Temple Isaiah is more than a synagogue – a Jewish neighborhood. You will find learning and purpose, friendship and celebration at Temple Isaiah. As the oldest and largest synagogue in Contra Costa County, its roots lie deep in a uniquely Californian, vibrant approach to Jewish tradition and innovation. They embrace with warmth and affection all those who come through their doors, with openness to diversity and commitment to the dignity of each person in their midst.
Their communities welcome interfaith couples and families, individuals exploring Judaism, LGBTQ individuals and families, singles, couples, and people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. They use their hearts , minds and hands to fulfill the ancient prophetic call to social justice in modern times. Temple Isaiah is the Jewish Quarter of Spirituality and Study, a place filled with the spirit of God and human kindness. They know there's a place in their community for you.
The mission of Temple Isaiah is to embody, enhance and perpetuate their Jewish tradition by providing a welcoming spiritual home where members gather to worship God, study Torah, engage in Tikun Olam acts, deepen their relationship with Israel, participate in Jewish rituals and life-cycle events, and experience the joy of being part of a caring community.
Temple Isaiah is an inclusive community that welcomes people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities into their midst. Jewish history has spread its people all over the world. As a result, Jews vary in appearance, philosophy, and ritual practice. Temple Isaiah includes a high percentage of interfaith families who find a warm home. They hope that the descriptions of their ever-evolving customs below will help you feel comfortable and welcome to join them in worship.
Anshei Isaiah, founded in 2004, is a men's organization based in Temple Isaiah, Lafayette, California. All the men who are members of the Temple — whether Jewish or not — are welcome and invited to join.
Their monthly events offer great opportunities for social, intellectual and spiritual growth. These events range from poker and pool at their annual Game Night, to physical and spiritual renewal at the Men's Retreat, to competition for Trivia Night rights. Check the Temple calendar for this month's event or sign up to receive their monthly newsletter and event reminders.
Women of Isaiah is a warm and welcoming community of women of all ages and interests dedicated to strengthening and supporting Temple Isaiah through special programming, financial support and the involvement of women in the life of their congregation.
Their ongoing activities, special events and social action initiatives provide Temple Isaiah women with an opportunity to develop friendships and a sense of community while learning about and practicing Judaism, exploring important issues and contributing to the well-being of Temple Isaiah and the wider community. As a Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) affiliate, they help support progressive Jewish institutions around the world, fund vital youth programs and advocate for human and women's rights. They also have access to great resources, such as the WRJ 's Holiday Guides and The Torah: A Women's Comment.
Lafayette, California is home to some amazing sites that any discerning visitor should definitely check out on their next visit:
Lafayette Community Park
Lafayette Reservoir Recreation
Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center
Hank & Frank Bicycles
Cambiati Wellness Programs
The Hideout Kitchen & Cafe
Olympic Blvd Staging Area
Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa
After visiting these lovely places make sure to stop by and say “Hello” to us at 1261 Locust Street in Walnut Creek, California!