iLife: iLEARN


The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, a project of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, enables Jewish learners from all backgrounds to learn about our heritage and culture in a challenging and inspiring course of study. It is the largest pluralistic adult Jewish education network in the world. With 50 locations in North America, Great Britain, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Hong Kong, the Melton School sets the standard for high quality, text-based, interactive Jewish study by offering world-class curriculum that informs and inspires adult learners from all knowledge-levels and backgrounds.



$245 for TI members per ten-week series ($490 to take both series) Call the Temple Office and ask for Jen to get the discount code.
$300 for non-members per series ($600 for both) use code: MELTON

COURSE Description

Jewish Denominations: Addressing the Challenges of Modernity, with Rabbi Dara Frimmer

This course examines Jewish identity and religious expression against the backdrop of dramatic political and social change. Students gain extensive insights into the historical and ideological developments of all the major movements, and explore the impact of gender, assimilation, Israel, and post-denominationalism on the movements and the Jewish people.

From Sinai to Seinfeld: The History of Jewish Humor, with Rabbi Zoë Klein

A treasure of irresistible jokes from the Israelite relationship with God to the growing divide between cultural and religious Judaism in the early 21st century. Treating Jewish jokes as text, the course invites students to analyze and interpret the evolving concerns, styles, rhythms, preoccupations, and values of the Jewish people that lie buried deep in words that make us laugh as Jews, and that bond us as a people.


Each year the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America partners with synagogues across the Westside for the Westside Synagogue Collaborative Lecture Series, a superior cross-denominational lecture series, featuring highest quality senior scholars addressing core ideas of contemporary Jewish life. The Shalom Hartman Institute is a pluralistic center of research and education deepening and elevating the quality of Jewish life in Israel and around the world.

Visions for a Shared Society: The “Tribes” of Israel
Program Descripiton

• What are the core values of some of the “tribes” that comprise Israel today - Secular, Arab Palestinian Israeli, Religious Zionist, and Ultra-Orthodox?

• How does a people divided along religious, geographic, and ideological lines build a shared society?

• What are the challenges and the possibilities for Israel in building a Jewish and Democratic State?

Sundays, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. followed by a communal dinner and discussion:


Sunday, March 5, with Elana Stein Hain at Westside Location TBD

Reservations required for lecture and books! Have Questions? Email Jennifer@templeisaiah.com.


Shabbat Morning Torah

With Rabbi Zoë Klein

Every Shabbat, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in the Library
See how each word and phrase has been interpreted over the centuries and can have meaning in your life. 

Daughters of Torah

Elaine Diamond

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Library
Explore the voice of women in Judaism’s sacred texts, and draw inspiration from their journeys. Once a month, the group will be joined by a member of Isaiah clergy.

Hearts and Minds: A Torah Roundtable

Second Saturday of the month, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Interpretations range from poetic to political, and are thoughtful, provocative, joyous and respectful. 

Pop-Up Mussar

Madeline Wolf

Will be meeting once a month. Look for dates in weekly bulletins.
Meetings take place in the library, 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Mussar movement is a Jewish ethical, educational and cultural movement that developed in the 19th century in Eastern Europe, particularly among Orthodox Lithuanian Jews. The Hebrew term Mussar is from the book of Proverbs 1:2 meaning “moral conduct, instruction or discipline.” The term was used by the Mussar movement to refer to efforts to further ethical and spiritual discipline.
A group of Temple members began to explore these teachings this past spring with Madeline Wolf as facilitator and based on lessons sent out by Rabbi Klein. Suggested text: Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis.

Spine Tingles

Temple Librarian Ellen Cole

Temple’s Library Spine Tingles Book Club will continue to delve into captivating volumes on the first Tuesday of the month from November until May with the exception of January when the date is 1/10.  All are welcome.

Shabbat Shorts

Erica Jamieson

January 21, February 25, and March 18, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join writer Erica Jamieson to discuss great contemporary and classic Jewish short stories over coffee and snacks.