Shavua Tov: Sunday, May 14, 2017 / 18 Iyar 5777
Welcome to Temple Isaiah's weekly newsletter. Shavua tov, h ave a good week.

Sunday, May 14

Monday, May 15
11:30am Midrash Monday in the Beit Knesset
7pm Anshei Isaiah Board Meeting in the Adult Lounge
7pm Sacred Hebrew Chant and Healing Circle in the Beit Knesset

Tuesday, May 16
10am Neshamah Yoga in the Adult Lounge
4pm JQuest
7pm Board Meeting in the Adult Lounge

Wednesday, May 17
11am WOI Nutrition Program in the Adult Lounge
1pm Wise Aging in the Oneg Room
4pm JQuest
6:45pm Noar Night

Thursday, May 18
8:30am Tefillah Thursday in the Sanctuary
10am Neshamah Yoga in the Adult Lounge

Friday, May 19
9:15am Ganeinu Jewish Playgroup in the Adult Lounge
6pm Happy Half Hour Oneg
6:30pm Shabbat Service with confirmation in the Sanctuary

Saturday, May 20
8:45am Torah Study in the Beit Knesset
10:30am Shabbat Service in the Sanctuary with  Bat Mitzvah: Ella Thompson
12pm Neighbor to Neighbor Picnic at Lafayette Reservoir

For the complete Temple Isaiah calendar, visit
Oneg Sign-Up for June 2017-May 2018 available online now! Deadline August 31. 
In order to continue with the warm and joyous Onegs we have shared in the past, each family is asked to do their part and help host at least one Oneg Shabbat every year. This responsibility involves providing desserts or appetizers, enough for 25 to 30 people. Our wonderful custodial staff will be on hand to set-up and plate the goodies and will stay to clean up at the end. All we need you to do is to bring the treats. You may sign up to host an Oneg Shabbat with your havurah, friends or individually. Choose an Oneg night that works for you. There are up to ten families assigned to each Shabbat. We hope all congregants will participate in this  community mitzvah, but if you are unable, there will be a $36 charge applied to your account after August 31 to be used to purchase additional Oneg foods from our hospitality fund. Your support of our Temple Isaiah community is warmly appreciated. We look forward to celebrating Shabbat with you and your family. Details at

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Your Jewish Neighborhood Needs You!
Temple seeks volunteers with specific skills and interests to help with upcoming needs including grant writing, graphic design, maintenance projects on campus, photography and videography, fundraising, web content consulting, and more. Time limited and ongoing opportunities available. Interested and available to help make a difference? Please contact and share your time and talent with us.

Social Justice
Our Social Justice teams are busy planning for the coming year. Join us in honoring our Jewish values by putting them into action. Get involved at
Featured Events This Week
"Our Soul Breathes the Spirit of Song"
DVC and East Bay Jewish Choral Festival with the Temple Isaiah Adult Choir
Sunday, May 14 at 4pm in the Sanctuary
Free and open to the public. Featuring COPLAND The Lark, WHITACRE, Five Hebrew Love Songs, BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms, GLICK The Hour Has Come and many others.  Click here for details.
Nutrition for Women's Health
Wednesday May 17 from 11am - 12:15pm
in the Adult Lounge
Join Stephanie Snyder, WOI member and Certified Holistic Nutritionist, for a discussion on Nutrition Support for Women's health. This discussion will be an extension of the Eating for Health course taught this past summer and will focus more specifically on women's issues including: perimenopause, menopause, osteoporosis, and weight management.
Sponsored by Women of Isaiah.
3rd Annual Neighbor to Neighbor Interfaith Picnic
Saturday, May 20 from 12-3pm
at Lafayette Reservoir large picnic area
Join us as we meet and deepen our connections with our neighbors of different faiths, enjoy each other's foods, and play and pray together in a fun, family atmosphere designed for all ages. Details and RSVP at
Looking Ahead
Temple Isaiah Family Trip To Israel - Summer 2019 Info. Session
Sunday, May 21 at 10am in the Beit Knesset (note the new time)
We are starting to plan the next Family Trip to Israel for the Summer 2019 which will include an opportunity for children to become Bar/Bat Mitzvah. This family Israel adventure will be an action-packed trip designed especially for families with children and a Bar/Bat Mitzvah service will be an integral part of the itinerary. This trip is not only for families with a child becoming bar/bat mitzvah.  All families are welcome and encouraged to participate. Questions? Contact Rabbi Miller at or (925) 283-8575. 
Anshei Isaiah Kick Off
Monday, May 22 at 6pm in the Social Hall
Featuring special guest speaker sports figure Roberto Clemente, Jr. 
$18 for continuing members and $54 for new members. More details and R.S.V.P. at
Family Member Support Group for adults with mental illness
Monday, May 22, 7-8:30pm in TTC room 204
Facilitated by licensed clinical social worker, Rosemarie Frydman, and NAMI certified trainer Karen Cohen. Temple Isaiah lower education building, room 204. Contact:
Tot Shabbat Evening
Friday, May 26 in the Sanctuary
5pm Snack and 5:30pm Service followed by catered dinner.  Geared toward families with children up to 5 years old, Tot Shabbat is an interactive and friendly Shabbat experience. Enjoy food, activities and prayer with other young families. Dinner: $25 per family (2 adults) or $10 per person at the door.  RSVP at
Shabbat Service Promoting Mental Health Awareness Month
Friday, May 26 at 8pm in the Sanctuary
P’tach Libeynu: Open Our Hearts is Temple Isaiah’s support and education effort for mental health.  We have been providing support and education for our congregation since 2009.  In honor of Mental Health Month 2017, P’tach Libeynu will issue this proclamation at this special Shabbat service.
Erev Shavuot Service
Tuesday, May 30 at 7pm in the Sanctuary
Join us for the festival of Shavuot when we celebrate the first harvest and
commemorate the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai.  
Shabbat Service with Board Installation
"Honoring Our Founders and Celebrating Our Future"
Friday, June 2 with 6pm Oneg and 6:30pm Service in the Sanctuary
Mussar and Meditation
Saturday, June 3 at 10:30am in the Beit Knesset
Explore the wisdom of Mussar practice on the first Saturday morning of every month when Temple Isaiah offers a Mussar & Meditation Shabbat experience. We open our hearts through chant and silence, and discuss the Jewish teachings around a particular quality. If you are seeking a soulful Shabbat, but with a little less prayer - this is for you. If you are seeking ways to grow wiser in your everyday life - this is for you. If you aren't so sure about chanting and silence, give it a try anyway. You might be surprised at how the combination of music and silence calms us, connects us, and creates space for new ways of thinking and acting to emerge.
Shabbat Service with Board Installation
"Honoring Our Founders and Celebrating Our Future"
Friday, June 2 with 6pm Oneg and 6:30pm Service in the Sanctuary
Support Group for Adults with Mental Illness
Sunday, June 4, 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.
HaMakom Grief Support Group
Sunday, June 4 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
Tot Shabbat Morning
Saturday, June 10 at 9:30am in the Adult Lounge
Geared toward families with children up to 5 years old, Tot Shabbat is an interactive and friendly Shabbat experience. Enjoy food, activities and prayer with other young families. All are welcome. RSVP for FREE bagel brunch at
W.I.S.E. Ones Seniors Group with Helen Ann Licht
Wednesday, June 14 at 11:30am in the Adult Lounge
W.I.S.E Ones, our popular new social group for seniors, offers "Wise and Inspiring Social Engagement "- interesting and engaging programs that our experienced, dynamic members can enjoy together. By sharing experiences and telling our stories we have a chance to appreciate each other more fully. We meet on the second Wednesday each month at 11:30am in the Adult Lounge. Please mark your calendar and bring your own lunch. Questions? Contact Jan Trzesniewski at 925-376-0361 or
Outdoor Shabbat Services
Fridays, June 16 and 30 at 6:30pm in the Amphitheater
Camp Kefli 2017:  July 31- August 4 and  August 7-11 for kids K-8th grade
The Camp Kefli experience enhances a child's year-round Jewish learning and promotes a positive connection to Temple Isaiah. The days are spent on adventures to places like the Exploratorium, Creativity Museum, and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. We bowl, swim, and have fun competing in the annual Maccabi Games. Our Theme Days this year include Mighty Jewish Power Rangers, Kefli Cartoon Mania, and Kefli Takes Manhattan. Register at
Weekly Opportunities
Midrash Mondays with Rabbi LeVine 
Mondays  at 11:30am  in the Beit Knesset 
Uncover the joy and meaning  of reading one of the oldest collections of Midrash - Mekhilta. In the process we will learn ways of relating to the text, to the world around us, and to each other. Drop-ins welcome.
Neshamah Yoga 
Tuesdays and Thursdays  at 10am in the Adult Lounge
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.
Tefillah Thursdays with Rabbi Greninger 
Thursdays at 8:30am in the Sanctuary
Refresh your soul every Thursday morning with a healthy dose of prayer!  The short service will conclude by 9am, followed by a 30-minute study session related to Jewish prayer and liturgy. 
Ganeinu Jewish Playgroup
Fridays at 9:15am in the Adult Lounge
Temple Isaiah is proud to offer a free, Jewish, drop-in playgroup for parents and caregivers, and their infants and toddlers (0-30 months). 
Torah Study
Satur days at 8:45am or 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. We meet at 8:45am and later at 9:15am if there is no bar or bat mitzvah scheduled. Newcomers are always welcome. 
Shabbat Worship
Friday Nights at various times (see calendar and Saturday mornings at 10:30am
Warm, inclusive, participatory Shabbat services are part of what makes Temple Isaiah a welcoming place.   Click here for more details.
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

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: subsidize 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.

Optional Credit Card Fees 
You can help Temple Isaiah by agreeing to add 3% to any credit card transaction to offset our costs. This is an optional opportunity to support Your Jewish Neighborhood and not a requirement. Please tell your family and friends!

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)283-6608.
Corporate Matching Gifts
Please consider asking your employer for corporate matching gift opportunities. Questions? Contact the Temple office at (925) 283-8575.

Free Money
Please support Temple Isaiah when searching and shopping online with these partners:
Jewish Community 
Contra Costa Interfaith Housing Seeks Donations
In the next 4-6 weeks, Garden Park Apartments will be receiving 3 new families. As always, you are responsive to our needs for all kinds of furnishings.  Click here for a Sign-up Genius link for you to sign up for items which are all tax deductible donations.
If you are able to donate the use of your truck, please contact Thank you for helping reduce the cycle of poverty and homelessness!

Walk for Crohn's and Colitis Foundation
June 3 at 3pm at Civic Park, Walnut Creek
Did you know Ashkenazi Jews are 4 to 5 times more likely to have Crohn’s Disease than the general population? The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation is sponsoring an East Bay walk to raise money for research, education and patient care for this serious and debilitating disease. You can register for the East Bay Take Steps Walk at If you have any questions with registering  or making a donation, please contact the East Bay Take Steps Walk Manager, Meridith Imrie at (415) 356 2233 or email her at

Congregation Emanu El MenschFest - Young Adult Summer Camp 
Friday, August 18 - Sunday, August 20
Escape the always on, hustle and bustle of the Bay Area, and rediscover your relaxed and playful self. Join us for our 5th year of summer camp throwbacks, live music and Jewish connection! MenschFest provides a wide variety of activities and ways to engage with other young adults in their 20s and 30s. It's up to you how much you want to jump in the flow and how much you want to nap in a hammock. You can try something new or take some time to do your favorite things! More details at

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Cal State University, Easy Bay announces its Spring/Summer (May-August)  2017 program of lectures, courses & field trips. Of special interest  to Temple Isaiah members  may be: "Sikhism and Judaism: Unique and Yet Akin" a lecture by Ken Blady & Amrik Singh Pannu, on Wednesday, June 14th, 2:00-3:30 p.m.; "Jewish Communities in Exotic Places," a course by Ken Blady, Wednesdays, May 17, 24 & June 7,14 & 21, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 well the course on "Fascism" by Larry Prud'homme, June 5,12,19 & 26, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Monthly lectures are held in the Oak Room, courses in classrooms on the Concord Campus of Cal State East Bay, 47000 Ygnacio Valley Blvd., Concord. All lectures are free to OLLI members, there is a charge for courses. Brochures of the complete Spring/Summer 2017 OLLI program are available in the Temple House & on the carousel in the entrance to the Sanctuary. For further information, please call the OLLI office at (925) 602-6776 or go on line to our website at

Temple Isaiah is proud to present UNDER ONE TENT, Contra Costa's Jewish Book & ARTS Festival. Our community's UNDER ONE TENT program returns for a spring semester, with events starting in late March and continuing through the end of June. 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:

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.
Your Jewish Neighborhood
Be a member mensch
Want to help make Your Jewish Neighborhood even better? Be a member mensch! Invite your non-member family and friends to your next service or event so they too can experience all that Temple Isaiah has to offer. Mention your love for Temple Isaiah when you're out in the community. Have a prospective member lead? Please introduce them to the Temple Isaiah clergy and staff and take pride in helping to connect others with our caring community.  

Want Your Jewish Neighborhood feel a little cozier? Consider joining a havurah.

Already in a Havurah? Please join our active havurah database and contact the membership coordinator with any availability for others to join you, as well as questions, ideas, milestones, and photos. We'd love to hear from you! 
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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Temple Isaiah's mission is to embody, enhance and perpetuate our Jewish tradition by providing a welcoming spiritual home where the membership gathers to worship God, study Torah, engage in acts of Tikkun Olam, deepen our relationship with Israel, participate in Jewish rituals and life cycle events, and experience the joy of being part of a caring community.