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Clergy Suite


“We Were Nerds Just Doing our Job” An Interview with Len Kleinrock

Feb 11, 2020

Len Kleinrock, a member of Temple Isaiah, sits down with Rabbis Frimmer and Klein Miles to talk about his role in developing the internet. Beginning with a childhood love of tinkering and engineering, Len emerged as a leader and master of innovation. Listen to the podcast for a taste of his upcoming talk, coming to you live from the Temple Isaiah Social Hall on Friday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m. following services and dinner. Please join us.



Salt In My Soul: A Story of Determination and Transformation

Feb 04, 2020

Rabbi Dara Frimmer and Rabbi Zoë Klein Miles welcome Diane Shader Smith to The Clergy Suite for a discussion about Diane’s upcoming talk at Isaiah featuring her daughter Mallory’s (z’l) best-selling book, Salt In My Soul.

Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of three, Mallory Smith grew up to be a determined, talented young woman who inspired others even as she privately raged against her illness. Mallory worked hard to make the most out of the limited time she had, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, becoming a cystic fibrosis advocate well known in the CF community, and embarking on a career as a professional writer.

For more than ten years, Mallory recorded her thoughts and observations about struggles and feelings too personal to share during her life, leaving instructions for her mother to publish her work posthumously. She hoped that her writing would offer insight to those living with, or loving someone with, chronic illness.




The Catharsis of Comedy: Storytelling at the End of Life

Dec 24, 2019

Jennie Fahn, author and star of the one-woman show "Under the Jello Mold," joins Rabbis Frimmer and Klein Miles for a conversation about her upcoming performance at Isaiah and the stories we tell about the final act of life. Join the rabbis as they delve into the backstory (can you really write a comedy about death?!), giving space for grief, making meaning of loss, and the power of eulogies, in any form.

Jennie performed her show "Under the Jello Mold" at Temple Isaiah on Sunday, January


"Under the Jello Mold" -- Jennie Fahn revisits her very colorful character of a mother during what turned out to be the final act of her mother’s life. Jennie’s mother was a force to be reckoned with — a former dancer never content to merely rehash her past, there was always a story to be embellished, always a name to drop, and always a lesson to teach.



Now? Not Now? How and When To Introduce Children To Tough Topics

Dec 17, 2019

Rabbi Frimmer and Klein Miles catch up on office politics and the ever-present question: How do we talk to our children about hard topics? Based on a conversation about when and how to introduce children to literature that touches on death, the rabbis consider language, timing and awareness for anyone considering a tough conversation with kids.



What To Say When People Wish You “Merry Christmas!”

Dec 10, 2019

Rabbi Frimmer and Klein Miles recall Christmas memories from their childhood as they consider the question of etiquette and identity in the season of vendors wishing you (and your children) “Merry Christmas!”



Jews & Christmas Music

Dec 03, 2019

The Isaiah Clergy Team discusses the arrival of Professor Peter Curtis on December 20 for a conversation about the hidden Jewish writers of classic Christmas music. Come and learn, sing along, and discover the history of White Christmas, Silver Bells, and Chestnuts Roasting. PS - Save the date! December 27 - Chinese Food & A Movie following Shabbat services. #MaryPoppins



Shabbchella: Shabbat Meets Coachella at Temple Isaiah

Nov 26, 2019

Rabbis Frimmer, Klein Miles, Cohen and Cantor Coyot reflect on the first-ever Shabbchella celebration at Isaiah on November 8. If Isaiah is YOUR home at the intersection of tradition and innovation, this Shabbat experience is the newest room in the house. This initiative exemplifies the challenge of blending ancient tradition (Shabbat) with modern practice (festival, beer garden, face painting, sound bath). Join us again on Feb 21 and May 8 and let us know what you think!



Hanukkah Preview - A Concert of Love & Light (and Latkes)

Nov 22, 2019

Temple Isaiah's clergy preview our community's Hanukkah-Shabbat celebration on December 13, 6:15 p.m. featuring our adult and kid choirs. We'll also be welcoming the AJU choir led by Noreen Green. Special this year: a country-western version of "I had a little dreidel" and the Guitar Squad! Save the date and join us for a night of love, light, and latkes.



Not Inconsistent with International Law

Nov 22, 2019

Rabbi Dara Frimmer - Friday Night Shabbat Sermon 5780: Using the text of Chayyei Sarah, Rabbi Frimmer examines the ancient story of Abraham, Ephron the Hittite, and the first real estate transaction of the Torah. In light of Sec. of State Pompeo's announcement that Israeli settlements are not inconsistent with international law (and in a week in which PM Netanyahu was indicted and Benny Gantz announced he could not form a coalition gov't), our Torah and subsequent commentaries offer guidance as we prepare to engage with these issues in the week to come.



#IsaiansInSpain - Where in the world is R. Zoë Klein Miles?

Nov 19, 2019

Rabbi Frimmer talks with Rabbi Klein Miles about her recent trip to Spain with 18 congregants. What secrets were uncovered? What history was revealed? Bonus track: At the very end, we introduce our new Senior Director of K-12 Education and Engagement, Reuben Posner, who secretly joined us for the conversation.