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Jen Boxerman, Communications Director
Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County
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URL: http://www.temple-isaiah.org
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Neighbor to Neighbor Interfaith Partnership of Contra Costa County Promotes Unity

LAFAYETTE, CA – JANUARY 18, 2017 – The Neighbor to Neighbor Interfaith Partnership of Contra Costa County today announced that in light of the divisive American landscape post-election, we will join the Women’s Marches in Walnut Creek, Oakland and San Francisco this Saturday, January 21, 2017. Carrying signs designed to promote unity and a strong commitment to inclusive and tolerant ideals, members of all faiths – and those with no religious affiliation – will march for “neighborly love,” growing out of our scriptures’ ethical charge: “Love Your Neighbor.” The Neighbor to Neighbor partnership includes Temple Isaiah and Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, both in Lafayette, and the San Ramon Valley Islamic Center in San Ramon.

Formed in 2010, Neighbor to Neighbor promotes the sharing of faith traditions through education, discussion and social interaction to discover common values and create respectful appreciation of differences in an atmosphere of personal friendship. Our activities are designed to foster solidarity, tolerance, and open-mindedness among people of all ages, generations, cultures and faiths. Our goal is to reach out to all households in Contra Costa County, making it a model neighborhood for the nation. For more information on Neighbor to Neighbor and to get a sign for your window or lawn, go to: http://www.temple-isaiah.org/n2n with new website coming soon at http://www.n2n.life

About Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N): N2N is an East Bay partnership among Christians, Jews and Muslims whose mission is to grow understanding, respect and appreciation for the religions of the world, via social initiatives that promote deep inter-relationships among individuals of all ages, generations, cultures and beliefs. The Neighbor to Neighbor partnership includes Temple Isaiah, Lafayette, Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, and the San Ramon Valley Islamic Center in San Ramon.

About Temple Isaiah: Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County is an inclusive community of nearly 900 families, established over sixty years ago and proud member of the Union for Reform Judaism. 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 Tikun Olam, participate in Jewish rituals and life cycle events, and experience the joy of being a part of a caring community. For more information visit http://www.temple-isaiah.org

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Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County
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Temple Isaiah Celebrates Chanukah With Flash Mob At Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

LAFAYETTE, CA – DECEMBER 18, 2016 – Temple Isaiah of Lafayette, California kicked-off the celebration of Chanukah, The Festival of Lights, on Sunday, December 18 with a Flash Mob at Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek. Citing “Pirsum ha’anes” the obligation to “publicize the miracle” of Chanukah, happy dancers shared the joy of the holiday season with morning shoppers at 11:00 a.m. just outside Macy’s. The event featured Temple Isaiah members of all ages dancing in unison, followed by a Chanukah candle giveaway for the crowd. The first night of Chanukah is Saturday, December 24, 2016 and lasts eight nights.

Flash mob video on Temple Isaiah YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TIJewishNeighborhood

Direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R57Hi2dpJts

The Flash Mob was generously sponsored by Women of Isaiah, with choreography, music arrangement, and lead dancers by FUNKMODE Studios, Walnut Creek. Videography by Maimone Attia, Erin Bloom and Fa Lujan Waisberg. Editing by Maimone Attia. Music by The Maccabeats “Candlelight” and “Latke Recipe.” Sound by Eric Schoen. Directed and Produced by Rabbi Nicki Greninger. Production Assistant Jeni Markowitz Clancy. Communications by Jen Boxerman.

About Chanukah: Chanukah (alternately spelled Hanukkah) meaning “dedication” in Hebrew, refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Maccabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and “rededication” of the Temple in Jerusalem. The modern celebration of Chanukah centers around the lighting of the chanukiyah, a special menorah for Chanukah deeming it the “Festival of Lights”; foods prepared in oil including latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly donuts); and special songs and games. For more information visit http://www.reformjudaism.org/jewish-holidays/hanukkah

About Temple Isaiah: Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County is an inclusive community of nearly 900 families, established over sixty years ago and proud member of the Union for Reform Judaism. 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 Tikun Olam, participate in Jewish rituals and life cycle events, and experience the joy of being a part of a caring community. For more information visit http://www.temple-isaiah.org


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Jen Boxerman, Communications Director
Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County
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Temple Isaiah Celebrates 25 Years With Rabbi Roberto D. Graetz

LAFAYETTE, CA – APRIL 6, 2016 – Temple Isaiah announces the retirement of Rabbi Roberto D. Graetz. Rabbi Roberto D. Graetz has been a rabbi at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, California since 1991. Prior to that, he served in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after having been ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1972. During his rabbinate, Rabbi Graetz has been active in Human Rights issues, the problem of street children in Brazil, and homelessness in Northern California. He has served on the Advisory Board of Rabbis for Human Rights, on the Board of Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, an organization of 25 churches and synagogues providing housing and supportive services to formerly homeless families which he helped found, and has served as Vice Chair of the North American Council of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. Temple Isaiah thanks Rabbi Roberto D. Graetz for his 25 years of service to their community and looks forward to celebrating at their upcoming gala “An Inspirational Journey: A Celebration of Leadership, Teaching and Tikkun Olam” in his honor on Saturday, May 14 at the San Ramon Marriott. Details at http://www.temple-isaiah.org/gala2016. Contributions in his honor can also be made to the Fund for Our Jewish Future at http://www.temple-isaiah.org/donate
“For twenty-four years I have had the privilege and joy of working in rabbinic partnership with Roberto Graetz.  He has been my teacher, confidante, trusted critic, cheerleader, and chaver—wise partner and inspiring friend.  Together with our talented clergy team, lay leadership and congregants, we have reached and surpassed many high goals for Temple Isaiah.  May we continue to go, and grow, from strength to strength.”- Rabbi Judy Shanks, Temple Isaiah
“At moments like this, we are reminded of the abiding truth that each of us has the power to create a better world for ourselves and our children when we do God’s work here on earth. I hope Rabbi Graetz will look back on his accomplishments and contributions with joy.” – President Barack Obama
“Rabbi Graetz’s dedication and devotion is a shining example of good will in the community, and his legacy of service to the oldest and largest synagogue in Contra Costa County will not soon be forgotten.” – Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator
“For more than 60 years, Temple Isaiah has played an important role in supporting and fostering a strong Jewish community in Contra Costa County. Rabbi Graetz’s leadership over the past 25 years has been integral to the Temple’s ongoing success, and he should be proud of his lifetime of service to his community.” – Barbara Boxer, United States Senator
“The College-Institute has taken great pride in Rabbi Graetz’s achievements throughout his career.  From his two decades in Argentina and Brazil to his many years in the Bay Area, he has served his communities as a spiritual leader, educator and Jewish role model. HUC-JIR is proud to call Rabbi Graetz our own.” –Aaron Panken, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
“As colleagues and friends who admire and respect Rabbi Graetz, we are so pleased to be able to acknowledge his importance to us and to the Jewish people. His contributions to the Reform movement and to the people whom he has led and served are immeasurable. Indeed, he brings honor to the rabbinate and to the Jewish people.” –Central Conference of American Rabbis
About Temple Isaiah: Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County is an inclusive community of nearly 900 families, established over sixty years ago and proud member of the Union for Reform Judaism. 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 Tikun Olam, participate in Jewish rituals and life cycle events, and experience the joy of being a part of a caring community. For more information visit http://www.temple-isaiah.org


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Jen Boxerman, Director of Communications and Development
Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County
Phone: (925) 283-8576 ext. 310
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URL: http://www.temple-isaiah.org

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Interfaith Communities Join Together For Interfaith Service and Picnic at Lafayette Reservoir

LAFAYETTE, CA – OCTOBER 15, 2015 – Almost five years ago members of three Contra Costa faith communities, Temple Isaiah of Lafayette, San Ramon Valley Islamic Center and Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church came together to create Neighbor to Neighbor, an interfaith learning and action group dedicated to deepening ties between people of faith, identifying and discarding shallow stereotypes, and doing social justice work together in our community.  Activities have included study of each other’s faiths, joint sponsorship of scholar lectures, worship at each other’s services and participation in workshops on civil discourse.  On October 17, 2015, over 150 members of Neighbor to Neighbor, along with representatives from other Contra Costa faith communities will join together at the Lafayette Reservoir to deepen the connections with our neighbors of different faiths, enjoy each other’s foods, play and pray together in a fun, family atmosphere designed for all ages.

Rabbi Judy Shanks of Temple Isaiah says that “this is just one of many opportunities for Neighbor to Neighbor to come together to build community as we work together to combat poverty, hunger and homelessness in concert with government agencies and other non-profits.”  The interfaith community, including LOPC and Temple Isaiah, also comes together to host some of our county’s homeless on their campuses during the coldest months of the year through Contra Costa Interfaith Housing’s program Winter Nights Shelter.

The interfaith liaison at San Ramon Valley Islamic Center, Hina Khan-Mukhtar, really appreciates the shared values among the three Abrahamic faiths. “It’s important to all of us to show gratitude for our blessings and then to also share those blessings with others who may not be as fortunate we are. Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the East Bay have been able to break bread together on numerous occasions…it’s nice to now take that same generosity and help those less fortunate in our communities.”

Terry Clark, of LOPC and Coordinator of Neighbor to Neighbor among the three faiths, noted that “The unfolding journey of our learning and sharing together over these past several years has served to deepen all of our own faiths while enjoying the values and beliefs common among each of us, leading our faith communities inevitably together to identify common concerns where we can collectively engage in cooperative efforts on behalf of those disadvantaged or in need. It’s a joy to experience the enthusiasm of all the participants in this common effort to help others less fortunate.”
Winter Nights Shelter is a service of Contra Costa Interfaith Housing at http://www.ccinterfaithhousing.org
About Temple Isaiah: Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County is an inclusive community of over 900 families, established over sixty years ago and proud member of the Union for Reform Judaism. 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 Tikun Olam, participate in Jewish rituals and life cycle events, and experience the joy of being a part of a caring community.

About Neighbor to Neighbor: Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N), an East Bay partnership among Christians, Jews and Muslims whose mission is to grow understanding, respect and appreciation for the religions of the world, via social initiatives that promote deep inter-relationships among individuals of all ages, generations, cultures and beliefs.


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Temple Isaiah of Lafayette to be honored at the Union of Reform Judaism Biennial
And Chosen for Select Group of North American Congregations
Exploring and Reimagining Financial Support Models

SEPTEMBER 24, 2015, LAFAYETTE, CALIFORNIA– The Union for Reform Judaism Biennial in Orlando, Florida from November 4-8, 2015, is where Reform congregational leaders gather to learn, pray, share ideas, hear from inspiring guest speakers, and network. Biennial is special this year for Temple Isaiah. Temple Isaiah’s Cantor Leigh Korn was selected to be the cantor for the Shabbat morning service, leading prayer for 5,000 Reform Jews from around the U.S. and Canada. Their board secretary Karen Goldberg is being installed to the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) national board. Women of Isaiah and P’tach Libeynu will be honored at the WRJ 50th Assembly during Biennial and Women of Isaiah is a Gold Or Ami “Light of My People” Award Winner for their program, “Communicating about Mental Illness: One on One and One on Many” for the 2013-2015 Biennial assembly period. Temple Isaiah is an Exemplar Congregation on the Disabilities Inclusion Learning Center and Temple Isaiah is one of 11 Reform congregations in North America selected to participate in the newly formed Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Community of Practice dedicated to Finding the Sacred in the Mundane: Reimagining Financial Support with the kick-off at Biennial 2015.
This URJ Community of Practice (CoP) is a congregational networking group for Reform congregations who are seeking to exploring the connection between financial support and member engagement and rethinking their financial structures as they strive to strengthen their members’ involvement.
By participating in this initiative, Temple Isaiah will have the opportunity to meet with leaders from congregations with common interests to share ideas and experiment together with new strategies. Temple Isaiah will also have access to the URJ’s professional staff and expert consultants, some of the most renowned thought leaders in their fields.
“We look forward to studying strategies for strengthening our community’s connection and engagement and exploring innovative and sustainable models for financial support,” said Jen Boxerman, Director of Communications and Development for Temple Isaiah.
“Across North America, people hunger for real connections. They want – they need – to be part of meaningful communities,” said URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs. “The URJ communities of practice will give Reform congregations opportunities to work together, take risks, explore new ideas, innovate and have unprecedented access to top experts.”
The 11 congregations in the Finding the Sacred in the Mundane: Reimagining Financial Support Community of Practice will work together formally for 18 months to push the boundaries of existing congregational efforts, experiment in their own communities, receive peer support and guidance along the way, create congregational changes and garner skills that will benefit all areas of congregational life.
This Community of Practice will include an in-person meeting for congregational staff and lay leadership involved in the initiative at the URJ Biennial in November in Orlando, FL, the largest Jewish gathering in North America. There also will be monthly virtual gatherings and e-learning opportunities. Finally, results of these strategic experiments will be shared with congregations outside the Community of Practice and with the Reform Movement at large.

“URJ’s Communities of Practice (CoP) inspire congregations to build the skills to experiment and innovate in areas of congregational life that are important to them. We connect congregational leaders to each other as well as to experts, valuable resources, and learning opportunities. The cohort model allows congregations to engage with a group to experiment, lowering the risk and sharing learning,” said Amy Asin, URJ Vice President of Strengthening Congregations. “From the work of previous CoP cohorts, we know that the support available in belonging to a committed group focused on areas of interest encourages congregations to delve more deeply into their work and creates a longer term commitment to build the skills for experimentation. The participants engaged in this sacred work will grapple with challenges and celebrate successes across the network. We also look forward to sharing what they learn and do with all URJ congregations.”

About Temple Isaiah: Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County is an inclusive community of over 900 families, established over sixty years ago and proud member of the Union for Reform Judaism. 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 Tikun Olam, participate in Jewish rituals and life cycle events, and experience the joy of being a part of a caring community.


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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Jen Boxerman, Communications Director
Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County
Phone: (925) 283-8576 ext. 310
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URL: http://www.temple-isaiah.org

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Interfaith Communities Join Together To Help The Homeless This Holiday Season

LAFAYETTE, CA – DECEMBER 18, 2013 – Almost three years ago members of three Contra Costa faith communities, Temple Isaiah of Lafayette, San Ramon Valley Islamic Center and Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church came together to create Neighbor to Neighbor, an interfaith learning and action group dedicated to deepening ties between people of faith, identifying and discarding shallow stereotypes, and doing social justice work together in our community.  Activities have included study of each other’s faiths, joint sponsorship of scholar lectures, worship at each other’s services and participation in workshops on civil discourse.  On December 26, 2013 members of Neighbor to Neighbor, along with representatives from other Contra Costa faith communities will provide and serve dinner for the clients at the Mountain View Emergency Family Shelter in Martinez.  Rabbi Judy Shanks of Temple Isaiah says that “this is the first small step of what we hope will be many opportunities for Neighbor to Neighbor to really to have an impact on the quality of life for all our neighbors as we join together to combat poverty, hunger and homelessness in concert with government agencies and other non-profits.”  The interfaith community, including LOPC and Temple Isaiah, also comes together to host some of our county’s homeless on their campuses during the coldest months of the year through Contra Costa Interfaith Housing’s program Winter Nights Shelter.

The interfaith liaison at San Ramon Valley Islamic Center, Hina Khan-Mukhtar, really appreciates the shared values among the three Abrahamic faiths. “It’s important to all of us to show gratitude for our blessings and then to also share those blessings with others who may not be as fortunate we are. Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the East Bay have been able to break bread together on numerous occasions…it’s nice to now take that same generosity and try to fill the hearts and tummies of the homeless in our communities.”

Terry Clark, of LOPC and Coordinator of Neighbor to Neighbor among the three faiths, noted that “The unfolding journey of our learning and sharing together over these past several years has served to deepen all of our own faiths while enjoying the values and beliefs common among each of us, leading our faith communities inevitably together to identify common concerns where we can collectively engage in cooperative efforts on behalf of those disadvantaged or in need. The December 26 shelter dinner became an obvious opportunity to address one of those concerns in the East Bay area, and it’s a joy to experience the enthusiasm of all the participants in this common effort to help others less fortunate.”

Mountain View Emergency Shelter in Martinez is a service of Shelter, Inc. Contra Costa at http://www.shelterincofccc.org

Winter Nights Shelter is a service of Contra Costa Interfaith Housing at http://www.ccinterfaithhousing.org

About Temple Isaiah: Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County is an inclusive community of over 900 families, established over sixty years ago and proud member of the Union for Reform Judaism. 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 Tikun Olam, participate in Jewish rituals and life cycle events, and experience the joy of being a part of a caring community.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
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Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County
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URL: temple-isaiah.org

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Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County Hosts San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band
LAFAYETTE, CA – March 8, 2013
– Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County is proud to host the first openly LGBT music organization in the world, the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band.  The Freedom Band will perform a full symphony originally composed for wind ensemble ‐ the famous Symphony No. 1 Lord of the Rings by Johan de Meij
at 4 pm, Sunday, March 17 at Temple Isaiah’s Sanctuary located at 945 Risa Road, Lafayette, CA 94549. A reception with food and drink will follow the concert. Admission is free.

Conducting this performance of The Lord of the Rings symphony is Dr. Martin Seggelke, a candidate for Artistic Director of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band. Dr. Seggelke is a band specialist and a rising local star known for his expressive musical interpretations. Dr. Seggelke serves as Director of Wind Ensembles and leads the Master of Music program in Wind Conducting at San Francisco State University. He is also the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, a professional‐level wind band.

“Growing up in Germany, I first heard a recording of this beautiful symphony in 1990, shortly after its world Premiere. Ever since then, I have had the opportunity to perform it many times, with fine
ensembles in Europe and North America. De Meij’s neo‐romantic tone, language and masterful musical portrayal of Tolkien’s images has always appealed to musicians and audiences alike.” - Dr. Seggelke.

What’s striking about this symphony is that it was originally written in 1988 for winds rather than strings, so the 70‐piece Freedom Band is performing the original orchestration.

“For the past several years, I have had the good fortune of playing with the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band. I am proud to be part of this musical community and to share rehearsals each week with perhaps the friendliest and most supportive group of musicians with whom I have ever had the privilege of playing. I hope we can fill the Sanctuary and support this group of which I am so proud to be a part and, in turn, support their mission of education, understanding, acceptance, and equality.” – Cantor Leigh Korn, Temple Isaiah

About Temple Isaiah
More info. at http://www.temple-isaiah.org
Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County is an inclusive community of over 900 families, established over sixty years ago and proud member of the Union for Reform Judaism. 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 Tikun Olam, participate in Jewish rituals and life cycle events, and experience the joy of being a part of a caring community.

About the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band
More info: http://www.sflgfb.org.
The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band is the first openly LGBT music organization in the world. The
SFLGFB is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, proud to be sponsored in part by Grants for the Arts of the San Francisco Hotel
Tax Fund, the Jon Sims Endowment for the Performing Arts, the Castro Lions Club, the SFLGFB Pride Parade and
Committee and Betty’s List. http://www.sflgfb.org
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Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County Opposes the Boy Scouts of America’s Discriminatory Policy

LAFAYETTE, CA – JANUARY 17, 2013 – The Board of Directors of Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County voted
unanimously Tuesday night to express its opposition to the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to disqualify participants
because of sexual orientation. “A superb candidate for Eagle Scout in our neighborhood (Moraga, CA) has recently been
denied his due, solely on the ground that he openly affirms his homosexuality. Though we cannot change the Scouts’
national policy, we can work hard within and outside Temple Isaiah’s walls to create an awareness of the damaging
consequences of such policies on all our youth and on our communities.” – Rabbi Roberto Graetz, Temple Isaiah. The
Board policy calls for a letter writing campaign to the local and national BSA councils, as well as encouraging Temple
members and other community organizations to join in the effort to enact change through letters, financial pressure,
postponing participation and supporting movements such as Scouts for Equality. The Temple Isaiah Board supports the
clergy’s current policy of not writing Eagle Scout recommendations or signing off on religious awards for the Boy Scouts
until the BSA membership policy is changed. “This issue is far greater than that of this individual scout and his particular
circumstances. We must act to assure that institutions in our community are open and accepting of all children and
families without regard to age, gender, religion, race, or sexual orientation. This is the civil rights issue of our time. I hope
we can work together to bring social justice to this minority group and open scouting to all children and families that might
choose to participate.” – Robert Goldberg, President, Temple Isaiah. “Ten years ago, the Reform [Jewish] movement,
through its governing bodies and constituencies, issued a strong recommendation favoring full inclusion of gay Scouts
and troop leaders, in contradiction of the BSA policy forbidding their participation. This recommendation is in keeping with
the Union of Reform Judaism’s policy that our congregations be welcoming and affirming of the sexuality of our members
within monogamous, respectful, and loving relationships. Temple Isaiah is proud to be part of a consortium of
congregations that warmly welcomes and affirms the sexual identity of all of its members. Together we can affirm as
precious the value of every human being. Let us teach our children that the spaces, groups, and activities we create for
them are safe ones, open to growth and exploration, free from bullying and/or discrimination.” - Rabbi Roberto Graetz,
Temple Isaiah.

For more information about Temple Isaiah’s BSA Policy, visit temple-isaiah.org/about-us/bsa-policy/
Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County is an inclusive community of over 900 families, established over sixty years ago
and proud member of the Union for Reform Judaism. 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 Tikun Olam, participate in Jewish rituals and life cycle events, and experience the joy of being a part of
a caring community.
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