Shavua Tov: Sunday, November 12, 2017 / 23 Cheshvan 5778
Welcome to Temple Isaiah's weekly newsletter. Shavua tov, have a good week.

Sunday, November 12
JQuest and Adult Education
9am Caregiver Support Group at CCJDS
10am Meditation at CCJDS
1pm Kleztones Rehearsal in the Sanctuary
4pm Climate Action Forum in the Sanctuary

Monday, November 13
7pm I&WJ Rabbi Emeritus Graetz Lecture in the Adult Lounge

Tuesday, November 14
10am Neshamah Yoga in the Adult Lounge
11am Beginning Yiddish in TTC 204
4pm JQuest
7pm Board Meeting in the Adult Lounge

Wednesday, November 15
4pm JQuest
6:45pm Noar Night

Thursday, November 16
8:30am Tefillah Thursday in the Sanctuary
10am Neshamah Yoga in the Adult Lounge
1pm WOI Needlewomen in the Library

Friday, November 17
9:15am Ganeinu Jewish Playgroup in the Adult Lounge
6pm Happy Half Hour Oneg
6:30pm Shabbat Service with The Mizmor Band

Saturday, November 18
JQuest on Shabbat
9:15am Torah Study in the Beit Knesset
10:30am Shabbat Minyan in the Beit Knesset

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Photo: Rabbi Shanks helped launch Temple Isaiah‘s newest havurah, New Kids on the Block. Here’s to many years of enjoying each other‘s friendship!

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New Name Tags
The engagement team is always working on new ways to build new connections and strengthen our community. You may have noticed some new name tags to be worn at Friday night services. We hope you will participate in our effort to create bonds with our guests and new members and enhance the relationships between current and long-time members. Each week be sure to grab your name tag from our rack and return it to the rack as you leave. Thank you to WOI for funding this important initiative.

Save The Date - Kulanu Annual Family Retreat April 20-22, 2018
for families with kids K-12 at

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Treat Yourself To Shabbat
Shabbat Service with The Mizmor Band
Friday, November 17
6pm Happy Half Hour Oneg
6:30pm Service in the Sanctuary
Torah Study
Saturday, November 18 at 9:15am in the Beit Knesset
Join us on Shabbat morning as we study the weekly Torah portion with a member of our clergy team. Newcomers are always welcome. 
Shabbat Minyan
Saturday, November 18 at 10:30am
in the Beit Knesset
Join us Saturday morning for worship from liturgy in Mishkan T’filah, the Reform Movement’s prayer book in the Beit Knesset.
Featured Events This Week
Caregiver Support Group
Sunday, November 12 at 9am in the CCJDS Lounge
Being a family caregiver can be overwhelming, stressful and isolating. This group provides a warm and supportive atmosphere to share experiences and hear stories of others in similar situations. Facilitated by Anne Aronov of JFCS East Bay. Click here or more details.
Regional Gathering for Reform CA
Sunday, November 12 from 9:45am to 2pm at Congregation Beth El, Berkeley
Join the delegation from the Temple Isaiah Tzedek Team to attend the first-ever Reform CA Northern California Regional Gathering on Sunday, November 12, 9:45-2:00 at Congregation Beth El Berkeley. We will gather with the leaders of social justice teams from congregations across the region to share our successes and challenges and to talk about how together we can build the California we dream of, a California of compassion, justice and wholeness. This will be an energizing day! You will come away from the gathering inspired by the work of other Reform congregational social justice teams, more deeply connected to Reform CA, motivated by the possibility of what we can accomplish together in California, and enriched by relationships with other Reform social justice leaders in our region. Lunch will be served.  Please register for the regional gathering now.
Mindfulness and Meditation
Sunday, November 12 at 10am at CCJDS
We will establish a plan to continue our monthly practice. Please join us to share your ideas and expectations for an ongoing program.
Community Kristallnacht Commemoration
Sunday, November 12 at 3pm at B'nai Tikvah, Walnut Creek
If you are a bystander and witness a crime, should intervention to prevent that crime be a legal obligation? Or is moral responsibility enough? Law professor Amos Guiora, the former Commander of Israel’s School of Military Law, examines these profound questions from a deeply personal and legal perspective, focusing on the Holocaust and then exploring cases in contemporary society. Admission is free. Open to the public. 
Co-sponsored by the Israel and World Jewry Committee.
Climate Action Forum
Sunday, November 12 at 4pm in the Sanctuary
LEARN, ENGAGE, ACT! Please join us at this FREE event. Understand the science of climate change, the moral imperative for action, and how you can participate. Be the Change! Sponsored by the Temple Isaiah Environmental Committee.
Click here for details.
World Jewry-A Practitioner's Point of View with Rabbi Emeritus Roberto D. Graetz
Monday, November 13 at 7pm in the Adult Lounge
Emeritus Rabbi Roberto D. Graetz, Temple Isaiah’s Senior Rabbi from 1991 to -2016 has been committed to and involved in World Jewry Issues throughout his career. Since retiring he has been the visiting Rabbi for the High Holidays (2016,2017) and consulted with Congregations in Argentina, Brazil and Puerto Rico. Based on his long term commitment and recent experience Rabbi Graetz will discuss the current state of World Jewry. Sponsored by the Israel and World Jewry Committee. Free and open to the public. R.S.V.P. to
Neshamah Yoga
Tuesday, November 14 and Thursday, November 16 at 10am in the Adult Lounge
Neshamah Yoga™ is open to every age, every body. This unique class weaves together self-care/massage, tai-chi, brain balancing, and traditional yoga poses, along with breathing techniques for stress reduction and optimal health. This ongoing, drop-in class draws from the deep wellspring of our tradition, including Mussar, Torah portions, liturgy, poetry, and Jewish holidays. Bring: Yoga mat. All other props will be provided for new students. Adults only, drop-ins welcome. $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers. This class is facilitated by Temple Isaiah member Kendra Fried, mind-body movement specialist and integrative wellness counselor. Please feel free to contact her with any questions or concerns at (831) 717-4270, or and visit
Tefillah Thursday
Thursday, November 16 at 8:30am in the Sanctuary
Refresh your soul every Thursday morning with a healthy dose of prayer! Join our clergy at 8:30am in the Sanctuary on Thursdays for a short, meaningful prayer service. The service will conclude by 9:00am, and it will be followed by a 30-minute study session related to Jewish prayer and liturgy. We will dive into the meaning, history, and structure of Jewish prayer, helping to enrich the prayer experience. Feel free to attend the service at 8:30, the study session at 9:00, or both. Open to all, whether you are new to Jewish prayer or have been praying regularly for years.
Ganeinu Jewish Playgroup
Friday, November 17 at 9:15am in the Adult Lounge
Temple Isaiah is proud to offer a free, weekly, Jewish, drop-in playgroup for parents and caregivers, and their infants and toddlers (0-30 months). All are welcome.
Looking Ahead
Multi-faith Thanksgiving Celebration and Service
Sunday, November 19 at 4pm at Hillcrest Congregational Church in Pleasant Hill
Please join us for this service to share gratitude and find inspiration. Our prayers will be led by faith leaders from across Contra Costa County. Our souls will be lifted by music from a Multi-faith Choir, including members of Temple Isaiah's adult choir, and the Grant Street Players, high school and young adults singers who have a story to tell. Sponsored by
Sacred Chant and Healing Circle
Monday, November 20 at 7pm in the Beit Knesset
Share in ritual, chant and meditative silence…finding some moments of calm as we immerse ourselves in the prayers of our ancestors.
P'tach Libeynu - Support Group for Caregivers
Monday, November 27 at 7pm in TTC 204
Are you a parent, sibling, or child of an adult with mental illness? This group provides information as well as the opportunity to share and support each other as you learn to help your loved one. Facilitated by licensed clinical social worker, Rosemarie Frydman, and NAMI certified trainer Karen Cohen. Contact 
Rossmoor Shabbat
Friday, December 1 at 6pm in the Hillside Clubhouse
Join us to celebrate Shabbat with your community in Rossmoor with your Temple Isaiah Clergy. This event is for Temple Isaiah members only. We will share in a vegetarian potluck - fish OK. (no meat). Please click here to R.S.V.P. or call the Temple office at (925) 283-8575. We hope to see you there!
Chanukah Shabbatarama 
Friday, December 1
5:45pm Catered dinner in the Social Hall
Click here to R.S.V.P. or email
Cost: $10/person or $35/family (up to 2 adults, 3 kids)
6:30pm Intergenerational service in the Sanctuary followed by oneg with activities. Shabbatarama is designed with our elementary school kids in mind, but it’s also accepting of younger kids who have extra wiggles and meaningful for adults who are looking for a community Shabbat experience.
HaMakom Grief Support Group
Sunday, December 3 at 3pm in the Library
Death is part of the cycle of life, and we work our way through grief guided by the rituals and practices passed down through the centuries. We also find comfort in sharing our stories, talking about the ones we miss so much, having a place where others understand and listen. HaMakom is that place. There is no need to RSVP. Temple members and grief specialists Dawn Boyer Comer, MA and Karen Kupetz, MSW, will be present. Questions? Contact
P'tach Libeynu
Support Group for Adults with Mental Illness
Sunday, December 3 from 3-4:30pm in TTC room 204
Dealing with anxiety, depression or other emotional challenges?  Come to Temple Isaiah's support group and join others in sharing and supporting one another. Facilitated by licensed marriage and family therapist, Valerie Milner, and Diana MaKieve. Contact: or (925) 988-9707.
JCL Tutor Training
Monday, December 4 from 1-4pm in the Adult Lounge
Can You Read This? That means you can help a child who can’t. In just one hour a week you can help an at-risk child (grades K-3) learn to love reading. Take part in this rewarding tikkun olam, social action program. Join the Jewish Coalition for Literacy as a volunteer reading tutor and make a difference in a child’s life. Sign up for a free tutor training workshop at
Jewish Book Group
Wednesday, December 6 at 10:30am in the Adult Lounge
Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen – Fiction
Dr Eitan Green is a good man. He saves lives. Then, speeding along a deserted moonlit road in his SUV, he hits someone. Seeing that the man, an African migrant, is beyond help, he flees the scene. It is a decision that changes everything because the dead man’s wife knows what happened. When she knocks at Eitan’s door the next day, tall and beautiful, he discovers that her price is not money. It is something else entirely, something that will shatter Eitan’s safe existence and take him into a world of secrets and lies. Waking Lions is a gripping, suspenseful and morally devastating drama of guilt and survival, shame, and desire. 
Thursday, December 7 at 11:30am in the Beit Knesset
What does it mean to be in love with holy language? The Jewish genre of Midrash suggests that it means we commit to Torah through embracing profound play. If a word matters, we must interpret it, yet if it is holy, surely it contains more meaning than we could ever exhaust. And so we play with profound ideas, trusting that something of worth will be revealed to us. This year, we want to invite you to join us in exploring an eclectic set of midrashim (plural of midrash), beginning with stories about Abraham, the first Jew.
WOI Presents Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism
Thursday, December 7 from 7pm to 9pm in the Social Hall
Temple Isaiah member Tony Sgro, owner and CEO of EdVenture Partners, will discuss Peer to Peer (P2P), an exciting, successful program to counter violent extremism. The program harnesses the creativity of university students around the world while they are earning academic credit to design, implement, and assess the effectiveness of peer-created social and digital media initiatives, products, and tools to counter prejudice, online hate, terrorist propaganda, and extremism. Tony’s presentation will review EVP’s academic partnership model as well as top campaigns from around the world.
Library Shabbat with Alan Jacobson
Friday, December 8 at 8pm in the Sanctuary
The Temple Isaiah Library Committee presents library shabbat with local author and Temple Isaiah member Alan Jacobson discussing his latest book The Lost Codex, an exciting thriller with a biblical connection. Shabbat service followed by oneg with meet and greet and book signing.
Tot Shabbat Morning
Saturday, December 9 at 9:30am in the Adult Lounge
Geared toward families with children 0 to 5 years old, Tot Shabbat is an interactive and friendly Shabbat experience. Enjoy a free bagel brunch, activities and prayer with other young families. R.S.V.P. at
Jewish Independent Film Group Presents Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi
Saturday, December 9 at 7pm in the Adult Lounge 
Israel, 2003, 94 Minutes, Hebrew with subtitles
This wonderful coming-of-age story captures the pain of not fitting into society. Shlomi is 16 years-old. In addition to the average 16 year-old problems, Shlomi lives with his jealous mother and his elderly grandfather and must assume most household chores... including all cooking while trying to not be too visible in life. His lack of success at school is not understood until his headmaster makes a startling discovery. This program is free and open to the public and popcorn and drinks will be provided. No R.S.V.P. necessary. Questions? Contact Steve Mehlman at
Kulanu and WOI Chanukah Party
Sunday, December 10 from 11am to 1:30pm in the Social Hall
Temple Isaiah families with young children are invited to our annual Chanukah Party. Cost is $5/person. Please bring a book to donate to the Jewish Coalition for Literacy.
W.I.S.E. Ones Seniors Program
Wednesday, December 13 at 11:30am in the Adult Lounge
Please mark your calendar and bring your own lunch. Questions? Contact Jan Trzesniewski at
Chanukah Shabbat w/Mizmor Band
Friday, December 15 with 6pm Oneg and 6:30pm Service
Join us for a special Shabbat service with Chanukah celebration and sing along with our Mizmor Band. Remember to bring your chanukiyah to light.
Volunteers Needed For Winter Nights Shelter
Monday, December 18 to Monday, January 1
Click here to volunteer! Winter Nights Rotating Family Shelter is a project of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa and Temple Isaiah Chesed direct service program.
Tot Shabbat Evening
Friday, December 22 at 5:30pm in the Sanctuary followed by catered dinner
Geared toward families with children 0 to 5 years old, Tot Shabbat is an interactive and friendly Shabbat experience. Enjoy food, activities and prayer with other young families. Dinner cost: $30 per family (max. 2 adults, 3 kids) or $10 per person. Details and R.S.V.P. at
MuShu and a Movie
Sunday, December 24 at 6pm in the Adult Lounge
Save the date for Anshei Isaiah's annual event for those seeking community during the winter holidays.
Many Ways To Support Temple Isaiah
Temple Isaiah relies on the time, talent and treasure of volunteers dedicated to our community. We’d love your support! Learn more at

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Special Gifts
We welcome endowment gifts, fund-specific, and unrestricted donations to Temple Isaiah at  and acknowledge contributions in our monthly Ruach Bulletin .

L'dor Vador Circle
L’dor Vador Circle is comprised of members who strengthen our community by donating above the annual sustaining membership commitment amount, allowing us to: provide financial aid to our members in need so they can participate in Temple life, support innovation, including our award-winning youth and education programs, and preserve everything we love about Temple Isaiah. To join our L’dor Vador Circle , please login to your Temple account to renew your annual membership commitment, or contact Deb Kirsch, Executive Director at or (925) 283-8575.

Credit Card Fees 
Please help Temple Isaiah by agreeing to add 3% to any credit card transaction to offset our costs. As a charitable contribution to Your Jewish Neighborhood, the additional 3% is tax deductible (to the extent allowable by law).

Memorial Plaques
Our Jewish tradition calls upon us to remember our loved ones. The memorial wall at the back of the sanctuary is a special way to honor those who came before us in a meaningful and lasting manner. Click here for more information.

Legacy Society
You can help ensure the strength and success of Temple Isaiah for future generations by including the temple in your estate plans. You don't have to be wealthy to leave a legacy. You can designate a small percentage of your estate or a portion of your retirement plan. There is no minimum gift amount, and the sign-up process is hassle-free. For more information, please contact Mike Bandler (925) 831-1320 or Maynard Lichterman (925) 448-2240.
Jewish Community 
Temple Isaiah is proud to present UNDER ONE TENT, Contra Costa's Jewish Book & ARTS Festival. Book talks, a gardening demonstration, multi-week classes, lectures, galas, film screenings and more are on our exciting line-up. Detailed information about all of our festival programs can be found at:
Chanukah Open House at The Reutlinger Community
Sunday, December 17 from 2-4pm
Join in the fun and celebrate the holiday with jelly donuts, chocolate gelt, wine, latkes, a fabulous gift raffle and more. Cost $18 adults, $9 children. R.S.V.P. to Naheed Asalati at or (924) 964-2098
URJ Biennial 2017
Help us put together a gold delegation! If we have at least 12 registrants from Temple Isaiah, each will be refunded at the discounted rate and receive lots of other perks. Click for more details and to  register here today
Angel Network
Our caring community of volunteers dedicated to offering comfort and support to members and their families in times of need. The Angel Network can assist with a range of tasks from meals and transportation to making visits and phone calls. When a need arises, tell us. Contact clergy assistant Nina Jones or call (925) 283-8575.
There When You Need Us
If you need immediate support with a death, illness, or other urgent matter, please call the Temple office at (925) 283-8575. Email communication may result in delays. We have a wonderful staff who will make sure you get the support you need.
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