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young(ish) families

Who We Are: A new initiative for Temple Isaiah, 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. Young(ish) Families offers meaningful social and spiritual connections through prayer, learning, Shabbat, holidays, dance, FOOD & so much more. For those who are not already members of Temple Isaiah, we see this initiative as a pathway to membership; an opportunity to nurture and expand our sacred community of Isaians.

Why Young(ish) Families: We are beyond blessed at Temple Isaiah to have a vibrant, thriving preschool and an incredible, beloved K12 program (also known as religious school). We know there are many West LA folks with younger kids who want to connect to Jewish community but, for one reason or another, enrollment in Temple Isaiah Preschool and/or our K12 program is not logistically feasible at this time. We get it! And so, our goal with Young(ish) Families is to create more on-ramps to all Isaiah has to offer, more pathways toward long-term Temple membership. Our vision does not exclude any families who have already chosen to become members at Isaiah or already attend our preschool. Quite the opposite! This initiative is intended as a wide, broad tent filled with folks from all types of backgrounds and all levels of engagement.

So, if you’re interested in adding your family’s story to our Temple Isaiah tapestry (celebrating 75 years in 2023!) we’re thrilled to have you. As we love to say, join us in your home at the intersection of tradition and innovation.

What We Do: In our inaugural year (2022-23) we are proud to host a robust collection of programs, all listed here and also on our Temple calendar. All events are subject to change and programs will be added over the course of the year, so check this page often for the most up-to-date information.

Want to get even more involved, beyond an individual event or program? Interested in helping shape Young(ish) Families as it evolves? Want to put your creativity and curiosity to good use? Awesome! Reach out to Rabbi Jaclyn Cohen: rabbijaclyn@templeisaiah.com / (310) 277-2772 x 60

Interested in skipping right to membership? Fantastic! Connect with our Director of Membership Engagement Sheri Reynolds: sheri@templeisaiah.com / (310) 277-2772 x 27

Curious about our award-winning, outstanding preschool & K12 programs? Reach out to:
Dr. Tamar Andrews, Senior Director of Early Childhood Education and Engagement: tamar@templeisaiah.com / (310) 553-3552

Carla Kopf, Director of K12 Education and Engagement: carla@templeisaiah.com / (310) 277-2661

Upcoming events:

Pink Challah Bake with Sharsheret
Thursday, October 6 | 9:30 a.m.
Bake all-natural pink challah for your Shabbat table. Learn about breast cancer screening and ways to be proactive about your health and enjoy a morning with preschool parents! With Isaian moms Suzanne Asherson, Breast Cancer Thriver, and Jenna Fields, Regional Director of Sharsheret.



Shabbat with Young(ish) Families
Saturday, October 15 | 9:30 a.m.
Gather with your family, friends and community as we celebrate Shabbat in all its glory! 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 age 8 or younger.


Future dates: December 2, December 16, January 28, February 11, March 10, April 29, May 20
Simchat Torah Celebration
Sunday, October 16 | 4:30 p.m.
Please join us for an unforgettable celebration as we unroll and dance with the Torah. Light dinner served on the 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!

Bubbles & Bagels |  Contact Rabbi Jaclyn for more information
A brand-new program at Temple Isaiah, B&B brings together folks with kiddos around 12-24 months of age with 1-2 caregivers monthly on Sunday mornings. While our current cohort is full, our hope is to offer more cohorts in the future. Please email Rabbi Jaclyn to get connected
Future dates: October 9, November 6, December 4

Back-to-Shul Shabbat
Friday, September 9 | 6:15 p.m.
An evening of reconnection with one another and with Torah! As we begin a new year of religious school, we are delighted to welcome back our younger elementary school friends (entering K-3rd) and their siblings & families for a special Shabbat service and dinner. Come celebrate a new year of learning, growth & community with prayer, song, ruach (spirit!) and delicious food.