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This Week at Isaiah

The Shabbat schedule this Friday, April 28:
5:30pm Tot Shabbat in the Beit Knesset
6pm Oneg and 6:30pm Shabbat service in the Amphitheater honoring April simchas (Rain plan: Adult Lounge)
For more details about this week, see our weekly e-newsletter here.

April 23 and May 7: Clergy Course

Clergy Course with Rabbi LeVine
Sundays, April 23 and May 7 at 11:15am in the Beit Knesset (Location moved from the CCJDS Makom)
Register with .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or contact (925) 284-9191

Love is in the Air: The Song of Songs & Ruth
Two of the most charming, unexpectedly bold, and undeniably beautiful little books of the Hebrew Bible are read during the spring and early summer each year. The Song of Songs is traditionally read during Passover, and Ruth is read during Shavuot. We will explore each of these in greater depth, focusing on the theme of love.

The Song of Songs surprises us by its unabashed celebration of love - marriage and children are not the point here; rather pure erotic love between two human beings. For a more detailed introduction, see Rabbi Alissa Miller’s Shabbat Shalom. We will focus on selected themes from the poetry. If you want to read the Song in advance, I highly recommend it, although you will not need to have any prior knowledge for the class.

The book of Ruth is quite different than the Song of Songs. It is prose, not poetry - a fun and meaningful story in four chapters (read it in advance - it’s easy!). It focuses on the love of family and friendship, as well as romantic love.

How does love move us? How does love surprise us? How does love heal us? These are the questions our tradition poses. Join Rabbi LeVine for this conversation of the ages.

April 28: Tot Shabbat

Join us Friday, April 28 for Tot Shabbat
5pm Light snack in the Beit Knesset Foyer
5:30pm Shabbat Service in the Beit Knesset followed by a delicious 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 payable at the door.



May 1: Yom Ha-zikaron

Yom Ha-zikaron Observance - Israeli Memorial Day- with Rabbi Shanks
Monday, May 1 at 11:30am in the Sanctuary
The State of Israel mourns its fallen soldiers on the day before it marks its Independence Day.  According to the Hebrew calendar, Yom Hazikaron falls on the 4th of Iyyar, which corresponds this year to May 1st.  On that day we will we will join spiritually with our Israeli brethren by holding a Yom Hazikaron commemoration in our sanctuary.  Led by Rabbi Shanks, we will have a short service of remembrance that includes Israeli poetry and traditional prayers.  We will also observe two minutes of silence to replicate the observance in Israel.

May 2: Annual Meeting

Please join us on Tuesday, May 2, for Temple Isaiah’s annual meeting. Our bylaws require a quorum of 10% of member households in order to approve next year’s budget, elect officers and directors, and transact other important temple business. Your participation is essential, and we urge you to make every effort to attend.

There will be a free Mediterranean dinner celebrating Yom HaAtzmaut at 6 p.m. in the oneg area followed by the meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the social hall.


Questions? Call (925) 283-8575.

May 5: Shabbatarama w/Yom HaAtzmaut

Shabbatarama w/Yom HaAtzmaut celebration with the Israel and World Jewry Committee
Friday, May 5
Catered Dinner
6:30pm Service followed by oneg with I&WJ Yom HaAtzmaut celebration
7:30pm Israel and World Jewry Program “Discovering Israel’s Story Through An Exploration of popular Music” with Tamar Zaken in the Sanctuary
More details and RSVP at

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. Catered Dinner Cost: $10/person or $35/family (up to 5). Cost increases to $40 per family at the door. Please RSVP, so we can guarantee enough food.  Click here to login and RSVP. If you do not want to use your Chaverware account, you can also RSVP by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Questions? Contact (925) 284-9191.

“Discovering Israel’s Story Through An Exploration of popular Music” with Tamar Zaken
Friday, May 5 at 7:30pm in the Sanctuary

Immediately following the Shabbatarama Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration, this session aims to give participants the opportunity to “get to know” different narratives of the Israeli ‘story’ through an exploration of Israeli popular music. Participants will see how the Israeli story is dynamic, influenced by immigration, politics, history and culture. We will initially take a look (and listen) at some Eretz Yisrael Hayafa music, move to Israeli rock and Mizrachi music, each celebrating a different part of the Israeli story. We will enjoy great old renditions of some classic Israeli songs that will give us a chance to think about the deeper meanings and roles these songs played in young Israeli society. More details and RSVP at

May 10: W.I.S.E. Ones Seniors

W.I.S.E. Ones Seniors Group
Wednesday, May 10 at 11:30am in the Adult Lounge with Helen Ann Licht

Come with Helen Ann Licht to Italy. Helen Ann is an artist who has shown her work widely in California and the United States. She has spent many summers in Venice enjoying the ambience, the art and the architecture. She will share with you some of her favorite memories of two beautiful cities, Venice and Verona and the stories of what makes these cities unique, their history, their 17th century art, their food and the problems and pleasures of the vibrant modern life they contain.She will include removing a 16th century mural, the opera at the Arena de Verona, the 2015 Biennial and a charming synagogue along the way.

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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Julie Bell at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

May 12-13: Women’s Retreat

Annual Women’s Shabbat Retreat
Friday, May 12 at 4pm to Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8pm

Our women’s Shabbat retreat will take place at R.L. White Retreat Center, Mill Valley.

“Stepping Into the Sanctuary of Shabbat” with Rabbi Shanks, Rachel Mylan, Kendra Fried and more.

Each of us has a gift of the mind and heart that is ours alone; when that gift is shared, everyone grows in knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Give yourself the gift of time, rest and Shabbat celebration by joining other Temple Isaiah women for our annual Shabbat retreat.

Make new friends and deepen relationships with acquaintances. The retreat includes delicious meals, mind-opening Torah discussions, creative Shabbat prayers, singing, art projects, yoga, meditative chanting and more.

This retreat fills up fast so RSVP to give yourself the gift of Shabbat.


Please plan to stay for the entire retreat, which starts at 5:30pm on Friday and ends at about 8pm on Saturday. Arrival time begins at 4pm – please don’t arrive earlier.