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Isaiah Women Calendar

The Legacy of RBG

Tuesday, October 13 | 7:00 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the life and work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

While we are poised just weeks before the presidential election, we are mourning the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the pioneering advocate for women’s rights and the rights of all people. “One of the themes of Rosh Hashanah suggests that very righteous people would die at the very end of the year because they were needed until the very end,” said Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism.

We will pay tribute to her life and work by tracking the cases she thought were most significant from the time she founded the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project to her dissenting opinions on the Supreme Court.

Come wearing RBG t-shirts or any other clothes that represent our revered fighter for all of our rights.



TUESDAY, October 20 | 7:00 P.M. | Zoom
By: Robert Kolker

The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to understand the disease.

Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don's work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado, where their twelve children perfectly spanned the baby boom: the oldest born in 1945, the youngest in 1965. In those years, there was an established script for a family like the Galvins--aspiration, hard work, upward mobility, domestic harmony--and they worked hard to play their parts. But behind the scenes was a different story: psychological breakdown, sudden shocking violence, hidden abuse. By the mid-1970s, six of the ten Galvin boys, one after another, were diagnosed as schizophrenic. How could all this happen to one family?

The Galvins became one of the first families to be studied by the National Institute of Mental Health. Their story offers a shadow history of the science of schizophrenia, from the era of institutionalization, lobotomy, and the schizophrenogenic mother to the search for genetic markers for the disease, always amid profound disagreements about the nature of the illness itself. And unbeknownst to the Galvins, samples of their DNA informed decades of genetic research that continues today, offering paths to treatment, prediction, and even eradication of the disease for future generations.
With clarity and compassion, bestselling and award-winning author Robert Kolker uncovers one family's unforgettable legacy of suffering, love, and hope.

Temple-wide Book Discussion: Caste

Tuesday, November 19 | 6:30 p.m.

TEMPLE ISAIAH’S FIRST TEMPLE WIDE BOOK CLUB: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
Join us on November 19th at 6.45 p.m. to see each other’s faces and be prepared to start our discussion and small group breakout event promptly at 7. From the American journalist that brought us The Warmth of Other Suns about The Great Migration, comes Isabel Wilkerson's second book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.  This book is a powerful treatise of the systems and structures of hierarchy in America through the lens of caste making a new critical intervention on discourses of race and history in America.  By identifying and defining a set of pillars that she sees as the central characteristics of the caste systems operating in India and historically in Nazi Germany, Wilkerson demonstrates how these pillars also exist in the United States.

Please support our local bookstore Eso Won Books to order your book here!

Our discussion will be facilitated by our very own Temple Member Nikki Rabin.  Nikki has a Ph.D. and M.A. in English Literature and has over ten years of professional teaching experience at the college level.  Her company: It’s Lit. Nikki brings her expertise in the classroom to the comfort of your living room as she guides groups through books she has selected.



Isaiah Women Board
Meets every first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m
at the homes of various board members. 
If you are interested in attending a meeting, contact Beth Raanan: bcraan@gmail.com

Isaiah Women Lilith Salons
Join us for lively discussion and conversation on articles in Lilith Magazine. Meets quarterly at members' homes.
For more information, contact Elaine Diamond

Daughters of Torah Learning Circle
Step into Temple Isaiah's library and join a welcoming group of women who study and learn Torah each Wednesday morning.  As we travel through Judaism's sacred texts, we draw inspiration from our ancestors' journeys. Along the way, we discover connections to our own lives and our own stories. Our spirited discussions are far-ranging, sparked by challenging questions and fresh insights but always tempered with laughter and an open ear to all interpretations.
No Hebrew or prior Torah study experience is required. The door is always open! Drop-ins welcome, no RSVP necessary.

The sessions are led by Isaiah Women and Temple member Elaine Diamond, MA, Judaic Studies.
For further information, please contact Elaine Diamond directly at ediamond27@hotmail.com

When:  Every Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 am
Where: Temple Isaiah Library

Join Isaiah Women
Please contact Membership Chair: Jennie Fahn at Isaiahwomenla@gmail.com