Temple Isaiah

  • 10345 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles
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  • 310.277.2772

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Upcoming Adult Education Events

Albert Lewis (z”l) lecture 2019

with Sue Dunlap, President, and CEO of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
Protecting Access to Women’s Health, 46 years After Roe v. Wade

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Wine and Cheese Reception | 7:00 p.m.
Lecture | 7:30 p.m.

PPLA serves women, men, families, and communities all across Los Angeles.  Founded in 1965, it diligently and comprehensively, delivers high quality, convenient and affordable patient services, education and advocacy. The organization serves immigrants, people of color, LGBTQ communities and people of all faiths.  Join us as we learn about this remarkable organization and its work providing healthcare and support - for all who need.


USA and China: Partners, Rivals or Adversaries?

Friday, February 22 | 8:00 p.m. after Shabbat services  Q&A TO FOLLOW

Hosted by ChaiVillageLA (click here for a calendar of ChaiVillageLA events)

ChaiVillageLA member and East Asia expert Jonathan Pollack will explore US-China relations over the past century by highlighting key aspects of the history. These include the misperceptions and miscalculations that have characterized the relationship and the risks and uncertainties involved.

Per Jonathan Pollack, the third talk will focus on China's economic and military advances and how the U.S.'s increasing awareness of China's growing strength has Americans so agitated.

Coffee and dessert will be served after the event.


Jewish Street Art – Hillel Smith

Sunday, February 24 | 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Temple Library

A spray paint stencil workshop with a Jewish edge. We begin with discussions about art as a way of expressing personal and communal identity, and Jewish approaches to art throughout history, before learning how to design, cut, and paint our stencils. Artist and graphic designer Hillel Smith created the exhibit “Parsha Posters” currently showing in our lobby. Each of the fifty-four posters in our exhibition represents one of the fifty-four weekly Torah portions (two weeks in the year have double portions). The posters utilize innovative Hebrew typography, integrating the Hebrew name of the parsha into the illustration, along with a bold, graphic aesthetic to tell Biblical stories in a new way.

RSVP here

Medical Uses for Cannabis

Wednesday, February 27 |6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Hosted by Isaiah Women and ChaiVillageLA (click here for a calendar of Isaiah Women events and click here for a calendar of ChaiVillageLA events)

Dr. Yafai, Medical Director of the Releaf Institute, will discuss the various forms of cannabis and how they are being used for anxiety, insomnia, pain, mental health work, rehabilitation of patients away from alcohol and drug addiction, including a new and effective pathway away from narcotics and to help solve today’s opioid crisis.

RSVP to Carolynne Dyner at isaiahwomenla@gmail.com

Conversation with Clergy

Every other month, enjoy delving into topics with a clergy person from Temple Isaiah or Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills.
Hosted by ChaiVillageLA (click here for a calendar of ChaiVillageLA events)

Like a Mountain Hanging from a Thread

Sunday, March 3 | 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Rabbi Sarah Bassin will discuss how the playfulness of early rabbis informs the evolution of halakhah, and different approaches we can use as feminists in making our tradition more fair and equitable.
RSVP here

The Jewish Philosophy of Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen

Sunday, May 5 | 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Join Rabbi Zoe Klein Miles to listen to different excerpts of Leonard Cohen’s music and read his lyrics, poetry, and letters to discover a uniquely Jewish perspective of life, death, and love.

Scholar in Residence – Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

Friday, March 29 – Sunday, March 31, 2019

Rabbi Sasso was the first woman ordained from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the first to serve a Conservative congregation. Rabbi Sasso served as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, Indianapolis from 1977- 2013.  She currently is the director of the Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative at Indiana University Arts and Humanities Institute. Sasso is the author of two books for adults and sixteen award-winning children’s books. Two of her books are awaiting release in 2019.

I Am Not Religious; I’m Spiritual

Friday, March 29 | 8:00 p.m. after Shabbat services
What is the difference between religion and spirituality?  A discussion about God for those who can’t believe.

Jewish Stories of Love and Marriage

Saturday, March 30 | 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Temple Library
Explore an overlooked window into history through the extraordinary love letters of Alfred and Lucie Dreyfus, Martin and Paula Buber, IM Wise and Selma Bondi and the first woman to be ordained as a rabbi, Regina Jonas.  Voices from the Civil War to the present will invite us to explore old and new romances as we glimpse at the power of the written word and our need to reclaim it.

Author Talk

Saturday, March 30 | 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Private home
Temple Isaiah writers and book-lovers are invited to talk with Rabbi Sasso about the writing process.

Women and Spirituality – A Personal Journey

Sunday, March 31 |10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Private home

Rabbi Regina Jonas was ordained in 1935 in Berlin.  She was murdered in Auschwitz.  When her story was purposely lost for a generation, she died a second time.  Learn the amazing narrative of the first woman rabbi and how women’s perspective has altered the Jewish landscape.

RSVP for all sessions here

On The Map – Screening and discussion

with Director Dani Menkin

Sunday, April 28 | 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
ON THE MAP tells the against-all-odds story of Maccabi Tel Aviv's 1977 European Championship, which took place at a time when the Middle East was still reeling from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1972 Olympic massacre at Munich, and the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv. Through the lens of sports, ON THE MAP presents a much broader story of how one team captured the heart of a nation amid domestic turmoil and the global machinations of the Cold War.

Screening followed by a discussion with director Dani Menkin.

RSVP here

Recurring Events

Shabbat Morning Torah

various teachers
Every saturday - 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
See how each word and phrase has been interpreted over the centuries and can have meaning in yout life.

Daughters of Torah

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

Spine Tingles Book Club with Librarian Ellen Cole

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Library
Discussions with our award winning librarian!






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