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This Week at Isaiah

This Friday is Chanukah Shabbat with 6pm oneg 6:15pm Flash Mob rehearsal and 6:30pm Shabbat service followed by Shabbat Supper Club. For more details about this week, please see our Shavua Tov weekly e-newsletter.

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December 17: Chanukah Flash Mob

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!

December 22: Tot Shabbat Evening

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

December 24: Mu Shu and a Movie

MuShu and a Movie
Sunday, December 24 at 6pm in the Adult Lounge

Hey Hey It’s Mushu and a Movie!
American Jewish tradition demands we celebrate the late December holiday with a visit to a Chinese restaurant and a cinema. Our own synagogue tradition suggests we gather in the adult lounge for a Chinese food feast and a film.

Join us at 6:00 pm on Sunday, December 24 for Mushu and a Movie. We will feast on an amazing and plentiful Chinese food buffet of all your favorites. Our movie selection is the hilarious coming-of-age comedy, Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger. The Australian independent, a favorite of film festivals, explores what it’s really like to be an outsider in your own world.

This film is a smart, rueful and dead-on portrait of life’s unending quest to fit in; and the girl who solves it by completely breaking out - introduces a feisty outsider hero unlike any other seen on screen. Esther Blueburger’s quest begins when she escapes from her Bat Mitzvah party and is befriended by Sunni, the effortlessly cool girl who is everything Esther thinks she wants to be. With the help of Sunni, Esther goes away from her ordinary life and leaves behind her malfunctioning Jewish family to hang out with Sunni’s far breezier and super-hip single mom Mary and attend Sunni’s forbidden public school as a Swedish exchange student.

Everyone is welcome! Movie snacks and beverages are provided. Adults may bring their own beer and wine. Fee is $20 for adults/teens and $15 for kids 12 and under for Temple members; $25/17 for non-members. Pay online through your Temple Isaiah Chaverweb account, or send to the Temple office, checks payable to Anshei Isaiah.

January 5: Shabbatarama

Shabbatarama - Friday, January 5
Catered dinner in the Social Hall
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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.