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Teshuva: A Story of Return

Oct 01, 2019

Rabbi Zoë Klein Miles - Rosh Hashana Day 2 Sermon 5780: Rabbi Zoe shares the story of her father’s 100-edition print “Abraham”. An art dealer took the edition to Europe to sell, and disappeared. 47 years later, after the art dealer’s death, his children found 87 “Abraham” prints in their attic and decide to correct one of their father’s transgressions.

It’s Time to Take Back Authorship of Our Story

Sep 30, 2019

Rabbi Dara Frimmer - Rosh Hashana Day Sermon 5780: Noting historic tensions for the Jews as they move between strength and vulnerability, Rabbi Frimmer explores topics of antisemitism and immigration. “We are not stuck in a story of hate. We are the authors of the most ancient and inspiring story of liberation. A story that reminds us that transformation is possible. That slaves can become liberators. That weakness is a touchpoint for strength.”



Cloaks of Skin, Cloaks of Light: Two Ways of Seeing Each Other

Sep 29, 2019

Rabbi Zoë Klein Miles - Ereve Rosh Hashana Sermon 5780: We know about the Evil Eye, but could we exercise its antidote, the Good Eye, to change the way we see others and ourselves?



You Asked, We Answered: Isaiah Clergy Respond to High Holy Days Questions

Sep 16, 2019

From culinary queries to the serious work of forgiveness, Isaiah's clergy team answer your questions as we prepare for the start of the High Holy Days.

An Insider's Look: How do Rabbis Prep and Write High Holiday Sermons?

Sep 10, 2019

Rabbis Frimmer and Klein Miles discuss the process of preparing to write High Holiday Sermons. Where do the ideas come from? When do you start to write? What do you think the audience wants to hear? The pressure is on as the days count down to Rosh Hashanah!

Yom Kippur Yizkor: A Service of Memory and Meaning

Sep 03, 2019

Isaiah clergy explore the themes, music and practice of Yizkor. What is this mysterious memorial service embedded in Yom Kippur between mincha and ne'ilah? How does Isaiah approach the opligation to remember?

The Sounds of High Holy Days: Tradition, Innovation, Comfort and Disruption

Aug 27, 2019

Temple Isaiah's clergy reflect on the musical traditions and selections of the High Holy Days, and in particular, the choices we make for Temple Isaiah. Which melodies make our members feel comfortable? Which ones create spiritual disruption? Get the insider's look at preparing and selectin the sounds of the season.

For member of Isaiah: Consider joining one of our many High Holy Day choirs (adult and children) or the newly-created Guitar Squad!

The Book of Life vs. The Books on Your Bedside Table

Aug 19, 2019

Rabbis Frimmer, Cohen and Cantor Coyot, aspiring to fulfill the Jewish people's ancient moniker, "The People of the Book", discuss the books they are currently reading in preparation for the High Holidays. As we anticipate asking God to write us into the Book of Life for the New Year, Isaiah clergy share highlights from a few books that might guide us in a process of personal and communal cheshbon nefesh.

So, take a look: What books are on *your* nightstand? Which one might be the perfect fit for the month of Elul as we prepare to enter a season of reflection and renewal? Choose one today and let us know what you're reading!

Book 1: We Killed: Women in Comedy

Book 2: This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared

Book 3: Antisemitism: Here and Now

The Elul Invitation: How to Prepare for the High Holy Days

Aug 13, 2019

Rabbis Frimmer, Klein Miles, Cohen, and Cantor Coyot discuss the Jewish tradition's commitment to spiritual preparation in advance of the New Year. Isaiah clergy offers personal anecdotes and practical suggestions for congregants of all ages, including book recommendations, conversation starters, the use of rituals like shofar and mikvah, and reviewing your calendar from the past year.

The month of Elul begins September 1. For more ideas on how to prepare, please contact any of the Isaiah clergy. Shana Tova!

Highlights from Hartman: Power, Morality, Nationalism and Peoplehood

Aug 07, 2019

Rabbis Frimmer and Timoner come together for one more conversation after an evening conversation with Tal Becker and Yossi Klein Halevi, Senior Fellows at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. How can Progressive Zionists use power in a world in which powerlessness is seen as more moral? How do we close the gap between Diaspora and Israeli Jews when it comes to radically different answers to the question, "What type of nation will keep the Jews safe?"