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March’s Community Spotlight focuses on Rabbi Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein, of Temple Beth Israel – Center for Jewish Life.  Rabbi Ruhi Sophia has been the Rabbi of TBI since July 2015. She grew up in upstate New York, the daughter of two rabbis. Since moving to Eugene, she has been active in the local community. She is part of Interfaith Clergy United, working to promote interfaith cooperation and collaboration in Eugene. She has taught and lectured about Judaism to churches, schools, and community groups. As committed environmental advocate, Rabbi Ruhi Sophia supports 350 Eugene and participated in many local environmental advocacy events. This included getting Temple Beth Israel involved in the Eugene Carbon Free Challenge, where TBI won second place. Rabbi Ruhi Sophia also writes a monthly feature in the Register Guard. Her hope is to inspire the community to grapple with important issues of justice and our responsibility for and to each other.

Personally, Rabbi Ruhi has two small children and enjoys planning with them, hiking, biking, and canning her own salsa and jams.


Community Spotlight is a City Club gathering in which local leaders participate in informal interviews about their lives and work. Tsunami Bookstore hosts the event on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 pm. Light refreshments are provided by the culinary students at Network Charter School. The public is encouraged to attend. There is no admission charge for Community Spotlight, but guests are invited to contribute to help cover the costs.