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young(ish) families

Who We Are: Formally established in 2022, Young(ish) Families is a collective of folks with at least one child 0-8 years old looking to connect with our extraordinary Temple Isaiah community. Whether you’ve got a child or two enrolled in our education programs or you’re currently seeking out Jewish community and not yet members of a congregation, Young(ish) Families is for you! We offer meaningful social and spiritual connections throughout the year based on prayer, learning, Shabbat, holidays and much more. Our primary goal with Young(ish) Families is to form connections between folks and community-within-community: relationship building is at the heart of all we do, and we believe there’s nothing more important for folks raising young(ish) kids in West LA today than being part of a sacred, welcoming Jewish community alongside folks at a similar life stage. We encourage you to bring your energy, curiosity, and full selves to Young(ish) Families!

For questions about Young(ish) Families programming, reach out to Rabbi Jaclyn Cohen: rabbijaclyn@templeisaiah.com / (310) 277-2772 x 60
For questions about Temple membership, connect with Membership Manager David Sabel: david@templeisaiah.com / (310) 277-2772 x 61
Curious about our award-winning, outstanding preschool & K12 programs? Reach out to:
Avital Etehad, Director of Early Childhood Education and Engagement: avital@templeisaiah.com / (310) 553-3552
Carla Kopf, Director of K12 Education and Engagement: carla@templeisaiah.com / (310) 277-2661

Upcoming events:

Shabbat with Young(ish) Families

Gather with family, friends, and community as we celebrate Shabbat! Sing, dance, pray, learn, and connect with Temple Isaiah on select Friday evenings, Saturday mornings and Saturday afternoons throughout the year. These Shabbat experiences are designed for folks with at least one child aged 8 or younger.

Upcoming dates:

Friday, July 7: Shabbat with Young(ish) Families (5:30pm) 

Friday, October 6: Shabbat & Simchat Torah Dance Party (5:30pm)

Saturday, October 14: Shabbat with Young(ish) Families (9:30am)

Friday, November 17: Shabbat with Young(ish) Families (5:30pm)

Friday, December 8: Hanukkah Shabbat with Young(ish) Families (5:00pm)

Saturday, January 20: Shabbat with Young(ish) Families (9:30am)

Saturday, March 23: Shabbat with Young(ish) Families (9:30am) 

Saturday, April 13: Havdalah with Young(ish) Families (5:30pm)

Saturday, May 18: Shabbat with Young(ish) Families (9:30am)

This schedule is subject to change – please check this page often for the most up-to-date details.
High Holy Days with Young(ish) Families

Saturday, September 16: Rosh Hashanah Young(ish) Families Service on Royce Hall Terrace (9:30-10am)
Saturday, September 16: Tashlich at Santa Monica Beach Tower 22 (Services at 3pm and 4:30pm)
Sunday, September 17: Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Young(ish) Families Service (9-9:30am service followed by Playdate on Vollmer Deck)
Monday, September 25: Yom Kippur Young(ish) Families Service on Royce Hall Terrace (9:30-10am)

Events with Young(ish) Families

In addition to Shabbat and holiday celebrations throughout the year, we have plenty of social, community-building gatherings to offer, too! Some are for the full family while others are for adults only. Check this page often for the most up-to-date information.

Sunday, August 20: Party in the Park (10am-1pm)

Saturday, September 23: All Apologies at “Sorry, Not Sorry” (Adults Only, 6:30-9pm)
Saturday, September 30: Night at Avital’s – Adults Only! 

Saturday, December 2: K12 Hanukkah Party – Adults Only!
January 26-28: Family Camp Weekend at Camp Alonim
Thursday, April 11: Grandparents & Special Friends Day with Preschool (more info to come!) 

Sunday, June 2: Playdate with Young(ish) Families (2-4pm on Vollmer Deck)

Past events:

Party in the Park: An End-of Summer Bash for Temple Isaiah Young(ish) Families
sunday, August 28 | 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Join your Temple Isaiah friends (old AND new!) for live music, crafts, snacks, a little bit o'learnin' and lots o'fun! Featuring our friends, THE BEAT BUDS! This event is open to anyone in our Temple Isaiah preschool, members of Isaiah with young children (ages 0-8) and prospective Isaians looking to connect with a community before High Holy Days! It is FREE, but RSVP is required. Please bring a picnic lunch and a blanket for your family; we'll provide drinks, snacks and treats! See you in the park!
SAVE THE DATE!! Party in the Park 2.0 - Sunday, August 20, 2023