Temple Isaiah Hosts Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi David Saperstein

Topic: "Our Shared Commitment to Preserve Religious Freedom in the United States"


LAFAYETTE, CA – OCTOBER 9, 2017 – Temple Isaiah is honored to host Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi David Saperstein Friday, October 27 to Saturday, October 28, 2017 to address "Our Shared Commitment to Preserve

Religious Freedom in the United States."

“Rabbi David Saperstein is one of my heroes in the Jewish world and the justice world. He inspires me with his dedication, his brilliance, and his sheer force of will. It's quite an experience to listen to him speak. Temple Isaiah is honored to host Rabbi Saperstein as we work to put our values into action, in relationship with our larger multi-faith community.” 

– Rabbi Jay Asher LeVine, Temple Isaiah

“We are deeply gratified to bring Rabbi Saperstein to meet with the multi-faith community to discuss the importance of preserving religious freedom. We are blessed as a multi-faith community to stand in solidarity with each other. I am humbled by our mutual appreciation and respect for each other's faith traditions and our shared commitment to fight for a more just and compassionate world.” 

– Jasmine Tarkoff, Multi-faith A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition co-convener and President of Temple Isaiah


Friday. October 27

6:15pm - Multi-Faith Community Potluck in the Temple Isaiah Social Hall.

The inspirational evening will begin at 6:15pm with a Multi-Faith Community Potluck with an opportunity get to know other members of the multi-faith community. Please sign up with a dish to share if you plan to attend.

7:30pm - Shabbat service with Rabbi Saperstein in the Temple Isaiah Sanctuary 

At 7:30pm, we will join together in the Temple Isaiah Sanctuary for an inspiring Shabbat service with Rabbi Saperstein. Following the service there will be a dessert reception.

Saturday, October 28

3pm - "Judaism and Justice" community discussion with Rabbi Saperstein in the Temple Isaiah Adult Lounge

On Saturday, October 28th from 3-5pm in the Temple Isaiah 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. All are welcome and no R.S.V.P. necessary.

About Rabbi Saperstein: Rabbi Saperstein served two years as U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom. He 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.


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 www.temple-isaiah.org

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