Temple Isaiah is situated at 10345 West Pico Blvd on the corner of Kerwood between Beverly Glen Blvd. to the west and Motor Ave to the east. Our campus includes a social hall, pre-school and religious school classrooms, library, administrative offices and an inspiring sanctuary. Our location in temperate Los Angeles affords us the opportunity to take year-round advantage of our large outdoor deck and beautiful and meditative front courtyard.
EPHRAIM SALES COMMUNITY CENTER
In 2019, the Jonas Family, owners of the property directly to the east of Temple Isaiah agreed to sell it to the Temple. The property is about 4,750 square feet in land area with two existing structures. The front building is approximately 1,000 sq. ft. The rear building is two stories and is about 1,500 sq. ft. There is an interior courtyard which originally featured a small pool.
After convening a vision/use committee and holding a series of community meetings, the Board of Trustees concluded that the highest and best use for the property would primarily be flexible, multipurpose, ‘living-room’ adult meeting spaces. This use will enhance our ability to be the community’s “home at the intersection of innovation and tradition,” furthering Rabbi Dara’s vision for Temple Isaiah. A team of congregants donated hundreds of hours of their professional expertise to create space that up until now didn’t exist for congregants to gather in ways that are meaningful and that foster deeper relationships in a safe, post-Covid environment. Whether for Torah study, social justice, book clubs, or support groups, the Joan and Ephraim Sales Community Center will be a place where small groups of Isaians can support, uplift, learn from, and celebrate with each other.
We are thankful to Joan & Ephraim Sales (z’l) and their family whose generosity made the refurbishment of the property a reality and Sherrie Zacharius and David O. Levine whose major gift contributed to the project and for whom the patio will be named. learn more
OUR CZECH MEMORIAL SCROLL (ORPHAN SCROLL)
Half a century ago in 1964 two trucks turned into a side road near the Knightsbridge barracks in central London, and a ghostly cargo was unloaded, 1,564 sacred Torah scrolls.One of those scrolls was our little Torah. It was decided that the Torahs should be given to congregations around the world, on long term loan, so that they may be part of living communities. In 1976 Rabbi Gan and the Confirmation Class acquired a Czech Torah. read more
ART AROUND ISAIAH
As you move through Temple Isaiah you’ll find wonderful art pieces that elevate and enhance the environment. You’ll find meaningful paintings and prints, stained glass, textile pieces, ceramics and rotating exhibits of art made by kids and adults too.
Front Courtyard: Mural Celebrating and Honoring Cantor Emeritus Evan Kent
Artist: Karen Koblitz
In the spring of 2013, Temple Isaiah installed a 5’ x 20’ tile wall in the courtyard entry. This lively and colorful mural reflects the narrative of Evan Kent’s cantorate and his continuing journey as he made aliyah to Israel. In the center are a pair of hands in the configuration of the “Priestly Benediction” welcoming all who enter our sacred space. Images include ancient and contemporary instruments such as David’s lyre, drums, tambourines, Evan’s guitar and even his violin. Flowers and animals such as gazelles (a favorite of Cantor Kent’s), pomegranates, birds, and Cantor Kent’s cats, Merlin and Kokomo. Vines representing music and the rhythms of life along with a magnificent Tree of Life related to the coral tree nearby symbolize the Temple Isaiah community and reflects all the generations of congregants whose lives have been nurtured in this beautiful space.
Lobby: The Days of Creation Stained Glass
Artists: Michelle and David Plachte-Zuieback
Lobby: Creation and All Israel is Responsible