Shavua Tov: Sunday, December 3, 2017 / 15 Kislev 5778
Welcome to Temple Isaiah's weekly newsletter. Shavua tov, have a good week.

Sunday, December 3
JQuest and Adult Education
3pm HaMakom Grief Support Group in the Library
3pm P'tach Libeynu in TTC 204

Monday, December 4
9:30am WOI Leadership Team meeting in the Adult Lounge
1pm JCL Tutor Training in the Adult Lounge

Tuesday, December 5
10am Neshamah Yoga in the Adult Lounge
11am Beginning Yiddish in TTC 204
4pm JQuest

Wednesday, December 6
10:30am Jewish Book Group in the Adult Lounge
4pm JQuest
6:45pm Noar Night

Thursday, December 7
8:30am Tefillah Thursday in the Sanctuary
11:30am Midrash in the Beit Knesset
7pm Challenging Extremism speaker in the Social Hall

Friday, December 8
9:15am Ganeinu Jewish Playgroup in the Adult Lounge
8pm Library Shabbat with author Alan Jacobson in the Sanctuary followed by oneg

Saturday, December 9
9:15am Torah Study in the Beit Knesset
9:30am Tot Shabbat in the Adult Lounge
10:30am Shabbat Minyan in the Beit Knesset
7pm Jewish Independent Film Group in the Adult Lounge

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Volunteers Still Needed For Winter Nights Shelter
Monday, December 18 to Monday, January 1
We still need offsite cooks 12/25-12/31, servers 12/31, overnight crew and more!
Winter Nights Rotating Family Shelter is a project of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa and Temple Isaiah Chesed direct service program.

Tickets left for Golden State Warriors Jewish Heritage Night
Thursday, December 14
Anshei Isaiah has just a few tickets left for a trip to Oracle Arena to see the Golden State Warriors for Jewish Heritage Night. Tickets are $95 and include a commemorative Warriors menorah to be distributed at the game. Log into your Chaverweb account for tickets, or contact Joel Willen.
Treat Yourself To Shabbat
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.
Torah Study
Saturday, December 9 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. 
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.
Shabbat Morning Minyan led by Rabbi LeVine
Saturday, December 9 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.
Featured Events This Week
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
Neshamah Yoga
Tuesday, December 5 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
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. 
Tefillah Thursday
Thursday, December 7 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.
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.
Ganeinu Jewish Playgroup
Friday, December 8 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.
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
Looking Ahead
Caregiver Support Group
Sunday, December 10 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.
Mindfulness and Meditation
Sunday, December 10 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.
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. Click here to register online. Please bring a book to donate to the Jewish Coalition for Literacy.
TI Business Connections Schmooze
Tuesday, December 12 at 7pm in the Adult Lounge
Come make business connections with your TI member community. Bring your business cards and an elevator speech. Member Don Wayne will give a brief presentation on year end tax tips, including year charitable donations. Don is an Enrolled Agent, running his own tax firm and skilled in Cash Flow, Tax Preparation, Sales Tax, Accounting, Tax Preparation, and Asset Protection. All members are welcome. No R.S.V.P. required.
W.I.S.E. Ones Hanukkah Party
Wednesday, December 13 at 11:30am in the Adult Lounge
Come join in the fun as we celebrate the Festival of Lights together. We’ll enjoy latkes and sweets, a trivia game and Temple member Mark Langberg will visit with his therapy dog Tova. Our group is open to all seniors to participate in “Wise and Inspiring Social Engagement “ There’ll be plenty of time to schmooze and get to know each other better. Please bring your own lunch. Questions or need a ride? please contact Jan Trzesniewski at 925-376-0361 or Julie Bell 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. Want to participate in this year's Chanukah Flash Mob? Join us in the Sanctuary at 6:15pm to learn the moves.
Shabbat Morning Service "Bringing the URJ Biennial Spirit Home"
with Rabbi Shanks and Cantor Korn
Saturday, December 16 at 10:30am in the Beit Knesset
Chanukah Flash Mob
Sunday, December 17 at 1pm at Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
Join us for our second annual Chanukah Flash Mob! Rehearsal opportunities during JQuest Sunday, December 10, before the Shabbat Service Friday, December 15 at 6:15pm in the Sanctuary and Sunday, December 17 at 11am in the Adult Lounge. One of the central values of Chanukah is the commandment "pirsum ha'nes" - to "publicize the miracle." Help us spread joyful Judaism through dance!
Sacred Chant and Healing Circle
Monday, December 18 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.
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
Mussar and Meditation with Rabbi Shanks and Jeanette Gross
Saturday, December 23 at 10:30am in the Beit Knesset
MuShu and a Movie featuring "Hey Hey It's Esther Blueberger"
Sunday, December 24 at 6pm in the Adult Lounge
Everyone is welcome for the annual Jewish tradition of chinese food and a movie sponsored by Anshei Isaiah. Dinner cost for Temple members is $20 for adults/teens, $15 for kids under 13; $25/17 for non-members. Movie snacks, beverages and dessert are included. Adults may bring their own beer and wine. Click here to pay online through your Temple Isaiah Chaverweb account, or send a check (payable to Anshei Isaiah) to the the Temple office by December 20.
Mussar and Meditation with Rabbi LeVine
Saturday, December 30 at 10:30am in the Beit Knesset
Women of Isaiah Y.E.S. Fund Lunch. All Are Welcome!
Sunday, January 7 at 12pm in the Social Hall
Click here for more information and to R.S.V.P.
Israel and World Jewry Committee Presents: "Israel's Place In The World" with Israel's Consul General to San Francisco Shlomi Kofman
Thursday, January 11 at 7pm in the Sanctuary
Join us for this community-wide welcome for our new consul general who will share some of his insights with us. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Community dessert reception to follow. Co-sponsored by Women of Isaiah. R.S.V.P. and sign up for dessert item at
“Extremis” Film and Discussion with Dr. Jessica Zitter
Sunday, January 21 at 4pm in the Sanctuary
The 2017 Oscar-nominated film “Extremis”, directed by filmmaker, Dan Krauss, is a heart-wrenching documentary that follows Jessica Zitter, her team and their patients as they grapple with urgent end-of-life medical decision-making in Oakland, California’s Highland Hospital ICU. Dr. Zitter is the author of the new book, Extreme Measures – Finding a Better Path to the End of Life. Please join us for the film and discussion, followed by meet and greet with book signing. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Temple Isaiah’s Morris and Bobbie Collen Endowment Fund. Presented in partnership with Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, Jewish Federation of the East Bay, Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay, Lehrhaus Judaica, and Contra Costa JCC.
P'tach Libeynu - Support Group for Caregivers
Monday, January 22 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 
Tu Bi'Shvat Seder
Save the date - Saturday, January 27 at 10:30am in the Oneg Room
Anshei Isaiah Trivia Night
Save the date - Saturday, January 27 at 6pm in the Social Hall
Many Ways To Support Temple Isaiah
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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
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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