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ISAIAH

CONTINUING

ENRICHMENT


ISAIAH

CONTINUING

ENRICHMENT

This year we are offering more opportunities

for lifelong learning than ever before.

• Bedazzle your life with ICE: Isaiah

Continuing Enrichment.

• Learn with prominent Jewish teachers

and leaders of the Los Angeles and

worldwide community.

• Engage in everything from Torah

Study to Jewish Cooking, Zumba

and Ballroom Dancing.


Your journey begins…

ICE: ISAIAH CONTINUING ENRICHMENT

ICE is a dynamic program of lifelong learning

and enrichment.

ICE Evenings will meet on the third Wednesday of

each month from 5:30 – 9:00 pm.

ICE Days (sponsored by Isaiah Women) will meet

on the first Tuesday of each month from

10:30 am – 3:00 pm.

You are welcome to participate in all or any part of each day.

We also continue to offer Torah Study and various

year-round courses (pages 20-21). Step inside!

ICE Evenings (pages 2 – 15)

Isaiah members: $18 per dinner, classes free

Non Isaiah members: $36 per evening, all or part

ICE Days (pages 16 – 19)

Isaiah members: $18 for the entire year

Non Isaiah members: $10 per day

Thank you to those who have generously

helped to underwrite this program:

Honey and George De Roy

Joan and Ephraim Sales

Joanne Van Emburgh and Sam Surloff

Eva Vollmer

Ann and Bill Warnick

Isaiah Women

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ICE Evenings: November

November 16

Participate in all or part of the evening.

Sign up at www.templeisaiah.com/lifelong-learning or by calling the Temple Office.

5:30 – 7:25 “Shabbat Around the World” Tamar Andrews

Learn about the sumptuous Sabbaths celebrated around the world while

cooking with Chef Tamar. The food we prepare will be served to the

community at our 7:30 dinner.

6:00 – 7:25 V’Taheir Libeinu: Exploring the Life Journey

Cantor Evan Kent and Jean Abarbanel

Third Wednesday of each month, starting Nov. 16 (year-long)

Each of us is on our own life’s journey traveling different paths. Jewish

tradition provides many ways for better understanding these personal

passages. In this year-long course co-taught by Evan Kent and Jean

Abarbanel, we will study stories and parables from the Chassidic masters, experience the

meditative qualities of niggunim (songs without words) and spend time journaling our

thoughts and reflections. V’taheir libeinu means ‘purify our hearts’. Through study, prayer

and song we endeavor to explore the deepest yearnings of our souls and to open our hearts to

the great realm of personal possibility.

6:30 – 7:25

“Israel in the Prayerbook, Israel in the World” Rabbi Richard Levy

Rabbi Richard Levy, Director of Spiritual Growth at Hebrew Union College

and architect of the Statement of Principles for Reform Judaism, will lead a

discussion about Israel themes found in our siddur and how they are

in concert or contrast with the modern state.

“Circumcision: The Uncut Story” Charles Lynn Batten

Explore the practice of circumcision from the ancient Middle East to the

San Francisco Bay. Learn circumcision’s mythic bases, its significance in

Jewish identity, and the failed attempt to put it on the ballot in our sister

city up north. Charles Lynn Batten is professor emeritus of English at UCLA.

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“Moving Torah: Seventh Inning Stretches” Andrea Hodos

Andrea Hodos, creator of “Moving Torah Workshops,” has been making

dances and helping other people make their own dances for three decades.

In this workshop, Andrea will give a group of Isaians easy-to-follow tools to

lead meaningful movement exercises for other ICE participants -- to keep

everyone’s energy and imaginations flowing during the learning.

“Homework, Arrgghhhh!” Larry Garf

Join child development specialist Larry Garf to learn how to cope with the

task that is universally unloved.

7:30 – 8:00 DINNER “Shabbat Foods from around the World”

8:00 – 9:00 FEATURED SPEAKERS:

Want more in November?

“Letters FROM the Editor” Rob Eshman

The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles is currently the most widely read Jewish

publication in the world. We will have a conversation with its dynamic

editor-in-chief and publisher about controversies, conspiracies, and the

future of media.

“Spiritual Lessons Children Teach Us” Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

Many parenting programs and books focus on what we should teach our

children. Rabbi Ilana Grinblat, author of Blessings and Baby Steps: The

Spiritual Path of Parenthood, will explore the spiritual lessons we can learn

from children.

ICE Day featuring “Spine Tingles” Book Club, Special Lecture, Ballroom Dancing and more Nov. 1

(see page 16)

Beginning Hebrew every Tuesday starting Nov. 1 (page 20)

Conversational Hebrew every Tuesday starting Nov. 1 (page 20)

Adult Confirmation First and Fourth Tuesday starting Nov. 1 (page 20)

Adult Retreat Weekend Nov. 18 – 20 (page 20)

Israel Over Breakfast Nov. 2 (page 20)

Daughters of Torah every Wednesday (page 21)

Shabbat Morning Torah Study every Saturday (page 21)

Hearts and Minds: A Torah Roundtable Nov. 12 (page 21)

Art and Spirituality Workshop Second Shabbat of each month starting Nov. 12 (page 21)

Jewish Meditation Circle Wednesdays (page 21)

Game Night Nov. 2 (page 21)

Zumba Nov. 17 (page 21)

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ICE Evenings: December

December 21

Participate in all or part of the evening.

Sign up at www.templeisaiah.com/lifelong-learning or by calling the Temple Office.

5: 30 – 7:25 “Latke Cook-Off”

The luscious latke. Some like it lacy. Some like it hard.

Join us to learn new recipes, learn the history

of the latke, and fry ‘em up right.

6:00 – 7:25 V’Taheir Libeinu

Cantor Evan Kent and Jean Abarbanel (see page 2)

6:30 – 7:25

“Israel/Palestine 101: A Review of Key People, Words,

Definitions, Dates”

Rabbi Dara Frimmer

Learn about the Green Line, Territories, Settlements, Outposts,

Checkpoints, Stand With Us, NIF, Jstreet, and AIPAC…a vocabulary

lesson with time to reflect on the complexity of engaging in a

well-rounded conversation about Israel.

“Not Just Your Bubbe’s Hanukkah Music”

Cantor Lorna Lembeck

It’s not that we don’t love singing 180 verses of “I Have a Little Dreidel”

eight nights a year, but there is so much new and inspired Hanukkah

music. Join Cantor Lembeck on the second night of Hanukkah for an

evening of listening to, learning, and singing some of the contemporary

music coming out of the Jewish songwriting community.

“Got the Blues? Battling Depression in

Older Adults and Caregivers”

Helen Lavretsky, MD

An important session on battling depression in older adults

and caregivers.

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7:30 – 8:00 DINNER

“Maccabean Brisket Competition” Sample briskets baked by Isaian connoisseurs alongside

heaps of latkes and salad, and help us pick a winner.

8:00 – 9:00 FEATURED SPEAKER:

“Coming to a Theater Near You!” Kenneth Turan

The film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR’s Morning Edition,

director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes and former Times’ book

review editor will talk about films, features, festivals and flops, and how

his Judaism does or does not inform his critique of them all. He will also share his newest

book, Free for All: Joe Papp, the Public, and the Greatest Theater Story Ever Told for which

he interviewed 160 luminaries including George C. Scott, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, James

Earl Jones, David Rabe, Jerry Stiller, Tommy Lee Jones, and Wallace Shawn, masterfully

weaving their voices into a dizzyingly rich tale of creativity, conflict, and achievement.

Want more in December?

ICE Day featuring “Spine Tingles”

Book Club, Special Lecture, Ballroom Dancing

and more Dec. 6 (see page 16)

Beginning Hebrew every Tuesday (page 20)

Conversational Hebrew every Tuesday (page 20)

Adult Confirmation First and Fourth

Tuesday (page 20)

Israel Over Breakfast Dec. 7 (page 20)

Daughters of Torah every Wednesday (page 21)

Shabbat Morning Torah Study every Saturday (page 21)

Hearts and Minds: A Torah Roundtable Dec. 10 (page 21)

Art and Spirituality Workshop Dec. 10 (page 21)

Jewish Meditation Circle Wednesdays (page 21)

Game Night Dec. 7 (page 21)

Zumba Dec. 15 (page 21)

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ICE Evenings: January

January 18

Participate in all or part of the evening.

Sign up at www.templeisaiah.com/lifelong-learning or by calling the Temple Office.

5: 30 – 7:25 “Cooking with our CSA” Mary MacVean

Mary MacVean, food reporter for the LA Times, heads our CSA group

through which congregants receive a box of fresh-picked produce each

week. Cook a feast with local fare reminiscent of the Garden of Eden.

6:00 – 7:25 V’Taheir Libeinu

Cantor Evan Kent and Jean Abarbanel (see page 2)

6:00 – 7:25 “Money Skills 101” Jeff Munjack

This money skills 101 workshop with the president of Nest Egg

Financial Education, Inc, will provide teens (and parents) with an

introduction to the most crucial topics in personal finance that teens

and young adults face as they approach their college years and begin

their young professional lives. Topics will include investing, the stock

market, budgeting, credit cards and debt management -- as well as

key lessons most adults wish they had learned at their age. Attendance by parents is

encouraged but not required.

6:30 – 7:25

“Poetry of Israel from Pioneers to Today” Rabbi Zoë Klein

Discover how Israeli poetry has evolved over the decades from the

romanticized pioneer poetry of yearning to hard-edged modern protest

poetry.

“Heresy, Mysticism and Jewish Freedom of Conscience”

Josh Holo, Dean of Hebrew Union College

Judaism has witnessed daring (even shocking) ideas in the realms of

mysticism, astrology and theology, without rending the fabric of our

people. Where does this flexibility come from and how does

it persist?

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“Organizing for Success, Balance and Happiness”

Julie Grass

Sponsored by T.I.N.G. (Temple Isaiah Networking Group), Julie Grass

is a business strategist who will help you set priorities, achieve clarity,

communicate effectively and realize your goals.

7:30 – 8:00 DINNER “Farm Fresh and Fabulous”

8:00 – 9:00 FEATURED SHOW:

“You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up” (Comedy)

After thirteen years of

marriage, Annabelle

Gurwitch (Dinner and a

Movie, Seinfeld, NPR) and

Jeff Kahn (Emmy winning

writer The Ben Stiller Show,

Forty Year Old Virgin) found,

“We’re just not that into us.” In their hilarious moving

new show Annabelle and Jeff prove that in marriage, all

you need is love—and a healthy dose of complaints,

co-dependence, and Pinot Noir.

Want more in January?

ICE Day featuring “Spine Tingles” Book Club, Special Lecture, Ballroom Dancing and

more Jan. 3 (see page 16)

Beginning Hebrew every Tuesday (page 20)

Conversational Hebrew every Tuesday (page 20)

Adult Confirmation First and Fourth Tuesday (page 20)

Israel Over Breakfast Jan. 4 (page 20)

Daughters of Torah every Wednesday (page 21)

Shabbat Morning Torah Study every Saturday (page 21)

Hearts and Minds: A Torah Roundtable Jan. 14 (page 21)

Art and Spirituality Workshop Jan. 14 (page 21)

Jewish Meditation Circle Wednesdays (page 21)

Game Night Jan. 4 (page 21)

Zumba Jan. 19 (page 21)

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ICE Evenings: February

February 15

Participate in all or part of the evening.

Sign up at www.templeisaiah.com/lifelong-learning or by calling the Temple Office.

5:30 – 7:25 “How to Cook Jewish Persian Food”

Join with us to learn and prepare a sensuous aromatic banquet of Persian delicacies that

would make even King Ahasuerus swoon.

5:30 – 7:25

“The Five Pillars of Islam: An Introduction to Islam

and its relationship to Judaism” (Part 1 of 2)

Reuven Firestone

With the world’s foremost expert on Jewish-Muslim relations, we will

learn about the five most critical areas of Islamic religious thought and

practice as articulated in the Qur’an and Tradition, and see to what

extent they are similar or different from Judaism. Please note this session

begins at 5:30.

6:00 – 7:25 V’Taheir Libeinu Cantor Evan Kent and Jean Abarbanel (see page 2)

6:30 – 7:25

“Wrestling with Our Relationship to Israel: Personal and

Collective Implications”

Rabbi Joel Nickerson

We begin by considering recent research, including Peter Beinart’s

article “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment”, which

discussed apathy and disinterest currently felt by many young Jews

toward Israel. Our focus will be the internal struggles we face as we think about when and

how we do or do not connect with our homeland.

“Holding On and Letting Go” Jewish Family Services

The process of “letting go” of our children can be difficult. The extraordinary change

in communication through new technology has had far-reaching effects on the parentchild

relationship, with many unforeseen consequences. This workshop will help parents

monitor their own motivation for tracking children and their activities, understand the

difference between contact and communication, and find a balance.

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7:30 – 8:00 DINNER “Esther’s Persian Banquet”

8:00 – 9:00 FEATURED SPEAKER:

“How Can I Get My Life Off Hold? When Will My

Life Really Begin?”

Rabbi Naomi Levy

As a rabbi, Naomi Levy frequently

offered spiritual guidance to people seeking answers.

But when a doctor told her that her young daughter,

Noa, had a fatal degenerative disease, Rabbi Levy’s

own insights could not prevent her whole life from

unraveling. In Hope Will Find You, Naomi Levy shares

her journey and the wisdom she gained, describing

with humor and honesty how she came through a

time of uncertainty and fear and learned how to stop

waiting for life to begin.

Want more in February?

ICE Day featuring “Spine Tingles” Book Club, Special Lecture, Ballroom Dancing

and more Feb. 7 (see page 16)

Beginning Hebrew every Tuesday (page 20)

Conversational Hebrew every Tuesday (page 20)

Adult Confirmation First and Fourth Tuesday (page 20)

Israel Over Breakfast Feb. 1 (page 20)

Daughters of Torah every Wednesday (page 21)

Shabbat Morning Torah Study every Saturday (page 21)

Hearts and Minds: A Torah Roundtable Feb. 11 (page 21)

Art and Spirituality Workshop Feb. 11 (page 21)

Jewish Meditation Circle Wednesdays (page 21)

Game Night Feb. 1 (page 21)

Zumba Feb. 16 (page 21)

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ICE Evenings: March

March 21

Participate in all or part of the evening.

Sign up at www.templeisaiah.com/lifelong-learning or by calling the Temple Office.

5:30 – 7:25

“Passover Around the World” Tamar Andrews

Learn about palatial Passovers and splendiferous seders around the

world while cooking with Chef Tamar.

5:30 – 7:25

“How Do We See Each Other? Classic and Contemporary

Views of Jews and Muslims Toward the Other” (Part 2)

Reuven Firestone

What does the Qur’an really say about Jews and Judaism? We will read

the range of positions that are laid out in the Qur’an and in its commentaries, and we

will compare these to Jewish views of Arabs and Muslims as found in the Bible and the

Talmud. Please note this session begins at 5:30.

6:00 – 7:25 V’Taheir Libeinu

Cantor Evan Kent and Jean Abarbanel (see page 2)

6:30 – 7:25

“Holyland vs. Homeland: Israel’s Complex Identities”

Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

Who is an Israeli? Sephardic, Ashkenazi, Mizrahi, Russian, Ethiopian,

Arab, Druze, Muslim, Christian, Ultra-Orthodox, Zionist, Secular,

Settler – explore the diverse, complicated and intriguing mix that

makes up what we call “Israeli.”

“Hey, Quit Pushing: How We Put Children at Risk by

Starting Academics Too Early” Larry Garf

Join child development specialist Larry Garf as we discuss the negative

consequences we create when we pressure our young children: elevated

levels of anxiety and stress, but not higher academic achievement.

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“Manifesting Our Desires & The Secret of Silence”

Marcus Freed

Lots of people are suddenly talking about ‘manifesting the universe’ and

‘setting intentions’. Marcus Freed, a studio-trained yogi, yeshiva-trained

educator and BBC broadcaster will lead us into the ancient Hebrew

wisdom of Kabbalistic masters and Talmudic geniuses to see how we can

use these ancient tools to meet our deepest desires.

7:30 – 8:00 DINNER “Leaven-less and Heavenly”

8:00 – 9:00 FEATURED SPEAKER:

“The Root Causes of the Crisis in Public Education…

and What is Possible for the Future”

Jackie Goldberg

Former member of the California State Assembly representing the

state’s 45th district, Jackie Goldberg has served as a member of the Los

Angeles City Council, as president of the Los Angeles School Board, and

a teacher in the Compton Unified School District.

Want more in March?

ICE Day Spine Tingles” Book Club, Special Lecture, Ballroom Dancing

and more March 6 (see page 18)

Beginning Hebrew every Tuesday (page 20)

Conversational Hebrew every Tuesday (page 20)

Adult Confirmation First and Fourth Tuesday (page 20)

Israel Over Breakfast March 7 (page 20)

Daughters of Torah every Wednesday (page 21)

Shabbat Morning Torah Study every Saturday (page 21)

Hearts and Minds: A Torah Roundtable March 10 (page 21)

Art and Spirituality Workshop March. 10 (page 21)

Jewish Meditation Circle Wednesdays (page 21)

Purim Shpiel March 7

Zumba March 15 (page 21)

Discussion with Author Cara Black March 23 (page 21)

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ICE Evenings: April

April 18

Participate in all or part of the evening.

Sign up at www.templeisaiah.com/lifelong-learning or by calling the Temple Office.

5:30 – 7:25

“The Dessert Architect Builds a Delicious Dessert”

Robert Wemischner

Pastry chef, culinary educator, Isaiah congregant and author of four

books, including his latest, The Dessert Architect will lead us in an

exciting opportunity to bake with the very best.

5:30 – 6:30

Movie Screening of

Autistic-Like: Graham’s Story

When it’s not autism, what is it? This is an extraordinary

movie about one dad’s determined search to help his son.

We will view the film and have an opportunity to talk with

the director. April is Autism Awareness Month.

Please note: This screening begins at 5:30.

6:00 – 7:25 V’Taheir Libeinu

Cantor Evan Kent and Jean Abarbanel

(see page 2)

6:30 – 7:25

“The Corrugated Prince” James Grashow

James Grashow is a renowned sculptor, woodcut artist and educator.

The scale of his work ranges from large environmental installations to

the delicate and contained world of “houseplants,” where homes and

buildings replace flowers and buds in intricate bouquets. His woodcut

prints have appeared in the New York Times and in virtually every well known periodical

and publication throughout the country. Grashow will be building an installation here at

Isaiah, inviting the entire community to participate. (He also happens to be Rabbi Zoё’s

Dad! )

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7:30 – 8:00 DINNER AND DESSERT

8:00 – 9:00 ALBERT LEWIS LECTURE:

“Justice, Justice You Shall

Pursue: A Jewish Imperative

for Famine and Hunger Relief”

Ruth Messinger

Over the past several decades, there

has been a sea change in Jewish

engagement—a reimagining of what it means to

be a Jew and a citizen of our planet. Whether youth

leaders or active adults, Jewish voices have joined a

chorus of empowered people around the world saying

“no” to injustice. As hunger relief and famine now make the front page every day, it is our

responsibility as Jews to take action. Join American Jewish World Service’s President Ruth

Messinger for a dynamic discussion about our role in famine relief and the growing food

justice movement. Come and learn what you can do.

Want more in April?

ICE Day featuring “Spine Tingles” Book Club, Special Lecture,

Cinema Isaiah and more April 3 (see page 19)

Beginning Hebrew every Tuesday (see page 20)

Conversational Hebrew every Tuesday (page 20)

Adult Confirmation First and Fourth Tuesday (page 20)

Israel Over Breakfast April 4 (page 20)

Daughters of Torah every Wednesday (page 21)

Shabbat Morning Torah Study every Saturday (page 21)

Hearts and Minds: A Torah Roundtable April 14 (page 21)

Art and Spirituality Workshop April. 14 (page 21)

Jewish Meditation Circle Wednesdays (page 21)

Game Night April 4 (page 21)

Passover April 6 – April 14

Holocaust Remembrance Service April 20

Israel Independence Celebration April 27

Zumba April 19 (page 21)

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ICE Evenings: May

May 16

Participate in all or part of the evening.

Sign up at www.templeisaiah.com/lifelong-learning or by calling the Temple Office.

5:30 – 7:25 “In the Kitchen with the Clergy”

Out of the sanctuary and into the scullery, join your clergy for adventures in edibles!

6:00 – 7:25 V’Taheir Libeinu

Cantor Evan Kent and Jean Abarbanel (see page 2)

6:30 – 7:25 Sessions

“Herzl, HaTikvah, and the Birth of Modern Zionism:

An Adventure in Multimedia Storytelling”

Josh Mason-Barkin

If you were to make a creamy Israeli hummus by mushing together

the History Channel, Sesame Street, and the Daily Show, this is kind of what it would

look like. With the help of music, film, poetry, and literature, we will interweave the

unbelievable stories of the idealists, iconoclasts, dreamers, and drunks who were crazy

enough to envision the modern state of Israel.

“The Future of Federation” Jay Sanderson

Join for a fascinating discussion with the head of the Los Angeles

Jewish Federation as we contemplate its one hundred year history and

envision its future.

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7:30 – 8:00 DINNER “Mouthwatering and Magnificant”

8:00 – 9:00 FEATURED SPEAKER:

“Why the Jewish

Food Movement is

Important”

Nigel Savage

Nigel Savage, originally

from Manchester,

England, founded Hazon (Hebrew for

‘vision’) in 2000 by organizing and riding in a 3000-mile Cross-USA Jewish Environmental

Bike Ride, in which participants cycled from Seattle, WA to Washington, DC, teaching and

speaking along the way. They ended at the White House where they received a national

award from the EPA. Hazon was recognized by the Sierra Club as one of 50 leading faithbased

environmental organizations in the US. In 2008 Nigel was named a member of the

Forward 50, the annual list of the 50 most influential Jewish people in the United States.

Want more in May?

ICE Day featuring “Spine Tingles” Book Club, Special Lecture, Ballroom Dancing

and more May 1 (see page 19)

Beginning Hebrew every Tuesday (see page 20)

Conversational Hebrew every Tuesday (page20)

Adult Confirmation First and Fourth Tuesday (page 20)

Israel Over Breakfast May 2 (page 20)

Daughters of Torah every Wednesday (page 21)

Shabbat Morning Torah Study every Saturday (page 21)

Hearts and Minds: A Torah Roundtable May 12 (page 21)

Art and Spirituality Workshop May. 12 (page 21)

Jewish Meditation Circle Wednesdays (page 21)

Game Night May 2 (page 21)

Zumba May 17 (page 21)

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ICE Days: November | December

ICE Days (generously sponsored by Isaiah Women)

Do you have free time during the day? Join us at Isaiah for all or part of our ICE Days,

featuring learning opportunities with top professors as well as time to dance and

schmooze. Bring your own lunch, we’ll provide a nosh and drinks!

ICE Days:

Isaiah members: $18 for the entire year! Non Isaiah members: $10 per day

Participate in all or part of the evening.

Sign up at www.templeisaiah.com/lifelong-learning or by calling the Temple Office.

November 1

10:30 – 11:15 “Spine Tingles” Ellen Cole

So many books, so many titles on so many spines. ICE book club will delve

into captivating volumes. Read and share your reactions. Our group will

set the reading list together. For November, we start with the memorable

characters and touching quest in Great House by Nicole Krauss, available in

paperback.

11:15 – 11:30 Nosh

11:30 - 1:00 FEATURED SPEAKER:

“From the Land of Frankincense & Myrrh: The Jews of Yemen”

Ken Blady

We will trace the history and culture of the Yemenite Jews from hoary

antiquity to “Operation on Wings of Eagles,” the airlift of some 40,000

Yemenite Jews to Israel. Some time will be devoted to a study of a

fascinating group of Bedouin Jews from the former East Aden

Protectorate known today in Israel as Habbanim of Moshav Bareket.

1:00 – 1:30 Brown Bag Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 Ballroom Dancing Colleen Skilton

Dances will include beginning steps in Waltz, Rumba,

Swing, Salsa, Cha Cha and Swing Hustle.

Knitting Dori Baron

Games

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| January

December 6

10:30 – 11:15 “The Fascinating History of the Jews of Italy”

Rabbi Robert Gan

Explore their origins, their special cultural characteristics and how they

were unique among the Jews of Europe.

10:30 – 11:15 “Spine Tingles” Ellen Cole

11:15 – 11:30 Nosh

11:30 - 1:00 FEATURED SPEAKER:

“Pariahs Among Ayatollahs: The Jew as Outcast in Shiite Iran”

Ken Blady

We will survey the history of the Jews of Iran from Queen Esther to the rise of

the Ayatollah Khomeini and his fanatical acolyte, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

A segment of the lecture will be devoted to the fascinating community of Djedid

al-Islam (crypto-Jews) of the holy Shiite city of Mashhad.

1:00 – 1:30 Brown Bag Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 Ballroom Dancing Colleen Skilton

Knitting Dori Baron

Games

Cinema Isaiah Film to be announced

January 3

10:30 – 11:15 “Italian Jewry Before & After World War II” Rabbi Robert Gan

What was their attitude toward Mussolini and how did they fare during and after the

Holocaust?

10:30 – 11:15 “Spine Tingles” Ellen Cole

11:15 – 11:30 Nosh

11:30 - 1:00 FEATURED SPEAKER:

“The Miracle of the Ethiopian-Jewish Aliyah” Middie and Dick Geisberg

1:00 – 1:30 Brown Bag Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 Ballroom Dancing Colleen Skilton

Knitting Dori Baron

Games

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ICE Days: February | March | April

February 7

10:30 – 11:15 “Spine Tingles” Ellen Cole

“Facebook 101” David Viner

Congregant David Viner will help us understand Facebook to keep

in touch and keep up with friends and family.

11:15 – 11:30 Nosh

11:30 - 1:00 FEATURED SPEAKER:

“Creationism vs. Intelligent Design”

Charles Lynn Batten

We will start by looking at Scripture and, using historical approaches,

determine whether Genesis is the Creation Story fundamentalists want

it to be. We will explore the rational basis of the concept of intelligent

design that Deist founders of America embraced and modern politicians

see as a way of protecting us from the evils of Darwinism. Discover what is left wounded on

the battlefield between the forces of creationism and intelligent design.

1:00 – 1:30 Brown Bag Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 Ballroom Dancing Colleen Skilton

Knitting Dori Baron

Games

Cinema Isaiah Film to be announced

March 6

10:30 – 11:15 “Spine Tingles” Ellen Cole

11:15 – 11:30 Nosh

11:30 - 1:00 FEATURED SPEAKER:

“Origins of Christianity and its Parting Ways with Judaism:

The Historic Paul” Josh Garroway

1:00 – 1:30 Brown Bag Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 Ballroom Dancing Colleen Skilton

Knitting Dori Baron

Games

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April 3

10:30 – 11:15 “Spine Tingles” Ellen Cole

11:15 – 11:30 Nosh

11:30 - 1:00 FEATURED SPEAKER:

“Origins of Christianity and

its Parting Ways with Judaism:

The Historic Jesus”

Josh Garroway

Join Josh Garroway, HUC Professor of Early Christianity and Second

Commonwealth, as we explore the origins of Christianity in this two

part discussion.

May 1

1:00 – 1:30 Brown Bag Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 Ballroom Dancing Colleen Skilton

Knitting Dori Baron

Games

Cinema Isaiah Film to be announced

10:30 – 11:15 “Spine Tingles” Ellen Cole

11:15 – 11:30 Nosh

11:30 - 1:00 FEATURED SPEAKER:

“Saul Bellow: A Jewish Novelist for All Readers” Charles Lynn Batten

Focusing on Saul Bellow’s Herzog (called the most important post-War American novel),

we will explore Bellow’s vision of twentieth-century Jewish and non-Jewish life. Torn

between excesses of intellectualism and romanticism, Herzog struggles to make sense of

the world. Bellow offers a distinctly Jewish answer to the problems we face.

1:00 – 1:30 Brown Bag Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 Ballroom Dancing Colleen Skilton

Knitting Dori Baron

Games

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Torah and Ongoing Classes

Hebrew

Now’s the time to learn to read and speak,

especially if you are traveling to Israel

with us in 2012! Weekly,

starting Nov. 1

Beginning Hebrew

Tatiyana Neyman

Conversational Hebrew

Rina Etkes

$120 Isaiah members

Adult Confirmation

Temple Isaiah Clergy

First and Fourth Tuesday of

the month starting November 1

Take the next step on your Jewish

journey! We will study theology,

spirituality, and Jewish texts as we

examine the ways we incorporate Judaism

into our everyday lives.

$36 Isaiah members

Adult Weekend Retreat

Temple Isaiah’s 5th

Annual Retreat!

Cantor Evan Kent and

Rabbi Joel Nickerson

November 18 – 20

Camp Hess Kramer

This year our retreat focuses on the Four

(Really Big) Questions: Where is God in

my life? What happens after I die? Why

is there evil in the world? What does it

mean to be a Chosen People? Come and

learn with your friends and the Temple

Isaiah clergy in the beautiful hills of

Malibu overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Our sacred tradition is one that allows

for an ongoing search for answers and

respects a broad range of opinions.

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During this weekend we will explore

this diversity through music, prayer,

Talmud, Torah, and the great tradition

of Jewish philosophy.

$275 per person

$75 single room supplement

Rosh Hodesh

Rabbi Zoë Klein

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (various homes)

Oct. 27, Dec. 1, Dec. 29, Jan. 26,

Feb. 23, Mar. 29, Apr. 26

Sponsored by Isaiah Women. This

gathering is for women only and will

meet in people’s homes each month to

celebrate the new moon with learning

and special rituals. RSVP to Isaiah

Women to learn location.

Israel Over Breakfast

Rabbinic Intern Suzy Stone

First Wednesday of every month

8:30 a.m. starting September 7

A monthly roundtable conversation

about Israel.

Daughters of Torah

Elaine Diamond

Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Temple Library

Explore the voices and stories of women

within Judaism’s sacred texts, drawing

inspiration from our ancestors’ journeys.

Discussions led by Temple member

Elaine Diamond, MA, Judaic Studies.


Shabbat Morning

Torah Study

Rabbi Zoë Klein

Every Shabbat, 9:30 a.m. Library

Together we explore the Torah verse by verse.

See how each word and phrase has been

interpreted over the centuries and can have

meaning in your life.

Hearts and Minds:

A Torah Roundtable

Second Saturday of each month

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Join this passionate, joyous and sometimes

critical study of Torah. Interpretations range

from the poetic to the political, always

thoughtful, provocative, well-informed and

respectful of multiple perspectives.

Jewish Meditation Circle

Cantor Evan Kent

Every Wednesday 6:15 p.m.

(except third Wednesday of the month)

Join Cantor as he leads this thoughtprovoking

and truly necessary moment of

quiet reflection in this ongoing meditation

every Wednesday evening.

Game Night

First Wednesday of the month

4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Mah Jongg/ Bridge/ Chess/

Backgammon/ Poker

Sponsored by Isaiah Women. All are

welcome! Get in the game. We will also have

Bridge and Mahjongg instructors for those

who would like to learn!

Zumba

Marisa Schor

Sept. 22, Oct. 27, and third Thursday of

the following months 9:15 -10:30 a.m.

Join the craze that’s sweeping America! Get

fit and get groovin’ with other Isaians. Wear

comfortable clothes, tennis shoes and bring

water. Everyone is welcome!

Green Living Workshops

Coming in Spring

Six Monday sessions

For a healthier home and a healthier planet,

we welcome this opportunity to host an

interactive Sustainable Works (www.

sustainableworks.org) program that focuses

on 6 major areas: waste management, water

efficiency, toxic chemicals, transportation,

energy use, and consumer choices. This

highly acclaimed workshop, funded by

the Department of Energy, enables you to

practice while you learn, and watch your

environmental footprint get smaller as the

weeks go by.

Discussion with Author

Cara Black

Friday, March 23, 12:00 p.m.

Bring your own lunch to our discussion

with Cara Black, author of the nationally

bestselling and award nominated Aimee

Leduc Investigation series.

Art and Spirituality workshop

Flori Hendron

Second Shabbat of each month

Explore your spirituality through art

using a variety of artistic materials

and methods.

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