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The Catharsis of Comedy: Storytelling at the End of Life

Dec 24, 2019

Jennie Fahn, author and star of the one-woman show "Under the Jello Mold," joins Rabbis Frimmer and Klein Miles for a conversation about her upcoming performance at Isaiah and the stories we tell about the final act of life. Join the rabbis as they delve into the backstory (can you really write a comedy about death?!), giving space for grief, making meaning of loss, and the power of eulogies, in any form.

Jennie performs her show "Under the Jello Mold" at Temple Isaiah on Sunday, January 12 at 4:00 PM followed by Q&A.
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"Under the Jello Mold" -- Jennie Fahn revisits her very colorful character of a mother during what turned out to be the final act of her mother’s life. Jennie’s mother was a force to be reckoned with — a former dancer never content to merely rehash her past, there was always a story to be embellished, always a name to drop, and always a lesson to teach.



Now? Not Now? How and When To Introduce Children To Tough Topics

Dec 17, 2019

Rabbi Frimmer and Klein Miles catch up on office politics and the ever-present question: How do we talk to our children about hard topics? Based on a conversation about when and how to introduce children to literature that touches on death, the rabbis consider language, timing and awareness for anyone considering a tough conversation with kids.



What To Say When People Wish You “Merry Christmas!”

Dec 10, 2019

Rabbi Frimmer and Klein Miles recall Christmas memories from their childhood as they consider the question of etiquette and identity in the season of vendors wishing you (and your children) “Merry Christmas!”



Jews & Christmas Music

Dec 03, 2019

The Isaiah Clergy Team discusses the arrival of Professor Peter Curtis on December 20 for a conversation about the hidden Jewish writers of classic Christmas music. Come and learn, sing along, and discover the history of White Christmas, Silver Bells, and Chestnuts Roasting. PS - Save the date! December 27 - Chinese Food & A Movie following Shabbat services. #MaryPoppins



Shabbchella: Shabbat Meets Coachella at Temple Isaiah

Nov 26, 2019

Rabbis Frimmer, Klein Miles, Cohen and Cantor Coyot reflect on the first-ever Shabbchella celebration at Isaiah on November 8. If Isaiah is YOUR home at the intersection of tradition and innovation, this Shabbat experience is the newest room in the house. This initiative exemplifies the challenge of blending ancient tradition (Shabbat) with modern practice (festival, beer garden, face painting, sound bath). Join us again on Feb 21 and May 8 and let us know what you think!



Hanukkah Preview - A Concert of Love & Light (and Latkes)

Nov 22, 2019

Temple Isaiah's clergy preview our community's Hanukkah-Shabbat celebration on December 13, 6:15 p.m. featuring our adult and kid choirs. We'll also be welcoming the AJU choir led by Noreen Green. Special this year: a country-western version of "I had a little dreidel" and the Guitar Squad! Save the date and join us for a night of love, light, and latkes.



Not Inconsistent with International Law

Nov 22, 2019

Rabbi Dara Frimmer - Friday Night Shabbat Sermon 5780: Using the text of Chayyei Sarah, Rabbi Frimmer examines the ancient story of Abraham, Ephron the Hittite, and the first real estate transaction of the Torah. In light of Sec. of State Pompeo's announcement that Israeli settlements are not inconsistent with international law (and in a week in which PM Netanyahu was indicted and Benny Gantz announced he could not form a coalition gov't), our Torah and subsequent commentaries offer guidance as we prepare to engage with these issues in the week to come.



#IsaiansInSpain - Where in the world is R. Zoë Klein Miles?

Nov 19, 2019

Rabbi Frimmer talks with Rabbi Klein Miles about her recent trip to Spain with 18 congregants. What secrets were uncovered? What history was revealed? Bonus track: At the very end, we introduce our new Senior Director of K-12 Education and Engagement, Reuben Posner, who secretly joined us for the conversation.



Letter to My Father: Yizkor 5780

Nov 12, 2019

From Temple Isaiah's Yom Kippur Yizkor service at Royce Hall (5780): How do we connect with our loved ones who have died? Rabbi Frimmer suggests a new practice to reach out and reconnect - Write them a letter.



Hindsight is 57/80: Isaiah Rabbis Review the High Holy Days

Oct 28, 2019

Rabbi Frimmer and Klein Miles look back on Temple Isaiah's High Holy Day services: Favorite moments, surprising twists and turns, majestic melodies, and congregant feedback.

Follow this link on our website to read/watch/listen to all of our High Holy Day sermons: templeisaiah.com/High-Holy-Day-Sermons.php