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Evaluating Noah’s Righteousness: Static or Dynamic?

Oct 12, 2018

Friday Night Shabbat Sermon 5779 - Rashi, an 11th century Torah commentator, lays out the two sides of the Noah debate: There are those among the sages who view Noah positively. Certainly, had he been living in a generation of just individuals, he would have been more just. And, yet, others view him negatively. Had he been living in the generation of Abraham he would have been considered worthless. In other words, either we’re static in our growth, or we rise higher when those around us are reaching, as well.

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League of Women Voters Pro/Con Discussion on November Ballot Propositions

Oct 12, 2018

Thea Brodkin from the League of Women Voters presents pro/con arguments for Propositions 1-6 and 10. Thanks to Janet Hirsch, VP of Community Affairs for Temple Isaiah, for arranging this session and for leading this year’s social justice efforts to create a more informed and engaged base of voters throughout Los Angeles. Note: After presenting on each proposition, Thea pauses to allow congregants and community members to share their thoughts and questions.


#metoo becomes #wetoo

Oct 05, 2018

Kavanah - Friday Night Shabbat 5779 - When gender-based violence is considered a “women’s issue” instead of a “men’s issue,” we all lose.


Anna Howard Shaw's “Fundamental Principles of a Republic”

Oct 05, 2018

Friday Night Shabbat 5779 - Excerpts from one of the Great American Speeches, Anna Howard Shaw’s 1915 Suffragette Speech “Fundamental Principles of a Republic”
In honor of the upcoming midterm elections, Rabbi Zoe K M shares excerpts from a fiery suffragette speech through which we may reflect how far we have come, and how far we have yet to go.


Privilege, Power, Vulnerability & Visibility

Sep 28, 2018

Friday Night Shabbat Sermon 5779 - In the emotional wake of the Ford-Kavanaugh hearings, Rabbi Frimmer shifts our focus from self to other, and offers the Lens of Sukkot to help us see those who live with impermanence, vulnerability, fragility, and exposure 24-7-365. Thanks to activist Dove Kent and congregant Jennifer Yashari for inspiring this post.


This Is Not A Sermon: Reclaiming the Power of Communal Study

Sep 19, 2018

Yom Kippur Day 5779 - Co-Senior Rabbis Nickerson and Frimmer upend the traditional model of Yom Kippur sermons by inviting the Isaiah community to study together the story of Cain and Abel. [Genesis 4:1-16] Thank you to all our congregants who participated and shared their voices and interpretations.


Discussion with Rep. Ted Lieu (Congressman for CA's 33rd District)

Sep 19, 2018

Yom Kippur Civic Engagement Discussion 5779 - Rep. Ted Lieu (Congressman for California’s 33rd District) talks about his ongoing efforts to restrict the use of nuclear weapons, limit the US military’s role in Yemen, and eliminate the money bail system. He then answers questions from Rabbi Frimmer and the Isaiah community addressing immigration, Citizens United, Israel, and Brett Kavanaugh. This talk took place at Royce Hall in between the Yom Kippur morning and afternoon services.


Praying For Sinners

Sep 11, 2018

Sermon - Day 2 Rosh Hashanah 5779 -Rabbi Dara Frimmer shares a provocative and timely teaching in the name of Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, who first taught this idea during Hartman's Rabbinic Holiday Webinar, August 27, 2018. What if "sinners" are required for us to build 'true' community and to successfully elevate our prayers to God?

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The Making of the Yom Kippur Yizkor Video 5779 / 2018

Sep 09, 2018

Rabbis Frimmer, Nickerson, Klein Miles and Cantor Coyot discuss the making of the first-ever, Yom Kippur Yizkor video. The clergy discuss the origin of the idea, who signed up to share memories of their loved ones, and what Jewish tradition offers to help us mourn and remember.


Sins of the Church

Aug 31, 2018

Friday Night Shabbat Sermon 5778 - Christianity has long derided Judaism for being obsessed with law, claiming that love of Jesus replaces law, and that the teachings of the gospel replace the commandments of the Old Testament. However, as the Me Too movement meets the Catholic Church, and it is revealed how complicit church leadership is in employing and protecting sexual predators, it is time to reestablish the importance of law.