Rabbi Frimmer - 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.
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.
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.
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?TRANSCRIPT
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.
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.
Rabbi Nickerson - Friday Night Shabbat Sermon 5778 - How do we choose to move away from our fears and towards communal hope? Reflections on Martha Nussbaum's latest book.
Family Camp - Talks with Rabbi Dara Frimmer
Family Camp Talks with Rabbi Joel Nickerson