Luncheons take place at Temple Beth Shalom
from 12-1:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Suggested donation for luncheons is $7-$10/person.
No one is turned away for lack of funds.

Looking for recordings of our virtual programs?
Check them out on our YouTube channel!


Presentation by Michelle Fogle: “Lost Tales of Sepharad”

Thursday, Feb. 9
Catered by Skewers Middle Eastern Street Food

Local Jewish novelist Michelle Fogle will join us to talk about antisemitism in Spain at the dawn of the Renaissance, the origins of “Crypto-Jews,” and how the Inquisition operated. Michelle’s historical fiction depicting Sephardic history and culture focuses on forgotten places and less common paths, but with lessons that are highly relevant for today. During her presentation, Michelle will read an excerpt from her novel City of Liars.


Presentation by Rendall Farley on electric transportation

Thursday, March 9
Catered by FEAST World Kitchen

Rendall Farley is the manager of electric transportation at Avista Utilities. He served in a variety of roles in engineering, R&D, asset management, organizational development, and operations management in both the public and private sectors before joining Avista. He is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and has earned graduate engineering degrees from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Eastern Washington University. A native of Spokane, he is excited to be a part of the great future of electric transportation in the Northwest.

At our luncheon, Rendall will share with us the latest developments in the field!


Presentation by Jacob Lewis, Ph.D., on conflict and social movements

Thursday, April 13
Catering TBD

Jacob Lewis is a Jewish community member and assistant professor in Washington State University’s School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs. His research interests include social movements, conflict processes, political psychology, and social trust. At our luncheon, Jacob will discuss his 2019 article “From Rallies to Riots: Why Some Protests Become Violent” or a similar topic of his choosing.


Excursion to the MAC

Thursday, May 11
We’ll dine at the MAC Café (provided it reopens in time!)

Founded in 1916, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture is the largest cultural organization in the Inland Northwest, serving more than 100,000 visitors a year, and one of Washington state’s five Smithsonian affiliates. The museum resides in the historic Browne’s Addition neighborhood. Commonly referred to as the MAC, the museum preserves and cultivates the heritage of the Inland Northwest people through collections, exhibitions, and programs that bring their stories to life. 

We’ll visit the MAC as a group and embark on a self- or docent-guided tour!


Musical performance by Ben Vogel

Thursday, June 8
Catered by Bennidito’s Pizza

Dynamic guitarist and singer Ben Vogel was born in Spokane, where he grew up in a musical family and was bar-mitzvahed at TBS. A classically trained graduate of the University of Texas Butler School of Music, Ben went out into the world and gained his musical experience the old-fashioned way: backing up anyone from songwriters to soul singers to children’s entertainers. Ben released his first album of original songs, Whistling After Midnightin 2019. He has recently moved back to his home base in the Northwest, settling in Coeur d’Alene to teach and work on new music.

For this program, Ben will be playing some of his favorite songs by Jewish-American songwriters!


*Programs are subject to change