewish identity and an appreciation for an understanding of our shared responsibility for the future of the Jewish people, here, in Israel, and in all the world.

B’nai Mitzvah Program Students interested in becoming bar or bat mitzvah begin the official preparation in the 6th grade, though they need sufficient Hebrew and Jewish knowledge to begin their b’nai mitzvah coursework. B’nai mitzvah students must attend classes and services regularly and demonstrate an increased commitment to Jewish learning.

No’ar Hadash We have regular youth group programs for kids in grades 3-7 and 8-12 with a blend of social programming, experiential Jewish learning, and service. No’ar Hadash activities take place once a month or more depending on the age level.

Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing TBI partners with the organization Moving Traditions to offer a program for tween and teen Jewish girls. RHIAGT encourages girls to explore how to be strong women with Jewish values. The girls meet once monthly throughout the school year.

Shevet Achim The Brotherhood: Also from Moving Traditions, this program is for teen boys and explores the challenges and pride in our young men’s developing Jewish identities.

Camp Chaverim TBI offers a summer day camp for kids entering grades 1-5, with many older students serving as counselors. The camp is open to the community and celebrates Jewish identity, culture, values, and friendships.

OR HAGAN-LIGHT OF THE GARDEN JEWISH COMMUNITY — Unaffiliated (between Tradition and Innovation)
PO Box 5582
Eugene OR 97405
Phone: 541-434-6551
Rabbi: Jonathan Seidel rabbseidel@gmail.com
541-520-3434
President: Joe Cohen jcohen678@gmail.com
http://www.orhagan.org/

Or HaGan is a warm and welcoming place of study, worship, ritual, gatherings and education devoted to the ongoing growth of Jewish spirituality and practice in our time. Open to interfaith couples and Jewishly interested individuals interested in adopting the Jewish way of life and learning in Oregon. Our values include strong advocacy for Jewish Education, the State of Israel, Social Justice and Peacemaking. We meet the Second and Fourth Shabbat morning of the month at Unity of the Valley, 3912 Dillard Road Eugene (39th and Hilyard). Rabbi Seidel is available for life cycle rituals and serves as a part time chaplain in our community for emergencies.

Or haGan Talmud Torah: Roots Judaism School, including the new "Jewish Farm School of Oregon," registering students 5-13. Please email Yona Ash for further information: yona@jfleck.org

CONGREGATION AHAVAS TORAH — Orthodox
2935 Onyx Street
Phone 541.844.1340
Rabbi: Ronen Sokol
http://www.ahavastorah.info/

Ahavas Torah is an Orthodox synagogue with a traditional approach to Judaism, under the dynamic leadership of Rabbi Sokol, and his wife, Rebetzin Laylu Sokol. The Ahavas Torah Community warmly welcomes all men, women and children. Rabbi Sokol and Rebitzen Laylu enjoy meeting new people, are available for personal meetings, and are eager to meet the needs of the Eugene Jewish Community.

Shabbat at Ahavas Torah is an unforgettable experience. The services are uplifting and inspirational, with joyous prayer songs, and Rabbi Sokol's short, thought-provoking sermon. Shabbat morning services are followed by Rebitzen Laylu’s hot Kiddush luncheon that is open to all, with home-baked challah, vegan chulent, lots of great food, and lots of great company. Holidays are celebrated with elaborate and exciting events.

Kosher food is made available to the Eugene Community though delivery to the synagogue. Rabbi Sokol & Rebitzen Laylu invite all to attend services, classes, events, Preschool and Hebrew school. The community is currently working on constructing a mikvah.

Please contact the synagogue for any additional information or check the web site for details on classes, including Hebrew Ulpan. We look forward to hearing from you!

AD-OLAM — SYNAGOGUE WITHOUT WALLS — unaffiliated
Rabbi: Hanan Sills
PO Box 5701
Eugene, OR 97405
Phone: (541) 344-7945
adolam@adolam.org
http://adolam.org

Ad-Olam is a religious and educational outreach program to Jews and non-Jews alike who want to connect with and learn about Jewish spirit and traditions. Rabbi Hanan Sills, founder of Ad-Olam and the Joys of Jewishing, with his rabbi's bag in hand, continues to serve and bring the Spirit of Jewish Wellness and Renewal into the community through his "outreach work": of major public community and life cycle events, holiday celebrations (High Holy Day Services, Pesach Seder, etc.), creative Shabbat rituals & services, public lectures, etc., and his "inreach work", with a bevy of home centered programs: Shabbat Shalom dedications, classes, tutoring, Jewish films, pastoral counseling services, teen mentoring, etc. For Rabbi Hanan, his mission and that of Ad Olam is "nothing less than the mitzvah of reviving the home as the center of Jewish life, which it was for millennia."

For more details, please check the Ad Olam website http://adolam.org

FLORENCE AREA JEWISH HAVURAH
Contact: Judy Schwartz 1-541-997-1012

The Havurah is unaffiliated with any particular stream of Judaism and is Liberal/Traditional in approach. Open to Jewish persons and their partners, the Havurah meets the 4th Friday evening of every month, rotating among members’ homes. Short Services are held at 6:30 p.m. with a potluck dinner afterwards.

See Oregon Jewish Life Resource Guide for other congregations around the state. www.ojlife.com

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SUMMER CAMPS

“Always remember: happiness is not a side matter in your spiritual journey — it is essential.”
~ Rebbe Nachman of Bretzlov

CAMP CHAVERIM
Phone: 485-1898
http://www.tbieugene.org/page/summer-camps

Camp Chaverim is a summer day camp offered by Temple Beth Israel for kids entering grades 1-5, with many older students serving as counselors. The camp is open to the community and celebrates Jewish identity, culture, values, and friendships.

B’NAI B’RITH CAMP
Phone: 503-452-3443
Fax: 503-245-4233
dzimmerman@bbcamp.org
http://bbcamp.org/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BBCamp
Executive Director: Michelle Koplan
Camp Director: David Zimmerman

B’nai B’rith Camp, a resident camp established in 1921, is located on a lakeside campus on the scenic Oregon coast. B’nai B’rith Camp teaches the values and ethics of Jewish living by example, experience, and creative expression. It is a place for youth (ages 7-16) to learn about themselves, their Jewish identity, their environment, and how to relate to others. B.B. Camp carefully recruits, hires and trains caring, committed staff. B’nai B’rith Camp also offers day camp programming for children entering Kindergarten to 8th grade for families vacationing along the coast and for local coastal families.

B. B. Camp is also available to rent for off-season retreats, special events, and weddings.

SOLOMON SCHECHTER (Conservative Movement)
www.campschechter.org
info@campschechter.org
Contact: Carolyn D’Abora
Phone: 206-447-1967
Fax: 206-447-2629

Camp Solomon Schechter, near Olympia WA, nestled in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, offers an innovative Jewish experience for youth of all denominations. Our Shabbat-observant, kosher camp is independent, with its roots in Conservative Judaism.

With a 60-year tradition of fun, friendship and Jewish education, we create a unique, welcoming and spiritual Jewish environment, offering an innovative experience for youth of all denominations entering 2nd-12th grades. According to the Foundation for Jewish Camps, Schechter is one of the most affordable camps in North America.

URJ CAMP KALSMAN
www.kalsman.urjcamps.org
email: campkalsman@urj.org
Camp Director: David Berkman
dberkman@urj.org
425- 284-4484

URJ Camp Kalsman is a Reform Jewish summer camp in Arlington, WA serving children in the Pacific Northwest entering grades 2 to 11. Campers at Kalsman experience Jewish culture and tradition in a safe, challenging, supportive and fun environment. Kalsman is committed to six core values: friendship, kehilah kedoshah (sacred community), Reform Jewish identity, chesed (kindness), connection to Israel, and our relationship to teva (nature). Camp Kalsman’s 300 beautiful acres offer a great balance of education and recreation. Practicing active Jewish education and incorporating Judaism into many different activities, campers learn new skills and hone existing ones in athletic, aquatic, artistic, and nature programs

Located on over 300 acres in Arlington, WA (about an hour outside of Seattle).

YOUTH GROUPS

B’NAI B’RITH YOUTH ORGANIZATION (BBYO)
City Director: Ben Molloy
bmolloy@bbyo.org
Regional Office: EGR@bbyo.org
206- 388-0837

BBYO is a youth led organization for Jewish teens grades 8 through 12 offering opportunities for youth to develop their leadership potential, a positive Jewish identity, and a commitment to their personal development. In Eugene, Chaim Hazaz AZA (young men's chapter, and Malachim BBG (B'nai B'rith Girls) is the young women's chapter.

For more information about BBYO visit http://bbyo.org

YOUNG JUDEA
http://www.youngjudaea.org/
yjnw@qwest.net
Barbara Barde, Area Supervisor for the Northwest
Phone: 866-995-9392
Fax: 503-244-9586

Zionist youth group sponsors local activities for youth from 3rd-12th grades. Members have a lot of fun and can participate in local, regional and international conventions, which are both educational and social.

TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL YOUTH PROGRAMS
http://www.tbieugene.org/page/talmud-torah
Gretchen Lieberman, Administrator
Phone: (541) 485-1898

No’ar Hadash Regular youth group programs for kids in grades 3-7 and 8-12 with a blend of social programming, experiential Jewish learning, and service. No’ar Hadash activities take place once a month or more depending on the age level.
Rosh Hodesh It’s a Girl Thing: Partnering with the organization Moving Traditions, TBI offers a program for tween and teen Jewish girls. RHIAGT encourages girls to explore how to be strong women with Jewish values. The girls meet once monthly throughout the school year.
Shevet Achim The Brotherhood: Also from Moving Traditions, this TBI program is for teen boys and explores the challenges and pride in our young men’s developing Jewish identities.

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JEWISH LEARNING

THE FLORENCE MELTON SCHOOL OF ADULT JEWISH LEARNING — fosters and enriches Jewish cultural literacy through our Core Curriculum, Foundations of Jewish Family Living, and Scholars Curriculum for graduates.

The Melton School Core Curriculum is a comprehensive, sequential series of text-based lessons, comprised of four courses taken over two years. Each course focuses on at least one major area of Jewish learning, and forms a thread in a carefully woven fabric, which integrates Jewish history, religion, ritual, language, ethics, philosophy, literature, theology and contemporary Jewish life.

The Foundations of Jewish Family Living course is designed for parents making Jewish choices for their children or interested in exploring their Jewish connection.

Adult learners from all backgrounds explore classic Jewish sources in an intellectually stimulating, non-denominational environment. There are no tests or homework. Interfaith families & grandparents are welcome.

Florence Melton School is open to any member of the community who is interested in exploring Judaism. For more information visit http://www.tbieugene.org/page/meltonschool

TORAH PATHS — Weekly Study with Rabbi Boris Dolin
Wednesdays, Noon-1:00 pm at: Cozmic Pizza
199 W. 8th Ave., Eugene
Join us as we learn about the weekly Torah portion, explore traditional and contemporary viewpoints, and discuss its relevance to current events and our lives. This informal study session is free and open to all levels. Brown bag or purchase lunch at Cozmic Pizza. Drop-ins welcome.

TORAH STUDY — Weekly Study at Ahavas Torah with Rabbi Sokol and with Rebbetzin Laylu
Call (541) 844-1340 for information and details

CONSCIOUS TORAH — taught by Shmuel Shalom HaCohen
541- 514-2571
http://conscioustorah.com
Conscious Torah's purpose is to inspire harmony, healing, and peace in individuals, communities, and the planet through teaching Judaism as a spiritual path to wholeness. Classes, workshops, and one-on-one sessions are done by Shmuel Shalom Cohen and include learning what Judaism is (Judaism 101), introductions to Jewish texts, and Kabbalah, learning to read Biblical Hebrew, as well as Jewish practices on overcoming personal issues. Everybody is welcome to come and learn and grow. Shmuel has studied Judaism for over 15 years, including 10 in Jerusalem where he started creating workshops and classes geared towards helping people understand the Jewish tradition as a path towards wholeness. He teaches in an easy to understand style, and in a safe and supportive environment where questions are always welcome.

JEWISH LITERATURE BOOK GROUP The Jewish Literature Group comes together monthly to discuss classic and contemporary books by Jewish writers from the U.S. and across the world. We focus on fiction and memoirs of literary merit. Discussion is guided by questions prepared by the facilitator to open up the political, cultural, and literary dimensions of the book. All are welcome! Free, though donations are gratefully accepted.

For more information, contact Martha Ravits at mravits@teleport.com.

JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF WILLAMETTE VALLEY OREGON (JGSWVO) http://www.nwfam.com/jgswvo.html
Contact: Reeva Kimble
541- 345-8129
Monthly meetings to learn how to research your Jewish family history as well as Jewish history and culture. JGSWVO is a member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS).

See our website for meeting topics, contacts, directions, genealogy research links and more.

YIDDISH CLUB
(541) 485-7218
For people at all levels of fluency. Bi-weekly meetings at Temple Beth Israel provide an enjoyable environment in which to revive skills, exchange and read stories, share jokes and transliterations. Open to the community at large, this group meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.

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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

HAROLD SCHNITZER FAMILY PROGRAM IN JUDAIC STUDIES
http://pages.uoregon.edu/jdst/
Dagreen@uoregon.edu
Contact: Dr. Deborah A. Green
Prince Lucien Campbell Hall, rm. 837 5273
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
Phone: 541-346-5288
Fax: 541-346-4118

The interdisciplinary Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies provides a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum in the history, religion, and civilization of the Jewish people, and offers instruction in Classical Hebrew language and literature. The program offers a Judaic Studies Major leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and a Judaic Studies Minor. In addition, the program offers public lectures, brown bag seminars, and other events of campus wide and community interest.

OREGON HILLEL
http://oregon.hillel.org/
andy@oregonhillel.org
1059 Hilyard St.
Eugene, OR 97401
Phone: 541-343-8920

Oregon Hillel strives to empower Jewish students to build vibrant and engaging communities that cultivate ownership of identity, a sense of the dynamic role of Judaism and an appreciation of the rich diversity of the Jewish experience. Hillel serves as a Jewish home away from home and as a center for Jewish life and diversity on campus and in Eugene and Corvallis. Our goal is to provide as many opportunities for students to explore their Jewish identity, build their leadership skills, and to work hand in hand with all student organizations to enhance diversity initiatives on the greater University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and Lane Community College campuses.

ALPHA EPSILON PI FRATERNITY
Samuel Gutin
503-754-0696
gutinsam@gmail.com
http://www.aepioregon.org

Helping shape the future leaders of the Jewish community, as well as raising money for various causes and promoting scholastic achievement among our brothers.

SIGMA MU OMEGA SORORITY
PO Box 3435
Eugene, OR 9740
uosigma.president@gmail.com

Sigma Mu Omega is a local sorority on the University of Oregon campus. Started in 2003, Sigma Mu Omega is dedicated to sisterhood, scholarship and service.

JEWISH STUDENT UNION
http://gladstone.uoregon.edu/~jsu/
Contact: 541-346-4366

Ethnic student group at the University of Oregon, sponsors Shoah Week, the Jewish Film Festival, and other cultural and educational programming.

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SOCIAL ACTIVITIES and MISCELLANEOUS

COMMUNITY SISTERHOOD
Sandra Luks, President
(541) 343-6296
The women involved in the Community Sisterhood of Temple Beth Israel are of all ages, lifestyles and interests. Our monthly programs are entertaining and often educational but always with the intent of fostering Tikkun Olam (Healing the World) through service and community involvement. Come join us for a schmooze at Sunday Café or at one of our many activities. All are welcome!

TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL BROTHERHOOD
The Temple Beth Israel Brotherhood is an organization of men whose mission is to serve our congregation and community in accordance with Jewish traditions and values. We welcome all men who want to participate in social, educational, social action, and religious activities that support TBI and the Jewish Community of Lane County. Call the TBI office for information at (541) 485-7218.

QUEER HAVURAH
The Queer Chavurah exists to promote visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in the Jewish community. To receive updates on the group’s activities, contact:
Enid Lefton: enidleft@comcast.net
541- 683-5836

INTERFAITH HAVURAH
The Interfaith Chavurah welcomes all interfaith couples in the Jewish community. Our Chavurah is a secure and supportive place to air and discuss interfaith issues, as well as a warm and friendly social group with some of the best food in town. Potluck dinners for adults are held on the 2nd Saturday of the month at different members' homes with occasional family gatherings during the year.
Contact Alexandra Gerrard (541) 345-3355

RAK IVRIT
Modern Hebrew conversation group meets weekly for an hour of fun discussion in Hebrew of miscellaneous topics.
Contact TBI for more information (541) 485-7218

LANE COUNTY ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
The Lane County Jewish Oral History Project began its work to capture the life stories of our senior community members in 2006. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Lane County under the auspices of the Oregon Jewish Museum's (OJM) oral history project, we share OJM’s mission “to develop a community oral history archive that provides a chronicle of the experiences of the Jews of Oregon.”

To date we have interviewed 31 community members and are seeking a new cadre of volunteers to continue this important work. Please contact Ellen at (541) 686-1618 to learn more and become involved.

JEWISH EVENTS WILLAMETTE-VALLEY (J.E.W.)
http://jewisheventswillamette-valley.org/
Executive Director Shmuel Cohen
Phone: 541-514-2571

The goal of Jewish Events Willamette-Valley (J.E.W.) is to contribute to building a stronger Jewish community by helping to strengthen our community, increase Jewish pride, and support Jewish learning in a way that complements Eugene’s existing institutions. The focus of J.E.W. is on bringing Jews together for various events, helping them find out what Jewish resources are available, helping them learn who they are as Jews, and to be proud of who they are as Jews.

J. E.W. is a non-denominational, non-profit organization that works to accomplish its goals in multiple ways: putting on cultural and heritage based events such as the monthly Sunday afternoon Eugene Jewish film festivals and sponsoring kosher wine and cheese tastings, BBQ’s and an annual “Succah Crawl.” All events are kosher with vegetarian food options. J.E.W also hosts a website and calendar where Jews can find out what’s happening in the Jewish world of Eugene and its surroundings, and find other helpful information. J.E.W. also has a Facebook group open to anyone who wants to list any event they are doing.

MIKVEH
For information about the mikveh, contact the TBI office at (541) 485-7218

CHEVRA KADISHA (Burial Society)
The Burial society, a committee of Temple Beth Israel, ensures that people in the Jewish community, whether synagogue members or not, are treated respectfully and appropriately before burial, and provides community support for families in their time of loss.

Call the TBI office for information: 541-485-7218

CEMETERIES
The following cemeteries currently have designated Jewish sections

Rest Haven Memorial Park
3950 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97405
541- 345-8521

Eugene Masonic Cemetery
East 25th Ave. and University Street
Eugene, OR 97403
541- 684-0949
Founded in 1859, the cemetery retains “Masonic” in its name as an important historical reference, but is no longer affiliated with the Masons.

OREGON JEWISH MUSEUM
http://www.ojm.org/
museum@ojm.org
1953 NW Kearney St.
Portland, OR 97209
Phone: 503-226-3600
Fax: 503-226-1800
Open Tue-Thu 10:30 am-4 pm; Fri 10:30 am-3 pm; Sun 1-4 pm

The Oregon Jewish Museum is dedicated to the preservation, research and exhibition of art, archival materials and artifacts of the Jewish people. OJM is the repository for archival materials, artifacts and photographs concerning the history of the Jewish people in Oregon.

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JUDAIC ARTS AND GIFTS

“Artisans maintain the fabric of the world, and in the handiwork of their craft is their prayer.”
~ Ben Sira

JUDITH HANKIN — Artist
541- 344-0614
Papercut artist makes Jewish cards, mezuzahs and commissioned prints.

BERNIE HERR — Award-winning artist
1600- 205 N. Rhododendron Dr.
Florence, OR 97439
541- 997-2051
Interpretive and semi-realistic painting of Jewish life, past and present.

MICHELLE HOLMAN — Artist
92349 Deadwood Creek Rd.
Deadwood, OR 97430
541- 964-4521
mholman@peak.org
http://www.deadwoodcreekmezuzot.com
I am inspired to create mezuzot by my late father who was a brilliant sculptor, and by the forest surroundings in which I live. The wood and stone I work with speaks to me and I do my best to listen.

SHONNA HUSBANDS-HANKIN — Artist
541- 484-6053
http://www.wingsofshechinah.com
Artist and teacher specializes in Jewish wedding and anniversary contracts (ketubot), women’s silk prayer shawls (taliesim) and custom Judaica.

REEVA KIMBLE — Artist/Calligrapher
541- 345-8129
rekimble@comcast.net
http://pages.uoregon.edu/rkimble/hebrewcallig/HebrewEnglishCallig.html
Framed art pieces with Hebrew and English calligraphy

HELEN ROSENAU — Fused-glass Artist
541- 521-2925
http://kabbalahglass.com/
Custom meditation pieces for homes and gardens

TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL GIFT SHOP
541- 485-7218
Judaica shop offers a great selection of items including books, tapes, menorahs, mezuzot, Seder plates, jewelry, holiday gifts and special orders.

APEX TRADING COMPANY
http://www.israelwholesale.com/
9640 SW Sunshine Ct. 500
Beaverton, OR 97005
Phone: 866-264-4547

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MUSICIANS

“Nature is saturated with melody: Heaven and earth are full of song.”
~ Nachman of Bratzlav

EMILY FOX
541- 345-5119
Singer, guitarist, teacher, available to sing or accompany for Jewish events. Familiar with Hebrew and Jewish songs and Klezmer.

DAVID HELFAND
541- 345-3131
helfand@mindspring.com
http://davidhelfand.com/
Jewish and original instrumental music on Celtic harp, mandocello and guitar. Also plays in a duo with a violinist.

MARIAN PEARL (Weisman)
541- 301-1894;
cell 541-912-3688
mozart8181@comcast.net
Entertainer, singer, pianist, voice teacher, comedian — available for all lifecycle events

BETH MIRIAM ROSE
541- 510-7063
bethr@efn.org
bethmiriamrose@gmail.com
BMR, M.A., vocalist, guitarist, specialist in Jewish, traditional, folk and contemporary music with 20 years experience. Personalized music for your special event.

ROB TOBIAS
541- 343-9243
Performs Jewish folk music for special events and for children’s programs.

KLEZMONAUTS — Chip
541- 484-9818
From diverse backgrounds, the Klezmonauts infuse the traditional Jewish party music with a variety of styles. Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and special events.

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RESTAURANTS AND GROCERY STORES

There are no kosher restaurants in Lane County; however, there are a few eateries of interest to local Jews (most of them owned by Jews):

ALEXANDER’S GREAT FALAFEL STAND — kosher
Cart located (when UO in session) at corner of 13th and Kincaid beside the UO Bookstore
541- 895-4200

BAGEL SPHERE
810 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97403
541- 341-1335
Open Mon-Fri 7 am-6 pm; Sat 8 am-5 pm; Sun 8 am-4 pm

BARRY’S ESPRESSO AND BAKERY
2 locations:
2805 Oak St. Eugene, OR 97405
541- 343-6444

804 E. 12th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97403
541- 343-1141
Baked goods, including challah, knishes, rugelach, etc. Also soups and sandwiches. Seating for diners.

FALLING SKY BREWERY
790 Blair Blvd.
Eugene, OR
541- 653-9167
Open Sun-Wed 11 am-12 am, Th-Sat 11 am-1 pm

HUMBLE BAGEL
2435 Hilyard St.
Eugene, OR 97405
541- 484-4497
Baked goods, including challah, bagels, rugelach, etc. Also soups and sandwiches. Seating for diners.

OFF THE WAFFLE
http://offthewaffle.com/
2540 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR
541- 515-6926
and
840 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR
541- 654-4318
Huge variety of waffles, sweet and savory.

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GROCERY STORES with kosher sections include:

CAPELLA MARKET
2489 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97405
541- 345-1014
Open 8 am-10 pm daily

KIVA
125 W 11th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
541- 342-8666
Open 9 am-8 pm daily

MARKET OF CHOICE — 3 locations:
Willamette:
67 W 29th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97405
541- 338-8455
Open daily 7 am-11 pm

Delta Oaks:
1060 Green Acres Rd.
Eugene, OR
541- 344-1901
Open daily 7 am-11 pm

Franklin:
1960 Franklin Blvd.
Eugene, OR 97403
541- 687-1188
Open daily 7 am-midnight

TRADER JOE’S
85 Oakway Center (off Coburg Rd)
Eugene, OR
541- 485-1744
Fresh kosher meat available; store has pamphlet on all kosher food available there.

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JEWISH HOLIDAYS 2014-2017

All holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date specified in the table below. For candle lighting times, refer to the TBI calendar and/or to http://www.hebcal.com/shabbat/?geo=zip&zip=97405&m=72

Holiday Name

 

 

 

 

 

Secular Year

 

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Jewish Year

Hebrew Date

5774

5775

5776

5777

Rosh Hashanah

1-2 Tishrei

Sep. 5-6

Sep. 25-26

Sep. 14-15

Oct. 3-4

Tzom Gedaliah

3 Tishrei

Sep. 8

Sep. 28

Sep. 17

Oct. 5

Yom Kippur

10 Tishrei

Sep. 14

Oct. 4

Sep. 23

Oct. 12

Sukkot

15-20 Tishrei

Sep. 19-25

Oct. 9-15

Sep. 28-Oct. 4

Oct. 17-23

Hoshanah Rabbah

21 Tishrei

Sep. 25

Oct. 15

Oct. 4

Oct. 23

Shemini Atzeret

22 Tishrei

Sep. 26

Oct. 16

Oct. 5

Oct. 24

Simchat Torah

23 Tishrei

Sep. 27

Oct. 17

Oct. 6

Oct. 25

Hanukkah

25 Kislev-2 Tevet

Nov. 27- Dec. 5

Dec. 17-24

Dec. 7-14

Dec. 24-Jan 1.

Asarah be-Tevet

10 Tevet

Dec. 12

Jan. 1

Dec. 22

Jan. 8

Tu Bishvat

15 Shevat

Jan. 16

Feb. 4

Jan. 25

Feb. 11

Ta'anit (Fast of) Esther

13 Adar

Mar. 13

Mar. 4

Mar. 23

Mar. 9

Purim

15 Adar

Mar. 16

Mar. 5

Mar. 24

Mar. 12

Passover

15-21 Nisan

Apr. 15-22

Apr. 4-11

Apr. 23-30

Apr. 11-18

Yom Hashoah

27 Nisan

Apr. 27

Apr. 16

May 5

Apr. 23

Yom Hazikaron

4 Iyar

May 5

Apr. 22

May 11

May 1

Yom Ha'atmaut

5 Iyar

May 6

Apr. 23

May 12

May 2

Lag Ba'omer

18 Iyar

May 18

May 7

May 26

May 14

Yom Yerushalayim

28 Iyar

May 28

May 17

June 5

May 24

Shavuot

6-7 Sivan

June 4-5

May 24-25

June 12-13

May 31-June 1

Tzom Shiva Asar B'Tammuz

17 Tammuz

July 15

July 5

July 24

July 11

Tisha B'Av

9 Av

Aug. 5

July 26

Aug. 14

Aug. 1

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For those living in or traveling to Portland, see Oregon Jewish Life/Resource Guide 2013-2014. Copies available at Temple Beth Israel and online at www.ojlife.com
Also visit:
Jewish Federation of Greater Portland
https://www.jewishportland.org/
6680 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 245-6219


JEWISH LIVING IN LANE COUNTY would like to thank all of the individuals involved in compiling the information in this booklet.

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