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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: [email protected] / (310) 277-2772 x 60
  • For questions about Temple membership, connect with Membership Manager David Sabel: [email protected] / (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: [email protected] / (310) 553-3552
  • Carla Kopf, Director of K12 Education and Engagement: [email protected] / (310) 277-2661


Grandparent & Me

Grandparent & Me is designed as structured playtime for babies, toddlers & preschoolers (0-5 years old) and at least one grandparent. Young & old play & shmooze, enjoy a delicious snack, sing songs and make memories on select Sunday mornings throughout the year. Class will be led by our clergy and special guests. It is open to any member of Temple Isaiah with a familial connection to a 0-5 year old. That includes Isaiah preschool families with local or out-of-town grandparents, adult Isaiah members with grandchildren in the LA area, adult Isaiah members with out-of-town grandchildren coming to visit, and so forth. Additionally: Not yet a member of Temple Isaiah? Reach out to our clergy to get looped in on Temple membership. 

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:

This schedule is subject to change – please check this page often for the most up-to-date details.

Kidchella: A Pre-Passover Celebration

Grab your flower crowns & best music festival attire and get ready to jam! Join Temple Isaiah’s house band & clergy for music, dancing, Pre-Passover learning, pizza & fun! We’ll conclude with a sweet Havdalah ceremony marking the end of Shabbat.

Designed for those with kids age 12 and under, this event is free and open to Isaiah members and non-members. RSVP required to attend.

Bim Bam Shabbat

Got that Shabbat feeling? Let it shine in our new Bim Bam Shabbat class! Join your toddler for music, movement, stories, and snack as we celebrate the joys of Shabbat and all its blessings.

Class is now full. If you are interested in joining for next session, please reach out to teacher Jessica.

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.

Past Events:


SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 | 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.

“All Apologies” at Sorry not Sorry on Pico

Saturday, September 23 | 5:00 p.m.
High Holy Days are a time of reflection, introspection, and forgiveness – but they are also a time for reconnecting with your Isaiah community as we begin a new Jewish year. Join us on Saturday September 23 at Sorry not Sorry (a bar on Pico Blvd) for an evening of storytelling & song focused on forgiveness and atonement. Complete with craft cocktails & delicious food, we’ll prepare mind, body, and spirit for the holy day of Yom Kippur.

Sukkot at Avitals

Saturday, September 30 | 7:00 p.m.
Join us for parent’s night out to celebrate Sukkot! Dinner, drinks, music, friends and fun! Please plan to bring beer or wine to share. Dress code is cocktail attire.

Family Camp at Camp Alonim

January 26-28, 2024

Our Isaiah tradition of Family Camp returned with a bang after a five year hiatus! Designed for families with younger children (most of whom were experiencing Family Camp for the very first time) our pilgrimage to Brandeis Bardin in Simi Valley over the final weekend in January featured incredible moments of bonding, connection, and of course, fun! From praying together with Rabbi Jaclyn and Teacher Sophie to art projects, sports, yoga, Israeli dance, Torah study with Cantor Schloss, a sound bath meditation (truly a highlight!), adults-only 90s party, campfire and much more, it was an unforgettable weekend for all.