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This Week at Isaiah

This Friday’s Shabbat is a 6pm Happy Half Hour Oneg and 6:30pm Shabbat Service with the Mizmor Band in the Sanctuary.
For more details about this week, please see our Shavua Tov weekly e-newsletter.

Volunteers Needed for Shelter Dinners

Shelter Dinner Week at Mt. View Shelter, Martinez
Monday to Friday, October 23-27
More details and volunteer at

October 22: Clergy Course

Clergy Course with Rabbi Jay LeVine

Sundays at 11:15am in the CCJDS Makom
October 22, 29 and November 5
Practicing Power: How to Think Jewishly About Accomplishing Anything Together

Practicing Power: How to Think Jewishly About Accomplishing Anything Together
What comes to mind when you hear the word “power”? Is it good, bad, or ugly? Join Rabbi LeVine for a special three-part course examining the concept of power, what Judaism has to say about it, and how to practice power more effectively.

While attending all three sessions will allow you to make the most of the learning, please feel free to join for just one or two sessions as well.

Please R.S.V.P. with .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (925) 284-9191

October 25: Film “Time of Favor”

Israel and World Jewry committee presents “Time of Favor” film and discussion
Wednesday, October 25 at 7pm in the Adult Lounge
Winner of Six Israeli Oscars, including Best Picture, ‘Time of Favor’ is a taut thriller about the tense relationship between the orthodox nationalists and the military. Hebrew. Run time 102 minutes. For mature audiences. Screening followed by a lively discussion of the movie. Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Please R.S.V.P. to Iris Sorokin at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Sponsors: Temple Isaiah’s Israel & World Jewry Committee, Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, East Bay International Jewish Film Festival.

October 27: Tot Shabbat

Tot Shabbat Evening
Friday, October 27 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

October 27: Rabbi Saperstein

Shabbat with Rabbi David Saperstein, Former Director and Counsel of RAC

On Friday, October 27, we are thrilled to invite the multi-faith community to Temple Isaiah for a special evening addressing “Our Shared Commitment to Preserve Religious Freedom in the United States.”  We are honored to host Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi David Saperstein, who served two years as U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom under the Obama administration.  Rabbi Saperstein has been recognized by Newsweek Magazine as the most influential rabbi in America, serving as our nation’s chief diplomat on religious freedom issues, former Director of the RAC, serving on boards including the NAACP, the National Religious Partnership and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human rights, teacher of Church-State law at Georgetown University and Senior Advisory for Strategy and Policy for the Union of Reform Judaism.


Friday. October 27
Multi-Faith Community Potluck in the Social Hall.
The inspirational evening will begin at 6:15 with a Multi-Faith Community Potluck with an opportunity get to know other members of the multi-faith community.  Please sign up on the sign-up genius with a dish to share if you plan to attend. 
7:30pm Shabbat service with Rabbi Saperstein in the Sanctuary
At 7:30, we will join together in the sanctuary for an inspiring Shabbat service with Rabbi Saperstein.  Following the service there will be a dessert Oneg hosted by the Temple Isaiah Religious Freedom/Tolerance committee.

Saturday, October 28
Torah Study with Rabbi Saperstein in the Beit Knesset
3pm “Judaism and Justice” discussion with Rabbi Saperstein in the Adult Lounge
On Saturday, October 28th from 3-5pm in the Adult Lounge, Rabbi Saperstein will return, as we invite the local Jewish community to learn from Rabbi Saperstein’s years of experience seeking justice.  This event is open to all members of the Jewish community interested in pursuing justice in our community and beyond.  This program will include question-and-answer time with Rabbi Saperstein. We invite our Reform CA partner congregations, the TI community and the local Jewish community members/groups to attend what is sure to be a remarkable and informative event.

November 3: Shabbatarama

Shabbatarama - All Are Welcome!
Friday, November 3
5:45pm Catered dinner in the Social Hall
Click here to R.S.V.P. Cost: $10/person or $35/family (up to 2 adults, 3 kids)
6:30pm Come as you are for an interactive service with lively singing and visual tefillah followed by oneg with dessert, gaga, arts & crafts, and more!